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Matt Neal

Matt Neal
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) Good enough, even if it's not as Pixar perfect as we've come to expect. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 26, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The prequels don't stand a chance - this is as good as fans could have hoped for and better than we deserve. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 16, 2015
4/5 95% Creed (2015) One of the best films of the Rocky series, worthy of the championship belt. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The film has its sea legs, but can't seem to find its land legs. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2.5/5 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) The jokes are just as easy and fall just as flat, but the film is saved somewhat by a cracking last act. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) The studio, in its efforts to maximise profits, has unnecessarily split one book and created one great film and one not-so-great finale. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/5 65% Spectre (2015) Spectre impresses early on but loses its way and struggles to a satisfying conclusion. Still, at least it's better than Quantum Of Solace. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/5 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) This is a Z grade idea with a C grade budget and B grade delivery. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/5 53% The Dressmaker (2016) Kudos to the casting director and Winslet's Aussie accent. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 30, 2015
4/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) If Spielberg and Hanks' filmographies were social structures, Bridge Of Spies would be satisfyingly upper-middle class. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/5 84% The Walk (2015) The Walk is not a bad film - in fact, it's reasonably enjoyable with a fantastic final act. But it pales next to Man On Wire. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 74% Black Mass (2015) Given Depp's performance and the high-calibre cast around him, it's disappointing Black Mass isn't better. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) For anyone who loves science - which should be everyone except for anti-vaxxers and climate change denialists - this is fascinating and enjoyable. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 1, 2015
1.5/5 27% Pan (2015) "Why?" is a question that comes up a lot while watching this abysmal prequel that no one asked for. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/5 86% Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball) (2015) You'd have to be heartless to hate Oddball. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 13, 2015
2/5 16% Pixels (2015) Pixels is an idea that worked better in other formats - none of which are a movie connected to Adam Sandler and Kevin James. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 10, 2015
4.5/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) A truly great music biopic to rival the best of the genre. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/5 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) Lacks the laughs to be a comedy and is missing the bite to be a strong drama. So why watch this? For Streep, of course. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2/5 26% Vacation (2015) Doesn't totally disgrace the family name, but far from a comedy classic like some of its forefathers. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) A remake no one was asking for, but in that category it is more like Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films - stylishly successful - than Hammer's noisy flop The Lone Ranger. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Admirable in its different-ness, but it's sadly unmemorable and unsurprising. And Dr Doom looks weird. Really, really weird. And not in a good way. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) We tend to forget Tom Cruise is a seriously impressive old-school action star in an age where CG trickery has largely made that role somewhat redundant. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3.5/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) With its small-scale action and tongue-in-cheek irreverence, Ant-Man is a welcome relief from the large-scale destruction and save-the-universe shenanigans of recent superhero movies. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Come for the stripping, but stay for the laughs. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) T5: Genisys is as bad as its spelling and the worst Terminator movie to date. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) For the few jokes that work and the team-up of Ted, Wahlberg and Seyfried, this follow-up is worth a look but only if you loved the original. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 25, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) Picking the greatest Pixar movie was already difficult, but the arrival of Inside Out just made it all the harder. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3.5/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) Bigger, faster, louder ... (but) the marvel and wonder of Jurassic Park can never be matched. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 32% Entourage (2015) No effort is made to engage new fans. In fact, there's no real effort to make this anything more than a super-long episode of the series. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) It's kind of like an Apple Watch - a new invention that's flashy but isn't practical or as impressive as it should be. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/5 54% Woman in Gold (2015) This story has probably been better and more accurately told in at least three documentaries (but) none of those retellings had the marvellous Mirren. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 21, 2015
4/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Despite the fact we didn't need another Max Max movie, we have one. Thankfully it's awesome. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 13, 2015
3/5 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) For all its flaws, Pitch Perfect 2 does all it needs to do to entertain those who enjoyed the original. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Filled with plenty of laughs, great spectacle, and more cool characters than you can poke Loki's sceptre at. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 22, 2015
1.5/5 5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) It's better than some of the other titles in the Kevin James back catalogue ... but that's like saying one bout of syphilis was better than another bout of syphilis. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/5 29% The Longest Ride (2015) Alda adds gravitas, it's beautifully shot, and Eastwood is destined for stardom, but that's not enough to redeem The Longest Ride. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 79% Furious 7 (2015) "Over-the-top" doesn't cut it as a descriptor for these movies any more - there needs to be an adjective for whatever is above "over-the-top", because that's what F&F7 is. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 83% Cinderella (2015) With all (the recent) twisting and sculpting of classic stories, it's refreshing to watch ... Cinderella because it remains largely faithful. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 47% Home (2015) ...more than likely going into the DreamWorks pile of films you won't remember in five years time. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 32% Chappie (2015) Chappie the character is endearing enough to elevate Chappie the movie and help overcome some of the film's deficiencies. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3.5/5 56% Focus (2015) Focus is great fun (if morally bankrupt). ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2.5/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) Project Almanac is certainly not a great movie, but at least it's a different take on the found footage genre. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 25, 2015
2.5/5 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Baffling... (but) a cult classic in waiting. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) I can't help but feel that if this was subtitled and in Polish or French or something, then critics would be losing their collective minds over it. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3.5/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) A ludicrous guilty pleasure. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 7, 2015
3/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) No amount of good acting, quality singing and clever songs can cover the fact that it feels like ... two movies stuck together. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) ... So focused on its events that it forgets to give us much in the way of characters. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 17, 2015
4/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) The Imitation Game is impressive, particularly due to Cumberbatch and Knightley and the highs and lows of Turing's truly remarkable life. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3/5 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Continues the Madagascar franchise trend of being pleasantly average. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 1, 2015
4/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) There is much more to this film than hyper-powered individuals belting seven shades of snot out of each other. At its heart, it's a story about grief and loss. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 27, 2014