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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).

Monster Trucks (2016)

Published in M
Saturday, 07 January 2017 22:52
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    Truck yeah!

  • Starring

    Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Holt McCallany, Tucker Albrizzi, Frank Whaley

  • Directed by

    Chris Wedge

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot with tranquiliser darts, captured/held in tanks, near-crushed, pursued, thrown through the air/to the ground/out of vehicles, ridiculed, grabbed, dragged, pushed, slapped, slammed against truck, splashed with paint, doused in poison, experimented upon, squirted with water, elbowed, near-drowned, arrested. Oil pipes burst causing explosions. A man dangles precariously over a high cliff edge. Reckless driving, vehicles sideswiped/shunted/rammed, vehicle rollovers/spinouts/collisions/flip, vehicles shot at. A truck drives over vehicles, a truck smashes through a trailer, a truck crashes into vehicles/objects, a truck rams another vehicle causing it to drive over a cliff. Crushed/crushing vehicles, holes in vehicles, wrecked cars, vehicles hit with objects/kicked. Conspirators plan to poison a nest of creatures. A creature breaks through a windscreen to attack a driver. A vehicle and driver fall into a drop. Burning road (flare). Objects thrown/knocked over/thumped with fists. A teen boy plays a violent video game in the background (characters seen shooting/getting shot/possible blood spatter). Creaking/roaring sounds, screaming. A girl says she might die here (referring to a hopeless future), she might get abducted walking home. POWs, Stockholm Syndrome, falsifying environmental protection reports, lying to the media, going to prison mentioned. Blood/gore: None. Man in wheelchair.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, handholding, hugging. Cleavage, skimpy clothing, top of butt crack. A young man fantasises taking an imaginary hitchhiker and her imaginary sisters to Coachella.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A creature is shot with tranquiliser darts/sedated. Alcohol (spirits).

  • LANGUAGE

    What the..? What the heck? Oh my gosh. Dump. Name-calling (go-getter, vandals, squishy piece of squish, smelly, land squid, blob, mucous twins, slugs, things, slimebag, etc). Religious exclamations (God).

  • THEMES

    Monsters, new animal species, family, betrayal, auto mechanics, vehicle modifications, hive intelligence, unlikely friendships, oil drilling, evil corporations, biology, tutoring, bioluminescence, train-dodging.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Estranged father/husband. Vehicle repossessed. Creatures with slimy skin, tentacles, sharp teeth, big eyes, etc. Dogs, horse, pigeons, horned lizards. Cat photos. Burping, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fast-paced, fun, high-concept, innocuous, goofy, ridiculous, perky, energetic, chaotic, childish, cute, good-natured, simple, safe, gleeful. Family friendly, inventive/entertaining chase sequences, fun/hilarious/enjoyable moments from Rob Lowe and Thomas Lennon, strong/simmering chemistry between Lucas Till and Jane Levy; will please its young/undiscerning target audience, has throwback charm.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Tone-deaf, clunky, nonsensical, lame, recycled, hackneyed, silly. Bland direction, sub-par animation/action, significant product placement, equally promotes gas-guzzling SUVs and environmental protection issues.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Published in F
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:15
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  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Pack your suitcase.

  • Starring

    Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Gemma Chan, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo

  • Directed by

    David Yates

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are killed/stunned into unconsciousness, shot at, punched, hit, pushed, shoved, knocked to the ground, blasted through the air, hit with wand strikes/objects, bumped into, bitten, pursued, frozen, dragged, teleported, obliviated, handcuffed, sentenced to death, face-grabbed, thrown over a railing/from up high, bound, jailed. A creature crashes through walls/rooms/cars/crowds/windows. Buildings/vehicles/shops/apartments/subway stations trashed. Cracks appear in walls/floors/roads. Smashed/shattered glass; objects kicked in/thrown through the air/dropped/smashed/snapped in two. Creatures eaten by other creatures. Characters fall through a shopfront/out of a tree/from a chandelier. Many items stolen. A story is told how a woman beats/mistreats her many adopted children. References to fighting in World War I. A child sings a song about destroying witches ("gonna watch her burn"). Not going to poison you, killed by a kid, mass slaughter, picking locks, I'd rather chop off my hand mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse with dark veins beneath skin. A young male seems to explode/tear apart. Bloody bite mark on neck, scratches/slashes on palms. Wound-dressing, wound-healing. Scabby mark on face. Sides of meat are cut up and fed to creatures. A creature has its tongue on a man's eyeball ready to suck out his brain. Skull susceptible to breakage mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Mating call/dance. A creature chases a man hoping to mate with him. Woman in lingerie, cleavage. Flirting, kissing. Man in shower (no nudity seen). A woman with mind-reading powers says she knows what every guy is thinking when they see her. A woman asks a man if his wife knows he has a mistress.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, shots). Bar/speakeasy setting (bottles of liquor on shelves). Adults drink giggle water (alcoholic). A man takes a pill/drinks a potion. Smoking (cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    Bugger, anus. Name-calling (pilfering pest, incorrigible, freak, wicked, unnatural, fools, etc).

  • THEMES

    Witches, wizards, beasts, endangered creatures, quests, 1920s New York City, rejection, mind-reading, romance, dreams, pastries, cooking, research, betrayal, bigotry, adoption, child abuse, fear.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother, dead son/brother. Dead mother mentioned. Thunder, lightning. Dogs, horses, lion, monkey, birds, hippo, elves, cockroaches, seal. Creatures with similarities to: platypus, eagle, stick insects, snakes (with wings), jellyfish, octopus, sloth, mice, hedgehog, insects, winged creatures (bats/pterodactyls), dung beetles, chickens, owl, butterflies, mosquito, sloth. Scary dark masses with black sand/tendrils. Characters with white eyes, blue eyes, invisibility, mind-reading, ability to see into the future, scales, very sharp teeth, pointy ears, fur, tentacles, large eyes, twisted fingers, long fingernails. Power blackout. Some fast editing/bright flashes of white light.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Wonderful, enjoyable, glorious, rich, baroque, detailed, fun, buoyant, irresistible, unpretentious, good-natured, inventive, smart, engaging, spry, blithe, thrilling, effects-heavy, satsifying, sophisticated, spellbinding, polished, action-packed, relevant. Lovely/geeky/charming/bookish performance by Eddie Redmayne, terrific chemistry between cast, breathtaking/stylized/period-specific/nostalgic/otherworldly/spectacular/dazzling 1920s Manhattan setting, vivid CGI, sumptuous visuals, outstanding costumes, light-hearted premise, dark moments, inventive language, cacophonous/rousing finale, memorable cameo at the end of the film, impeccably crafted, doesn't talk down to its audience.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Episodic, overstuffed, incohesive, meandering. Feels franchise-y/lifeless/padded, lacks magic.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Published in H
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 05:55
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong battle violence, blood and gore.

  • The pitch

    Quite a wall to climb.

  • Starring

    Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Matt Nable, Nathaniel Buzolic, Richard Roxburgh

  • Directed by

    Mel Gibson

  • Running time

    139 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, bayoneted, set alight, thrown/blasted through the air, hit with objects, throat-grabbed, dragged, near hit-by vehicles, found crushed beneath a car, slapped, teased, bullied, beaten, rammed against a wall, buried alive, throat-sliced (off-camera/sound heard), sabotaged, captured, beheaded, sacrificed (harakiri). Explosions. Siblings wrestle/fight/punch/kick; a boy hits his brother over the head with a brick. A woman is threatened by an alcoholic husband. A man holds his father at gunpoint. A father threatens to beat/whip his sons. A story is heard of two young men committing suicide because they were declined entry into the military. Newreel footage of Nazi soldiers/flags. Objects thrown, smashed, exploded, grabbed, punched. Very intense and grisly battle scenes. Military vehicles/training/ships/aircraft, grenades, satchel charges, bayonet attacks, mortars. Yelling, arguing, screaming, battle cries. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (many - fresh/decomposed/piled up). Bloody heads, hands, faces, hair, legs, clothing, ground, wounds, linen, cuts, scrapes; blood on headstone, spots of blood spray, spurting blood, blood extraction. Torsos cut in half, missing limbs, spilled guts, visible bone/flesh. Torsos/bodies used as shields. Needles injected into skin (one seen in close-up). People on stretchers, hospital beds. Bandages, tourniquets, bruising, bloodshot eyes, scarred (burned) face/arm, rope burns. Surgery, vials of blood/plasma. Knife protruding/removed from boot.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple kiss in their bedroom on their wedding night (sex implied - not seen). Nude man (genitals mostly obscured - full rear view seen), shirtless men, men in loincloth underwear, cleavage. Kissing, flirting. A man reads a 1940s girlie magazine. Married to first cousin, lover, mistress, concubine mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (morphine). Alcohol (beer). Intoxication, alcoholic husband/father. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, son-of-a-bitch. Name-calling. Slang words for genitals/bodily functions/women. Heavy religious references and exclamations (damn, what the hell, Satan, the Sabbath, good Christian, good Lord). Derogatory references/jokes about religion, women, American Indians, countryfolk.

  • THEMES

    Desmond Doss, conscientious objectors, army medics, faith, religion, Seventh Day Adventism, World War II, the Battle of Okinawa, court martial, stubbornness, pride, dating, imprisonment, morals, nightmares, rescue, heroes, brotherhood, mateship.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cemtery, church, courtroom, hospital, war settings. Alcoholic husband/father. Dead friends. Marriage proposal, engagement, woman stood up at altar, man tells how he was given up to an orphanage as a child. Rats, maggots. Waterfall. Toilet. Vomiting. Vision at end credits. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thrilling, riveting, maddening, gruesome, effective, bloody, brutal, powerful, visceral, devastating, potent, bombastic, crowd-pleasing, pounding. Extraordinary second half, lucid/clear/violent/long/gut-wrenching/blistering/relentless/delirious/kinetic/staggering/skillfully choreographed action, captivating/sincere/winning/inhabited/committed/likeable/believable performance by Andrew Garfield.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Derivative, cheesy, programmatic, safe, overdone. Conventional/corny/groan-worthy/clichéd first half, promotes pacifism by celebrating violence.

Don't Breathe (2016)

Published in D
Saturday, 08 October 2016 03:14
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Will press your panic button.

  • Starring

    Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto

  • Directed by

    Fede Alvarez

  • Running time

    88 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, grabbed, rammed against walls, held at gunpoint, punched, dragged, tied up, gagged, near-molested, hooded, pursued/hunted, near-choked, thrown through plate glass, attacked by a dog, head-slammed, hit with objects, kicked, glassed, face-grabbed, headlocked, bludgeoned, handcuffed, hair-pulled, stomped on. People crash to the ground from upper floors. An animal is sedated, trapped. Break-and-enter, stealing. Objects thrown, smashed, punched, shot, shoulder-charged, cut with scissors. Daughter killed in fatal car accident (mentioned and newspaper headlines). A female tells how she was locked in the trunk of a car as a child. A man was reportedly blinded by shrapnel while serving at war. A photograph of a child is positioned upside-down (creepy). Larceny, double homicide mentioned. Heavy breathing, creaking floorboards. Screaming, growling, snarling. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody heads, faces, necks, foreheads, hair, mouths, knuckles, hands, walls, bullet wounds, objects, clothing; blood spatter, spurting blood, pooling blood. Chunks of flesh fly off when people are shot. Scars, bruising, swelling, dried blood, bandage, drool. Patient with oxygen mask on stretcher. Milky white (blind) eyes.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is almost forcibly inseminated. Semen is squirted into a man's face/mouth. Vial of semen. Undressing, woman in lingerie, cleavage. A woman makes an oral sex gesture with her fist. Jerk off, rape, masturbation mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). A dog is sedated with a laced chew. Smoking (possible joint).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious exclamations (Jesus, there is no God).

  • THEMES

    Home invasion, blindness, home security, crime, theft, survival, guard dogs, kidnapping, panic alarms, senses, revenge, artificial insemination.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead daughter, dead woman (pregnant). Estranged father mentioned. Dog, ladybugs. Urination. Power blackout.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Elegant, fast-paced, dazzling, inventive, unsettling, claustrophobic, lean, mean, intense, streamlined, crowd-pleasing, muscular, brutal, relentless, immersive, unpredictable, suspenseful, gruelling. Basic setup, enticing premise, fierce/fantastic/powerful/menacing/intimidating/imposing/excellent/physical performance by Stephen Lang, murky/decrepit production design, shadowy cinematography, layered/effective/atmospheric/intense sound design, eerie finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A little implausible, gets a bit ridiculous/repetitive toward the end, cheap/misjudged/grotesque psychosexual moment.

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Published in D
Monday, 03 October 2016 05:25
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    This is not a drill.

  • Starring

    Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Ethan Suplee, Trace Adkins, Brad Leland

  • Directed by

    Peter Berg

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are crushed, pinned, thrown through the air/against objects, covered in mud, banged against railings, hit by projectiles/flying glass, burned, scalded, covered in debris, knocked unconscious, slammed against a wall. A man bangs his head against a glass mirror. People jump/are thrown from high ledges. Explosions, fireballs, burning water/objects. Damage, debris, broken/smashed glass. Birds fly into a helicopter/a boat. Yelling, screaming, arguing, mass panic. Indictment for manslaughter mentioned. Blood/gore: Broken leg (protruding bone), broken glass protruding from skin. A falling body hits a metal air vent (fatal). People are covered in blood, scratches, cuts. Swollen eye, bruising, bandages, crutches. A long shard of glass is removed from skin. Dead/oil-covered bird. Roll call of deceased.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in underwear (sex implied). Kissing. Shirtless man, man in shower (no nudity seen). A man says his cat used to try and mount his dog.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). A man is asked if he is on medication. Receiving/drinking a bottle of wine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, p*ssed. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (so help you God, oh my God, goddamit, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Deepwater Horizon, oil drilling, rigs, disaster, oil spills, mud displacement, pressure levels, scandal, safety, corporate greed, environmental catastrophe, testing, awards, rescue, chaos.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Ocean/underwater setting. Fishing photo (catfish). Helicopters. Taxidermy animals seen in background. Strobing lights. Based on true events. Based on Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rugged, realistic, action-packed, vivid, fast-paced, spectacular, harrowing, courageous, angry, effective, brave, unsentimental, gruelling, no-nonsense, thrilling, white-knuckle, stunning, human, plausible, visceral, solid, tense, unsettling, impressive. Excellent/fantastic/relatable performances, seamless special effects, terse/tense/technically complex/cleverly incoherent dialogue, disorienting/smart editing, hyper-real sound design, a worthy tribute to the people involved.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Thin characterisation, treacly/clumsy song over end credits, doesn't address the environmental impact of the tragedy.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Published in M
Saturday, 01 October 2016 03:59
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence, some scary scenes.

  • The pitch

    The bird will explain everything.

  • Starring

    Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie, Hayden Keeler-Stone, Georgia Pemberton, Milo Parker, Raffiella Chapman

  • Directed by

    Tim Burton

  • Running time

    127 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot with arrows (crossbow) and bullets (.38), hit by vehicles, grabbed, laughed at, knocked unconscious, hit with objects, impaled, stabbed, splashed with beer, set on fire, thrown through the air, slammed into walls/windows, knocked aside, roped, frozen, trapped beneath ice, near-hit with knives, attacked by birds/bees, punched, stomped on, bitten, turned to stone/shattered, eye-gouged, slashed on face, cleavered, dropped to the ground. Characters slide down a rooftop. Objects smashed, kicked, thrown, shoulder-charged, set on fire, thumped. Explosion. Air raid/bomb dropped on house. A teddy bear is torn in half, an inanimate object is brought to life then killed in a fight. Children wear World War II-style gas masks. Trashed houses, broken glass, swastikas seen, air raid siren heard. Children enter a sideshow haunted house (fluorescent skulls, giant spiders seen). A man watches a TV program of birds attacking carrion. References to "monsters" (ie Nazis) in Poland during World War II. A newspaper article mentions the sinking of a luxury cruise liner. A story is told of a German air raid on a children's home leaving no survivors. A boy asks, "Do you want to know who killed me?" Yelling, screaming, mass panic. Killing people, [being] brutally attacked mentioned. Blood/gore: A man's eyes are plucked out (many others implied). A pile of eyeballs seen; eyeballs are eaten. Jars of organs seen. Organs are inserted into inanimate objects/a boy to bring them to life. Skeleton characters are blown apart (skulls, pelvic bones etc seen flying off). Bloody objects, hand, organs, scratches. Inky blood seen. Welts seen on face. Corpses (adult/children/animal), skeletons, skulls. Injured bird. Characters with empty eye sockets. Smoke rises from people being experimented upon. Stitching (doll). Nightmares, anxiety mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, hand-holding, hugging. An invisible child is frequently understood to be naked. Two teens undress to 1940s-style underwear. A man says he suspected his late father of infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Smoking (pipe, cigarettes). Pub setting. Prescription pills mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Bollocks, crap, what the..? Name-calling. Religious exclamations (God bless him, oh my God, thank God, Heaven knows).

  • THEMES

    Adventure, grandfather-grandson relationships, special powers, time travel, fathers, therapy, jealousy, power, factions, experiments, therianthropy (shapeshifting), immortality, birdwatching, Ymbrines, Hollowgasts, Wights, invisibility, resurrection, maps.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead grandfather. Birds, crabs, bees, squirrel, ocean fish. Planes (Messerschmitt), toilet. Characters with glowing white eyes, long tentacles, eyeless faces, large/sharp/scary teeth, super powers, amphibious limbs, empty eye sockets, monkey tail/legs. Roast meat eaten. Spitting (water). A character removes his contact lenses. Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stylish, mordant, charming, funny, pleasing, singular, admirable, macabre. Outstanding characters, gripping/crowd-pleasing finale, sensational costumes, elaborate/meticulously detailed set design, marvelous effects/CGI, some glorious visuals, lush cinematography, clever jump cut after opening credits, sharp contrast between real and fantastic worlds, good use of metaphor about the horrors of World War II.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, clichéd, disappointing, complicated, trite. Straightforward/restrained filmmaking, underused cast/characters, stuffy/dreary/dull in parts, excessive exposition, senseless final battle, off-kilter accents, the only non-white actor plays the villain.

Storks (2016)

Published in S
Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:21
This feature is preceeded by short film THE MASTER featuring a man and chicken whom are kicked, grabbed, thrown through the air, crushed under falling objects, punched and left dangling precariously from high ledges. Themes include compromise, martial arts, ninjas, fighting, intros and legendary warriors.   DISCLAIMER: The informatio...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may scare very young children.

  • The pitch

    Baby pow(d)er.

  • Starring

    Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Katie Crown, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Anton Starkman, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman

  • Directed by

    Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A character falls to (assumed) certain death. Characters get gummed, feather-plucked, eye-poked, licked, beak-grabbed, lip-pulled, pursued, covered in mess, whacked with objects, knocked unconscious, tied up, hung upside-down, rammed, ear-pulled, bitten, stabbed with fork, electrocuted, catapulted, trapped. Characters plummet toward the ground, run into glass/knock themselves out, hit their heads, jump out of a window. Aircraft crash. Objects smacked out of hands, accidentally set on fire, smashed, stabbed. Images of exploding buildings/cities/planet/trees. Montage of mothers shielding babies from fiery arrows/sabre-tooth tiger attack. A helicopter explodes. A penguin is eaten by a walrus. Building collapse, mass property destruction. Ethnic tension, panic room, eating a baby, bite arm off, glueing eyes shut mentioned. Screaming, arguing, growling, snarling, crying, belching. Blood/gore: Mangled/broken wing. Fork sticking out of an animal's chest. Fainting, nappy-sniffing. Wing in sling. Cracking bones heard. A tooth falls out of a singed bird's mouth. Internal bleeding mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude baby-bums. Pixelated bird-bottom.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Peed. Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Delivery, flight, family, babies, power, promotion, orphans, horrible bosses, teamwork, bonding, hopes, disappointment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing family, job loss, cease and desist notice served. Birds (lots!), wolves, polar bear, arctic monkey, hare, cats. Full moon, plane, avalanche, waterfall, blizzard, rapids. Vomiting (off-screen). Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, poignant, hilarious, worthwhile, amusing, buoyant, madcap, lively, fun, offbeat, wacky, witty, warm, inventive, energetic, colourful. Terrific voice cast, some inspired comedy moments, crisp/brightly rendered animation, nurturing/understated score, progressive montage about modern parenting, lessons never feel saccharine.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Broad, silly. A little overstuffed, messy plot, noisy/chaotic ending, some lazy plot devices.

The Space Between (2016)

Published in T
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 22:53
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and brief sex scene.

  • The pitch

    la dolce vita.

  • Starring

    Flavio Parenti, Maeve Dermody, Elettra Dallimore Mallaby, Alberto Torquati

  • Directed by

    Ruth Borgobello

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Head-on car collision (fatal) - car flipped, crumpled car seen against tree, newspaper headline announcing death in crash. Threat to cut off finger (joke). Blood/gore: Coffin, funeral. Blood pressure test, panic attack (shortness of breath/pale and sweaty skin). Dead fish being cleaned/cooked. Erupting hernia (joke) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Implied sex (couple in bed together; couple seen beneath sheets). Kissing, hugging. Shirtless man, bare backs/shoulders, women in pyjamas/underwear, man in underwear, people in swimwear. Reference to oral sex. Joke about cat's sex life ("your mother's been getting around").

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (marijuana - implied). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking (cigarette, cigars). Drinking to cope with grief. Reference to father's medication.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture (album cover).

  • THEMES

    Tragedy, loss, aged care, relationships, work-related stress, redundancy, car accidents, grief, depression, prophetic dreams, family obligations, personal sacrifice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, cemetery settings. Dead grandparents, mother (stroke) mentioned. Urination, vomiting. Fish, octopus, roast meat cooked/eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, sensory, stylish, emotional, beautiful, thoughtful, warm, celebratory, dreamy, autumnal, big-hearted. Dazzling landscapes/locations, good chemistry between leads, first Australian-Italian co-production.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Undercooked. Weak dialogue.

Sully (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 05 September 2016 06:06
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Just a man doing a job.

  • Starring

    Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan

  • Directed by

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Planes crash into buildings/water. Explosions. Cars thrown through the air. A man is near-hit by a car. A woman says she feels like "running over the press [media] with a car". Blood/gore: A woman holds her leg in pain. Medical examination. Severe laceration, tourniquet, the shakes, rapid heartbeat, blood and urine test mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man (man in towel).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Bar setting. Drink, drugs, breathalyser mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, oh my God, please God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Chesley Sullenberger, Flight 1549, human performance, emergency procedures, aviation investigation, bird strikes, procedure, professionalism, unlikely heroes, dual engine failure, water landing, National Transport Safety Board (NTSB), risk assessment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Plane, light plane, jets, plane crashes. Flock of birds. Vision under end credits, mid-credits scene. Based on a true story. Adapted from Chesley Sullenberger's Miracle on the Hudson.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Vigorous, involving, taut, vivid, elegant, eloquent, to-the-point, upbeat, comprehensive, well-crafted, riveting, stirring, exciting, moving, non-sensationalist, unfussy, honest, skillful, effective, thrilling, feel-good, crowd-pleasing. Alarming opening sequence, wonderful performances, sure-handed direction, crisp cinematography, first-rate/seamless digital effects, swift/fleet-footed/masterful editing, remarkable true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Feels a little padded, one-dimensional secondary characters.