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Matt Neal

Matt Neal
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 61% Allied (2016) There are moments of brilliance dotted throughout that help Allied overcome enough of its shortcomings to make it predominantly watchable. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 13, 2017
1.5/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Surely this is the film to break the video game movie curse. Nope. It's not. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 95% Moana (2016) Moana ticks all the boxes required to make a great modern Disney princess movie and does so without ever feeling like it's a Disney princess movie. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 29, 2016
3.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One does a great job of walking the fine line between being a Star Wars film and not feeling like any other Star Wars film. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Like a regular drinking session with your friends - you know what to expect and you could be doing more constructive things, but it's pretty funny. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 75% Trolls (2016) Trolls is like Smurfs, but way better and way funnier and actually a good movie. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 82% The Founder (2017) If you have no interest in how McDonald's became something that feeds one per cent of the world each day, there's at least another great Keaton performance to tide you over. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 28, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Gives the impression that this is just a warm-up - a dip of the toe back into the pool to see if the Potter fans are keen for another swim. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 18, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Remember all that crap at the end of Interstellar where it tried to get clever but failed horribly? This pulls it off. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Unlike its lead character, The Accountant can't get all its numbers in a row. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) MARVEL Studios is becoming increasingly like Evel Knievel - with every successful stunt it lands, it makes the next one bigger and more difficult. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Never Go Back is as satisfactory yet forgettable as its predecessor. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) This is perhaps damning it with faint praise, but Fuqua's Magnificent Seven will always easily be the third best version of this story. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 63% Storks (2016) Storks will win you over (as) it's absurdities pile on, one after the other. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 24, 2016
4/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Like a great modern song, it somehow feels new and classic at the same time. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Vibrant and enjoyable, but disposable, slim and somewhat forgettable. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/5 85% Sully (2016) Sometimes incredible true stories don't make for incredible films. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 5, 2016
4.5/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) People talk about Pixar's impressive strike rate and how the Pixar name is a signifier of quality but we need to be talking about Laika in the same way. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 60% War Dogs (2016) Rewarding enough... but War Dogs never rises to the heights of its subject matter. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) A cult classic, preferably (to be) watched in a double feature with Pineapple Express in a very hazy loungeroom that rarely has its curtains opened. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Light on plot but loaded with style, Suicide Squad is all character and charisma but ultimately empty and largely saved by Robbie and Smith. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) A sequel looking for a raison d'être but is unable to find one and carries on regardless. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 1, 2016
4.5/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Waititi's most iconically "New Zealand" movie shows a deep love of the country's "majestical" landscapes and the rough-and-tumble people that live in its hidden places. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) When it works, Beyond is great... but predominantly this is so-so Star Trek that feels like a small episode of one of the series, enlarged for the big screen. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) It's good. Take that, haters. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) There are plenty of odd flourishes that add to the general tone-deaf nature of this occasionally enjoyable but largely messy adventure. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/5 75% The BFG (2016) For the first two-thirds, The BFG is beautiful and immersive ... (and) a reminder of many wonderful things. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 4, 2016
3.5/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Resurgence is probably as good as you can hope it to be, maybe even better than many of us expected. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Like all Pixar movies (except Cars 2), this has some golden moments that hit you right in the feels. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/5 28% Warcraft (2016) Warcraft is not a total disaster and certainly looks a million bucks (or $160 million to be precise) but misses the mark as much as it hits it. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) On the plus side it embraces some of the cartoonish qualities of the various animated series but on the downside it still has Megan Fox in it. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/5 57% Money Monster (2016) A good-enough thriller that has some nice moves occasionally. Unlike Clooney, who's dancing leaves a lot to be desired. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 2, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) A cool little neo-noir gem. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) The worst of this trilogy, but in this case 'worst' doesn't mean 'terrible'. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) Mother's Day is a 50/50 proposition, like cooking dinner for your mum but making her do the dishes. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 6, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) I feel sorry for DC fans. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) It's closest cousin is Cool Runnings, and while it won't endure like its Jamaican relative, Eddie The Eagle is an enjoyable Olympic underdog tale that's hard to hate. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) It's a perfect mesh of subject matter and special effects ... by and large it is a beauty to behold. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) The best? Affleck in the Batsuit. The worst? Eisenberg's Lex Luthor and much of the first two hours of the film. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4.5/5 98% Zootopia (2016) A surprisingly sharp examination of racial profiling, prejudice, equality and stereotyping, and how often can you say that about a kids movie? ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3.5/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Opens like an indie romance, swerves into Saw territory, settles into light comedy, adds large helpings of horror and sci-fi, and wraps the entire thing up in mystery. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) In some ways, it's a flashier version of another Lewis adaptation Moneyball, which made another dull topic - baseball statistics - surprisingly interesting. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 3, 2016
5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) Succeeds because it puts the audience alongside the reporters, allowing us to share the incredulity, disgust and frustration. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) Like binge-watching some weird composite of Girls, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, and some other show with "girl" in the title. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 84% Deadpool (2016) A wonderfully puerile claret-soaked swear-fest (and) hands down the funniest superhero movie ever. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3.5/5 73% Suffragette (2015) An overly straightforward plot, ditching any complexity for an awkward simplicity, but thankfully the cast is top-notch and the characters are compelling. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 29, 2016
4/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Ending issues aside, this is another worthy addition to Tarantino's back catalogue. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/5 81% The Revenant (2015) Either a flawed masterpiece or a director losing his mind and disappearing up his own butt while he makes his cast and crew suffer on the journey. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 20, 2016
3.5/5 60% Sisters (2015) Sisters is the Fey-Poehler feature-length team-up many have been waiting for. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 8, 2016
1.5/5 9% Point Break (2015) When compared to this remake, the original Point Break looks like Citizen Kane. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 2, 2016