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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Highly effective, tense little fright rouser... If you're a horror fan, you won't be disappointed."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Jim Schembri

2 95%

Ping Pong (2013)

"Terrific, uplifting, often raw and frequently funny...If the film has a theme, it's how the ageing process can often afflict the body far more than it does the mind."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Jim Schembri

3 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"What's truly telling about this brash, boisterous adaptation is that the director clearly understands the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel better than most film critics."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Jim Schembri

4 100%

Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul ()

"Many French movies wear their debt to American cinema on their sleeve. This is one of them."

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Jim Schembri

5 10%

A Haunted House (2013)

"Clearly what the world needs right now is another low-rent horror movie spoof. And this one's not bad. Sticking to Paranormal Activity for its premise, it actually produces some pretty funny moments. "

Posted Jun 2, 2013

Jim Schembri

6 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"A prime example of what is colloquially referred to in movie-speak as a "cash grab"...a lame, limp, lazy, lifeless reheating of a formula that got tired the second time around."

Posted May 24, 2013

Jim Schembri

7 38%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"A scatter-brained plot never quite works itself out. "

Posted May 24, 2013

Jim Schembri

8 54%

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

"Director Mira Nair is eager to explore the long-range effects of post-9/11 paranoia, but can't quite get the film's thriller element to click."

Posted May 24, 2013

Jim Schembri

9 56%

Snitch (2013)

"In a welcome change of gear, over-sized action man Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson puts aside his usual repertoire of grunts, wisecracks...and rampant machine gunning for a more downbeat, dramatic performance in this solid, fact-inspired tale. And it works."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

10 43%

The Call (2013)

"A straight-forward, race-against-time thriller...In an alternate universe, one imagines a disciple of Hitchcock making this film in real time and without any violence."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

11 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"A spookily effective remake of the ultra-low budget 1981 cult horror classic by Sam Raimi, the gore and blood is so plentiful here it even falls from the sky...A must for fans, Evil Dead also affirms horror as the most remake-friendly genre going. "

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

12 63%

Broken (2013)

"Taut, engrossing domestic tale [that] takes place in a cul-de-sac where a violent neighbour-on-neighbour attack provides the springboard for a strong story about secrets, lies and unravelling lives."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

13 87%

Tabu (2012)

"It's far-from-enthralling."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

14 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"The new Star Trek film by wunderkind director JJ Abrams is much, much better than his much-lauded 2009 Trek reboot. It had to be...Abrams has packed together a ripping, morally complex, highly intelligent story with some truly awe-striking visuals."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

15 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"While films such as Spring Breakers should never be blamed for gun violence, they can be used to gauge just how much people truly care about such issues. And how quickly they are willing to forget."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

16 59%

Stuck in Love (2013)

"A tough, well-etched portrait of the damage a broken marriage can wreak."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

17 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"The film is unfortunately front-loaded with more art movie cliches than you can count, but once they get out the way the trans-generational story does close its grip on you."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

18 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"The story is as chilling as the snow-dusted Christmas-time setting; it is measured, non-sensational and takes a sobering, slow-burn look at the way people behave when their common sense is replaced by hysteria."

Posted May 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

19 28%

Drift (2013)

"This lazy, over-long, poorly directed surf drama is the latest exhibit to suggest that 2013 is turning out to be a dud year for Australian film...it raises the age-old issue of whether local screenplays are properly developed before going into production."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

20 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"It's not a bad film by any means, and there is some fizz seeing Sarandon, Keaton and De Niro bounce off each other, verbally and physically. Yet the film seems stuck in first gear, seemingly reluctant to dial up its screwball potential."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

21 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The film's army of digital artists deliver big servings of neuron-numbing spectacle. Anyone who thinks that's not important should avoid this film."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

22 80%

The Other Son (2012)

"This moving, emotionally concise human drama is easily one of the most remarkable films about the unending conflict in the Middle East."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

23 65%

Antiviral (2013)

"As pretentious as it is boring."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

24 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"A modest joy to behold, the film also clicks into the recent high-quality spate of movies aimed at and starring seniors, such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet, Performance, Amour and Hitchcock. Here's to more."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

25 68%

Haute Cuisine (2013)

"Heaven help us. More food porn."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

26 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"Provided you can handle such deliberate over-kill in the chaotic swirl that goes on here, Olympus Has Fallen offers a super-sized serving of grit-tinged fantasy action guaranteed to satisfy those who don't mind splatter over style. "

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

27 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"[Director Robert Redford] deftly articulates the moral morass that can arise when idealism gives way to reality; he also has some very definite things to say about the way today's sensation-hungry, click-addicted media operates."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

28 93%

No (2013)

"Shooting the entire film on video equipment of the era gives No some visual snap but it is very much a pedestrian, by-the-numbers docu-drama tale, with the emphasis on the former rather than the latter. "

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

29 93%

Jurassic Park (1993)

"Some things have dated - Sam Jackson wouldn't be allowed to smoke in the office; everyone would have mobiles; Google Earth would have kept the island from being kept a secret - but the power of the film's pioneering CGI remain strangely undiminished."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

30 4%

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

"Enough. Please."

Posted May 4, 2013

Jim Schembri

31 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Directed with pace-driven efficiency by Joseph Kosinski (who did Tron: Legacy, but don't hold that against him), the film does indulge some sci-fi movie standards but is lifted well above the pack by its "what the?" plot turns."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

32 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"A fun mashing of genres that joins the spate of recent films that recasts traditional movie ghouls as misunderstood outsiders. Seems that even the Undead need love."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

33 84%

Kon Tiki (2013)

"The historic trans-Pacific boat trip undertaken in 1947 by Norwegian hero Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of fellow adventurers is here presented as a daring sea-faring adventure with angry weather and sharks."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

34 52%

Thérèse (2013)

"A boring French film about boring French people...sadly the final film by veteran director Claude Miller. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

35 68%

Trance (2013)

"Director Danny Boyle goes off the boil with this meandering Inception wannabe... far from being a clever, tense heist-film-with-a-twist Trance is a laboured, over-stylised slice of pseudo-psychological babble. And it's kind of dull. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

36 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"Formulaic multiplex mulch, way over-long, often feels strained...That said, Identity Thief is the latest example of the disconnect that often exists between critical opinion and popular appeal. Slammed by critics the low-budget film has been a huge hit."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

37 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"Though the sleep-walking episodes are funny, it's the way Mike Birbiglia captures the pains of performing comedy to tiny rooms that really fly. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

38 ——

Return To Nim's Island (2013)

"This message-driven film is perfectly fine for kids around 10, though it is a little light on humour. Adults accompanying said kids, though, are strongly advised not to think too hard as the predictable tale unfolds."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

39 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"Dizzyingly entertaining celebration of fireballs, wire-assisted martial arts and high-calibre firepower has more grace and poise than Die Hard 5...will surely make up for those disappointed with the so-so 2009 film. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

40 70%

The Croods (2013)

"As well as being pacy, energetically animated and stuffed full of modern-day references, The Croods also casts off any lingering doubt that DreamWorks is moving into the character-driven domain normally dominated by Pixar."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

41 8%

The Host (2013)

"This limply directed, solidly boring slice of sci-fi twaddle features humanoid aliens who spend much of their screen time staring blankly into the middle distance with glazed eyes. About 10 minutes into this dross, you'll know what that feels like."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

42 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"The notion of strings-free sex gets a good working over from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet), who takes as much pride in exploring the workings of Stephanie's troubled mind as he does in digitally removing her legs. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

43 33%

Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

"A ripper sci-fi comedy adventure guaranteed to galvanize the attention of the red-cordial crowd...delightful, pastel-coloured, busy piece of bubble-gum kids' cinema has fun playing up all the alien conspiracy theories."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

44 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"It's been a long time since Lost in Translation (2003), which is the last time Bill Murray did anything of real note in a film. Here he partially redeems the latter phase of his film career playing pre-war US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

45 17%

Zambezia (2013)

"The splendid Madagascar films might have spolied us somewhat when it comes to African cartoon animals, but there is enough action and heart in the story to keep things aloft, especially during the big battle climax."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

46 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Undeniably entertaining action-movie franchise fodder [but] had the producers [made] Mary Elizabeth Winstead the film's other action hero rather than going with the convention of casting yet another male, Die Hard 5 would have been awesome."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

47 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Thanks to the marvel of digital visual effects and the clear influence of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, [director Bryan] Singer does a terrific job showing us just how realistic a battle set in a fantasy world can look."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

48 70%

The Loneliest Planet (2012)

"Writer/director Julia Loktev, a New York filmmaker born in Russia, skilfully uses stillness and the vastness of the Caucasus Mountains to frame her trio of characters in psychological quicksand. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

49 100%

Flight of the Butterflies (2012)

"At the preview...the 3D effect had scores of kids reaching out to touch the butterflies. It was as gorgeous a sight to behold as anything on the giant Imax screen."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Jim Schembri

50 36%

Goddess ()

"This bright, locally made, rice cracker-thin musical comedy is a pleasant, diverting way to kill two hours..Some thoughtful scenes about the dilemma women too-often face between personal and professional success help ground the film's breezy, joyful tone."

Posted Mar 17, 2013

Jim Schembri

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