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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 58% Australia Day (2017) The darker side of human nature and of the Australian character get a searing going over in this outstanding, topical, compelling drama designed to make you feel and think deeper about the underside of Australian life. Superbly directed by Kriv Stenders.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2.5/5 51% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The law of diminishing returns continues to take its toll on the Lego franchise here as Lego's Ninjago TV series gets the big-screen treatment. The cute self-referencing that peppered [the first two films] goes into overdrive in Ninjago. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 49% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Fans of the first film will be duly served with lashings of well-staged action and while the novelty might have worn off, the gag and gadget quotient remain surprisingly high and we get a truly wonderful villainess courtesy of Julianne Moore.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) The film was made long before the Cameron-fuelled fad for 3D briefly kicked in with Avatar and so has been carefully reprocessed to provide a sense of depth without that awful pop-up book feel that dogged so many 3D films.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) This lavish-looking, leisurely told, large-scale adventure yarn...contains pretty much everything you'd expect: encounters with wild animals, wild humans, dangerous river rides, attacks from natives...and, of course, having to eat unsavoury things.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 78% Killing Ground (2017) The old scary movie convention about something bad going on in the woods gets an inventive, chillingly effective makeover in the outstanding debut film from Tasmanian writer/director Damien Power...An accomplished, edge-of-the-seat thriller.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 88% American Made (2017) In Doug Liman's sensationally entertaining adventure-comedy biopic, Tom Cruise steps away from his blockbuster tropes to register one of the best and brightest performances of his career... easily as enjoyable a thrill ride as any of Cruise's other epics.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) McConaughey uses his looks and dimpled charm to good effect to conjure a sleazy kind of devil who can kill people with words. But it's not enough to make up for the film's mordant, apocalyptic tone, which has become something of a cliché.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/5 43% Hampstead (2017) Much as we love romantic comedies about older-age couples, this over-formulated dollop of treacle makes you pine for the hijinx of It's Complicated.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Directed by Steven Soderberg, the film is intended as a backhander to the director's own Ocean's 11 trilogy, which were all glossy, hi-tech, largely unfunny and totally lacking in ideas. Logan Lucky certainly provides an entertaining counter punch.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1/5 86% Ali's Wedding (2017) While it's nice to praise a movie for good intentions it's what ends up on screen that matters. In the case of Ali's Wedding what begins with a solid premise and the promise of a cross-cultural rom-com descends into a scrambled, sexist mess.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) It's another Bridesmaids-inspired stumble through the tropes of bad-girl comedy, which includes the mandatory set-piece involving the expulsion of bodily waste...and plenty of blue talk, which is now a regular, if not defining, feature of female comedy. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 72% Gifted (2017) [A] sweet-natured, button-pushing custody drama...Warm, life-affirming and mounted on a small scale.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/5 37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) With fireballs, gun fights and fast cars at every turn, this is an above-average slice of tongue-in-cheek B-grade movie mayhem, with the two leads breezily matching the love/hate spark of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon films.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1.5/5 82% That's Not Me (2017) It's starting to feel like the 1980s again, with too many Australian films looking and sounding like they needed more script development...This valiant attempt at a mainstream, feel-good comedy is the latest example. It's a lovely idea that falls flat.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1/5 89% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) [Director Terrence] Malick claims to have worked on the concept for this film across 40 years yet it somehow has a slapped-together feel. IMAX may well be part of the future of cinema but hopefully films like this will quickly become a thing of the past. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1/5 83% The Lovers (2017) Dreadfully dull romantic comedy in which a long-married couple (Debra Winger; Tracy Letts) feel renewed passion despite each being unfaithful. Aimless performances and an inert story make for a punishing hour and a half.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 50% The Dinner (2017) With a keen sense of how to keep so much verbiage watchable, director Oren Moverman builds tension to near-boiling point ...The latest in a string of strong films from Richard Gere [who] seems to be thriving in this chapter of his career.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Namatjira Project (2017) There's no arguing that culture-shifting indigenous artist Albert Namatjira deserves all the tributes he can get...yet this unsatisfying documentary feels too much like a rough cut of a TV program in need of a 30-minute shave.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/5 98% God's Own Country (2017) Though the film is being widely compared to Brokeback Mountain, writer/director Francis Lee actually creates a far more believable and sympathetic scenario. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/5 84% It (2017) It is a fabulous, top-grade remake and, thankfully, it takes its time. Carefully directed by Andy Muschietti (who proved his chops with the 2013 spookfest Mama) the film is heavy with atmosphere... If only all remakes were made with this kind of care.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 10% The Emoji Movie (2017) What a fine, funny, family-friendly film The Emoji Movie is.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3.5/5 34% American Assassin (2017) After Atomic Blonde and The Hitman's Assassin, this terrifically paced, proficiently mounted outing is our third generous serving of high-quality action in rapid succession.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4.5/5 68% mother! (2017) [Darren] Aronofsky, who also wrote the screenplay, nails five of the common qualities nightmares share. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The film is a pleasant valentine to the notion of nations getting along, however distant a dream that might seem at the moment.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
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 77% 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 92% 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 93% 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 78% 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 86% 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 50% 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 67% The Wall (2017) Very tense, tight exercise in single-locale filmmaking by director Doug Liman.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 68% 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 78% 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 71% 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 90% 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 71% 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