Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


‘Becoming Cousteau’ a worthy tribute to the legendary filmmaker, explorer and pioneering environmental activist, flaws and all

Marine boy: Filmmaker and explorer Jacques Cousteau is profiled in ‘Becoming Cousteau’. BECOMING COUSTEAU ***1/2 (93 minutes) M Though we ...
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‘Love You Like That’: an Oz rom-com so bad it’s excruciating

Who’s that girl?: Allira Jaques plays a mystery woman in ‘Love You Like That’. LOVE YOU LIKE THAT 1/2 (103 ...
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Hilarious blend of spot-on social satire and Pythonesque silliness are served up in target-rich Australian sketch series ‘The Moth Effect’

Comedy gold: This Q-Anon quartet is ready for makeover action in ‘The Moth Effect’. THE MOTH EFFECT **** (108 minutes; ...
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Riffing on ‘Rear Window’, first-class, twist-laden mystery-thriller ‘The Voyeurs’ plays on the dangers when dark fantasies turn real

Only looking: Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith star in and as ‘The Voyeurs’. THE VOYEURS **** (116 minutes) R Oh, ...
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Slick action film ‘Kate’ comes with a strong female lead, fabulous fight sequences, a huge body count and fountains of movie blood

Echoes of Ripley: Mary Elizabeth Winstead takes aim in the action film “Kate’. KATE ***1/2 (107 minutes) MA The life ...
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Documentary ‘A Fire Inside’ pays powerful tribute to the volunteers who faced bushfires and the mental health trauma that followed

Fighting spirit: The trauma of firefighting is laid bare in the documentary ‘A Fire Inside’. A FIRE INSIDE **** (92 ...
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‘Waiting for Anya’ a limp wartime melodrama with weak performances

Praying won’t help: An unimpressive Anjelica Huston stars in ‘Waiting for Anya’. WAITING FOR ANYA * (109 minutes) M You’d ...
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Cancel-proof Dave Chappelle applies a friendly blowtorch to LGBTQ+ politics in hilarious, hot-button, anti-woke special ‘The Closer’

No filter: Dave Chappelle pushes back against cancel culture in ‘The Closer’. DAVE CHAPPELLE: THE CLOSER **** (73 minutes) MA ...
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‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ a proficient throwback slasher

Mask up: A psycho is on the loose in the old-school slasher ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’. THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE ...
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‘Attack of the Hollywood Clichés’ a fun look at movie tropes

Funny guy: Rob Lowe hosts ‘Attack of the Hollywood Clichés’. ATTACK OF THE HOLYWOOD CLICHES *** (59 minutes) MA A ...
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