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Jim Schembri

Jim Schembri
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 36% 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 90% 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 87% 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 90% 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 51% 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 46% 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
3/5 17% The Space Between Us (2017) It's a tough task blending teen romance with sci-fi, but director Peter Chelsom concocts a pretty good hybrid in a film that delivers some enjoyable high-concept story ideas while turning the trusty fish-out-of-water convention up to 11. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
3.5/5 89% Loving (2016) A big part of the appeal of Loving is its modesty and lack of histrionics, which sets it apart from the other Oscar-nominated films...It's that lack of self-importance that underscores the quiet power of this remarkable, moving film. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
2/5 80% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) His life might have been cinematic but this choppy film certainly isn't...this largely uncritical valentine to the veteran film lover and movie critic feels like a primed-for-TV documentary. And, as it turns out, it is. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
2.5/5 17% A Few Less Men (2016) Anyone with an aversion to jokes about farts or penises should steer clear of this consistently silly, defiantly enjoyable low-brow Aussie comedy. All else will enjoy the film's breezy lack of pretense, love of cheap gags and bursts of slapstick.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
3/5 48% Alone in Berlin (2017) Gleeson shines here as a man of few words who channels his anger into action. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
3.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) There's some mandatory enviro-messaging amidst all the mayhem - respect the wild, man does not have dominion over the earth, etc - but this really is a giant serving of joyful, disposable blockbuster mulch, full of lovely, mega-sized beasts.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
1/5 93% Arrival (2016) A yawn-inducing snoozefest that borrows from every science fiction film from The Day the Earth Stood Still to Contact...Those hungry for a good old-school, alien-based sci-fi adventure will decry the films lack of ray guns. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
3/5 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A good way to describe this film is like the cinematic version of a Kinder surprise, with a ripping B-grade badlands thriller wrapped inside an A-grade art movie. It certainly is edge-of-the-seat stuff.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
1.5/5 72% Jasper Jones (2016) The film's story is pitted with plotholes of implausibility that continually take you out of the picture, robbing the film almost entirely of tension... the film's myriad flaws can be characterised as basic violations of common sense and consistency.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) The plot-heavy, dialogue-driven film strongly evokes what it is like living in a morally elastic atmosphere where the rules of conduct are driven more by convenience than conscience.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) The film pulls out all the stops to deliver an emotionally and viscerally satisfying experience. It works so well it easily qualifies as the best movie of the entire X-Men franchise as well as one of the best in the increasingly tired superhero genre.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
1.5/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) The film features a lot of that specifically American semi-improvised style of comedic acting where the actors act as though they've either forgotten what they're about to say, or have suddenly remembered it.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/5 100% The Family (2016) Absorbing investigative documentary about the Melbourne-based cult that brainwashed children in preparation for the Apocalypse...This is a story crying out to be turned into feature.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The Trainspotting team have managed to come up with one of the best examples of how good sequels work.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 85% Silence (2017) As one of the unarguable geniuses of American cinema, Martin Scorsese essentially makes two types of films: those soul-searching works that explore the spiritual side of the human condition; and those films you can watch without losing consciousness. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) A fantasy monster movie starring Matt Damon and a few hundred thousand digitally rendered dragons.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Directed with Oscar-baiting flourish by Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures works well as a well-meaning, corrective history lesson designed to honour the talented women who worked away in historical silence while castigating the system that oppressed them.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Veteran British director Roger Spottiswoode (Turner & Hooch; Mesmer) doesn't push the cute factor beyond endurance and punches through some points about some of the harsher realities of poverty in modern Britain.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
2.5/5 93% Fences (2016) The inordinate length of the piece and the constantly descending tone of the drama results in an ultimately heavy, draining experience from a director who should have been braver in breaking out of the constraints of its stage origins.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/5 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) A well-made sex melodrama designed for the mommy-porn loving masses. It's like a soap opera with bondage, or Mills & Boon with whips and handcuffs...it offers soft-centred transgression for supermarket shoppers, polite perversion for the multiplex.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017