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Rating Title/Year Author
A Toy Story 4 (2019) Matthew Toomey If you're looking for a reason to smile, Toy Story 4 will provide. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
A- Never Look Away (2018) Matthew Toomey A few may balk at the lengthy 188 minute running time but Never Look Away is an absorbing drama that looks at the interaction between art and society. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
C+ Men in Black: International (2019) Matthew Toomey In trying to act overly cool and funny, these heroes come off as fake and boring. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B+ Tolkien (2019) Matthew Toomey Tolkien is a beautiful told tale that shows the value of strong, supportive friends and how they can shape our lives, our decisions and our personalities. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B Matrimonio italiano (2018) Matthew Toomey My Big Gay Italian Wedding is a likeable crowd pleaser with plenty of genuine giggles. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
C+ Red Joan (2018) Matthew Toomey It's an intriguing true story but Red Joan isn't the slick, gripping thriller you might expect. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
C+ Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matthew Toomey In the same vein as the 2014 film, I'd argue that the human characters in this movie have the charisma of a wet sponge. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- Rocketman (2019) Matthew Toomey It's fun and it's flashy but it's too hard to shake the shallowness and simplicity of the screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B Aladdin (2019) Matthew Toomey Whilst I wasn't sure about the need for the movie, it's still a cool story to revisit. It's light, humorous and appealing. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B+ 2040 (2019) Matthew Toomey Even if you're a climate change denier, many of the ideas Gameau puts forward can be extremely beneficial in terms of pure economic value. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B+ John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matthew Toomey In keeping with the style of the previous two flicks, director Chad Stahelski makes the film "stand out" with colourful production design and a strong editing. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B- Peterloo (2018) Matthew Toomey Peterloo deserves credit for trying to tackle complex issues but it struggles to create something that is interesting and engaging. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B Poms (2019) Matthew Toomey There's strong comedic chemistry between its largely female cast and there's some well-delivered banter between two great actresses, Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
C+ All Is True (2018) Matthew Toomey Some will enjoy this imagining of Shakespeare's world but I struggled to see the value. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B- Long Shot (2019) Matthew Toomey Long Shot has a few good laughs but they're not quite enough to make up for its broader shortcomings. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B Top End Wedding (2019) Matthew Toomey While the opening hour is messy, Top End Wedding delivers in the final act with a heartfelt, emotional finale. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
A- Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matthew Toomey With plenty of surprises and the right mix between comedy and drama, Avengers: Endgame lives up to its hype EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B+ Gloria Bell (2018) Matthew Toomey Gloria Bell is an authentic romantic drama that is void of clichés and over-scripted dialogue. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
C The Aftermath (2019) Matthew Toomey The end result is a film where you're never invested in the characters and the decisions they make. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
A- Missing Link (2019) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B Shazam! (2019) Matthew Toomey The comedic chemistry between stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer is hard to fault. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
A- Woman at War (2018) Matthew Toomey If you like a rich, offbeat, intricate drama with splashes of comedy, Woman at War is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ Us (2019) Matthew Toomey Peele's latest will hold your attention throughout and I loved the way in which he's infused comedy within the thrills. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- Five Feet Apart (2019) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ Destroyer (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
A- Fighting With My Family (2019) Matthew Toomey You could know next-to-nothing about wrestling and still be enthralled by this eclectic group of characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- Sometimes Always Never (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ Hotel Mumbai (2018) Matthew Toomey It's the kind of movie that is both unsettling and inspiring. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- Captain Marvel (2019) Matthew Toomey There's no shortage of action scenes but they're heavy on special effects and light on emotional resonance. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ Todos lo saben (2018) Matthew Toomey Everybody Knows is still an absorbing drama-thriller that delves into family relationships and the secrets we keep from each other. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
C+ King of Thieves (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
A The Guilty (2018) Matthew Toomey The Guilty will have you hooked from the opening scene to the closing credits. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B Stan & Ollie (2018) Matthew Toomey Stan & Ollie does a nice job keeping alive the memory of two gifted comedians whose work should never be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B At Eternity's Gate (2018) Matthew Toomey Schnabel keeps the dialogue to a minimum and, like a good painting, lets the visuals do the talking. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
A+ If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B Escape Room (2019) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
A- On the Basis of Sex (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
A- The Front Runner (2018) Matthew Toomey 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". EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B Ben Is Back (2018) Matthew Toomey The performances are great but Ben is Back does feel unnecessarily formulaic in places. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B The Mule (2018) Matthew Toomey The Mule is too simple in places but it's still a likeable crowd pleaser that showcases a great true story. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B+ Green Book (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
C+ Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Matthew Toomey Mary Queen of Scots feels like two hours of pointless power games. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B+ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
A- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Matthew Toomey My mouth was sore from smiling so much. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
B+ Vice (2018) Matthew Toomey It's one thing to mimic Cheney's speech and mannerisms but Bale goes much further in creating an intriguing anti-hero. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
A The Favourite (2018) Matthew Toomey The Favourite is a rich, dark comedy filled with great one-liners and unexpected twists. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Matthew Toomey Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes chances and is rewarded in a big way. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
B- Mortal Engines (2018) Matthew Toomey The special effects are top-notch and there are some great ideas at play here but regrettably, Mortal Engines doesn't quite connect. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
A Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018