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Matt Neal

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 87% The Castle (1999) The greatest Australian film of all time.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
2.5/5 42% Midway (2019) A weird mix of the historically accurate and the unforgivably fake.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) If nothing else, 1917 is the Mona Lisa of planning. But thankfully it's a lot more than that.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
3/5 98% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) This second outing from Shaun and friends has humour and takes its stop-motion to great heights, but lacks the extra facets and heart that made the first one so well-rounded.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) The vitality (on screen) makes it so enjoyable, but Gerwig's ability to re-frame Alcott's words and themes with a contemporary eye make it unmissable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
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1/5 20% Cats (2019) The filmmakers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could do a heavily CG version of Cats, they didn't stop to think if they should.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
2/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise Of Skywalker is like a hyperactive three-year-old - filled with boundless energy and often entertaining, but mostly messy and directionless.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out isn't revolutionary and falls short of being a post-modern Poirot ... but it's an occasionally bonkers and enjoyable twist on an old tale.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) There are a lot of reasons to recommend this film, but the main ones can be summarised in surnames - Scorsese. De Niro. Pacino. Pesci.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Despite being very much about car design and the philosophy of race driving, it's a very human story that will win over non-petrolheads.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3.5/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is far better than it has any right to be.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
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4/5 82% Judy (2019) An immaculate acting display that ensures we see Garland as a real human, and not just the diva she could have been portrayed as.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) A great time and a good laugh... and if nothing else, Dolemite... is a worthwhile venture if it helps return Eddie Murphy to greatness.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
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4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It works, in a way only Wes Anderson can make such things work. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 87% Hustlers (2019) It's like Goodfellas, but with strippers. Goodstrippers?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) The Taxi Driver of comic book movies.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
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4/5 81% Abominable (2019) A "help the creature get home" family adventure filled with so much fun and wonder that you just want to give the whole damned movie a big hug.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Its message is important and its story powerful, but it's told in a matter-of-fact and unsurprising way that works without ever excelling.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) An admirable attempt at an all-too-rare beast - the big-budget sci-fi art film - (but) the film is about as subtle as its redundant narration.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Along with Chapter One, this is a finely crafted horror duology that will stand the test of time among the better Stephen King adaptations.‐ The Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/5 23% The Kitchen (2019) Maybe we can get the TV series this deserves in 10 years time. But for now, a visit to The Kitchen is only going to get you a rushed, unsatisfying meal.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 66% Danger Close (2019) Stenders has put together a well shot and engaging re-enactment ... (but) it falls short in many other areas.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Welcome to Tarantino's weirdest film yet.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2.5/5 46% Palm Beach (2019) Pleasantly average, vaguely disappointing, and largely forgettable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This is less about cars, and more about Brosnan-era Bond-type OTT mayhem. Except on steroids. And possibly meth.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose is the kind of star-making turn that will make, well, Jessie Buckley a star.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Visually stunning and majestic to behold, but this story was told with more power and finesse by its predecessor.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) It lacks a linear and layered story, but TSLOP 2 manages to be entertaining, humourous, and doesn't outstay its welcome.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The most enjoyable European vacation ever committed to the big screen (sorry Griswolds), and amazingly, it's even better than Homecoming.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Some marvellous and clever moments ... but it also feels surprisingly by-the-numbers.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) As much as this feels like an unnecessary sequel, Pixar has done the impossible. It's turned the perfect trilogy into the perfect quadrilogy.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) It will take the return of Will Smith to breath life back into a franchise that is otherwise drifting in dead space.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) They done a bad job with the Dark Phoenix story again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, screw you, Simon Kinberg.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) If you really want to line (Bohemian Rhapsody) against (Rocketman), it's no contest - Rocketman is far and away the better film. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) When it finally takes wing, this version of Aladdin soars like a magic carpet.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
1.5/5 14% The Hustle (2019) The film's inability to find its funnybone, combined with a tone that continually wobbles into bizarre places it struggles to get out of, makes this a criminal disappointment.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 87% Top End Wedding (2019) There's a lot to like in this film which takes us to a lot of places Australian cinema hasn't visited very often, both geographically and culturally.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) (No spoilers) The Return Of The King of superhero movies. An epic end chapter that closes a legacy in the best way, living up to the lofty expectations.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Compared to the rest of the DCEU, Shazam feels Marvel-esque, almost like a kiddie-friendly, less-overtly-meta version of Deadpool.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park boasts a refreshing level of thematic depth that helps overcome many of the movie's shortcomings.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) The script is bloated and contrived in places (but) it still contains many of the beautiful things and themes that made the original so magical.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A funny and fun introduction to a mighty Avenger. It has flaws, but they only stand out because other MCU films have done these things better.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Did Green Book deserve the best film Oscar? The short answer is "no", the longer answer is "no, but it's still a great movie".‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3.5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) In lieu of some emotional extremities, Stan & Ollie suffices as an okay-enough look into the later lives of two legends.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is like a wounded magpie - it's close to flying but is distracted too often by shiny, fast-moving things.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
3.5/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Buoyed by a strong latter half and solid performances from Jones and Hammer, but let down by a patchy start and an inability to be as groundbreaking as its subject.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) There is a void at the centre of this film where there needed to be some heart.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) Could a Netflix movie win the best film Oscar come February 24? You better believe it.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt (is) the perfect Poppins for this whimsy-filled throwback to a bygone Disney era.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 66% Aquaman (2018) If there was one film to sum up the hit-and-mostly-miss nature of the DCEU, it's Aquaman.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018