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 A Guide to Second 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 Dolor y gloria (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
5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Peter Gray This is very much Tarantino's love letter to Hollywood, to the episodic television of eras gone by, and to the Tinseltown set-up that has all but vanished from the landscapes of today's cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Peter Gray Appreciators of complex horror will be rewarded with another genre stand-out that addresses the fearfulness within relationships, the sound mind-frame of ritualistic practices, and the terror behind a masked religion. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Peter Gray A worthy venture out to bask in the gloriousness that is Emma Thompson. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Peter Gray This is a beautiful film to look at without question ... but the joy that radiates from a viewing of the aforementioned 1994 classic is unlikely to be experienced here. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 Stuber (2019) Peter Gray Squandering its potential with lazy, derivative framing, Stuber is an awkward journey that reaches its destination, but nowhere near as smoothly as you would like. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Peter Gray A gleeful disaster-horror outing that's best seen with an audience receptive to absurdity and bloodshed. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Peter Gray This triumphant sequel proves that there's still excitement and unpredictability to be found in a genre we keep thinking we've figured out. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Peter Gray If this homecoming is indicative of where the franchise could lead, perhaps this doll isn't as dead on arrival as expected. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Peter Gray There's a likeable sheen smeared over the story that's near-impossible to not succumb to. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
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