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
C 25% The Aftermath (2019) The end result is a film where you're never invested in the characters and the decisions they make. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
A- 90% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link has everything you need in an animated feature. Hugh Jackman sounds like he had as much fun making the film as I did watching it. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B 91% Shazam! (2019) The comedic chemistry between stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer is hard to fault. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
A- 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) If you like a rich, offbeat, intricate drama with splashes of comedy, Woman at War is not to be missed. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ 94% Us (2019) Peele's latest will hold your attention throughout and I loved the way in which he's infused comedy within the thrills. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) The problem with Five Feet Apart is that it chooses to focus on the weakest narrative - a dull, sappy romance that is heavy on melodrama and light on realism. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ 73% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer is a little uneven when balancing up the two timeframes but it's still an intriguing piece of cinema thanks to the strong performance of Kidman. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
A- 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) You could know next-to-nothing about wrestling and still be enthralled by this eclectic group of characters. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- 81% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) It's the interaction between the characters that should serve as the film's heart but given some scenarios are so odd, Sometimes Always Never isn't as effective as it could have been. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ 74% Hotel Mumbai (2019) It's the kind of movie that is both unsettling and inspiring. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) There's no shortage of action scenes but they're heavy on special effects and light on emotional resonance. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ 77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows is still an absorbing drama-thriller that delves into family relationships and the secrets we keep from each other. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
C+ 34% King of Thieves (2019) There's laughs to be had watching these quasi-incompetent characters but they can't do enough to elevate the material into something more memorable. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
A 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty will have you hooked from the opening scene to the closing credits. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie does a nice job keeping alive the memory of two gifted comedians whose work should never be forgotten. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Schnabel keeps the dialogue to a minimum and, like a good painting, lets the visuals do the talking. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
A+ 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If you're putting together a list of the 10 best films of the year, see If Beale Street Could Talk and you'll only need 9 more. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B 48% Escape Room (2019) I was surprised by how engaged I became in the storyline and like the characters themselves, you'll be wondering what they need to do to escape each room. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
A- 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) This is a powerful, eye-opening story that reminds us about the inroads that have been made when it comes to gender equality in recent decades. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
A- 59% The Front Runner (2018) In a similar vein to Steven Spielberg's The Post, The Front Runner delves into the important role of journalism in a world filled with corruption and "fake news". - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B 81% Ben is Back (2018) The performances are great but Ben is Back does feel unnecessarily formulaic in places. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is too simple in places but it's still a likeable crowd pleaser that showcases a great true story. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B+ 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is still a warm-hearted crowd pleaser that achieves its mission thanks to the two stellar performances from Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
C+ 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots feels like two hours of pointless power games. - ABC Radio Brisbane EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
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- 79% 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 93% 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- 27% 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+ 80% 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- 89% 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 27% 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 95% 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