Jim Schembri

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Publications:
3AW , Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia) , The Canberra Times (Australia)
Total Reviews:
833

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 90% 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 61% 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 67% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " Very rudimentary, unexceptional Danish police procedural." — 3AW
Posted Aug 1, 2014
0.5/5 53% 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 31% 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 63% 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 43% 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 91% 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 54% 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 88% 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 49% 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 47% 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 88% 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 65% The Rover (2014) " The skeletal story of The Rover is a case of too much bone, not enough meat. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 94% Good Vibrations " The gleaming, beaming centrepiece of this boisterous period piece is [Richard] Dormer's magnetic performance. Continually risking himself and his tiny store, he channels the passion and defiance embedded in the music he loves." — 3AW
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 14% Blended (2014) " Even people who hate Adam Sandler - and there are still several hundred million of them around, the majority of whom appear to be movie critics - might at least take some comfort in his move away from gross-out films...to more family-friendly fare." — 3AW
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " We should pause to give sincere thanks to the film: on top of its cred as sheer big-screen entertainment, there's no prospect of an Edge of Tomorrow sequel or prequel, or of it being spun out into a franchise - and how friggin' rare is that these days?" — 3AW
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " An iGen Love Story... warm, well-made, sincere and, most of all, effective. It's designed to get to you. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 91% Omar (2014) " From button-pushing Palestinian writer/director Hany Abu-Assad, who gave us the inflammatory Paradise Now in 2005, comes an equally piercing, if less politically strident look at life under Israeli occupation." — 3AW
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " If you believed even a tenth of the bad-mouthing this film has received...you'd think [it] wasn't so much a movie as a public health hazard. As it turns out...the film has more virtues than the tsunami of shrill, acidic reviews would suggest. " — 3AW
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Not the laugh-a-minute riot FG fans are accustomed to, but [the film] is consistently funny and [Seth] MacFarlane works hard to relate everything back to the main story...solidly entertaining...also puts to rest any doubts that MacFarlane can hold a lead." — 3AW
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " Visually luscious...a full-blooded gothic fantasy fuelled by dark themes about motherhood, betrayal and redemption. Maleficent should also hold particular appeal for the date-movie demographic in that it's essentially an elongated revenge fantasy." — 3AW
Posted May 30, 2014
2.5/5 89% The Trip To Italy (2014) " One would have hoped for a fresher menu of gags, situations and conversation topics...A likeable travelogue with some lovely scenery, it's pleasant time-killing stuff. " — 3AW
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " A fantastic mind-game of a movie with an uneering sense of how to keep viewers off-balance, Under the Skin is an intriguing, subtle, sci-fi head-scratcher designed to have you guessing - in the best possible way - about just what the heck is going on." — 3AW
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 100% My Sweet Pepper Land " As well as being another contemporary example of gutsy, engrossing drama coming from foreign filmmakers, it is also telling that we have to look to foreign language films such as this and Wadjda for female characters worth a damn." — 3AW
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 —— Gardening With Soul " Beautiful, lyrical documentary...There's a gentle, generous spirit running through the film that speaks to the warmth of this nun's unconditional love, devotion to God and seemingly fathomless reserves of compassion." — 3AW
Posted May 30, 2014
2/5 21% Son Of God (2014) " Not that this cobbled-together film is done badly, but it is a choppy, by-the-numbers bland-out." — 3AW
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " More of the same, only bigger, louder and messier as the pretty-good sequel to the very-good 2011 prequel pushes the "franchise extender" mentality currently consuming Hollywood to new extremes." — 3AW
Posted May 24, 2014
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