Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Jim Schembri's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): 3AW, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 58% 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 14% 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 21% 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 71% 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 56% 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 42% 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 64% 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 18% 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 85% 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 "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 33% 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 53% 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 95% 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
3/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "It's fine B-grade mulch, but it's certainly no masterpiece...it's surprising, and a tad disheartening, how readily Fury Road falls into line with so many other production-line blockbusters. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 17, 2015
3/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Sensitively directed by Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep; Clean), the film is richly nuanced and full of poignant moments, a showcase of fine acting from three very different actresses. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 9, 2015
3/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "With a deep love for clinical white, subtle camera work and the 1971 George Lucas film THX-1138, first-time director Alex Garland fashions a visually stark contest of ideas in what is essentially a high-tech two-hander. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 9, 2015
3.5/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "There's lots to love about the bigger, brassier, funnier sequel to the 2012 surprise hit musical comedy...the pace and gag frequency never really flag and the upbeat vibe of the film is effortlessly boisterous. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 9, 2015
3.5/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "A haunting, funny, beautifully austere film about obsession, delusion and fantasy, all held together by the remarkable, and the remarkably still, performance by Rinko Kikuchi. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 3, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Sunday "Deftly directed by Kiwi Michelle Joy Lloyd, Sunday is a modest, neatly etched character study of two people in transition. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 1, 2015
3.5/5 72% Trash "A first-rate film, full of heart and hope. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 61% Unfriended (2015) "Fresh, original and genuinely ingenious...Easily stands alongside the original Blair Witch Project and the best of the Paranormal Activity films as a prime example of using household technology to mediate a nerve-jangling frightfest. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 1, 2015
3/5 100% Banksy Does New York (2014) "Very enjoyable documentary following the fun-filled month the secretive street art collective known as Banksy spent spreading its works across New York city...a fun ride. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/5 52% Boychoir (2015) "A hearty Dustin Hoffman plays the head of the American Boychoir School in a heart-felt, feel-good drama. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 24, 2015
2.5/5 6% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) "A perfectly congenial, innocuous goofball comedy. It's not as funny as the first film, but it is funny enough...this chuckle-worthy little film has become subject to some of the most vitriolic reviews in recent memory; it is difficult to figure out why. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 24, 2015
1.5/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "A $250 million pile of poo. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3/5 17% The Gunman (2015) "There are a lot of actors you expect to see headlining action films. Sean Penn is not one of them. Yet here he is proving beyond any sensible question that he can roll, run shoot, stab and bleed with the best of them. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 18, 2015
3.5/5 83% While We're Young (2015) "A well-etched social comedy with clear viewpoints about the elastic nature of integrity and compromise. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 18, 2015
3.5/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "In what is likely to be the year's most deliriously satisfying illustration of what happens when you feed a chick flick steroids, Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) hits emotional paydirt as a turn-of-the-20th-century gal who stops ageing at 29. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 18, 2015
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