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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 17% 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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 82% 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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2/5 66% Nerve (2016) The further the film goes, the stupider it gets. ‐ 3AW
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
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Terrific, taut, dry-throated thriller... ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Man, is it gloomy. ‐ 3AW
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 66% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) Plenty for fans to chew over and enjoy. Non-fans should steer well clear. ‐ 3AW
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 26, 2016
0.5/5 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Absolutely Crapulous. ‐ 3AW
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
Posted Dec 26, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) The bizarre, engrossing story of New York Democratic politician Anthony Weiner is captured in all its pathetic glory in a documentary that will do nothing to redress the reputation of politicians as liars, hypocrites and opportunists. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
1/5 76% Lights Out (2016) A poorly executed child-in-peril piece of fright-free crud involving a deadly ghoul you can only see when the lights are out. So, why not stock up on high-powered torches? It's a weak horror premise, poorly done. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Hitchcock's legendary wit is on show, as is the enduring influence of his work on subsequent filmmakers. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Easily the most enjoyable and pacy of the new Star Trek films. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Bundled with Dirty Grandpa and Bad Neighbours 2, the release of this forgettable, scatter-brained R-rated comedy belch marks the completion of Zac Efron's informal film trilogy, the chief message of which appears to be "I will now say 'yes' to anything". ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 33% Septembers Of Shiraz (2016) Though the film has failed to make any impression, it is an effectively mounted portrait of how regime change can help mask the agendas of the lawless. That two highly-regarded indigenous filmmakers would dare take on such a risky project deserves kudos. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
1.5/5 83% Goldstone (2016) Goldstone might look great but it has plot holes as vast as the Outback itself . These hobble any attempt at creating tension or even maintaining dramatic plausibility, a quality in which the film does not seem particularly interested. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) A perfectly worthy, action-packed package...director David Yates (he did the final four Harry Potter films) does a fine job staging the effects-heavy action and gives us a nice, revenge-laced finale involving some suitably over-sized crocodiles. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) It's Castaway meets Weekend at Bernie's. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Julianne Moore is terrific as the high-IQ wife while Greta Gerwig again shows her flair for these types of wistful independent urban comedies. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) In one of the better adaptations of spymaster John Le Carre's work, veteran British director Susanna White (Nanny McPhee; Generation Kill; Boardwalk Empire) does a dutiful job delivering a taut espionage thriller soundly grounded in human drama. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) All up it's a so-so comedy offering, with just enough entertainment value to not make you wish you'd waited for the stream or DVD. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Is This The Real World (2015) A brooding, coming-of-age high school drama in which brooding teenager Mark (Sean Keenan) has trouble fitting in to his new school after being thrown out of his old one. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) The enormous Dwayne Johnson teams up with the diminutive Kevin Hart for a very funny mismatched-buddy comedy that blends comic action with a strong anti-bullying message. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 75% The BFG (2016) Visually, the film is a triumph. Storywise, at nearly two hours, it is a bit of a slog. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) This is pleasant enough, and well-made as usual, but it'd be nice, after all this walking and talking, for the series to either wind up or change direction. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Likeable, inconsequential comedy ramble about an assortment of baseball jocks who share a frat house at a Texas college. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
0/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) What a mountain of crap this movie is. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
1.5/5 89% Chasing Asylum (2016) The important issue of refugees and off-shore detention centres gets half the treatment it deserves in this well-meaning, woefully one-sided slice of activist doco-making from Eva Orner...The film is so one-sided you half-expect the screen to capsize. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Those hungry for an old-school spooking will love the latest frightfest from gun Aussie director James Wan. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Extraordinarily entertaining, superbly mounted follow-on from the 2014 film. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 72% A Perfect Day (2016) A very fine cast lead by Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins (in his best movie performance in 10 years) guns this oddball, fablesque comedy-drama about bureaucracy and international aid. ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/5 58% Me Before You (2016) Another prime example of a film you've already seen even before you've seen it...the film hits home thanks to the key performances by Sam Claflin (Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones). ‐ 3AW
Posted Dec 26, 2016