Jim Schembri Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) Julius Avery blends war movie with zombie horror to create a big, fun, action-splattered hybrid film that proposes how the Nazis were working on reanimating dead soldiers during the D-Day invasion. Think of it as Saving Private Ryan of the Living Dead.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A moving, compelling portrait...Melissa McCarthy and director Marielle Heller have fashioned a gem of a film around a person who was anything but a gem of a person. One can feel the Oscars beckon.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) As much fun as Wreck It Ralph was it actually pales in comparison to the sequel, which is such a vibrant, funny, inventive, surprise-filled adventure it reminds you that Hollywood can occasionally get follow-ups right.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Star Wars on Wheels.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 57% The Grinch (2018) This serving from Illumination (the Despicable Me people) is a handsome, by-the-numbers kids film.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 90% Lean on Pete (2018) Adapted from the 2010 Willy Vlautin novel writer/director Andrew Haigh has fashioned a beautiful, lyrical adolescent drama that side-steps coming-of-age cliches to pursue an earthy story about an untethered, uncared for kid in desperate search for family.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 83% Creed II (2018) A pensive, tough-minded, extremely well-directed drama that refuses to take easy options or cop outs.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) The latest stab at one of England's favourite folk heroes is a deliciously punked out, hyped up, super-charged action flick...Hook into the crazy swing of the film and you're in for a sweet ride.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
2/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) The movie struggles to lift spirits. It is also hampered, it must be said, by the dull-edged earnestness of Hedges' performance, which has its moments, but not enough of them.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
4.5/5 98% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) The footage is so vivid it looks as though the film was shot yesterday afternoon. [Its] most powerful aspect is the humanity that now rises from these images...You see in these faces the youth, joy and fear of the men who went to the front.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
1/5 63% Suspiria (2018) A posturing and pretentious bore...Half-way through you'll be hoping Leatherface will appear and liven things up.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3.5/5 93% Journey's End (2018) The period recreation is vivid, especially when the whistle blows and the men climb over the top and into a battlefield strewn with barbed wire, bomb craters and mud-soaked corpses. It's a gruelling drama, yet a worthwhile one.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
2.5/5 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It's a by-the-numbers procedural, sure, but the sharply designed sets and snow-blasted locales give the film a great look. Most of all, though, Foy does a really good job as our despondent action protagonist, Swedish accent and all.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Director David Lowery's chief focus is to keep the character of Forrest Tucker within the popular perception of Redford's persona. And it works, both as a light crimedy and as a valentine to Redford.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
1/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Yet another big film that looks just the same as a stack of others. Eternally overcast and dimly lit, there are no fresh idea here... Worse still, you can really feel the strain in the storytelling.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3.5/5 94% Spitfire (2018) The evolution of the legendary fighter and the crucial role it played in pushing back against the might of Hitler's Wehrmacht - which had already conquered the skies of Europe - is chronicled in this dutifully crafted tribute. War buffs will love it.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) As mass-market confection, Nutcracker certainly works well enough, though its delights definitely hark more from style rather than story.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/5 73% The Children Act (2018) Thompson shines as the heart of the film, her increasingly troubling confrontations with Fionn Whitehead conveying the transformative power one person can have on another.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3.5/5 100% Strange Colours (2018) A remarkable first feature from Alena Lodkina [but] as with too many Australian films, it has dropped into cinemas suddenly and with almost no fanfare. Regrettably, it is likely to drop out in much the same manner. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3.5/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) The latest stab at one of England's favourite folk heroes is a deliciously punked out, hyped up, super-charged action flick...Hook into the crazy swing of the film and you're in for a sweet ride.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3.5/5 90% Widows (2018) Thanks to some extremely well-staged action sequences and tight, serious direction by Steve McQueen, Widows delivers a top-shelf, twist-filled femme-noir crime thriller spiced by the ignition of toxic masculinity and toxic femininity colliding.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/5 88% Wayne (2018) The film deftly touches on Australia's cultural cringe as Gardner admits how his class made him feel unworthy of the accolades he had earned.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3.5/5 99% McQueen (2018) The brilliant work and troubled soul of young British fashion titan Alexander McQueen is vividly captured in this extraordinary documentary. Sad and celebratory in equal measure.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) [A] spirited film offers a surprisingly delicate, funny, occasionally barbed account of middle-age malaise...a real gem, and one of the most satisfying romances thus far this year.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 100% Ghosthunter (2018) Ghosthunter is a very unusual, unexpectedly powerful bio-doc about the life-long aftershocks of abuse and the search for a missing father.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 33% The Predator (2018) Everybody's favourite multi-jawed dreadlocked alien monster is back for a fun, throwaway action splurge. With a large dollop of humour, the film plays like the latest sequel in the Predator series rather than as any attempt to makeover the formula.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Gore-movie maestro Eli Roth (Hostel) tries changing his spots with this multiplex effort but struggles to conjure up a family film of any real distinction or character.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 34% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) As physically elastic as ever, Rowan Atkinson proves to be very funny in his third James Bond spoof, a nutty, picturesque adventure through Europe that easily out-jokes the previous two films combined.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
1.5/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Ewan McGregor tries hard to breath life into his character but Marc Foster's lumbering direction renders the sluggish adventure a dirge. Only when Pooh & Co find their way to the city does some Disney magic ignite.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2.5/5 26% The Nun (2018) It's nuns amok in this bleak, deeply cliched yet effective supernatural spookster.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3.5/5 92% Searching (2018) This really is tantalizing stuff that elicits old-school thrills from new-school technology.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Following, quite unashamedly, in the wake of Gone Girl comes another enjoyably trashy femme-noir thriller that plays on the allure of transgressive naughtiness in supposedly wholesome suburbia.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 83% Ladies in Black (2018) As a light, lovely-looking entertainment, Ladies in Black is a superlative chick flick that celebrates femininity and independence as mutually supportive qualities...the film also champions how Australia was built by a rich mix of cultures. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 75% Jirga (2018) Directed by Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion) Jirga is a little film with a lot to say. Shot on location and making the most of the stark, surreal beauty of its landscapes, Smith's lonely soldier is a study of moral determination driven by inner suffering.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 29% Night School (2018) Any film that celebrates the value of education and its ability to improve one's prospects deserves major kudos. Kevin Hart has a huge black audience in the US so it seems he's keen to work in some positive messaging amidst all the pratfalls.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 79% Alpha (2018) An engrossing survival film about the plight of prehistoric people trying to make ends meet amidst the beauty and savagery of a landscape they are a few aeons from dominating.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) If tradition is any guide, Joaquin Phoenix is at least up for a nomination for his sterling work as John Callahan, the American cartoonist who only found fame, fortune and a degree of self-esteem after his drunken adventures lead to a road accident. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 78% The Merger (2018) There's no question the film, directed with careful attention not to offend by Mark Grentell, has its heart in the right place as the film bounces around the idea of accepting people of other lands into the community. If only the film was funnier. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Marvel Studios have now officially hit the bottom of the barrel as one of its third-rate, C-grade creations known mainly to Marvel's fanboy base gets his own mediocre movie.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 88% American Animals (2018) An absorbing, detailed, unintentionally humourous account of [a] hare-brained heist.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 44% 1% (2017) A blistering, unflinching, full-throttle drama about how the crashing of egos and ambitions can bring out the most toxic behaviours in men and women.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A playful, skillfully conceived mind-bender that grabs hold of you early and doesn't let up.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) With the visual veracity of a documentary, Damien Chazelle's superb chronicle of the Space Race that lead to the 1969 Moon landing is a sterling work that goes to extraordinary lengths highlighting the risks these crazy-brave men took.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Transposed into the era of sudden fame and instant shame, the film glistens as a cautionary tale about self-respect, self-delusion and self-destruction...what is especially admirable is the film's fidelity to the original's heart-breaking final reel.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) There are some neat, inventive scares in this cheeky, far-superior sequel.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2/5 82% Ghost Stories (2018) A few fleeting moments of well-directed tension in the first yarn about a nightwatchman can't make-up for the copy-cat contrivances of the rest of the film. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) A well-meaning cautionary tale with very good intentions and almost no sense of pace...the film has some poignant moments where the family rises above the crisis, but the piece is very long and overwhelmingly glum.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet An Interview With God (2018) Burning through a thick layer of cynicism, (Brenton) Thwaites infuses the film's premise with an earthiness and desperation as he tries keeping his life from spinning out of control. Not a bad film, this, though it is, after all, a sermon at heart.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) In yet another example of a franchise that refuses to die here comes the 11th Halloween film, and while it's not brilliant or terribly clever it is certainly good enough and scary enough to make up for some of the more awful sequels in the series.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 80% Book Week (2018) There are very good performances all round in this low-budget Aussie ensemble comedy, but with so much going on it's sometimes hard keeping track of all the story threads.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018