Jim Schembri Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 100% Wayne (2018) The film deftly touches on Australia's cultural cringe as Gardner admits how his class made him feel unworthy of the accolades he had earned.‐ 3AW
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3.5/5 99% McQueen (2018) The brilliant work and troubled soul of young British fashion titan Alexander McQueen is vividly captured in this extraordinary documentary. Sad and celebratory in equal measure.‐ 3AW
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4/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) [A] spirited film offers a surprisingly delicate, funny, occasionally barbed account of middle-age malaise...a real gem, and one of the most satisfying romances thus far this year.‐ 3AW
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3/5 100% Ghosthunter (2018) Ghosthunter is a very unusual, unexpectedly powerful bio-doc about the life-long aftershocks of abuse and the search for a missing father.‐ 3AW
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3/5 33% The Predator (2018) Everybody's favourite multi-jawed dreadlocked alien monster is back for a fun, throwaway action splurge. With a large dollop of humour, the film plays like the latest sequel in the Predator series rather than as any attempt to makeover the formula.‐ 3AW
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2/5 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Gore-movie maestro Eli Roth (Hostel) tries changing his spots with this multiplex effort but struggles to conjure up a family film of any real distinction or character.‐ 3AW
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3/5 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) As physically elastic as ever, Rowan Atkinson proves to be very funny in his third James Bond spoof, a nutty, picturesque adventure through Europe that easily out-jokes the previous two films combined.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
1.5/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) Ewan McGregor tries hard to breath life into his character but Marc Foster's lumbering direction renders the sluggish adventure a dirge. Only when Pooh & Co find their way to the city does some Disney magic ignite.‐ 3AW
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2.5/5 27% The Nun (2018) It's nuns amok in this bleak, deeply cliched yet effective supernatural spookster.‐ 3AW
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3.5/5 93% Searching (2018) This really is tantalizing stuff that elicits old-school thrills from new-school technology.‐ 3AW
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3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Following, quite unashamedly, in the wake of Gone Girl comes another enjoyably trashy femme-noir thriller that plays on the allure of transgressive naughtiness in supposedly wholesome suburbia.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 83% Ladies in Black (2018) As a light, lovely-looking entertainment, Ladies in Black is a superlative chick flick that celebrates femininity and independence as mutually supportive qualities...the film also champions how Australia was built by a rich mix of cultures. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 70% Jirga (2018) Directed by Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion) Jirga is a little film with a lot to say. Shot on location and making the most of the stark, surreal beauty of its landscapes, Smith's lonely soldier is a study of moral determination driven by inner suffering.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 29% Night School (2018) Any film that celebrates the value of education and its ability to improve one's prospects deserves major kudos. Kevin Hart has a huge black audience in the US so it seems he's keen to work in some positive messaging amidst all the pratfalls.‐ 3AW
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4/5 81% Alpha (2018) An engrossing survival film about the plight of prehistoric people trying to make ends meet amidst the beauty and savagery of a landscape they are a few aeons from dominating.‐ 3AW
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3.5/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) If tradition is any guide, Joaquin Phoenix is at least up for a nomination for his sterling work as John Callahan, the American cartoonist who only found fame, fortune and a degree of self-esteem after his drunken adventures lead to a road accident. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 78% The Merger (2018) There's no question the film, directed with careful attention not to offend by Mark Grentell, has its heart in the right place as the film bounces around the idea of accepting people of other lands into the community. If only the film was funnier. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Marvel Studios have now officially hit the bottom of the barrel as one of its third-rate, C-grade creations known mainly to Marvel's fanboy base gets his own mediocre movie.‐ 3AW
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3/5 88% American Animals (2018) An absorbing, detailed, unintentionally humourous account of [a] hare-brained heist.‐ 3AW
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3.5/5 40% 1% (2017) A blistering, unflinching, full-throttle drama about how the crashing of egos and ambitions can bring out the most toxic behaviours in men and women.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A playful, skillfully conceived mind-bender that grabs hold of you early and doesn't let up.‐ 3AW
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4/5 88% First Man (2018) With the visual veracity of a documentary, Damien Chazelle's superb chronicle of the Space Race that lead to the 1969 Moon landing is a sterling work that goes to extraordinary lengths highlighting the risks these crazy-brave men took.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Transposed into the era of sudden fame and instant shame, the film glistens as a cautionary tale about self-respect, self-delusion and self-destruction...what is especially admirable is the film's fidelity to the original's heart-breaking final reel.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) There are some neat, inventive scares in this cheeky, far-superior sequel.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2/5 81% Ghost Stories (2018) A few fleeting moments of well-directed tension in the first yarn about a nightwatchman can't make-up for the copy-cat contrivances of the rest of the film. ‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) A well-meaning cautionary tale with very good intentions and almost no sense of pace...the film has some poignant moments where the family rises above the crisis, but the piece is very long and overwhelmingly glum.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet An Interview With God (2018) Burning through a thick layer of cynicism, (Brenton) Thwaites infuses the film's premise with an earthiness and desperation as he tries keeping his life from spinning out of control. Not a bad film, this, though it is, after all, a sermon at heart.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) In yet another example of a franchise that refuses to die here comes the 11th Halloween film, and while it's not brilliant or terribly clever it is certainly good enough and scary enough to make up for some of the more awful sequels in the series.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Book Week (2018) There are very good performances all round in this low-budget Aussie ensemble comedy, but with so much going on it's sometimes hard keeping track of all the story threads.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Cleaners (2018) The line between responsible oversight and outright censorship on the internet is explored in great detail in this absorbing German documentary...A terrific documentary, timely and more than a little frightening.‐ 3AW
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3/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The latest anti-Republican tirade from the Oscar-winning maker of films that some people mistake for documentaries is actually quite a hoot...Most of the film is the usual partisan BS, cleverly packaged in a way that even Moore's detractors will enjoy.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Charming (2018) Kids probably won't pick up on the forced, pro-feminist theme here, but the film unspools like something that's been politically corrected to within an inch of its life.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 36% Hunter Killer (2018) An extremely entertaining, cookie-cut action thriller that falls straight in line with Crimson Tide, K-19 and The Hunt for Red October...If you like your Hollywood military porn large and flashy Hunter Killer is a marvelous made-to-order time killer.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Actor Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) proves himself an adept, understated and nuanced dramatic director with his feature debut about a troubled marriage...A terrific, compelling drama.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The long-awaited, much-feared biopic of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury turns out, thankfully, to be a respectable and respectful tribute to glam rock's most flamboyant ambassador...Rami Malek carries the film with aplomb.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
43% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Ten years on, the drama is still too slow but the film is far more watchable in the comfort of one's home with the pause button at the ready. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
100% Kenny (2008) Few comic characters come with that degree of wit, let alone a philosophy.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg team up again for another action film...it delivers lashings of frenetically edited fire fights and fireballs. Yelling. Smashing glass. Twirling cars. Muzzle flash. You know the drill.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A funny, feel good, crowd-pleasing movie [but it's] not the ground-breaker it's being made out to be. It's simply the latest logical progression in the growing prominence of Asians in Western films, something that has been evolving for more than 60 years.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 80% West of Sunshine (2017) Strong scenes abound, though there are some major stumbles in the film's tonal shifts as well as some inconsistencies in the story. Still, the film can't be faulted for its ambition or its widescreen cinematography.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 100% Working Class Boy (2018) A raw and uncomfortably honest self-portrait that is often terribly sad and moving...As far as tributes go, this definitely is a worthy one, driven by the values of survival, persistence and hope.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) So long as you don't mind low-flying gags about sex, smut, violence and other adult topics you'll have a ball with this. This reviewer certainly found a lot of the film laugh-out-loud funny, mainly because of how elaborately preposterous it is.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 49% Superfly (2018) [This] full-bodied remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film might not be much of a morality tale but it is a very well-constructed crime drama, directed by Julien Christian Lutz who apparently has a great love for the vernacular of the streets.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) McKinnon, who has been something of a blur in films such as Ghostbusters and Rough Night, really comes up a treat here, bouncing off Kunis with a ditzy, infectious energy. With little interest in proprieties, she's a hoot and a joy to watch.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) The leads put in terrific, touching work in this downbeat, introspective period drama, the backdrop of Chesil Beach providing a picturesque yet overcast frame to their dilemma.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fĂȘte) (2017) The shenanigans and the mishaps are consistently funny and executed in the best possible taste. It's an enjoyable treat from the French, whose dedication to comedy remains one of their more admirable traits.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.5/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) this tripe is thinly plotted and moves at a snail's pace...[yet] as mind-numbing as the film is, it does manage to raise a chief question, which is: how many more of these dystopian teen action flicks are we supposed to sit through?‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 21% Submergence (2018) Patience is a quality you need to endure a lot of Wim Wenders' work, and sometimes the payoffs have been terrible. Here, though, is one of his more inclusive and absorbing works that rewards the attention he demands.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 45% The Meg (2018) Think of Jaws on steroids and you've pretty much got in a nutshell what The Meg is like: it really is just an old-fashioned B-grade matinee monster movie with A-grade production values and a marvellously improbable beast at the centre of all the action.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 88% Whitney (2018) The film sanguinely captures the razor's edge of planetary fame as well as the long-term consequences of childhood trauma. It's a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in the Whitney Houston story.‐ 3AW
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018