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
2/5 34% 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
3.5/5 100% 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 82% 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 67% 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 71% Trash "A first-rate film, full of heart and hope. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 62% 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 61% 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 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 84% 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
3.5/5 96% 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 63% Samba (2015) "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 81% 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% A Brilliant Young Mind " Moving , heart-warming little feel-good drama about an autistic maths whizz. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 90% 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 28% 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 84% 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 (2015) "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 74% 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 59% 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 61% 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 72% 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 46% 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 86% 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 73% 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 (2015) "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 63% 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
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