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 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "The Wachowski siblings' sprawling, mega-sized, enjoyably loopy space lark. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3/5 77% 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 (2015) "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 13% 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
3.5/5 89% Still Alice (2015) " It's heart-breaking to watch, made all the more poignant by Julianne Moore's largely subdued, deeply moving performance. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "A compelling, quietly disturbing drama about sport, wealth, lost manhood, mother issues and murder. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 30, 2015
2.5 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "A standard, formulaic gross-out bachelor party-type comedy...has a decent amount of laughs for a Friday night in front of the TV with a pizza, but for $20 it's a bit of a stretch. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/5 90% Wild (2014) "As a film about self-discovery, Wild doesn't have the beauty, depth or spiritual appeal of Sean Penn's modest masterpiece Into the Wild (2007). Still, it is a gorgeously filmed paean to determination and the ever-elusive goal of self-improvement. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "The film is not, by any fair measure, a battle hymn or a call to arms. As with The Hurt Locker the film's intent is to engender respect for those doing the fighting, not to justify the reasons for the fighting. American Sniper is pro-warrior, not pro-war. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "Bill Murray does insouciance so well it's hard to complain, even when watching him go through his well-worn motions yet again in the first half of this enjoyable, if routine, bitter-sweet suburban comedy. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "The brilliant Timothy Spall puts in a career-topping lead performance in director Mike Leigh's unhurried, largely plotless, strangely mesmeric portrait of British artist Joseph Turner. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 61% The Water Diviner (2015) "The moving message of The Water Diviner is humane and, thankfully, not delivered with a hamfist. Given the formidable list of great directors Crowe had worked with, Ron Howard appears to be the one who has had the most influence on his emerging style. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "Liked the first two NATM films? Then guess what? Director Shawn Levy and his producers knew better than the mess with a formula that works and so have delivered more of the same...Throwaway fun. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "This anime-flavoured Disney sci-fi lark is an absolute delight, a near-perfect family entertainment. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "Visually, the film is 21st century digital filmmaking at its best... Magnificently realised with what appears to be a limitless budget...director Peter Jackson and his team have gone all out with the staging of Middle-earth war. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 27% Annie (2014) "As much as we fear remakes of classic films there are, on occasion, heartening examples where it's done right. Here we have a nicely updated, jazzed-up version of the unfairly maligned 1982 John Huston musical. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2/5 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "Stamped out by the Hollywood animation cookie cutter, the film will no doubt please kids but, one dares suggest, adults might find the film's non-stop movement and noise somewhat tiring this time around. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Deftly directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film does a great job building tension as these eggheads bond in a common cause against the Nazis. Yet as a cinematic celebration of the work Turing and his team did, the film is heavily qualified. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
0/5 9% Taken 3 (2015) "If, in the first 20 minutes of this dreck, you can't spot at least three plot holes big enough to drive a monster truck through, then you're probably on the phone. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "The film is almost exactly as funny as the original, and that's some achievement. It might say more about commerce than creativity, but that's comedy in the 21st century for you. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Disney's enthralling, enormously entertaining film version of Stephen Sondheim's 1987 Broadway musical comedy is such a joy it makes you wonder what took them so long...Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) never puts a foot, or a note, wrong. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "To be frank, as an actress Jolie has disappointed more than she has pleased. Thus, it would be a welcome mid-life shift to see less of her work before the camera and more of her work as a serious filmmaker whose defining trait is clearly compassion. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4.5/5 93% Birdman (2014) "Michael Keaton is astounding in this brilliantly conjured piece of stream-of-consciousness cinema by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu...Prepare to be enthralled, dazzled, delighted and disturbed. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 80% Paper Planes "In one of the great career gear shifts in recent memory, Melbourne director Robert Connolly, who gave us such searing dramas as The Bank, Three Dollars and Balibo, delivers an adorable family film that is uplifting, warm, winning and, most of all, funny. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 88% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) "[A] deliciously loopy oddball of a film. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 93% Enchanted (2007) "Delightful stuff. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 10, 2014
1.5/5 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) "Goblet is really just a glorified, 157-minute teaser trailer, an empty epic of proportions that truly stagger. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) "If the film boasts any advantages over digital, it's in the pastel richness of its colours and the elasticity of its characters, who enjoy a degree of comic flexibility and range of expressions we still don't get from computers. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2014
2.5/5 20% Rise "Rugged, real-life story from writer/director Mack Lindon about his time in prison over a false rape charge. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3.5/5 94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "Absolutely fascinating doco about the secret life of Vivian Maier, a plain-looking Chicago nanny who secretly took hundreds of thousands of street photographs during her life without telling or showing anyone. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3/5 26% Love, Rosie (2015) "As romantic-comedies go, this worthwhile, incident-packed effort deserves credit for spending the balance of its time exploring the underside of love...The last time we saw that done this well was 27 Dresses. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
2/5 33% My Mistress "Debut director Stephen Lance makes it all look pretty enough, but the film is so staid, safe and polite it's often just plain dull. If only the film had a real taste for the transgressions it gingerly depicts, it could have been Australia's Blue Velvet. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " A top, tough drama from the makers of the superb 1999 drama Rosetta. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3/5 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "A tough-as-nails, deep-browed drama that proves, once again, that doing the right can often backfire on you, especially when dealing with the hypocritical vagaries of the modern media. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3/5 63% For No Good Reason (2014) "The process of creating a painting isn't as automatically intertesting as, say, that of making a film, but...the technical and artistic inspirations that fuel an artist can sometimes be as fascinating as the finished work. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
2.5/5 92% Pride (2014) "Amidst all its clumsiness, the film does hit an uplifting note in its final segment, making the point that equality is a matter of human rights, not sexuality. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
4.5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) "What makes Interstellar one of the best, most enthralling, intelligent and moving science-fiction films of modern cinema is not so much the inter-galactic journey it takes you on as the emotional journey. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Nov 9, 2014
4/5 95% Whiplash (2014) "Student-teacher relations don't get much more combative than what we see in Whiplash. And firebrand acting doesn't get much better. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 77% Fury (2014) "For the most part, Fury is a grittily realistic, punishing, often compelling film about the realities of war and what it can do to the souls of ordinary men...The only real letdown is the finale. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/5 35% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) "Also known as Eat Pray Love - The Guy Edition. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/5 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "Terrific ensemble family comedy-drama...Directed by comedy specialist Shawn Levy who slowly, skilfully shifts gear from comedy to drama as the issues get deeper and ever more complicated. A very satisfying trip. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 23, 2014
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