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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Kids around six and eight will likely love the offerings here but adults might find their patience tested by this brilliantly rendered but rather wet serving of Disney franchise extender. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 28% Warcraft (2016) Members of the devoted Fanboy community might know the backstory to every tiny Warcraft reference but this really is a put-your-feet-up-and-enjoy fantasy adventure. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) Full of delicious twists, tricks and double-takes the film, directed with all due flash and dazzle by action man Jon M Chu (GI Joe: Retaliation), is a joy ride full of ideas and magic-world intrigue. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 57% Money Monster (2016) After a very strong start that pokes some nice satirical jabs at the media and the workings of the finance world, the film does default into a pretty standard, though entertaining affair. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The film is designed purely as a kaleidoscopic confection for the eyes and, in those terms, makes for splendid family entertainment. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Major props must go to the film's production team for recreating the sounds & looks of the 1970s with such matter-of-fact precision...Some of the suburban street scenes look so authentic it's as though they were filmed with the aid of a time machine. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 100% Highly Strung (2015) Fascinating, surprisingly absorbing documentary about the formation of the new Australian String Quartet...But what starts out as a straightforward doco morphs into Spinal Tap With Strings when personality differences threaten to break up the band. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 93% Harry & Snowman (2016) Horse lovers will not be able to contain themselves. Those who don't care much for horses will still admire the dedication this guy showed to a creature that was deemed worthless, and how the beast let it be known that it was loved. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Bryan Singer has managed to pump out what is probably the best X-Men film after First Class. He really does demonstrate what a difference a director can make to a mega-film such as this. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The same-same beasts are only one of the many 21st-century cliches that hobble this over-long, under-whelming film ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Nobility and dignity for the ordinary person are values Loach has always championed, and they are at the very heart of I, Daniel Blake. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) Having given us two noteworthy black comedies with The Guard (2011) and Calvary (2014), maverick writer/director John Michael McDonagh strikes out with this clumsy though admittedly diverting dirge about two corrupt Californian cops. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
4/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Director Ang Lee returns with an earthy, timely contemplation about the war in Iraq, homeland apathy, virgin soldiers, heroism and first love. It's a wart-ridden drama with moments of piercing honesty that strike at the heart of a conflicted America. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
4.5/5 83% The Founder (2017) The true story behind the birth of the McDonald's fast food empire is the alluring basis for an absolutely ripping, fact-based yarn that is surely Oscar bound. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
1.5/5 75% Trolls (2016) The five year olds for whom this ghastly piece of post-content confection is intended are unlikely to see beyond the bright colours, fast movement and hit song covers to realise it has one of the stupidest story set-ups ever to appear in a kids' film. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 56% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) The long-neglected tale of bushranger Ben Hall - there was an ABC TV series way back in 1975 - receives a pretty good going over in this impressive, ambitious, incident-packed feature from writer/director Matthew Holmes. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 18% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Nothing new here, sure, but perfectly well-prepared fan fodder. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 80% The Family Fang (2016) Mainstream comedy fixture Jason Bateman proves his directing chops presiding over the distinctly non-mainstream, darkly comic story about a dysfunctional family borne from performance artists. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 85% The Patriarch (Mahana) (2016) Director Lee Tamahori teams up with his Once Were Warriors leading man Temuera Morrison for a solid, intense drama about family feud and a domineering dad. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
1/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) A sloppy, stupid, largely unfunny mess of a comedy...And a warning: When Bateman hits a career low by performing an indecent act on an ice sculpture you might just throw up a little. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 97% Little Men (2016) As with Love is Strange, Sachs shows his love of little moments, nuanced behaviour and unforced, if occasionally forceful, performances, with the turns from the lads oozing with naturalism. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 100% Red Dog: True Blue (2016) It's pleasant, fun, funny and, of course, looks absolutely beautiful. The one thing you've got to say about the Australian Outback: it gives filmmakers great sky. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 25, 2016
3.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) As loving a valentine as the film is to old-school Hollywood, the rapturous reception it has received might be a collective reaction against Hollywood's current trends, as enjoyable, breezy and ceaselessly entertaining as it is. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 25, 2016
3/5 61% Allied (2016) A perfectly enjoyable, tonally imperfect old-style wartime espionage romp...[director Robert] Zemeckis has never had trouble moving a film, and his love of camera work, mood setting and brisk editing give a great polish to Allied. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 25, 2016
3/5 89% A United Kingdom (2017) Essentially a two-lovers-against-the-world, the film scores for its touching performances and the balance between the romance and the volatile apartheid-driven politics that framed it. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 25, 2016
3/5 40% Why Him? (2016) In a prime example of comic alchemy, Bryan Cranston and James Franco bounce off each other splendidly in a raucous, adult-only comedy where, once again, a naughty veneer encases a film with a healthily conservative message. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 25, 2016
4.5/5 70% Sing (2016) Anybody who doesn't find Sing a wall-to-wall delight should check for a pulse...a gloriously nutty, breathlessly paced, funny, uplifting musical that takes hold of you in the first few minutes and doesn't let go. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 25, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) As for Moana, she makes for an inspiring centrepiece, the latest in a long line of Disney heroines that is simply unmatched by any other studio. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 25, 2016
3/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A highly entertaining mess...the kind of loopy, stumblebum spectacle you get when state-of-the-art visual effects collide head-on with the erratic sensibilities of a resolutely mediocre director and the crushing need for a studio to meet a release date. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 15, 2016
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 76% 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 61% 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 64% 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 93% 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 83% 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 43% 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 19% 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 83% 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 25% 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