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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Published in F
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Pack your suitcase.

  • Starring

    Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Gemma Chan, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo

  • Directed by

    David Yates

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are killed/stunned into unconsciousness, shot at, punched, hit, pushed, shoved, knocked to the ground, blasted through the air, hit with wand strikes/objects, bumped into, bitten, pursued, frozen, dragged, teleported, obliviated, handcuffed, sentenced to death, face-grabbed, thrown over a railing/from up high, bound, jailed. A creature crashes through walls/rooms/cars/crowds/windows. Buildings/vehicles/shops/apartments/subway stations trashed. Cracks appear in walls/floors/roads. Smashed/shattered glass; objects kicked in/thrown through the air/dropped/smashed/snapped in two. Creatures eaten by other creatures. Characters fall through a shopfront/out of a tree/from a chandelier. Many items stolen. A story is told how a woman beats/mistreats her many adopted children. References to fighting in World War I. A child sings a song about destroying witches ("gonna watch her burn"). Not going to poison you, killed by a kid, mass slaughter, picking locks, I'd rather chop off my hand mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse with dark veins beneath skin. A young male seems to explode/tear apart. Bloody bite mark on neck, scratches/slashes on palms. Wound-dressing, wound-healing. Scabby mark on face. Sides of meat are cut up and fed to creatures. A creature has its tongue on a man's eyeball ready to suck out his brain. Skull susceptible to breakage mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Mating call/dance. A creature chases a man hoping to mate with him. Woman in lingerie, cleavage. Flirting, kissing. Man in shower (no nudity seen). A woman with mind-reading powers says she knows what every guy is thinking when they see her. A woman asks a man if his wife knows he has a mistress.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, shots). Bar/speakeasy setting (bottles of liquor on shelves). Adults drink giggle water (alcoholic). A man takes a pill/drinks a potion. Smoking (cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    Bugger, anus. Name-calling (pilfering pest, incorrigible, freak, wicked, unnatural, fools, etc).

  • THEMES

    Witches, wizards, beasts, endangered creatures, quests, 1920s New York City, rejection, mind-reading, romance, dreams, pastries, cooking, research, betrayal, bigotry, adoption, child abuse, fear.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother, dead son/brother. Dead mother mentioned. Thunder, lightning. Dogs, horses, lion, monkey, birds, hippo, elves, cockroaches, seal. Creatures with similarities to: platypus, eagle, stick insects, snakes (with wings), jellyfish, octopus, sloth, mice, hedgehog, insects, winged creatures (bats/pterodactyls), dung beetles, chickens, owl, butterflies, mosquito, sloth. Scary dark masses with black sand/tendrils. Characters with white eyes, blue eyes, invisibility, mind-reading, ability to see into the future, scales, very sharp teeth, pointy ears, fur, tentacles, large eyes, twisted fingers, long fingernails. Power blackout. Some fast editing/bright flashes of white light.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Wonderful, enjoyable, glorious, rich, baroque, detailed, fun, buoyant, irresistible, unpretentious, good-natured, inventive, smart, engaging, spry, blithe, thrilling, effects-heavy, satsifying, sophisticated, spellbinding, polished, action-packed, relevant. Lovely/geeky/charming/bookish performance by Eddie Redmayne, terrific chemistry between cast, breathtaking/stylized/period-specific/nostalgic/otherworldly/spectacular/dazzling 1920s Manhattan setting, vivid CGI, sumptuous visuals, outstanding costumes, light-hearted premise, dark moments, inventive language, cacophonous/rousing finale, memorable cameo at the end of the film, impeccably crafted, doesn't talk down to its audience.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Episodic, overstuffed, incohesive, meandering. Feels franchise-y/lifeless/padded, lacks magic.

13th (2016)

Published in 0-9
Monday, 07 November 2016 12:03
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Freedom to all Americans.

  • Starring

    Michelle Alexander, Jelani Cobb, Cory Booker, Bryan Stevenson, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Angela Davis, Marie Gottschalk, John Hagan, Michael Hough, Van Jones, David Keene, David Dinkins, Shaka Senghor, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Cory Greene

  • Directed by

    Ava DuVernay

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Images of deaths in custody (people shot on camera), man with KKK carved in skin, man with whipping scars, people being kicked/grabbed/punched/pursued/dragged/firehosed/arrested/thrown to the ground/beaten/elbowed/pushed/shoved/spat on/handcuffed/tear-gassed/held at gunpoint, mass fighting, riots, armed soldiers, burning buildings, tanks, house raids/doors kicked in, Central Park Five, four girls killed in bomb blast (16th Street Baptist Church bombing), prison fighting/beatings, police brutality. Film scenes of woman being raped, Civil War battles, woman committing suicide, Ku Klux Klan, non-whites being dragged/burned at crosses. Images of lynched men, slaves, people chained. Cartoons of non-whites depicted as savages/demons/rapists/killers. Newspaper headlines mention negroes burned/shot/killed/hanged/lynched/murdered in bomb blast, maggot and rat-infested prison food. Gunshot, yelling for help heard (911 call). Racks of guns/firearms seen. Criminals, slavery, Civil War, rapists, hanged by knees/flogged with chain, brutal rape, Willie Horton kidnapping/stabbing a man/repeatedly raping his girlfriend, girl abducted/killed, suicide (hanging), loitering, vagrancy mentioned. Blood/gore: Videos of people shot/bleeding/dying on camera. Archival images of hanging/bloodied corpses, corpses on stretchers, mutilated head/chest, bloody bed/floor, funeral/casket, man on crutches, woman on hospital bed with IV drip, people in detention centres, disenfranchised people. Attempting suicide, cancer mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Rape scene (film). Fully nude males, shirtless men. Rapists, rape, brutal rape mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Images of bags of pills, white powder (crack), woman smoking cigarette, prescription drugs. War on drugs, drug addiction, drug dependency, possession of marijuana, drug and alcohol abuse, heroin, crack, cocaine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, n-word, a-words. Name-calling (superpredators, crazy people, wolves, monsters, criminals, liar, etc)

  • THEMES

    US prison system, incarceration, 13th Amendment, racial inequality, The Birth of a Nation, slavery, segregation, Reagan era, politics, media, justice, Trayvon Martin, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), innocence, civil rights, plea bargaining, activism, Black Lives Matter.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Prison settings. Horses, dogs (archival pictures). Also known as The  13th.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Urgent, stimulating, thought-provoking, definitive, stunning, focused, heartbreaking, powerful, infuriating, overwhelming, crucial, stirring, piercing, relevant, disturbing, enraging, sickening, chilling, staggering, humane, lucid, precise, harrowing, hard-hitting, timely, necessary, intelligent, compelling, dense, pulsating, energetic, purposeful, slick, articulate, no-nonsense, remarkable, organised, detailed, solid. Illustrious cast/interviewees, devastating footage, crisply/cleanly argued.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    (tbc)

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Published in N
Thursday, 03 November 2016 06:43
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Dark monsters.

  • Starring

    Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Robert Aramayo, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen

  • Directed by

    Tom Ford

  • Running time

    117 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Women are raped (seen briefly in flashback; discussed), manhandled, threatened, leered at, kidnapped, throat-grabbed. People are shot, punched, wrestled, grabbed, hit, dumped in the desert, threatened at gunpoint, handcuffed, spat on, shoved, hit with an object. Paper cut. Reckless driving, car rammed, car driven off road. Jump scare (man lunges at camera). Phone dropped/smashed, door kicked in. A bird flies into a window. Arguing, screaming. Painting of man pointing a rifle at another man. Fractured skull, suffocated child, broken arm, stolen cars, attempted holdup, shot by a burglar mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody heads, eyes, nose, faces, hands, fingers, knuckles, clothing, bullet wounds, cuts, floor. Bleeding, bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Women are raped (seen briefly in flashback; discussed). Full female nudity (front and rear views). Full male nudity (side/front views; genitals obscured). Couple in bed together (brief; flashback). Kissing, caressing, hand-holding, hugging, crotch-rubbing. People in baths/showers/on toilet. Cleavage, skimpy clothing, shirtless men. Burlesque dancers, gay husband, cheating spouses. Vaginal rejuvenation mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (cocktails, wine, beer, champagne, spirits). Intoxication. Bar setting. Drugs (joint, sleeping pill). Smoking (marijuana joint).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, p*sses, b*tches, sl*ts. Name-calling (jerks, hot shot, chickensh*t, piece of sh*t, sunshine, crazy, idiot, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Jesus Christ, oh my God, godammit, my God, who the hell, honest to God). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Exes, revenge, Los Angeles contemporary art scene, divorce, insomnia, choices, consequences, art installations, art gallery management, lung cancer, evidence, rednecks, rape, murder, isolation, infidelity, writing, storytelling, weakness, guilt.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead/raped wife/daughter. Abortion (implied). Estranged brother, estranged parents, dead father mentioned. Spitting, vomiting, bum-wiping (brown-stained toilet paper seen), bum-scratching. Toilet. Animal antlers on wall. Taxidermy animal with many arrows protruding from skin (art installation). Bird. Adapted from Austin Wright's Tony and Susan.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sumptuous, entertaining, vicious, suspenseful, absorbing, malicious, complex, acerbic, gruesome, gripping, wild, superb, pitch-black, uninhibited, raucous, sophisticated, brutal, impressive, ambitious, bold, intoxicating, intelligent, sensual, contemporary, psychological. Palpable/harrowing/white-knuckle/horrifying/frightening/nail-biting/agonising sequences, invaluable/compelling/inhabited/effective performance by Amy Adams, raw performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, chilling/brutish/unsettling performance by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, riveting performance by Michael Shannon, delicious/brilliant/unforgettable performance by Laura Linney, show-stealing appearance by Michael Sheen and Andrea Riseborough, seamless telling of three stories, sly/scathing humour, striking production design, exquisite/remarkable cinematography, ace editing, lush/eclectic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Not everyone will love the ending.

The Icebreaker (Ledokol) (2016)

Published in I
Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:06
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    12+ (Russia).

  • The pitch

    Feel my heart beating.

  • Starring

    Pyotr Fyodorov, Sergey Puskepalis, Aleksandr Pal, Vitaliy Khaev, Aleksey Barabash, Olga Smirnova, Anna Mikhalkova, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Dmitriy Podnozov, Boris Kamorzin

  • Directed by

    Nikolay Khomeriki

  • Running time

    120 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are thrown overboard, thrown to the ground/against walls/down stairs, punched, wrestled, drowned/near-drowned, fire-extinguised, held at gunpoint, shirt-grabbed, pushed, shoved, bitten (dog), headbutted, threatened. A man catches on fire, a man falls through ice. A dog falls overboard/near-freezes. A helicopter crashes/traps occupants inside (claustrophobic). Suicide reference (jumping). Falling ice pounds/damages a ship (hull breach, buckling metal). A fight breaks out in a galley/dining area. A large load breaks its ropes and crashes to the deck. A giant iceberg flips in the sea - loud eruptions, falling ice, etc. The cabin of a helicopter fills with smoke. Explosion. A man makes a slicing-throat gesture. Objects dropped, thrown, smashed, hit with an axe, slammed. Yelling, arguing, barking, growling, roaring. A woman says her husband drinks, beats her and cheats on her. Going to prison, poison, place under arrest, shoot me dead mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Burial-at-sea. C-section. Bloody heads, faces, hands, nose, cheek, gloves, stitching, bandages/swabs. Bruising. Arm in sling (movie). A woman collapses. A woman is anaesthetised before surgery. Medical examinations, people on examination tables/hospital beds/gurneys, IV drips, gas mask. Frostbite, heart problems, people frozen to death mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hugging. A man behaves in a creepy manner toward a female (approaches her in her cabin/holds her down/threatens her, etc). A male character in a movie places his hand on a woman's heart (breast area). Shirtless man (only shoulder area seen). Nude baby (genitals not seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (vodka, hip flask). Smoking. Cognac, adrenaline mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    A handful of f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, cr*p. Name-calling (penguin, idiot, rat, unfit, greenhorn, nuts etc). Religious exclamations (who the hell, holy cow, Godspeed, damn).

  • THEMES

    Icebergs, polar explorers, rescue, drifting, mutiny, betrayal, pregnancy, childbirth, rationing, teamwork, tension, captains, survival, radio silence, expedition, 1985, Antarctica.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead comrades. Childbirth scene. Helicopters, plane. Barbecuing meat, power blackout. Fur worn. Dog, seal. Spitting, licking (dog). Divorce mentioned. Russian language (subtitles and some translation). Based on real events that took place on the ship, Mikhail Gromov in Antarctica in 1985.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    (tbc)

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    (tbc)

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Published in K
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 04:02
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  • 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.

As it is in Heaven 2: Heaven on Earth (Så ock på jorden)

Published in A
Thursday, 04 August 2016 06:42
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Over-orchestrated.

  • Starring

    Frida Hallgren, Niklas Falk, Eric Ericson, Björn Granath, Jakob Oftebro, Lennart Jähkel, Axelle Axell

  • Directed by

    Kay Pollak

  • Running time

    144 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are pushed, slapped, shaken, pursued, punched, pulled down, grabbed, drowned. People crawl/fall out of a car, trip up stairs. A baby is stolen. Shotgun fired. Yelling. Suicide references (hanging, self-harm; I want to die). Photo in newspaper of car crash. A child is blamed for a crash that killed parents. Blood/gore: Birth scene. Bloody noses, hand, cloth, face. Cut wounds (implied suicide attempts), taped nose, bruising, scar. Fainting. Coffin. Hands reach between woman's legs (off-screen) to unwind umbilical cord from a babies' neck. Fatal heart attack, bled to death, abortion, bleeding mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Implied sex scenes (including in a church). Flirting, kissing, groping, close dancing, undressing, skinnydipping. Teacher/student sexual relationship implied. References to sex. Nude baby, people in underwear. Poster of woman in swimsuit, picture of nude woman on truck.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, wine). Intoxication, alcoholism.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, cr*p. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Offensive hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    Music, prejudice, suicide, childbirth, abortion, faith, home birthing, depression, religion, blame, single-parenting, pregnancy, snowstorms, Handel's Messiah.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (heart attack), wife, daughter (car accident) mentioned. Childbirth scene. Vomit/vomiting, toilet. Dogs, mouse/rat. Original title is Så ock på jorden. Swedish language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Enjoyable. Strong/engaging/assured/warm/infectious performance by Frida Hallgren, strong sense of place, superb/triumphant cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Messy, misjudged, offkey, flat, slow-paced, contrived, unappealing, implausible, over-acted, overlong, tired. Manipulated/over-cooked melodrama, weak/clunky screenplay, thin story, rushed/semi-satisfying conclusion.

Ghostbusters (2016)

Published in G
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 06:06
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild supernatural themes and coarse language; some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Ley lady ley.

  • Starring

    Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Ed Begley Jr., Charles Dance, Steve Higgins, Andy Garcia, Cecily Strong

  • Directed by

    Paul Feig

  • Running time

    117 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man commits suicide (electrocution). Characters are slimed, burned, thrown through the air/against walls/out windows, punched, tackled, hit with/by objects, lassoed, hit by a train, pursued, throat-grabbed, dragged, slapped, blasted, trapped. Objects thrown, smashed, catapulted, kicked, crushed. Characters dangle precariously. A woman's head spins around. Reckless driving, a car collides with other vehicles/objects. Armed military personnel, tanks. Loud knocking sounds, mass panic. Ground cracking open, other-worldly portals, explosions, sparks, burning objects. Stealing. Roaring, screaming, yelling. Enslave elephants, anti-Irish fence, servants stabbed to death, daughter locked in basement, "I'm gonna kill you", you're gonna die, being bullied, terrorists, burn in hell, electrocuted people, massacres mentioned. Blood/gore: People are covered in slime. Man on stretcher. Human remains, people turned inside out (skin inside/organs outside) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Bum-wiggling, flirting, provocative (bad) dancing. Drawing of ghost with large breasts. Photos of shirtless man (chiseled abs and ripped six-pack visible), cleavage. A creature is shot in the crotch area. Mild innuendo ("pull it out"). Nude mannequins. Stripper pole, strippergram, virginity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, beer; bar setting). Advertisements for beer, spirits seen. May have been drunk, on crack, Chinese gambling den, drugged with hallucinogens, AA meeting mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-word, butt, cr*p, p*ss, b*tches, frickin. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (damn, OMG, hell). Obscene finger gestures. Jokes about race, gender, culture.

  • THEMES

    Ghostbusting, the paranormal, scientists, haunted buildings, himbos, protonic reversal, human possession, heavy metal, ley lines, tenure, tour guides, remakes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss. Dead father/colleague mentioned. Lightning, thunder. Objects move/open/rattle by themselves. Ghostly apparitions with scary eyes (green/yellow/red or blue), decaying skin, exposed torsos/skeletons, long arms, sharpened teeth, pterodactyl wings. Ghostly figures/hands seen trapped behind glass, demonic drawings, giant balloon figures, bogeyman. Fart sound, belch, vomiting, spitting. Cat allergy, urine smell mentioned. Mid-credits vision, post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Crowd-pleasing, funny, silly, confident, affectionate, ridiculous, hallucinatory, loose, subversive, witty, appealing, energetic, inventive, warm-hearted, nostalgic, spirited, entertaining, diverting, fresh, playful, goofy. Stellar cast, tremendous/warm/undeniable/easy chemistry between leads, scene-stealing performance by Chris Hemsworth, amusing in-jokes, slickly rendered visual effects, fan-pleasing cameos, crisp cinematography, solid score, touching tribute to Harold Ramis.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Ineffectual/forgettable villain, some messy CGI, effects-riddled/unwieldy third act, tries a little too hard to hat-tip the first film.

Land of Mine (Under sandet)

Published in L
Sunday, 03 July 2016 11:41
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Mine Got.

  • Starring

    Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Laura Bro, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Oskar Bökelmann, Emil Belton, Oskar Belton, Leon Seidel, Karl Alexander Seidel

  • Directed by

    Martin Zandvliet

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (landmine). People are grabbed, pushed, punched (some repeatedly), slapped, headbutted, kicked, hit with objects, locked up, starved, threatened at gunpoint, degraded, made to walk through areas to clear landmines, tied down, gagged, exploded, urinated on. An animal is killed when a landmine detonates. Explosions, fireball, burnt wreckage. Soldiers with hanguns/rifles. Stealing. 2.2 million landmines mentioned. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Body in explosion - arms blown off/bleeding/visible blood, bone, sinew. Red mist. Animal corpse. Bloody nose, mouth, hand, hair, fur. Scars, scratches, bruising, bandaging. Field hospital, injections. Dying of wounds, eating rat poo mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Man holding penis while urinating on another person. Male bottom. Discussion of potential girlfriends.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Painkiller injected.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, p*ss, bastard. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (damn).

  • THEMES

    Landmines, post-WWII Denmark, POWs, starvation, mental breakdown, survival, empathy, revenge, friendship, brotherhood, loss, death, grief, hate, betrayal, risk, conflict, human atrocity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead brother. Field hospital setting. Dog, mouse. Urination, vomiting. German and Danish languages (subtitles). Inspired by true events.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intense, brutal, harrowing, quesy, suspenseful, tense, stressful, affecting, nerve-wracking, difficult, important, humanist, powerful, stunning, gut-wrenching, heart-gripping, sorrowful, beautiful, outstanding, captivating, accomplished, graphic, white-knuckling. Superb/grand/lived-in/breathtaking/gripping performances, handsome production design, deliberate pacing, exceptional/stunning/wonderful cinematography, concise/punchy editing, spectacular direction, effective score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Manipulative.

Sing Street

Published in S
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 02:44
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    On a hero's journey.

  • Starring

    Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton, Kelly Thornton, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton

  • Directed by

    John Carney

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, slapped, kicked, headbutted, threatened (slingshot/knife), hit with objects, bullied, farted on, hair-grabbed, shirt-grabbed, dragged, face-held underwater, rescued from near-drowning, face-grabbed, pursued. Schoolyard fighting, theft (sandwich/bike). Violence inflicted by priest/principal, parent, school bullies. A female blames herself for being hit. Objects kicked, thrown, smashed, stomped on; broken glass. Finger drawn across throat in slicing gesture with "I'm going to kill you one day" threat. Arguing. Beatings, rape mentioned. Blood/gore: Bruising, black eyes.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. References to masturbation (vibrator seen), sex. People in swimwear, underwear, nightgown. Penis drawing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (smoking marijuana). Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits). Smoking (cigarettes, marijuana). References to drunkenness, alcoholism, alcohol-related abuse, drug dealing, addiction.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, p*ss, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Homophobic language (spoken and written), racist language/slurs. Religious references (including church-related abuse) and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures. Animals defecating on bed discussed.

  • THEMES

    Music, bands, school, wish fulfillment, bullying, crushes, mentors, brothers, anti-Catholicism, 1980s Ireland, financial problems, mental illness, separation, marriage, orphans, youth, self-discovery, pop culture, passion, hopes, dreams.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (car accident) mentioned. Orphanage, hospital settings. Spitting, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Enjoyable, endearing, whimsical, charming, joyous, entertaining, polished, crowd-pleasing, tongue-in-cheek, tuneful, personal, detailed, vivid, heart-melting, adolescent, terrific, music-rich, nostalgic, funny, energetic, infectious, escapist. Loveable/five-star ensemble cast, great/unforgettable/terrific/marvellous/catchy/top-notch/in-period soundtrack, fun costuming and production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A little far-fetched/formulaic, needs more characterisation of other band members, standard-issue romance.

The BFG

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Monday, 27 June 2016 01:16
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  • Rating

    PG: Some scenes may frighten young children.

  • The pitch

    The BFG gets the royal treatment.

  • Starring

    Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rafe Spall, Matt Frewer, Penelope Wilton, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rebecca Hall

  • Directed by

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time

    117 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are kidnapped, hit by a flock of birds, thrown through the air, poked, grabbed, eaten (dream sequences), hung upside down, toyed with/bullied, hunted, hit with a burning stick, held at gunpoint, doused with hot coffee, tied up, dropped from up high into the ocean. Characters hit their heads, faceplant, get struck in the crotch area, trip over, jump from a high ledge, have bad dreams. A missing child's belongings are found (presumably the child was eaten by giants). Objects knocked over, thrown, smashed. Explosion. Cars stomped on/crashed. A character's home is trashed. A tree is struck by lightning. Screaming, shouting, grunting, snoring, roaring. Boogeyman, children going missing, cannibal, matron locking children in dark cellar, stealing, lying mentioned. Blood/gore: A child says "blood will be on your hands". The flesh and juice of vegetables looks like worms and snot. A giant has a sore finger (no injury detail seen). Giants have names such as Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, Bloodbottler, Butcher Boy and Meatdripper.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless giants. Labels on jars read "I is naked at work/I is naked at a wedding".

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Loud voices heard from inside a pub. A group of intoxicated men stumble outside of a pub.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Fart jokes.

  • THEMES

    Big friendly giants, orphans, dreams, unlikely friendships, London, the Queen of England, the witching hour, Nicholas Nickleby, courage, runts, bullies, dreamcatching.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents mentioned. Orphanage setting. Dogs, cats, birds, raven. Giants, long/dark shadows. Fireworks (opening credits), full moon, waterfalls, lightning, thunder, helicopters. Farting, spitting. Some bright light visuals. Furs/leathers worn.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Astonishing, mystical, lean, glorious, immersive, magic, splendid, imaginative, charming, wonderful, inventive, superior, faithful, appealing, enjoyable, likeable, eager, kid-friendly. Extraordinary detailed motion capture, note-perfect script, some hypnotic sequences, eccentric/distinctive/seductive/stunning/transformative/tremendous/soulful/sad/superb performance by Mark Rylance, sweet/vulnerable/sturdy/eye-catching performance by Ruby Barnhill, dazzling effects, moving score, alluring visuals, simple/faithful storytelling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A little sluggish/mournful/underwhelming, could use more humour.