Matt's Movie Reviews
Killing Them Softly (2012)
"With its focus on American capitalism played out in the mean streets of Boston, Killing Them Softly establishes itself as a new crime classic that is as thought provoking as it is visually and narratively absorbing."
Monsieur Lazhar (2012)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Total Recall (2012)
Holy Motors (2012)
"Make no mistake about it, Holy Motors is a film that makes no sense at all. Yet like the most beautiful, twisted and irrelevant of dreams it is a movie that will stay in your head and create dreamscapes of its own."
Bad Karma (2011)
"As a performance driven film Bad Karma holds an ace in Ray Liotta. Fans of his work will find an interesting and surprising alternate to the usual. It's only a shame he has to travel to Australia to make that so."
"Bully is a solid documentary but one that's built to garner a specific reaction. In doing so Lee Hirsch has missed an opportunity to go deeper into the issue, offering a faceless enemy to protest against."
"While Linklater does a fantastic job in creating an entertaining true crime story, he also hits home the realisation that darkness can be found in the sweetest of souls, making a film that is as tragic as it is funny. "
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
The Sapphires (2013)
"So good are the interactions between Chris O'Dowd and the rest of the cast that its weaknesses are forgiven, for it's the relationships not the politics that makes The Sapphires work. Not to mention the music. That sweet soul music."
The Campaign (2012)
"A political comedy with little bite in its satire and bias in its political stance, The Campaign is still kept in contention thanks to the over the top theatrics of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis."
Magic Mike (2012)
"Reigning men on a physical, philosophical and psychological level, Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike also completes the transformation of Channing Tatum from mumbling toy-boy to thinking man's beefcake."
"Cosmopolis is a soulless, confusing, bore of a film, a pretentious message movie where the message itself is lost in dialogue equal to verbal masturbation where big questions are asked, and waffling diatribes are given in response."
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
"A blockbuster with heart, humour and brilliantly staged scenes both dramatic and action packed. In other words, The Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot that's up there in quality to Batman Begins and Casino Royale."
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Rock of Ages (2012)
"A confrontational look at a taboo issue, Amour sheds light on how the embracement of humanist values has seen the physically disadvantaged ostracised into the clutches of a culture that embraces death."
I, Anna (2012)
That's My Boy (2012)
"Funny is some spots, idiotic in others and a combination of both during its moments of raunchy insanity, That's My Boy is a suitably moronic entry into the canon of Adam Sandler's man-child comedies. "
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
"Anderson's films have been described as quirky, eccentric and whimsical. But there is also a genuine charm and heart that is driven by the Anderson's love for his characters, and the love those characters have for one another."
Killer Joe (2012)
"For every moment of grotesque violence there are several beautifully directed, well written and fearlessly acted moments that counter. Killer Joe is a trashy and at times shocking Texan tale to be sure, but one that's worth watching. "
Not Suitable for Children (2012)
"The creation of human life is the best show you could ever see and What to Expect... the book is a great guide to that process. However the movie adaptation is a shallow concept piece, lazy in its approach and moronic in its execution. "
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)
Bel Ami (2012)
Iron Sky (2012)
The Woman in Black (2012)
"The Woman in Black is not the best ghost story ever made, but it is one of the purest and most effective to hit cinemas in quite a long time. That in itself makes this a film worth cherishing, goose bumps and all."
Men in Black III (2012)
"Not only does Safe feature bone crunching, nut busting, gun popping action as dispensed by one of the genre's great practitioners, but it does so with fresh energy and creativity that is enough to distract from its more stale elements."
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
The Dictator (2012)
Dark Shadows (2012)
King of Devil's Island (2011)
"The majority of the films running time is spent with these boys. We feel their hunger, their humiliation and the chill of the ice-bound landscape they call home. As a result King of Devil's Island is a film set to make viewers sad and angry."
La délicatesse (Delicacy) (2012)
"Delicacy is sweet, but never sickly in its sweetness. Tender, but not to the point of mush. Great performances sell its unlikely love story, while innovative direction frames it into an entertaining and digestible package. "
Café de Flore (2012)
"It's themes of spirituality, religion and love eternal in an increasingly secular and jaded world is wonderfully presented and touching in its tangibility, although it often ventures into brazen territory."
Wish You Were Here (2013)
Get the Gringo (2012)
The Way (2011)
The Lady (2012)
"As far as biopics stand Besson has spared no expense in creating as authentic and presentable a movie as he could with The Lady. Yet he has failed to tap into that sense of outrage, sadness and hope that a story like this should conjure."
Romantics Anonymous (2011)