Displaying items by tag: religion Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The Star (2017)

Published in T
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:12
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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may frighten very young children.

  • The pitch

    A little bit...myrrh.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by

    Timothy Reckart

  • Running time

    86 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by objects, pursued, covered in paint/feathers, thrown to the ground, swallowed/spat out, lassoed, slammed into a cart, mocked, throat-grabbed, kicked, dragged, caught in a stampede. A character drops two dogs over a high cliff (they are saved). A barn is set alight, objects smashed/crashed into/rammed/crushed, a marketplace is damaged. A bird is slammed against a wall/crushed by a falling creature. A donkey injures his leg (caught in rope). Characters fall over high cliff ledges/down a well, dangle precariously. Barking, screaming, panic, arguing. Reference to king killing all children (the Massacre of the Innocents). Torture mentioned. Characters say "We're gonna die", "Someone's gonna die". Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Pregnancy. Newborn baby. Kiss on forehead. Close up of donkey bum. Bum-wiggling.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Poop. Name-calling (old-timer, rotten, good-for-nothing, silly, crazy/dumb as a box of rocks, nightmare wearing a helmet, useless, crazy-eyed, bad dogs, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Christmas Star of Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, religion, faith, friends, immaculate conception, bravery, Mary and Joseph, prayer, the Three Wise Men, forgiveness, angels, nativity, ambition, teamwork.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding feast. Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, camels, pigeons, sheep, cows, cat, donkeys, horses, chickens, dogs, goats. Lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kid-friendly, decent, good-hearted, innocuous, playful, charming, amusing, contemporary, animal-centric, fun, entertaining, glossy, serviceable. Spirited voice work, silly humour, brief/flavourful cameo by Kris Kristofferson, never gets pious/gushy/preachy, some lovely images, a cute idea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, clumsy, derivative, dull. Unremarkable writing/voice acting/storytelling, uninspired/basic/cheap/simplistic animation, awkward wedding feast scene, heavy-handed dialogue/song choices.

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Published in O
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:47
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  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes.

  • The pitch

    Oui! Oui! Ja! Ja!

  • Starring

    Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, Packer Mack, Doug Jones

  • Directed by

    Mike Flanagan

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are possessed, hit with objects, stabbed, thrown/bent backwards, restrained, mouth-grabbed, hanged, teased by school bullies, grabbed, pursued, dragged, throat-grabbed. A shadowy creature rams a fist down a child's throat. A child climbs up a wall/walks upside down on a ceiling/speaks in others' voices. A woman presses her fingernail into a boy's palm. Objects are slammed with fists, knocked over, burned. Objects move by themselves. Screaming, arguing, demonic whispering. Man hit and killed by drink driver mentioned. Thumping/banging sounds. Torture room seen. Nazi Germany, concentration camps, human experiments mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody elbows, fingers, objects, head, nose, writing. Skeletons, skulls. Peeling skin. Suturing. Mouths stitched/sealed up. Characters with white/milky eyes, sealed mouth, long/open mouths, glowing eyes, dark/inky skin, long fingers. Shadowy creatures, dark arms/hands. Cutting out tongues, sealing mouths to conceal screams, cancer, heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting. A teen couple kiss. A woman warns a boy not to touch her daughter. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine). Teens drink an unknown alcoholic drink (let's assume it was spirits). Loved one hit by drink driver (fatal) mentioned. A child swallows painkillers.

  • LANGUAGE

    A-word, b*tch, cr*p. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (God, Heaven, Christ, what the hell, the devil; Bible quotes, prayer).

  • THEMES

    Seances, scams, evil presences, ouija boards, spirit possession, widowers, single parenting, 1960s, first kisses, nightmares, psychiatry, sisters, mother-daughter relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother, dead sister, dead boyfriend. Dead wife, dead father/husband mentioned. Basement, lunatic asylum settings. Foreclosure notice. Palm-reading. Fortune telling, tarot, exorcism mentioned. End-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Chilling, nerve-racking, smart, stylish, artful, self-aware, refined, calculated, satisfying, frightening, scary, inventive, horrifying, surprising, emotional, unsettling, suspenseful, fun. Impressive/strong performances, top-notch jump scares, nuanced/likable/convincing characterisations, psychologically complex, old-fashioned storytelling, impeccable/sumptuous/elegant/autumnal cinematography, perfect set design/costumes, clever credit sequences.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Becomes a little silly/fomulaic/clichéd toward the end.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Published in H
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 05:55
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong battle violence, blood and gore.

  • The pitch

    Quite a wall to climb.

  • Starring

    Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Matt Nable, Nathaniel Buzolic, Richard Roxburgh

  • Directed by

    Mel Gibson

  • Running time

    139 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, bayoneted, set alight, thrown/blasted through the air, hit with objects, throat-grabbed, dragged, near hit-by vehicles, found crushed beneath a car, slapped, teased, bullied, beaten, rammed against a wall, buried alive, throat-sliced (off-camera/sound heard), sabotaged, captured, beheaded, sacrificed (harakiri). Explosions. Siblings wrestle/fight/punch/kick; a boy hits his brother over the head with a brick. A woman is threatened by an alcoholic husband. A man holds his father at gunpoint. A father threatens to beat/whip his sons. A story is heard of two young men committing suicide because they were declined entry into the military. Newreel footage of Nazi soldiers/flags. Objects thrown, smashed, exploded, grabbed, punched. Very intense and grisly battle scenes. Military vehicles/training/ships/aircraft, grenades, satchel charges, bayonet attacks, mortars. Yelling, arguing, screaming, battle cries. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (many - fresh/decomposed/piled up). Bloody heads, hands, faces, hair, legs, clothing, ground, wounds, linen, cuts, scrapes; blood on headstone, spots of blood spray, spurting blood, blood extraction. Torsos cut in half, missing limbs, spilled guts, visible bone/flesh. Torsos/bodies used as shields. Needles injected into skin (one seen in close-up). People on stretchers, hospital beds. Bandages, tourniquets, bruising, bloodshot eyes, scarred (burned) face/arm, rope burns. Surgery, vials of blood/plasma. Knife protruding/removed from boot.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple kiss in their bedroom on their wedding night (sex implied - not seen). Nude man (genitals mostly obscured - full rear view seen), shirtless men, men in loincloth underwear, cleavage. Kissing, flirting. A man reads a 1940s girlie magazine. Married to first cousin, lover, mistress, concubine mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (morphine). Alcohol (beer). Intoxication, alcoholic husband/father. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, son-of-a-bitch. Name-calling. Slang words for genitals/bodily functions/women. Heavy religious references and exclamations (damn, what the hell, Satan, the Sabbath, good Christian, good Lord). Derogatory references/jokes about religion, women, American Indians, countryfolk.

  • THEMES

    Desmond Doss, conscientious objectors, army medics, faith, religion, Seventh Day Adventism, World War II, the Battle of Okinawa, court martial, stubbornness, pride, dating, imprisonment, morals, nightmares, rescue, heroes, brotherhood, mateship.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cemtery, church, courtroom, hospital, war settings. Alcoholic husband/father. Dead friends. Marriage proposal, engagement, woman stood up at altar, man tells how he was given up to an orphanage as a child. Rats, maggots. Waterfall. Toilet. Vomiting. Vision at end credits. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thrilling, riveting, maddening, gruesome, effective, bloody, brutal, powerful, visceral, devastating, potent, bombastic, crowd-pleasing, pounding. Extraordinary second half, lucid/clear/violent/long/gut-wrenching/blistering/relentless/delirious/kinetic/staggering/skillfully choreographed action, captivating/sincere/winning/inhabited/committed/likeable/believable performance by Andrew Garfield.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Derivative, cheesy, programmatic, safe, overdone. Conventional/corny/groan-worthy/clichéd first half, promotes pacifism by celebrating violence.

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.

Bastille Day

Published in B
Monday, 18 April 2016 04:21
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  • Rating

    15 (UK): Strong language, violence.

  • The pitch

    An American in Paris.

  • Starring

    Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Kelly Reilly, Charlotte Le Bon, José Garcia, Anatol Yusef, Grégoire Bonnet

  • Directed by

    James Watkins

  • Running time

    92 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, kicked, beaten, hooded, tackled, pick-pocketed, pursued, knocked aside, held at gunpoint, tied up, elbowed, arm-snapped, flipped, thrown down stairs, face-grabbed, thrown through the air/against wall, stabbed, choked, hit with objects, tasered, dragged, blasted (grenade). Gun put in mouth, knife held to throat. People jump/dangle from high ledges. Explosion (bomb), Molotov cocktail, smoke grenade, riots, burning buildings/car, police raid, bar fight. Carjacking, stolen scooter, bag-snatching, planting evidence. Reckless driving, cars rammed/t-boned. Doors kicked in, fist slammed on desk, building stormed by angry mob. People in riot gear, gas masks. Objects dropped, smashed; broken glass. Terrorists, fascists, semtex, crashed car mentioned. Blood/gore: Several injured/bloodied/dead people seen on ground. Hanging corpse, smoking corpse. People on stretchers. Bloody mouth, teeth, scratches, grazes, bullet wound, knuckles; pool of blood. Photos of bloodied corpse. Bruising. Skull motif seen. Paralysed man, spilled blood mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Full female nudity (front and rear views). Kissing. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Pornography mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Glove compartment full of drugs (packets of pills/powder) seen. Alcohol (wine, beer). Smoking. Bar brawl. Get high, crack den, casino pit boss, card sharping mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastards. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    CIA operatives, corruption, pick-pocketing, betrayal, homeland security, terrorism, surveillance, social media, anti-police action.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Church, bar settings. Spitting. Flock of birds, horses, helicopter. Some French language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    tbc

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    tbc

Miracles from Heaven

Published in M
Monday, 21 March 2016 00:36
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, some upsetting scenes.

  • The pitch

    A miracle Beams in Texas.

  • Starring

    Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino, Courtney Fansler, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez

  • Directed by

    Patricia Riggen

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shirt-grabbed, near-hit by car, air-lifted after an accident. A child falls from a tree. Family pillow fight. A car is hit, kicked, damaged. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody face, arms, clothing (child); extracting blood, blood in tube. Unconscious child, concussion, bruising, scar, abdominal distension, fever, pain, hair loss, oxygen mask, IV drips, MRI, chemotherapy, endoscopy (internal organs visible on monitor), patients in hospital beds. Feeding tube inserted/removed through nose, needle inserted into arm, chest tube inserted through pectoral. Surgery on dog. Child with walker, a child thrashes/moans from pain. References to people dying, spinal injuries, head injuries, side effects of medication (diarrhoea/headaches/cardiac arrhythmia), childhood depression. Lactose intolerance, reflux, twisted intestines, body unable to process food, no cure, tubal feeding mentioned. Discussions of surgery, illness, quality of life, pain control, vomit, cancer, bone disease, fear of death.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting. Kisses, hugging. Smack on bum (playful). Shirtless man, low-cut dresses/cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (prescription pills, schedule). Reference to quitting smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious themes, references and exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, illness, diagnosis/misdiagnosis, medical procedures/treatment, childhood cancer, chemotherapy, near-death experience, incurable diseases, family, faith, belief, hope, death, sin, depression, mother-daughter relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital, doctor's surgery, church settings. Divorce, mother leaving, financial difficulties, impact on marriage mentioned. Dog. Vomiting. Barbecuing meat. Based on a true story. Based on the memoir Miracles From Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Beam.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thoughtful, well-intentioned, likeable, accessible, effective, decent, good, intimate. Solid/memorable/compelling/real/solid performance by Jennifer Garner, impressive performance by Kylie Rogers, honest depiction of childhood depression, calm/un-showy direction, based on an amazing true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Preachy, predictable, sappy, cloying, middling, manipulative, judgemental, prickly, overlong, overwrought, hollow. Simplistic/one-track narrative, second-act humour tries a little too hard, inauthentic/misattributed quote from Einstein used repeatedly.

Spotlight

Published in S
Thursday, 18 February 2016 03:24
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    All the Priests' Men.

  • Starring

    Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Elena Wohl

  • Directed by

    Tom McCarthy

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide references (bottle, needle, bridge). Crime rates, paedophilia, court cases, (many) abused children, tough neighbourhoods, poverty discussed. Statistics reference 249 priests accused of child abuse crimes; over 1000 victims. Images of 9/11. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Cuts, injury, broken leg, dead rat discussed.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Heavy/frequent references to child molestation and rape - descriptions of grooming, sex acts, dirty jokes, patting, fondling, 'special' treatment, showing pornography, playing strip poker, homosexuality, transexuality, handjobs, oral sex, rape, undressing, touching, intercourse. Celibacy, sexually active priests mentioned. Shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drug-taking implied (track marks on arms). Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits). Smoking (cigarettes). Sobriety, poker, gambling mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Heavy religious references, prejudice and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Child molestation, paedophilia, Catholic Church, corruption, cover ups, scandal, victim shaming, investigative journalism, lawsuits.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents, dead father (suicide), abused children, mother with schizophrenia, divorce mentioned. Police station setting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Powerful, precise, gripping, subtle, damning, important, engrossing, taut, extraordinary, restrained, intelligent, scintillating, superb, fluid, talky, dense, absorbing, measured, meticulous, controlled, skin-prickling, forensic, unshowy, polished, procedural, well-intentioned, worthy. Incredible/dream ensemble cast, inspired/robust/nuanced/superior performances, ruthlessly detailed, unobtrusive camerawork, sharp screenplay, labyrinthine plot, unfussy direction, sensitive score, has the pace of a thriller.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    May be harrowing for some viewers.

Risen (2016)

Published in R
Monday, 08 February 2016 01:28
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  • Rating

    M: Violence and some disturbing images.

  • The pitch

    Nails it.

  • Starring

    Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, María Botto, Cliff Curtis, Stephen Hagan, Peter Firth, Frida Cauchi, Antonio Gil

  • Directed by

    Kevin Reynolds

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are stabbed (swords), impaled (javelins, arrows), hit with objects, knocked to ground, punched, kicked, dragged, crucified, stoned, lashed, threatened with torture, held at swordpoint, hit/beaten with objects. Explicit description of what happens during crucifixion. Property damage, debris. Home invasions/raids. Object thrown, kicked, smashed. Screaming. References to beatings/lashings, punishment, being kidnapped, cannibals, man taken by sea-serpent. Bribery. Theft of body, being attacked by a group of men, burning bodies (funeral) mentioned.  Blood/gore: Dead bodies (in various states of decomposition/skeletons, bloating, rotted), body pit, burning body (funeral pyre). Blood on faces, bodies, clothes, ground, on shoulder. Arms/wrists/torsos/legs covered in blood. Bleeding (lashes), bloody cuts, blood tears, spurting blood. Legs are sliced, broken, stabbed, lashed. Cracked/bleeding lip, bruising, scars, swelling, leprosy. Objects inserted into/removed from skin, crown of thorns. Arm in sling, person on crutches, stitched wound. Massive cuts on arms and legs. Blood ocean (dream). A man appears to shimmer then turn into ashes. Missing hand, broken limbs, dead/burning bodies mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    References to prostitution. Platonic hugs and kisses (m-m). Men in loincloths.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine). Intoxication. Tainted wine, opium mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Ridiculing, belittling. Heavy religious references.

  • THEMES

    Christianity, Jesus Christ, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, Judaism, Roman mytholoy, faith, conversion, healing, leprosy, non-believers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Earthquake, mass grave. Exhumation of bodies, burial rites. Fish, fishing, flies.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intriguing, skillful, unconventional, compelling, intelligent, moving, engrossing, entertaining, funny, unpretentious, sincere. Superb/excellent/restrained performances, solid/accomplished/likeable cast, visceral action sequences, sun-seared desert landscapes, absorbing twists.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unchallenging, frustrating, sermonising. Miracles depicted in low-budget/low-key/prosaic fashion, cheap-looking CGI, uninspired storytelling, some wince-inducing/ham-fisted moments.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Published in M
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:02
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  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    You want drama, go to the opera.

  • Starring

    Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, America Olivo, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Hermione Corfield

  • Directed by

    Christopher McQuarrie

  • Running time

    131 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, gassed, bound, punched, kicked, hit with objects, elbowed, hair-grabbed, near-choked, tackled, headlocked, neck-grabbed, stabbed, slashed, head-butted, hit by vehicles, impaled (implied), thrown from a moving vehicle, tasered, defibrillated, pursued, kidnapped, hooded, rigged with explosives, trapped. Car/motorbike chases/accidents/rollovers. Assassination attempt, drowning. Car bomb, explosions, door rammed, broken/smashed glass. Break-and-enter, theft. A man plays a violent video game. Images of mass wreckage/devastation, car accidents. Missing aircraft, civil war, gassed village (2000 dead) mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, images of dead people. Snapping bones (neck). Bloody hand/skin/face/cuts/scratches/bullet wound/clothing. Bruising. Medical instruments seen. Defibrillation implied. Killing innocent people mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man, woman in underwear (rear view), bikini, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Dressing, undressing. Poster of lingerie girl, neon sign a for lap-dancing club.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People are drugged (gas, serum, darts). Vials and syringes seen. Alcohol (wine, champagne). Gambler, antidote mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    International terrorism, stealth operations, ostracisation, infiltration, assassination, rogue agents, trust, betrayal, opera, loyalty, identification, security, mind control, drowning, cool gadgets.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing flight mentioned (reference to MH370). Cemetery setting. Planes, helicopter, goats, donkey. Used chewing gum, spitting. Brief Russian, German languages (subtitles). Very high camera angles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Funny, self-aware, surprising, fast-paced, spry, satsifying, winking, gripping, intelligent, sexy, propulsive, crowd-pleasing, solid, suspenseful, entertaining, old-fashioned, diverting. Delightful comic chemistry between Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg, credible performances, sharp script, absorbing plot, great locations, hilarious/gigantic plane stunt, spectacular set pieces, gorgeous/crisp/clean/precision action cinematography, non-stop score, real-world echoes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, exhausting, uneven, empty. Lacks visual/visceral impact, uninvolving plot, blunt dialogue, settles for clichés.

Trainwreck

Published in T
Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:53
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    The title says it all.

  • Starring

    Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Evan Brinkman, Randall Park, Jon Glaser, Ezra Miller, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert, Chris Evert

  • Directed by

    Judd Apatow

  • Running time

    125 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are slapped (sexual), punched. Beating up kid at school, knocked out teeth and stolen shoes, stolen bike, Dad beating up neighbours mentioned. Arguing, yelling. Raping mentioned (comic). Blood/gore: Blood spatter. Knee surgery (exposed/hammering bone), wound-stitching. Bloody clothing/face/glove/hand. Spinal/head scan images. Patients in hospital beds, IV drips, medical equipment.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman has sex with many different partners. Oral sex, orgasm, hitting during sex, erection beneath towel, nipple-licking. Kissing, flirting, grinding-dancing. Nude men (rear view). Woman in bra, cleavage, skimpy clothing, shirtless men. References to sex, masturbation. Threesomes, fetishes, condoms mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Snorting cocaine, vial of white powder, smoking marijuana. A patient is administered a sedative intravenously. Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails, wine, shots). Club, bar settings. Intoxication. Smoking. Viagra, Adderall, getting high, smoking pot, getting drunk/hammered, bong, champagne mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women. Terms for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Jokes about race, weight, age, death, homosexuality, cultures.

  • THEMES

    Monogamy, infidelity, promiscuity, love, commitment, forgiveness, father-daughter relationships, dating, NYC, assisted living, sports medicine, surgery, Doctors Without Borders, awards, recognition, fear, basketball, cheerleaders, elite athletes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased father, relationship breakup, job loss. Divorce mentioned. Lightning, dogs. Toilet. Hyperventilating, gagging, vomit. Urination, defecation mentioned. Brief Mandarin (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Lacerating, smart, heartfelt, raw, funny, honest, wise, hilarious, personal, charming, deft, mature, polished, enjoyable, frank, robust, plain-speaking, important. Stellar/memorable performances, real chemistry between leads, LeBron James is hilarious/scene-stealing, focused/warm script, reality-bending narrative, makes a well-trodden tale feel fresh.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Shaggy, overlong, familiar, flawed. Too many narrative detours/digressions, sags toward end, many jokes fall flat.