Matt's Movie Reviews
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)
Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
Get On Up (2014)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
"Ridley Scott has delivered a different kind of Biblical epic, one that questions just as much as it glorifies the power of the Almighty as He destroys the scourge who has taken more than their pound of flesh from "God's Chosen People"."
Big Hero 6 (2014)
John Wick (2014)
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
"Jean-Marc Valle knows how to draw out raw, transformative performances from his actors, a skill needed in the transformation of "America's sweetheart" Reese Witherspoon into a wreck of a woman finding redemption, and do so without any pretense."
Kill the Messenger (2014)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
"Although bogged down by too many plot points, A Walk Among the Tombstones works as a gritty crime thriller that features a refreshingly compelling Liam Neeson as a reluctant man of violence ensconced in a violent world."
The Judge (2014)
"Acid tongued comedy, sentimental family dramatics, and courtroom thriller conventions sit awkwardly with one another creating a peculiar yet entertaining near train-wreck of a movie that stays on track thank to its lead players."
Dracula Untold (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
The Infinite Man (2014)
Draft Day (2014)
Night Moves (2014)
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)
"Just like the addictive bloodlust these characters have, What We Do in the Shadows is a film that demands repeated viewings with its ever quotable dialogue and wacky situations where the supernatural meets the mundane to gut-busting results."
Two Days, One Night (2014)
God's Pocket (2014)
The Maze Runner (2014)
"At its best, it reminds of the powerful corrupt-cop dramas directed by Sydney Lumet. At its worst, it's rampart with the kind of stodgy plot problems that haunts many an Australian dramatic feature."
All This Mayhem (2014)
The Grand Seduction (2014)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
"Luc Besson's grasp cannot sustain his out of this world vision of creating an action movie that is as revolutionary in its ideas as it's stimulating in its visuals, resulting in a muddled mess of both."
A Most Wanted Man (2014)