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 The Marksman (2021) Peter Gray There's an odd comfort in these type of Neeson-led action films, and that feeling of familiarity manages to push The Marksman a little closer to his recommended target. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Peter Gray If you feel its subject matter is something you can face though, then [Kornel] Mundruczo's reactive film is worth the endurance. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
2.5/5 Dreamland (2019) Peter Gray Its script fails to engage as much as it should, leaving what could have been a sweeping affair more an average fling that leaves little impression EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/5 Archenemy (2020) Peter Gray Those who appreciate grit, and can swallow a narrative that isn't solely relying on action to propel itself forward, [Adam Egypt] Mortimer's bold outing should hopefully find a receptive audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3.5/5 Misbehaviour (2020) Peter Gray Whilst the Gaby Chiappe/Rebecca Frayn-penned script dabbles in cliched narrative beats and doesn't always give the character focus some players deserve, Misbehaviour still tells an important story, one that sadly still holds relevance and weight in 2020. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3.5/5 Summerland (2020) Peter Gray May be a familiar destination at its core, but viewed through [Jessica] Swale's fresh eyes gives this trip a new lease of undiscovered territory. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3.5/5 Big Time Adolescence (2019) Peter Gray There's genuine humour peppered throughout this observant film, resulting in an ultimately reflective, almost tragic product that understands its characters on a deeper level than what other teen films are often afforded. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/5 Human Capital (2019) Peter Gray The tragic, interconnected nature of Human Capital doesn't break genre conventions, but it still proves utterly compelling thanks to an ensemble who deeply commit to the proceedings in a manner that other films aren't privileged enough to be afforded. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/5 Bloody Hell (2020) Peter Gray As broad as the film is at times, it at least executes certain comedic beats with relative success. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/5 The High Note (2020) Peter Gray Sways to its own charming beat, elevated by the ensemble on hand who push the tropes beyond their familiarity. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/5 The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Peter Gray Wants to appear as a smarter, more cunning version of the film we ultimately get EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
3.5/5 Angelfish (2019) Peter Gray A delicate romance set in early 90's New York where the parallels of the city's hardships and that of a blossoming relationship run in unison. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
3.5/5 Onward (2020) Peter Gray With so much of Disney's back catalogue leaning heavily into narratives that speak to girls and young women of the self-assurance and strength they possess, it's a refreshing change of pace for Onward to address something of similar value to boys. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
3.5/5 The Way Back (2020) Peter Gray It's ultimately a better, more emotionally devastating picture when the facets of [Ben] Affleck's flawed identity are the focus EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/5 Downhill (2020) Peter Gray Serviceable and uncomplicated. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
3.5/5 2nd Date Sex (2019) Peter Gray It's awkward, it's raw, it's far too relatable...but above all, A Guide to Second Date Sex is bloody funny. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Peter Gray [Paul Walter] Hauser's performance is embedded so greatly with nuances, both comedically and dramatically, that, at times, the devastation surrounding his character is almost too great to bear EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Peter Gray Very much going to be deemed a masterpiece by some, and a muddling mess by others. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Peter Gray Picturesque, soul-warming cinema that proves representation in cinema regarding talent with a disability can be possible without reducing them to a stereotype. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/5 Underwater (2020) Peter Gray There's moments of genuine thrill peppered throughout but, sadly, this sinks more than it swims. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Peter Gray A film that's perhaps too good for the current climate but needed all the same as its old-fashioned craft and positive outlook on existence suggests the good we're all capable of if we just took the time to listen to ourselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3.5/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Peter Gray Leans just enough on nostalgia and the genre cheese we'd expect to warrant a recommendation for anyone who embraced the bombasticness of the originals. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Peter Gray Though it's telling an important story, Bombshell's nonetheless aiming for an entertainment factor too. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
1.5/5 My Spy (2020) Peter Gray It sadly isn't sure what type of movie it wants to be though, and in dipping its toe into so many options it drowns itself in a sea of indecisiveness. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Peter Gray It's visually spectacular and undoubtedly a polished feat of filmmaking craft. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Peter Gray A sharp, emotional, and often funny feature that very much harnesses its own identity despite the story's familiarities. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
3.5/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Peter Gray This may not be the most pleasant film, but you're still likely to enjoy its immorality all the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Peter Gray As psychologically involved as the film is, Jojo Rabbit is no-less hilarious, with Waititi's signature left-of-centre jocularity a consistent presence throughout. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Peter Gray May not take you into the unknown ... but it's a worthy-enough sequel that will ironically play strongest to older kids and adults who are spiritually equipped to handle its developing themes. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Peter Gray A fresh spin on old-fashioned fun, and deserves to be witnessed by all who appreciate the medium EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
2/5 21 Bridges (2019) Peter Gray It's the type of man-hunt actioner we've seen countless times before, and usually done much better. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
2.5/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Peter Gray These Friends can't quite provide you with the greatest hits you'll want to hear on repeat. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 The Report (2019) Peter Gray An uncompromising film that adopts a documentary-type mentality in order to relay its story as unsensationally as possible. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Peter Gray An old fashioned star vehicle and arguably the most entertaining film Matt Damon and Christian Bale have attached themselves to in the last few years. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Peter Gray It's a strong adaptation, one that beautifully brings to life one of King's most interesting villains, and as an ambitious sequel, it's far stronger than it has any right to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 Happy New Year (2017) Peter Gray Could either alienate general audiences expecting something a little more even or rope enthusiasts in with its natural, hand-held aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Peter Gray Bloody, twisted, and hilarious, Ready or Not is an absolute treat as both a fresh offering for horror fans and cinema in general for 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Peter Gray As entertaining as it needs to be for a slice of Halloween-season escapism. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
5/5 Pain and Glory (2019) Peter Gray The most emotionally naked feature [Pedro Almodovar] has delivered yet. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Peter Gray A devastating watch that is likely to linger long after you've witnessed its goodbye. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
3/5 Gemini Man (2019) Peter Gray Whilst Gemini Man will sell itself on the 3D technology and the higher frame rate, it's the Smith v Smith hook that is ultimately the draw, and for the most part it's an effective enticement. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Peter Gray As ridiculous as the film proves to be, [Chris] Morris is always aware that truth is stranger than fiction, and The Day Shall Come revels in that mentality with a dark glee. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Peter Gray Rest now John Rambo, we've all had enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Peter Gray An investing, if overindulgent scare piece that, like its predecessor, succeeds on an emotional and comedic level. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Peter Gray An utterly engaging experience, [Lulu] Wang's film succeeds as both a form of entertainment and an intimate reminder of the importance of family. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Peter Gray Considering the ingredients on hand, I should've been demanding seconds rather than settling for mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Peter Gray Whether or not you're an enthusiast of gospel music ultimately is of no importance as it's difficult to not be swept away in the sheer magnitude of [Aretha] Franklin's vocals. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Peter Gray This is a story that demands an emotional reaction, and whether that be one of understanding or anger, The Nightingale is undoubtedly a movie that stays with you. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Peter Gray When the action genre of late has delivered such taut, smart affairs, it's hard to not want more than the basic level this fluff piece is operating on. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 Australian Dream (1987) Peter Gray So much more than just a documentary outlining an incident of abuse, The Australian Dream places a mirror against Australia's own history of burning racism and forces us to address it in a manner that can't easily be avoided EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019