Displaying items by tag: rating summary Saturday, 21 September 2019

Early Man (2018)

Published in E
Thursday, 01 March 2018 02:58
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  • Rating

    PG (UK): Infrequent mild bad language, threat.

  • The pitch

    Early Man united.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Nick Park, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Kayvan Novak, Selina Griffiths, Simon Greenall

  • Directed by

    Nick Park

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters get squashed by slabs of rock, thrown through the air, hit with objects, bitten, shot at (spears), punched, knocked/pushed over, splattered with goo/hot tea/bird poo, nose-squeezed, dowsed with water, chased by a giant duck, squirted in the eye, hooded, kidnapped, tied up, shirt-grabbed, tripped, dacked. Characters fall over, bump their heads, fall into a fissure, slam into one another, slide down an embankment. A man is rammed down another man's throat. An animal is tied up and hung over a campfire. An inanimate character is beheaded. A character makes a throat-slitting gesture across his neck. Animals are used as musical instruments, boots. Break and enter. Dinosaurs fighting, cavemen fighting. Burning object. Asteroid hits a planet. Characters say, "Let's kill something", "we're gonna get slaughtered", "take him away and kill him slowly", "tell chef to boil the bird up into a cassoulet". Growling, barking, screaming, howling. Blood/gore: Dead dinosaurs. Teeth marks on limb, red hand print on nose. Human skeletons, dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur bones, eyeballs floating in soup. "Your funeral" mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding. Nude man (genitals obscured; bum visible). Paintings of characters mooning. Shirtless men. A crocodile bites a man's crotch area (implied), man holding crotch area. A man blows kisses at the screen. Man in shower, man in bath, back massage. A man slides to a stop beneath another man's legs in the shower.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap. Name-calling (fool, primitives, idiots, crow, savages, silly old bat, crazy, angry pan girl, losers, stupid, gormless halfwits, stupid old bird, silly, disgrace, etc).

  • THEMES

    Football, soccer, cavemen, ancestors, hunting, mining, greed, teamwork, bronze, the beautiful game, practice, training, cave paintings, pre-history, under-Dugs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Erupting volcano, thunder, lightning, full moon. Cavemen fight over a giant drumstick, animal fur/animal skins/antlers worn, zebra skin on ground, animal tail waved around like a flag. Rabbit, butterflies, dinosaurs, badgers, mammoth, squirrel, hog, crocodiles, beetle, spider, spider web, lizard, buffalo, giant rat (mascot), pigeon, crab, duck, slime creatures, caterpillar. Face-licking, toe-sucking.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Endearing, old-school, charming, appealing, character-driven, detailed, silly, glorious, funny, innovative, joyous, likeable, easy, welcome, timely, warming, homey, retro, kid-friendly. Uproarious/rich/high-profile voice work, daffy/pun-heavy/good-natured/gentle/goofy/winning humour, thowaway/clever sight gags, old-fashioned/straightforward storytelling, slightly off characters, adorably ugly characters, lovably British, painstakingly hand-crafted stop-motion animation, trademark style, crisp editing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar/mediocre sport-based narritive, not as warm/witty/clever/eccentric/madcap/genius/satirical as prevous Aardman animations.

Black Panther (2018)

Published in B
Monday, 19 February 2018 04:00
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Panther is the new Black.

  • Starring

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani

  • Directed by

    Ryan Coogler

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, poisoned, kicked, hit with objects, flipped, thrown into objects, speared, hit, roundhouse-kicked, wrestled, buried alive (ceremonial), headbutted, head-slammed, impaled, thrown through the air/over a balcony, stabbed, punched, arm-snapped, shirt-grabbed, ran over (car), thrown out of moving car, throat-grabbed, handcuffed, tied up, thrown over a waterfall, near hit by downed aircraft, throat-slit, blasted with electricity bolt, beaten, shoulder-charged. A man's prosthetic arm is ripped off. Stick fighting, fist fighting. Vehicle chases, vehicles crash into trees/cars/busy pedestrian areas, car flipped, car blown apart. Air battles; downed aircraft. Explosions, grenade thrown, objects shot, burning objects. Smashed glass, theft. Animation sequence of tribal wars (guns/spears), military aircraft. People wear scary tribal masks with sharp teeth. Yelling, roaring, screaming, gorilla grunting. Many lives lost, terrorist attack, assassinated leaders, killed own brother, confirmed kills in Afghanistan, war in Iraq mentioned. A man says, "I will feed you to my children". Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody mouth, faces, heads, cuts, scratches, chest, gashes, bullet wounds, spear wounds, shirt; sliced torso, cheek, arm, leg. Body bag dragged. Red/swollen lips, scars, scarification. Bone-cracking, arm-snapping sounds heard. Patient on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless men, skimpy (traditional) clothing. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits). People drink a sacred potion that makes their veins blacken beneath their skin. People drink a potion that puts them into a trance where they can speak with deceased ancestors. Casino, bar settings. Streets run with drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-word. Name-calling (genius, murderer, idiots, showoff, outsider, crazy, coloniser, charlatan, killmonger, clown, princess, etc). Obscene finger gesture. Religious exclamations (whatever the hell, oh my god, hell off a move, what the hell, etc).

  • THEMES

    Tribes, leadership, family, tradition, community, ceremony, exes, pride, identity, responsibility, victory, healing, arms dealing, fratricide, siblings, race wars, CIA, vibranium.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead son. Dead husband/father (seen in flashback), dead girlfriend. Casino, bar settings. African animals, panthers, barking dog, horses, cattle, sheep, flock of birds, giant rhino creatures. Waterfall, helicopter. Tanning/drying animal skins. Fur worn. Ivory traders mentioned. Subtitles. Mid-credits scene, end-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spectacular, real, roaring, grounded, fantastical, joyous, quirky, confident, stylish, epic, gripping, soulful, nuanced, political, cultural, grounded, Afrocentric, feminist, high-tech, earnest, excellent, rousing, dramatic, relevant, thrilling, alive, fresh, subversive, uproarious, surreal, fun, futuristic, exciting, funny, unique. Memorable/superb/stellar/sensational/terrific/appealing cast, gogreous/vivid/indominitable/non-nonsense/strong/fully formed female roles, standout/tragic/fascinating/charismatic villain, insane action sequences, culturally significant, thematically rich, real-world relevant, wildly inventive costumes/sets/special effects/cinematography, propulsive/rhythmic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Starts slowly with an underwhelming action sequence, some battle scenes are shot in turbulent closeup, CG backdrops verge into screensaver territory, occasional pacing lapses, overfamiliar/conventional three-act story.

The Mercy (2018)

Published in T
Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:12
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  • Rating

    12A (UK): Infrequent strong language.

  • The pitch

    Men do not decide to become extraordinary.

  • Starring

    Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Buchan, Finn Elliot, Jonathan Bailey, Genevieve Gaunt, Ken Stott, Anna Madeley

  • Directed by

    James Marsh

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide reference (possible drowning). Possible man overboard. Man bangs his head, falls down. Objects thrown/smashed/cracked/leaking. Yelling. Churchill, when the bombs were falling, you served your country, capsized boat mentioned. Blood/gore: A man cuts his hand (bloody palm). Bandaging hand. A man lances/squeezes a large pimple on his forehead. Drops of solder fall onto a man's leg. Gout mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Hugging, caressing. Shirtless man, woman in bikini.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits). Pub setting. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe, cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, bloody hell. Name-calling (you must be drunk or mad, bastards, etc). Religious exclamations (how in God's name, Godspeed, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc), nuns arrive at a house.

  • THEMES

    Donald Crowhurst, sailing, 1968 Golden Globe Race, round-the-world yacht racing, survival, family, loneliness, navigation, desperation, hubris, commitment, failure, boat-building, delays, financing, radio silence.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husband/father (implied). Dolphins, seagulls, dogs, horses, whales. Dead horses, dead/cooking fish, a man removes a fly from his glass of water, fish in bowl released into ocean. Full moon. Vomiting, hallucinations. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Uncompromising, astonishing, brutal, sad, strange, profound, intelligent, sober, contemplative, absorbing, handsome, heart-tugging. Terrific/nuanced/reliable/solid performance by Colin Firth, gentle/good-humoured chemistry between Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, impressive recreation of 'Teignmouth Electron', warm/buttery cinematography, breezy pace, some impressive sailing sequences, remarkable story stylishly told.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Muted, disconsolate, uninspired, flat, functional, middlebrow, conventional. Dialogue is filled with cliched phrases.

The BBQ (2018)

Published in T
Monday, 05 February 2018 23:02
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Shane Jacobson is captain Cook.

  • Starring

    Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, Manu Feildel, Frederik Simpson, Julia Zemiro, Nicholas Hammond, Lara Robinson

  • Directed by

    Stephen Amis

  • Running time

    87 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A chef throws a knife at a cook. A man is punched/thrown to the ground. Schoolyard brawl (pushing/yelling). Suicide reference ("I thought she was going to do herself in"). Theft, cheating. Objects dropped/knocked over/thrown. Champagne bottle broken on ship's bow. Joke about Ned Kelly hanging. "She'll kill me", "he tried to kill me", "I'm gonna crush you" mentioned. D-Day, Watergate, Joan of Arc burned at the stake, Anzacs at Kokoda mentioned. Blood/gore: Sides of hanging meat; butchering raw meat. Bloody lip. Man on stretcher/in ambulance. Bone-cracking sounds heard. Hypoglycemia, blood-soaked hands leaking of death, war injury mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man says he got his wife pregnant twice in his car. A man (fearing parentage and child support says, "All we did was hold hands","she was pregnant already" and "that's not my child". A wife kicks her husband out. A husband and wife hug/kiss.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, wine, beer, spirits, shots, cocktail). A dairy farmer feeds wine to cows.

  • LANGUAGE

    Naff off, crappity, bollocks, wherever the f*** you want, crap, shite. Name-calling (intellectual giant, meathead of the week, convict, primitive, neanderthal, numpty, froggy, fat cow, daft git, fat little mooer, philanderer, Captain Undercooked, scary, useless pillock, the botulism butcher, lazy, arrogant, dirty, stubborn, underdog, stinker, etc). Gender, racial and cultural stereotyping. Religious exclamations (how the hell, hell's teeth, cleanliness is next to godliness, for God's sake, thank God, good Lord, etc) and references (clean as a nun's night dreams, Hindu Dharma Mahabharata mentioned).

  • THEMES

    Backyard barbecues, family, cooking competitions, veganism, rivalry, Australian history, ancestry, food poisoning, family tradition, retail, neighbours, Wagyu beef, marbling, in-laws, marriage difficulties, betrayal, revenge, grudges, turmeric.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (heart attack) mentioned. Courtroom setting. Butchering, grilling, eating, massaging, skewering, carving, basting meat (steaks/sausages/chicken/chops/prawns). Meat spat out/thrown in bin. Vomiting, spitting. Dogs, cows. Fishing, dead fish, tank fish. Brief subtitles (cows) and translation (Japanese).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Good-hearted, diverting, amusing, charming, feel-good, cheerful. Shane Jacobson is perfectly cast, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, unambitious, cliched, unoriginal. Low-budget feel, thin story, full of stereotypes, weak antagonist, inconsequential/distracting subplots, questionable/distracting product placement.

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Published in T
Monday, 01 January 2018 00:41
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    Something sensational; something that isn't stuffed.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn

  • Directed by

    Michael Gracey

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, kicked, spat at, flipped, thrown through the air/to the ground, head-locked. A boy is slapped across the face, pushed to the ground, grabbed. Angry protesters yell and shout obscenities at performers. Arson, burning building, character rescued from burning building, building collapse, rubble. Theft. Guns fired (theatrical). A guillotine blade falls to simulate decapitation. Arguing, screaming, panic. Blood/gore: Bloody face, open wound on forehead, burns on skin, scratches, bloodied hands/fingernails. Bruising, bandages, red mark on cheek (from being slapped).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Kissing, flirting, handholding. Cleavage, skimpy costumes, shirtless men. Pregnant woman. Born out of wedlock mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, beer, wine, shots, spirits, hip flask). Bar setting. Drunk people slumped in bar.

  • LANGUAGE

    Shut up. Name-calling (flop doodle, freaks, criminal, degrading, fraud, scandal, peanuts, prima donnas, suffocating, highbrows, snobs, offensive, indecent, prigs, oddities, scoundrel, joyless, insignificant, the help, small-minded, careless, spooks, thugs,  etc). Religious exclamations (God no, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Phineas Taylor Barnum, P.T. Barnum, Charity Barnum, Jenny Lind, circuses, success, failure, society, poverty, family, daughters, hoaxes, scams, deformity, ballet, wishes, finance, loans, museums, business, rejection, imagination, critics, publicity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (implied). Engagement, bankruptcy, job loss, eviction, separation. Cemetery, funeral, hospital, bar settings. Horses, zebras, elephants, lions. Stuffed animals (giraffe, elephant, monkey, bird, ostrich, etc). Fur worn. Full moon. A girl spits out her tea.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Soaring, crowd-pleasing, old-fashioned, cornball, flashy, romantic, swirly, shiny, spectacular, joyful, wild, ridiculous, cheesy, charming, cheerful, glittery, glossy, aggrandised, showy, bright, colourful, dazzling, exhilarating, fun. Irresistible/effervescent/rapacious/relatable performance by Hugh Jackman, terrific chemistry between Zac Efron and Zendaya, rich cinematography, artistic sets, kinetic editing, maddeningly catchy/rousing songs, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unsubtle, familiar, shameless, predictable, shallow, sanitised, over-produced. Basic storyline, simple conflicts, pedestrian themes, cardboard characters, ignores the racist/exploitative side of P. T. Barnum.

Wonder (2017)

Published in W
Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:21
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Where there's a Jack Will, there's a way.

  • Starring

    Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Elle McKinnon, Daveed Diggs

  • Directed by

    Stephen Chbosky

  • Running time

    113 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Children get into fist fights where kids are punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed up against objects, knocked to the ground, tackled, hit with dodgeballs. A boy hits his head sharply on a rock when pushed to the ground. A boy with a physical disability is frequently mocked/given nasty letters (eg "do yourself a favour and die"). Object thrown. Arguing, yelling. A character says, "it's like leading a lamb to slaughter". A characters says, "If I looked like him I'd kill myself". A character says that their pet dog bit their mother. Blood/gore: Deformed face, scarring. Bleeding head/arm (blood not seen). Vomit on clothing. Dog vomit frequently mentioned. Twenty-seven surgeries, plastic surgery, facial reconstruction mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Kissing, hugging. Cleavage. A husband and wife joke over the contents of a box that she will keep "for later" (sex implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine; alcoholic mother implied). A teen girl swigs from a wine bottle. A woman says "let's get drunk" to her husband. Benadryl/poison mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap, pee, fart, butts. Name-calling (Tushie, buttman, buttface, freak, crazy, jerk, weird, Darth Hideous, Barf Hideous, ugly, bully, phony, losers, orc, Gollum, hick, etc). Religious exclamations (dear God, oh my God, Jesus, God no, etc).

  • THEMES

    Disability, determination, family, dreams, middle school, siblings, friends, Minecraft, apology, science fairs, bullying, school trips, Star Wars, geeks, betrayal.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Childbirth scene (mother screaming; child wrapped up and rushed out of delivery room). Dead dog (implied). Dead grandmother, Dad/husband has new wife mentioned. Dog. Fireworks. Steak eaten. Belching, urinating. Based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, delicate, feel-good, witty, self-aware, assured, nuanced, touching, resonant, honest, heart-tugging, effective, emotional, generous, tasteful, inspirational, instructive, good, complex, funny, probing, earnest, kid-centric, observant. Exceptional/effortless performance by Jacob Tremblay, solid ensemble, understands children, is a little heavy-handed at times but mostly avoids sentiment/cliché.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Manipulative, linear, predictable, sappy, judgemental. Some interminable/predictable moments, a little heavy-handed/mawkish/touchy-feely at times, everything has a way of working out with tidy benevolence.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)

Published in T
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 22:55
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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Don't call me cute.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan, Isabela Moner, Peter Stormare, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Sebastian Maniscalco, Kari Wahlgren, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl

  • Directed by

    Cal Brunker

  • Running time

    91 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by falling objects, run over by a bulldozer, electrocuted, shaken, almost run over by a moving car, blasted through the air, slammed to the ground, licked, caged, bitten, pursued, hit by a car, flipped, thrown against a wall, punched, kicked, throat-grabbed, swung at with golf club, shot at (slingshot), knocked over, shot with arrow, squirted with condiments, shirt-grabbed, vacuumed up, lassoed, hit with tranquiliser dart, prodded with a fork, near-strangled, crushed, ear-pulled, tongue-pulled, catapulted through the air, blasted through buildings, attacked by mice, blasted with fire extinguisher, dive-bombed by birds. A character falls from a high balcony to the street below. A plush bunny's head and a doll's head are ripped off (girl places doll's head between her teeth). A character jumps from moving vehicles and slams into mailboxes. A character falls from a hot air balloon. A bulldozer flips over/crashes. Animals habitats/homes are destroyed. Explosions, burning objects, building rubble. Theft. Objects knocked over/dropped/smashed/thrown. Theme park rides and amusements are torn apart/destroyed. Reckless driving, car crashes into other cars and objects, car flips onto roof, truck rolls over. A flashback scene shows a hurricane, lightning, thunder, high winds, a tree being pulled out of the ground, an object crushed by a water wheel, a character hit by a steel plate and knocked unconscious. A character frequently says "We're all gonna die". A girl pretends to shoot her pet dog/dog plays dead (comic). A man says "Your heads are going on the wall", "I wan't that squirrel's head deep-fried on a stick", "I should've eliminated you while I had the chance". Stealing candy from trick-or-treaters, tail got caught on fire mentioned. Screaming, arguing, hissing; mass panic. Blood/gore: Black eye, scratches, bruising. Taxidermy animals/antlers/tusks on wall. A doll's eye falls out and rolls along the ground (creepy). Rabies mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Naked man (balloons cover genitals). Flirting, hand-holding, hugging. Kiss on cheek.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne). Animals are sedated with tranquiliser darts.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (lazy, spoiled, fat, snookums, dumber, mangy little rodents, grumpy, dramatic, mutt, layabouts, crazy, deranged, psychos, circus dogs, violent, reckless, goofball, moron, cute, vermin, fat toothless kid, suckers, etc).

  • THEMES

    Greed, teamwork, foraging, profit, theme parks, habitat, leadership.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Full moon, lightning, thunder. Squirrels, birds, dogs, mole, rat, bees, chipmunks, mice, groundhogs, puppies. Animal skin rugs on floor. Tongue/saliva on car window. Vomit, regurgitation. A dog eats vomit. Hot dogs eaten. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fleet, spry, charming, pro-environment, pro-animal life, anti-consumerist, colourful, kid-friendly, chaotic, funny, thoughtful, entertaining, harmless, passable. Inspired voice casting, inventive/vibrant action sequences, exceptional 3D effects, lavish city-scape images, photorealistic backgrounds, witty "old-movie" flashback of Feng and his warrior mice, deals with timely issues.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unnecessary, forgettable, middling, sprawling, uneven. Repetitive chase sequences, rote narrative, limp looniness, changing character motivations, dumb laughs, loaded plot.

Sweet Country (2017)

Published in S
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:18
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Revenge is Sweet.

  • Starring

    Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, Anni Finsterer

  • Directed by

    Warwick Thornton

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are raped, shot, beaten, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, pushed, handcuffed, hit, threatened (I'll skin him and then I'll skin you and then I'll tie up that young one/I'll cut your f*cking hands off/I'll shoot you for desertion/not until that murdering bastard is swinging by his neck), speared, punched, knocked to the ground, bitten (scorpion), stomped on, pursued, pistol-whipped, imprisoned, sprayed with blood spatter. A woman is knocked to the ground and held there (potential rape implied). Door/house shot up with occupants inside. A scorpion is crushed underfoot. A man who "just came back from the [Western] Front" appears to suffer from PTSD. A bull's testicles are castrated/fried/eaten. A man raises his gun/fists toward his wife. Theft. Object thrown. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody corpses. Bloody faces, mouths, heads, neck, forehead, shirt, knife, bullet wounds, clothing, open gash; blood spatter, spurting blood, gurgling blood. Chunks of gore around bloody bullet wounds/fatal head gash. Swollen black eye. Funeral.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is raped (offscreen/noises heard). Unwanted pregnancy. A man says he was hoping to have sex with a young girl. Couple in bed together (sex implied). Ogling, flirting. Nude man (genitals obscured). Shirtless men. Infertility mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Intoxication, alcoholism. Smoking (pipe, cigarettes; spitting tobacco). Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (idiot, black bastard, wanker, blackfellas, black stock, little thief, mad, bloody dog, whitefella, mild breed, prisoner, cheeky, miserable, murderer, not right in the head, dolt, d*ckhead, cowards, etc). Religious references (reading from the Bible, prayer) and exclamations (in the eyes of the Lord, the Christian thing to do, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES

    Arrernte people, Australia, indigenous history, racism, inequality, sexual abuse, alcoholism, tracking, murder, injustice, revenge, mercy, surrender, grief, death, self-defense, guilt, oppression, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, court, prison cell, pub settings. A hangman's noose is tied. Horses, dog, cows, bulls, scorpion, flies. Vomiting, lightning, thunder, rainbow. Roast chicken eating. Some subtitles. Inspired by a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Harsh, beautiful, lyrical, beautiful, angry, poetic, vivid, phenomenal, intelligent, stark, lean, splendid, solemn, muscular, quiet, urgent, tragic, subtle, clear-eyed, full-hearted. Excellent/stunning performances, richly drawn characters, sparse/moving dialogue, understated costume/production design, measured/unhurried/beautiful pace, layered/lithe/soaring storytelling, riveting second half, ravishing/striking/magnificent/scorched landscapes, arresting/accomplished/handsome/expressive/breathtaking/stunning/epic/panoramic cinematography, music-free soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some characters are less satisfying drawn/some flavourless dialogue.

Lady Bird (2017)

Published in L
Saturday, 16 December 2017 12:11
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  • Rating

    R (USA): Language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.

  • The pitch

    Lady Bird sheds her wings.

  • Starring

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein, Jordan Rodrigues, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts

  • Directed by

    Greta Gerwig

  • Running time

    94 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A teen girl hits a computer monitor in frustration, a woman throws a notepad, a teen girl steals classroom files then puts them in the bin, a teen girl manipulates her maths test results, a teen girl is suspended from school, a teen girl is scolded for defacing a nun's car (not seen). Story heard of teen seeing somebody getting knifed. Story heard of a man's son dying at 17 years old (possible suicide). Mention of great aunt dying (suicide). Story of fatal drug overdose. A teen girl jumps out of a moving car. Shoplifting. 9/11 Remembrance poster, background references to Iraq War. "I'd kill your family", attack on Baghdad mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Nosebleed. Plaster cast on arm. People in hospital beds. Child with bandaged head/eye.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Teens have (awkward) bedroom sex. A girl reads a pornographic magazine (pictures of nude men seen). Kissing (m-f/m-m), flirting. Parents discuss whether their son and his girlfriend are having sex. Platonic hugging. Girls in swimwear, cleavage, girl in bra/underwear, girl in towel, teen girls in low-cut dresses. Students listen to an anti-abortion lecture (photos of unborn foetuses seen). Sperm, boobs, penis, premarital sex, fake tits, abortion, dry-humping, touch my breasts, touching genitals, California hedonism mentioned. Sex talk, discussions about losing virginity, masturbating in the shower.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (marijuana, tobacco). Alcohol (champagne, spirits, beer). Intoxication. A girl is hospitalised from excessive drinking. Vials of pills in cupboard (depression implied). Teens smoke, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, smoke a clove cigarette. A woman says, "My mother was an abusive alcoholic". Irish girls got sloshed, suicide by overdose mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, p*ssed, fart. Name-calling (d*cks, b*tch, moron, infuriating, crazy, passive aggressive, scary, gay, racist, evil, liar, a**holes, weird, etc). Religious references (church setting, prayer, statue of Jesus on crucifix with bloody gash in side, eating communion wafers, etc). Religious exclamations (thank God, hell yeah, Jeez, oh my God, damn it, oh Jesus, oh God, Jesus Christ, six inches for the holy spirit, etc).

  • THEMES

    Adolescence, high school, mother-daughter relationships, family, drama, awkward young love, premarital sex, betrayal, lust, coming-of-age, identity, virginity, friends, jealousy, rejection, college applications, jobhunting, communication, New York City, teen rebellion.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Church, psychiatric ward, hospital settings. Dead friend, son died at 17 years old (possible suicide), Dad has cancer mentioned. Dog. Vomiting. Eggs eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, personal, pitch-perfect, semi-autobiographical, smart, wry, compassionate, refreshing, female-centric, thoughtful, generous, deep, rare, loving, uproarious, beautiful, special, funny, perceptive, truthful, insightful, poignant, winning, witty, snarky, sincere, edgy, unpredictable, wise, assured, near-perfect, affecting, strong, bold, tragi-comic, snappy, spirited, modest, miraculous, honest, frank, charming, impeccable. Entrancing/amusing/touching/beautiful/star/compelling/authentic/crackling/extraordinary/marvellous/excellent/sensational lead performance by Saoirse Ronan, invincible/fantastic/heartfelt performance by Laurie Metcalf, superb/impressive side characters, delightful screenplay, avoids tropes of a downbeat family drama, flashes of comedic inspiration, mature production design, believably rocky tone, loose structure, intimate cinematography, soulful score, wry/knowing ending, shrewd storytelling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    N/A

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Published in J
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:55
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild fantasy violence, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Are you game?

  • Starring

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner

  • Directed by

    Jake Kasdan

  • Running time

    119 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, crashed into, eaten by an animal, kicked, bitten by insects, pursued, roundhouse-kicked, hit with objects, ear-pulled, thrown into a rock wall/through the air/to the ground/through columns and walls, pushed off a cliff, slapped, punched, smacked, knocked aside, punched through a ceiling, slashed at with swords, neck-snapped, head-slammed, near-sliced by giant blades, stung by a scorpion, tackled, foot-stomped, arm-snapped, crushed by stampeding animals, flipped, dragged, tied up, held at gunpoint, elbowed, bitten by a snake. People fall from very high up, jump into a ravine, explode into red mist, dangle from a helicopter. Missiles are fired at a helicopter/emergency warnings/helicopter spirals out of control. Market fight/market stalls destroyed. Object banged with fist, door kicked in, motorcycles knocked over, bowling ball dropped on object to smash it. Insect swatted, snake de-fanged. Explosion, smoke bomb. A teen plays a Mortal Kombat-style fighting video game. A character is called "killer of men". Story heard of a pilot bwing shot down. Battle of Gettysburg mentioned. Screaming, roaring, hissing. Blood/gore: People explode into red mist when they die in a game. People "melt" as they are sucked into a game. Acentipede crawls into a man's ear. Cloudy eye. CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Row of hanging dead birds/bats. Slaughter mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None). A female wears a skimpy outfit with exposed midriff. Flirting, kissing. A woman grabs her own breasts. A man describes a female as "fly". A man says "You'd probably want to hit that" about a female. References to penis size/function/erection.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (teens drink Margaritas). Intoxication. EpiPen, Claratyn mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Fricken, s-words, penis, butt, b*tch. Name-calling (super weird, bada**, stupid a**, overweight, middle-aged, diminutive, sidekick, self-absorbed, judgy, annoying, lunatic, rude, drunk, freaks, jacka**, nerd, douchebag, etc). Religious exclamations (what the hell, Jesus, God, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Adventure, avatars, board games, teamwork, unlikely friendships, curses, cartography, strengths, weaknesses, levels, high school, detention, health, sacrifice, body-hopping, YOLO.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup mentioned. Helicopter. Squirrel, bird, hippo, eagle, mice, tarantula, centipede, black mamba snake, vulture, alligators, scorpion, rhinos, jaguars, elephant. Saliva, urination, spitting. Lightning, thunder, waterfall, bright green light flash. Based on the original book by Chris Van Allsburg.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, engaging, colourful, enjoyable, funny, action-packed, endearing, crowd-pleasing, likeable, big, brash, amiable, amusing. Excellent cast, charming/fun/endearing/self-deprecating performances, decent action-adventure set pieces, sly comedy, smart script, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, familiar. Cheesy/obvious dialogue, dated/low-hanging-fruit comedy, retrograde view of gender roles.