Jim Schembri Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Kenny (2008) Few comic characters come with that degree of wit, let alone a philosophy.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 25% Mile 22 (2018) Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg team up again for another action film...it delivers lashings of frenetically edited fire fights and fireballs. Yelling. Smashing glass. Twirling cars. Muzzle flash. You know the drill.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A funny, feel good, crowd-pleasing movie [but it's] not the ground-breaker it's being made out to be. It's simply the latest logical progression in the growing prominence of Asians in Western films, something that has been evolving for more than 60 years.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 80% West of Sunshine (2017) Strong scenes abound, though there are some major stumbles in the film's tonal shifts as well as some inconsistencies in the story. Still, the film can't be faulted for its ambition or its widescreen cinematography.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 100% Working Class Boy (2018) A raw and uncomfortably honest self-portrait that is often terribly sad and moving...As far as tributes go, this definitely is a worthy one, driven by the values of survival, persistence and hope.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) So long as you don't mind low-flying gags about sex, smut, violence and other adult topics you'll have a ball with this. This reviewer certainly found a lot of the film laugh-out-loud funny, mainly because of how elaborately preposterous it is.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 49% Superfly (2018) [This] full-bodied remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film might not be much of a morality tale but it is a very well-constructed crime drama, directed by Julien Christian Lutz who apparently has a great love for the vernacular of the streets.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) McKinnon, who has been something of a blur in films such as Ghostbusters and Rough Night, really comes up a treat here, bouncing off Kunis with a ditzy, infectious energy. With little interest in proprieties, she's a hoot and a joy to watch.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) The leads put in terrific, touching work in this downbeat, introspective period drama, the backdrop of Chesil Beach providing a picturesque yet overcast frame to their dilemma.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) The shenanigans and the mishaps are consistently funny and executed in the best possible taste. It's an enjoyable treat from the French, whose dedication to comedy remains one of their more admirable traits.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.5/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) this tripe is thinly plotted and moves at a snail's pace...[yet] as mind-numbing as the film is, it does manage to raise a chief question, which is: how many more of these dystopian teen action flicks are we supposed to sit through?‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 21% Submergence (2018) Patience is a quality you need to endure a lot of Wim Wenders' work, and sometimes the payoffs have been terrible. Here, though, is one of his more inclusive and absorbing works that rewards the attention he demands.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 45% The Meg (2018) Think of Jaws on steroids and you've pretty much got in a nutshell what The Meg is like: it really is just an old-fashioned B-grade matinee monster movie with A-grade production values and a marvellously improbable beast at the centre of all the action.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 88% Whitney (2018) The film sanguinely captures the razor's edge of planetary fame as well as the long-term consequences of childhood trauma. It's a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in the Whitney Houston story.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/5 85% The Wife (2018) The film, directed with a fine eye for irony by Swedish filmmaker Bjorn Runge, is a marvelous performance showcase for Pryce and Close, two veterans whose around-the-block credentials shine brightest in the film's quieter moments.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
4/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) A solid, value-driven action thriller...The magnificently tense finale, which takes place in an evacuated coastal town about to be torn apart by a hurricane has so many religious references it's hard to keep count.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A near-perfect blend of old-school cliffhanger movie aesthetics with state of the art filmmaking technology...it joins Bourne, the Fast and the Furious, Transformers and the Dark Knight trilogy as a franchise setting the pace in the 21st century.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It's fine B-grade mulch, but it's certainly no masterpiece...it's surprising, and a tad disheartening, how readily Fury Road falls into line with so many other production-line blockbusters.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Perhaps the best thing about Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is that Meryl Streep, who clocked up one of her most annoying performances as the star of the first film, spends the great bulk of this film not appearing in it.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) It might look like The Rock versus The Towering Inferno from its ticket-selling poster, yet Dwayne Johnson's latest FX-driven action flick is a terrifically entertaining, exciting 21st century matinee movie with a genuinely progressive innovation.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The atmosphere throughout is heavy and tense, and the action is staged with Bourne-like brutality and veracity, with one single-shot scene qualifying as a work of action-movie art.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/5 71% Adrift (2018) Most of all, Adrift mounts a timely, quiet, stirring statement about our place in the environment, which is at once beautiful, terrifying and utterly indifferent to us, whether we are in the comfort of a population centre or alone amidst its vastness.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A hugely enjoyable action offering that happily comes as one of the better efforts from Marvel's infamously erratic output.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/5 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Thankfully, this colourful, enjoyable lark is not a case of diminishing returns for this energetic troupe, the shift of scenery offering plenty of opportunities for the brand's signature style of animated slapstick‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/5 85% Disobedience (2018) Director Sebastian Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) infuses touches of eroticism in this quietly disruptive portrayal of a wayward woman (Rachel Weisz) whose return home brings with it a series of conflicting values and battles about personal freedom. ‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 90% Brothers' Nest (2018) There's plenty of dark comic tension here as the moment of truth slowly approaches, with Clayton Jacobson, who directed brother Shane in the 2006 hit comedy Kenny, proving himself a very skilled director.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Kids who like having the life scared out of them will especially enjoy the bedroom scene in this film, which appears to have been designed from universal childhood nightmares about monsters in the closet. ‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Brad Bird's vibrant, relentlessly paced sequel to his 2004 animation classic is not only a superior film, it ironically offers a refreshing, slick alternative to all the mega-sized superhero films that have invaded the multiplex.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 55% Tag (2018) A feather-light homage to male bonding and good-natured one-upmanship.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2.5/5 66% Ideal Home (2018) Likeable if unremarkable adult comedy.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 57% LBJ (2017) This early-days biopic isn't quite as good as the Bryan Cranston film All the Way but, along with Tom Wilkinson's performance in Selma, it continues Hollywood's crusade of recasting LBJ's public image.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3.5/5 79% I Kill Giants (2018) Teen actress Madison Wolfe is exceptional as the centrepiece in this surprising, above-average fantasy drama, stylishly directed by Anders Walter.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 38% Gringo (2018) Corporate drug dealing goes wrong in this engaging, dizzily plotted south-of-the-border ensemble crimedy.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) In a genre so driven by convention it's great to see another horror movie so soon after A Quiet Place take a few left turns and deliver the scares we expect by means that we don't...A very effective, cliche-averse chiller. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
1/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's hard to see any effort in the film. There's no comedy to speak of, no real drama and, worst of all, no tension when it comes to pulling off the heist...Ocean's 8 is best described as a movie-shaped collection of brands rather than a movie proper.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 85% Cargo (2018) Proficiently directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, with some haunting cinematography and great editing, the story really moves across the jagged, threatening landscape.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) No doubt, Marvel fanboys will continue wondering how snugly Deadpool fits into the whole Marvel Comic Universe. It's an issue that keeps some people up at nights. For everyone else, chalk this up as an OK timer killer‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
1.5/5 78% Breath (2018) Despite its strained attempts at being a pensive, prestige picture, Breath is full of longueurs and thinly-drawn, dull characters who spend too much time staring off into the middle distance, a gesture that has become a cliche of Australian films.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) [A] terrific, white-knuckle monster thriller...director John Krasinski does an excellent job taking an old spook movie convention - using silence to build tension - and pushing it to a nerve-jangling new extreme.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
3/5 80% Unsane (2018) The nightmare scenario of being wrongly locked up in prison or, worse still, a mental asylum gets a good going over by writer/director/cinematographer Stephen Soderbergh in a nifty little shocker that plays like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/5 53% Rampage (2018) A fun, largely nonsensical film; based on the old arcade video game.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Thankfully, this $300 million entry into the Marvel comic-book movie universe is one of the better films pumped out by Marvel Studios and certainly makes up for the tornado of dung that was Avengers: Age of Ultron.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) A well-meaning, well-done comedy about body image and self-respect that delivers its unfortunately timely message to young women with the subtlety of, well, an Amy Schumer comedy. It's ham-fisted, sure, but it works. ‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/5 82% Early Man (2018) A visually attractive misfire...The charm of stop-motion animation can't quite make up for the ultra-weak story premise and flat characters, with director Nick Park struggling to inject the visual wit we see in Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) There's no questioning the sincerity or the worthy pro-tolerance sentiments of Love, Simon...but, whoa, does this film brim with bad direction.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) An incredibly funny film about a not-very-funny historical event.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/5 83% Blockers (2018) Formulaic, knockabout comedies like Blockers need to be executed with precision and conviction...and director Kay Cannon deserves major backslaps for managing to implant a sincere heart amidst all the raunch and mayhem. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/5 41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Whatever magic the presence of a giant Oprah Winfrey was meant to bring to this kid's fantasy sci-fi extravaganza by Ava DuVernay (Selma) has been lost in a largely antiseptic swirl of visual effects and right-on virtue signalling.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) [The film] serves as testament to Spielberg's gift as a pulse-riding, intuitively cinematic entertainer....a film full of grandly staged cyber battles and real-world intrigue. And thankfully it's one of the few long films to warrant its running time.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1/5 47% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) Chalk this dreary biblical drama up as a worthy companion piece to Mary Magdalene.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018