Matt's Movie Reviews
The Martian (2015)
" Sicario is a film that will unnerve you and then stick with you after the credits roll, a crime thriller of immensely dark proportions akin to a nightmare but one whose monsters are very, very real."
A Walk In The Woods (2015)
Black or White (2015)
"The films strength is its performances. Costner is especially good as a man whose grief brings forth a deep seeded anger, especially when confronted with the threat of losing the one thing left in his life that he loves."
The Gift (2015)
Black Souls (2015)
Last Cab To Darwin (2016)
"Taking on the controversial issue of euthanasia with a "she'll be right mate" attitude, whatever conviction Last Cab to Darwin lacks is replaced with a down to earth charm personified in Michael Caton's lead performance."
"Exemplifies why it's hard to sell Australian made films to the public, with potential there to create something intriguing, yet for every step forward it takes three back, a couple to the side and then does the arty-farty boogie."
Black Sea (2015)
"Director Kevin Macdonald successfully ties the psychological tension with the physical, using the tight confines of a submarine setting rather masterfully, squeezing each drop of tension and expertly pacing every plot twist in Dennis Kelly's screenplay."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Fantastic Four (2015)
"So insular the settings that the majority of the film takes place in that it asks the question: how can we expect to care whether any of these characters will save or destroy their world, when it doesn't even feel like they are a part of their world?"
Slow West (2015)
It Follows (2015)
"Mitchell successfully balances scares with provocative analysis complete with a minimalist tone, all the while establishing himself as a master of the widescreen visual, expertly capturing his "walking dread" no matter which direction it comes from."
Jackie Brown (1997)
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Terminator Genisys (2015)
"It's a reheat of original masterpieces, yet instead of deconstructed and pieced back together with care and heart it's merely zapped in a microwave, visually edible yet lacking taste and nutrition upon sample."
Ted 2 (2015)
"While Tomorrowland didn't reach its financial expectations, time will surely confirm its richness. Bird & Lindelof have created something quite remarkable, a rare gem amongst other treasures. Cherish it. "
Jurassic World (2015)
San Andreas (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
"The stakes on the line in this action adventure are not only sky-high but soul-deep. Whedon hits both points with an almighty wallop, resulting in a large canvas blockbuster that is as epic as it is profound."
"Reminds that underneath the legend Martin Luther King was a pure Christian soul, who relied upon and used the Christian faith to battle injustice both on the streets and in the corridors of political power."
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"Chandor's golden touch with his actors is boosted by his talents as a screenwriter, creating scenarios and dialogue that pop with both intelligent and emotional complexity, especially in his threading of heavy moral questions."
The Theory of Everything (2014)
"The debate between theist and atheist has been played out in all matter of social circles for years now, yet it's only now that a film tackled such a subject in such a beautiful, heartbreaking and enlightening way. "
American Sniper (2015)
"A powerful story that details the heavy personal ramifications that comes with being a legend of war, with Clint Eastwood's straight shooting, masculine direction capturing the totality of a soldiers experience without any filter, pretence or agenda. "
"Laments the current state of the film industry through a fantastic, intimate and trippy journey into the artist's mind, where the battle between integrity and celebrity takes no quarter during an era of blockbuster movie dominance."
Into the Woods (2014)
"Spirited performances from an all-star cast and Rob Marshall's deft handling of all things musical makes Into the Woods a fun watch, yet the giant problem of pacing and questionable moral centre stops it from becoming a classic of the genre."
The Imitation Game (2014)
The Water Diviner (2015)
"While The Water Diviner is well meaning to a fault and features moments of brilliance, star and director Russell Crowe just cannot boost his passion project through the sludge of liberal guilt that consumes the film whole."
St. Vincent (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
"While Peter Jackson could not reach the bar set a decade earlier by his own hands, his shortcomings are still more impressive and entertaining than the majority of adventure fantasy movies that have come and gone. "
"It's clear that those behind this Annie remake wanted to achieve: A progressive new take on an old standard, just in time for families to enjoy during Christmas holidays. If only Smith, Jay-Z and Gluck could have focused more on delivering a good film."
The Drop (2014)