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
Publications: ABC Radio Brisbane

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The Hidden World is a little too chaotic in places but there's more than enough heart and sentimentality, particularly during the finale, to win over audiences. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
A- 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) My mouth was sore from smiling so much. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
B+ 66% Vice (2018) It's one thing to mimic Cheney's speech and mannerisms but Bale goes much further in creating an intriguing anti-hero. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
A 94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is a rich, dark comedy filled with great one-liners and unexpected twists. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes chances and is rewarded in a big way. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B- 26% Mortal Engines (2018) The special effects are top-notch and there are some great ideas at play here but regrettably, Mortal Engines doesn't quite connect. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
A 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Audiences are likely form different opinions about Lee Israel but hopefully they can all agree that this is one of the year's best films. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ 58% The Grinch (2018) The Grinch should help get kids in the Christmas spirit (not that some of them need it) in the lead up to the big day. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B 84% Creed II (2018) The film is hard to dislike because of the two strong performances from its leading men. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- 91% Widows (2018) Quick splashes of violence and a few cool twists will catch audiences off-guard. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- 72% The Children Act (2018) Offering up plenty to think about when it comes to work-life balance and religious freedoms, The Children Act is a powerful, affecting piece of cinema. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) He schmoozes the bank tellers in the movie and 82-year-old Robert Redford does the same on the audience. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
C 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The problem with this film is its farcical, fragmented script. Everything feels like it comes far too easily to Salander. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ 81% Boy Erased (2018) The world is a messed-up place but Boy Erased provides hope that common sense can sometimes triumph over stupidity. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Despite all the problems and rumoured on-set arguments, the good news is that Bohemian Rhapsody still provides comedy, tragedy and a killer soundtrack. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B- 71% Beautiful Boy (2011) It's an important subject matter but the fast-paced nature of the screenplay doesn't allow the emotional impact to sink through. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ 79% Halloween (2018) Despite the not-so-perfect screenplay, Halloween still delivers as a cinematic experience. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
A- 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga has created a delicate, likeable character who serves as the film's emotional barometer in that as her feelings change, so too will those of the audience. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A- 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) There are plenty of recognisable names on the film's poster but the real star of Bad Times at the El Royale is the hotel itself. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A- 87% First Man (2018) It's beautifully shot. The use of handheld cameras by cinematographer Linus Sandgren creates an enaging, documentary-like feel. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
A- 88% American Animals (2018) American Animals is anything but your ordinary crime thriller. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
C+ 29% Venom (2018) The film's major weaknesses is its screenplay. So many sequences lack credibility. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
C 28% Night School (2018) Kevin Hart has been better. Tiffany Haddish has been better. Night School should have been better. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
A 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) The unrelenting narrative and flawless performances make this a powerful piece of cinema. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
A- 76% Smallfoot (2018) The messages in animated features tend to get repetitive but Smallfoot feels fresh with its exploration of power, truth, control and "fake news". - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
A- 83% Ladies in Black (2018) Bruce Beresford's gets his message across by having us fall in love with these wonderful characters and for that reason, Ladies in Black is of the year's best Australian flicks. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
C+ 32% The Predator (2018) Aside from the laughs, it's not offering much in terms of thrills and originality. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
B 92% Searching (2018) Things get a little too "twisty" during the climax but Searching is a cool concept with strong execution. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 73% Christopher Robin (2018) It's heavy-handed in places but the writers could be forgiven given this is a family film targeted at people of all ages. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) There aren't too many surprises in terms of story but this is still fun, engaging and entertaining. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
C+ 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's fun for a while but once the novelty wears off, you realise The Happytime Murders has a thin, limited storyline. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 54% Book Club (2018) The story may be cheesy and contrived but it's still great to see four terrific actors working together and creating comedy gold. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B- 46% The Meg (2018) It's a worthy set up but the film does run out of gas. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Likely to spark debate about how much America has changed... and not changed over the past few decades, BlacKkKlansman is a winning black comedy. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) There's an unnecessary epilogue but On Chesil Beach is still a moving character study about two people who struggle to express emotion. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The Spy Who Dumped Me could have been funnier but it's prepared to take a few chances and so deserves a look. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The Breaker Upperers is a dark, dark comedy and many scenes will leave you with the conflicting emotions of laughter and shock. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
A- 94% RBG (2018) RBG is an insightful documentary that takes us inside of the world of this iconic figure. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
C+ 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) I love musicals and I was a big fan of Mamma Mia! but I've got to be honest - this is a letdown. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B+ 46% Skyscraper (2018) Maybe it's because I'm petrified of heights but my hands were sweating during some sequences. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) While the screenplay isn't as strong as it could be, the action scenes deliver in a big way. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B 40% Mary Shelley (2018) The pace is a little sluggish in places but the interaction between key characters is the film's strongest element. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B+ 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's not as strong as its 2015 predecessor but Sicario: Day of the Soldado still features some great pieces that will leave you on the edge of your seat. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B- 70% Adrift (2018) Adrift has tempted me to do more reading about the real-life people involved (so that's a good thing) but as a standalone movie, it's not as gripping as you might expect. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
C+ 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The ideas of these one-note villains are so dumb and clichéd they belong in a Scooby Doo cartoon. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
B 91% Brothers' Nest (2018) The fact that it feels so plausible adds to the uncomfortable vibe (in a positive way). - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
A- 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Sequels often feel inferior to the original but that's not the case here. Writer-director Brad Bird has returned to create a worthy, interesting story that befits the era we live in. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
C+ 56% Tag (2018) It's just a bit too weird and over-the-top. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
B- 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's lacking when it comes to villains and backstabbers and it all feels too easy as we watch events unfold. It needed a bigger injection of laughs and tension. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
B+ 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) You don't have to be familiar with all of their work to appreciate their experience and the words of wisdom they impart on the audience. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018