Movies & Streaming Reviews

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


Red Sparrow; Winchester

RED SPARROW * (140 minutes) MA The latest offering from the usually wonderful and daring Jennifer Lawrence is a dud ...
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Black Panther; Lady Bird

BLACK PANTHER *** (134 minutes) M In a sensible world the arrival of Marvel’s Black Panther would be greeted as ...
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Fifty Shades Freed; The 15:17 to Paris; Winning

FIFTY SHADES FREED *** (105 minutes) MA Our favourite movie couple-of-the-moment are back to deliver a fairly satisfying, if dramatically ...
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Phantom Thread; Molly’s Game; The Jungle Bunch

NEW RELEASE MOVIE REVIEWS – 5 Feb PHANTOM THREAD **** (140 minutes) M It’s some credit to writer/director Paul Thomas ...
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Sweet Country; I, Tonya; Den of Thieves

SWEET COUNTRY *** (113 minutes) MA From esteemed indigenous director Warwick Thornton – whose 2009 breakthrough debut Samson & Delilah ...
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Maze Runner – The Death Cure; Swinging Safari; The Commuter; The Shape of Water

Maze Runner – The Death Cure; Swinging Safari; The Commuter; The Shape of Water MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE ***1/2 ...
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Oscar bait Heaven: Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post

The Post; Darkest Hour; The Nut Job 2

NEW RELEASE MOVIE REVIEWS – 12 Jan THE POST ***1/2 (116 minutes) M Much like 2015’s Spotlight, which took out ...
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Pitch Perfect 3; All the Money in the World; Big in Japan; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

NEW RELEASE MOVIE REVIEWS – 5 Jan PITCH PERFECT 3 **1/2 (93 minutes) M With the clock quickly running out ...
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Paddington 2; Ferdinand; Breathe; Coco; Downsizing; Jumanji; The Greatest Showman

PADDINGTON 2 ***1/2 (103 minutes) G Gleeful sequel to the 2014 hit family film that avoids the law of diminishing ...
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Wonder Wheel; Wonder; Secret Scripture

WONDER WHEEL *** (101 minutes) PG The latter-day gleaming of Woody Allen’s film career continues apace with his piercing 1950s ...
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