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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Published in A
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:04
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The universe lies within your grasp.

  • Starring

    Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen, Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Carrie Coonm Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Benicio Del Toro, Kerry Condon, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Dinklage, Don Cheadle, Benedict Wong

  • Directed by

    Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

  • Running time

    149 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, lanced, tortured, grabbed, tackled, punched, kicked, tied up, muzzled, thrown through the air/against objects, smacked, thumped, hit with objects, pile-driven, impaled, threatened at knife-point, beaten, arm-grabbed, throat-grabbed, shirt-grabbed, near-hit by car, crushed beneath objects, disintegrated, impaled, stood on, stabbed, slashed with a blade, broken up into pieces, pulled apart, pierced by crystal blades, sucked into space, neck-snapped, caught in web, attacked by creatures, roped, face-grabbed, headbutted, struck by meteor shower. Mass shooting (genocide). A character is thrown from a high cliff (sacrifice). A character tries to stab herself (attempted suicide). Spaceships, planets, buildings, objects attacked/destroyed. Explosions, ground torn apart, flying debris, mass devastation. Massive battle scene (humanoids/creatures). Burning objects/trees, smashed objects, debris. Cars sliced, thrown, crashed; helicopter crash. Roaring, arguing, screaming, mass panic, snarling. Stole my ship and slaughered my people/that would be suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Many bodies on ground, bodies and debris floating through space. Huge hole in head. Body in pooling blood. Severed limbs/torsos, burning skin, neck-snapping sounds. Bloody mouths, foreheads, faces, noses, arms, legs, cuts, scratches, gashes. Blood spatter (blue/green/red), pooling blood, bleeding, bloody drool. Veins, light seen under skin. Eye patch, dislodged eyeball, eyeball inserted into eye socket. Scars, singed hand, missing hands (replaced by gloves).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None.) Shirtless men, skimpy costumes, cleavage. Kissing, flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None.)

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-word, pee, nutsack, crap, chill the F, p*ssed, screw you, motherf--. Name-calling (douchebag, chattering animal, Squidward, d-hole, weirdos, rabbit, morons, fool, criminals, insane, bastards, dipsh*t, stupid, madman, insect, monster, a**hole, etc). Religious exclamations (oh my god, god no, I swear to god, what the hell, damn it, Jesus, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Power, greed, destiny, teamwork, diversity, loyalty, father-daughter relationships, mentors, sacrifice, patricide, genocide, pop culture references, good vs evil, self-destruction.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead sibling, lover, leaders, friends. Dead mothers, fathers, sisters, uncle, daughter, mentioned. Bright light flash. Ghostly hooded figure with missing nose/flesh, character with horns on head, scary creatures with sharp teeth/leather skin/drool/sharp claws. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    High-stakes, effective, super-heroic, dramatic, uproarious, confident, apocalyptic, colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous, dark, spectacular, amusing, overwhelming, bizarre, exciting, silly, smart, epic, exhilarating, fast-paced, cohesive, big, pulpy. Powerful/interesting/complex/ferocious/menacing/worthy/tragic/riveting villain thunderously voiced by Josh Brolin, supersized set pieces, fine performances, sharp one-liners, surprising deaths, technically wondrous fight scenes, frantic/furious action, adroit management of tone, supremely watchable, stark/shocking/gut-punch/giddy/breathless ending.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Busy, long, crammed, exhausting, formulaic. Messy battles, a little disjointed/monotonous/forgettable at times, some viewers might feel cheated with so many loose ends left dangling.

The Dark Tower (2017)

Published in T
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:13
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    There are other stories than these.

  • Starring

    Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Claudia Kim, Jackie Earle Haley, Nicholas Hamilton

  • Directed by

    Nikolaj Arcel

  • Running time

    95 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot (many), run through with swords, kicked, slashed, strapped into experiment chairs, punched, knocked to the ground, asphyxiated, burned, hit by car, pursued, thrown through the air, grabbed by monsters/demons, shirt-grabbed, dangled over a cliff edge, wrestled, hair-pulled, dragged, knocked over, hit by falling objects, ordered to stop breathing, ordered to kill each other, pinned against tree, pierced in shoulder, face-grabbed, kidnapped, blindfolded, stabbed, smacked, slammed against wall/out of window/into bus, thrown down stairs, elbowed, sliced with shard of glass, crushed beneath objects. Burning village, property damage, rubble. Tower struck with laser of light/energy. Balls of red energy in sky, explosion. News reports of earthquake damage/rubble, 5 dead in downtown explosion. Banging on door/door kicked in. Sketch book grabbed from schoolkid. Objects thrown. Screaming, roaring. Apocalypse mentioned. Blood/gore: Bodies on ground, bodies falling. Burn mark on floor (implied remains of murdered parent). Bloody shoulder, hand, lips, mouth, clothing, forehead, chest, objects, bullet wound. Gash on neck, open bloody wound, dismembered limb (tentacle), wound on neck. Dripping blood, licking blood, blood spatter, bleeding nose. Demon/monster with big scary teeth, tentacles, slimy skin etc. Hospital setting (patient in hospital bed, IV lines/drips). Bandage, people on stretchers. Creepy characters with fake human head masks (raised scar lines down necks, flabby skin joins, peeling skin, raised dark veins). "They eat kids", infection, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis E, chronic radiation sickness mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (painkillers and vitamins). Alcohol (wine). Antibiotics mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, butt. Name-calling (crazy, special, sorcerer, trespasser, seat filler, stalker, dog, savages, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Christ, Jesus, what the hell, go to hell, for Christ's sake, I swear to God, etc).

  • THEMES

    The Dark Tower, the last Gunslinger, fantasy worlds, magic, adventure, survival, insanity, rivals, unlikely heroes, legends, visions, sketches, psychiatry, psychic powers, revenge.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father figures, dead mother. Hospital setting. Earthquakes, tremors, nightmares, visions. Abandoned theme park, power blackout. Dog, goats, chickens. Taxidermy heads on wall. Spider, demons, monsters mentioned. Rabbit killed (off-screen) and eaten, hot dog eaten. Cooking hamburgers, cooking chicken.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Competent, watchable, lean, mean, pulpy, fast-paced, decent. Inspired casting, fine performances, entertaining visual effects, promising opening sequence.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Derivative, forgettable, average, disappointing, underwhelming, uninspiring, generic-looking, airless, pointless, inauthentic, flavourless, boring, convoluted, truncated, bad. One-dimensional characters, erratic storytelling, needlessly busy/ramshackle plot, wonky writing, laughable dialogue, bland exposition, poor editing; superficial adaptation of superb source material, lacks gravitas.

The Mummy (2017)

Published in T
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:29
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes, violence and sustained threat.

  • The pitch

    Tom Cruise has it all wrapped up.

  • Starring

    Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari

  • Directed by

    Alex Kurtzman

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A female slices the throats of her father, his wife and their newborn baby (implied deaths - black blood spatter seen). Characters are embalmed/mummified alive, shot (bullets/tranquiliser darts), punched, kicked, speared, restrained, chained, bitten by a spider, stabbed (blades/syringes), thrown to the ground/through the air/out of a window/through a windscreen/out of a moving vehicle, slammed against a tree, dragged along by a moving vehicle, sucked out of an aircraft, life-sucked (breath/life drawn out mouth-to-mouth), attacked by plagues of rats and spiders, tackled, face-grabbed, throat-grabbed, hit with objects, roundhouse-kicked, harpooned, strait-jacketed, possessed, rammed into a glass panel head-first, elbowed, headlocked, near-hit by car/bus/tube train, smacked, hair-grabbed, leg-snapped, face-licked, slapped, dragged underwater/drowned, head-smashed/stomped, resurrected, shoulder-charged, pursued. Plane crash (implied - bird strike, aircraft spiralling toward ground on fire, engine explosion, wreckage later seen). A zombie dives through a car window, gets slammed in half against a tree, gets maimed. Vehicle rollover. A man stabs himself with a ceremonial dagger (sacrificial suicide/resurrection). A man punches his hand through a zombie's head. A character turns into an evil incarnation of himself. A spider crawls into a man's ear. A man inserts his fingers up under another man's ribs. Grenades thrown, explosions, airstrike. Ancient statues are shot/damaged. Buildings collapse, village attacked/mass damage, giant sinkhole. Military aircraft, vehicles, personnel, weapons. Objects shot, knocked over, destroyed with an axe, smashed; broken glass, exploding glass, exploding street lights, electrical sparks. Screaming, rasping, roaring, maniacal laughing. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, resurrected bodies/zombies (leathery skin, missing flesh/limbs/hands, split in half, roaring, etc), bodies in plastic body bags on morgue tables. Skeletons, skulls, bones. Blood spatter, bloody cuts on face/forehead, blood dripping into water, blood on shirt/objects. Zombie characters turn into dust, get head-smashed, have head pulled apart, have head stomped on. A mummy character is seen in various stages of rejuvenation (missing flesh, crooked posture, bones/sinew visible, etc). A man's throat and face become pale with blackening veins after being bitten by a spider. Cloudy eyes, burned/scarred hand, yellow/green eyes, eyes rolling back into head. A man is injected with serum via a device containing four syringes. Body scan images of woman seen on monitor. Morgue, funeral settings. Science lab filled with skulls, snakes, creatures, etc, in jars. Burial, tombs, coffins, graves, cemetery. Live birds hung upside down (ceremonial). Died in childbirth, dissection mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is seen straddling different men several times in the film (sex implied). Nude man (holding crotch area), nude woman (side/rear views), shirtless men. A man and a woman banter about a one-night stand they recently shared. A female character licks a man's face.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, shots, spirits). Bar setting. A man injects himself with an unknown serum. A woman is tied up and forcibly fed mercury intravenously (embalming). Characters are shot with tranquiliser darts.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (monster, insurgents, crazy bastard, sonofab*tch, fanatical, cursed, chick, thief, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my god, damn, what in the living hell, what the hell, Jesus, gods, etc).

  • THEMES

    Egyptian mummies, curses, evil, thieves, zombies, London, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, resurrection, sacrifice, ceremonial dagger, mummification.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead wife/stepmother, dead baby/stepbrother, dead friends. Childbirth scene (brief, not graphic). Grave-robbing. Funeral, church settings. Lightning, thunder, sandstorms, full moon. Helicopters, plane. Spiders, rats, crows, horses, cows. Vomiting. Brief Ancient Egyptian language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Action-packed, ridiculous, fun, big-budget, elaborate. Occasionally rollicking, Sofia Boutella is Princess Ahmanet is a genuinely creepy/eye-catching/menacing baddie, Jake Johnson is a delight, Cruise amuses.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Aimless, lukewarm, derivative, unnecessary, silly, unremarkable, tedious, endless, pointless, lifeless, flabby, shapeless, strained, loud, excessive, mechanical, scattershot. Messy plot, underwhelming action scenes, mouldy/shouted dialogue, insistent score, lumbering/scenery-chewing/ill-conceived performance by Russell Crowe.

Wonder Woman (2017)

Published in W
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:55
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and action violence.

  • The pitch

    The time has come.

  • Starring

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Ewen Bremner, Danny Huston, Eugene Brave Rock, Saïd Taghmaoui

  • Directed by

    Patty Jenkins

  • Running time

    141 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (a man ingests a suicide pill, a man sacrifices himself to trigger an explosion). Characters are shot (bullets/arrows/burning arrows), slashed, run through (arrows/swords), stabbed, speared, punched, kicked, hit with objects, lassoed, blasted through the air/to the ground/against objects/out of a window, thrown from a horse/out of a plane, near-drowned, throat-grabbed, pile-driven, tied up, crushed (implied), headbutted, gassed, pushed aside, roundhouse-kicked. A plane crashes into the sea/pilot's leg caught in sinking aircraft. A masked person dies in a chemical experiment (coughing/struggling/damaged gas mask). World War I setting (muddy trenches, military aircraft/munitions/experiments/soldiers/weapons/vehicles/ships/bases, gas masks, barbed wire). Explosions (factories/warehouses/aircraft, fireballs, heavy gunfire, grenades thrown. Bar fight. People jump from high ledges, fall down the side of a high tower. People whip horses trying to get them to exit mud. Property damage, the bell tower of a church is destroyed, rubble, devastated countryside. A character tears the ground up, earthquake-style. Weapons training/sparring, objects smashed/crushed, objects/vehicles thrown. Chained man seen. An animated painting depicts battles between gods and humans. A sword is known as the God Killer. A character is nicknamed Doctor Poison. Characters shoos lightning-style electrical charges from their arms/hands. Slavery, homes and villages looted and burned, innocents killed, smuggler, murderer mentioned. Yelling, arguing, screaming (babies/children). Blood/gore: (The film is mostly bloodless.) Dead bodies on ground/swinging from a rope. Injured soldier with blackened/bloodied leg stump. Bloody cut on arm, blood drops on clothing, blood on hand/shoulder/bandage. Sword pushed through chest (no blood/gore seen). A character has a faceplate covering part of her burned/scarred/fleshless face. Burn mark on chest. Frothing at the mouth (from suicide pill). Walking wounded returning from battle (bandages/crutches/wheelchair, etc). Scars, bruising. White skin/blue veins seen in a man's face when he inhales a strength-enhancing gas. Skulls seen in museum cabinet. 25 million people dead, women and children slaughtered mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man and a woman discuss sleeping together (reproductive biology, pleasures of the flesh, procreation, laying/sleeping beside one another while unmarried mentioned). Nude male in bath (pubic area very briefly glimpsed/hand cupping genitals), shirtless man. A man flaps his kilt over a fire (underwear visible). Nude characters seen in painting (genitals/breasts obscured). Kissing, handholding, flirting, ogling. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. A man says he is "both frightened and aroused" by a woman's actions.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne, hip flasks; intoxication). Bar setting. A man inhales a strength-enhancing gas. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe).

  • LANGUAGE

    (There is no swearing in the film.) Name-calling (cowards, stupid, sweetheart, little thief, distracting, idiot, etc). Religious references (gods) and exclamations (what the bloody hell was that, thank God, my God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Wonder Woman, mankind, World War I, armies, chemical experiments, poison gas, peace, gods, sisters, spies, super strength, archaic attitudes toward women, armistace, metal fabrication, dysfunctional families, love, origin stories, saving the world, innocence, goodness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead sister/aunt, dead friends, dead lover. World War I trenches, bar settings. Armadillo, bull, dogs, peacocks, sheep. Waterfalls. Leather, fur worn. Some foreign languages (Spanish, French, ancient Greek, Chinese, Sumerian); subtitles/translation.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Wonderful, standalone, ass-kicking, high-stakes, smart, slick, satisfying, rollicking, feminist, assured, sly, chilling, groundbreaking, gritty, retro-cool, resonant, funny, formidable, hopeful, surprising, cinematic, gorgeous, powerful. Compelling/convincing/fearsome/athletic/optimistic heroine, standout/thrilling/dazzling/balletic/zippy/inventive/explosive/engaging/visceral/ethereal battle sequences, unexpected/electric chemistry between leads, well-earned laughs, superb costume design, vivid locales, never preachy/heavy-handed.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Weak villains, unnecessary/eye-rolling/formulaic/routine/overlong/loud/airless final half hour, annoying/distracting accents, imperfect CGI, some far-fetched script/plotting, some ham-fisted dialogue, broadly drawn supporting characters.

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    There's something in the water.

  • Starring

    Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Angus Barnett, Martin Klebba, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

  • Directed by

    Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

  • Running time

    129 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (Most of the violence is bloodless/implied/off-screen/in shadow.) Characters are shot, run through, stabbed, sliced, thrown overboard/down stairs/from a horse/off a roof/into burning water/through the air, pushed aside, pursued, punched, flipped, tackled, held at gunpoint, held at knifepoint/swordpoint, impaled, imprisoned, throat-grabbed, neck-snapped, knocked to the ground, dragged, tied up, gagged, chained/shackled, shoved against a wall, handcuffed, near-executed (woman with noose around neck, man in guillotine), blasted with water, slapped, near-eaten by a shark, caught in a net, beaten, hung upside down and speared, hit with objects, squished between two boats, possessed, drowned (implied). Sword seen piercing through chests, explosions seen blasting through people's chests. Survivors wading in water during a sea battle are ordered to be shot. A boy throws himself overboad while tied to a bundle of rocks (possible drowning implied). Ships are attacked with cannonfire; explosions, burning ships, sinking ships, burning flag. A ship opens up like a spider/skeleton and "eats" other ships. A ship teeters on the edge of a waterfall (tense). Part of a boat is eaten by a shark. A village is near-destroyed during a robbery (buildings/overpass damaged, falling debris, mass panic). A rat is thrown into a boiling cauldron, a shark is hit with an oar. Smashed bottle, broken glass. Bank robbery, lock-picking, bribery. Yelling, arguing, screaming, hissing. Painful cries and yelps heard as sailors are killed (implied); slashing/slicing sounds heard. A character is known as "the butcher of the sea", an area of land is called Hangman's Bay. Objects/people fall over, people fall from high up. Swordfights, fist fights. Beating, execution, hanging, disembowelment, firing squad, guillotine, stoning, tortured and killed, we will beat your captain to death, mutiny mentioned. Blood/gore: Decapitated/bloody heads in basket. Dead bodies on deck, floating in the sea. Ghostly resurrected sailors have white/scaly/cracked skin, missing limbs and body parts, exposed skeletons/bones, ash flying around them, decay, husky/wheezing voices, dark eyes, missing heads/faces/torsos, black goo oozing from mouths, bloodshot eyes, the ability to walk on water. Bloody cuts, cheek, lip, mouth, hands, palm, bullet wound, slash on arm, clothing, floor, compass; dripping blood, blood moon. Characters disappear into a cloud of dust and die. People try and tear a man's toenail off. Scars, peg leg, stitches on head. Walls are filled with skulls on shelves, furniture and railings are made from skeletons/bones. Faces covered in barnacles, people covered in mud, people with dirty faces, sunburned skin. Patients in hospital beds. Skull and crossbones insignia seen. Hanging described (eyes bulging, tongue lagging, breaking neck, etc). Cart loaded with coffins. Scabies mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding, flirting, ogling, undressing. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Couple seen in bed together (asleep/clothed). Infidelity implied (a clothed woman is found with a man who is not her husband). Sexual-themed euphemisms ("no woman has ever handled my Herschel", "18lb balls - that's why he walked funny", "I'm not paying you for that", "shacking up with sister", "she's a horologist you know - my mum was a horologist (ie prostitute", etc).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (rum). Intoxication. Pub setting. A witch drinks a potion (resembles runny petroleum jelly).

  • LANGUAGE

    Possible f-word (muffled), bugger, p*ss. Name-calling (pathetic bilge rats, disturbed, stupid, devil, witch, wench, wicked lass, trollop, filthy, pirate, worthless braggard, swine, coward, evil spawn, cursed eunuch, common, dimwitted, scum, stupid, it, filthy beast, etc). A woman is mocked for being fat and ugly. Religious references (crucifix on wall, confession heard, etc) and exclamations (my God, Devil's triangle, etc).

  • THEMES

    Trident of Poseiden, curses, pirates, estranged fathers, father-son relationships, orphans, battles at sea, bank robbery, treason, execution, revenge, sacrifice, astronomy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead captain, dead shipmates. Kill her brother, estranged fathers, cursed father, widowed sister mentioned. Hospital, pub, underwater, wedding settings. Thunder, lightning, earthquaking, parting of the sea. Resurrected brids, fish and sharks (skeletons/missing body parts), horses, donkeys, pigs, rats, ocean fish, flies, monkey, bird poo. Giant skeleton character. Spitting. Bedwetting mentioned. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rollicking, enjoyable, swashbuckling, emotional, romantic, entertaining, surprising, diverting, fun, admirable, playful, absorbing, fresh. Impressive opening sequence, well-staged/thrilling action, memorable set pieces, beautiful locations, colourful cinematography, some spectacular CGI, easy-to-follow narrative, delightful/funny cameo by Sir Paul McCartney, satisfying/neat finale, captures some of the essence/charm of the original Gore Verbinski film.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overengineered, unnecessary, nonsensical. A little overstuffed/incoherent/messy, slim character evolution, few new ideas, some long stretches of fruitless exposition, panto-ish performance by Johnny Depp, some jokes fall flat.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Published in K
Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:33
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Orphaned sons of anarchy.

  • Starring

    Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell, Annabelle Wallis

  • Directed by

    Guy Ritchie

  • Running time

    126 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, kicked, kneed, slapped, thrown, pushed, thrown from buildings/horses, slashed, stabbed, dragged by noose around neck, dragged off horses, shoved to knees, shoulder-charged, cut, hit with objects/fireballs, speared, shot with arrows, branded, throat-slit, attacked/bitten by dogs, impaled, slapped, headbutted, sliced, attacked by birds, thrown into walls/columns, shackled (in prison), dragged by hair, executed (beheading), bitten/eaten by snake, dragged under water, turned into stone, kidnapped. People on fire/explode; people fall from great heights/jump to their deaths/jump into a river. People fall down, hit their heads; sword stabbed through stomach. Parents killed in front of children, children taken as punishment (see children in cages). Trials - attacked by snakes, grabbed and dragged by giant bats, attacked by large rats, moving through scenery with bones of giant animals, stalked by wolves. A horse falls to its death after being deliberately riddeon over edge. Explosions, burning bridges/buildings, arson. Battles, armies clashing. Gigantic elephants knock over people/buildings; buildings/structures/bridges knocked down/destroyed/collapsed. Child being bullied (money stolen/pushed/nighmares/thrown in river/chased/head-dunked/growing up in brothel/punched/hit by soldier). Prostitutes are hit/slapped by clients. Threats of violence/death ("I'm going to take your hands for that"/knife to throat/"cut your hand off"/threat to cut off ear). Killing by arrow, head rolling (execution), person tied to chopping block, home razed/burned to ground, murdered mages, sinking barges, riots, killing civilians/rebels, Vikings, slavery mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies on ground, bodies hanging from trees. Person's ear cut off, people's throats slit, cuts on shoulder/faces. Bloody cuts on child's face, bloodied flag, bloody arrow, blood on clothes, blood spatter. Bloodied and bruised man chained up (torture implied). Nose bleed, dripping blood, bloody face. Cuts, scars, bruises, black eyes, blind eye, limping, bandaged head, wrapped hand, sore ribs. Arrow protruding from thigh. Burning funeral pyres. Swords/spears/knife seen entering flesh. Human bones, giant animal bones. Snake cut in half.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Brothel setting. Prostitutes (covered by sheets) and clients. Breasts visible on tapestry. Semi-nude sea witches and tree nymphs (breasts covered by hair). Shirtless men, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (brandy, people drink from goblets). Gambling (dice). Tree nymphs hallucinate from snake venom.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bollocks, p*ss. Name-calling (stupid, bastards, son of a prostitute, etc). Slang references to genitals.

  • THEMES

    King Arthur, Excalibur, the sword in the stone, legends, trials, sacrifice, assassination, fantasy, magic, sorcery, uxoricide, filicide, extortion, murder, armies, rebels, nightmares, kidnapping, orphans.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, brothel settings. Horses, dogs, giant snakes, giant bats, giant rats, wolves, octopus women, shadowy/smoky/firey man-monster, tree nymphs. Earth quaking. People wear animal pelts/skulls. Raw meat.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stylish, engrossing, fun, kinetic, chaotic, thrilling, funny, mocking, light, entertaining, violent, unsentimental, thunderous, bloody, bludgeoning, loud. Enjoyable/malevolent/career-best/effective/magnificent performance by Jude Law, unconventional/skirling score, some interesting camera angles, decent one-liners, some imaginative narrative touches, tactile costume design, richly detailed sets.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Messy, dull, strained, bombastic, thudding, vulgar, frustrating, misshapen, inert, lopsided, muddled. Underdeveloped characters, over-dictated plot, generic/incoherent action sequences, deafening music, oppressive CGI, some ludicrous set pieces.

A Dog's Purpose (2017)

Published in A
Friday, 12 May 2017 05:45
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    Sit, stay.

  • Starring

    Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz

  • Directed by

    Lasse Hallström

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Animals are shot, nudged, kicked, left in hot car (dehydrated/blurry vision), swiped at/chased by other animals, dragged out from underneath a couch, mistreated (chained up outside for months/matted fur/abandoned by side of road), near-hit by a car, caught by a dog-catcher, banished to the garage, euthanised. People are held at gunpoint, knocked/pushed over, tackled (football), tipped over, wrestled, lunged at, punched, bitten/attacked by dogs, pulled out of chair, slapped, trapped in a burning house, arm-grabbed. People bump their head, collapse into a hot-dog stand from dizziness, collapse a table. House set on fire (firecracker through mail slot)/sleeping people wake and escape from burning building, man gets leg caught beneath burning object. Missing child - domestic argument evolved into armed kidnapping of 12-year-old girl, girl knocked into river, girl rescued by dog. Guns fired (range practice). Breaking glass heard (dog chasing cat). llustrated fight scenes in comic. Newspaper headline about Cuban Missile Crisis/nuclear annihilation mentioned. Yelling, arguing, yelping, hissing, whimpering, screaming, barking. Blood/gore: Dog deaths: illness (in vet, mention of kidney's shutting down, reference to needle that will euthanise dog), old age, euthanised, shot. Dead cat. Bloody fur, ground. Leg in cast, man being loaded into ambulance with blackened face (house fire survivor). Injection given (immunisation). Dead skunk mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Kissing, hugging, flirting. People in swimwear, woman in bubble bath, cleavage. Butt-sniffing, face-licking, puppies nursing, dog sniffing up girl's skirt, dog referred to as "girlfriend replacement". A male dog who reincarnates as a female puppy says he is missing something.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne). Alcoholism.

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt, shut up. Name-calling (moron, alcoholic, idiot, crazy, stubborn, etc).

  • THEMES

    Dogs, companionship, loyalty, reincarnation, death, grief, alcohol abuse, tracking, police dog (K9) units, euthanasia, loneliness, relationship breakup, the meaning of life, bonding.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Loss of scholarship, relationship breakup due to drinking problem. Dead wife, dead husband mentioned. Dogs, puppies, cat, chickens, donkey. Dog rolling in poo, dog's butt shaken to help him poo, child prying open dog's mouth to retrieve swallowed coin, dogs in cages. Farting, poo. Based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Heartwarming, soul-shattering, comforting, earnest, tear-jerking, sweet, light, squishy, engaging, uplifting, harmless. Irresistible/adorable dogs, appealling human performances, gentle narration by Josh Gad, sun-dappled visuals, sentimental/emotional score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Shameless, mawkish, kitsch, hokey, cloying, schmaltzy, corny, insipid, grim, clumsy, manipulative, melancholy, disjointed, irritating. Dark beginning sequence, episodic storyline, cheesy ending, over-simplified philosophy.

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

Published in T
Saturday, 25 March 2017 22:22
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and animated violence.

  • The pitch

    All important movies start with a black screen.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Conan O'Brien, Doug Benson, Billy Dee Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard

  • Directed by

    Chris McKay

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot at, gassed, frozen, thrown/blasted through the air, kicked, punched, hit by a car, karate-kicked, imprisoned, captured in a giant box, hit with objects, levitated, impaled, turned into animals/objects, near-crushed, egged. Plane filled with dynamite/bombs/C-4 exposives hijacked, mid-air battle/people fall from a damaged aircraft, helicopter shot down. A truck slams into a car, car rollover. Explosions, burning city/objects, spewing lava. Mass property/city destruction, bomb explodes bridge, a tall building collapses. A cat blackens after being struck by lava. Objects knocked off desk, smashed glass/mirrors. Trophy (weapons) cabinet. Panic, screaming, arguing. Acid moat, ring of napalm, jaws of death, looting, tail gunner for the Royal Air Force mentioned. Characters say "I hate you" to one another. Blood/gore: (None): Skeleton characters, skeletons seen through X-ray machine.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Flirting, hugging. Characters in underwear/robe. Shirtless (bat)man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Characters drink from wine goblets. Gamble, roulette, drinking chardonnay, pinot grigio mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    What the heck? Butt. Name-calling (loser, vigilante, street meat, expendable, diseased lunatics, bad guys, muggles, etc). Religious exclamations (holy cow, etc).

  • THEMES

    Batman, family, adoption, orphans, superheroes, baddies, feelings, loneliness, nemeses, rejection, merchandise, father figures, relationships, good ideas, teamwork.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Orphanage, jail settings. Thunder, lightning, fireworks, plane, helicopters. Orca, shark, sea monster, penguins, alligator, medusa, bats, dog, monkeys, dolphin, dinosaur, gremlins, vampire, gorilla, fish, crabs, sideshow clowns, snake-clouds, cat. Lobster eaten. Raspberry-blowing, spitting (water). Farts, fear of snakes/clouds mentioned. Vision under end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kicky, bedazzling, super-fun, witty, satirical, mocking, sophisticated, lightning-fast, brain-bursting, exhilarating, quick, cutthroat, self-knowing, fun, manic, giddy, worthy, exuberant, stylish, spectacular, fresh, entertaining, riotous, expressive, subversive, cinematic. Gorgeous animation, outlandish humour, outrageous/ravishing/flawless visuals, rousing action, endless/thoughtful/clever/non-repetitive/obscure references; even the sound design is funny.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Exhausting, chaotic, relentless. Hackneyed plot, some unfunny/confusing/dull stretches.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Published in B
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 08:59
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    There may be something there that wasn't there before.

  • Starring

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Nathan Mack, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci

  • Directed by

    Bill Condon

  • Running time

    129 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, flicked with mud, pursued/attacked/bitten by wolves, imprisoned, dragged, hit with objects, thrown through the air, tied up, crushed beneath a falling object, pushed down stairs, scalded with hot water/steam, throat-grabbed, kicked, shoved. Characters dangle precariously/fall from high ledges. An angry mob break down a door and enter a castle intending to "kill the beast". A woman's laundry is tipped over by bullies. Objects thrown, slashed, smashed, pushed off table, whacked. Burning objects, tree hit by lightning. A man throws a dagger into a picture of a stag. Screaming, roaring, growling, snarling. Arguing. War, explosions, "I will feed you to the wolves", attempted murder mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody bullet wound on shirt, blood prick on finger, bloody bite wound, face/head covered in plague sores, healed (human) bite mark on stomach, gash scars over a wolf's eye. Plague mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, hugging, swooning, bum-grabbing. Cleavage. Very mild comic references to infidelity ("how is your wife?") and homosexuality (LeFou's affection for Gaston/men dancing as a pair/men dressed in drag).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Villagers in a tavern drink from pitchers (ale assumed). Wine. A female drinks a potion that teleports her across time and space.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (bookworm, fool, strange, special, peculiar, funny, small-minded, damsel, spinster, simple, boorish, brainless, idiot, cold-hearted, thief, liar, clingy, huge, horrid, monstrous, crazy, old, filthy hag, monster, etc). Religious exclamations (thank Heavens).

  • THEMES

    Beauty and the Beast, enchantment, villagers, books, reading, father-daughter relationships, anger management, angry mobs, magic mirrors, roses.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother mentioned. Dog, horses, donkeys, geese, goats, chickens, caged birds, wolves, moths, rabbits, cobwebs, owl. Fireworks (opening credits), lightning, thunder. Seafood in market stall, roast meats served. Urination, spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, show-stopping, fresh, faithful, magical, unabashed, energetic, warm, crafty, lovely, funny, sweet, lush, memorable, enjoyable, entertaining, unbeastly. Dazzling/charming/innocent performance by Emma Watson, soulful performance by Dan Stevens, scene-stealing performances by Josh Gad and Luke Evans, fun/starry voice cast, lavish visuals, triumphant/immaculate production design, big ensemble dance pieces, some impressive CGI, sugar-rush finale, unforgettable/infectious songs.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Manufactured, overstuffed. The CGI isn't always perfect/convincing.

Planetarium (2016)

Published in P
Sunday, 12 March 2017 01:52
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, sex, nudity and drug use.

  • The pitch

    I always feel love for winged things.

  • Starring

    Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori, Louis Garrel, David Bennent, Damien Chapelle

  • Directed by

    Rebecca Zlotowski

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man appears to be choking (gloved fingers seen pressing into throat). A girl is slapped. Explosion, burning equipment. Overturned cart (accident) mentioned. Blood/gore: Bleeding from ear. Leukaemia mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man shows a woman pornographic videos (threesomes, oral sex, etc). Kissing (m-f; m-m), hand-holding, caressing, undressing. Full-frontal male nudity, female nudity (rear/side views). Erection visible beneath trousers. Nude men seen bathing in the distance. Shirtless men, women in nightwear, women in lingerie. Breathing/groaning sounds coming from a bedroom sound like sex noises. Orgy mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (white powder rubbed on gums). Alcohol (champagne, beer, spirits, wine). Smoking. A girl consumes laxative and diuretic pills. Alcoholic mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (calculating, megalomaniac, bastard, jealous, disgusting, prude, whore, off the rails, etc). Religious references and exclamations (crucifix on wall, actor wearing nun's habit, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Sisters, mediumship, seances, 1940s France, acting, filmmaking, cabaret, scientific experiments, father-son relationships, foreigners, prejudice, anti-Semitism, skeptics, leukaemia, death.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead brother, dead wife, dead father, dead child, dead sister mentioned. Coloured pigeons, caged birds, cat, dog, caged rabbits. Taxidermy mice. Fur worn. Drooling, gagging. French language (subtitles). Loosely inspired by the Fox sisters.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spellbinding, enigmatic, ambitious, sensual, sophisticated, semi-allegorical, layered, star-studded, dreamy, delicate, ephemeral, lush, arty. Superb/stunning/strong/assured/commanding performances, alluring premise, gorgeous/ravishing/luscious visuals, beautiful/bohemian/sumptuous/exquisite production design and costumes, convincing recreations of mid-century film stock.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Boring, scattered, flaky, insubstantial, forgettable, superficial, spiritless, inert, messy, aimless, prosaic. Clumsy/enervating/dull at times, meagre script, basic plot progression.