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Rating Title/Year Author
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
B Creed II (2018) Matthew Toomey The film is hard to dislike because of the two strong performances from its leading men. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- Widows (2018) Matthew Toomey Quick splashes of violence and a few cool twists will catch audiences off-guard. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- The Children Act (2017) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Matthew Toomey He schmoozes the bank tellers in the movie and 82-year-old Robert Redford does the same on the audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
C The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Matthew Toomey The problem with this film is its farcical, fragmented script. Everything feels like it comes far too easily to Salander. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ Boy Erased (2018) Matthew Toomey The world is a messed-up place but Boy Erased provides hope that common sense can sometimes triumph over stupidity. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Matthew Toomey Despite all the problems and rumoured on-set arguments, the good news is that Bohemian Rhapsody still provides comedy, tragedy and a killer soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B- Beautiful Boy (2010) Matthew Toomey It's an important subject matter but the fast-paced nature of the screenplay doesn't allow the emotional impact to sink through. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ Halloween (2018) Matthew Toomey Despite the not-so-perfect screenplay, Halloween still delivers as a cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
A- A Star Is Born (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
A- Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
A- First Man (2018) Matthew Toomey It's beautifully shot. The use of handheld cameras by cinematographer Linus Sandgren creates an enaging, documentary-like feel. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
A- American Animals (2018) Matthew Toomey American Animals is anything but your ordinary crime thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
C+ Venom (2018) Matthew Toomey The film's major weaknesses is its screenplay. So many sequences lack credibility. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
C Night School (2018) Matthew Toomey Kevin Hart has been better. Tiffany Haddish has been better. Night School should have been better. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
A Custody (2017) Matthew Toomey The unrelenting narrative and flawless performances make this a powerful piece of cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
A- Smallfoot (2018) Matthew Toomey The messages in animated features tend to get repetitive but Smallfoot feels fresh with its exploration of power, truth, control and "fake news". EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
A- Ladies in Black (2018) Matthew Toomey 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
C+ The Predator (2018) Matthew Toomey Aside from the laughs, it's not offering much in terms of thrills and originality. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
B Searching (2018) Matthew Toomey Things get a little too "twisty" during the climax but Searching is a cool concept with strong execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ Christopher Robin (2018) Matthew Toomey It's heavy-handed in places but the writers could be forgiven given this is a family film targeted at people of all ages. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Matthew Toomey There aren't too many surprises in terms of story but this is still fun, engaging and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
C+ The Happytime Murders (2018) Matthew Toomey It's fun for a while but once the novelty wears off, you realise The Happytime Murders has a thin, limited storyline. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B Book Club (2018) Matthew Toomey The story may be cheesy and contrived but it's still great to see four terrific actors working together and creating comedy gold. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B- The Meg (2018) Matthew Toomey It's a worthy set up but the film does run out of gas. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ BlacKkKlansman (2018) Matthew Toomey Likely to spark debate about how much America has changed... and not changed over the past few decades, BlacKkKlansman is a winning black comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ On Chesil Beach (2017) Matthew Toomey There's an unnecessary epilogue but On Chesil Beach is still a moving character study about two people who struggle to express emotion. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Matthew Toomey The Spy Who Dumped Me could have been funnier but it's prepared to take a few chances and so deserves a look. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ The Breaker Upperers (2018) Matthew Toomey The Breaker Upperers is a dark, dark comedy and many scenes will leave you with the conflicting emotions of laughter and shock. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
A- RBG (2018) Matthew Toomey RBG is an insightful documentary that takes us inside of the world of this iconic figure. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
C+ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Matthew Toomey I love musicals and I was a big fan of Mamma Mia! but I've got to be honest - this is a letdown. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018