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Arrival (2016)

Published in A
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:41
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Put the pieces together.

  • Starring

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Michael Stuhlbarg, Forest Whitaker, Sangita Patel, Mark O'Brien, Abigail Pniowsky, Tzi Ma, Jadyn Malone, Julia Scarlett Dan

  • Directed by

    Denis Villeneuve

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are blown backwards in an explosion, threatened at gun point. Audio playback of a man being executed (shot). Military references (personnel, vehicles, weapons, comms, tanks, jets, helicopters, warships, gunfire, etc). Minor car accident. Surveillance/news footage of objects thrown into windows, premises raided/looted, people handcuffed, compound being torched, people being shot at. News segment describes 144 cult deaths. A child screams "I hate you" to her mother. Reference to death of insurgents. Yelling, arguing. State of emergency, treason mentioned. Loud roaring, groaning, creaking, rumbling sounds heard. Blood/gore: Blood extraction. Sick/dying child. Child in hospital bed with nasal tubes. Patient on medevac stretcher. Nausea, side effects, claustrophobia, ringing in your ears, tinnitus, radiation exposure/poisoning, concussion mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None (hugging).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne). Medication mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word. Name-calling (idiots, cheeky bastard, monsters, aliens, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, dammit, what the hell).

  • THEMES

    Aliens, UFOs, first contact, linguistics, language translation, death of a child, theoretical physics, gravity, communication, interpretation, decontamination, othography, time, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, heptapods.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead child, dead friend/colleague. Estranged father/husband. Elephantine creatures with seven limbs and slimy tentacle-like hands. Caterpillar, caged bird. A black/inky substance is repeatedly seen. Brief subtitles. Adapted from Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Riveting, dizzying, beautiful, provocative, thought-provoking, superb, classy, intelligent, affecting, contemplative, cerebral, captivating, measured, unexpected, high-concept, dreamy, freaky, audacious, mind-bending, pensive, strange, gripping. Eerie/Lovecraftian/well-conceived aliens, smart storytelling, cool/graceful/composed/lucid/impressive/wondrous/bravura visuals, throughtful screenplay, spectacular ideas, rich/moving performance by Amy Adams, gaunt/unsettling/symbiotic/ethereal score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Military showdown clichés, some parts stretch believability; slightly ridiculous.

13th (2016)

Published in 0-9
Monday, 07 November 2016 12:03
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Additional Info

  • 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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Additional Info

  • 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)

Inferno (2016)

Published in I
Monday, 24 October 2016 02:39
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Rearranged levels of hell.

  • Starring

    Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy

  • Directed by

    Ron Howard

  • Running time

    121 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, knocked to the ground, hit with an object, pursued, stabbed (knife/syringe), kidnapped, sprayed with an aerosol, throat-slit, throat-grabbed, stabbed, grabbed, punched, near-drowned, headlocked. People jump from a high ledge knocking into the building on the way to the ground (fatal/suicide), fall from roof beams, fall through a ceiling, slide down an embankment. Explosion. Dream sequences show peope with faces on the backs of their heads, burning buildings/objects, apocalyptic scenes, exploding blood, intense battle scenes, man bitten by a snake, people stabbed with swords, people in Hazmat suits, body bags (many). Objects smashed open, rammed, shot, kicked in. Theft. Footage of marching soldiers, dead whales, starving people. Screaming, roaring, arguing. Cancer (metaphoric), the end of humanity, suicide note, kill order, mass murder mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody forehead, arm, cut, clothing, mouth, bandage, water, knives, hands; blood explodes out of buildings (dream image), bleeding head wound. Blood in IV drip, syringe entering skin, hypodermic needle seen sticking out of neck. Tube made from bone. Bloodshot eyes. Man in hospital bed. Images of blood cells, cuts, wounds, body bags. People with scarred faces, rashes, bubbling skin, whitened eyes, hooded faces, balaclavas, plague masks. A man suffers sweats, bad dreams, headaches, visions, pain response to loud noises. Image of three-headed man-eating Satan. Medical checkup. Head trauma, cerebral contusion, retrograde amnesia, CT scan, concussion mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Kissing. A man and a woman hug. Birth control mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A man is injected with an unknown serum. A man suffers frequent hallucinations. Benzodiazepines mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word. Name-calling. Religious references (images of demons/Satan, map of hell) and exclamations (God, dammit, what the hell, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Robert Langdon, amnesia, visions, Doomsday virus, head trauma, over-population, extinction, plague, biological weapons, cryptology, paranoia, Faraday effect, Dante's Inferno, World Health Organisation, betrayal, Botticelli's Map of Hell.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital, airport settings. Planes, helicopter. Snake, pigeons, spider's web, dogs. Some Italian and French languages (some translations). Based on the novel by Dan Brown.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Hot-footed, brisk, scenic. Strong/diverse/international cast, film-saving performance by Irrfhan Khan, promising opening sequence, breathless first hour, striking dream imagery, effective sound editing, immaculate production values, explosive climax, some quaint self-awareness.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Chaotic, exasperating, exhausting, stifling, dull, silly, humourless, creaky, underpowered, lifeless, tiresome, perfunctory, passionless, flat, desensitising. Unsurprising twists, forced dialogue, paper-thin characters, weak/hoary material, irrelevant backstory, lacking tension, convoluted/baffling plot, slow/bewildering/flashback-heavy/contradictory second hour.

Snowden (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:10
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    Snowden seeks the protection of his Guardian.

  • Starring

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Scott Eastwood, Ben Schnetzer, Bhasker Patel, Edward Snowden

  • Directed by

    Oliver Stone

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Animals shot (hunting). A man collapses/suffers seizures. Drone footage of people being targeted/exploded. Footage of 911, Osama bin Laden, burning police car, people in gas masks, rioting. A private drone crashes to the ground and frightens party-goers. In-depth discussion of government agencies illegally monitoring people's private emails/text messages/webcams and hacking/sabotaging infrastructure of hostile and allied countries. Stories heard of a daughter overdosing (near-fatal) on sleeping pills, people being detained/extradited, targeting and killing a whole family while at their son's funeral. Armed soldiers. Yelling, arguing. Terrorism, dirty bombs, Iraq, Afghanistan, Desert Storm, executing leaders, Al Qaeda, extremists, nuclear war, World War 3, cyber attacks, Nuremberg trials, Nazis, death sentence mentioned. Blood/gore: Metal rods protruding through leg (surgical), leg in bandage. Patients in hospital beds. Dead birds. Bloody knife/chopping block seen in background (hunting). Brief image of dental procedure, whole-body and internal scans seen. Broken legs mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have bedroom sex (sideview of full female nudity, sideboob seen). Kissing, flirting, ogling, undressing. Men visit a strip club (near-nude poledancing, women in skimpy lingerie seen). Men watch a woman undress without her knowledge. Cleavage, shirtless man, photos of girls in bikinis, photos of near-nude woman. Online dating. Sexual innuendo (wordplay on Bush). References to infidelity, prostitution. Whorehouse, sex on the first night, getting laid, threesome, sex scandals mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, wine, spirits, beer). Smoking. Gambling (personal bet). Drugs and booze, drunk driving, near-fatal overdose of sleeping pills, Tegretol mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards. Religious exclamations (what the hell, oh my God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Edward Snowden, National Security Agency (NSA), covert communication, secrets, security, whistleblowing, information leaks, CIA, special forces, spying, intelligence, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), investigative journalism, privacy, illegal wire tapping, hackers, malware, polygraph testing, epilepsy, photography, exile, political asylum.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Divorcing parents mentioned. Dogs, planes. Barbecuing meat. Brief Russian and sign languages (no translation/subtitles). Based on true events. Based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Extra footage during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Important, exciting, relevant, riveting, controversial, interesting, watchable, earnest. Crisp/magnetic/meticulous/strong/understated/committed performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, multi-dimensional/layered performance by Shailene Woodley, outstanding/lively/engaging/charming supporting performance by Ben Schnetzer, authentic use of language/jargon.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Safe, conventional, underwhelming, unenlightening, unengrossing, flat, dull, lackluster, dry, uninvolving, timid, uninspired. Pedestrian/disjointed script, by-the-numbers editing/cinematography, never as suspenseful as Laura Poitras' Academy-award winning documentary Citizenfour, lacks charm/humour/dramatic tension/urgency/suspense, feels old/dated.

War Dogs (2016)

Published in W
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 23:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence, sexual references, coarse language and drug use.

  • The pitch

    All the money is made between the lines.

  • Starring

    Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Julian Sergi, Kevin Pollak, Daniel Berson, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

  • Directed by

    Todd Phillips

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed against objects, kidnapped, arrested, hooded, threatened at gunpoint, grabbed. Bar fight. Archival footage of wars (World Wars I & II/Vietnam/Iraq), soldiers, military vehicles, explosions. Gunfire, warehouses of ammunition/arms. Objects thrown, smashed, shot, set alight, kicked. Stealing, lying. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpse with bloody bullet wounds. Bloody noses. Bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man says he is with a prostitute. Nude man on table (rear view). Nude woman seen in background. Shirtless men, women in skimpy dancewear, cleavage, people in swimwear, woman in underwear. Flirting, kissing, crotch-adjusting. References to prostitution, ejaculation, masturbation.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (snorting powder, smoking joints/bongs, drug deal). Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, beer). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (blackjack).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, n-word, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (OMG). Cultural stereotypes/jokes. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, international arms dealing, Iraq War, fraud, smuggling, procurement, contract bidding, friends, big ideas, masseuses, parenting, pregnancy, wealth, greed, national security, duplicity, sleaze, hubris.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing husband (presumed dead) mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, casino, warzone, nightclub settings. Dogs, planes, helicopters. Urination, ultrasound. Cooking sausages. Based on a true story. Based on Guy Lawson's 2011 Rolling Stone article "The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders". Bright white flash.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Scruffy, nimble, gripping, terrific, funny, slick, fun, breezy, energetic, solid. Likably repulsive/nuanced/funny/sharp performance by Jonah Hill, unbelievable/implausible true story, tidy script, great soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Enervated, flat, unchallenging, airless, lazy. Lifeless performance by Miles Teller, poorly written script/dialogue, downbeat ending, rote storytelling, underdeveloped female character, over-reliance on narration/freeze-frames/title cards/"remember when" stories.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Published in K
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 04:02
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Additional Info

  • 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.

Welcome to Norway

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    A frosty Welcome.

  • Starring

    Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Henriette Steenstrup, Slimane Dazi, Kristoffer Hjulstad, Jon Vegard Hovdal, Nini Bakke Kristiansen, Birgitte Larsen, Marianne Meløy, Olivier Mukuta, Henrik Rafaelsen

  • Directed by

    Rune Denstad Langlo

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are tied up, dragged behind a car, beaten (assumed), hit with objects (offscreen). Story told of woman/girl being raped for 3 days by 7 soldiers then left to die. Break-and-enter, stealing. Objects thrown smashed; broken glass. Freezing to death, Guantanamo, Gulag, beatings, broken ribs, terrorism mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: Bleeding nose/mouth; bloody clothing, shaving cut. Bags of dead fish. Scars, bruising, bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scene (woman in bra on top of shirtless man). Flirting, undressing. Affair with married man. Discussions and references to sex. Slang terms for sex. Woman in underwear, shirtless man, photos of people in swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking (cigarette). References to intoxication, drinking problems. Gambling (racing, lottery). Drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, bastards, b*tches. Racist language/slurs. Derogatory sexual comments. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Refugees, prejudice, money problems, horrible living situations, cultural insensitivity, language barriers, immigration, infidelity, asylum seekers, taking advantage of desperate situations/people, crisis, xenophobia, racism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents, dead uncle, relationship breakup mentioned. Foreign languages (subtitled).