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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 84% Silence (2017) As one of the unarguable geniuses of American cinema, Martin Scorsese essentially makes two types of films: those soul-searching works that explore the spiritual side of the human condition; and those films you can watch without losing consciousness. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) A fantasy monster movie starring Matt Damon and a few hundred thousand digitally rendered dragons.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Directed with Oscar-baiting flourish by Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures works well as a well-meaning, corrective history lesson designed to honour the talented women who worked away in historical silence while castigating the system that oppressed them.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 76% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Veteran British director Roger Spottiswoode (Turner & Hooch; Mesmer) doesn't push the cute factor beyond endurance and punches through some points about some of the harsher realities of poverty in modern Britain.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
2.5/5 93% Fences (2016) The inordinate length of the piece and the constantly descending tone of the drama results in an ultimately heavy, draining experience from a director who should have been braver in breaking out of the constraints of its stage origins.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/5 8% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) A well-made sex melodrama designed for the mommy-porn loving masses. It's like a soap opera with bondage, or Mills & Boon with whips and handcuffs...it offers soft-centred transgression for supermarket shoppers, polite perversion for the multiplex.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Who Gets the Dog? (2016) A surprisingly amusing, bright, feather-light romantic comedy.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/5 0% Amateur Night (2016) Jason Biggs plays a failing architect who becomes an Uber driver for a trio of Los Angeles hookers, one of whom is played by Ashley Tisdale in a salty performance intended to distance her from the sweet turns she did in the High School Musical films.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/5 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) Very amusing, well-made comedy mockumentary, set in the late-1960s, that explains how and why the Apollo 11 Moon landing was faked. Director Matt Johnson squeezes a lot out of a scant-budget.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/5 41% Gold (2017) As a big business movie in the wake of The Big Short, Gold gives us another dipsy adventure into the adrenalin-pumped world of high-risk speculation and financial high-wire walks...[with] an impressive acting showpiece from McConaughey.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4.5/5 82% Patriots Day (2017) As well as demonstrating the impact the docu-drama format can have by placing you right in the middle of events, Patriots Day also shows how the battle against terrorism requires ordinary people standing up.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/5 83% Imperium (2016) [Daniel Radcliffe] shows just how effectively he can harden up for a tough role... the film is pretty brutal about FBI procedure and is super-topical given the ever-present threat of home-grown terrorism. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) What a totally unpleasant surprise Ben Affleck's gun-happy, empty-headed gangster film turns out to be...We have a sloppy narrative so full of holes you'd think somebody had taken to it with a Thompson sub-machine gun.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/5 98% Moonlight (2016) What begins as an arresting blend of lyrical storytelling and bad-neighbourhood harshness gradually ferments into a relentlessly melancholic dirge in dire need of somewhere to go...an early contender for the most overrated film of the year.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) There is an in-built drabness to the drama of Manchester by the Sea that, while never exactly boring, takes far too long to get to its sobering yet unremarkable payoff. We all enjoy a good downer, but not one that also manages to tire us out. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 75% Split (2017) An armrest-clutching psychological thriller that is bound to render you breathless by the time the credits roll...with the spirit of Alfred Hitchcock watching over him, M Night Shyamalan seems to have recovered his bearings. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2.5/5 33% Masterminds (2016) As a throwaway Friday night pizza time killer, this redneck comedy is a funny enough caper lark. Apparently based on a true story.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3/5 25% The Benefactor (2016) Well-etched character piece about a high-spirited philanthropist (Richard Gere) with no family...writer/director Andrew Renzi keeps things straightforward and gets terrific performances out of Gere and especially Theo James.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Downright funny kid-movie satire about the horrors of moving to a new school and dealing with a dictatorial principal who hates creativity and loves oppressing students.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
2.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) A fine film boasting some notably detailed period recreation...As a historical drama about how a nation looked to a single person for its cue about how to react to the murder of its leader the film does make for a solid, if somewhat repetitive, journey.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty really is a nice, innocuous little film designed for those in the mood for an undemanding weepie...Yet, once again we have an example of an unpresuming, mid-range movie becoming a lightning rod for inexplicable online hatred. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) With all the requisite explosions, chases and gunfights you'd want, Vin Diesel returns to revive yet another action franchise in a highly entertaining, deliriously preposterous crash-bam adventure.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) Unhurried in pace, subtle in tone and simple in structure, this moving, compassionate film engages with the age-old theme of finding one's place in the world, yet through uniquely 21st Century means.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
1/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) More aptly known as Assassin's Crud, this all-but-incomprehensible mess attempts to bring the mega-popular computer game to franchise-ready life...a wall-to-wall dud. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
1/5 31% Passengers (2016) The film does serve as a timely metaphor for much of Hollywood product these days: beautiful, exacting visual work helping dress up a threadbare story. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Edge of Seventeen hits the pubescent nail soundly on the head with a sureness of touch that easily makes it one of the best and most honest films thus far about the turmoil, delights and utter confusion of the teenage years.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) It's a typically fast adventure graced by a diverse range of critter characters as a slavishly loyal Jack Russell pooch (voiced by Louis CK) goes to war with his large new roomie (Eric Stonestreet) and they both end up on the street.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 82% Girl Asleep (2016) Lovely, quirky, highly stylised left-field Aussie comedy set in the 1970s about adolescent awkwardness, peer pressure and the importance of throwing a killer party.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) An emotionally strong, heartfelt film written and very well-directed by Matt Ross, who fills the running time with plenty of colour and conflict.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 100% A Beautiful Planet (2016) Another eye-popping Imax doco set largely in orbit and looking down at our humble planet.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
4.5/5 85% Sully (2016) Any lingering doubts that Clint Eastwood was at the top of his game as one of America's premier film directors are swept away by his taut, compelling retelling of the forced landing on New York's Hudson River in which 155 lives were saved.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
1/5 81% Sunset Song (2016) Hardcore fans of veteran director Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives) will likely lap up every sumptuously lit frame of his slow-moving, lovingly composed adaptation of the Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel...Everyone else, bring a pillow.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2/5 66% Nerve (2016) The further the film goes, the stupider it gets.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 89% Blood Father (2016) Unexceptional, occasionally exciting chase film with Mel Gibson playing a grizzled recovering alcoholic whose destitute life is given purpose when his missing daughter calls him for help. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Terrific, taut, dry-throated thriller...‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Man, is it gloomy.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) As a 1950s private school boy Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) does a splendid job in this dialogue-driven rites-of-passage drama that canvasses the secret euphoria of major league sexual awakening and the challenge of facing down authority. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2/5 61% High-Rise (2016) The synthetic feel of the piece becomes more and more prominent the more things deteriorate.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Red Billabong (2016) A very well-made, well-directed film that will satisfy fans of the genre, with the final reel providing a nice pay-off...The problem afflicting too many good Australian films right now is an apparent lack of marketing savvy. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 60% War Dogs (2016) Gen-Y A-listers Jonah Hill and Miles Teller spark off each other marvellously in a rhapsodic mashing of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Very effective, taut beach-borne thriller in which a lone surfer (Blake Lively) finds herself stranded between the beach and a large, hungry shark.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 61% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) Plenty for fans to chew over and enjoy. Non-fans should steer well clear.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Sprightly entertaining, certainly comes as something of a relief after the plodding pretension of Exodus and Noah. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) A must for Civil War buffs, Free State of Jones is a ripping fictionalised drama about true events long hidden from history's spotlight.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 61% Down Under (2016) Writer/director Abe Forsythe does a fine job balancing his cast of dim-witted racist caricatures with moments of poignancy and some very well-judged laughs.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) An hilarious anti-Pixar parody with a filthy mind and a dirty mouth...A near-brilliant exercise in bad taste.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 59% Bad Moms (2016) The chemistry between a struggling career woman (Milas Kunis), a compliant wallflower (Kristen Bell) and a man eater (Kathryn Hahn) turns what could have been another women-behaving-badly knock-off into comedy gold‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) The sight of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn dolled up in her sexy anime-inspired outfit offers a mildly pleasing distraction, but the so-so action, with all the requisite explosions and muzzle flash, is very same-same.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
0.5/5 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Absolutely Crapulous.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) The world has changed a great deal since the last Bourne and it would have been good to see that seriously incorporated here. It's a tad disappointing to see the Bourne franchise prove itself susceptible to sequelitis.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016