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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0.5/5 20%

Yoga Hosers (2016)

"Aimless, sloppy, low-budget garbage that will prove especially painful to endure for long-time Kevin Smith fans. Where did all that zeitgeist savvy go?" ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
1.5/5 13%

Spin Out (2016)

"A valiant attempt at a broad Aussie comedy...The film can't be faulted for its ambition - the constant embracing of rural caricatures is clearly meant to be endearing - but the gags are either too weak or too vulgar to lift it." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Eventful, issue-driven, well-mounted if somewhat gloomy reinvention of the "lost" 1977 Disney family film...A good ride that feeds the public's seemingly insatiable hunger for dragons." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"A spright, persistently funny look at a woman flailing in a comic swirl of mid-life turmoil....Bridget is in her mid-40s here, so what [we] now need is one more film where we see Bridget in her 60s trying to bring up a 21st century teenager." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/5 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Back into the creepy, tangled woods we go, folks, and what a surprisingly strong nerve-shaker it is, the signature shakycam notwithstanding...Great to see another top-notch scarefest so soon after Don't Breathe." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Outstanding, engrossing documentary about The Beatles' assault on the American market in the early 1960s and the change it wrought upon the volatile American landscape." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
2.5/5 63%

Storks (2016)

"Fun, forgettable school-holiday fodder...An enjoyable, disposable animated diversion." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 63%

Snowden (2016)

"There's no room for ambivalence in the vision of director Oliver Stone, who in his sprawling, highly selective, undeniably compelling biopic tracks Snowden as a frustrated idealist. " ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/5 93%

Life, Animated (2016)

"Remarkable documentary chronicling the life of an autistic boy who finds his voice through the mimicry of Disney animated films." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
2/5 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

" Another gloom-laden fantasy film intended for kids, this one featuring drab direction from Tim Burton and a time-travel storyline that will have you scratching your head. " ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
1/2/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"The big problem with the film is that it has no real reason to exist...The characters are lifeless, the pace is slow, the villain is a wimp. " ‐3AW
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 92%

My Scientology Movie (2017)

"Hot on the heels of the excellent Alex Gibney doco comes a more personal, less forensic, far more insulting look at the religion...The best bits come when Theroux goes nose-to-nose with Scientology camera crews who have a habit of popping out of nowhere. " ‐3AW
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

" When things start going haywire director Peter Berg unleashes a prolonged, meticulously orchestrated bonfire of such magnitude and veracity you need to remind yourself it's a recreation and not the real thing. " ‐3AW
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"A great, big, fat, juicy slice of masterfully directed melodrama...The remarkable central performance by Emily Blunt should put her in the outside running for an Oscar " ‐3AW
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 20%

Inferno (2016)

"This third adaptation of a mega-selling Dan Brown religio-thriller doesn't have the novelty of The Da Vinci Code or the exploding priests of Angels and Demons, but it does make for another entertaining, proficiently mounted follow-the-clues chase caper." ‐3AW
Posted Oct 14, 2016
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 (2017)

"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 90%

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 78%

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 17%

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 (2015)

"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 12%

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 23%

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 (2015)

"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 84%

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 (2016)

"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 (2015)

"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 87%

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 47%

The Take (Bastille Day) (2016)

"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 50%

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
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