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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk stands high and proud as one of the finest films yet about World War 2. Christopher Nolan delivers a powerful, haunting, moving and memorable experience that, in a brilliant touch, turns out to be more immersive than explosive.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 9% The Book Of Love (2017) Finely prepared mush with some nice riffs about acceptance and moving on that unspools quite pleasantly in the home entertainment environment...a modest, well-made, small-scale film with a simple message.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 7% Rings (2017) A good, polished spookster for most of its duration, it's the killer ending that makes the film truly pop. It's a good example of how the final few seconds of a film can lift it several notches above the routine.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It's more of the same, and lovingly done. After all, why upset a billion-dollar-a-film franchise?‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) As immensely popular as the Transformer films are, the time is yet to come when they will no longer be seen as multiplex fodder but be acknowledged as the breathlessly entertaining masterpieces of pop art that they are.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 75% McLaren (2016) A terrific documentary about a quiet achiever. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) As usual with Pixar, the film looks like a moving work of digital art, though its inordinate length might test the patience of six year olds who will love the brilliantly staged action but not all the exposition-heavy dialogue.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) A perfect example of a good idea, half-baked.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 100% Chicken People (2016) Chicken pride and genetic engineering are at the heart of this winsome, semi-serious non-mocking documentary about the exacting preparations a very diverse group of chicken-loving yokels undertake for the 2015 Ohio National Poultry Show.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) Terrific, character-driven action comedy... Wright again shows his mastery of blending comedy with high-octane action. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2.5/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) A passable, pretty period time filler for the undemanding...The film has been politically corrected to within an inch of its life.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
1.5/5 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) The scenery is very pretty, but the constant reminders from the French guy about how Americans are always in a hurry and should enjoy life more the way the French do make you want to reach into the screen and hit him over the head with a cheese platter.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 88% A Monster Calls (2017) A mature-minded fantasy adventure that has something more on its mind than impressive visuals and pyrotechnic displays...With its themes of loss, acceptance and self-respect A Monster Calls chimes in as a treat for the thinking teen. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) An exciting, moving closing chapter that again punches the thesis that humans have no inherent right to presume dominion over the earth... We often complain about reboots and sequels. The Apes series is a prime example of how to do it right.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 87% Wind River (2017) A by-the-numbers police procedural lifted by terrific central performances by Elizabeth Olsen and especially Jeremy Renner, who looks very much at home punching his way against the elements.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) French populist Luc Besson delivers a delirious, crazily plotted, visually over-loaded science-fiction fantasy epic clearly designed to top the whackiness of his 1997 film The Fifth Element.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 69% The Wall (2017) Very tense, tight exercise in single-locale filmmaking by director Doug Liman.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 67% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Fans of the Conjuring series will appreciate the film's fidelity to the series' straight-faced style - as opposed, say to the cheesy, comic horror of the Chucky movies - though hardcore horror fans will see some of the jolt moments coming.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
1.5/5 77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Documentaries that are driven by passion always run the risk of side-lining facts and clear arguments in favour of emotional high points and grandiose virtue signalling. That is certainly the biggest failing of Inconvenient Sequel.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) The film does push against most of the easy rom-com cliches to deliver a satisfying adult comedy. One value it does share with most American comedies is how its veneer of humour packages a set of values that are chiefly conservative and very American.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) After being the only interesting thing in Mad Max: Fury Road and giving the Fast & Furious crew a run for their money in F8 Charlize Theron here consolidates her position as cinema's most dangerous action movie female.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3.5/5 60% Jungle (2017) A knockout survival film about four guys who get lost in the beautiful but dangerous Bolivian jungle...Terrific stuff.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3.5/5 50% PACmen (2017) Gun local documentary maker Luke Walker offers an outstanding insiders look at the presidential campaign of Dr Ben Carson, who tended to inhabit the opposite end of the popularity polls to Donald Trump.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) If you liked the first one, you'll positively love this next instalment in the straight-faced action franchise starring Keanu Reeves as a hitman who absolutely everybody wants to kill.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2.5/5 67% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (2017) One of the clear objectives of this film is to show how even low-budget sc-fi fare can deliver Star Wars standard visuals, and on that score it succeeds admirably.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
3/5 72% Viceroy's House (2017) Sumptuously decorated historical drama from veteran director Guridner Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) that recounts the final days of Britain's domain over a divided India.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
0/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) If the sprawling, ugly, largely incomprehensible mess of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is anything to go by, Guy Ritchie has now consolidated his status as the worst "A List" director working today.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
3/5 46% Wilson (2017) One of those unheralded, unpretentious films that offers unpolished truths about human nature and the awkwardness that comes with honesty. Please don't let this small gem of a film slip by you. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Continuing his run of terrific latter-career performances, Richard Gere shines as a shyster who politely lies and exaggerates his way through the New York business world.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Just when Disney's sea-faring fantasy franchise seemed all set to founder comes a leaner, cleaner installment that easily qualifies as the best-paced and most enjoyable of the lot. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/5 21% The Shack (2017) The film deals in starkly spiritual terms with the issues of loss, hatred and forgiveness, and raises a lot of common questions about who's side God is on...In a brave performance, Worthington brings a salty edge to his character.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 90% Hounds of Love (2017) A splendid example of tense, throat-tightening horror, made all the more vivid because of its everyday setting...the performances are searing. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 19% Baywatch (2017) Crude as hell and full of self-references, this loving parody of the 1990s hit series stars Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson in a sun-filled party-like lark full of sand, sun, surf and slo-mo...a slick, well-directed diversion.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Writer/director Mike Mills, who gave us the fabulous film Beginners, tries hard to inject style into this semi-biographical coming-of-age yarn, but it's a long, slow haul.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) The film is full of "you go, girl" moments designed to please the genre's long-neglected female demographic. Yet Diana seems far more confident than the film's director, Patty Jenkins...as a narrative the film is over the shop.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/5 47% Dog Eat Dog (2016) [Director Paul] Schrader peppers the film with stylistic touches that remind you of the dark, playful master he once was. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/5 26% Solace (2016) Anthony Hopkins really is a prime example of that rare breed of actor whose magnetic presence can lift a film a few notches. With Colin Farrell also on board, the film boasts a strong cast that makes you wonder why the film bypassed cinemas here.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 92% Hotel Coolgardie (2016) An eye-opening, unsettling look at a part of the national character we thought had died off decades ago.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/5 86% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Far from the tabloid profile of a celebrity trainwreck one might have expected from [Nick} Broomfield, he takes care to piece together the personal and professional elements that combined to propel her calamitous downfall.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
1/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) The film looks pretty enough but the characterisations are so weak and the plotting so shallow and predictable - there is virtually no ambiguity in the film - you'll feel like hurling your popcorn at the screen every time Rachel tries looking wistful.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 16% The Mummy (2017) Sufficiently entertaining multiplex fodder, proficiently executed on a big scale with some neat signature scenes and enough loud noises to keep you awake.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 48% Churchill (2017) A deeply etched portrait of a man forced by duty to rise above his own ego to serve his nation as its moral figurehead.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/5 48% Rough Night (2017) In the interests of promoting the cause of feminism, all of the accusations usually levelled against male comedies for being disgusting and vulgar and sexist, you can...now level those charges at women in comedies.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) To be sure, Alien: Covenant serves up the usual combination of brilliant design, dazzling visual effects and D-grade story that we've come to expect. That said, there's enough movement, action and enjoyable silliness to make it worth sitting through.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2.5/5 35% Snatched (2017) The shebang comes with all the requisite screaming, pratfalling and naughty girl quipping about sex and nether regions...Schumer has an amiable, knockabout presence while Hawn keeps up nicely - especially considering how she [could] play her grandmother.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
4/5 89% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) An outstanding, lyrical documentary that has American director David Lynch recounting and reflecting about his early life as an artist before the muse of cinema took hold.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3.5/5 100% Whiteley (2017) Fascinating bio-doc about the brilliant, troubled Australian artist...director James Bogle does a great job illustrating his life and the impact of his work, with much in the film suggesting how far ahead of his time Whiteley was. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3.5/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) A knockout psychological thriller...Not a lot of effects involved here but some top-notch tension from director Olivier Assayas...A very unusual, very effective ghost story.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3.5/5 88% Their Finest (2017) There might not be a lot of depth to this fluidly directed slice of nostalgia - Danish director Lone Scherfig doesn't dwell too long on the realities of war - but it does brim with warmth.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3.5/5 83% Denial (2016) If there's anybody left who's in any doubt about the versatility, range and sheer courage of British acting legend Timothy Spall, his performance in this searing Holocaust drama will set you straight.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017