Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Jim Schembri's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 84% The Wolfpack (2015) "Six brothers and a sister locked in a New York apartment...turn to the movies as their main means of connecting to the outside world... An admittedly bizarre documentary, chiefly because of how normal and unaffected they all now seem. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
4/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "An often spell-binding account of the culture-changing television debates that took place in 1968 between conservative William F Buckley Jr and liberal Gore Vidal...Compulsive viewing. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Stalkher "Veteran John Jarratt co-directed this with Kaarin Fairfax, and while they let fly at each other with copious energy, their verbal conflagration could have benefitted from fewer swear words, more jokes and a tighter running time. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
1/5 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "We have become so conditioned to calling Meryl Streep a great actress that we tend to regard any performance she gives as great. This, of course, is not always the case, as her work in this boring, badly made, wafer-thin, tiresome film attests. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Gift (2015) "What starts out as a standard psycho drama soon develops into a deliciously malicious tale of deceit and secrecy, ridden with some ingenious left turns...will hopefully see Edgerton serve more time behind the camera. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
4/5 93% Holding The Man "Director Neil Armfield sidesteps melodrama to deliver a heart-breaking, sensitive, poignant portrait of love and loss. Anthony LaPaglia and Guy Pearce provide sturdy support as the fathers...2015 is turning into a stellar year for Australian film " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/5 40% Irrational Man (2015) "Woody Allen works through familiar themes of secrecy, murder, morality and personal responsibility, extracting those fluid, naturalistic performances from his cast that have become his signature. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
2.5/5 60% Southpaw (2015) "Though much has been made of the physical transformation Jake Gyllenhaal put himself through to look like a real boxer, Southpaw is a fairly standard, by-the-numbers boxing melodrama that hits all those beats we're accustomed to through the Rocky films. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/5 95% Girlhood (2015) "Very good, very punchy social drama from France about Marieme (Karidja Toure), a prospectless, poverty-stricken black French teenage girl who succumbs to the ego-boosting allure of being in a gang. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 14, 2015
2.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) " There are a few spots of humour and one decent chase scene, but The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is essentially a nicely costumed bland-out from one of the most overrated directors of our time. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 14, 2015
4.5/5 85% Last Cab To Darwin "Touching, topical, emotionally raw and delicately directed, it's a heartfelt road film full of humour and pathos that never puts a foot wrong and never, ever, cheats its audience...The performances throughout resonate with authenticity. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3.5/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "As with so many of the man-child comedies of the last decade, the film is essentially a cautionary comic tale, its vulgar veneer serving to veil a set of home-spun truths and conservative values about commitment, loyalty, love and common sense. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 7, 2015
1/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Bleah...Avoid. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "A hugely entertaining action thriller from a trusted movie brand...All up, MI:5 is a terrifically kinetic, lean, crowd-pleasing spectacle, and yet another cinematic expression of the deep love Cruise has for his audience. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3/5 79% Far from Men (2015) " Speaking fluent French, Viggo Mortensen again proves what a fine actor he is outside of Middle-earth. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Freedom Stories "Few people have documented the plight of asylum seekers as comprehensively or as compassionately as director Steve Thomas, whose films Welcome to Woomera (2004) and Hope (2008) set the groundwork for the moving Freedom Stories. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/5 59% Elser (13 Minutes) "In the cool, confident hands of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel - the man behind the definitive Hitler film, Downfall - this measured recounting unspools as an effective thriller rather than as a history lesson. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2/5 16% The Gallows (2015) "More low-budget, found-footage horror shenanigans as a clutch of high schoolers trapped inside a haunted theatre go running around, screaming. There's a lot of shaky-cam and green night vision, but not much in the way of originality, style or real scares. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2/5 20% Self/less (2015) "What really should have been an engrossing, idea-fuelled sci-fi thriller is, in the hands of ho-hum director Tarsem Singh a strictly pedestrian affair. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Toggling seamlessly between the older and elder Holmes, a perfectly cast Ian McKellen is the gleaming centrepiece here, with director Bill Condon being careful to make him the best piece of period detail in the film. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
1/5 63% Ruben Guthrie "It might be a case of something essential getting lost in the translation, but first-time director Brendan Cowell's adaptation of his play about an alcoholic advertising man on the road to redemption is a well-intentioned mess. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/5 100% Women He's Undressed "Veteran director Gillian Armstrong's wonderfully stylish documentary about Orry-Kelly is a celebration of the once-famous, then-forgotten, now-famous-again Australian costume designer who conquered Hollywood and Cary Grant. Brash, bright and full of cheek " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Straight from the jump-out-of-the-shadows-and-yell-boo school of fright flicks comes this neat, highly effective little haunted house number from Australian director Leigh Whannell. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 55% Paper Towns (2015) "A pleasing, cliche-averse, stereotype defying tale of mismatched teens in odd-couple love. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Next to Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man is easily the most enjoyable, unashamedly fun and least pretentious superhero film to emerge from the computer-generated clutter of the Marvel movie universe. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2.5/5 43% Madame Bovary (2015) "The latest adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's classic novel is a handsome if stilted re-telling of the tale about a woman who could not get enough of anything. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 10, 2015
2.5/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It's got to be said that while there's no real story as such in the harmless, totally unnecessary follow-up to the 2012 hit Magic Mike there is an undeniable paleolithic charm to the low-brow lunkhead bromance. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/5 17% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) "In the final film of Tom Six's self-consciously sick horror-comedy series, the concept of the "human centipede" - easily the most original and repulsive in modern horror - is merrily taken to its logical conclusion. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 7, 2015
4/5 97% Amy (2015) "Brutally honest, lovingly made biographical documentary chronicling the rise, fall, recovery and relapse of Amy Winehouse, modern music's most tragic talent... A compelling, absolutely heart-breaking portrait. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 7, 2015
0.5/5 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Astonishingly bad high-tech turkey...director Alan Taylor ditches any emotional connection to the original in favour of the usual 21st century tangle of clashing storylines amidst a blizzard of very expensive, very loud, very boring visual effects. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 7, 2015
3/5 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "With the immeasurable aid of a great cast, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Festen; The Hunt) mounts a very honourable adaptation of Thomas Hardy's sweeping melodrama about lust, doomed romance and how not to pick a husband. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 27, 2015
3.5/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Though Paul Dano and John Cusack are perfectly Oscar-worthy as the younger and older versions of Brian Wilson in director William Pohlad's absorbing, lovingly assembled tribute film, it is the ever-versatile Paul Giamatti who shines brightest. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 27, 2015
3/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "A laugh-laden road fashioned for fans with just enough character work to make Ted a bong-buddy to care about in between all the jokes about pornography, sex, prostitutes, pot smoking and Comic Con. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 27, 2015
3.5/5 93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Excoriating, compelling, genuinely frightening documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets; Enron) about the strange workings of the powerful Scientology movement. Forget the Tom Cruise/John Travolta/South Park jokes. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4/5 54% Minions (2015) "The origin story of those little yellow jibberish-spouting helpers who populate the Despicable Me franchise is an hilarious, ridiculously entertaining, joyfully infectious affair...a cheesy, cheeky knockout. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "Rising from the creative doldrums of sequelitis after the mediocrity of Cars 2 and the passable Monsters University, Pixar has hit a homer with a delightful, if message-heavy, tale about a little girl coping with a big move. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2.5/5 71% The Emperor's New Clothes "Why release a film with such an "urgent" message in cinemas..? Wouldn't the collective, organised, unified social action the film cries for be better served being released on the internet and available to everybody for free? Just asking. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2/5 35% Strangerland (2015) "Director Kim Farrant is big on mood but not on movement, producing yet another Australian film where you come out humming the cinematography because of the now-standard third act issues that should have stopping dogging Australian films 10 years ago. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Unlike too many blockbusters at the minute, Jurassic World does - amidst all the action and fury - boast the kind of old-school story-telling that allows you to buy in to the party. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Touch "Solidly directed with very fine acting and a terrific final reel. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/5 91% Slow West (2015) "A deeply atmospheric mood piece typified by beautiful vistas and tranquil calm being disrupted by sudden bursts of violence " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2.5/5 19% Aloha (2015) "Aloha actually sports a pretty good clutch of storylines, but it just takes too long for them to kick in. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 5, 2015
1.5/5 32% Entourage (2015) "A poorly plotted, cameo-encrusted dawdle that smells too-much like a Johnny-come-lately cash grab. It lacks direction, satirical bite and laughs. Far worse, too much of it won't make any sense, especially to Entourage fans. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Disney's beautifully designed, clumsily plotted movie muddle...Tomorrowland is the latest film to prove Disney's new-found mastery of meta-cinema, wherein they make films that are essentially about Disney products. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 31, 2015
3.5/5 82% Partisan (2015) "Absolutely remarkable feature film debut ...Director Ariel Kleiman delivers a quietly powerful, engrossing tract about psychological seduction, manipulation and good old mind control. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 31, 2015
3/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "Another green-screen spectacle that demands you turn your brains off at the same time you turn off your mobile phone... a terrific popcorn time-killer...[but] pitted with way too many plot holes and movie coincidences. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 31, 2015
2/5 31% Poltergeist (2015) "Despite its 33-year advantage, there's really nothing much here to justify remaking the classic 1982 Steven Spielberg frightfest. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 22, 2015
3.5/5 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "It's a ripping yarn, this, deftly directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and full of emotional cadences, subtle shifts of mood and changing motivations. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 22, 2015
3.5/5 93% Spy (2015) "It's a back-handed compliment, sure, but Spy is easily Melissa McCarthy's best movie yet. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 81% A Royal Night Out "A prettily decorated, politely outrageous piece of cinematic confectionary, a carefully balanced, souffle-light slice of historical fiction that has a great deal of fun playing with the truth by dropping two real-life princesses into a teen romp. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 17, 2015
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