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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Charming, souffle-lite Christmas tale from British director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) about the imaginary adventure the young Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) went through while suffering a rare case of writer's block.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3.5/5 76% Shot Caller (2017) A tightly packed, top-shelf crime drama with a great cast. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3.5/5 89% Only the Brave (2017) The film also serves to highlight the dearth of such films in Australia. It's not as though there aren't similar heroes to celebrate, yet the persistence of cultural cringe seems to prevent local filmmakers from producing films such as Only the Brave.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 94% The Disaster Artist (2017) As with Ed Wood, which paid tribute to the director of Plan 9 From Outer Space - another film that does not deserve its reputation as one of the worst ever made - The Disaster Artist champions the value of persistence in the face of all odds.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/5 33% The Secret Scripture (2017) Fine, lush-looking, understated 2016 wartime drama from veteran Jim Sheridan...Perfect arthouse fare, this.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/5 86% Wonder (2017) Think of it as The Elephant Man for kids...How good it is to see a positive, message-driven film for kids at a time when the default mode of behaviour being instilled into them by TV and online culture is to be as nasty as possible.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/5 32% Wonder Wheel (2017) Woody Allen proved his knack for getting unexpectedly strong performances from unexpected sources when he cast comedian Andrew Dice Clay in Blue Jasmine. Here Allen does the same with Belushi's moving portrait of working-class decency.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/5 56% The Butterfly Tree (2017) Set in a quiet rural town, this visually rich romantic triangle puts a sharp edge on the usual coming-of-age template‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
2/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Fans of Gleeson (son of Brendan) will enjoy his fine, buttoned up performance, still the film does grind on.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 18% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) As far as family-friendly seasonal puffery goes it's a very well-handled, pleasant goof-a-rama.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Director Taika Waititi and his improbably buffed star Chris Hemsworth have deployed lashings of humour to grease the cogs of yet another wind-up franchise vehicle. And, to their credit, they've done a swell job.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
1.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 is breathtakingly dull...It barely has enough story to cover a 90-minute film let alone one that runs 164...It's punishingly slow, the performances are sullen and dour; nobody seems interested in being there...the film is a visual bore.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/5 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) This wonderfully entertaining, authentic-looking recreation captures the feverish spirit of the time as the nascent, all-powerful medium of television fed a media circus that publicised the event as a culture-shifting moment in modern history.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 54% 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 54% 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 51% 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 76% 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 87% 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 45% 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 88% 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 73% 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 40% 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 83% 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 84% 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 47% 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 99% 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 85% 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 9% 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 64% 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 92% 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 8% 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 60% 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 90% 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 46% 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