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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 () Jim Schembri A winning, girl-against-the-world tale of personal triumph that dutifully follows all the family film conventions to deliver a yarn that is satisfying and heartfelt... an impressive debut for actor Rachel Griffiths, who embraces the need for big moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
2/5 UglyDolls (2019) Jim Schembri [A] word-heavy, woke animation...The messaging comes with sledgehammer subtlety, the visuals offer a world of candy-coloured dullness and, despite a stellar voice cast veteran animator and director Kelly Asbury just can't bring the affair to life. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
2.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jim Schembri While it hits its marks as a sweet family-film it does register as a disappointment...[it's] certainly pleasant, inoffensive and visually splashy. But was it really too much to hope that the film might have a bit of grit in it, such as a decent villain? EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3.5/5 Robin Hood (2018) Jim Schembri The latest stab at one of England's favourite folk heroes is a deliciously punked out, hyped up, super-charged action flick...Hook into the crazy swing of the film and you're in for a sweet ride. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/5 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Jim Schembri It's fine B-grade mulch, but it's certainly no masterpiece...it's surprising, and a tad disheartening, how readily Fury Road falls into line with so many other production-line blockbusters. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/5 Disobedience (2017) Jim Schembri Director Sebastian Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) infuses touches of eroticism in this quietly disruptive portrayal of a wayward woman (Rachel Weisz) whose return home brings with it a series of conflicting values and battles about personal freedom. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 Brother's Nest (2018) Jim Schembri There's plenty of dark comic tension here as the moment of truth slowly approaches, with Clayton Jacobson, who directed brother Shane in the 2006 hit comedy Kenny, proving himself a very skilled director. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jim Schembri Kids who like having the life scared out of them will especially enjoy the bedroom scene in this film, which appears to have been designed from universal childhood nightmares about monsters in the closet. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Jim Schembri Brad Bird's vibrant, relentlessly paced sequel to his 2004 animation classic is not only a superior film, it ironically offers a refreshing, slick alternative to all the mega-sized superhero films that have invaded the multiplex. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 Tag (2018) Jim Schembri A feather-light homage to male bonding and good-natured one-upmanship. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
2.5/5 Ideal Home (2018) Jim Schembri Likeable if unremarkable adult comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 Cargo (2018) Jim Schembri Proficiently directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, with some haunting cinematography and great editing, the story really moves across the jagged, threatening landscape. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Jim Schembri No doubt, Marvel fanboys will continue wondering how snugly Deadpool fits into the whole Marvel Comic Universe. It's an issue that keeps some people up at nights. For everyone else, chalk this up as an OK timer killer EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
1.5/5 Breath (2017) Jim Schembri Despite its strained attempts at being a pensive, prestige picture, Breath is full of longueurs and thinly-drawn, dull characters who spend too much time staring off into the middle distance, a gesture that has become a cliche of Australian films. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2018
3/5 Unsane (2018) Jim Schembri The nightmare scenario of being wrongly locked up in prison or, worse still, a mental asylum gets a good going over by writer/director/cinematographer Stephen Soderbergh in a nifty little shocker that plays like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/5 I Feel Pretty (2018) Jim Schembri A well-meaning, well-done comedy about body image and self-respect that delivers its unfortunately timely message to young women with the subtlety of, well, an Amy Schumer comedy. It's ham-fisted, sure, but it works. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
1/5 Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) Jim Schembri Chalk this dreary biblical drama up as a worthy companion piece to Mary Magdalene. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018