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Jasper Jones (2017)

Published in J
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 04:28
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Better than wearing a hat made of spiders.

  • Starring

    Levi Miller, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Angourie Rice, Matt Nable, Kevin Long, Dan Wyllie, Myles Pollard, Aaron L. McGrath

  • Directed by

    Rachel Perkins

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide. People are punched, shoved, racially vicitmised, slapped, headlocked, beaten by police (implied), tackled, held at gunpoint. A woman smashes a cup of tea out of another woman's hands. Men tear up a garden bed in anger. A boy whacks a beetle. Burning house (arson implied). Arguing, shouting, screaming. Murder, abduction, hanging discussed. Stories heard of woman being hung up and bled out, teen girl being sexually abused/struck by her father. A newspaper headline reads "6 killed in bloody skirmish". Fireworks sound like gunshots. Blood/gore: Hanging corpse with bloodied/bruised face. Corpse weighted down with rock then sunk. Bloody faces, eye, mouth, face, scratch. Bruising. Man covered in soot. Blood on floor, blood on bed mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hand holding. Infidelity. Boys in singlets, boy in bath (no nudity seen). Unwanted pregnancy/incest mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, bloody, boobies, fart, penises, p*ss. Name-calling (irritating, bugger, idiot, stupid, pig, Cong, yellow-skinned, bastard, red rat, liar, etc). Religious exclamations (Jesus, Jesus Christ).

  • THEMES

    Death, missing persons, suicide, infidelity, books, writing, secrets, accessories to crime, police investigation, rural towns, 1960s Western Australia, racism, cricket, curfews, search parties, family.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing sibling, dead sister. Dead mother (car accident), dead son (Vietnam War), dead wife/grandmother mentioned. Full moon, dogs, flies, beetle, light plane, fireworks. Spitting, farting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Engaging, fleet, funny, suspenseful. Complex/standout/brilliant/strong performances, excellent cast, good story, rich widescreen cinematography, persuasive score, unusually dark subject matter, impeccable costumes and production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Screenplay feels a little incohesive at times.

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.

The Space Between (2016)

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

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and brief sex scene.

  • The pitch

    la dolce vita.

  • Starring

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

  • Directed by

    Ruth Borgobello

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

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

  • SEX/NUDITY

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

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

  • CRITICS LIKE

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Undercooked. Weak dialogue.

Sully (2016)

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

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Just a man doing a job.

  • Starring

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

  • Directed by

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

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

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man (man in towel).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

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

  • CRITICS LIKE

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Feels a little padded, one-dimensional secondary characters.

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.

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Published in C
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:56
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Power to the people.

  • Starring

    Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Trin Miller, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella

  • Directed by

    Matt Ross

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide mentioned/discussed (slit wrists). An animal is hunted/stabbed/throat-cut/trussed/skinned. A child falls from a high ledge (loud crack heard as head hits pavement). Weapons training/sparring; kids handling weapons. A boy stabs a wall in anger, a boy slips while rock-climbing and slams wrist (likely broken). Children play a violent video game. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Theft. Genocide, fascists, militants, dictators, child molester, rape mentioned. Blood/gore: Sliced throat (animal), deboning animal. Corpses (human/animal), animal skeletons/bones. Bloody hands, fur, forehead, knife, smear, grazes. A bloodied animal organ is eaten raw. A dead animal is skinned. Head brace, crutches, bandage. Heart attack, X-ray. Bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, violent mood swings, severe depression, CAT scan, fracture mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Full frontal male nudity (adult), rear male nudity (boy), cleavage. A father explains sexual intercourse to his children/gives his young child a copy of The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort. Kissing, flirting. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, beer). Underage drinking. Smoking. Bar setting/wine aisle in supermarket (bottles of alcohol seen in background). Crack, cocaine, crackheads mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, butt, whores. Name-calling. Terms for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (Jesus Christ, God damn it). Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Family, alternative lifestyles, non-conformity, anti-establishment, suicide, death, grief, capitalism, idealism, rock-climbing, real world education, tough love, survival, home schooling, literature, Noam Chomsky, parenting, funerals, exhumation, socialisation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, cemetery, bar, church, airport settings. Grave exhumation. Deer, sheep, chickens. Waterfall, thunder, lightning. Fur worn, meat killed/cooked/eaten, roast chicken eaten. Nose-picking. Brief Esperanto (no translation/subtitles). Some high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, tender, charming, eccentric, brisk, enthralling, engaging, gripping, thought-provoking, terrific, complex, theme-rich, polished, relatable, fantastic, refreshing. Noteworthy/fine/inspired/sensational/pitch-perfect/impressive/effortless performances, brilliant cast, honest/superb writing and direction, stunning/luminous/gorgeous photography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Frustrating/overlong/mushy/ragged finale.

Down Under

Published in D
Monday, 25 July 2016 03:20
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language, themes, violence, and a sex scene.

  • The pitch

    Plenty problem.

  • Starring

    Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha, Fayssal Bazzi, Alexander England, Damon Herriman, Justin Rosniak, Chris Bunton, Harriet Dyer, David Field

  • Directed by

    Abe Forsythe

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, kicked, beaten, glassed, hit with objects, tackled, wrestled, throat-grabbed, pepper-sprayed, pushed, pursued, held at gunpoint, belittled for being disabled, face-grabbed (some violence is real file footage). A child is yelled at, sworn at, insulted; a child watches a gory horror movie. A t-shirt promotes ethnic cleansing. Objects thrown, smashed, hit by cars, kicked. Vehicles stomped on, hit with objects, driven over a cliff; head-on collision. Explosion. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Rape, Gallipoli, World War I, killing Turks, stabs you in the larynx, suicide (metaphoric/joking) mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody faces, noses, forehead, ear, hands, clothing, objects, scratches, cuts; bleeding wounds. Wound-dressing. Bruising, bandage. A horror movie on TV shows a bloody murder. Spilling blood, head-on-a-stick mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A pornographic movie shows men having a threesome (one nude; no genitals seen). A man asks schoolgirls for oral sex; a tattoo shows a woman performing oral sex. Kissing (m-m; f-m), undressing, crotch-grabbing. Shirtless men, man in underwear, cleavage, exposed (pregnant) belly. Novelty testicles on car. People in swimwear, exercise gear. Frequent references to homosexual sex, sex acts, group sex, sex with your mother.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (smoking bongs, marijuana-leaf air freshener, packets of white powder seen). Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking (cigarettes, marijuana; a pregnant woman smokes). Vodka, sav blanc, selling drugs, methamphetamine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Frequent c-words, f-words. S-words, a-words. Name-calling. Frequent insults and slurs toward homosexuals, foreigners (eg wog, leb, chink, towelheads), disabled people (spastic, mong, retard; being treated like a dog). Actual and slang terms for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, oh my God, Jesus Christ, etc). Obscene finger and hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    Cronulla riots, racism, prejudice, retaliation, racial tension, race-related violence, Down syndrome, Ned Kelly, multiculturalism, intolerance, morons.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing brother. Helicopter, planes. Horses, dog. Vomiting, spitting, drool, urination. Brief Arabic, Thai languages (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Satirical, violent, funny, black, entertaining, confronting, absurd, gutsy, even-handed, well-intentioned, unapologetic, bold, sharp, witty, self-aware, biting. Fine performances, relevant themes, difficult premise, intentionally offensive/politically incorrect.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Risk-averse, predictable, mild-mannered, tame, uncomfortable, unsubtle, meandering, anti-climactic. Broad characters, some laboured comedy/overstated themes/one-note humour, limited storytelling.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Published in I
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 06:09
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Go to your happy place.

  • Starring

    Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Patrick St. Esprit, Vivica A. Fox, Angelababy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Deobia Oparei, Nicolas Wright, Travis Tope, Chin Han, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Robert Loggia, John Storey, Joey King

  • Directed by

    Roland Emmerich

  • Running time

    120 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, thrown through the air, grabbed around the throat, stabbed, beheaded, hit by aircraft, pursued by aliens. A control tower filled with people/alien spaceships are blasted. A son watches his mother fall to certain death. A man almost falls down a huge cliff. Mid-air/space battles, aircraft crashes, engine failure, heavy gunfire. Explosions, fireballs, burning vehicles/objects. A tank is crushed. Global devastation (buildings, ships, aircraft, vehicles, bridges, people sucked upward/thrown through the air/knocked to the ground). Monument of deceased person's names. People grab their heads in pain (hearing loud noises assumed). Reckless flying. Shouting, arguing, screaming. Annihilation, warlord, end of the world, that's suicide, detonate bombs mentioned. Blood/gore: Several corpses (alien and human) seen on ground. Bloody bullet wound/clothing. Alien goo/blood (lots). Smaller aliens emerge from within larger alien bodies. Dismembered alien tentacles/head. Skeletons, skulls. Man in hospital bed, IV drips, oxygen mask/tank. A man collapses. Scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, handholding (m-m). Skimpy clothing (male bum visible through underwear), cleavage. Mild (comic) innuendo. A child says that a man has gone to have sex with his girlfriend.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Intoxication. Pheromones, get a drink, meds mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, butt. Name-calling. Religious exclamations (oh my God, hell, Jesus Christ, hail Mary). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Alien invasion, the end of the world, space defense, alien queens, bait, death, evacuation, anniversaries, waking from a coma, leadership, sacrifice, father-daughter relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead mother, dead uncle, dead president. A woman believes her fiance is dead. Dead brother, dead father, dead parents, dead boyfriend mentioned. Alien creatures with sharp teeth, tentacles, scary eyes, wrinkled skin. Helicopters, aircraft, tidal wave. Ocean fish, dog. Taxidermy animals. Cooking steak. Urination. Brief foreign languages (some translation/subtitles). Some high/dizzying cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spectacular, ludicrous, distracting, entertaining, old-school, amusing, cheesy, amiable, big, dumb, fun, enjoyable, giddy. Dizzying size/scale, no-expense-spared visual effects, grandiose destruction.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Silly, scattershot, cluttered, repetitive, predictable, implausible. Scattered screenplay, too many characters/storylines, laughable dialogue, countless plot holes, misunderstood science, culturally insensitive.

Queen of the Desert

Published in Q
Thursday, 16 June 2016 23:29
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch

    Mine eyes are wet.

  • Starring

    Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis, Jenny Agutter, Holly Earl, Beth Goddard, Mark Lewis Jones, Christopher Fulford, Jay Abdo

  • Directed by

    Werner Herzog

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot in the arm (non-life threatening), held against their will, knocked over. Shots fired into the air. Armed men. A glass is dropped/smashed. Shooting animals, hunting party, they kill every man/woman/child they encounter, stealing, falsed credentials, murder, assassination, rather put a bullet in my head than live without you, suicide threats, re-enlistment, war, Gallipoli mentioned. Forged documents. Raised voices. Blood/gore: Bloody wound/clothing. Animal bones/carrion. Animals hanging/cooking in bazaar. Animal head offering. Arm in sling. Broken ankle, drops of blood, 30000 men lost at Gallipoli mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Woman bathing (outline of breasts/nipples seen beneath clothing). Cleavage. Infidelity. Fornication proposed. Elope, drunken orgies, eunuchs, harem mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). Camel racing.

  • LANGUAGE

    A-word, bastard, b*tch, bloody, pee, fart. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (dear God, Lord Almighty, prayer, etc). Misogyny (period chauvinism). Derogatory comments about Jews, Arabs, French, Germans, women.

  • THEMES

    Gertrude Lowthian Bell, exploration, love, heartbreak, tribal politics, Bedouin, the British Empire, society, intelligence, World War I, travel, writing, cartography, archeology, conviction, rejection, poetry, grief, diary-keeping, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead lovers. Marriage proposal. Camels, horses, sheep, hawks, falcons, vulture, caged chicken, deer, swans, lion cubs, goats, donkeys. Animal carcasses/heads hanging (bazaar). Fear of horses, riding on goatskins, widow mentioned. Some written Farsi (translated). Some Arabic.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Compelling, long-overdue, pretty, watchable, grown-up, respectable, historical, competent. Charming performance by James Franco, delicate/determined/expressive performance by Nicole Kidman, giddy/old-fashioned kissing scene, extravagant/magnificent locations, valorizing widescreen cinematography, hagiographic/orchestral/swelling score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Episodic, syrupy, cringe-inducing, banal, solemn, disappointing, plodding, literal, flat, passionless, prosaic, pedestrian, starchy, un-Werner Herzog. Underpowered/understated narrative, long/dry passages, regrettable dialogue, odd/cheesy accents, some historical inaccuracy, lacks dramatic conflict/psychiatric intensity, Robert Pattison is hysterically miscast, Kidman is too Hollwood-perfect, dishonours Bell's rule-disregarding nature by focusing on her love life.

Warcraft

Published in W
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 07:00
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: fantasy violence.

  • The pitch

    Getting along can be really Orc-ward.

  • Starring

    Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin, Callum Keith Rennie

  • Directed by

    Duncan Jones

  • Running time

    123 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, bludgeoned, slashed, run through, neck-sliced, thrown through the air/against objects, crushed, throat-grabbed, caged, life-sucked, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, stabbed, clubbed, blasted with lightning bolts, maimed, burned, pursued, bitten, kicked, decapitated, rammed, headbutted, transformed into an animal, kneed, slapped, pushed off a cliff, neck-snapped, disembowled. Extended battle sequences. Animals are life-sucked, thrown, skinned (implied), rammed, leg-grabbed, speared, run through. A character stands with a recently speared fish. Collapsed building, burning/ransacked villages. Explosion. Objects thrown, thumped. Roaring, screaming, yelling, arguing. Poisoning, killing, suicide (metaphoric), rip heart out mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (decomposing, fresh, animal, human, orc etc). Corpses thrown through the air. Bloody faces, mouths, chin, arms, hand, fingers, wounds, objects, armour, cuts; blood/goo spatter, dripping blood. Missing hand/fingers, broken tusk, decapitated head. A tooth is extracted. Skulls, skeletons, horns, bones seen. Objects/fingers protruding from/into skin. Scars, bruising, swelling, reddened skin, blackened veins, glowing eyes. Blue baby (implied death during birth). Eating your blood mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Birth scene. Caressing. Skimpy clothing, shirtless males, cleavage, exposed midriffs. A female character invites a male to lie with her. Mating, love mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character lies in a healing pool. Medicines mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    None.

  • THEMES

    World of Warcraft, battle, clans, orcs, humans, war, enemies, pregnancy, birth, portals, orphans, betrayal, traitors, guardians, greed, magic, incantations, tradition, dark magic, heroes, death, grief, beginnings.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Blue baby (implied death during birth). Son killed in front of parent. Dead parents. Mother burned alive, estranged/missing family mentioned. Funeral setting. Creatures with green/blue/grey skin, pointy ears, glowing/coloured eyes, spiky shoulders. Giant bird creatures/gryphons, horses, sheep, orcs, wolf-creatures, creepy shadowy figure, demon. Waterfalls, full moon, volcano, thunder, lightning. Spitting. Skulls, skeletons, fur, feathers, skins worn. Meat eaten. Brief Orc language (subtitles/translation). High/sweeping camera angles, bright light flashes. Also known as Warcraft: The Beginning.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Character-driven, epic, crafty, spell-binding, grand, spectacular, detailed, live-action, expensive, high-fantasy, vivid, well-intended, fantastical, laudable. Body-slamming/blood-stirring battle sequences, warm performance by Toby Kebbell, intriguing characters, state-of-the-art digital animation, striking/dazzling effects, believable/staggeringly crafter world-building, elaborate visuals, simple story, elegant/ominous/buff score, some fan-pleasing Easter eggs.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lumbering, crammed, flat-footed, generic, tropey, naff, dizzying, unoriginal, noisy, sludgy, excessive. Frustrating/lifeless/two-dimensional storytelling, unnecessary plot turns, some deadpan performances, some moments are dull/camp/uninvolving/unconvincing/disengaging/empty/impenetrable.