Displaying items by tag: rating analysis Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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.

Home Again (2017)

Published in H
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:23
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Alice brings it home.

  • Starring

    Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, Candice Bergen, Pico Alexander, Lola Flanery, Eden Grace Redfield, Christine Woods, Jon Rudnitsky, Reid Scott, Josh Stamberg, P.J. Byrne

  • Directed by

    Hallie Meyers-Shyer

  • Running time

    97 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Two men engage in a fist fight (punching, tackling, wrestling, etc). A man pokes another man in the chest several times. A man kicks a waste basket in frustration then slams a door. Arguing. A man tells a story about his wife tackling another woman to the ground. Blood/gore: Small bloody grazes on heads.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Kissing, hugging, caressing, flirting, undressing. Shirtless men, cleavage, men in underwear. Father had multiple wives/cheated on partners mentioned. Several remarks about a couple sleeping together. A woman says "the man [her father] impregnated another woman while he was with you".

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (bag of marijuana). Alcohol (wine, beer, shots, spirits, cocktail; bar setting; intoxication). Smoking (photo of people holding cigarettes). A woman takes anxiety tablets. Champagne, anti-depressants, Zoloft, Advil mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words (x3), crap. Name-calling (intense, difficult, irrational, maniac, loser, uneasy, archnemesis, b*tch, pugnacious, selfish, stupid hipster, etc). Religious exclamations (oh God, oh my God, Jesus, goddamn, what the hell, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Houseguests, friends, family, filmmaking, romance, betrayal, screenwriting, interior decorating, anxiety, rolemodels, divorce, single parenting, acting, nerves, artifacts, career, one-night stands, midlife crises.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased father/husband mentioned. Divorce, separation, depression mentioned. Fireworks (pics). Vomiting (heard off-screen). Dog, seagulls. Bacon, eggs, meat on plates.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fun, sweet, shiny, glossy, female-driven, feel-good, escapist. Charming/plucky/likeable/appealing/radiant/upbeat/powerhouse performance by Reese Witherspoon, delightfully unhinged performance by Lake Bell, solid cast, some funny moments, gorgeous production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Superficial, familiar, listless, implausible, forgettable, flat, contrived, unwieldy, unwise, messy, overstuffed, underdeveloped, empty, ramshackle, simplistic, artificial, low-stakes, limp, vanilla. Thin subplots, uninspired conclusion, some weak humour, uneven pacing, one-note characters, aimless plot, confused tone, patchy acting, strained cuteness, creaky tropes, pedestrian direction.

CHIPS (2017)

Published in C
Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:52
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It packs some Ponch.

  • Starring

    Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Kristen Bell, Jane Kaczmarek, Richard T. Jones, Maya Rudolph, Justin Chatwin

  • Directed by

    Dax Shepard

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (jumping). People are shot, punched, kicked, pushed, hit by vehicles, bitten, beheaded, tasered, grabbed, arrested, handcuffed, dragged out of car, stomped on, hit with objects, thrown against walls, held hostage, sprayed with kitty litter, flipped, tackled, wrestled, beaten, near-choked. A man jumps from a helicopter (fatal). A man's fingers are shot off (hand stump, loose fingers seen). Armed robberies (bank, armoured trucks). Car chases/rollovers/collisions, broken/smashed windscreens, wrecked/burning vehicles, cars shot/crushed, motorcycle accidents/collisions, vehicles/objects hit by moving vehicles. Molotov cocktail, explosions, trashed house. Weapons/fight training. Santa shot Rudolph, runner (ie Oscar Pistorius) who killed his girlfriend mentioned. Characters visit a premises called Suicide Boxing + Fitness. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Decapitated head, headless corpse, dead body on ground. Hand with fingers shot off (nubs and loose fingers seen; fingers in bag of ice). Bloody bullet wounds/cuts/finger nubs/hand/grazes/objects/ground; blood spatter. Patients in hospital beds/stretchers (breathing tubes, limbs in traction), CPR. Scars, arm in sling, bandages, bruising. Bone cracking/breaking sounds heard, a man collapses from joint pain. Blood [in stools], Crohn's, colitis, 23 surgeries, scrotal tear mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude couple seen having sex in a bedroom. Nude men (genitals pixelated/obscured), nude women (side and front views/wearing sheer underwear/photos). Exposed breasts, cleavage, people in underwear/swimwear/towels. Men in underwear bump crotches, a man's face lands in a nude man's crotch. Sexting. A man shows another man a nude picture of his wife (infidelity/sleeping with his wife discussed). Kissing, flirting, bum-slapping, hugging, caressing. A man makes a masturbation gesture with his arm. Jokes and discussions about infidelity, sex, masturbation, sex addiction, erection, anulingus, rating women. Stroking yourself, sex issues, over-sexualised behaviour, sex with wife, "shooting your weapon", she ate my butt mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Scene set in filthy drug den. A man says "you're high" to his stoned son. A man frequently consumes prescription pills throughout the film. Son addicted to heroin, opiate addiction, morphine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals. Name-calling (d*ck, bad, cocky, pussy, clown, super-Asian, rookies, bickering old lady, Freud, obnoxious, old, fragile, b*tch, coward, homophobe, psycho, silverback, scary, pervert, nasty, dummy, etc). Religious exclamations (what the hell, goddam, oh my god, Christ, hell yeah, Jesus, etc). Jokes about disabled people, homophobia, ageing, sex addiction, analingus, masturbation. Two men rate women's attractiveness (yawn).

  • THEMES

    Police investigation, partners, crime, corruption, marriage, separation, drug addiction, sex addiction, father-son relationships, death, grief, therapy, yoga pants.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead pilot, dead lover, dead husband. Partner (police) shot. Helicopter, lightning, thunder. Marriage separation mentioned. Hospital setting. Guy on toilet. Cat, cat's bum, dirty kitty litter. Brief Spanish (subtitles). Vision during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Silly, energetic, dirty, inappropriate, breezy, weirdo, light, raunchy, goofy. Relaxed/easy/star performance by Michael Pena, high-energy/well-choreographed/exciting/jaw-dropping/diverting/elaborately staged action scenes, good chemistry between leads, some funny moments.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Convoluted, messy, flat, disposable, uninspired, undisciplined, slapdash, loud, strained, artless, contrived. Unnecessary storylines/moments, jokes feel shoe-horned in, throwaway/nonsensical/lazy/paper-thin/uninteresting plot, mostly unfunny, some unpleasant/repetitive/wincing/sophomoric/crude jokes, weak/forgettable female roles, many thankless performances.

Miss Sloane (2016)

Published in M
Monday, 20 February 2017 02:50
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    Hit and Miss.

  • Starring

    Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston

  • Directed by

    John Madden

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A person is held at gunpoint, shots fired into the air, person shot and killed. Many references to gun-related crimes and deaths, massacres, school shootings, terrorism, death threats, hate mail, prison, black market weapons trade. Mother on news crying over shooting death of daughter. Folders etc pushed off table. "Guts you like a trout and strangles you with its entreails", prison shanking, being killed by job mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Blurry sex scene with a gigolo (seen from shoulders up). Undressing (sex implied), kissing. Sexual joke about a priest and a nun. Reference to dildos. Male sex worker/escort. Woman in shower (no nudity seen), shirtless man, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Pills consumed (benzodiazepines, psycho-stimulants). Alcohol (wine, cocktail, spirits, beer). Smoking (cigarettes). Inebriation reference.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, crapper, p*ss, d*cks. Name-calling (retarded, dog, etc). Misogynistic comments (she pees standing up, she doesn't do the kissy-kissy stuff most women do, etc). Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Gun control, power broking, lobbyists, governance, ethical violations, insomnia, spying, surveillance, blackmail, redemption, prostitution, protests.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Prison setting. Destruction from palm oil manufacture discussed.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Smart, solid, topical, cutting, corrosive, high-stakes, tart, bracing, distinctive, talky, tense, twisty, electrifying, lively. Smashing/powerful/forceful performance by Jessica Chastain, intriguing characters, terrific cast, crackling script.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Soapy, overlong, shallow. Dumb/silly/implausible/ludicrous/contrived ending, one ludicrously contrived gun scene, a few too many plot twists, overstuffed script, some weak/underwritten characters.

Hidden Figures (2016)

Published in H
Sunday, 19 February 2017 23:16
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It all adds up.

  • Starring

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell, Olek Krupa

  • Directed by

    Theodore Melfi

  • Running time

    127 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (None): A woman is smacked for putting her feet on a car dashboard. Burning space shuttle. News story of men throwing firebombs into a bus. Panels from a spacecraft are ripped off in high winds and slam against an observation window. Children fighting (two sisters trying to pull a third sister off the bed, yelling). Footage of rockets exploding in tests. Sign knocked down with crowbar. Cold War and Space Race references – concern about thermonuclear bomb. Snarling/barking dogs. Parents dying in a Nazi camp, hiding under desks during air raid drills mentioned. Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Survivors of firebombed bus have bandages and cuts on their faces.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Suggestive comment ("I bet he's like that day and night"). Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (home-brewed spirits).

  • LANGUAGE

    Pee, dang, damn. Historical use of racist terms (coloured, negro). Name-calling (dummy, damn Russians, Commies, bastards, etc). Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Katherine Johnson (nee Goble), Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, mathematicians, aerodynamics, engineering, prodigies, NASA, space program, civil rights, protests, racism, segregation, gender inequality, the glass ceiling, feminism, Mercury Seven.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents, dead father mentioned. Many references to historical racism and segregation (1926 - “only negro school that goes over 8th grade”; 1961 Virginia - joke about sitting in the back of the bus; white male police officer approaching three black women with baton in hand; different water fountains, bathrooms, areas for black people and white; black woman having to go another building to go to the bathroom as no bathroom for “coloureds” in the building they are working in; reference to Brown v Board of Education; woman and sons escorted out of library for not staying in "their" section. Based on true events. Based on the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Images during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Inspiring, satsifying, positive, feel-good, entertaining, brash, bright, empowering, crowd-pleasing, spunky, eye-opening, effective, heartfelt, affecting, smart, compact, uplifting, well-paced, progressive. Strong cast, standout/fine/spirited/charming/warm/witty/sparkling performances, persuasive chemistry between leads, delicate narrative, lived-in period detail, upbeat/sprightly original songs, understated score, slick cinematography, realistic portrayal of racism, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Broad, sitcom-y, cautious, anti-climactic, frictionless, simplistic, insufficient, safe. Some on-the-nose/direct/expository dialogue, some cartoonish scenes, flat direction.

Live By Night (2016)

Published in L
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:47
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Repent, repent.

  • Starring

    Ben Affleck, Chris Messina, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Glenister, Chris Cooper

  • Directed by

    Ben Affleck

  • Running time

    129 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, beaten, thrown from high ledges, stabbed, throat-slit, threatened, grabbed, thrown up against walls/to the ground, stomped on, kicked, slapped, hit with objects, robbed, pistol-whipped. Members of the Ku Klux Klan, burning crucifix seen. A man canes his daughter. Businesses are shot up, exploded, robbed. Shootouts (high body count). Images of WWI action (soldiers, trenches, explosions, corpses, injuries, bandages, etc). Footage of Nazi Germany (soldiers, swastikas, etc). Car chase, vehicles/street stalls rammed, car in lake, burning vehicles, car crash, car rollover. Houses burned/shot. Bottle thrown/smashed. A man says "I will cut your tits off and throw you in the dump" to a woman. People are threatened with being shot, thrown under a train, throat-slit, tarred and feathered. Death penalty, cop killer, woman cut her own throat mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody heads, faces, mouth, teeth, chin, cuts, grazes, bullet wounds (open flesh seen), bandages, clothing. Blood spatter, pooling/gushing/dripping blood. Burning/bloodied corpses. Bruising, bandages, scar. Images of dead man in barbed wire, man with shot/bloodied face, corpses. Cemeteries. People on crutches, in wheelchair. Broken nose, broken ribs, man in coma mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex in bedrooms, on couch. Flirting, kissing, caressing, undressing, suggestive dancing. Pictures of semi-nude girl in evocative positions (breasts exposed). Cleavage. A woman says her father was a pimp. A man blackmails another man with information about the former's homosexuality. Libidinous behaviour, fornication, bestiality mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Junkie daughter (needle tracks on arms seen). Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars). Poker game. Bar settings. Narcotics, hooch, heroin, gambling, casino, booze, drug addicts mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word. Name-calling (dumb, stupid, wops, rough, trash, mole, putana, whore, gangster, dirty spics, diego, daygo, inbreds, bootlegger, fornicator, sh*tpickers, Communist, crook, darkies, mick, nance, n*gger, smart guy, dunce, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Jesus, devil, Catholics, hellfire, Christian, God, heaven, hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES

    1920s USA, Prohibition, gangsters, mob families, corruption, speakeasies, racism, bootlegging, drug addiction, sin, penitence, betrayal, gambling.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead girlfriend, dead wife. Dead mother mentioned. Cemetery, bar, prison/asylum, church settings. Marriage proposal. Animal fur rug, sides of hanging meat, fur coats. Vomiting. Horses, dolphins, alligators. Fireworks. Brief Spanish (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Watchable, stylish, bloody, ambitious, well-intentioned. Fabulous costumes, sleek/resplendent production design, elegant framing, gorgeous cinematography, richly detailed period pieces, unexpectedly timely white supremacy plot thread, engrossing/compelling at times.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Messy, sprawling, over-plotted, unexceptional, cramped, rote, sappy, over-engineered, bewildering, overstuffed, disappointing, baggy, mediocre, unfocused, slow, serious, peculiar, dim, dull, sleepy, humourless. Muddled/halting storytelling, too many sub-plots, some flavourless/underdeveloped/perfunctory characters, lifeless/bland performance by Ben Affleck, anticlimatic finale.