Brisbanista

Brisbanista is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Peter Gray
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Peter Gray An old fashioned star vehicle and arguably the most entertaining film Matt Damon and Christian Bale have attached themselves to in the last few years. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Peter Gray It's a strong adaptation, one that beautifully brings to life one of King's most interesting villains, and as an ambitious sequel, it's far stronger than it has any right to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 Happy New Year (2017) Peter Gray Could either alienate general audiences expecting something a little more even or rope enthusiasts in with its natural, hand-held aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Peter Gray Bloody, twisted, and hilarious, Ready or Not is an absolute treat as both a fresh offering for horror fans and cinema in general for 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Peter Gray As entertaining as it needs to be for a slice of Halloween-season escapism. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Peter Gray The most emotionally naked feature [Pedro Almodovar] has delivered yet. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Peter Gray A devastating watch that is likely to linger long after you've witnessed its goodbye. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
3/5 Gemini Man (2019) Peter Gray Whilst Gemini Man will sell itself on the 3D technology and the higher frame rate, it's the Smith v Smith hook that is ultimately the draw, and for the most part it's an effective enticement. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Peter Gray As ridiculous as the film proves to be, [Chris] Morris is always aware that truth is stranger than fiction, and The Day Shall Come revels in that mentality with a dark glee. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Peter Gray Rest now John Rambo, we've all had enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Peter Gray An investing, if overindulgent scare piece that, like its predecessor, succeeds on an emotional and comedic level. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Peter Gray An utterly engaging experience, [Lulu] Wang's film succeeds as both a form of entertainment and an intimate reminder of the importance of family. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Peter Gray Considering the ingredients on hand, I should've been demanding seconds rather than settling for mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Peter Gray Whether or not you're an enthusiast of gospel music ultimately is of no importance as it's difficult to not be swept away in the sheer magnitude of [Aretha] Franklin's vocals. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Peter Gray This is a story that demands an emotional reaction, and whether that be one of understanding or anger, The Nightingale is undoubtedly a movie that stays with you. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Peter Gray When the action genre of late has delivered such taut, smart affairs, it's hard to not want more than the basic level this fluff piece is operating on. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 Australian Dream (1987) Peter Gray So much more than just a documentary outlining an incident of abuse, The Australian Dream places a mirror against Australia's own history of burning racism and forces us to address it in a manner that can't easily be avoided EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Peter Gray This is very much Tarantino's love letter to Hollywood, to the episodic television of eras gone by, and to the Tinseltown set-up that has all but vanished from the landscapes of today's cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Peter Gray Appreciators of complex horror will be rewarded with another genre stand-out that addresses the fearfulness within relationships, the sound mind-frame of ritualistic practices, and the terror behind a masked religion. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Peter Gray A worthy venture out to bask in the gloriousness that is Emma Thompson. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Peter Gray This is a beautiful film to look at without question ... but the joy that radiates from a viewing of the aforementioned 1994 classic is unlikely to be experienced here. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 Stuber (2019) Peter Gray Squandering its potential with lazy, derivative framing, Stuber is an awkward journey that reaches its destination, but nowhere near as smoothly as you would like. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Peter Gray A gleeful disaster-horror outing that's best seen with an audience receptive to absurdity and bloodshed. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Peter Gray This triumphant sequel proves that there's still excitement and unpredictability to be found in a genre we keep thinking we've figured out. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Peter Gray If this homecoming is indicative of where the franchise could lead, perhaps this doll isn't as dead on arrival as expected. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Peter Gray There's a likeable sheen smeared over the story that's near-impossible to not succumb to. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 Child's Play (2019) Peter Gray Balancing both the more horrific slasher mentality of the original and the black humour the series eventually adopted, 2019's Child's Play works with its unhinged charm as it is completely aware of its ridiculous premise. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Peter Gray A finale that deserved to end with a bang is exiting with more an anti-climactic fizzle. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Peter Gray An unintelligible actioner that's components are ironically both bloated and shallow. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Peter Gray There's an artificiality to the proceedings here that both strips [Guy] Ritchie's directorial presence of any identity and hinders the film in a manner of aesthetic naturality. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Peter Gray It's difficult to harbour any ill will against the film as both a continuing chapter in a larger story and a strikingly shot balletic thriller on its own accord. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 Poms (2019) Peter Gray A safe comedy that'll play successfully to an older, less jaded crowd, Poms may not execute the grandest routine but working with what it has at its disposal, it sticks its landing with an unmatched enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Peter Gray Aided by a visual pallet that's fittingly exciting and a surprising charm that manages to extend the film outside Pokemon enthusiasts too ... can sit comfortably as one of the more successful videogame adaptations in recent memory. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Peter Gray A huge, monumental feature that will at once please, torture, frustrate, and delight its dedicated fanbase EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Peter Gray Consistently entertaining and further proof that not all comic entrants have to take themselves so seriously EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Peter Gray Survives on nostalgia and good faith rather than telling a story that brings new ingredients to the recipe EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Gringo (2018) Peter Gray An oft-hilarious, though not entirely seamless outing that survives mostly on the talented ensemble at its core EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 Hereditary (2018) Peter Gray Less a horror film and more a psychological attack on the senses, unnerving its audience and evidently delighting itself in doing so EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 Tag (2018) Peter Gray For a movie based on both a fantastical story and a joyous childhood activity, the wit and whimsy is sadly too sporadic EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Peter Gray Worth the wait in nearly every manner, Incredibles 2 is arguably the strongest sequel from the Pixar crew outside of the Toy Story series EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Adrift (2018) Peter Gray Ultimately highlights the power of one's hope and will to survive, with [Shailene] Woodley failing to weaken at any moment; this is a powerful, dedicated performance - one that stands as an enactment so strong, it's worth the price of admission alone EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Peter Gray It's a brutal film, and not one necessarily viewed for enjoyment, but such is the power of its creators that we can't help but watch what unfolds in front of us EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
1/5 Overboard (2018) Peter Gray Save the original and let Overboard '18 sink to the depths where it belongs EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Peter Gray If 2008's surprise success adaption of the musical stageshow Mamma Mia was Swede pop troupe ABBA's greatest hits, the decade-on sequel - bi-lined Here We Go Again - is the filler track equivalent EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Peter Gray A sequel only in name and not by nature, The Equalizer 2 doesn't differentiate itself from any number of the countless male-driven action projects doing the rounds these days EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 The Meg (2018) Peter Gray Overall, the cheese should've been thicker, the pleasure should've been more guilty, and the bad should've been better EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 The Darkest Minds (2018) Peter Gray Given that the young adult novel adaption phase has seemingly fizzled out, a product like The Darkest Minds feels like it's arriving a good 5 years too late EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Book Club (2018) Peter Gray The film proves entertaining enough to pass the time with a quartet of women, who even when saddled with mediocre material, rise to the occasion time and time again EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 The Happytime Murders (2018) Peter Gray No one will ever praise this film as a prime example of the comedy genre EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 Mile 22 (2018) Peter Gray Doesn't develop enough of a personality to sustain the interest needed to invest beyond surface level aesthetics EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019