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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 71% Crimson Peak (2015) "Urgh. Another slice of over-designed pseudo-gothic crud from the criminally over-rated Guillermo del Toro, who has dutifully followed up his Transformers knock-off Pacific Rim with a bloated, empty-headed haunted house jaunt. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 19, 2015
3/5 75% Black Mass (2015) "A grim, sturdy crime tract that owes everything to Depp's immersive portrayal, even as it slowly peters out. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 19, 2015
2.5/5 69% Miss You Already (2015) "Director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight; Thirteen) strains to pump warmth and humour into the piece; too often moments that reach for realism stumble into mawkishness and emotional histrionics. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 19, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Simshar "A very well-made film, first-time director Rebecca Cremona shows a sureness of touch countering the overarching politics of the scenario with the personal struggles of its humble, increasingly desperate characters. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 19, 2015
4.5/5 92% The Martian (2015) "Easily one of the most engrossing, enthralling and entertaining films of the year...In essence, The Martian is the antithesis of a superhero movie; instead of one man trying to save the world, it's about the world trying to save one man. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3/5 62% The Intern (2015) "One of those pleasant examples of a movie doing precisely what it promises on the poster. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/5 80% Macbeth (2015) "A well-made, arrow-straight, disappointingly conventional version of Shakespeare's greatest potboiler...the film simply droops in comparison to earlier versions. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Force Of Destiny "There's no doubting Cox's dedication to his signature style. As with Ken Loach, it's so recognisable he barely needs a credit. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/5 75% Cut Snake (2015) "A tough little crime drama full of muted anger, growled dialogue and whispered threats...Much as we applaud the achievements of filmmakers working on small budgets, you can't hand out free passes when those limitations hobble the flow and feel of a film. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 64% The Visit (2015) "Full of high-quality jolts, spooks and some really good laughs, consider this finely honed creepfest a comeback film for writer/director M Night Shyamalan " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 94% Sicario (2015) "Emily Blunt again steps up to bump up her credentials as today's go-to action girl [in a] gutsy, rough-edged action drama. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
2.5/5 27% Pan (2015) "Hugh Jackman has an obvious ball playing the nasty pirate Blackbeard, young Levi Miller is fine as Peter and there are some cool visual touches. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 86% Blinky Bill The Movie (2016) "Sweet-hearted, brightly animated, fun-filled children's film...easily the measure of the stuff we see from mega-studios such as Dreamworks and Pixar, and though the animation doesn't quite have their scale or dazzle it's certainly of world standard. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 85% Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball) "Another terrific Australian family film. More please. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Another Country "Made in a deceptively simple, elemental style reminiscent of Frederick Wiseman, the film brims with piercing imagery, telling observations, cultural contrasts, insights and irony. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
1.5/5 73% Everest (2015) "A lumbering nature-versus-man smackdown...Visually, it's a wash-out...much of the dialogue is incomprehensible . " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 95% How To Change The World (2015) "Flat-out excellent documentary detailing the origins, evolution and internal squabbling of Greenpeace. Far from propaganda. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 25, 2015
4/5 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "Packed with high-quality action and superb direction by Wes Ball (who did the first Maze), the film does not feature any of the plot potholes, infuriating inconsistencies or maddening logical leaps that riddle its rival dystopian franchises. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3.5/5 16% Pixels (2015) "Pixels really is a well-made, totally harmless, highly enjoyable piece of family film confection, and it's hard to connect the venomous reviews with the film that's up there on the screen...Sandler must be laughing his heads off at his haters. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 98% Iris (2015) "Full of life, wit and occasional wisdom, the film is as much about the energy of late director Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), whose final film this was. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) "A breezily paced car chase film that does exactly what it says on the label. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 5, 2015
3/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "The film pulls off the neat, ironic trick of being cliche-averse while achieving the same result as a traditional heart string-plucker. A fine example of a film having its cake and eating it too. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 5, 2015
3/5 43% American Ultra (2015) "Nerdy Jesse Eisdenberg as an action man? You better believe it as he devours his role as a slacker/CIA sleeper agent who is targeted for termination...A very tight, enjoyable action comedy romp with Kristen Stewart providing great value-add. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 5, 2015
2/5 45% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "In one of the most generous pieces of movie casting ever, travel writer Bill Bryson is portrayed by Robert Redford in this lazy, feather-light adaptation of his book about walking the Appalachian Trail. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 5, 2015
3/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "An amusing hook to the story is how it goes from being about the music to being about the music business, with success bringing the guys to blows over contracts and artistic integrity. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Sep 5, 2015
3/5 85% The Wolfpack (2015) "Six brothers and a sister locked in a New York apartment...turn to the movies as their main means of connecting to the outside world... An admittedly bizarre documentary, chiefly because of how normal and unaffected they all now seem. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
4/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "An often spell-binding account of the culture-changing television debates that took place in 1968 between conservative William F Buckley Jr and liberal Gore Vidal...Compulsive viewing. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
2.5/5 40% Stalkher "Veteran John Jarratt co-directed this with Kaarin Fairfax, and while they let fly at each other with copious energy, their verbal conflagration could have benefitted from fewer swear words, more jokes and a tighter running time. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
1/5 65% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "We have become so conditioned to calling Meryl Streep a great actress that we tend to regard any performance she gives as great. This, of course, is not always the case, as her work in this boring, badly made, wafer-thin, tiresome film attests. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Gift (2015) "What starts out as a standard psycho drama soon develops into a deliciously malicious tale of deceit and secrecy, ridden with some ingenious left turns...will hopefully see Edgerton serve more time behind the camera. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
4/5 77% Holding The Man (2016) "Director Neil Armfield sidesteps melodrama to deliver a heart-breaking, sensitive, poignant portrait of love and loss. Anthony LaPaglia and Guy Pearce provide sturdy support as the fathers...2015 is turning into a stellar year for Australian film " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/5 44% Irrational Man (2015) "Woody Allen works through familiar themes of secrecy, murder, morality and personal responsibility, extracting those fluid, naturalistic performances from his cast that have become his signature. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
2.5/5 61% Southpaw (2015) "Though much has been made of the physical transformation Jake Gyllenhaal put himself through to look like a real boxer, Southpaw is a fairly standard, by-the-numbers boxing melodrama that hits all those beats we're accustomed to through the Rocky films. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/5 96% Girlhood (2015) "Very good, very punchy social drama from France about Marieme (Karidja Toure), a prospectless, poverty-stricken black French teenage girl who succumbs to the ego-boosting allure of being in a gang. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 14, 2015
2.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) " There are a few spots of humour and one decent chase scene, but The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is essentially a nicely costumed bland-out from one of the most overrated directors of our time. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 14, 2015
4.5/5 91% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) "Touching, topical, emotionally raw and delicately directed, it's a heartfelt road film full of humour and pathos that never puts a foot wrong and never, ever, cheats its audience...The performances throughout resonate with authenticity. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3.5/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "As with so many of the man-child comedies of the last decade, the film is essentially a cautionary comic tale, its vulgar veneer serving to veil a set of home-spun truths and conservative values about commitment, loyalty, love and common sense. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 7, 2015
1/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Bleah...Avoid. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "A hugely entertaining action thriller from a trusted movie brand...All up, MI:5 is a terrifically kinetic, lean, crowd-pleasing spectacle, and yet another cinematic expression of the deep love Cruise has for his audience. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3/5 83% Far from Men (2015) " Speaking fluent French, Viggo Mortensen again proves what a fine actor he is outside of Middle-earth. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Freedom Stories "Few people have documented the plight of asylum seekers as comprehensively or as compassionately as director Steve Thomas, whose films Welcome to Woomera (2004) and Hope (2008) set the groundwork for the moving Freedom Stories. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/5 62% Elser (13 Minutes) "In the cool, confident hands of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel - the man behind the definitive Hitler film, Downfall - this measured recounting unspools as an effective thriller rather than as a history lesson. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2/5 16% The Gallows (2015) "More low-budget, found-footage horror shenanigans as a clutch of high schoolers trapped inside a haunted theatre go running around, screaming. There's a lot of shaky-cam and green night vision, but not much in the way of originality, style or real scares. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2/5 19% Self/less (2015) "What really should have been an engrossing, idea-fuelled sci-fi thriller is, in the hands of ho-hum director Tarsem Singh a strictly pedestrian affair. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Toggling seamlessly between the older and elder Holmes, a perfectly cast Ian McKellen is the gleaming centrepiece here, with director Bill Condon being careful to make him the best piece of period detail in the film. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
1/5 67% Ruben Guthrie "It might be a case of something essential getting lost in the translation, but first-time director Brendan Cowell's adaptation of his play about an alcoholic advertising man on the road to redemption is a well-intentioned mess. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/5 87% Women He's Undressed (2016) "Veteran director Gillian Armstrong's wonderfully stylish documentary about Orry-Kelly is a celebration of the once-famous, then-forgotten, now-famous-again Australian costume designer who conquered Hollywood and Cary Grant. Brash, bright and full of cheek " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Straight from the jump-out-of-the-shadows-and-yell-boo school of fright flicks comes this neat, highly effective little haunted house number from Australian director Leigh Whannell. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 56% Paper Towns (2015) "A pleasing, cliche-averse, stereotype defying tale of mismatched teens in odd-couple love. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) "Next to Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man is easily the most enjoyable, unashamedly fun and least pretentious superhero film to emerge from the computer-generated clutter of the Marvel movie universe. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2.5/5 43% Madame Bovary (2015) "The latest adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's classic novel is a handsome if stilted re-telling of the tale about a woman who could not get enough of anything. " ‐ 3AW
Posted Jul 10, 2015
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