Displaying items by tag: mystery Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The Commuter (2018)

Published in T
Saturday, 09 December 2017 10:35
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  • 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.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Published in M
Saturday, 25 November 2017 12:12
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch

    Not exactly killer.

  • Starring

    Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penélope Cruz, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Leslie Odom, Jr., Daisy Ridley, Lucy Boynton, Sergei Polunin

  • Directed by

    Kenneth Branagh

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (gunshot). People are stabbed repeatedly (off-screen/obscured), shot, throat-grabbed, slapped, kicked, gagged, punched, pushed, hit with objects, head-slammed, pistol-whipped. A story is told of a child abducted then found dead. People fall down through a series of platforms, fall out of bed, receive threatening letters, bangs fists, held at gunpoint. A train is derailed, a door is broken open. Theft. Camera smashed. Theft of a precious item discussed. Fake money, fraud, gangsters, dirty money, forgeries, escaped from prison, innocent woman killed herself mentioned. Armed soldiers seen. Screaming. Blood/gore: Corpse with bloody stab wounds/clothing/sheet. Bloody knife, bloody hand, bloody handkerchief. Knife protruding from shoulder. Corpse on stretcher. Scars. Multiple stab wounds, toothache, thyroid cancer mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Flirting, hand-kissing, hugging. Prostitute. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, hip flask). Drugs (Vials of Barbital; pills consumed). Smoking. Prohibition, aspirin mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (crude, demanding, insulting, funny-looking, etc). Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, devil, goddamn, in God's hands, Lucifer, good God, my God, damn, God rest his soul, God bless, etc). Derogatory terms and comments towards non-whites.

  • THEMES

    Hercule Poirot, detective work, the Orient Express, mystery, murder, revenge, clues, evidence, suspects, abduction, blame, racism, segregation, murder plots, loss of a child, fears, lies, alibis, guilt.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead employer, dead wife/mother, dead baby, dead friend, death during childbirth. Donkey, goats, dogs, pig, hanging rabbit carcases. A man stands in manure. Fur worn, full moon, thunder, lightning, avalanche. Spitting. Brief subtitles (various languages).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Polished, frisky, handsome, old-fashioned, spiffy, snappy, well-told, enjoyable, entertaining, respectable, stately. Glittery/star-studded/impressive/international/accomplished ensemble cast, fearless/penetrating/amusing/exemplary performance by Kenneth Branagh, larger-than-life characterisation, clever tale, elegant cinematography, playful wardrobe, impeccable styling, some nice/fresh new touches, tense conclusion; has an epic feel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unnecessary, frustrating, pedestrian, inert, uninvolving, far-fetched, undercooked, creaky, dusty. Caricatured performance by Johnny Depp, creaky dialogue, half-hearted action scenes, feels like The Polar Express at times.

Happy Death Day (2017)

Published in H
Monday, 09 October 2017 06:11
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  • Rating

    M: Horror themes, violence, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Tree branches.

  • Starring

    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Jason Bayle, Phi Vu, Donna Duplantier, GiGi Erneta, Tenea Intriago, Rob Mello, Cariella Smith

  • Directed by

    Christopher Landon

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed (knife/glass shard), pursued, grabbed, hit with objects, tackled, thrown/slammed against walls, throat-grabbed, doused with liquid, drowned, shoulder-charged, hair-pulled, hit by a bus, handcuffed, hit by a car, set alight (explosion), neck-snapped, poisoned, kneed, head-banged/head-slammed, kicked out of a window. People trip over, hit their head, stub toe, fall through a window (fatal). Objects thrown/smashed. Knife blade held at throat. News article about a serial killer (gunshot wounds, dead officer, first degree murder mentioned). Screaming. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Blood spatter, blood spray on window/walls, bloody knife, small cut on forehead, bloody mouth, blood smear, pooling blood. Injection (needle in arm). Knife protruding from victim. Neck snapping sounds heard. Bandaid on wound. Curtain with giant skull image. A man collapses from tiredness, fainting. Chest x-rays.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A student and teacher initiate sex in an office (kissing/caressing) before being disturbed. Nude female (rear view). A young males sits at a computer ready to watch m-m pornography. Kissing (m-m/m-f), hugging, bum-slapping. Girl in bra. A female college student wakes up in a boy's dorm room (possible sex implied). Cleavage, skimpy workout gear. Walk of shame. Comic reference to penis size. Blow-up doll in background. Condom, tongue down someone else's boyfriend's throat, masturbating mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (bong, Tylenol pills taken). Alcohol (intoxication, college students drink from plastic cups - alcohol implied). Gambling (poker). Binge drinking, [being] totally out of it last night, pills, weed, wasted, high mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    A handful of s-words, crap. Name-calling (d*ckhead, sneaky little biatch, whore, douchebag, crazy b*tch, losers, weirdo, heifers, dumb*ss, space b*tch, slut, pussy, chunkers, stupid, dumb, clumsy, tool, etc). Slang and actual terms for genitals (vagina, d*ck, balls, etc). Religious exclamations (my God, thank God, what the hell, oh my God, etc). A character speaks in a mock "reatrded" voice. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Murder, birthdays, second chances, infidelity, guilt, cheating husbands, teacher-student relationships, college life, father-daughter relationships, serial killers, jealousy, roommates, living life to the fullest.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife/mother mentioned. Relationship breakup. Hospital setting. Power blackouts. Vomiting, burping, farting. Taxidermy bear.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    tbc

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    tbc

Berlin Syndrome (2017)

Published in B
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:09
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and sex scenes.

  • The pitch

    Aussie Stockholm in Berlin.

  • Starring

    Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading, Elmira Bahrami, Christoph Franken, Lucie Aron

  • Directed by

    Cate Shortland

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are kidnapped, forced into boot/trunk of car, pushed, hit, slapped, held on floor, dragged by hair, stabbed in hand with screwdriver, trapped in flat, near-hit by car, threatened with death by axe, beaten to death with crowbar, thrown onto bed and tied by hands and feet, burned (hand on stove). Controlling behaviour (writing 'mine' on shoulder/photographing woman without her permission/posing woman for photographs/washing woman in shower/threatened with killing or kidnapping other people - including children - if woman raises alarm/grooming hair and nails/blaming/shaming). Choking demonstration (man's hand around woman's throat). Objects thrown at window to smash glass, chair slapped out of hands, breaking door open. Smashing bottles heard off-screen. Person left without electricity, food and water to freeze/starve. Blood/gore: Parent found dead on couch; body groomed. Body disposal (burning in industrial bin). Blood on hands/clothes/face; blood spatter, mopping up blood, blood dripping on floor from bag of meat. Broken bloody fingers seen then re-broken to reset. Hole in hand; wound bandaged/bandaged hand. Cuts, bruising, ligature marks on ankles, blistering from burn. Child crying from broken leg. Reference to having 12 stitches, mention of infection, implied urination/defecation. Animal skulls on wall.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scenes (explicit), implied sex scenes, oral sex. Kissing, flirting, handholding, caressing faces and bodies, playing with hair. Woman thrusting/gyrating. A teacher watches student with sexual interest then blames them for provocation ("you made a spectacle of yourself"). A woman is accused of throwing herself at men. Artwork of entwined couples. Nudity: Nude female (rear/side views), exposed breasts, shirtless man, nude buttocks (male and female). Woman pulling on underwear under towel. Couple undressing one another, woman in bra/lingerie. A man forces a woman to pose in lingerie. Students in tight gym clothes.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine). Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Religious references. Misogynist behaviour (man washing area where woman touched him, anger at woman for using his coffee mug).

  • THEMES

    Kidnapping, sexual abuse, one-night stands, Stockholm Syndrome, foreign travel, backpacking, victimisation, recklessness, regret, photography, art.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father. Urination/defecation implied (wetness on plastic sheet kept under restrained victim). Power blackout. Creepy abandoned houses. Dog barking at gate (jump scare). Reference to separated parents. Subtitles. Based on the novel Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Psychological, complex, satifsying, taut, effective, patient, rewarding, kinky, elegant, intense, arresting, harrowing, creepy, small, queasy, dark. Daring/low-key/bold/underplayed/courageous/passive/cool/constrained/honest/brave/mesmerising/miraculous performance by Teresa Palmer, menacing/clenched performance by Max Riemelt, first-rate/dazzling cinematography, inventive/selective/unsettling score, careful production design, aloof tone, nerve-shredding tension, well-earned scares, brutal/bloody violence, steamy sex scenes, slinky/insidious rhythm, pristine tech credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Over-inflated running time, unlikely/hasty ending, feels manipulative at times, ineffective attempt at providing backstory for Andi.

Get Out (2017)

Published in G
Friday, 21 April 2017 00:37
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Run rabbit, run.

  • Starring

    Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, Lil Rel Howery

  • Directed by

    Jordan Peele

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (shotgun). People are shot, strangled, dragged, kidnapped, put into a car boot/trunk, tied up, bludgeoned, hit with objects, sliced, stabbed, impaled, neck-grabbed, slammed against wall, kicked, near-choked, stomped on, hit by a car, eye-gouged. Car hits tree (fatal), car wing mirror shot. An animal is hit by a car, an insect is swatted. Burning object, smashed crockery. Screaming. A man describes how his mother died/was left bleeding by the side of the road. Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer, detached heads, terrorist, abduction, brainwashing, slavery mentioned. Blood/gore: Craniotomy (cutting into scalp, removing parietal bone, removing brain matter, exposed brain seen). Bloody heads/hair/face/mouth/teeth/hand/bullet wound/car/objects/clothing/carpet; nosebleed, bucket of blood. Bloody fur, crying/pain sounds of dying animal heard. Man in wheelchair, breathing tube, man on surgical table, IV drip. A man nicks himself shaving. Blood gushing from mouth (bitten tongue), seizures, anxiety, epileptic, transplant mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman feels a man's biceps. Shirtless man, girl in underwear. Kissing, hugging. Photograph of pregnant belly. Licking/jiggle your balls, suck your d*ck, hooking up with a girl, sex slaves mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Smoking (cigarettes). Sedate you mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, n-word, a-word. Name-calling (elderly b*tch, douchebag, crazy, dirty dog, etc). Religious exclamations (oh my God, thank God, oh Lord, what the hell? etc). Obscene finger gestures. Casual racism and jokes about racism.

  • THEMES

    Racism, hypnosis, therapy, psychology, meeting the parents, triggers, new relationships, photography, blindness, tea drinking, family, slavery, mad science, cults.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead family. Dead mother (hit and run), estranged father mentioned. Dog, deer. Taxidermy deer head on wall. Toenail collection, IBS, vomit, throwing up mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fantastic, race-conscious, thrilling, satisfying, scary, memorable, funny, satirical, potent, fearless, searing, no-holds-barred, twisted, trenchant, slow-building, creepy, crowd-pleasing, disturbing, enlightening, entertaining, stunning, smart, ambitious, effective, unnerving, masterful, relatable, dark, fresh, sharp, challenging, hilarious, unpredictable, bold. Terrifying premise, inspired/venomous script, naturalistic dialogue, expert pacing, delightful twists, occasional jump-scares, disconcerting score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Teaser trailer gives away too much.

Planetarium (2016)

Published in P
Sunday, 12 March 2017 01:52
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  • 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.

Arrival (2016)

Published in A
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:41
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Put the pieces together.

  • Starring

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Michael Stuhlbarg, Forest Whitaker, Sangita Patel, Mark O'Brien, Abigail Pniowsky, Tzi Ma, Jadyn Malone, Julia Scarlett Dan

  • Directed by

    Denis Villeneuve

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are blown backwards in an explosion, threatened at gun point. Audio playback of a man being executed (shot). Military references (personnel, vehicles, weapons, comms, tanks, jets, helicopters, warships, gunfire, etc). Minor car accident. Surveillance/news footage of objects thrown into windows, premises raided/looted, people handcuffed, compound being torched, people being shot at. News segment describes 144 cult deaths. A child screams "I hate you" to her mother. Reference to death of insurgents. Yelling, arguing. State of emergency, treason mentioned. Loud roaring, groaning, creaking, rumbling sounds heard. Blood/gore: Blood extraction. Sick/dying child. Child in hospital bed with nasal tubes. Patient on medevac stretcher. Nausea, side effects, claustrophobia, ringing in your ears, tinnitus, radiation exposure/poisoning, concussion mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None (hugging).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne). Medication mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word. Name-calling (idiots, cheeky bastard, monsters, aliens, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, dammit, what the hell).

  • THEMES

    Aliens, UFOs, first contact, linguistics, language translation, death of a child, theoretical physics, gravity, communication, interpretation, decontamination, othography, time, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, heptapods.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead child, dead friend/colleague. Estranged father/husband. Elephantine creatures with seven limbs and slimy tentacle-like hands. Caterpillar, caged bird. A black/inky substance is repeatedly seen. Brief subtitles. Adapted from Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Riveting, dizzying, beautiful, provocative, thought-provoking, superb, classy, intelligent, affecting, contemplative, cerebral, captivating, measured, unexpected, high-concept, dreamy, freaky, audacious, mind-bending, pensive, strange, gripping. Eerie/Lovecraftian/well-conceived aliens, smart storytelling, cool/graceful/composed/lucid/impressive/wondrous/bravura visuals, throughtful screenplay, spectacular ideas, rich/moving performance by Amy Adams, gaunt/unsettling/symbiotic/ethereal score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Military showdown clichés, some parts stretch believability; slightly ridiculous.

The Girl on the Train (2016)

Published in T
Friday, 07 October 2016 07:49
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Blunt falls off the wagon.

  • Starring

    Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramírez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Darren Goldstein, Lisa Kudrow

  • Directed by

    Tate Taylor

  • Running time

    112 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are bludgeoned, thrown to the ground, pushed, slapped, hair-grabbed, head-smashed, hit with objects, followed, mouth-grabbed, shirt-grabbed, stabbed, glassed, stomped on, dragged, strangled. People have smoke/water blown/thrown in their faces. A story is told of a baby drowning (wrapped corpse/burial seen). Objects thrown/smashed, broken mirror. Screaming, yelling. Homicide, smashing a woman's head on the floor, partially decomposed body, blunt force trauma mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Bloody heads, hair, hands, fingernails, faces, clothing, ground; spurting blood. Object protruding from flesh. Cemetery. Abortion mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex in bedrooms, outdoors, in the kitchen, in the shower. Masturbation. Fully nude men, women, baby (rear, side and top views - genitals obscured). People in baths, showers, underwear; shirtless man, cleavage. Kissing, breast-grabbing, finger-sucking, undressing. A story is told of a woman falling pregnant/giving birth at the age of 17. Kissing thighs, holding breasts mentioned. Infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, spirits, cocktails, wine). Intoxication, alcoholism, bar settings. AA meeting. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Derogatory term for women (whore). Religious exclamations (what the hell).

  • THEMES

    Exes, alcoholism, murder, betrayal, infidelity, obsessions, therapy, intoxication, memory, blackouts, missed calls, abusive relationships, domestic violence, voyeurism, self-loathing, infertility, the other woman, self-defense, sketching.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wife/neighbour, husband/father killed. Dead brother, dead parents, job loss, abortion mentioned. Funeral, burial scenes. Toilet, pregnancy test. Brief Spanish (no translation). Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Tense, voyeuristic, sexy, brutal, engaging. Enigmatic/effective/terrific/broken/excellent/convincing performance by Emily Blunt, acerbic/appealling performance by Allison Janney, extraordinary musical score, reasonably faithful to the Paula Hawkins novel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    So-so, unconvincing, repetitive, ungripping, disappointing, lukewarm, predictable, contrived, one-dimensional, clichéd, tedious, flimsy, unsuspenseful, sloppy. Dour/undimensional/humourless/sullen characters, bland script, boring/crummy/pinched visuals, some amateurish direction, camp climax.

Observance

Published in O
Friday, 08 April 2016 11:13
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It's here.

  • Starring

    Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Brendan Cowell, John Jarratt, Benedict Hardie, Tom O'Sullivan, Roger Ward, Gabriel Dunn

  • Directed by

    Joseph Sims-Dennett

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide attempt (wrist-slicing). People are followed, watched, manhandled, scalded, grabbed, run at, slapped, trapped, tackled, face-grabbed, hit with objects. Break-and-enter. A man puts bait on a hook in close-up. Object knocked over. Arguing, yelling. Strangled her, committed suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, parts of body seen in water (drowning implied), photos of corpses (very bloody). Bloody thumb, objects, clothing, eyeball, face, nose, head, hand, wrist. Dripping/smeared blood. Scars, burns, torn/peeling face. Animal corpse, loose eyeballs. Child seen with blackened eyes (dream sequence). Broken neck mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have bedroom sex. A man watches internet porn, masturbates. Kissing (photo). Nude woman (rear and side views). Low-cut gown, cleavage. Man in shower (no genitals seen), woman in nightgown, woman in towel. Shirtless man. Mistress mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word. P*ss. Religious reference.

  • THEMES

    Private investigating, voyeurism, phone-tapping, spying, death of a child, grief, reporting, fever, suicide, debt, ringing phones, relationships, engagement, sanity, paranoia, hallucinations, tragedy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead child, estranged wife, dead fiance. Abortion mentioned. Buzzing insects, rat, dogs, unknown creature swimming in liquid, fishing, dead worms, animal head. Weird black goo, unexplained thumps/activity/voices/visions/moving objects. Spitting, vomiting. Toilet. Vision under end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Effective, surreal, impressive, admirable, abstract, intense, atmospheric, creepy, ambiguous, simmering, stylish, odd, polished, refreshing, supernatural, solid, unsettling, chilling, disturbing, dread-inducing, unnerving, gripping, suffocating, paranoid, claustrophobic, twitchy, icky, low-budget. Solid performances, creative/remarkable/phenomenal/original/menacing/terrific sound design, striking/beautiful imagery, good/promising build-up, jagged approach to narrative, obscure/cryptic sequences, grand ideas/execution, dramatic footage of the sea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Incoherent, muddled, vague, disappointing, frustrating. Distracting/bad accents, tired gimmick, confounding plot, little sense of urgency, WTF ending.

A Bigger Splash

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Thursday, 17 March 2016 06:18
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong nudity.

  • The pitch

    A revelatory Emotional Rescue.

  • Starring

    Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Aurore Clément, Lily McMenamy

  • Directed by

    Luca Guadagnino

  • Running time

    124 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are slapped, headlocked, choked, drowned, mocked, pushed under water. Suicide attempt/note discussed. A glass is kicked over/smashed, keys are knocked out of a man's hand. Crashed car. A fish is sliced and gutted (food prep), a lizard is thrown. A character makes a stabbing gesture toward their heart (comic). Yelling, arguing, screaming. Far-right thugs, communists, "killed their father" (figurative), smugglers, suicide, crashing your car, bombed by the allies, processing slaves, dead immigrants mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse, coffin. Bloody scratches, abrasions. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A man holds the bloody entrails of a fish. Scars, bruise. Actors on a TV show wear medical face masks. Surgery mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex in the pool, bedroom, on the beach (implied). Oral sex/orgasm. Kissing, flirting, caressing, skinny-dipping. Full male and female nudity, exposed breasts/bottoms, nipples visible beneath clothing, girl in lingerie, shirtless men. Skimpy clothing, swimwear, dancewear, cleavage. Infidelity, underage sex. References to incest, sodomy (metaphoric).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A couple snorts white powder (cocaine assumed). A woman takes prescription pills. A woman consumes an unknown drug (pill). Alcohol (wine, spirits, beer, cocktails). Intoxication. Smoking. Rehab, cocaine, pills, addiction, drugs, sleeping pills mentioned. Club, bar settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, sl*t. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Relationships, exes, fame, envy, celebrity, sobriety, suicide, father-daughter relationships, manipulation, accidents, tragedy, The Rolling Stones, pop culture, bad dancing, creepy fathers, karaoke, refugees, infidelity, police investigation, hidden agendas.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cancer, headaches, puke, rehab mentioned. Snakes, buzzing flies, dogs, gecko. Plane, dust storm. Seafood eaten. Urination (on a sacred site). Some Italian and Arabic languages (no subtitles). Inspired by 1969 drama La Piscine. Named after a David Hockney painting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Distinctive, intense, entertaining, oddball, strange, funny, unexpected, sly, unpredictable, erotic, sun-baked, stylish, witty, loopy, ambitious, playful, lush, intriguing, lively, eccentric, bawdy, boisterous, unorthodox. Immaculate casting, outstanding/superb performances, Fiennes is brilliant/magnificent/jaw-dropping/hilarious/film-stealing, spectacular/glorious locations, relaxed pace, bold music.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, overlong. Flippant/embarrassing portryal of Italian police, awkward/exploitative allusions to illegal immigrant crisis, bizarre/unsatisfying/flat ending.