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Monster Trucks (2016)

Published in M
Saturday, 07 January 2017 22:52
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Additional Info

  • 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.

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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  • 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.

Free State of Jones (2016)

Published in F
Thursday, 01 September 2016 09:46
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    A conflicted Reconstruction.

  • Starring

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Christopher Berry, Sean Bridgers, Jacob Lofland, Thomas Francis Murphy

  • Directed by

    Gary Ross

  • Running time

    139 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, slapped, beaten, whipped (implied), raped (implied), hunted, bitten, threatened with guns/knives, hanged (including children), strangled, dragged, kicked, mutilated (genitals cut off - implied), terrorised. Animal stabbed repeatedly. Battles, skirmishes, cannon fire, explosions. Ku Klux Klan members seen. Homes/businesses/cotton/fields burned. Young girls armed with shotguns. Stealing, arson, ransacking. Collapsed buildings. Hanging deserters, starvation mentioned. Screaming (childbirth), shouting. Blood/gore: Hanged corpses (including children), coffins. Soldiers marching over dead bodies. Pigs eat a dead man's stomach. Corpse being loaded onto mule for return home. Mothers cut down hanged sons. Exploding heads (shot), leg blown off (blood/bone/muscle/sinew visible). Bloody legs, arms, clothing, faces, bullet wounds, heads, torsos, backs, objects, bandages, water, floor. Black eye, scars, scratches. Face/head caved in; open skull. Medical tent (lots of blood). Man using saw on patient. Stitching, wound-cleaning, limping. People with bloody stumps, infection, branding scar on face. Dog roasted/eaten; pig roasted/eaten/cut up. Photos of dead bodies. Man with metal neck contraption (slavery device). Child with high fever.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    References to rape. Blood on woman's back after being beaten for denying sex. Kissing, flirting, holding, comforting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking (cigarettes, pipes). Intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE

    N-word. Name-calling. Religious references (prayer) and exclamations (God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Newton Knight, nineteenth century American history, American Civil War, slavery, death, grief, segregation, race, drafting, abolitionists, deserters, freedom, injustice, uprising, enlistment, mixed-race relationships, Reconstruction, miscegenation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    American Civil War, funeral, courtroom settings. Estranged (sold) family mentioned. Birth scene. Pigs, dogs, mule, snake, horses, flies. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Quiet, deliberate, relevant, horrifying, ambitious, powerful, comprehensive, honest, good, important, absorbing, educational, well-intentioned. Career-best/empathetic/solid performance by Matthew McConaughey, bracing/chilling opening sequence, compelling/intriguing/little-known/fascinating story, Gary Ross establishes a thoughtful/non-sensationalistic/unsentimental tone, lush rural locations, sets and costumes have a lived-in-and-died-in look.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Imperfect, workmanlike, dry, sober, studious, drab, dogged, pious, stiff-jointed, cautious, confused, rambling, drippy, vanilla, overlong, inert, inelegant, problematic. Recurring flash-forward scenes are distracting/out of place, shapeless story.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Published in T
Thursday, 01 September 2016 05:36
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    To the top, Johnny.

  • Starring

    Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Richard Curtis, Eddie Izzard, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Aspinall, Elvis Costello, Richard Lester, Malcolm Gladwell, Larry Kane, Sigourney Weaver, Dr Kitty Oliver, Howard Goodall, Jon Savage, Ed Freeman. Archival footage of John Lennon, Brian Epstein, George Harrison. Voices of Derek Taylor, George Martin.

  • Directed by

    Ron Howard

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Archival footage of people being crushed/mobbed in crowds; a man is pursued/hit with object/tackled to ground by security. Newspaper article and telegram announce John F Kennedy assassination, footage of Texas sniper Charles Whitman and casualties. Photos of band with doll parts and cuts of meat draped over them. Images of nuclear testing (Atoll), race riots, explosions/fighting during Vietnam War, Project Gemini I launch, tanks, armed soldiers, objects being smashed/burned. Screaming, fainting. Casualties, missing civil rights activists, bomb scare mentioned. Blood/gore: Image of woman with bloodied face/clothes. Images of patients being treated from crowd crush. Footage of body bag.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    People in swimwear, shirtless men. A billboard sign advertises a strip club. A woman (seen in shadow) strips in front of a live audience. A man says "The maid wants a piece of you - I don't mean sexually".

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Image of man smoking a (assumed) marijuana joint. Alcohol (wine, beer). Smoking. Being stoned/high on marijuana mentioned. 

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, crap. Religious references and exclamations (hell, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    The Beatles, Beatlemania, live performance, songwriting, fame, touring, lads, British humour, star quality, fan mail, controversy, phenomenon, blasphemy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mothers mentioned (cancer, car accident). Planes, helicopters, horses, dogs. Footage and audio soundbites during end credits, full 30-minute performance of Shea Stadium concert after credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, nostalgic, immersive, intimate, fleet, bubbly, fresh, crowd-pleasing, compelling, fun, diverting, affectionate, absorbing. Crisp/deft editing, lively/engaging interviews, remarkably candid archival footage, Shea Stadium footage is sublime.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Conventional approach, some perplexing/random interviewees.

War Dogs (2016)

Published in W
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 23:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

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

  • The pitch

    All the money is made between the lines.

  • Starring

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

  • Directed by

    Todd Phillips

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

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

  • SEX/NUDITY

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

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

  • CRITICS LIKE

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Published in K
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 04:02
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Don't mess with the monkey.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Rooney Mara, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro

  • Directed by

    Travis Knight

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are capsized, thrown overboard, near-drowned (assumed), scalded, hit with objects/whipped, thrown through the air, poked, grabbed, pursued, near-stomped, near-eaten, chained up, kicked, hypnotised, slapped, attacked. Sword battles. Characters hit their heads, fall from high ledges. Animated origami animals are cut up, maimed, throat-cut. Fish are speared/chopped up/eaten. A village is destroyed (burned to the ground). Objects thrown, broken. Explosions. Yelling, roaring. "They'll kill me and take out your eye", "I'm going to stab him" mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood oozes into water when a character hits her face on a sharp rock. Bloody cuts. Red paper spurts like spraying blood. Giant eyeballs spurt inky liquid when shot with arrows, sword in eyeball. Whale carcass, pile of animal bones, giant skeleton with swords in skull. Scars, bruising, eye patch, bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (pipe).

  • LANGUAGE

    A character says "food" in place of another f-word. Name-calling (show-off). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Family, quests, faith, magic, origami, mother-son relationships, death, sacrifice, loss, memorialising, grief, storytelling, ceremony, evil sisters, destiny, betrayal, blindness, dreams, mortality, Obon Festival, mythology.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents. Dead mother. Dead father/husband mentioned. Cemetery setting. Ghostly spirits of deceased loved ones, witches, giant skeleton with fiery red eyes, giant eyeballs. Tidal wave, snowstorm, full moon, thunder, lightning, waterfall, rockfall. Monkey, beetle, fireflies, heron, box of fish (market), origami animals (snake, deer, dragon, tiger, spider, shark, chicken, birds, mosquitoes). Snail/slug cooked and eaten. Feathers worn. Gagging, slurping, licking. Bright white flashes. Vision over end credits, mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Staggering, beautiful, unforgettable, immense, true, emotional, powerful, poignant, engaging, immersive, funny, assured, tender, original, dark, thrilling, spectacular, magical, wondrous, inventive. Jaw-dropping/distinctive craftmanship, inspired/richly inspired/tactile/ingenious/ravishing production design/stop-motion, gorgeous/striking/dazzling/eye-popping/evocative/tremendous visuals, lush/lively/stirring/Asian-accented score, obsessive attention to detail, excellent voice cast, warm/engaging characters, often-harrowing/dream-like narrative, cutting-edge technology.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Incessant references to the storytelling process, non-Asian cast, some underdeveloped characterisation.

Sausage Party (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 08 August 2016 23:44
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong crude sexual humour, language, coarse language and drug use.

  • The pitch

    Food porn.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera

  • Directed by

    Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A character commits suicide. Characters are shot, chopped, sliced, diced, boiled, fried, cooked, eaten, binned, thrown through the air, squished, squashed, torn up, juiced, tied up, smashed, minced, grated, beheaded, eye-plucked, grated, microwaved, slapped, knifed, cut in half, grabbed, thrown to the ground, poked, neck-broken, scalded, wrestled, drugged, near-strangled, hair-pulled, head-slammed, smacked, bitten, stomped on, hit with objects, fizz-bombed, hung upside-down, frozen, blasted. Characters bang their heads, run into objects, fall from high ledges. Explosions, fireballs, property damage. Jokes about genocide, Hitler, Nazis, World War II. Exterminating juice (ie Jews), just kill yourself, murder mentioned. Yelling, arguing, screaming, growling. Blood/gore: Decapitated head, detached eyeball. Spilled/squished foods and liquids resemble blood/gore/guts. A tampon sucks up red liquid resembling blood. "Bloody" hand mark, missing "limbs", bitemark, bandage. Bottled characters have their liquids drunk (sadistic). A character injects himself with a drug (needle seen).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Food orgy, group (food) sex, oral sex, analingus, dry-humping, leg-spreading, groping, masturbating. Kissing (m-m; m-f; f-f), ogling, flirting, undie-snapping, caressing, crotch-grabbing, finger-sniffing, motorboating. Objects inserted up/pulled out of bottoms. Jokes about tea-bagging, tips, masturbation, homosexuality, ejaculate, virgins. One character is an animated vaginal douche (that's not an insult, btw. He really is a douche - ed); another character is a talking (soiled) condom. Cleavage, testicle, skimpy clothing, butt-crack, exposed man-belly. Food are designed with implied breasts, bottoms, anuses, breasts, genitals. Obscene hand and finger gestures. Trash talk. MILF mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drug deal. Characters get stoned (bath salts/marijuana), shot with drug-laced arrows. Animated bottles of beer, cocktails, peyote, spirits. Intoxication, hallucination, tripping. Cigarette butts, drug paraphenalia seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, butts. Name-calling. Slang for genitals, bodily fluids. Derogatory terms for women. Jokes about race/ethnicity/religion/sexual/gender/politics/disability. Religious references and exclamations (God, hell, Jesus, the devil). Obscene hand and finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Perspective, religion, faith, community, equality, food puns, revenge, proof, sex, orgies, chaos, cartoons, horny food, hope, rebellion, drugs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Fireworks. Poo on ground. Toilet. Nose-wiping, spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Funny, fast-paced, irreverent, crass, foul-mouthed, outrageous, intelligent, amusing, colourful, entertaining, raunchy, raucous, madcap, offensive, hilarious, creative, witty. Silly/clever/funny premise, sharp/well-timed humour, crazy set pieces, inventive direction, interesting detaills, good-looking animation, exciting action scenes, freaky horror moments, jaw-dropping finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Disgusting, infantile, terrible, crap, disingenuous, immature, painful, unfunny, distasteful, disturbing, disappointing. Racially charged/strained/lame stereotypes, terrible puns, non-stop sexual gags/references.