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Rating Title/Year Author
A The Invisible Man (2020) Matthew Toomey The Invisible Man provides unrelenting tension from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
C+ The Call of the Wild (2020) Matthew Toomey It's an unadventurous adventure. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
C The Professor and the Madman (2019) Matthew Toomey The Professor and the Madman struggles to make a compelling narrative from this true story. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
B EMMA. (2020) Matthew Toomey First-time director Autumn de Wilde has created a beautiful, intoxicating world. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B+ Richard Jewell (2019) Matthew Toomey Eastwood's film reminds us to think deeper before passing judgement on others. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Matthew Toomey Birds of Prey provides another opportunity for Margot Robbie to showcase her talents and, for the most part, audiences will enjoy seeing the bipolar Harley Quinn create mayhem and carnage. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) Matthew Toomey From its distinctive look to Willem Dafoe getting a mouthful of dirt, this is one of the more memorable films of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
A- A Hidden Life (2019) Matthew Toomey A Hidden Life is a commanding piece of cinema that lingers long after you've left the theatre. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
C Midway (2019) Matthew Toomey Midway is a bloated, confusing, cliché-laden World War II movie that isn't worthy of the actual events it is trying to recreate. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
B+ Just Mercy (2019) Matthew Toomey An important film. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
B+ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Matthew Toomey A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood captures the essence of Fred Rogers and is likely to put a smile on the toughest of faces. He was one of a kind. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
C Bad Boys for Life (2020) Matthew Toomey It's a tired, formulaic, seen-it-all-before storyline and that leaves us with a movie that will be all but forgotten about in a few weeks. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
B+ Bombshell (2019) Matthew Toomey Bombshell succeeds in illustrating the toxic culture that can exist in the workplace. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
A- 1917 (2019) Matthew Toomey Qualms aside, this is still a powerful film that makes effective use of visuals, sound and music. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
B+ A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Matthew Toomey A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is 87 minutes of simple pleasures. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
A Little Women (2019) Matthew Toomey The performances are flawless and as a combined ensemble, it's the equal of anything else seen on screen over the past year. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
C+ The Gentlemen (2020) Matthew Toomey The script is over-written with characters seemingly in a competition to see how many metaphors and analogies they can squeeze into each scene. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
A Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Matthew Toomey Some may see it as slow but this is a careful, skilfully assembled drama where it feels every scene and every image has been thought through in immaculate detail. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
C The Addams Family (2019) Matthew Toomey It has monsters doing/saying weird things and humans acting like huge jerks but when that's all you've got for 87 minutes, the novelty quickly wears thin. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
C+ The Good Liar (2019) Matthew Toomey Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren are two of the best actors to come out of England but they're not enough to save this muddled, disappointing script. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
B Knives Out (2019) Matthew Toomey Daniel Craig gets the best of the dialogue as the humorously named Detective Benoit Blanc. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
B+ Frozen II (2019) Matthew Toomey Frozen II is a notch below its predecessor but still has a lot to offer. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
C+ 21 Bridges (2019) Matthew Toomey We've seen this storyline many times before and we're likely to see it many times more. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
A- Official Secrets (2019) Matthew Toomey Not easily forgotten, Official Secrets is another reminder about the dangers of unchecked government power. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
B+ Ford v Ferrari (2019) Matthew Toomey I was sweating as the final credits started to roll. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
A The Report (2019) Matthew Toomey You won't find many other films released year that have as much to offer as The Report. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
C+ Last Christmas (2019) Matthew Toomey It's as if the writers have created a character too neurotic and too unlikeable. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B Doctor Sleep (2019) Matthew Toomey Steering clear of clichés, Doctor Sleep will keep you interested and keep you thinking. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Matthew Toomey The standout ingredient in this film is the return of Linda Hamilton. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
A- Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Matthew Toomey Jillian Bell is outstanding in the way she captures her character's fragile nature and also in the way she balances laughs with poignancy. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B Ready or Not (2019) Matthew Toomey It's never easy creating something fresh within the well-worn horror genre but Ready or Not deserves praise for its cool concept. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
C+ After the Wedding (2019) Matthew Toomey It feels like all these characters are tiptoeing around certain subject matters for the purpose of prolonging the narrative. Why are they so afraid of asking obvious questions? EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
C Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Matthew Toomey Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is likely to have its fans given their admiration for the original but when compared to the aforementioned films, it's sorely lacking. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B+ Judy (2019) Matthew Toomey The weaknesses in the script are negated by the stunning performance of Renée Zellweger. The casting is perfect and she does a wonderful job capturing Garland's blend of egotism and insecurity. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Hustlers (2019) Matthew Toomey Hustlers is an appealing drama with strong performances, genuine laughs and a winning soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B Gemini Man (2019) Matthew Toomey It's no masterpiece but Gemini Man warrants a look. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
A- Joker (2019) Matthew Toomey Writer-director Todd Phillips and co-writer Scott Silver are taking societal problems that you might see explored in a Ken Loach film and bringing them into the superhero realm. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
C+ The Goldfinch (2019) Matthew Toomey It struggles when it comes to character development and relevance. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B- Ride Like a Girl (2019) Matthew Toomey Part of me wishes they'd have gone with a documentary given the cheesy, contrived nature of certain scenes. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Matthew Toomey The film never takes itself too seriously which is part of the reason it will entertain younger audiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Good Boys (2019) Matthew Toomey Finishing on a strong note with a hilarious musical number, Good Boys is good stuff. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B+ Downton Abbey (2019) Matthew Toomey Featuring the familiar music of John Lunn, Downton Abbey captures the era and is jolly good fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) Matthew Toomey I wasn't wowed by the big finale but with a stronger cast and some well-choreographed set pieces, It Chapter Two improves on its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- The Farewell (2019) Matthew Toomey The Farewell celebrates diversity whilst recognising the emotional similarities that connect us. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- Amazing Grace (2018) Matthew Toomey There's nothing particularly special about the way the documentary has been shot (the cinematography is all over the place) but it still holds a powerful allure given the magnitude of the moment. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A The Nightingale (2018) Matthew Toomey Filled with exceptional performances, The Nightingale is a confronting, powerful drama that is not easily forgotten. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
C- Angel Has Fallen (2019) Matthew Toomey You could watch an episode of Scooby Doo and find more interesting villains with better crafted plans. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A Australian Dream (1987) Matthew Toomey My wish is that every Australian see this film. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
C+ Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Matthew Toomey Quentin Tarantino has spared no expense in recreating the splendour of 1960s Los Angeles but there are lengthy sequences where the film is more interested in the setting than the characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B Late Night (2019) Matthew Toomey It's too much of a Cinderella-story in places but for the most part, this is still an entertaining, feel-good comedy-drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019