Jim Schembri

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Publications:
3AW , Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia) , The Canberra Times (Australia)
Total Reviews:
847

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 92% Felony " An outstanding, tautly directed, superbly acted film that again proves, as did Animal Kingdom, that Australian filmmakers have a distinctive knack for quality crime dramas that dig deeply into character and the morals that motivate their actions." — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 89% Locke (2014) " Fabulous, mesmerising one-man movie, Tom Hardy puts in a tour de force performance [as] a man desperate not to submit to desperation. " — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/5 81% Predestination (2015) " A dog's breakfast of clashing ideas and concepts; it's confused and confusing, and the more it tries to untangle itself, the deeper it digs itself into an incoherent hole." — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/5 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The French Riviera looks very pretty, but it can't cover up the film's pedestrian feel and lack of jokes." — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " The humour is getting a bit too grubby, even for fans. For, as we all know, you're really scraping the bottom of the comedy barrell once you start hitting people in the face with fecal matter for the sake of a laugh. " — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " An immaculately crafted [music documentary], absorbing both for [Nick] Cave fans and those hungry for an insight into the coursing of his creative juices. " — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 59% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " Also known as Voyage to the Bottom of James Cameron's Ego...the film is like a scientific version of extreme sports with Cameron as the ultimate achievement junkie... It's impossible not to be absorbed and awed." — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 66% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " it's formulaic and predictable, just like so many of Hallstrom's romantic films...and it's done with the conviction and quality performances needed to sell what is essentially a perfectly prepared bowl of romantic mush." — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 69% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " A whirlwind comedy of absurdist humour, zany happenstance and good old slapstick. " — 3AW
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3.5/5 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Sylvester Stallone and his gang of gung-ho geriatrics are back with even more firepower and even more story than they had the last time around...Aussie director Patrick Hughes does an exemplary job colouring within the lines. ." — 3AW
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3/5 52% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) " Simply adorable...Plenty of digs at celebrity culture (including great use of Peter Gabriel's Big Time), TV and the film itself spice up a sweet, message-strong story, directed by American Mike Disa (Hookwinked)." — 3AW
Posted Aug 16, 2014
4/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Guardians of the Galaxy isn't just a fun-filled, laugh-filled, ripping space fantasy comedy, it's one of the best, most crowd-pleasing blockbusters in years." — 3AW
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3/5 94% These Final Hours " The film's fortunes might also have been harmed by widespread over-praising from critics. While the film has its virtues, too many local reviews simply make the film out to be a much more accomplished work than it is." — 3AW
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " Hollywood seems to have belatedly realised where a lot of disposable income is located." — 3AW
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.5/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A measured, intelligent film that doesn't overplay its topicality or its anti-terrorist theme. As a showcase for Philip Seymour Hoffman's mastery of nuance, A Most Wanted Man also serves as a tribute to a singular talent taken far too early" — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Heaven forbid, but could it be possible that the French are now making better action films than the Americans? It appears so, if Lucy is any guide. " — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " Anyone worried that the spirit of British social-realist director Ken Loach might not continue once he goes can take heart. Newbie director Clio Barnard has his style down pat as she tells of two teenage truants who scrounge for scrap metal." — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/5 63% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " Very rudimentary, unexceptional Danish police procedural." — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
0.5/5 52% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve waste their time and ours in a dreadful, boring two-hander about a man who leaves his wife for his much younger mistress." — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/5 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " This blandly made dramastisation by Atom Egoyan is an extremely average courtroom piece that, despite strong work by Reece Witherspoon and Colin Firth, feels like a 1970s telemovie." — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Loftily pretentious, though curiously amusing arthouse action movie. " — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 100% Once My Mother " Beautiful, honest, personal documentary about the troubled relationship between filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz (Silver City) and her late mother. " — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Effectively scary horror flick, set present-day in New York city as a cynIcial cop (Eric Bana) investigates a series of murders that link back to a case of demonic possession involving three Iraq war veterans" — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
0.5/5 8% Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie " Rent the TV show instead." — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/5 61% Hercules (2014) " The preposterously pumped Dwayne Johnson confidently steps into the reinforced sandals of the legendary ubermensch for a terrific swords-and-shields action spectacle." — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/5 90% Charlie's Country " Writer/director Rolf de Heer has gone on record about how he made the film to help a poor, decrepit, ageing Gulpilil get back on track and it appears Gulpilil has shown his gratitude with one of the best performances he's given over a 40-plus year career." — 3AW
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Veteran Aussie director Fred Schepisi slams together a gruff Clive Owen with a frail Juliette Binoche for a romantic comedy that dares to have brains as well as heart." — 3AW
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Sex Tape is perfectly watchable, funny slapstick contemporary comedy that, like Chef, does a very good job weaving the perils of social media into its plot. " — 3AW
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Has Roman Polanski lost his movie mojo?" — 3AW
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 100% All This Mayhem " This brisk, locally made documentary provides a very good, very pungent cautionary tale about what happens when you get too much too fast. " — 3AW
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " An absolute, hands-down knock-out...Dawn is sensational, compelling, enthralling. It shows just how brilliantly reboots can work when done with care and intelligence." — 3AW
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2.5/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Though this much-touted, cuter-than-cute, try-hard romantic film from India has been showered with festival glory and glowing reviews from across the world, it unspools as a likeable but pretty unexceptional little confection." — 3AW
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1.5/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " The film doesn't work as a drama, it doesn't work as a comedy and it sure as heck doesn't work as a musical...In all, Jersey Boys delivers the one thing we never expect to see from the latter-day Clint Eastwood: mediocrity. " — 3AW
Posted Jul 5, 2014
2.5/5 83% Belle & Sebastian (2013) " Passable family entertainment...Director Nicolas Vanier is a little lazy at times - the film features one of the most unconvincing gunshot wounds in dog movie history - but it hits all the right buttons. " — 3AW
Posted Jul 5, 2014
3.5/5 89% Calvary (2014) " After the near-brilliant buddy-cop black comedy shenanigans of The Guard, writer/director John Michael McDonagh dials everything up as he deploys darker humour and explores darker souls in the remarkable serio-comic Calvary." — 3AW
Posted Jul 5, 2014
3/5 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Tim's Vermeer is both enjoyable as entertainment and as an intelligently mounted case study of how art and technology complement, rather than grind against, each other. As Penn eloquently puts it: "The problem is we make that distinction."" — 3AW
Posted Jul 5, 2014
1.5/5 43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " The one thing that comes through this pedestrian, by-the-numbers French biopic of the iconic fashion designer is that the guy was a bit of a bore. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 100% The Last Impresario " A solid, illuminating, entertaining portrait of a highly unconventional producer whose boisterously anti-establishment sensibility allowed him to thrive at a very different, very daring time in pop culture. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 76% The Pirate Fairy (2014) " Terrific stuff, beautifully animated and with a nice, positive message... it is great fun and another example of how new ideas can help keep a franchise fresh." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/5 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Largely boring, repetitive sequel to the 2011 hit about exotically coloured birds of South America who sing and dance." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3.5/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The swirl of storylines, plot twists and huge battles might prove a tad too intense for kids under 10, and even adults will have to pay close attention...Still, the film can't be faulted for its movement, humour or [its] sheer beauty." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3.5/5 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " Beautiful Belgian animated film; the storybook simplicity of the hand-drawn animation has an allure and clarity that reinforces [how] new technology does not render traditional forms of animation inferior or obsolete." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3.5/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Proving that sometimes the same joke is funnier the second time around, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return for a major serving of big, broad, stupid laughs." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 84% The Two Faces of January (2014) " A welcome hark back to the days when mystery films were chiefly the stuff of cinema rather than TV...an absorbing, finely honed adventure." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 57% Galore " It's beautifully shot and features top-shelf naturalistic acting, which helps make up for it not being all that insightful about what dwells within a teenager's soul. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 95% Gabrielle (2014) " Touching heart string-puller about a mentally challenged young woman... a sincere, thoughtful rendering of that old maxim about setting free the things you love. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 91% Frank (2014) " A funny, first-class satire on the pop music business in which an avante garde band headed by a lead singer with a huge fake head he never takes off (Michael Fassbender) wrestles with the prospect of becoming popular." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 78% Rising From Ashes (2013) " Inspiring, tough-hearted documentary about the formation of the Rwandan cycling team in the wake of the 1994 genocide." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Bay is used to delivering entertainment by the megatonne, and his latest epic continually tops everything he did in the previous three films." — 3AW
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/5 66% The Rover (2014) " The skeletal story of The Rover is a case of too much bone, not enough meat. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 12, 2014
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