Movies & Streaming Reviews

The latest movies & streaming reviews from Jim Schembri, professional film reviewer since 1980.


Ambitious Oz fantasy adventure falls short of its high-concept vision (includes interview with director Joanne Samuel)

All in this together: Five very different teens find common purpose in ‘The Legend of the Five’. THE LEGEND OF ...
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Passable, forgettable family fantasy fare in ‘Four Kids and It’

Get off my sand: Michael Caine provides the voice to the mythical Psammead creature in ‘Four Kids and It’. FOUR ...
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Holocaust horrors hit American post-war suburbia in the dark drama ‘The Secrets We Keep’

Horror revisited: A woman kidnaps a man she suspects of Nazi war crimes in ‘The Secrets We Keep’. THE SECRETS ...
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Bloated ‘Mulan’ remake a dour attempt at a girl-power spectacle

Bring it on: A girl masquerades as a boy to join the army and protect the Emperor in Disney’s ‘Mulan’ ...
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Kevin James up-ends his nice-guy image in gruesome, throwaway gorefest ‘Becky’

Who’s there? Bad guy Kevin James and defiant tween Lulu Wilson face-off in the thriller ‘Becky’. BECKY *** (93 minutes) ...
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The Helen Reddy biopic ‘I Am Woman’ is an OK tribute – with two major story fails and a backhander to modern feminism

Giving voice: Helen Reddy (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) sings up a storm in ‘I Am Woman’. I AM WOMAN **1/2 (115 minutes) ...
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Latest Reviews: Les Misérables; Deerskin; La Belle Epoque; Made in Italy; Blood Vessel

Us against them: Three French cops confront the violence of a poor Parisian neighbourhood in the crime drama ‘Les Misérables’ ...
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MIFF 2020: High ideals flounder on the high seas in adventure doco ‘The Leadership’ (includes interview with director Ili Baré)

Taking charge: Expedition leader Fabian Dattner has her hands full in ‘The Leadership’. THE LEADERSHIP ***1/2 (97 minutes) Knowing you ...
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MIFF 2020: La Llorona, Martin Margiela in his Own Words plus reviews of top Oz short films The Moogai, Tâm & Day in the Life

Hold on tight: A mother fears a ghost wants her baby in the horror short film ‘The Moogai’. The art ...
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MIFF 2020 A selection of must-see gems + interviews with Shalini Kantayya & Allison Chhorn

Reaching out: A desperate father fights his inner demons to hold on to his family in ‘The Killing of Two ...
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