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Rating Title/Year Author
A The Truffle Hunters (2020) Matthew Toomey The Truffle Hunters is the kind of documentary that fills your brain and lifts your spirits. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ Another Round (2020) Matthew Toomey These characters aren't over-the-top caricatures. Yes, we laugh at their actions but they're real, honest human beings and many will relate to their problems and their mindset. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
B- The Nest (2020) Matthew Toomey Rory and Allison are flashy, interesting cinematic figures but the character arcs they're provided with are limited. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
A- News of the World (2020) Matthew Toomey An outstanding Tom Hanks looks like he's been wearing the shoes of Jefferson Kidd his whole life. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B High Ground (2020) Matthew Toomey The strongest selling point of High Ground is the lead performance of Jacob Junior Nayinggul in what is his first acting gig. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B Penguin Bloom (2020) Matthew Toomey Penguin Bloom delivers as an inspiring, feel-good tale about overcoming adversity, and as another opportunity to appreciate the talent of New Zealand actress Rachel House. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
A- The Dig (2021) Matthew Toomey Helping bring to light a remarkable piece of British history that few will be familiar with, The Dig tells a damn good tale. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
B Ammonite (2020) Matthew Toomey Ammonite could have used more pace during the first two acts but the climax and worthy performances of stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan provide ample compensation. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
B Promising Young Woman (2020) Matthew Toomey Promising Young Woman provides an unsettling experience where you're not always sure what lies ahead EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
A- The Dry (2021) Matthew Toomey The Dry is a wonderful addition to the canon of Australian cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
B- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Matthew Toomey Stretching out an unnecessarily long 151 minutes, Wonder Woman 1984 comes up short when compared to its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A- Nomadland (2020) Matthew Toomey Backed by a beautiful film score from Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, Nomadland pulls you into this world and makes you feel part of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
A Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Matthew Toomey It's easy to forget you're looking at the likes of Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman given the way they embody their respective characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
C+ Dreamland (2019) Matthew Toomey Margot Robbie (the actor) is the best thing in this but I'm not sure it's a project that Margot Robbie (the producer) should have green lit in the first place. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
B+ Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Matthew Toomey It asks us to open our minds and think about how we perceive those with similar troubles in our own lives. An affecting film. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
A The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Matthew Toomey Likely to kick start new interest in their music, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is fascinating from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
B+ Misbehaviour (2020) Matthew Toomey Featuring a slew of strong performances, it's a film worth your time. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
C+ Fatman (2020) Matthew Toomey This sounds like a fun concept but unfortunately, Fatman never fully delivers because it focuses more on its not-so-exciting subplots. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
C+ The Comeback Trail (2020) Matthew Toomey In trying to make an interesting movie, it helps when filmmakers are one step ahead of the audience. In the case of The Comeback Trail, it's unfortunately the other way around. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
A Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Matthew Toomey Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a powerful, complex, emotional drama that takes us inside the world of a scared, anxious individual. It's one of the best films you'll see all year. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
B+ Kajillionaire (2020) Matthew Toomey Kajillionaire is framed as a dark, offbeat comedy that's loaded with distinctive characters and imagery. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
A Corpus Christi (2019) Matthew Toomey Corpus Christi is a powerful drama that has a lot to say about religion, forgiveness and redemption. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
C+ Irresistible (2020) Matthew Toomey Irresistible represents a missed opportunity to show the world something new when it comes to dirty politics. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
C Dirt Music (2019) Matthew Toomey Dirt Music wants to elicit an emotional reaction but it fails to do so. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
B+ The High Note (2020) Matthew Toomey The High Note doesn't tick every box but it's easy to watch and easy to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
B The Translators (2019) Matthew Toomey Every few weeks, we have a film that sounds great on paper but can't quite deliver on its lofty ambitions. The Translators is the latest example - a watchable movie that comes with a few flaws. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
B+ Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Matthew Toomey These characters are moronic but also hilarious. The storyline is so silly that you can't help but laugh. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
A Les misérables (2019) Matthew Toomey Audiences will be quick to form opinions of these characters but, to the movie's credit, those views will change throughout as we get to know them a little better. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
B Tenet (2020) Matthew Toomey It's bitten off more than it can chew but with the positives balancing out the negatives, Tenet deserves a look. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
A- La belle époque (2019) Matthew Toomey If you're looking for something funny, charming and different, put La Belle Époque on your must-see list. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
A- Babyteeth (2019) Matthew Toomey You get a clear sense of the lessons learned and the suffering felt by each character. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
C+ Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Matthew Toomey Where'd You Go, Bernadette might lure in fans of the book but as someone coming to the material with no background knowledge, I was disappointed. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
A- The King of Staten Island (2020) Matthew Toomey The King of Staten Island is worth seeing for its humour, its themes and its performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
A- Waves (2019) Matthew Toomey Waves is a tense, unrelenting film. There's not a lot of reprieve for audiences. It's like watching someone self-destruct in slow motion and yet be powerless to stop them. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
B- Onward (2020) Matthew Toomey It's a jagged narrative that doesn't flow smoothly from scene-to-scene. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
B- Military Wives (2019) Matthew Toomey I tired of the goofy, repetitive tiffs between Kristen Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan (who feel like they're overplaying their characters at times). EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
B+ Queen & Slim (2019) Matthew Toomey There's a lot to like about Queen & Slim and it's important to see African American women (both writers and directors) getting the chance to create stories for the world to engage with. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
C- Downhill (2020) Matthew Toomey I realise why you take great foreign language movies and remake them for English speaking audiences but I'm not sure there's a single element of Downhill that is the equal of the original film. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
B Dark Waters (2019) Matthew Toomey There are so many interesting subjects worth exploring in a movie such as this. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
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