Brisbanista

Brisbanista is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Peter Gray
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Child's Play (2019) Peter Gray Balancing both the more horrific slasher mentality of the original and the black humour the series eventually adopted, 2019's Child's Play works with its unhinged charm as it is completely aware of its ridiculous premise. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Peter Gray A finale that deserved to end with a bang is exiting with more an anti-climactic fizzle. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Peter Gray An unintelligible actioner that's components are ironically both bloated and shallow. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Peter Gray There's an artificiality to the proceedings here that both strips [Guy] Ritchie's directorial presence of any identity and hinders the film in a manner of aesthetic naturality. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Peter Gray It's difficult to harbour any ill will against the film as both a continuing chapter in a larger story and a strikingly shot balletic thriller on its own accord. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 Poms (2019) Peter Gray A safe comedy that'll play successfully to an older, less jaded crowd, Poms may not execute the grandest routine but working with what it has at its disposal, it sticks its landing with an unmatched enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Peter Gray Aided by a visual pallet that's fittingly exciting and a surprising charm that manages to extend the film outside Pokemon enthusiasts too ... can sit comfortably as one of the more successful videogame adaptations in recent memory. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Peter Gray A huge, monumental feature that will at once please, torture, frustrate, and delight its dedicated fanbase EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Peter Gray Consistently entertaining and further proof that not all comic entrants have to take themselves so seriously EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Peter Gray Survives on nostalgia and good faith rather than telling a story that brings new ingredients to the recipe EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Gringo (2018) Peter Gray An oft-hilarious, though not entirely seamless outing that survives mostly on the talented ensemble at its core EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 Hereditary (2018) Peter Gray Less a horror film and more a psychological attack on the senses, unnerving its audience and evidently delighting itself in doing so EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 Tag (2018) Peter Gray For a movie based on both a fantastical story and a joyous childhood activity, the wit and whimsy is sadly too sporadic EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Peter Gray Worth the wait in nearly every manner, Incredibles 2 is arguably the strongest sequel from the Pixar crew outside of the Toy Story series EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Adrift (2018) Peter Gray Ultimately highlights the power of one's hope and will to survive, with [Shailene] Woodley failing to weaken at any moment; this is a powerful, dedicated performance - one that stands as an enactment so strong, it's worth the price of admission alone EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Peter Gray It's a brutal film, and not one necessarily viewed for enjoyment, but such is the power of its creators that we can't help but watch what unfolds in front of us EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
1/5 Overboard (2018) Peter Gray Save the original and let Overboard '18 sink to the depths where it belongs EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Peter Gray If 2008's surprise success adaption of the musical stageshow Mamma Mia was Swede pop troupe ABBA's greatest hits, the decade-on sequel - bi-lined Here We Go Again - is the filler track equivalent EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Peter Gray A sequel only in name and not by nature, The Equalizer 2 doesn't differentiate itself from any number of the countless male-driven action projects doing the rounds these days EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 The Meg (2018) Peter Gray Overall, the cheese should've been thicker, the pleasure should've been more guilty, and the bad should've been better EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 The Darkest Minds (2018) Peter Gray Given that the young adult novel adaption phase has seemingly fizzled out, a product like The Darkest Minds feels like it's arriving a good 5 years too late EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Book Club (2018) Peter Gray The film proves entertaining enough to pass the time with a quartet of women, who even when saddled with mediocre material, rise to the occasion time and time again EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 The Happytime Murders (2018) Peter Gray No one will ever praise this film as a prime example of the comedy genre EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 Mile 22 (2018) Peter Gray Doesn't develop enough of a personality to sustain the interest needed to invest beyond surface level aesthetics EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 Kin (2018) Peter Gray Would've best been presented as a Netflix series of sorts instead of the overly stuffed, uneven science-fiction-come-road-drama it ultimately plays out as EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 The Nun (2018) Peter Gray Despite being billed as 'the darkest chapter' within the Conjuring universe of films, The Nun is quite possibly the dullest on offer yet EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Searching (2018) Peter Gray A far more captivating film than it deserves to be, Searching utilizes its limitations beyond their capacities to deliver a genre feature that should appeal to a mass audience EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4.5/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Peter Gray Camp, overtly sexual cinema that owns its far-fetched nature and runs with it in the most unashamed fashion EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 The Predator (2018) Peter Gray The overt use of humour could prove either to be a major hit or miss with audiences as The Predator isn't a name you associate with hearty self-deprecating laughs EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Peter Gray At once fails as a scary tale for the young audience [Eli Roth is] clearly aiming for and as an enjoyable romp for the adults who will go along rather begrudgingly EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Ladies in Black (2018) Peter Gray [The film is laced] with a charm and an old-fashioned shamelessness that masks any feelings of predictability one may experience when viewing this sprightly production EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 Venom (2018) Peter Gray Immensely flawed, packed full of cheese and occasionally hokey effects, and far removed from any of the grandeur achieved within the Marvel Universe EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Peter Gray Much like writer/director Drew Goddard's previous effort The Cabin in the Woods, it's the mash-up of genres and own self-awareness that keeps the film from crumbling underneath it's own ambitious weight EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Wildlife (2018) Peter Gray A character study drama that we've seen before, though there's a distinct coldness to proceedings here that lend the story its own personality EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Ta peau si lisse (2017) Peter Gray Though ultimately a hollow documentary, Denis Cote's A Skin So Soft is nonetheless hypnotising in its observation of six Canadian bodybuilders EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4.5/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Peter Gray At once a low-key crime drama, a period piece, and a buddy-comedy of sorts, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a loving tribute to a figure I'm sure many of us never knew about but deserves to be profiled all the same EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Peter Gray Working with the familiar and skewing it in a manner that makes the final product feel fresh, not to mention the emotion evoked throughout, lends A Star Is Born an air of undeniable elation EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Peter Gray A great film this is not EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Peter Gray Hollywood all too often tends to layer addicts with an air of charisma and sexuality - even suggesting hardcore drug abuse is "cool" - but here [Timothee Chalamet's] Nic is a mess, and it's commendable for highlighting so EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 Suspiria (2018) Peter Gray This is a beautiful, horrific film that I personally deem as a modern masterpiece, and I dare anyone to not at least acknowledge the film's impact and scope, regardless of how you personally react to its content EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Peter Gray It's a perfectly serviceable actioner that's fronted by one hell of a woman, and features enough exciting (and conveniently timed) set pieces that seem tailor made to please action-ready audiences EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Peter Gray Let's hope the threequel proves a more enticing dish EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Children Act (2017) Peter Gray The film occasionally threatens to veer into melodrama ... but [Emma] Thompson, dedicated as she is, manages to make it all seem plausible with an emotional turn that refuses to buckle under the film's weaker choices EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 Widows (2018) Peter Gray This is thrilling, handsomely-paced filmmaking that proves there are no boundaries when tackling a genre film EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
1.5/5 Robin Hood (2018) Peter Gray We're warned at the film's opening to'Forget history, forget what you believe, forget what you know'...it almost seems too easy to state that we should forget this film entirely too EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Peter Gray The animation and storytelling adopted here are prime examples of how to keep the comic book genre fresh without sacrificing the traditions we've come to love and appreciate EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Peter Gray It really should come as no surprise to note just how effective Christian Bale is in Vice, but he so positively disappears into the role of former VP Dick Cheney it's eerie to watch EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Peter Gray As cliched as it is to say, Mary Poppins Returns is practically perfect in every way EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Instant Family (2018) Peter Gray This is far less of an exaggerated comedy than it appears, and I dare say you'll be well rewarded with genuine family entertainment that doesn't talk down to its intended audience EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Glass (2019) Peter Gray It's difficult to not admire [M. Night Shyamalan] for his attempt to give us something so familiar, so textbook, in a package we're unprepared for EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019