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Rating Title/Year Author
A The Report (2019) Matthew Toomey You won't find many other films released year that have as much to offer as The Report. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
C+ Last Christmas (2019) Matthew Toomey It's as if the writers have created a character too neurotic and too unlikeable. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B Doctor Sleep (2019) Matthew Toomey Steering clear of clichés, Doctor Sleep will keep you interested and keep you thinking. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Matthew Toomey The standout ingredient in this film is the return of Linda Hamilton. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
A- Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Matthew Toomey Jillian Bell is outstanding in the way she captures her character's fragile nature and also in the way she balances laughs with poignancy. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B Ready or Not (2019) Matthew Toomey It's never easy creating something fresh within the well-worn horror genre but Ready or Not deserves praise for its cool concept. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
C+ After the Wedding (2019) Matthew Toomey It feels like all these characters are tiptoeing around certain subject matters for the purpose of prolonging the narrative. Why are they so afraid of asking obvious questions? EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
C Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Matthew Toomey Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is likely to have its fans given their admiration for the original but when compared to the aforementioned films, it's sorely lacking. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B+ Judy (2019) Matthew Toomey The weaknesses in the script are negated by the stunning performance of Renée Zellweger. The casting is perfect and she does a wonderful job capturing Garland's blend of egotism and insecurity. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Hustlers (2019) Matthew Toomey Hustlers is an appealing drama with strong performances, genuine laughs and a winning soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B Gemini Man (2019) Matthew Toomey It's no masterpiece but Gemini Man warrants a look. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
A- Joker (2019) Matthew Toomey Writer-director Todd Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver are taking societal problems that you might see explored in a Ken Loach film and bringing them into the superhero realm. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
C+ The Goldfinch (2019) Matthew Toomey It struggles when it comes to character development and relevance. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B- () Matthew Toomey Part of me wishes they'd have gone with a documentary given the cheesy, contrived nature of certain scenes. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Matthew Toomey The film never takes itself too seriously which is part of the reason it will entertain younger audiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Good Boys (2019) Matthew Toomey Finishing on a strong note with a hilarious musical number, Good Boys is good stuff. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Downton Abbey (2019) Matthew Toomey Featuring the familiar music of John Lunn, Downton Abbey captures the era and is jolly good fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) Matthew Toomey I wasn't wowed by the big finale but with a stronger cast and some well-choreographed set pieces, It Chapter Two improves on its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- The Farewell (2019) Matthew Toomey The Farewell celebrates diversity whilst recognising the emotional similarities that connect us. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- Amazing Grace (2018) Matthew Toomey There's nothing particularly special about the way the documentary has been shot (the cinematography is all over the place) but it still holds a powerful allure given the magnitude of the moment. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A The Nightingale (2018) Matthew Toomey Filled with exceptional performances, The Nightingale is a confronting, powerful drama that is not easily forgotten. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
C- Angel Has Fallen (2019) Matthew Toomey You could watch an episode of Scooby Doo and find more interesting villains with better crafted plans. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A Australian Dream (1987) Matthew Toomey My wish is that every Australian see this film. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
C+ Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Matthew Toomey Quentin Tarantino has spared no expense in recreating the splendour of 1960s Los Angeles but there are lengthy sequences where the film is more interested in the setting than the characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B Late Night (2019) Matthew Toomey It's too much of a Cinderella-story in places but for the most part, this is still an entertaining, feel-good comedy-drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
B+ Palm Beach (2019) Matthew Toomey From the delivery of the dialogue to the subtle reactions in key scenes, the experienced cast do an outstanding job of making these characters interesting and authentic. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
C+ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matthew Toomey There's almost no tension as our two "heroes" seem more interested in delivering comedic one-liners than helping friends in perilous situations. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
B+ The Public (2018) Matthew Toomey Leaving you with something to think about as you leave the cinema, The Public is both entertaining and informative. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
B- Trautmann (2018) Matthew Toomey This may be a true story but the structure of the screenplay makes it feel like a cheesy rom-com at times. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
A- Diego Maradona (2019) Matthew Toomey You don't need to be a sports fan to take something away from Diego Maradona. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
C+ The Lion King (2019) Matthew Toomey The film is likely to be admired by a new generation of young kids but when looking at this through a critical eye, the 1994 movie did it much better. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
A- Parasite (2019) Matthew Toomey Parasite is weird, funny and unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
C+ Yesterday (2019) Matthew Toomey While I'm sure it will appeal to Beatles fans, Curtis has erred in structuring the story as a formulaic rom-com. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
A Toy Story 4 (2019) Matthew Toomey If you're looking for a reason to smile, Toy Story 4 will provide. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
A- Never Look Away (2018) Matthew Toomey A few may balk at the lengthy 188 minute running time but Never Look Away is an absorbing drama that looks at the interaction between art and society. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
C+ Men in Black: International (2019) Matthew Toomey In trying to act overly cool and funny, these heroes come off as fake and boring. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B+ Tolkien (2019) Matthew Toomey Tolkien is a beautiful told tale that shows the value of strong, supportive friends and how they can shape our lives, our decisions and our personalities. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B Matrimonio italiano (2018) Matthew Toomey My Big Gay Italian Wedding is a likeable crowd pleaser with plenty of genuine giggles. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
C+ Red Joan (2018) Matthew Toomey It's an intriguing true story but Red Joan isn't the slick, gripping thriller you might expect. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
C+ Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matthew Toomey In the same vein as the 2014 film, I'd argue that the human characters in this movie have the charisma of a wet sponge. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- Rocketman (2019) Matthew Toomey It's fun and it's flashy but it's too hard to shake the shallowness and simplicity of the screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B Aladdin (2019) Matthew Toomey Whilst I wasn't sure about the need for the movie, it's still a cool story to revisit. It's light, humorous and appealing. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B+ 2040 (2019) Matthew Toomey Even if you're a climate change denier, many of the ideas Gameau puts forward can be extremely beneficial in terms of pure economic value. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B+ John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matthew Toomey In keeping with the style of the previous two flicks, director Chad Stahelski makes the film "stand out" with colourful production design and a strong editing. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B- Peterloo (2018) Matthew Toomey Peterloo deserves credit for trying to tackle complex issues but it struggles to create something that is interesting and engaging. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B Poms (2019) Matthew Toomey There's strong comedic chemistry between its largely female cast and there's some well-delivered banter between two great actresses, Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
C+ All Is True (2018) Matthew Toomey Some will enjoy this imagining of Shakespeare's world but I struggled to see the value. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B- Long Shot (2019) Matthew Toomey Long Shot has a few good laughs but they're not quite enough to make up for its broader shortcomings. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B Top End Wedding (2019) Matthew Toomey While the opening hour is messy, Top End Wedding delivers in the final act with a heartfelt, emotional finale. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
A- Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matthew Toomey With plenty of surprises and the right mix between comedy and drama, Avengers: Endgame lives up to its hype EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019