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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"You're unlikely to forget Streep's vindictive persona and sharp insults any time soon."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Matthew Toomey

2 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Not only is the film an interesting real-life drama, it also works as a buddy comedy thanks to the versatile performances of both Steve Coogan and Judi Dench."

Posted Dec 25, 2013

Matthew Toomey

3 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Frozen succeeds because of its great story and its catchy musical numbers."

Posted Dec 25, 2013

Matthew Toomey

4 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"The film strives for laughs but offering moments that are both random and bizarre. Most of them don't work."

Posted Dec 25, 2013

Matthew Toomey

5 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"American Hustle isn't a bad film... but it's certainly an overrated one."

Posted Dec 25, 2013

Matthew Toomey

6 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Daniel Radcliffe and star-the-making Dane DeHaan deliver superb performances that tap into their character's respective insecurities."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Matthew Toomey

7 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"I realise this is a far-fetched comedy but his interaction with some of the kids feels too forced, too scripted."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Matthew Toomey

8 68%

One Chance (2014)

"I'm not dissing the achievements of Paul Potts but this is a formulaic exercise in "feel good" cinema that fails to recreate this inspirational tale."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Matthew Toomey

9 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Events feel a little rushed at times but the strength of the story and its characters make this a series I've become a big fan of."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Matthew Toomey

10 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"There's nothing in The Fifth Estate that will challenge opinions or give a fresh perspective on Assange and Wikileaks."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Matthew Toomey

11 60%

Mr. Pip (2014)

"I found this film hard to embrace. Mr Watts is a strange character who seems to create problems for himself when he doesn't need to."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Matthew Toomey

12 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Despite its credibility issues, the film is still able to deliver an emotional finale."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Matthew Toomey

13 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"With so many actors and so many subplots, it felt like I was watching a rushed chronology of civil rights events than an engaging, character-driven story."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Matthew Toomey

14 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"I wouldn't set your expectations too high but the film is still worth a look for its comedic moments (which dominate the highlight reel)."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Matthew Toomey

15 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"I can't see too many people being disappointed with the complete package that is Captain Phillips."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Matthew Toomey

16 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"This is a beautiful film to watch."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Matthew Toomey

17 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"He's the film's most interesting character and it's a great performance from Jake Gyllenhaal."

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Matthew Toomey

18 69%

About Time (2013)

"The nervous, insecure Gleeson and the sweet, level-headed McAdams make a nice pair."

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Matthew Toomey

19 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"The best scenes involve Washington and Wahlberg arguing and trying to get the better of each other. If you're a fan of either actor, you're likely to enjoy this. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Matthew Toomey

20 8%

Diana (2013)

"I've seen Nicholas Sparks adaptations that were more credible than this."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Matthew Toomey

21 89%

Rush (2013)

"Rush provides an exciting sporting spectacle but more importantly, it makes a few thought-provoking observations about the value of a great rivalry."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Matthew Toomey

22 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Gravity shows how to extract maximum tension from a minimalist story."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Matthew Toomey

23 92%

The Turning ()

"While The Turning didn't fully satisfy my cinematic appetite, at least it's bold enough to be different. I'm glad to have seen it."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Matthew Toomey

24 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Just when you think you know where it's heading and what it's emphasising... the film unexpectedly changes direction. It's so beautifully done."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Matthew Toomey

25 67%

Turbo (2013)

"I'd like to see family-oriented flicks take a few more chances but for what it is, Turbo makes for decent viewing."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Matthew Toomey

26 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"One Direction: This Is Us feels like a 90 minute advertisement that has been created to further promote the One Direction brand."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Matthew Toomey

27 58%

Riddick (2013)

"Put simply, it's not a great film but it's still watchable."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Matthew Toomey

28 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"If you're someone who likes to put together a top 10 list at the end of each year, see Blue Jasmine and you'll only need to find 9 more."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Matthew Toomey

29 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Characters behave in a manner that often doesn't make sense. It's like watching a bad horror movie where the victims act as if they want to get caught."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Matthew Toomey

30 27%

Jobs (2013)

"While it may be of interest to some, it's not going to provide any new perspective for those already familiar with Jobs' life."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Matthew Toomey

31 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"It has a great story to tell and subtly mixes the comedic and dramatic genres. Some moments will leave you smiling. Other moments will leave you on the edge of your seat."

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Matthew Toomey

32 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"There are some interesting ideas and concepts within this fantasy world but they don't come through clearly enough, despite the 130 minute duration."

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Matthew Toomey

33 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Unsure what it wants to say, Kick-Ass 2 is a forgettable action flick with just an occasional splattering of humour."

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Matthew Toomey

34 68%

Elysium (2013)

"The film is to be commended for its thought provoking premise - something we haven't seen in many films over the U.S. summer."

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Matthew Toomey

35 86%

Red Obsession (2013)

"Who'd have thought a film combining red wine with economics could be so informative and entertaining? Red Obsession is one of the year's best documentaries."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Matthew Toomey

36 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Pain & Gain had the potential to be a great "truth is stranger than fiction" tale. Unfortunately, it's been turned into a dull, uneven movie."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Matthew Toomey

37 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"The opening credits roll, the stage is set and then SHAZAM... all sense of logic magically disappears."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Matthew Toomey

38 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The crazy scenario provides an opportunity for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the rest of the cast to showcase their comedic talents."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Matthew Toomey

39 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"If you're tired of superhero movies and want to be charmed by a heart-warming comedy, this is the film for you."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Matthew Toomey

40 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"This film doesn't offer much in the way of excitement or suspense. Aside from a slightly unexpected plot development in the final minutes, it does things by the book."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Matthew Toomey

41 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Michael Douglas turns in a charming performance as Liberace."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Matthew Toomey

42 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"The reason this film will hold your attention for two hours is because of the natural dialogue between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Matthew Toomey

43 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"If you're familiar with their previous films, you'll be laughing often and laughing loudly."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Matthew Toomey

44 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"I'd strongly argue that Pacific Rim is one of the more memorable, distinctive action releases in recent years."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Matthew Toomey

45 65%

The Heat (2013)

"The key to any buddy comedy is the chemistry between the two leads and there's so much to love about the pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy."

Posted Jul 7, 2013

Matthew Toomey

46 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"The Lone Ranger is a film that doesn't know what it wants to be."

Posted Jul 7, 2013

Matthew Toomey

47 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Alex Gibney has shone his spotlight into a few dark corners and shown us something worthy of discussion."

Posted Jul 7, 2013

Matthew Toomey

48 89%

In the House (2013)

"These characters are messed up and yet there I was, sitting in the back row of the cinema, with a smile on my face."

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Matthew Toomey

49 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Man Of Steel suffers most in its final hour where in degenerates into a seen-it-all-before, CGI-laden action fest."

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Matthew Toomey

50 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"As was the case with Monsters, Inc., this is a film to be remembered for its great characters above anything else."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Matthew Toomey

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