Jim Schembri Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 84% 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 92% 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 50% 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 56% Tag (2018) A feather-light homage to male bonding and good-natured one-upmanship.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2.5/5 100% Ideal Home (2018) Likeable if unremarkable adult comedy.‐ jimschembri.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 55% 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 90% 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 67% 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 74% 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 79% 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 52% 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 32% 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 40% 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 73% 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 46% 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
3/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Whichever way you cut it, these films owe a huge debt to Michael Bay and his critic-negating Transformer films. Indeed, many of the battle scenes in PCU look like they could be dropped into any of Bay's city-set cage matches without anyone noticing.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
3.5/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) It's sad to see how the common sense of some people has been over-estimated by an animated bunny rabbit.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
1.5/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) A beautiful bore.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
2/5 33% That's Not My Dog! (2018) There are, admittedly, quite a few laughs to be had...but what we've essentially got here is not so much a film but raw material for a film.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
2/5 78% Kangaroo (2018) The film has already stirred much heat and noise, with the filmmakers swearing black-and-blue that they've nailed their research while farmers call in to talkback radio complaining how their paddocks are overrun with roos.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
2/5 91% Human Flow (2017) The problem with Ai Weiwei's turgid film is that rather than make a convincing documentary that explores an issue, he's sculpted a piece of artsy agit-prop with stark cinematography, endless shots of dour-looking displaced people and a simplistic agenda.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3/5 48% Tomb Raider (2018) Whereas Angelina Jolie played Croft as a cocksure, aggressive Amazonian man-slayer in her two films, Alicia Vikander sees her heroine as more vulnerable, a college-age kid who has to fight harder to come out of fights with big, bad men.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3/5 71% The Mercy (2017) The heart-breaking true story of British amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst is told here in painstaking detail by director James Marsh who has succeeded in bringing us the saddest film we've seen in yonks. Nobody does noble failure like the Brits. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3.5/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) A fine, very well-made war movie with strong characters, plenty of realistic action and loads of those tough, failure-is-not-an-option Americanisms that always feature in any movie where something has to get done, whatever the cost and whatever the odds.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
1/5 14% Winchester (2018) A meandering, underwhelming attempt at a psychological horror story.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
1/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Lawrence had a great chance to register a new female action hero into the modern-day canon. What an opportunity missed.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
1/5 86% Ellipsis (2017) The big failing of this flaccid film is that the flimsy premise is given no life. The banter between the couple is stilted and forced. There's no modulation or cadence, no sense of a developing relationship.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
0.5/5 30% The BBQ (2018) Now, where to begin with how bad this film is? In the interests of brevity, most of the film's woes stem from one main problem: it has no frigging idea what it is trying to do. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
2.5/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) Director Richard Loncraine maintains an engaging warmth throughout the film, and while the romantic plot bubbles rather than boils, it's certain a lot better than two recent examples of the genre, namely Hampstead and Paris Can Wait.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/5 83% Game Night (2018) After a deliberately slow start directors John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (working from a screenplay by Mark Perez) hit the accelerator once the game's first victim - or should that be "victim"? - hits the floor. It's all go from there.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) The film is not so much a coming-of-age story...[it] aims for a deeper truth, being that life's most important lessons come incrementally, in small, touching moments, something Lady Bird comes to appreciate, however reluctantly.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/5 97% Black Panther (2018) As a superhero film Black Panther is fine entertainment that dutifully hits all the beats it is supposed to. Beyond that, anyone willing to decode the film as some sort of sophisticated allegory about black rights might find themselves tied up in knots.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
1/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) From the world's most over-rated A-list director, Guillermo del Toro, comes yet another visually distinctive, tonally flat work of glum fantasy...As usual, Del Toro's acolytes have promptly fallen into line praising this overlong pseudo sci-fi pap.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) After the Taken films, Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night, Neeson has promised to end his lucrative run as a middle-aged action hero with this. He's more frantic and believable than usual, with the movie's real-time feel adding a nice edge of urgency.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3.5/5 76% Swinging Safari (2018) Unlike most Australian comedy films, which can barely sustain one viewing, Surfing Safari definitely holds up to a second helping, if for no other reason than to relish the period detail embedded into each frame, right down to the exploding pyjamas.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3.5/5 41% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The concluding chapter to this winning, deeply satisfying teen dystopia franchise offers a well-plotted, action-packed adventure several notches above what we saw in any of the similarly themed Hunger Games or Divergent films.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
2.5/5 13% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Fairly funny, made-for-kids sequel to the 2014 animated film about a bunch of city park animals looking for the easy life. [A] fast-moving sequel.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3.5/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman immerses himself in the character, giving every aspect of Churchill a memorable resonance, from his sense of humour, to his mastery of language to his short temper and bursts of humility.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3.5/5 87% The Post (2018) At a time when the reputation of the press is probably as bad as it has ever been, people have a tendency to embrace the folk memory of that time when the media was considered the pursuers and upholders of truth, not as self-serving and biased.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018