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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Jim Schembri A disturbing and dark tale of manipulation, alt-religion, bizarre rituals and debauchery that might just leave you aghast...Fans of 1973's classic The Wicker Man will appreciate Midsommar's respectful nods in the manner it delivers its deepest frights. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
1.5/5 Late Night (2019) Jim Schembri There wouldn't be a single minute of 30 Rock or Parks & Recreation that isn't funnier and more relevant than this film and its fumbling attempt to pursue a "woke" agenda about diversity, gender equality glass ceilings and male privilege...Groan-worthy. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
1/5 Palm Beach (2019) Jim Schembri A film so boring that after about 30 minutes you begin wishing for a meteor strike. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
3.5/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Jim Schembri The film is clearly designed as a tribute to the unfaltering courage of those men, yet it is not some hollow, patriotic flag waver, nor is there much glory in the outcome. The battle scenes are vivid, graphic and often brutal. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 Australian Dream (1987) Jim Schembri This detailed package of the media and public reaction to the actions and utterances of Adam Goodes is framed by his backstory and subsequent behaviour, yet there is enough fairly presented information in it for people to form an independent assessment. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jim Schembri It's Tarantino's love of incremental tension-building that really sells - and sets apart - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He's long proved a master at delivering great pay-offs and in that regard he might well have hit a career high point here. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
3.5/5 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Jim Schembri A remarkable documentary about a remarkable woman...[Director Pamela] Green re-assembles her life with deep respect and a palpable love for an artist who bypassed the dictates of convention and rewrote the rules to suit herself. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Public (2018) Jim Schembri Emilio Estevez shows his flair for ensemble directing here, sculpting an affecting, unusual urban drama about the warmth of compassion in a cold climate...A small gem of a film that takes a simple idea and gives it the oxygen and room to flourish. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jim Schembri Everything clicks perfectly into place in this mega-sized action-comedy both for fans of the franchise and for those in need of a thunderous, undemanding time-killer...There is so much testosterone gushing around you could go white-water rafting on it. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 () Jim Schembri Director Richard Lowenstein constructs a vivid, immersive portrait of Hutchence, his rise and fall, his romances and his life-altering encounters with happenstance and road rage. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/5 After (2019) Jim Schembri The leads give it all they've got, and Australian actress Josephine Langford is impressive given the limited range of her role. The film looks pretty and director Jenny Gage, to her credit, knows the rhythms of teen melodrama well. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Jim Schembri Here's a terrific example of how to do a reboot: you take an existing concept, hold on to the central premise, then rethink everything from the ground up...[the film] reminds us of how totally creepy movie dolls have been since 1945's Dead of Night. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Jim Schembri The spirits unleashed do a splendid job, creating a lot of fun, B-grade spookery using in-camera effects. There is digital work in the film, of course, but all the trickery adheres to a wonderfully effective old-school aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jim Schembri Most impressive here is the use of a European school excursion to emphasize Peter Parker's enduring appeal, that he is a mere teenager with raging hormones who is still learning about what it means to be a superhero. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Jim Schembri The powerhouse duo of director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) and rom-com screenwriting legend Richard Curtis (Love, Actually; Four Weddings, etc) deliver unto the world an extremely likeable, feather-light fable about music, love and plagiarism. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Jim Schembri It's a great follow up to The Big Sick for Kumail Nanjiani who has a very likeable, goofball presence. Bautista, too, gets some Mr Magoo-worthy laughs due to his poor eyesight. [But why] does a light-hearted action-comedy feel the need to be so violent[?] EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Jim Schembri Actress Olivia Wilde's wonderful directorial debut [is] a singularly unconventional, extremely funny, occasionally insightful tale of high school hijinx, girl talk and how reality can sometimes slap you in the face at the least convenient moment. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2.5/5 () Jim Schembri While we like to admire those who put themselves in harm's way for a cause they believe in, there is a difference between brave, crazy-brave and straight-out stupid. It would have been great to see that debated in the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Jim Schembri Made with Maradona's consent and co-operation, the unflattering portrait the film paints of his darker side suggests his editorial input was either negligible or that he dearly wanted all the warts of his story to be told. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Jim Schembri The film offers a truly visceral experience, creating the powerful illusion that the eight-day event is occurring in real time...It'd be a cold heart indeed who can watch this film without feeling a lump in the throat. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2.5/5 The White Crow (2018) Jim Schembri The solid final 20 minutes of the film demonstrate how strong a director Fiennes can be, but it's a slow, obviously deliberate build up that might test the patience of those who don't have a standing interest in the dancer or of this period in history. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Jim Schembri As with Aladdin, the chief virtue of this lavish remake will be to drive people to rewatch the original. With that said, this new Lion King is a terrific big-screen happening, a perfectly entertaining and engaging family film. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Jim Schembri We all know, having being reminded by the latest version of A Star is Born, that dreaming big in the movies often exacts a price, and the one facing Rose-Lynn makes for a gutsy, touching drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Jim Schembri Well-directed with a close eye by journeyman Finnish director Dome Karukoski, the film looks handsome and offers a well-rounded look at the English class system while also providing insights into the inspirations behind Tolkien's visions. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
1/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Jim Schembri Absolutely awful. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Jim Schembri Featuring a decent handful of great laugh-out-loud moments, Toy Story 4 is certainly terrific family entertainment, though it doesn't quite hit the emotional peaks delivered by Toy Story 3. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
1.5/5 Red Joan (2018) Jim Schembri This is the first movie in 22 years for director Trevor Nunn, and it really should be his last unless he demonstrates some flair for the medium...Red Joan doesn't even work as a cautionary tale about watching who you mix with at work. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jim Schembri Dark Phoenix is full of the grade-A action we've come to demand from these films. But what really sets it off is the dramatic focus on Jean's journey. This keeps things emotionally grounded, however fantastical the FX sequences get. It's quite a feat. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jim Schembri Surprisingly terrific... kudos to director Michael Dougherty for actually making us care about the family amidst all the expensive demolition of cities and landscape. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Jim Schembri A tightly packed, superbly mounted, decidedly barbed valentine...In keeping with the tradition of the best musicals, the song-and-dance scenes form an intrinsic part of the story [and] brim with creativity, energy and deliciously indulgent camera work. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Peterloo (2018) Jim Schembri It's a word-heavy drama, no doubt, but those attuned to Mike Leigh's cinema of discord and working-class anger will welcome it as one of his finest works. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Jim Schembri Once you get passed the rather obvious fact that Will Smith is no Robin Williams, Aladdin unspools as quite a zesty, funny, family-oriented, visually delightful magic carpet ride. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 2040 (2019) Jim Schembri Gameau pulls away from the apocalyptic doomsaying hard-wired into so much of the enviro-debate...Wisely, his speculations are restricted by the self-imposed discipline that they all need to be rooted in practices that already exist. A very smart move. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jim Schembri Fans of the first two Wick epics will have no complaints, thanks to the action being as superbly mounted and the sparks of humour being as straight-faced. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
3.5/5 Acute Misfortune (2018) Jim Schembri Full of rich imagery and insight, Wright's subtle direction examining the truths that lurk beneath the artist's skin...superbly done with top-notch performances and evocative cinematography. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 Poms (2019) Jim Schembri The romp is gentle in nature, cheeky in tone and is clearly determined to join Keaton's other recent films in presenting a polite yet resolute middle finger to those who stereotype the elderly. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/5 All Is True (2018) Jim Schembri It might well have been the fulfillment of some kind of dream for life-long Shakespeare devotee Kenneth Branagh to play The Bard in a movie. So it's perfectly apt that watching him in All Is True might well induce filmgoers into extended fits of slumber. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 The Hustle (2019) Jim Schembri An enjoyable, if unexceptional remake [with] sufficient laughs to make this carbon-copy worth the effort. [It's] the fourth recent example of a "feminised" remake [but] if there is some underlying motive for this trend it is yet to make itself apparent. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Jim Schembri Though overlong by about 20 minutes (in keeping with most American comedies) and with way too much cussing (in keeping with most Seth Rogen comedies), director Jonathan Levine plays on the rough-house chemistry between the leads. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
2/5 Top End Wedding (2019) Jim Schembri Sadly, for a film purporting to be a rom-com there are just too many awkward scenes, implausible romantic interludes and just not enough laughs...the story is pitted with inconsistencies and scenes that don't make emotional sense. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Jim Schembri Disney's latest live-action remake of a classic animated film is a largely lifeless, gloomy affair with little joy and lots of heavy-handed scenes about animal abuse and cold business ethics. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Jim Schembri Directed with manipulative precision by Justin Baldoni, the film fashions its doomed romance drama with an emphasis on hope and how being denied a future can serve to strengthen one's resolve to have one. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 Us (2019) Jim Schembri To give the film its due most of it is fine, unspooling as a proficient, 1980s-style horror film...But the moment the mayhem stops and the waffle begins, you quickly realise that Peele wants you to take his B-grade splatterfest very seriously, indeed. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Mid90s (2018) Jim Schembri A small, unorthodox social-realist gem with much to recommend it thanks to some fine naturalistic acting from a young cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Jim Schembri More focused on pleasing kids than most superhero films, the film is graced with breezy performances, a slick sense of humour and the theme that even superheroes can't do it alone. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 Destroyer (2018) Jim Schembri When the history of this generation's most accomplished actresses is written, Nicole Kidman will easily stand out as one of the bravest and most daring if her performance in Destroyer is anything to go by. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Hellboy (2019) Jim Schembri Fans will know what to expect, and will enjoy. Any hope that this film will inspire a series, though, is pretty remote. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Jim Schembri a top-notch nail-biter, dripping with atmosphere and boasting a host of creepy tropes expertly deployed to maximise a thick ambience of hope mixed with dread. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 The Aftermath (2019) Jim Schembri The nostalgic aura of old-fashioned wartime romances envelopes this fine, engaging, handsomely produced drama, spiced by an uncommon setting and top-self performances. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Wonder Park (2019) Jim Schembri Though the film's copious flash and dazzle will please kids, there's an awful lot of subtext going on here about facing your fear. This is coupled with some pretty nightmarish imagery involving the zombie-chimps, so take the film's PG rating seriously. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019