Displaying items by tag: drama Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Chappaquiddick (2017)

Published in C
Saturday, 05 May 2018 21:13
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    History has the final word.

  • Starring

    Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern, John Fiore, Gillian Mariner Gordon, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown

  • Directed by

    John Curran

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A car drives off a pier and flips (one dead). Drowning (banging on windows of submerged vehicle/screaming). A car almost collides into another vehicle; driving under the influence. People are tackled, slapped; a man throws an object at another man. Yelling, arguing. Suffocation, Cuban Missile Crisis, involuntary manslaughter, Bay of Pigs, two months in jail mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse, body in body bag, body in open coffin. Cut on shoulder. Neck brace, man in wheelchair. Cerebral concussion, shock mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None.) People kissed in greeting, caressing. Shirtless men, people in swimwear, cleavage. Men undress to their underwear then dive underwater. Man in bath.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, cocktails, beer, intoxication, drunk driving). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars). Sedatives mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, damn, ass, sonofab*tch. Name-calling (mental patient, putz, flawed, stupid, etc). Religious references (what the hell, oh my god, for Christ's sake, thank God, Jesus, good lord, God's blessing, to hell with you, Moses, Peter, prayers, etc).

  • THEMES

    Mary Jo Kopechne, Ted Kennedy, tragedy, accidental death, negligence, the Kennedy curse, politics, cover-ups, scandal, the 'boiler room girls', history, media, the Apollo 11 space mission, sailing, grief, father-son relationships, morality, ethics, legacy, pride, hubris, immoral conduct.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead daughter/friend/colleague. Church, funeral settings. Dead father, dead brothers, dead sister mentioned. Full moon.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Compelling, nuanced, damning, ambiguous, suspenseful, meticulous, riveting, tense, scrupulous, absorbing, fascinating, compact, restrained, level-headed, tough, smart, fair, uneasy, challenging, ominous. Excellent/fine/multi-dimensional/layered/impressive/strong/plausible performance by Jason Clarke, terrific supporting cast, tight/sharp/believable/authentic script, light direction, some dark humour.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Low-key. Bland/clinical direction, some clumsy expository dialogue, sporadic pacing, whimpering ending, lacks any sense of justice for Mary Jo Kopechne.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Published in A
Sunday, 08 April 2018 09:26
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  • Rating

    M: Horror themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    It's sound.

  • Starring

    John Krasinski

  • Directed by

    John Krasinski

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People and animals are attacked/killed by alien creatures, grabbed, thrown to the ground, pursued, stalked. Creatures are shot. Children fall into a corn silo and almost suffocate. Objects knocked over/dropped/smashed/clawed. Burning objects. Loud bangs. Screaming, yelling, crying, roaring, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse in grave (bloody wound/entrails seen). Animal attacked/dragged (blood and fur seen). A woman steps on a nail (bloody foot, bloody nail, bloody step, bloody footprints). Bloody head, face, handprint, shirt, baby (newborn), blood spatter, bloody wounds. Dead fish. Oxygen mask, IV drip.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None.) Hugging, kissing, caressing. Pregnant woman/labour scene.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None.) Bottles of pills on shelves; a child consumes pills.

  • LANGUAGE

    Religious references (prayer, crucifix).

  • THEMES

    Survival, family, monsters, sound, deafness, communication, childbirth, pregnancy, death of a child, grief, soundproofing.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead child/sibling, dead spouse/parent. Scary spider-like monsters with big teeth, scaly skin, long legs and slime. Flock of birds, raccoons. Sign language. Fish caught/steamed/eaten. Full moon, waterfall, fireworks. A baby's crib resembles a coffin.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Terrifying, surprising, allegorical, warm-hearted, heartbreaking, crowd-pleasing, tense, fun, nerve-shredding, tight, thrilling, smart, unexpected, enjoyable, no-nonsense, lean, creepy, solid, effective, spare, different, foreboding, violent, high-concept, riveting, near-silent, disquieting, immersive, careful, strategic, vibrant, urgent, innovative, original, suspenseful. Exceptional creature design, subtle/clever/economical storytelling, strong/non-spoken/marvellous/subtle/remarkable/eloquent performances, first-rate/blunt/efficient direction, airtight script.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some convenient plot developments, creatures don't seem quite as omnipotent/dangerous as in early scenes, intrusive score.

The Mercy (2018)

Published in T
Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:12
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  • Rating

    12A (UK): Infrequent strong language.

  • The pitch

    Men do not decide to become extraordinary.

  • Starring

    Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Buchan, Finn Elliot, Jonathan Bailey, Genevieve Gaunt, Ken Stott, Anna Madeley

  • Directed by

    James Marsh

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

    CTC (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide reference (possible drowning). Possible man overboard. Man bangs his head, falls down. Objects thrown/smashed/cracked/leaking. Yelling. Churchill, when the bombs were falling, you served your country, capsized boat mentioned. Blood/gore: A man cuts his hand (bloody palm). Bandaging hand. A man lances/squeezes a large pimple on his forehead. Drops of solder fall onto a man's leg. Gout mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Hugging, caressing. Shirtless man, woman in bikini.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits). Pub setting. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe, cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, bloody hell. Name-calling (you must be drunk or mad, bastards, etc). Religious exclamations (how in God's name, Godspeed, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc), nuns arrive at a house.

  • THEMES

    Donald Crowhurst, sailing, 1968 Golden Globe Race, round-the-world yacht racing, survival, family, loneliness, navigation, desperation, hubris, commitment, failure, boat-building, delays, financing, radio silence.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husband/father (implied). Dolphins, seagulls, dogs, horses, whales. Dead horses, dead/cooking fish, a man removes a fly from his glass of water, fish in bowl released into ocean. Full moon. Vomiting, hallucinations. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Uncompromising, astonishing, brutal, sad, strange, profound, intelligent, sober, contemplative, absorbing, handsome, heart-tugging. Terrific/nuanced/reliable/solid performance by Colin Firth, gentle/good-humoured chemistry between Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, impressive recreation of 'Teignmouth Electron', warm/buttery cinematography, breezy pace, some impressive sailing sequences, remarkable story stylishly told.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Muted, disconsolate, uninspired, flat, functional, middlebrow, conventional. Dialogue is filled with cliched phrases.

The Post (2017)

Published in T
Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:00
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Stop the press.

  • Starring

    Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross

  • Directed by

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Brief battle scenes (Vietnam War setting, explosion, soldiers being shot/carried/loaded into rescue helicopters, body bags, bloody hand, etc). Street protests seen (people being pushed/whacked with batons). A man running across the road almost gets hit by a car. A man smacks a rolled newspaper on a desk in anger. Assassination of John F Kennedy discussed. Burglary shown in progress. Theft. Yelling, arguing, shouting. Dead husband (suicide), reported hijacking, bombing, Hindenberg disaster, D-Day mentioned. A character in a film (on TV) says, "lying in the gutter somewhere with a knife in your back". A man says rhetorically, "we could all be executed at dawn". A man jokes about another man being hypothetically hit by a truck twice. Blood/gore: Bloody hand. Blood on the floor, blood on pink suit mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Women in nightgowns/in bed. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, cocktail). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes, pipe). Buying heroin in Saigon, drunken birthday cruise, vodka mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (pirate, bastard, pricks, sonofab*tch, liars, etc). Religious exclamations (oh God, oh Jesus, Jesus Christ, thank God, damn it, goddamn, Christ, my God, so help me God, hell, like hell, hot damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    The Pentagon Papers, The Washington Post, Vietnam War, The New York Times, journalism, newspaper publishing, leaked documents, security breaches, Patricia Nixon's wedding, injunction, accountability, government secrets, censorship, editorial, sources, collusion, the Espionage Act, Ben Bagdikian, Kay Graham, Ben Bradlee, Daniel Ellsberg, Robert McNamara, non-conformism, the First Amendment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husband/father (suicide) mentioned. Courtroom setting. Inspired by true events.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thrilling, intimate, dynamic, vital, funny, moving, spectacular, entertaining, topical, timely, exhilarating, riveting, crowd-pleasing, suspenseful, unsubtle, vital, lean, mean, confrontational, solid, dramatic, urgent, sincere, earnest, stirring, contemporary, triumphant, rousing. Charismatic cast, excellent/effortless performances, nuanced/fraught/powerful/grounded/quiet/riveting/captivating performance by Meryl Streep, smart/extravagant storytelling, magnificent/polished script, rich characterisation, intuitive/assured/fluid/thrilling directing, exquisite period costume design, immaculate set design, gorgeous period detail, precise timing; Meryl Streep's name gets first billing in the closing credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Fate of Daniel Ellsberg is left unexplained/unexplored, contains a few pat moments (stereotypical chanting anti-war mob; women gazing in awe at Streep's Katharine Graham).

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Published in T
Monday, 01 January 2018 00:41
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    Something sensational; something that isn't stuffed.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn

  • Directed by

    Michael Gracey

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, kicked, spat at, flipped, thrown through the air/to the ground, head-locked. A boy is slapped across the face, pushed to the ground, grabbed. Angry protesters yell and shout obscenities at performers. Arson, burning building, character rescued from burning building, building collapse, rubble. Theft. Guns fired (theatrical). A guillotine blade falls to simulate decapitation. Arguing, screaming, panic. Blood/gore: Bloody face, open wound on forehead, burns on skin, scratches, bloodied hands/fingernails. Bruising, bandages, red mark on cheek (from being slapped).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Kissing, flirting, handholding. Cleavage, skimpy costumes, shirtless men. Pregnant woman. Born out of wedlock mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, beer, wine, shots, spirits, hip flask). Bar setting. Drunk people slumped in bar.

  • LANGUAGE

    Shut up. Name-calling (flop doodle, freaks, criminal, degrading, fraud, scandal, peanuts, prima donnas, suffocating, highbrows, snobs, offensive, indecent, prigs, oddities, scoundrel, joyless, insignificant, the help, small-minded, careless, spooks, thugs,  etc). Religious exclamations (God no, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Phineas Taylor Barnum, P.T. Barnum, Charity Barnum, Jenny Lind, circuses, success, failure, society, poverty, family, daughters, hoaxes, scams, deformity, ballet, wishes, finance, loans, museums, business, rejection, imagination, critics, publicity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (implied). Engagement, bankruptcy, job loss, eviction, separation. Cemetery, funeral, hospital, bar settings. Horses, zebras, elephants, lions. Stuffed animals (giraffe, elephant, monkey, bird, ostrich, etc). Fur worn. Full moon. A girl spits out her tea.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Soaring, crowd-pleasing, old-fashioned, cornball, flashy, romantic, swirly, shiny, spectacular, joyful, wild, ridiculous, cheesy, charming, cheerful, glittery, glossy, aggrandised, showy, bright, colourful, dazzling, exhilarating, fun. Irresistible/effervescent/rapacious/relatable performance by Hugh Jackman, terrific chemistry between Zac Efron and Zendaya, rich cinematography, artistic sets, kinetic editing, maddeningly catchy/rousing songs, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unsubtle, familiar, shameless, predictable, shallow, sanitised, over-produced. Basic storyline, simple conflicts, pedestrian themes, cardboard characters, ignores the racist/exploitative side of P. T. Barnum.

Wonder (2017)

Published in W
Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:21
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Where there's a Jack Will, there's a way.

  • Starring

    Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Elle McKinnon, Daveed Diggs

  • Directed by

    Stephen Chbosky

  • Running time

    113 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Children get into fist fights where kids are punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed up against objects, knocked to the ground, tackled, hit with dodgeballs. A boy hits his head sharply on a rock when pushed to the ground. A boy with a physical disability is frequently mocked/given nasty letters (eg "do yourself a favour and die"). Object thrown. Arguing, yelling. A character says, "it's like leading a lamb to slaughter". A characters says, "If I looked like him I'd kill myself". A character says that their pet dog bit their mother. Blood/gore: Deformed face, scarring. Bleeding head/arm (blood not seen). Vomit on clothing. Dog vomit frequently mentioned. Twenty-seven surgeries, plastic surgery, facial reconstruction mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Kissing, hugging. Cleavage. A husband and wife joke over the contents of a box that she will keep "for later" (sex implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine; alcoholic mother implied). A teen girl swigs from a wine bottle. A woman says "let's get drunk" to her husband. Benadryl/poison mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap, pee, fart, butts. Name-calling (Tushie, buttman, buttface, freak, crazy, jerk, weird, Darth Hideous, Barf Hideous, ugly, bully, phony, losers, orc, Gollum, hick, etc). Religious exclamations (dear God, oh my God, Jesus, God no, etc).

  • THEMES

    Disability, determination, family, dreams, middle school, siblings, friends, Minecraft, apology, science fairs, bullying, school trips, Star Wars, geeks, betrayal.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Childbirth scene (mother screaming; child wrapped up and rushed out of delivery room). Dead dog (implied). Dead grandmother, Dad/husband has new wife mentioned. Dog. Fireworks. Steak eaten. Belching, urinating. Based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, delicate, feel-good, witty, self-aware, assured, nuanced, touching, resonant, honest, heart-tugging, effective, emotional, generous, tasteful, inspirational, instructive, good, complex, funny, probing, earnest, kid-centric, observant. Exceptional/effortless performance by Jacob Tremblay, solid ensemble, understands children, is a little heavy-handed at times but mostly avoids sentiment/cliché.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Manipulative, linear, predictable, sappy, judgemental. Some interminable/predictable moments, a little heavy-handed/mawkish/touchy-feely at times, everything has a way of working out with tidy benevolence.

Sweet Country (2017)

Published in S
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:18
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Revenge is Sweet.

  • Starring

    Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, Anni Finsterer

  • Directed by

    Warwick Thornton

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are raped, shot, beaten, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, pushed, handcuffed, hit, threatened (I'll skin him and then I'll skin you and then I'll tie up that young one/I'll cut your f*cking hands off/I'll shoot you for desertion/not until that murdering bastard is swinging by his neck), speared, punched, knocked to the ground, bitten (scorpion), stomped on, pursued, pistol-whipped, imprisoned, sprayed with blood spatter. A woman is knocked to the ground and held there (potential rape implied). Door/house shot up with occupants inside. A scorpion is crushed underfoot. A man who "just came back from the [Western] Front" appears to suffer from PTSD. A bull's testicles are castrated/fried/eaten. A man raises his gun/fists toward his wife. Theft. Object thrown. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody corpses. Bloody faces, mouths, heads, neck, forehead, shirt, knife, bullet wounds, clothing, open gash; blood spatter, spurting blood, gurgling blood. Chunks of gore around bloody bullet wounds/fatal head gash. Swollen black eye. Funeral.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is raped (offscreen/noises heard). Unwanted pregnancy. A man says he was hoping to have sex with a young girl. Couple in bed together (sex implied). Ogling, flirting. Nude man (genitals obscured). Shirtless men. Infertility mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Intoxication, alcoholism. Smoking (pipe, cigarettes; spitting tobacco). Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (idiot, black bastard, wanker, blackfellas, black stock, little thief, mad, bloody dog, whitefella, mild breed, prisoner, cheeky, miserable, murderer, not right in the head, dolt, d*ckhead, cowards, etc). Religious references (reading from the Bible, prayer) and exclamations (in the eyes of the Lord, the Christian thing to do, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES

    Arrernte people, Australia, indigenous history, racism, inequality, sexual abuse, alcoholism, tracking, murder, injustice, revenge, mercy, surrender, grief, death, self-defense, guilt, oppression, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, court, prison cell, pub settings. A hangman's noose is tied. Horses, dog, cows, bulls, scorpion, flies. Vomiting, lightning, thunder, rainbow. Roast chicken eating. Some subtitles. Inspired by a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Harsh, beautiful, lyrical, beautiful, angry, poetic, vivid, phenomenal, intelligent, stark, lean, splendid, solemn, muscular, quiet, urgent, tragic, subtle, clear-eyed, full-hearted. Excellent/stunning performances, richly drawn characters, sparse/moving dialogue, understated costume/production design, measured/unhurried/beautiful pace, layered/lithe/soaring storytelling, riveting second half, ravishing/striking/magnificent/scorched landscapes, arresting/accomplished/handsome/expressive/breathtaking/stunning/epic/panoramic cinematography, music-free soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some characters are less satisfying drawn/some flavourless dialogue.

Lady Bird (2017)

Published in L
Saturday, 16 December 2017 12:11
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    R (USA): Language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.

  • The pitch

    Lady Bird sheds her wings.

  • Starring

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein, Jordan Rodrigues, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts

  • Directed by

    Greta Gerwig

  • Running time

    94 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A teen girl hits a computer monitor in frustration, a woman throws a notepad, a teen girl steals classroom files then puts them in the bin, a teen girl manipulates her maths test results, a teen girl is suspended from school, a teen girl is scolded for defacing a nun's car (not seen). Story heard of teen seeing somebody getting knifed. Story heard of a man's son dying at 17 years old (possible suicide). Mention of great aunt dying (suicide). Story of fatal drug overdose. A teen girl jumps out of a moving car. Shoplifting. 9/11 Remembrance poster, background references to Iraq War. "I'd kill your family", attack on Baghdad mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Nosebleed. Plaster cast on arm. People in hospital beds. Child with bandaged head/eye.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Teens have (awkward) bedroom sex. A girl reads a pornographic magazine (pictures of nude men seen). Kissing (m-f/m-m), flirting. Parents discuss whether their son and his girlfriend are having sex. Platonic hugging. Girls in swimwear, cleavage, girl in bra/underwear, girl in towel, teen girls in low-cut dresses. Students listen to an anti-abortion lecture (photos of unborn foetuses seen). Sperm, boobs, penis, premarital sex, fake tits, abortion, dry-humping, touch my breasts, touching genitals, California hedonism mentioned. Sex talk, discussions about losing virginity, masturbating in the shower.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (marijuana, tobacco). Alcohol (champagne, spirits, beer). Intoxication. A girl is hospitalised from excessive drinking. Vials of pills in cupboard (depression implied). Teens smoke, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, smoke a clove cigarette. A woman says, "My mother was an abusive alcoholic". Irish girls got sloshed, suicide by overdose mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, p*ssed, fart. Name-calling (d*cks, b*tch, moron, infuriating, crazy, passive aggressive, scary, gay, racist, evil, liar, a**holes, weird, etc). Religious references (church setting, prayer, statue of Jesus on crucifix with bloody gash in side, eating communion wafers, etc). Religious exclamations (thank God, hell yeah, Jeez, oh my God, damn it, oh Jesus, oh God, Jesus Christ, six inches for the holy spirit, etc).

  • THEMES

    Adolescence, high school, mother-daughter relationships, family, drama, awkward young love, premarital sex, betrayal, lust, coming-of-age, identity, virginity, friends, jealousy, rejection, college applications, jobhunting, communication, New York City, teen rebellion.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Church, psychiatric ward, hospital settings. Dead friend, son died at 17 years old (possible suicide), Dad has cancer mentioned. Dog. Vomiting. Eggs eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, personal, pitch-perfect, semi-autobiographical, smart, wry, compassionate, refreshing, female-centric, thoughtful, generous, deep, rare, loving, uproarious, beautiful, special, funny, perceptive, truthful, insightful, poignant, winning, witty, snarky, sincere, edgy, unpredictable, wise, assured, near-perfect, affecting, strong, bold, tragi-comic, snappy, spirited, modest, miraculous, honest, frank, charming, impeccable. Entrancing/amusing/touching/beautiful/star/compelling/authentic/crackling/extraordinary/marvellous/excellent/sensational lead performance by Saoirse Ronan, invincible/fantastic/heartfelt performance by Laurie Metcalf, superb/impressive side characters, delightful screenplay, avoids tropes of a downbeat family drama, flashes of comedic inspiration, mature production design, believably rocky tone, loose structure, intimate cinematography, soulful score, wry/knowing ending, shrewd storytelling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    N/A

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Published in T
Saturday, 09 December 2017 10:57
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Welcome to Ebbing, Missouri.

  • Starring

    Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Sandy Martin, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving

  • Directed by

    Martin McDonagh

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (gunshot). People are thrown through a second-storey window, drilled with a dental drill, spat on, shirt-grabbed, punched, threatened, flicked with cereal, throat-grabbed, held up against a wall, pistol-whipped, kicked, accidentally set alight, scratched. A woman frequently discusses her daughters abduction/rape/murder. Crime scene photos of burned body. Molotov cocktails thrown into building/set alight; explosion. A son holds a knife to his abusive parent's throat. Bar fight. A man overhears another man describing a possible rape and murder. A youth throws a can of soda at a car windshield. Several mentions of a policeman torturing a black male while in custody. Table knocked over, window/glass door smashed, furniture thrown, object thrown/smashed, burning objects. "Killing faggots", dead kids mentioned. Characters say "torturing black dudes", "then kill 'em","shoot up a place or stab a guy", "kick your Momma's teeth in", "Dad beat the shit out of me", "I'll blow your goddamn head off", "I hope you get raped". Yelling, screaming, door slam, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse on ground (suicide). Burned/scarred face. Crime scene photos of burned victim. Chunk of skin removed from beneath fingernail. A character coughs blood over another person. Drawing blood. Vial full of blood thrown against wall (blood and gore seen on wall). Bloody hole seen in thumbnail. Bloody chin, head, body, face, nose, clothing, scratches, mouth, hand. A character's gum is injected with novocaine (dental surgery). Man on stretcher, bandaged head, arm and leg in plaster cast, people in hospital beds. Pancreatic cancer mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Cleavage, flirting. A man leads his wife into the bushes (sex implied). A husband kisses his wife. Frequent discussions about a girl who was abducted/murdered and "raped while dying". A character says "f*cking an altar boy" to a priest. A woman's ex-husband is in a relationship with a much younger woman.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Novocaine injection (dental). Alcohol (beer, spirits, wine, shots). Intoxication. Vials of pills seen on table. Smoking. Bar setting. Smoking pot, possession of two marijuana cigarettes, marijuana violations, drinking problem mentioned. Grown up children confront a parent about driving drunk when they were younger. A child asks, "Is Mommy drunk?"

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, p*ss, anus, crap, pee, c*ck, balls. Name-calling (retards, a**hole, punk, genius, idiot, midget, snotty little child, communist, faggot, smarta**, stupid, fat boy, n*gger, fags, ex-wifebeater, b*tch, hypocrite, crazy lady, Fruit Loop boy, f*ckhead, fat little Mexican boy, pigs, lazy b*tch, scumbags, dipsh*t, sh*tgirl, dwarf, etc). Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, goddamn, Jesus, God, Heaven, oh my God, for Christ sake, etc).

  • THEMES

    Justice, grief, suicide, advertising, small-town America, rape, crime, culpability, terminal illness, police investigations, bigotry, revenge, built, forgiveness, community.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husband/father. Dead daughter/sister discussed. Dead father mentioned. Job loss. A character is treated for cancer. Suicide notes. Horses, deer, turtle, fishing, beetle. Spitting, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Bold, showboating, uproarious, robust, violent, freewheeling, soaring, satisfying, gut-twisting, cinder-black, multi-layered, rewarding, accomplished, nihilistic, compassionate, funny, grim, unpredictable, corrosive, original, ballsy, quirky. Commanding/powerhouse/impressive/cranky/nuanced/heartbreaking/profane/scorching performance by Frances McDormand, blistering/delightful/affecting performances from supporting cast, rich/brassy/virtuosic/ingenious screenwriting, gallows humour, shop cinematography, unfussy production design, flavourful/distinctly American score, super song choices, bold ending.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven tone may frustrate some viewers.

The Commuter (2018)

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    What kind of person are you?

  • Starring

    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Killian Scott, Florence Pugh, Roland Møller, Dean-Charles Chapman, Clara Lago, Andy Nyman

  • Directed by

    Jaume Collet-Serra

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, hit by a bus, punched, smacked, elbowed, head-butted, slammed against objects, headlocked, hit, shoulder-charged, kicked, kneed, pepper-sprayed, shirt-grabbed, thrown from a train, near-crushed by a moving train, wrestled, thrown around the carriage, pickpocketed, held hostage. Train derailment, emergency brake pulled, train speeding out of control, train collision. Television and newspaper reports discuss a man's suicide (jumping from building). A character describes witnessing a murder at gunpoint. Bag filled with fake IDs. A man says "they always kill the kid" (Lord of the Flies reference). Blood/gore: Corpse on ground in front of bus, dead bodies on train. Bloody heads, faces, noses, lips, hands, knuckles, cuts, scratches, grazes, objects. Bone-cracking sound heard. Wound-dressing. Man on stretcher, bandages, sling, IV drip.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) A young female argues as her boyfriend tried to forcibly kiss her. Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer/pub setting). Gambling (poker).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, butt, pee. Name-calling (a**hole, suit, prick, scumbag, sonofab*tch, bastard, etc). Religious exclamations (goddam, Jesus, oh my God, what the hell, Jesus Christ, Jeez, my God, I swear to God, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Survival, mystery, train travel, commuting, job loss, desperation, observation, clues, responsibility, police corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss/redundancy. Dead father, divorce mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fast, noisy, breathless, whooshing, whiplash-inducing, enjoyable, over-the-top, diverting, stylish, zippy, pulpy. Classy/solid cast, slick/showy technical credits, superb/character-defining opening sequence; an amusingly ridiculous ride.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Senseless, forgettable, silly. Illogical storytelling, daft set pieces, tone-deaf dialogue.