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War Dogs (2016)

Published in W
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 23:15
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence, sexual references, coarse language and drug use.

  • The pitch

    All the money is made between the lines.

  • Starring

    Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Julian Sergi, Kevin Pollak, Daniel Berson, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

  • Directed by

    Todd Phillips

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed against objects, kidnapped, arrested, hooded, threatened at gunpoint, grabbed. Bar fight. Archival footage of wars (World Wars I & II/Vietnam/Iraq), soldiers, military vehicles, explosions. Gunfire, warehouses of ammunition/arms. Objects thrown, smashed, shot, set alight, kicked. Stealing, lying. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpse with bloody bullet wounds. Bloody noses. Bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man says he is with a prostitute. Nude man on table (rear view). Nude woman seen in background. Shirtless men, women in skimpy dancewear, cleavage, people in swimwear, woman in underwear. Flirting, kissing, crotch-adjusting. References to prostitution, ejaculation, masturbation.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (snorting powder, smoking joints/bongs, drug deal). Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, beer). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (blackjack).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, n-word, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (OMG). Cultural stereotypes/jokes. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, international arms dealing, Iraq War, fraud, smuggling, procurement, contract bidding, friends, big ideas, masseuses, parenting, pregnancy, wealth, greed, national security, duplicity, sleaze, hubris.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing husband (presumed dead) mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, casino, warzone, nightclub settings. Dogs, planes, helicopters. Urination, ultrasound. Cooking sausages. Based on a true story. Based on Guy Lawson's 2011 Rolling Stone article "The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders". Bright white flash.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Scruffy, nimble, gripping, terrific, funny, slick, fun, breezy, energetic, solid. Likably repulsive/nuanced/funny/sharp performance by Jonah Hill, unbelievable/implausible true story, tidy script, great soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Enervated, flat, unchallenging, airless, lazy. Lifeless performance by Miles Teller, poorly written script/dialogue, downbeat ending, rote storytelling, underdeveloped female character, over-reliance on narration/freeze-frames/title cards/"remember when" stories.

Time Out of Mind

Published in T
Friday, 10 June 2016 10:44
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    We all need some.

  • Starring

    Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi, Jeremy Strong, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael Buscemi, Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Anna Suzuki

  • Directed by

    Oren Moverman

  • Running time

    120 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Fist fight (tackling, punching). Shoes thrown at person's head. References to 9/11, past physical abuse and sexual assault, incest, molestation. Yelling. If my throat gets slit, blew my brains out, trying to kill me, man killed by lover, man fell on tracks/sliced and diced, I will hurt you mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody cut, bleeding head, scratches. Scars. Death from breast cancer, diabetes, daughter dying from HIV mentioned. Reference to tuberculosis.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scene - no visible nudity. Kissing, flirting, bum-groping. References to teenage molestation, incest, past prostitution, transvestites, anti-marriage. Poster of woman in lingerie, men in underclothes/sleepwear/towels.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (brown paper bag, beer, spirits). Alcoholism. Smoking (cigarettes). References to drugs (cocaine, heroin).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals. Derogatory term for woman ("stupid cow"). Aryan nation brotherhood meeting mentioned. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Homelessnes, father-daughter relationships, prostitution, alcoholism, mental health, begging, shelters, HIV, poverty, estrangement.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Divorce mentioned. Hospital setting. Rat. Urination.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spare, soulful, haunting, poetic, non-didactic, political, fascinating, immersive, challenging, unflashy, patient, mournful, commanding, observational, affecting, personal, grim, unsettling, sober, unflinching, unromantic. Remarkable/powerful/committed/subtle/stoic/moving/uncompromising/unglamorous performance by Richard Gere, socially conscious, rigorous/unyielding style, disorienting/limited-vantage cinematography, scarifying/tremendous sound design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, repetitive, tedious, plodding, hard-going. Some of the framing disengages the viewer, hard for some to stop seeing Richard Gere (the Hollywood superstar), lacks drama.

Finding Dory

Published in F
Thursday, 09 June 2016 08:10
The main feature is presented with short film PIPER which features seabirds, hermit crabs, a character being tumbled by waves, a character pecked on the beak, and themes of parent-child relationships, the beach, foraging, determination, perspectives, enthusiasm and success.   DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is in...

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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Dory finds her Destiny.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Bill Hader, Idris Elba, Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Andrew Stanton, Bennett Dammann, Eugene Levy, Kate McKinnon, Kaitlin Olson, Dominic West

  • Directed by

    Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

  • Running time

    97 minutes (+ 6-min short film Piper)

  • Rated

    G (Australia), PG (USA), NR (UK)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters bump their heads, crash into/over objects, get tagged. Characters are thrown through the air, stung by anemone, pursued/grabbed (by a scary-looking creature with tentacles and sharp/snappy teeth), caught in plastic rubbish, pecked, hit by objects, knocked over, poked, swept/sucked away by current, swallowed/spat out, hand-slapped. Characters believe a friend is being attacked and eaten (comic). Hands/arms plunge into the water resembling missiles/depth charges. Stolen vehicle, dangerous driving, vehicle into water. A simple-minded creature is teased/taunted/yelled at. Armed police, stinger [road] spikes. Arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: A character almost falls into a sink garbage disposal. A character releases dark ink. A character sneezes green snot splats. Lost tentacle, head injuries, possible dead parents mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A character begins to explain where babies come from. Dating, breakup, rejection, date night mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Empty wine bottles seen on ocean floor.

  • LANGUAGE

    A background character appears to mouth the f-word.

  • THEMES

    Family, forgetfulness, short-term memory loss, forgetfulness, missions, reunions, echolocation, forgetfulness, teaching, marine care, quarantine, forgetfulness, near-sightedness, memories, captivity, shape-shifting, self-acceptance, aquariums, flashbacks, directions, faith, forgetfulness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Lost child, lost (presumed dead) parents mentioned. Some dark underwater sequences, claustrophobic underwater pipe setting. Fish (lots! - inlcuding blue tang, clown fish, groper, marlin), crabs, sea urchins, whale sharks, beluga whale, octopus, squid, starfish, anemone, sea cucumbers, dolphins, seals, sea birds, coral, turtles, stingrays, seahorse, cat (poster), otter, pigeons, clam, barnacles. Snot, squid ink, bird poo. Fireworks (opening titles). Fast-editing sequences, some blurred/out-of-focus/grainy vision. Mid-credits scenes, post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Emotional, funny, goofy, complex, layered, heartwarming, affecting, uproarious, charming, poignant, beautiful, comforting, rewarding, great, strong, enjoyable, delightful, satisfying, standalone. Well-earned/plentiful laugh-out-loud moments, economical storytelling, exciting set pieces, ace action sequences, masterful/fabulous/photorealistic/ravishing/stunning/complex visuals, willing to deal with heavy themes, suitable for very small children.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uninventive, familiar, predictable, far-fetched, formulaic. Family theme and mention of Dory's short-term memory less becomes strained/repetitive/annoying.

10 Cloverfield Lane

Published in 0-9
Thursday, 10 March 2016 03:29
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  • Rating

    M: Sustained threat, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Be prepared.

  • Starring

    John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin, Suzanne Cryer, Bradley Cooper

  • Directed by

    Dan Trachtenberg

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, chained, dropped from a high distance, grabbed, injected, glassed, ear/hair-pulled, acid-burned, crushed beneath falling objects, near-stabbed, leg/foot-grabbed, pursued, gassed, near-abducted. Car accidents, vehicle rollover/down embankment; a car hits an object. Smashed glass. Burning objects, explosions, fireballs, Molotov cocktail. A man slams his fist on the table. Arguing, shouting. Nuclear attack, contaminated air, Al Qaeda, Waco, father yanking girl by the arm/hitting her, child abduction, missing person mentioned. Loud banging, roaring noises heard. Blood/gore: Corpses (rotting, melting, human, animal, bloody); body in vat of acid. Bloody scratches, abrasions, cuts, gashes, forehead, face, bandage, objects. Blood spatter (with chunks of gore), wound-stitching (needle seen moving through flesh), wound-dressing. Burned/melting flesh, bruising. IV drip in arm, leg brace, injection (needle and syringe seen), arm in sling. Shock, zombies mentioned. A VHS cover has the title Cannibal Airlines.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Woman in underwear and singlet; cleavage. A magazine shows people in swimwear. Pervert mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (Toradol; a sedative is injected). Alcohol (spirits). Getting wasted mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, b*tch. Slang for bodily functions. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Doomsday preppers, fate, luck, unlikely relationships, survival, fashion design, underground bunkers, regrets, board games, gratitude, paranoia, child abduction, alien invasion.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup, dead friend. Dead loved ones, estranged wife, estranged daughter mentioned. Power blackouts mentioned. Helicopter sounds heard. Underground bunker, air vent settings. Toilet, lightning, thunder. Tank fish, flock of birds, pigs, flies. Metallic-looking creatures with razor-sharp teeth.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, dynamic, alive, smart, psychological, refreshing, effective, taut, satisfying, surprising, claustrobhobic, chest-tightening, unexpected, suspenseful, tense, lean. Unnerving/terrifying/rich performance by John Goodman, tight action/pacing, unsettling tone, cool/meticulous/inventive screenplay, intimate camerawork, harrowing final moments, cool opening credits, deft direction, crisp editing, brooding orchestral score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Depends on too many coincidences. Payoff is a littlle antic-climactic, hokey and staged.

Son of Saul (Saul Fia)

Published in S
Monday, 29 February 2016 01:08
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  • Rating

    M: Holocaust themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Best foreign film; worst foreign event.

  • Starring

    Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Jerzy Walczak, Gergö Farkas, Balázs Farkas, Sándor Zsótér

  • Directed by

    László Nemes

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, beaten, pushed, manhandled, grabbed, punched, threatened at gunpoint, gassed (including men, women, children, babies, elderly), slapped, shoved, knocked aside, suffocated, near-drowned, pursued, taunted, stripped, herded. Suicide attempt. Armed soldiers. Brawling, uprising. Rooms on fire, debris (flying/falling), Molotov cocktail thrown, explosions. Banging and screaming from inside chamber. Bribing, lying, blackmail, stealing possessions from the deceased. Killed workers, burning bodies mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood on floor, hands, coat, cloth, body, table. Blood spatter, bloody bullet wounds. Bodies on floor, on autopsy table and piled in room; bodies dragged, bodies going into furnaces. Busted lip, bruising, scars. Gasping, gurgling (child survivor of gas chamber). Civilians herding/cleaning up dead, shovelling ashes. Autopsy discussed/sounds heard/tools seen. Bodies burned (off-screen). Mention of thousands of people needing to be "treated". Body parts "pieces" mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Full frontal nudity of corpses (m-f). Breasts, bottom. Flirting. Women discussed. Shirtless men, undressing. Reference to illegitimate son.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Name calling and anti-Semitism; taunting. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The Holocaust, Jewish persecution, concentration camps, genocide, Sonderkommando, anti-Semitism, prisoners, forced labour, dehumanising, fatalism, body disposal, suicide, anguish, horror, Kaddish, uprising.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead son. Concentration camp setting. Funeral rites. Babies and women crying; barking dogs. Hungarian, German and Yiddish languages (subtitles). First person, over-the-shoulder point-of-view. Fast-moving camerawork. Original title is Saul Fia.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Outstanding, astonishing, devastating, terrifying, urgent, important, cautionary, stunning, horrifying, confronting, intimate, focused, courageious, extraordinary, hypnotic, near-wordless, visceral, honest, gripping, tense, absorbing, powerful, grim, unyielding, masterful, rare, realistic, cogent, confident, galvanizing, thoughtful, nightmarish, brave, bold, ruthless. Powerful central performance by Géza Röhrig, continual frenetic action, visually striking, oppressive/multi-layered sound design, a remarkable debut by László Nemes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    May be difficult/uneasy viewing.

Unfinished Business

Published in U
Saturday, 07 March 2015 02:07
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong nudity, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Swarful.

  • Starring

    Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Britton Sear, Ella Anderson, Nick Frost, James Marsden

  • Directed by

    Ken Scott

  • Running time

    91 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (dart, paint pellets/rubber bullets), bullied, hit with objects, teased, punched, shoved, slapped, tear-gassed. Riot police, protest. Son arrested shoplifting (mentioned). Man collapses. Vehicle rollover. Smashed objects. Blood/gore: Object protruding from chest. Bloody wound. Artificial arm.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex. Kissing, bum-slapping, bum-pinching, undressing. Full nudity (male and female), male genitals, breasts, erection, bums. Shirtless men, skimpy clothing, people in bondage gear/leather, girls in underwear. Infidelity, prostitute. References to masturbation, bestiality, ejaculation.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People take drugs (pills), smoke a bong. Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne, shots). Inebriation, drug-induced behaviour. Bar, club settings. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Cultural, gender, sexuality stereotypes and jokes. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Business trips, sales, discrimination, handshake deals, bullying, family, unhappy marriages, art installations, Berlin, drinking games, glory holes, Berlin marathon, G8 summit, debauchery, Oktoberfest.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Divorce mentioned. Plane, deer, horses, cows, dogs. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Not entirely laugh-free. Standout/scene-stealing performance by Nick Frost.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lazy, low-risk, low-reward, limp, lifeless, missable, flat, faux-raunchy, dull, awkward, misbegotten, dire, exhausting, slow-paced, incongruous. Clumsy/leaden gags, uneven tone, jumbled ideas, underused cast, clumsy/uninspired direction, witless writing, offensive characterisation, half-hearted set pieces, awful jokes are repeated.

American Sniper

Published in A
Saturday, 24 January 2015 00:59
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Death tolls.

  • Starring

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Sam Jaeger, Chance Kelly, Cory Hardrict, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis, Ben Reed, Elise Robertson, Luke Sunshine, Keir O'Donnell, Jake McDorman

  • Directed by

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (including child), punched, wrestled, stomped, thrown from a horse, hit with objects (darts), blindfolded, held at sword-point, throat-grabbed, near-choked, chained, tortured, maimed. Explosions, attempted suicide bombings. Burning trees, buildings, debris. Schoolyard brawling, theft. Afghanistan, Iraq War settings. Hunting; animals shot. News images of bomb aftermath, 9/11 (planes into towers; towers collapsing). Dangerous driving, cars shot at/blown up. Military vehicles (tanks, helicopters), personnel, weapons (grenades, snipers, RPG, cache), training. Screaming, yellling. Blood/gore: Drilling through leg, head (child). Bloody cuts, faces, bullet wounds, bodies, objects. Blood spurts/splatter/spray, bleeding, intestines, broken limb. Bruising, scars, chipped teeth. Corpses, body parts (decapitated head, leg), amputees, caskets, wounded soldiers. Bullets seen entering/exiting flesh. Death tolls, dead/missing people (including child), man dying during surgery, murdered Good Samaritan mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Half-dressed couple, couple in bed together, couple in shower (sex implied). Kissing, flirting, bum-slap, innuendo. Phone sex mentioned, references to sex, sex-themed slang. Adultery/infidelity. Shirtless men, women in underwear, skimpy clothing, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, shots, champagne). Chewing tobacco. Smoking, gambling mentioned. Auditory hallucinations.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Sexist language, redneck joke. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Chris Kyle, Navy SEALs, war, snipers, rodeo, hunting, violence, 9/11, terrorism, infidelity, military wives, marriage, PTSD, birth, fatherhood, pregnancy, guilt, paranoia, heroism, trust, murder.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    War, funerals, hospital, birth, bar settings. Helicopter, tanks. Deer, horses, snake, dog. Taxidermy. Urine, vomiting. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Taut, vivid, sad, harrowing, thoughtful, skilful, complex, ruminative, fascinating, tragic, earnest, devastating, compellilng, provocative, grim, smart, gritty, confident, blunt, effective, troubling. Superb performance, strong/sustained direction, breathless skirmishes, crackerjack/propulsive editing, focused cinematography, highly realistic production design, spare/subtle score, authentic set design, heartbreaking/inexplicable ending.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uncomplicated, unsatisfying, myopic, stilted, unexceptional, routine, hollow, incurious. Obvious dialogue, one-dimensional wife, under-developed secondary characters, little sense of date/time/location.