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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 (2016) 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 77% 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 92% 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 87% 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 15% 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 49% 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 88% 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 79% 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
3/5 80% Colossal (2017) It's a bizarre concept that's well-handled, blending sci-fi with a touch of message making about the beasts we all carry inside us, and how hard they can be to tame.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3/5 46% Going in Style (2017) Fine, sufficiently funny remake of the long-forgotten 1979 comedy starring George Burns about three geriatrics who rob a bank.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
1/5 23% Table 19 (2017) The film certainly does a fine job replicating the tedium of what it feels like to be stuck at the loser's table.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
4/5 91% Raw (2017) From hot new French director Julia Ducournau comes a new breed of hybrid horror that draws on convention yet doesn't have a cliche in sight.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
5/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) A perfect balance of action and story, F8 seems designed to push back against all the bad things said about sequels, franchises and Hollywood's "cookie cutter" mindset. In a way, the film's message is "if you're going to do it, do it like this."‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
1.5/5 67% Free Fire (2017) A group of thugs arrive at a warehouse to make a gun deal, things quickly go south and they spend an hour shooting at each other. Trouble is, director Ben Wheatley can't make us care about any of them. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
2.5/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) There is fun to be had as the team of renegade space pirates return...with some funny, impressive action sequences [but it] turns into a high-concept mess involving reel upon reel of planetary destruction, a VFX cliche we are seeing way too much of.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3/5 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The ridiculously versatile Jessica Chastain nails it again with a terrific, touching central performance in this true-life wartime drama.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3/5 100% Pork Pie (2017) The film doesn't have the craziness or daring of the original - if it did the filmmakers would be in jail for safety violations! - but it does zip along at a breezy clip.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
2.5/5 99% Get Out (2017) The film has enjoyed huge word-of-mouth success...yet it ultimately seems too frightened to face down the spectres of modern racism that it rouses. As pure genre entertainment, however, it does deliver sufficient bang.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
4/5 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Adorable. A Dog's Purpose essentially gives you five dog movies in one...Director Lasse Hallstrom proved his dog-movie credentials with the modern classic Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) and here pulls on every heart-string without ever going off key.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The warmth and elasticity of the original's traditional animation is still unmatched by the digital wizardry on show here, but there's no arguing with the scale and swirl of the film's famous, marvellously mounted musical numbers. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/5 67% Life (2017) An enjoyable, deeply derivative remake of Alien, only instead of deep space it's set in earth's orbit, instead of a clunky floating factory the astronauts fly about in zero gravity on a space station and instead of a giant beast we get a squid. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Silly, fast and sufficiently fun,..a snappy, colourful animation distraction intended to go in one eye and out the other. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/5 45% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Kids with limited movie experience might go for it, but that silly M rating is likely to keep them away from this overlong misfire.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A frantic mish-mash of ideas and references that turns out to be not-all-that funny... It's more multiplex mulch than memorable. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
4/5 97% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) A jolting drama about the Egyptian Revolution, which sought and failed to bring fair and sensible government to the strife-torn nation.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) An affecting film highlighting a little-known story, with the opening reels showing just how strong the impulse for retribution was against the Nazis.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Clad in a series of unforgiving, form-fitting futuristic outfits, Scarlett Johansson plays "The Major", the latest in a long line of sexy female cyborgs, in this slick, action-stuffed, high-gloss remake of the cult classic 1995 anime feature.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/5 100% Dance Academy: The Movie (2017) Fans of the show will feel dutifully well-served. Those coming to the film cold might feel a little iced out.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/5 100% Zach's Ceremony (2016) A touching time capsule of a film.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1/5 16% CHIPS (2017) Whoever put the elephant stamp on this wretched remake of the fondly regarded family series should be forced to watch it.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/5 50% The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (2016) As far as arthouse fare goes, it's a well-made, theme-rich venture that deploys a variety of inventive techniques, though the debt the film owes to Woody Allen's seminal 1983 work Zelig is worn a little too clearly on its sleeve.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017