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Matthew Toomey

Matthew Toomey
Matthew Toomey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): ABC Radio Brisbane

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 54% God Willing (Se Dio Vuole) (2015) Flaws aside, God Willing is still an entertaining romp that culminates on a reflective moment. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jun 3, 2016
A- 92% The Nice Guys (2016) They may sound like an unorthodox pairing given that we're accustomed to seeing them in dramatic roles but the pairing of Crowe and Gosling works well. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jun 3, 2016
A 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) This is Waititi's best film yet. The way he mixes tones throughout the film is a thing of beauty. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It's a rush to squash it all into 144 minutes but writer Simon Kinberg has done an admirable job. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jun 3, 2016
A 78% The First Monday in May (2016) Andrew Rossi has shot some amazing footage that makes this a compelling view from start to finish. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) As hard as it is to believe, both leading actors are overshadowed by comedian Simon Helberg who steals every scene as Jenkins' well-paid pianist. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
B- 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Patel and Irons both give strong performances but the arguments between their respective characters become repetitive. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
B+ 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) There are more characters and subplots that a Game of Thrones episode but somehow, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have managed to mash it all together into something that works. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
B- 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) The writers have tried to craft the ultimate crowd-pleaser but they've got a few steps too far. Some parts feel unbalanced and don't ring true. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
C 22% The Boss (2016) The writers, including McCarthy, have failed to create conflict or tension that feels credible. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
B 100% Wide Open Sky (2015) There's not quite enough material to stretch this out to a full 90 minutes but Wide Open Sky is still a warm-hearted documentary that highlights the importance of artistic pursuits. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
C+ 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) The conflict between the title characters is really, really hard to buy into and the screenplay drags it out as long as possible. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
B 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) It's a curious piece and you're never quite sure which characters have the upper hand. It makes the ending even more intriguing. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted May 2, 2016
A- 98% Zootopia (2016) Stepping back from the movie's key themes, the creative team behind the project deserve praise for crafting a fun, complex world. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
B+ 83% The Daughter (2017) These characters have to suffer a heavy emotional toll and thanks to some outstanding performances, those same feelings will resonate with audiences. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
A- 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) There are unexpected twists, surprising turns, and you have no idea what is going to happen from scene-to-scene. It held my attention throughout. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
C+ 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) The premise is weak, the characters are dull, and it lacks the memorable punch that we saw on offer in Borat and The Dictator. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
C+ 53% Triple 9 (2016) Triple 9 is a complex story with simplistic characters. The two don't go together. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
C+ 63% The Finest Hours (2016) This may be a powerful true story but for some odd reason, the three-man screenwriting team have packed it with distracting, unnecessary clichés. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
B- 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Given the focus is on battle sequences as opposed to character development, the 144 minute running time feels unnecessary. Fans of Michael Bay may think otherwise. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
B 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Fans of these iconic filmmakers should enjoy the ride. Those unfamiliar with their previous work may find it all a bit too strange. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
B- 47% How To Be Single (2016) It's a rushed, choppy screenplay that struggles to find the balance between the respective stories. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
B 73% Trumbo (2015) It's repetitive in places but Trumbo is a moderately interesting character study. It's not putting Dalton Trumbo on a pedestal and asking for him to be declared a saint. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
A- 84% Deadpool (2016) I'm not sure if this has the material to justify multiple sequels but as a stand-alone superhero movie, it's about as much fun as you could ask for. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Mar 19, 2016
A+ 97% Brooklyn (2015) Brooklyn is a sweet, moving, gorgeously-shot tale about a woman trying to find where she belongs. If I see a better film this year, I'll be surprised. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Feb 6, 2016
B- 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Sorkin has created something that feels staged and unrealistic. It's as if every key person in Steve Jobs' life wants to complain in the half-hour leading up to each launch. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Feb 6, 2016
A 93% Anomalisa (2015) It's a simple story on paper but Anomalisa is a great conversation generator. I'm still reflecting on its style and themes. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Feb 6, 2016
B+ 94% Room (2015) Room is both horrifying and inspiring. It shows us the best and worst of the human condition. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Feb 6, 2016
A+ 96% Spotlight (2015) This is clearly one of the year's best films and the performances of the cast cannot be faulted. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Feb 6, 2016
B+ 69% The Danish Girl (2015) It's a subject that isn't often explored in mainstream cinema and so hopefully this film makes, at the very least, a small difference. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Feb 6, 2016
A- 94% Carol (2015) Carol is a beautifully shot film that captures the mix of nervousness and excitement that comes with most new relationships. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jan 7, 2016
A- 88% The Big Short (2015) Knowing how it all pans out doesn't make The Big Short any less compelling. These guys are continually questioned and ridiculed but you know they'll get the last laugh during the film's final act. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jan 7, 2016
B- 60% Sisters (2015) There's a darker undertone to the story that is touched upon but not given the gravitas it requires. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B+ 81% The Revenant (2015) More likely to be remembered for DiCaprio's performance than its slow-paced, grim narrative, The Revenant is an endurance test for both its leading character and the audience. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B+ 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Kids will be able to follow the simple storyline and will enjoy the misadventures of the good-natured, well-intentioned Charlie Brown. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B 60% Joy (2015) Jennifer Lawrence is terrific as the determined yet vulnerable heroine. She keeps getting knocked down and she keeps getting back up. It's inspiring if nothing else. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B+ 73% Suffragette (2015) Suffragette highlights how much the world has changed for the better over the past century. However, it also highlights there is still much room for improvement. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B- 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) There's a charm to these characters and it's easy to see why kids are attracted to the story. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Dec 16, 2015
C+ 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The fast-paced editing adds to the confusing nature of some scenes. It's tough to work out what the actors are doing and why they're doing it. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B+ 59% The Program (2016) While many of us would hope that the events depicted in The Program are an isolated incident in the sporting world, the recent FIFA scandal highlighted that money and power often lead to corruption. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B- 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) I remember struggling with Suzanne Collins' final book. It didn't have the same sense of urgency and excitement. My thoughts on this movie are essentially the same. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) It's nice to see the story told again but this remake can't match the power of the original. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B 65% Spectre (2015) Despite its limitations, Spectre is still to be admired for Mendes' skilful direction and the striking visuals of Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema . ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015
B+ 81% Man Up (2015) Clocking in at a neat and tidy 88 minutes, Man Up offers more than you might expect. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015
B 48% Freeheld (2015) Julianne Moore and Ellen Page deliver two terrific performances. You get a strong sense of the bond and connection that existed between their respective characters. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015
C 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) This is all too bland, too serious. The characters needed a significant injection of charisma. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015
B 53% The Dressmaker (2016) Don't let the trailers and adverts fool you. The Dressmaker is a viciously dark comedy that will catch many by surprise. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015
C 30% Burnt (2015) It's intended to be a tale of redemption but Adam doesn't have a lot of redeeming qualities. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015
B+ 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Bridge Of Spies holds the audience's hand a little too much but it's still a gripping true story with relevance today. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015
B 64% UNindian (2015) It's as cheesy as it sounds but UnIndian is still an entertaining romantic comedy. ‐ ABC Radio Brisbane
Posted Nov 10, 2015