Matt's Movie Reviews
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)
Bel Ami (2012)
Iron Sky (2012)
The Woman in Black (2012)
"The Woman in Black is not the best ghost story ever made, but it is one of the purest and most effective to hit cinemas in quite a long time. That in itself makes this a film worth cherishing, goose bumps and all. "
Men in Black III (2012)
"Not only does Safe feature bone crunching, nut busting, gun popping action as dispensed by one of the genre's great practitioners, but it does so with fresh energy and creativity that is enough to distract from its more stale elements. "
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
The Dictator (2012)
Dark Shadows (2012)
King of Devil's Island (2011)
"The majority of the films running time is spent with these boys. We feel their hunger, their humiliation and the chill of the ice-bound landscape they call home. As a result King of Devil's Island is a film set to make viewers sad and angry. "
La délicatesse (Delicacy) (2012)
"Delicacy is sweet, but never sickly in its sweetness. Tender, but not to the point of mush. Great performances sell its unlikely love story, while innovative direction frames it into an entertaining and digestible package. "
Café de Flore (2012)
"It's themes of spirituality, religion and love eternal in an increasingly secular and jaded world is wonderfully presented and touching in its tangibility, although it often ventures into brazen territory. "
Wish You Were Here (2013)
Get the Gringo (2012)
The Way (2011)
The Lady (2012)
"As far as biopics stand Besson has spared no expense in creating as authentic and presentable a movie as he could with The Lady. Yet he has failed to tap into that sense of outrage, sadness and hope that a story like this should conjure. "
Romantics Anonymous (2011)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
"An action spectacular with a witty script to match its big visuals, The Avengers takes the superhero movie to unprecedented heights and establishes Joss Whedon as a blockbuster filmmaker to cherish. "
The Deep Blue Sea (2012)
The Lucky One (2012)
American Reunion (2012)
"Nostalgia can be a powerful thing, and with its characters and late '90s soundtrack American Pie: Reunion will take those who enjoyed the first two films back to that period. Now it's time to put this franchise to sleep and say goodbye. "
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
"Pirates... is a visually appealing film, and there are moments of adventure and comedy spread throughout which will entertain. But enthusiasm can only take a film so far, with Pirates... an enjoyable yet middling animated tale. "
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
"Mind numbing, big action spectacle is what Wrath of the Titans should have delivered. That Liebesman thought he had the tools to deliver anything beyond that is the only entertainment to be taken from this misdirected mess. "
Mirror Mirror (2012)
"The best advice when watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is to accept its dramatic short cuts as the flaws they are. While its resolutions are of the most contrived nature, its sincerity and performances make up for it. "
The Hunger Games (2012)
"Solid sci-fi drama filled with a mature resonance about the inhumanity of classism, the corruptive nature of exploitative violence and the audacity of hope in a world which tries to rob the last remnants of spirit from a deprived people "
The Raid: Redemption (2012)
"Gareth Evans has delivered quite the action thriller with The Raid. Its premise is brilliant in its simplicity, its hero worthy of our cheers and villains deserving of our fear and scorn. Shaky cam is dead. Long live this new era of action cinema. "
Margin Call (2011)
"Intelligently written and brilliantly portrayed, Margin Call delves into the belly of the beast where consequence is given no conscious and the line between good vs evil is blurred amongst a sea of numbers. "
21 Jump Street (2012)
"With its nice combination of raunchy teen comedy and buddy cop bromance, 21 Jump Street successfully creates its own identity with no intention on copying the dynamic of the hit TV show that inspired it. "
A Separation (2011)
"Asghar Farhadi has written a superb screenplay and directs it with equal brilliance. He has managed to make a film that says something about the state of affairs in his Iran and weaves that message into an engrossing tapestry of mystery and drama. "
The People vs. George Lucas (2011)
A Little Bit Of Heaven (2012)
John Carter (2012)
"John Carter is a fun blockbuster. There is fun in its action scenes, in its jaw dropping imagery and especially in its surprising sense of humour that Andrew Stanton melds well with its brand of sci-fi spectacular. "
"Its louder is better approach is just too much. The tantrums, the tears, the bloody tambourine the main character shakes at every given moment. It all culminates into a dizzying mesh of over the top sentiment. "
Late Bloomers (2012)
Killer Elite (2011)
The Grey (2012)
The Hunter (2012)
This Means War (2012)
Safe House (2012)