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Early Man (2018)

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

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

  • The pitch

    Early Man united.

  • Starring

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

  • Directed by

    Nick Park

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

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

  • SEX/NUDITY

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

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

  • CRITICS LIKE

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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

Black Panther (2018)

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

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Panther is the new Black.

  • Starring

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

  • Directed by

    Ryan Coogler

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

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

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless men, skimpy (traditional) clothing. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

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

  • CRITICS LIKE

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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

The BBQ (2018)

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

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Shane Jacobson is captain Cook.

  • Starring

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

  • Directed by

    Stephen Amis

  • Running time

    87 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

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

  • SEX/NUDITY

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

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

  • CRITICS LIKE

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Published in T
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:41
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  • Rating

    M: Action violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Saves the best till Last.

  • Starring

    Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera, Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Stanley Tucci, Liam Garrigan, Martin McCreadie, Rob Witcomb, Gemma Chan, John Turturro, Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Steve Buscemi, Omay Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

  • Directed by

    Michael Bay

  • Running time

    149 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot (burning arrows/guns/missiles), decapitated (non-humans), slashed/stabbed with swords, impaled, blasted through the air/into a windscreen, thrown off horses, slammed against walls/to the ground, chained, pursued, dragged behind a horse, flipped, pushed/shoved, wrestled, attacked by a giant three-headed bird-creature, roped, blown apart (non-human), leg-grabbed, hit with objects, dangled upside-down, kicked, face-grabbed, slapped, flicked, bitten, near-crushed, punched through a window, near-hit by cars/robots, near-strangled, kidnapped, hit by a truck, head-rammed, hit by a giant wave, stomped on, dismembered (non-human), almost throat-slit (sword at throat). Horses fall in battle, a mosquito-robot is squished, fish are bashed against the ground/kicked (later seen as sashimi). Mid-air battles, planes catch on fire/crash to ground, crash-land. Submarines collide, a deep sea exploration vessel collides with an underwater alien ship. People slide down embankments/roofs/objects, dangle precariously, freefall long distances. A character evaporates when shot. Explosions, fireballs, people/objects on fire, charred toys/possessions/objects. High-speed vehicle chases, rollovers, collisions, flips, cars t-boned, car hit by missile; a car knocks over a row of bicycles while parking. Cities invaded, debris/rubble, broken glass, destroyed sporting stadium, extensive damage to moon/planets, famous cities/monuments/landmarks destroyed, giant alien ship crashes to earth tearing up ground; a church is shot up/wrecked. Drones shot/crash into ground. Military aircraft, ships, personnel, base. A man claims an object in his possession is the watch that killed Hitler. Flashback scene of Nazi Germany (swastikas, flags, soldiers seen). Photograph of soldiers in trenches. Screaming, arguing, yelling, roaring. Kidnapping, hot-wiring car, bank robbery, aggravated assault, double murder, triple murder mentioned. People say "I'll punch you in the face real hard", "I will kill you", "you'll wish you'd died", "kill them", "shoot me", etc. Blood/gore: Decapitated heads and limbs (non-human), sword through face (non-human). Bloody heads, arms, faces, cuts, knuckles, horses, scratches, armour; dripping blood. A coffin is carried during a medieval funeral ceremony, a coffin is opened (decayed corpse inside). Green goo resembling blood/saliva. Bruising, oxygen masks. Museum setting (dinosaur skeletons/bones/artifacts seen). Nine dead (bank robber), tens of millions will die (planet desctruction) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, hugging. Skimpy clothing, cleavage, shirtless men, boys in tribal clothing. A group of women think that sounds of a room being destroyed is a result of a couple having sex. A man and a woman tease a man about his lack of sex life (chaste, no woopie mentioned). A group of women pester a younger woman about being single/finding a man, women read dating advertisements for men seeking women and women seeking women. A man says he would give up women as part of a deal then changes his mind. A boy says "I love her" about a girl he just met. A character says "you're always single" as a derogatory comment. A man refers to a woman as a princess in a stripper dress. I Transformer says he is going to slather himself in oil. Hook-up site, junk in her trunk, goat scrotum, snuggling mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, cocktail). A man drinks from a bottle then says "I'm sozzled". Smoking (cigars, pipe). Gambling (friends play a game of cards). Giving up drink, drinking problem mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, p*ss, crap, frigging, shut up. Name-calling (b*tch, so-called, worthless drunkard, liar, charlatan, crazy, baby, wusses, fool, idiot, chief, skank, stray, J-Lo, tough guy, bad*ss, monsters, d*ckheads, treacherous, leprechaun, clumsy, crazy ninja butler, little Miss Sunshine, old timer, dude, princess in a stripper dress, fusspot, 4ft mental psychopath, sociopath, rude, Sherlock, small, ugly, traitor, etc). Religious references and exclamations (god, damn, oh my god, what the hell, go to hell, Christ alive, oh hell, give them hell, god speed, hail Mary, etc). Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Transformers, Autobots, Decepticons, the end of the world, invasion, saving the world, family, father-daughter relationships, legacy, myths, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, magic, Stonehenge, history, bravery.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friends, dead employer. Dead wife, estranged daughter, dead parents, uncle committed suicide mentioned. Deep sea, outer space, junkyard, submarine, tomb settings. Helicopters, jets. Dogs, horses, fish, eels, jellyfish, whale, dragon. Creatures with multiple heads, sharp teeth/claws, metallic skin/feathers, tentacles, fire-breath, red/blue/purple glowing eyes, spider-like legs, dinosaur-shaped bodies. Space ships/weapons/stations (giant alien stuff), broken planet. Fur worn, sushi served. Spitting. End-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, watchable, over-the-top, hyperactive, fan-pleasing, big-budget, beautiful, bombastic, uproarious, PG-friendly. Exciting/impressive/visually arresting action scenes, spectacular/gorgeous visuals, massive set pieces, nonstop pace, some funny moments, enjoyable climax, Sir Anthony Hopkins has a great time.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Exhausting, loud, disjointing, confusing, convoluted, long, messy, tinnitus-inducing, steroidal, infantile, pointless, illogical, empty, bland, pandering, chaotic, materialistic. Bombastic soundtrack, familiar/flimsy/hackneyed/pointless/recycled plotting, on-the-nose/cringeworthy/expositional dialogue, some indistinguishable bots/muddled action scenes, weak female characters.

Before The Flood (2016)

Published in B
Monday, 07 November 2016 06:43
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Fishering for the truth.

  • Starring

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Ban Ki-Moon, Elon Musk, Pope Francis, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Kerry, Sunita Narain, Barack Obama, Lindsey Allen, Farwiza Farhan, Jeremy Jackson, Michael E. Mann, Piers Sellers, Anote Tong

  • Directed by

    Fisher Stevens

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Written death threats to a man's self/family shown (eg you're going to hang/you ought to be shot). Images of people fighting/being beaten for fresh water access. Film footage of battle scene. Photo (and theatrical recreation) of mountain of skulls. Images of devastating floods, hurricanes, storms, wildfires, burning water, oil spills, deforestation, drought, dead fish, destroyed coral reefs. Photo of Jeffrey Dahmer. Poisoned water, hunting, fishing, corruption, bribes mentioned. Yelling, street protesting. Blood/gore: Slaughtering cattle, pancreatic cancer mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Painting of many nude people. Shirtless men. Deadly sins, debauchery, excess, gay marriage mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    Badass, sonofab*tch, p*ssed, cr*p. Religious references and exclamations (oh my God). Name-calling (charlatan, etc).

  • THEMES

    Climate change, global warming, action, extinction, crisis, misinformation, deforestation, wildlife, environmentalism, renewable energy, industrialisation, urbanisation, denialism, rising sea levels, palm oil, methane, carbon tax, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, The Revenant (movie).

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Horses, polar bear, narwhals, seals, penguins, cats, cows, cow dung, caged pigs, ocean fish, elephant, orangutans, camels. Helicopters, planes, airport setting, submersible setting. Fur, leather worn. Spitting. Roasting chicken (archival footage). Some fast editing. Several foreign languages (some subtitles/translation).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Compelling, effective, well-intentioned, personal, interesting, necessary, smooth, well-paced, fervent, sober, thoughtful, rousing, accessible, intelligent, concise, thought-provoking, entertaining, urgent, sincere, comprehensive, persuasive. Proposes numerous solutions, handsomely shot, some heartbreaking/alarming moments.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Obvious political agenda, a little didactic, The Garden of Earthly Delights framing device is a little pat/on-the-nose.

Doctor Strange (2016)

Published in D
Thursday, 27 October 2016 23:24
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  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Technical wizardy.

  • Starring

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins

  • Directed by

    Scott Derrickson

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are bound, strung up, beheaded, hit with objects, kicked, crushed, punched, beaten, face-grabbed, elbowed, stomped on, robbed, thrown through the air/against walls/down stairs/out onto the street/head-first into a glass cabinet/over a railing, grabbed by hundreds of disembodied hands, headlocked, hit, run through with spear, stabbed, smacked, chained up, roundhouse kicked, tackled, throat-grabbed, near-hit by car, roped, trapped inside a wall/fish tank, impaled, blasted. People fall from high ledges, dangle precariously, fall/jump through portals, repeadetly die/ then resurrect. Weapons/fight training. Objects torn, pushed, smashed, stolen, knocked over. Reckless driving, cars collide, car over cliff, vehicle rollover, car underwater. Explosions, mass property destruction, burning streets/buildings, apocalyptic scenes. Screaming, arguing. Gunshot wound, suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Head falling into bin (decapitation). Dead bodies. Surgical procedures (medical instruments, scans, IV drips, drilling skull, injections, machines that go ping). Bloody bandages/hands/face/head/cuts/nose/objects; dripping blood, smeared blood. Hand reaches into chest. Bruising, scars. Object removed from skull, arms/hands in traction, stitching flesh (close-up). Resuscitation (paddles), flatlining. Characters with charred bodies/red eyes/silver scales around eyes/hoods/cloaks; giant eyeballs/face. Brain donor, craniotomy, organ harvesting, crushed lower spine, burst mid-thoracic, nerve damage, multiple torn ligaments, broken back, paralysed, experimental treatments, acupuncture, high heart rate, loss of body function, shock, dilated pupils mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man. Nude drawings (no genitals seen). Hand-holding, caressing, kiss on cheek. Sleeping together mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Drunk idiot, LSD mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words. Name-calling (coward, dog, idiot, zealots, etc). Religious references (prayer wheels) and exclamations (oh my God, what the hell).

  • THEMES

    Superheroes, wizardry, healing, therapy, neurology, spinal cord injury, ritual, cellular regeneration, faith, belief, astral projection, spells, magic, time, training, surrender, immortality, temporal manipulation, the dark dimension.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital setting. Butterfly. Lightning. Images of buildings/streetscapes/interiors/dimensions/body parts move in brain-bending/dizzying ways. Flash/strobe editing. Mid-credits scene, post-credit scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Funny, exciting, trippy, freaky, smart, accessible, nutty, engaging, likeable, eye-popping, exotic, entertaining, escapist, fun, psychedelic, hyper-vivid, thrilling, engrossing, vigorous, dark, mystical, bold. Effective/imaginative/impressive/extravagant/mind-blowing/staggering/innovative/stupendous visual effects, consistently engaging performances, outstanding production design/costumes, memorable score, impressive/clever finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, safe. Familiar genre tropes, some forced comedy/dialogue, underwritten villain, inevitable generic showdown.

Red Dog (2011)

Published in R
Sunday, 18 September 2016 10:22
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    A Dog for everyone.

  • Starring

    Noah Taylor, Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford, Arthur Angel, John Batchelor, Koko

  • Directed by

    Kriv Stenders

  • Running time

    92 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide attempt (drowning/shark attack). People are tackled, slammed against walls, headlocked, punched, shoved, wrestled, attacked by a cat, killed in a motorcycle accident (implied-carnage seen). Explosion (man killed). Animals are held at gunpoint, poisoned (off-screen, possibly by accident), near-hit by car, attacked by a cat, shot/shot at. People encourage a dog to maul a live bird. Arguing, scream. Slit your throat, stick him like a pig, man attacked by a great white shark, wife and child kid in auto accident, acts of violence, family rescued from fire mentioned. Barking, growling, hissing. Blood/gore: Corpse, coffin. An animal is operated on (in background), given an enema (off-screen). Dead/bloodied roo on road. Bloody cut, bandage. Wound-dressing. Severe sunburn, bite scars. Stitches mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Flirting, kissing. Men in singlets/short-shorts, underwear; shirtless man. A man talks about beautiful women/fighting over women. Whoring mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Intoxication. Bar setting. Gambling (betting on eating competition). Anti-convulsants, [on] drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Cr*p, bastard, p*ss, ass. Name-calling. Religous exclamations (by God, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Western Australia, mining towns, best friends, community, loyalty, jealousy, relationships, town pets, the outback, romance, love, engagement, humour, stories, suicide, death, grief, hitchhiking, unlikely friendships, mates.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead fiance, dead pet. Dead wife/daughter mentioned. Birth scene, engagement, wedding scene, funeral scene. Dogs, puppy, flock of birds, chicken, cat, shark. Dog farts. Fishing. Meaty dog bone, barbecuing meat. Light plane. Based on real events. Based on the book Red Dog by Louis de Bernières.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, quirky, endearing, funny, moving, Aussie, vibrant, loveable, rare, heartwrenching, delightful, witty, funny, nostalgic, intimate, rewarding, involving, entertaining, eccentric, enjoyable, touching. Emotionally engaging, superb cast, terrific performances, lovely story, likeable/colourful characters, strong sense of place, great chemistry between Josh Lucas and Rachael Taylor, beautiful/superb/vivid/rich cinematography, wonderful/impressive 1970s period design, real-non-CGI performance by Koko as Red Dog.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A liitle overacted/overstated/sentimental/episodic.

Storks (2016)

Published in S
Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:21
This feature is preceeded by short film THE MASTER featuring a man and chicken whom are kicked, grabbed, thrown through the air, crushed under falling objects, punched and left dangling precariously from high ledges. Themes include compromise, martial arts, ninjas, fighting, intros and legendary warriors.   DISCLAIMER: The informatio...

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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may scare very young children.

  • The pitch

    Baby pow(d)er.

  • Starring

    Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Katie Crown, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Anton Starkman, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman

  • Directed by

    Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A character falls to (assumed) certain death. Characters get gummed, feather-plucked, eye-poked, licked, beak-grabbed, lip-pulled, pursued, covered in mess, whacked with objects, knocked unconscious, tied up, hung upside-down, rammed, ear-pulled, bitten, stabbed with fork, electrocuted, catapulted, trapped. Characters plummet toward the ground, run into glass/knock themselves out, hit their heads, jump out of a window. Aircraft crash. Objects smacked out of hands, accidentally set on fire, smashed, stabbed. Images of exploding buildings/cities/planet/trees. Montage of mothers shielding babies from fiery arrows/sabre-tooth tiger attack. A helicopter explodes. A penguin is eaten by a walrus. Building collapse, mass property destruction. Ethnic tension, panic room, eating a baby, bite arm off, glueing eyes shut mentioned. Screaming, arguing, growling, snarling, crying, belching. Blood/gore: Mangled/broken wing. Fork sticking out of an animal's chest. Fainting, nappy-sniffing. Wing in sling. Cracking bones heard. A tooth falls out of a singed bird's mouth. Internal bleeding mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude baby-bums. Pixelated bird-bottom.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Peed. Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Delivery, flight, family, babies, power, promotion, orphans, horrible bosses, teamwork, bonding, hopes, disappointment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing family, job loss, cease and desist notice served. Birds (lots!), wolves, polar bear, arctic monkey, hare, cats. Full moon, plane, avalanche, waterfall, blizzard, rapids. Vomiting (off-screen). Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, poignant, hilarious, worthwhile, amusing, buoyant, madcap, lively, fun, offbeat, wacky, witty, warm, inventive, energetic, colourful. Terrific voice cast, some inspired comedy moments, crisp/brightly rendered animation, nurturing/understated score, progressive montage about modern parenting, lessons never feel saccharine.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Broad, silly. A little overstuffed, messy plot, noisy/chaotic ending, some lazy plot devices.

Pete's Dragon (2016)

Published in P
Monday, 29 August 2016 03:52
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild violence.

  • Starring

    Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

  • Directed by

    David Lowery

  • Running time

    103 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Fatal car accident (crashing/crashed car seen). Characters are shot (tranquiliser darts), chained, pursued, thrown through the air/to the ground, dropped from a stretcher, roped, hit with a stick, sedated, near-burned, grabbed. Characters dangle precariously, fall from a tree, fall from a bridge, hit their heads, trip over. A man stabs his knife into wood. A boy jumps off a cliff. A driver rams through a wall, rams another vehicle; smashed cars. A bridge begins to collapse. Objects burned, twisted, uprooted (tree), thrown, smashed, rammed. Theft. Growling, howling, roaring, screaming. Blood/gore: Scratches on face, bloodied knee (injury detail not seen), broken tooth. People are covered in gooey snot/sneeze. Children seen in hospital beds, leg in plaster cast, man on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless boy.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character is sedated (shot with tranquiliser dart).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. A man says "redheads" to indicate his frustration at a ginger-haired woman. A woman is accused of "stepping on her husband's toes" career-wise.

  • THEMES

    Adventure, orphans, family, survival, friendship, invisibility, deforestation, logging, hunting, father-daughter relationships, endangered species, magic.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents. Dead mother mentioned. Hospital setting. Deer, wolves, rabbit, birds, bear, owl, butterfly, dog, cows, dragons. Balloon. Tongue-poking.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, surprising, stylish, old-fashioned, sturdy, sensitive, calm, assured, lovely, lyrical, funny, magical, intimate, lovable, full-hearted, warm, wistful, wonderful, sincere, rewarding, low-key, disarming, gentle, worthy, uplifting, small-scale, charming. Timeless human moments, dark/heartbreaking/haunting opening scene, warm cast, praise-worthy/convincing/terrific/muted performance by Oakes, Fegley, exceptional Weta Digital animation, stunning/endearing/doglike dragon, folky/evocative/uplifting/spirited store, intricate sound design, gorgeous vistas, lush/luminous cinematography, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic. Gavin's character motivations feel a little forced/insincere, perfunctory/too-neat finale.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Published in T
Sunday, 28 August 2016 10:16
This feature is preceeded by MOWER MINIONS short film featuring bees, cat, dog, objects knocked over/smashed, theft, hyperventilating, dog poo, explosion, garden gnomes, charaters being hit with objects/singed, a bare bum, false teeth flying from mouth and overeating. DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended fo...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Very mild sense of threat and some crude humour.

  • The pitch

    The cat is out of the bag.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Renaud, Steve Coogan

  • Directed by

    Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

  • Running time

    87 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are pecked, sat on, dragged, thrown through the air, binned, tied up, kicked, punched, pursued, blasted, hunted, tongue-pulled, eaten, neck-grabbed, slapped, crushed (fatal), near-punctured (snake fang), rammed, near-drowned, hit by objects, caged. Characters run into furniture, fall from high ledges, dangle precariously. A character is covered in tattoos. Objects chewed, smashed, bitten, spat out, knocked over. Reckless driving, cars rammed/collided/driven off a bridge/rolled/stolen. A dog wears a studded collar and anti-bite muzzle. Growling, hissing, screaming, yelling, barking, roaring, arguing. Killing owners, poison mentioned. Blood/gore: Animal carcasses/bones seen. A character has holes/damage in its ears. A character has missing limbs. Milky eye, giant fang, bandages, black eyes. Red crayon marks resemble blood.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, kiss. Sausages in swimwear. Cat's bum seen. Being fixed (ie neutered) mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Characters eat so much they begin to hallucinate. A character recalls swallowing a sedative pill then feeling inebriated (on an airplane).

  • LANGUAGE

    Holy schnitzel, heck, poo-poo, ka-ka. Name-calling. Religious exclamations (Oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Pets, owners, neighbours, stray animals, rescue animals, dog catchers, New York City, animal cruelty/neglect, missing friends, teamwork, behaviour, obedience, vengeance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend (crushed). Dead friend mentioned/memorialised. Dogs, cats, rabbit, lizards, pig, birds, turtles, snake, fish, guinea pig, squirrels, butterfly, hawk, mice, rats, alligators, frogs, flies, sea monkeys, spiders, ferrets. Thunder, lightning. Licking, bum-scratching, bum-sniffing. Urinating/urine, toilet, drinking toilet water, saliva, spitting, regurgitation, bunny poo. Roast chicken/sausages eaten. Steak minced. Some fast editing. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, fun, hilarious, madcap, silly, sprightly, accomplished, exhilarating, energetic, over-the-top, affable, loveable. Original/simple/clever/savvy/stroke-of-genius premise, fresh/likeable characters, veteran voice cast, strong/throwaway visual gags, crisp animation, elaborate set pieces, impressive opening montage, exciting action/chase sequence, breakneck pace, big/bossy/jaunty/playful score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Shrill, familiar, formulaic, overstuffed, exhausting, manic, uninventive. Too many characters, loud/loopy/outlandish caper plot, bland voices, generic animation, lacks any emotional payoff.