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Matt Neal

Matt Neal
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) ...Five Armies falls short but still manages to be a rollicking good ride and a decent-enough farewell to the world of hobbits, orcs, elves and dwarves. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 27, 2014
4/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Ridley Scott's best film since Gladiator. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 17% Serena (2015) ON paper, Serena looks like it should be great - what could possibly go wrong? The answer is "the script". ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 27, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) DIVING back into the dystopian world of Panem and its arrow-firing heroine Katniss Everdeen continues to be a heady and exhilarating experience. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 19, 2014
2/5 19% Let's Be Cops (2014) ...increasingly idiotic but sporadically humourous.... ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 71% Interstellar (2014) The general feeling I'm left with after seeing Interstellar (is) a sensation of indecision. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 8, 2014
1.5/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) I would be amazed to hear even the most ardent Sparks fan defend it as anything more than rubbish. ‐ The Standard
Posted Nov 1, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) It's somewhat refreshing to ride along in the tank named Fury ... (but) as the clichés start to pile up like dead Nazis, this tank runs out of gas. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 26, 2014
3.5/5 48% The Judge (2014) Thanks to the efforts of the two Roberts and a solid supporting cast, The Judge is better than it should be, transcending its clichés and melodrama. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4.5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) Is Gone Girl on the same level as Fincher's flawless masterpieces such as Seven, Fight Club, and The Social Network? Not quite, but it's damned close. ‐ The Standard
Posted Oct 5, 2014
4/5 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) A great kids film should reveal extra layers as its audience ages, and The Boxtrolls has that in spades. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2.5/5 43% Step Up: All In (2014) When you remove the popping, locking, crunking and breaking from the equation, what is left is ... melodrama, shorthanded plotting, and lame characterisation. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 21, 2014
2/5 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) IT'S hard to figure out what's the most annoying thing about this TMNT reboot. ‐ The Standard
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Magic In The Moonlight should be a dazzler, but instead it fizzles thanks to an undercooked script. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 69% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 (2014) Thankfully the interaction of the four leads is still great because it's an incredibly flimsy film otherwise. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) Watching these people together on the screen in 2014 reminds you how cruel the passage of time can be and how far some have fallen since their 1980s glory days. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) The whole thing is a thin and flimsy travelogue but the banter between the pair makes it better and far funnier than it has any right to be. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014) Like most reunions, Monty Python Live (mostly) is good at reminding you how great these guys were, with 'were' being the key word. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 6, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Sci-fi hasn't been this fun since Star Wars and it hasn't been this funny since Galaxy Quest. ‐ The Standard
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 67% Lucy (2014) A cheap thrill masquerading as a philosophical discussion. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/5 60% Hercules (2014) If you're looking for a Hercules film in which an oiled-up Dwayne Johnson punches a rabid wolf in the face, then step right up, you strange, strange person. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/5 17% Sex Tape (2014) Chemistry is everything ... in those terms, Sex Tape is nothing. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Here's the sequel to that movie no one wanted and - surprise, surprise - it's also really good. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3/5 52% Jersey Boys (2014) Ultimately this is a two-star movie that gets an extra star for its excellent songs ‐ The Standard
Posted Jul 6, 2014
1/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) The race to the title of Worst Transformers Movie has a new contender. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 25, 2014
3/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) You're here (or should be here) for The Hill & Tatum Show, which worked so well first time around and is just as good this time. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/5 14% Blended (2014) DREW Barrymore tends to bring out the best in Adam Sandler - so much so that their re-teaming almost saves Blended. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) DeBlois' powers haven't diminished ... he dares to go deeper, smarter and even darker, honing in on the elements that made the first film work. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) There are still plenty of good laughs ... but a lot of film misses the mark. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) A perfect blend of all-audience sci-fi actioner and fans-only nerd-out. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 74% Godzilla (2014) Weirdly relevant, sporadically jaw-dropping, and lets us care about its characters, including the big building-smasher himself. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 18, 2014
3/5 86% Chef (2014) Chef is certainly a tasty offering - maybe not as filling as others and it runs out of ingredients by the end - but it's certainly worth a nibble. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 8, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) An argument could be made that this is Wes Anderson's best film. ‐ The Standard
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 19% Transcendence (2014) With this cast and these ideas, Transcendence is enjoyable but a missed opportunity. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) That rarest of movie beasts - a sequel as good as the original. ‐ The Standard
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/5 76% Noah (2014) Noah would be a serious contender for best fantasy film of the year. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/5 81% Tracks (2014) Its pace and repetition might put some people off, but this is the perfect way to tell this strange but true tale. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 23, 2014
2/5 30% The Monuments Men (2014) IT'S disappointing that such a great cast and a wonderful fact-based men-on-a-mission story falls short of its potential. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 15, 2014
2/5 43% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) There's over-the-top, and then there's just bafflingly insane. ‐ The Standard
Posted Mar 5, 2014
5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) This is a truly impressive piece of filmmaking. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) It will be remembered for its bone-breaking, blood-splattering, white-knuckle skirmish - not for its performances, characters, plot or dialogue. On this level, it works. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 19, 2014
4/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) buils towards the emotional outpouring at the end, where all the themes of hate and healing, forgetting and forgiving, and vengeance and vitality meet. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 49% RoboCop (2014) Strangely boring, which would seem impossible when you're talking about a half-man-half-robot cop running around shooting things for nearly two hours. ‐ The Standard
Posted Feb 9, 2014
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) It's a film with depth, tackling big issues while managing to be an immensely personal story at the same time. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) His fifth collaboration with DiCaprio sits within the Scorsese back-catalogue like it was always meant to be there. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Does what it does reasonably well (but) it feels like dozens of other spy films and as a result is unlikely to linger long in the memory. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 78% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Saving Mr Banks is perfectly gauged to suit its subject matter - the light touch of Disney and the toughness of Travers, the slickness of Hollywood and the roughness of the Aussie outback. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 12, 2014
3/5 51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) Stiller has aimed high, and even if he hasn't made it to the top, the view is still pretty good from where he ended up. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) This is definitely one for the whole family to chill out with on a hot Aussie summer's day. ‐ The Standard
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) [Jackson] deftly nagivates a path between the dark perils of JRR Tolkien's fantasy world and the necessary jokey lighter moments. ‐ The Standard
Posted Dec 28, 2013