Jim Schembri

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 16% 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 85% 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 83% 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
3.5/5 95% It Follows (2015) "Even on its own kooky, spooky terms there are lapses in plausibility here that even the most forgiving horror fan will spot, but they are more than compensated by the film's sheer number of quality shocks. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 18, 2015
3.5/5 82% The Homesman (2014) "Actor Tommy Lee Jones again proves himself a fine director with this quietly remarkable revisionist western. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 50% Samba "Perhaps a bit too leisurely paced, the film unspools as an engaging, if not enthralling, look at the realities of racism and cultural identity. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4.5/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) "Put simply and bluntly, Fast & Furious 7 is great, thrilling, balls-to-the-wall entertainment. It's not only, and easily, the best in the F&F series, it's one of the best car operas you're ever likely to see. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 100% X+Y " Moving , heart-warming little feel-good drama about an autistic maths whizz. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 91% Mommy (2015) "Unsettling drama from prolific Canadian director Xavier Dolan tells of the troubled relationship between a feisty, attractive middle-aged single mother (Anne Dorval) and her unbridled, attention-deficient teenage son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3.5/5 71% The DUFF (2015) " The teen-movie standard about the struggles of the high school outsider is given a good, surprisingly thoughtful going over in an above-average offering that challenges stereotypes and the alleged importance of fitting in. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 29% The Longest Ride (2015) "It's well-made mush, this. As usual with these [Nicholas] Sparks adaptations, the corn is prepared and brought to the boil very carefully. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "Disney's first-class, straight-faced, irony-free, live-action remake of its own 1950 animated classic is a delightful explosion of colour, costumes, virtue and snarling...a truly beautiful film. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 100% Shaun the Sheep "A near-brilliant, dialogue-free, stop-motion feature-length animation based on the TV kids show. Much noise is made, but not a word is spoken as Shaun and his woolly pals leave the safety of their farm and head into the netherworld of the nearby town. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "A wall-to-wall delight peppered with gags for adults, Spongebob 2 absolutely holds up to a second viewing. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 6, 2015
2/5 82% The Book of Life (2014) "Students of animation might find the film's design interesting but, by and large, the film is a bore. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3.5/5 72% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) "Beautifully produced and relentlessly paced, the films work as wonderful, empowering little fables about friendship, teamwork, community and trust...it's hard to fault Neverbeast as great, value-added entertainment for kids. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 62% A Little Chaos (2015) "Alan Rickman directs Kate Winslet in this charming period chick flick about the woman charged by Louis XIV to design and build a fountain garden in the palace of Versailles. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 6, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "Will Ferrell's one-note performances are becoming a bit tiring. The film plays lightly on the idea of racial stereotyping, but it just isn't funny enough to qualify as any sort of satire or penetrating social comment. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3.5/5 92% Children of Men (2006) "If you thought the battle scenes in... Saving Private Ryan were tough going, the final 20 minutes of Children of Men will not only shake you, they'll have you revising your expectations about just how realistic cinematic portrayals of combat can get. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 1, 2015
4/5 97% '71 (2015) "Outstanding, tense, nail-biting thriller set in the cauldron of violence and deprivation that was Belfast in 1971...director Yann Demange stages some vivid sequences and knows how to escalate tension to breaking point. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) "With the exception of the first Taken film (which, let's face it, should have been the only Taken film) this taut little Liam Neeson actioner could just be the best shoot'em upper he's done so far. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 71% Big Eyes (2014) "The stylistic flamboyance we usually associate with director Tim Burton is largely absent from his relatively straight-laced account of the personal and legal war between artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz). " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 47% Home (2015) "A pastel-coloured visual delight with an emphasis on soft-edges and bubbles, director Tim Johnson (Antz; Over the Hedge) aims the film squarely at kids who won't mind the regular overdoses of touchy-feely cheese. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.5/5 31% Insurgent (2015) "Thankfully there's a lot more action in the latest instalment of the Divergent saga, which is great news because it means fewer slow spots during which you can mull over all the holes in both the story and concept of this hyped up teens-vs-adults dross. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "John Lithgow and Alfred Molina shine in a sweet, heartfelt little New York drama playing Ben and George, two gay men who decide to marry after a 39-year live-in arrangement...full of small, telling moments. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 20, 2015
0.5/5 25% Manny Lewis "Absolutely terrible...Unfunny, aimless and largely pointless, you'd be better off listening to five minutes of any Carl Barron routine than submitting yourself to yet another Australian feature film that apparently had no audience in mind. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 20, 2015
1.5/5 88% Top Five (2014) "The time has arrived to finally come out and say that...Chris Rock is a mediocre film director...Given how perceptive, confronting and challenging his stand up work is, it's disappointing to see how tame Rock becomes when he gets behind the camera. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 15, 2015
1/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) "The title for this film should have been Incoherent Vice, such is the unfunny, meandering, deliberately confusing plot scribble of Paul Thomas Anderson's attempt at a 1970s crime comedy...seems designed to both infuriate and bore. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 15, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) "Enjoyable, disposable, twist-laden fun, the film does suffer from that weird, ironic movie syndrome wherein it works so hard to be unpredictable that it adopts a predictable pattern. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 8, 2015
3/5 71% That Sugar Film "In a sprightly, highly entertaining tear-through of the sugar load embedded in so-called health foods, Melbourne actor Damon Gameau does a Morgan Spurlock by submitting himself to 60 days of increased sugar to match the average of 40 teaspoons a day. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 8, 2015
2.5/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) "Seventh Son is another one of those barely comprehensible 3D fantasy films with lots of dark Middle-earth-type settings and swirls of digital effects that make it hard to figure out precisely what is going on. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 8, 2015
2/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "Vince Vaughn's usual motormouth appeal gets stuck in first gear in a muddled, patchy business comedy. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 8, 2015
4/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Moody, engrossing, exquisitely directed period film...Clearly influenced by old-school directors such as Sidney Lumet and Norman Jewison, JC Chandor proves a master at building a tense, slow-burn atmosphere in a frost-bitten Big Apple. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 8, 2015
3.5/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "As far as sequels go this second-go-round for what sounded like a one-shot deal is actually a nice step up from the delights of the first film. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 8, 2015
3.5/5 90% Eastern Boys (2015) "Dour, dark sexual drama about a rich, middle-aged French pervert (Olivier Rabourdin) who arranges for a rent boy to turn up to his plush apartment only to find his plans going awry. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 8, 2015
3/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) "Given how over-used a movie device time-travel has become it's refreshing when anyone manages to give it a new spin...With an obvious nod to the sci-fi verite hit Chronicle, the film is full of wily movie references and some clever touches. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "The Wachowski siblings' sprawling, mega-sized, enjoyably loopy space lark. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/5 75% Rosewater (2014) "Writer/director Jon Stewart - the recently retired host of The Daily Show - does a solid, proficient job showing the realities of torture and of trying to find the truth in such an oppressed state. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Director Laura Poitras presents a portrait of whistleblower Edward Snowden that is neither demon not saint, though his patriotic motives are clear in that he felt he was uncovering massive abuses of authority. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/5 80% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "Energetic, blood-splattered, immensely fun Aussie zombie flick...Some nice twists spice up the cascade of cliches, including the idea that zombies can be used as an alternative fuel source for cars. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/5 53% The Interview (2014) "Driven by the blustery, swear-happy, cadence-free performances that characterise most Seth Rogen comedies, this reasonably funny lark at least has the distinction of mixing in some light political satire with the usual knockabout fare we've come to expect " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3.5/5 79% What We Did on Our Holiday "From the makers of the adorable British sitcom Outnumbered comes a lovely, fable-like tragi-comic tale about life, loss, lying and honesty. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) "As emotionally and racially charged as the film's story is, director Ava DuVernay is determined to deliver a full-bodied, balanced drama that derives its power from the central fight for understanding and respect. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Without the baggage of having read the book, the synopsis or even the film's Wikipedia page, Fifty Shades of Grey unspools as a surprisingly engaging story about sexual naivety, concepts of consent and, ultimately, power. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
4.5/5 75% Crash (2004) "Set in a simmering cauldron of racial tensions where subtle nuance can cut as deep as unambiguous hostility, it's a powerful drama about the often bewildering contradictions that underlie human behaviour. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) "No Country for Old Men is a thoroughly compelling exercise in the cinema of suspense that proves the power of the old-school thriller remains undiminished. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2015
2.5/5 46% The Gambler (2014) "Director Rupert Wyatt pulls no punches in vividly portraying the moral gutter gambling addicts can find themselves in, and Mark Wahlberg's boyish face reflects the desperation that keeps him from wising up. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2.5/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Joining the long, long list of James Bond spoofs comes yet one more in the well-dressed, blandly titled, way-too-long form of Kingsman: The Secret Service... Jam your brain into neutral and you should enjoy most of the over-long shenanigans here. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1.5/5 14% Mortdecai (2015) "A dreadfully flat and unfunny film...It really is painful to watch such a terrific actor as Johnny Depp bland out in such a big way. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "The film is at pains to show what a rebellious genius he was, but it also goes out of its way to show that Hawking was also something of a jerk. If the film is intended as a valentine to Hawking it's a very barbed one. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 30, 2015
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