Anthony Morris

Anthony Morris
Anthony Morris's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Australasia sbs.com.au The Vine
Biography:
Anthony Morris has been the film editor for Forte magazine since 1992, where he provides regular reviews, film stories and interviews. He has been writing for The Big Issue since 1997, taking on the role of acting film editor for much of 2003 and becoming DVD editor in 2005. He is currently the film and television reviewer for The Geelong Times and a regular contributor of film and DVD reviews to Empire magazine. He was the film editor at the Melbourne Agenda from 1994 until its close in 1997, wrote video reviews for What?s Hot On Video from 1998 until 2000, has reviewed films on ABC radio Melbourne, was a regular book reviewer in The Geelong Advertiser for over a decade, and has had numerous short stories published. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Literature from Deakin University, with an Honours Degree in Literature.
Location: Sydney, Australia

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Increasingly, it's obvious that much of the Marvel universe works best when it goes big and silly: Thor: Ragnarok is about as big and silly as a Marvel movie is ever going to get. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 91% Good Time (2017) ... Good Time always leaves just enough room between the dramatics for the characters to reveal their humanity. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 85% It (2017) While the idea of a "creepy clown' is pretty much an oxymoron - just put a regular clown out there and the creeps will flow naturally - Skarsgård's performance gives Pennywise some much-needed shading between the jump scares. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3.5/5 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) It's not a classic telling of a classic tale, but it sure is pretty to look at. - The Big Issue (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 66% Cosmopolis (2012) [Robert] Pattinson is enthralling as a man who never quite adds up. - The Big Issue (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4.5/5 84% The Master (2012) The results [are] haunting. - The Big Issue (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) The food and sightseeing is fun, but the relationship is the core here. - The Big Issue (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3/5 48% Wilson (2017) It's a brave way to structure a film, and the sentimental side gradually undercuts the laughs until all that's left is a vague warm feeling towards a character we'd flee from in real life. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 80% Don't Tell (2017) This is Lyndal's story and West gives a searing performance as a young woman clutching at her last chance to try to make things right. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3.5/5 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) This is the closest thing to a straight-up Alien remake the series has seen yet. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Rather than a marked comedown then, this is more a continuation of the series' gentle skid towards more traditional action fare. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3.5/5 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Visually impressive and with a solid central performance, it's the soul-deep melancholy that animated the original that this version lacks. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 49% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) By the big final battle -- which goes from the Power Rangers kicking rock monsters all the way up to them kicking a giant gold monster -- it's hard not to feel this film has earned its cheese. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 36% The Great Wall (2017) Everything is competent, but rarely impressive. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 92% Fences (2016) Washington's performance is a sight to see all on its own, and when Davis roars into life in the second half she's unstoppable. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4.5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) [A] masterful, often devastating film. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3.5/5 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's a real shame the character side of things is so weak, because otherwise this is a strong addition to the franchise. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4.5/5 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Your Name is a cluster of films all intertwined -- teen comedy, rural drama, and that comet passing by overhead can't be good either -- and Shinkai's energetic style and vivid backgrounds make it a constant delight to watch. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) What every good Christmas movie needs is what this superficially entertaining sequel lacks: a soul. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 82% Boys in the Trees (2016) Verso packs his film with memorable moments, but often they feel like they're simply stacked one atop the next without any dramatic drive or progression. But that's how being a teen feels like sometimes. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3.5/5 75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It has its flaws, but it's a fun, fully-realised film that can stand firmly on its own. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3.5/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) The big point of difference designed to distinguish this from other Marvel fare is the visuals. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 85% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) As a giant monster movie this is gripping viewing from start to finish. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) There's no denying seeing the rig explode and burn is thrilling. The human-level drama is a bit less impressive. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3.5/5 65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) There's a warmth to the performances here that gives this a life beyond his usual collection of impressive imagery. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The island's gorgeous to look at, but that beauty hides a darker side - and that's just as true for The Red Turtle. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
4/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) This might lack the raw lengthy unease of the original, but for the most part it sticks to what was creepy about [it]. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/5 13% Spin Out (2016) Everyone here, even the big city interlopers, is basically decent and everyone's just out for some sensible, non-aggressive fun. Which would be fine if the end result stood out in any way, - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 88% Don't Breathe (2016) With Don't Breathe it's not just the characters on the screen who'll find themselves holding their breath. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
1.5/5 28% Warcraft (2016) It's a vast mystical land of magic and wonder where everything feels like a tossed-off in-joke. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) No doubt this is the kind of high note Marvel would like to continue indefinitely across the franchise. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) The big moments are effective, but like Nichols' earlier films, it's the quiet moments that linger; he's a director that excels when he digs down past genre thrills to unearth their buried humanity. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) In spite of the garbled story the characters get plenty of strong moments that play to their core appeal. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
4.5/5 95% Son of Saul (2015) The accrual of small details adds immeasurably to this film's nightmarish tone. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 97% Spotlight (2015) With the story's result already known, much of the suspense comes from seeing the characters' slowly dawning realisation of just how big this story is; the matter-of-fact way the pieces of the puzzle come together. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) In this abstract world, the cast's strong performances provide vital slivers of humanity. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
3.5/5 72% Youth (2015) Youth skilfully evokes the joy and melancholy of time as it passes, the yearning for new experience that drives us on even as our ability to seize it wanes. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
4/5 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The fun of The Force Awakens comes from visiting an old friend and finding that little has changed; the excitement is that great performances from all four new leads means it's a strong foundation for whatever comes next. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 61% The Program (2016) It's in the performances that this film equals the energy of the cycling scenes. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) The strong chemistry between Brie and Sudeikis makes this feel more cohesive than it actually is, but without a consistent tone underlying the jokes, it's hard to know how to react. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
4/5 88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) It's rare that a band made famous by controversy can stay relevant even a few years on. But more than two decades later, N.W.A.'s music still has the power to shock and startle. - sbs.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) If it turns out that this really is the last Fast & Furious film, it's a good note to go out on. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
28% Insurgent (2015) Woodley's performance is strong enough to carry everything else here: maybe being Divergent is just another word for star power. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
11% Seventh Son (2015) Seventh Son often feels like the kind of film that would work better with even less plot... if they'd simply outlined the story as "we got to stop that witch" and then just rattled through the action sequences as quickly as possible. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
44% The Gambler (2014) But every single scene of this film features a man treating everyone around him like dirt while pissing their money up against a wall and acting like the world owes him a living. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
91% Birdman (2014) The Birdman/ Batman thing is a cool hook that ties in well with the public perception of Keaton's career. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
60% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Every time the film cuts to Martin Freeman as Bilbo, the nominal central character now stuck on the sidelines with next to nothing to do, it's clear how wrong all this has gone. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2014
32% Men, Women & Children (2014) It's a comedy without laughs, a satire that takes two hours to make a two minute point; if you're reading this online, it's already too late. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2014
68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) This is a movie best enjoyed on a scene-by-scene basis, because the overall story is really a bit of a mess. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2014
87% John Wick (2014) It's awesome, watch it at your earliest possible opportunity. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014