Matt's Movie Reviews
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
"Mind numbing, big action spectacle is what Wrath of the Titans should have delivered. That Liebesman thought he had the tools to deliver anything beyond that is the only entertainment to be taken from this misdirected mess. "
Mirror Mirror (2012)
"The best advice when watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is to accept its dramatic short cuts as the flaws they are. While its resolutions are of the most contrived nature, its sincerity and performances make up for it. "
The Hunger Games (2012)
"Solid sci-fi drama filled with a mature resonance about the inhumanity of classism, the corruptive nature of exploitative violence and the audacity of hope in a world which tries to rob the last remnants of spirit from a deprived people "
The Raid: Redemption (2012)
"Gareth Evans has delivered quite the action thriller with The Raid. Its premise is brilliant in its simplicity, its hero worthy of our cheers and villains deserving of our fear and scorn. Shaky cam is dead. Long live this new era of action cinema. "
Margin Call (2011)
"Intelligently written and brilliantly portrayed, Margin Call delves into the belly of the beast where consequence is given no conscious and the line between good vs evil is blurred amongst a sea of numbers. "
21 Jump Street (2012)
"With its nice combination of raunchy teen comedy and buddy cop bromance, 21 Jump Street successfully creates its own identity with no intention on copying the dynamic of the hit TV show that inspired it. "
A Separation (2011)
"Asghar Farhadi has written a superb screenplay and directs it with equal brilliance. He has managed to make a film that says something about the state of affairs in his Iran and weaves that message into an engrossing tapestry of mystery and drama. "
The People vs. George Lucas (2011)
A Little Bit Of Heaven (2012)
John Carter (2012)
"John Carter is a fun blockbuster. There is fun in its action scenes, in its jaw dropping imagery and especially in its surprising sense of humour that Andrew Stanton melds well with its brand of sci-fi spectacular. "
"Its louder is better approach is just too much. The tantrums, the tears, the bloody tambourine the main character shakes at every given moment. It all culminates into a dizzying mesh of over the top sentiment. "
Late Bloomers (2012)
Killer Elite (2011)
The Grey (2012)
The Hunter (2012)
This Means War (2012)
Safe House (2012)
The Vow (2012)
A Few Best Men (2015)
J. Edgar (2011)
"Besides a rip roaring performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar suffers from the heavy handed direction of Clint Eastwood who manages to turn this biopic on one of the most notorious men of all time into an uninspired bore. "
"Taking an innovative approach to the found-footage sub-genre, Chronicle presents a dark tale about the consequences of powers received yet not earned, and the dangers of Darwinian rule when wielded by the powerful. "
Man on a Ledge (2012)
Young Adult (2011)
The Artist (2011)
"A gift that keeps on giving, The Artist is a film that demands your attention at every moment. All senses are glued to the screen and director Michel Hazanavicius delivers with drama, laughter, romance and stellar performances from his cast. "
"Guy Ritchie digs deep into his trusted bag of tricks and turns his patented stylised action filmmaking up to maximum wattage. Fortunately, Ritchie still manages to create an entertaining film in spite of his excessive ways. "
Albert Nobbs (2012)
"Although it strives for bigger things, Albert Nobbs proves itself to be a diluted and bland exploration into transgender survival in conservative Ireland, headlined by Glenn Close's vain gender bending performance. "
The Skin I Live In (2011)
"This is a horror story only Almodovar could conjure. It's filled with his style of melodrama and love for the disenfranchised, not to mention a seedy undercurrent that is sure to turn off some. A film for strong minds and sturdy hearts. "
The Boys Are Back (2009)
"Along with its strong emotional pull and engrossing personalities, Blindsight also features some breath taking images of the Himalayas, and some nerve wrecking scenes that would make those of us who are afraid of heights to start sweating bullets. "
Big Dreamers (2007)
"Australians sure do love big things. New South Wales has the Big Banana, Victoria the Big Koala, South Australia the Big Lobster, and so it goes as a small town follows the same formula in the light hearted Australian documentary Big Dreamers. "
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Beautiful Kate (2009)
"Although it presents itself as a bastion of haunting thoughtfulness and a target of controversy, Beautiful Kate offers nothing more than familiar themes seen in plenty of Australian films before it. "
"This is a comedy that employs the crudest of humour. It is a racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Catholic travesty that just does not sit well in these politically correct times, and nor should it. "
The Bank Job (2008)
Babylon A.D. (2008)
"To put it bluntly, Babylon A.D. is a cluttered mess. Characters have been under developed, realtionships have no chemistry, and its conclusion feels rushed and leaves too many unresolved questions. "
Apocalypse Now (1979)
"Perhaps Francis Ford Coppola's greatest directorial achievement, Apocalypse Now is a visually stunning war film that has no equal, with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro capturing the films Philippine location to great effect. "
Angels & Demons (2009)
"Taking a hint from past mistakes, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks return to the fanciful historical styling's of Dan Brown to create a much more entertaining and thrilling mystery, as science and religion, martyrs and heretics clash in Angels and Demons. "