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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) "A powerful example of minimalist horror film-making at its best, where less is definitely more and mood proves itself infinitely more unsettling and unnerving than visual effects. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 85% The Daughter "Solid, sombre, haunting Australian adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck...Directed by first-timer Simon Stone the film is an engrossing slow burn drama as pieces in a long-dormant puzzle are slowly shifted into place by fate and bad judgement. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3.5/5 26% London Has Fallen (2016) "An unapologetic, proudly political post-9/11 Red State actioner where no quarter is given to the terrorists. Their slaughter is our catharsis, and there's lots of it. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) "The dazzling design of Zootopia offers a non-stop stream of invention and visual wit that perfectly enhances a surprisingly involving plot...A gleaming gem of a film. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
0/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "It's hard to imagine a big-budget film worse than Avengers Age of Ultron or even Gods of Egypt - there, it's been said - but Batman vs Superman has the dubious distinction of showing utter contempt for its audience and wearing that contempt on its sleeve. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) "Talented Italian director Luca Guadagnino shows broader, coarser interests here than he did with I Am Love as he plucks away at the vapourous notions of love, lust and desire. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
2.5/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "After 15 years and many failed attempts to escape typecasting, Nia Vardalos returns to the only role anybody seems to care about seeing her in. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 97% Sherpa (2015) "A prime example of right-time/right-place documentary making. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Outstanding, absorbing film about the nature of 21st century warfare. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) "You might not have thought you would live this long but the latest documentary from controversial Michael Moore is not only a lot of fun, but quite uplifting. It also shows how, beneath all his bluster and cynicism, Moore has a deep love of country. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 16% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) "Basically a good old fantasy adventure, best described as a fairy tale with dirt under the fingernails where the realms of magic spells and enchanted forests mix with the more brute realities of sword fights and monsters. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 100% Wide Open Sky "Beautiful documentary from Sydney filmmaker Lisa Nicol that follows choir director Michelle Leonard as she auditions, assembles, then rehearses a children's choir drawn from Outback New South Wales. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
1.5/5 13% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "As usual the digital optics are impressive - the vision of large, derelict structures half-buried in the ground seems a favourite background motif in many blockbusters these days - but the story-telling is as lazy as ever. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 22% The Boss (2016) "Hot on the heels of Spy, Melissa McCarthy strikes while her iron's hot with another pleasing lark, this one featuring one of her more daring performances... It's pretty impressive. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
2.5/5 67% Pawno "A string of vignettes connects around a dozen characters in a dramatically pleasing mosaic, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes not as well-developed or rounded as it could have been. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) "A clever blending of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, ET and The Day the Earth Stood Still...writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) weaves the piece together with a deft balance of tension and wonderment. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "Cheesy and predictable in the extreme, what matters is that it works...it's the good old British pluck in Eddie's DNA that really sells the film, making it stand out as a true hero narrative in a movie market choking with super-powered comic book ones. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet The Silences "Filmmaker Margot Nash digs deep into the backstories of her parents and sisters to discover the truth behind her uncomfortable childhood. Using archival material, The Silences is a lyrical, sometimes haunting assemblage of what she found. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 61% A Month Of Sundays "Beautifully mounted, subtle, touching and bitter-sweet comedy drama... a thoughtful, moving, leisurely paced tale about loss and moving on. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "A good, disposable piece of FX-driven entertainment, even if it comes with the obligatory one-act storyline, lack of originality and 30-minute over-run. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
2/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) "What could have - should have - been a knock-out, gross-out comedy is hobbled by all these awkwardly shoe-horned politically correct asides about sexism, gender inequality and friendship...Oh, if only this film had been made as if it was 1981! " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 92% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) "Sumptuously decorated and rife with comically rich performances, director Stephen Frears draws out a funny, punchy portrait of self-delusion that actually parallels the social patterns that often accompany drug addiction. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "Though sold through its slightly misleading trailers as a jaunty Good Morning, Vietnam-type romp the film is a tad more sober and sombre, especially when accounting for the human cost of war. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
2.5/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) "Another pleasant, holiday themed, totally innocuous, multi-story family friendly comedy by veteran director Garry Marshall. The one big difference here, though, is that this film has been hated upon so much you'd think it was neo-Nazi propaganda. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 51% Bastille Day "Terrific, if ultra-bloody French shoot'em up action film starring Bond-in-waiting Idris Elba. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
3.5/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) "A fast, funny, deliriously silly, breezy piece of animated folly - far too low-brow for Pixar, far too dragon-free for Dreamworks....A phone app turned into a fun family film? Makes you glad you lived this long. " ‐ 3AW
Posted May 14, 2016
2.5/5 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "What a heavy, mordant affair this movie is. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "It's a tense time in a confined space and director Dan Trachtenberg, taking his cue from Alfred Hitchcock (who would have loved the premise of this film), keeps tightening the screws until the final big reveal. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 11, 2016
0/5 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "The film is an excrescence. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 11, 2016
4/5 84% Victoria (2015) "Mesmerising...This love of long, complicated takes we've been seeing in films such as Children of Men, Gravity, Birdman and The Revenant suggests a reaction against the frenetic rapid-fire cutting of blockbuster films. Here's to its continued evolution. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Mar 11, 2016
4/5 51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "Taking a break from his Transformer showreels, director Michael Bay mounts a frenetic, exciting, realistic recreation of the 2012 battle in Benghazi where a security team made up of ex-soldiers defended a besieged American diplomatic outpost. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
4.5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) "Easily one of the most intimate and harrowing Holocaust films yet made. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
0/5 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) "A colossal, mega-budget turkey...Gods of Egypt does offer the rare novelty of seeing an Oscar-spangled actor the calibre of Geoffrey Rush in a big, bad film. He plays an ageing God who flies around in Earth orbit in a hand pedal-powered space ship. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2.5/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "The elaborate, beautifully slick musical numbers run for minutes on end and suggest the Coen's might have been better off making a full-on, old-style, unironic Hollywood movie rather than an ensemble comedy that merely pays tribute to them. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
1/5 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "A perfect example of a film that sounds a lot more fun than it is. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
5/5 74% Trumbo (2015) "Absolutely sterling, compelling drama about the notorious Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and '50s...Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) puts in a career-high turn as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
4.5/5 97% 45 Years (2015) "An outstanding, modest, moving adult drama. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2.5/5 61% Concussion (2015) "Will Smith's performance is solid, but Concussion's plodding, procedural nature turns the drama into a bit of a do-gooder dirge. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
1.5/5 49% How To Be Single (2016) " Hey, here's an original idea for a comedy: single girls in New York trying to land men. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2.5/5 15% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Those who loved the comedy stylings of grim-faced Ice Cube and motor-mouthed Kevin Hart from their first hit buddy-cop venture will find nothing to complain about here. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 51% Risen (2016) "From director Kevin Reynolds and Sony's Affirm division, which specialises in films designed to appeal to the Christian faithful, comes a pretty good, handsomely produced, non-patronising Christ-based drama set in the days after the crucifixion. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "After 15 years in deep freeze, writer/director/star Ben Stiller thaws out his beloved, pea-brained male model Derek Zoolander for a belated sequel and, in the face of the cosmic odds against it, it's quite a fun lame-brained laughfest. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) "The film is certainly lovely and well-acted, but the nerve it has obviously hit is not immediately obvious. Perhaps it's the film's very modesty - its lack of pretense, grandeur and histrionics - that accounts for its appeal. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2.5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) "In what appears to be an unofficial global apology for his dead-in-the-water performance in the 2011 debacle The Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds pushes hard on his funny buttons in this try-hard superhero pseudo-send up. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
4/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Serious lovers of animation won't forgive themselves if they miss this remarkable, absorbing film. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 12% The Choice (2016) "The bottom line is that The Choice works. It knows what it is doing and who it is aiming for. Those who aren't interested in being swept up by romance and having their buttons pushed will know better than to buy a ticket. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3.5/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Though it is a decidedly dark portrait that shimmers into shape before us, Michael Fassbender infuses a comic bounce to his performance that neatly counters his regular outbursts of despotism and bad fatherhood. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 11% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "Crass, often gross and easy to dismiss as rubbish - the film has been critically reviled - Dirty Grandpa nonetheless reveals how De Niro's latter-life love of comedy seems devoted to piecing together a multi-movie portrait of what it is like to be old. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "The energetic ensemble cast...lend a moral urgency to the story, though writer/director Tom McCarthy is savvy enough to temper the heroism with the revelation that they were approached years earlier with the same information and did nothing. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3.5/5 76% Goosebumps (2015) " Fabulously entertaining and funny action fantasy with monsters running amok as they escape from the locked Goosebumps manuscripts of author R.L Stine (Jack Black)...Huge fun. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jan 29, 2016
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