Kate Rodger

Kate Rodger
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Newshub (NZ)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) I don't want to be the Christmas grinch this early in the festive season but Last Christmas isn't the Love Actually we've been looking for. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) I do love a good car movie -- add to that the joy of spending a few hours in a cinema with Christian Bale and Matt Damon and this Ford V Ferrari face-off was an easy watch. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4.5/5 100% Bellbird (2019) Tenderly breathing life into grief and healing by giving the story and its players permission to breathe themselves, and infusing it with that special kind of real Kiwi humour, it's just wonderful to watch. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Genuinely inspirational on many levels, this film was a surprisingly emotional ride on and off the track with another pitch-perfect outing from our national treasure Sam Neill. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) The movie is delivered with purpose and real intent -- Hustlers really is a fist-pumpingly good time at the movies. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) I wanted this film to fill all the chambers of my heart but accepting the fact it does not and embracing these wonderful characters and rich story all over again, it still delivered me much nourishment... - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4.5/5 69% Joker (2019) Joaquin Phoenix as Joker will haunt the recesses of my soul until the end of time. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Tense, emotional, sterile but in a cool way and anchored by an incredibly nuanced performance from Brad. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) As with Guy Ritchie's first Sherlock, I was left entirely underwhelmed. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) JoJo Rabbit will wrap you up in the cinematic group hug that laughing and crying together in a dark theatre can bring. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) While this is quite naturally just an elongated cinematic episode of your favourite show, it really is the kind of rich and luscious production which deserves the big-screen treatment. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) A great story to be immersed in. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
5/5 87% Inception (2010) Lose yourself in Chris Nolan's dream-world. You may never want to wake up. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 16% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy should haul in the crowds, if not the critical acclaim. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 88% Young@Heart (2007) This is one of those films the phrase "feel-good" was invented for. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is obviously exactly the same recipe served at perfect room temperature. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Michal Pena and his comedy trio feel a little more forced this time around as they try to recreate the magic of their debut, but they still brought a smile to my dial. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
.5/5 56% Tag (2018) If not being funny was this alleged comedy's only crime, I may have left the cinema as a normal person, rather than the rage-engulfed madwoman I was. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) It's a pretty fun ride. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A mostly entertaining few hours of non-essential cinema. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 86% Tully (2018) A fabulous little film... - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 89% The Breaker Upperers (2018) Hilarious, genuinely laugh-out-loud and even funnier on repeat. LOVED it. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is Captain America: Civil War on steroids. Lots of steroids. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's gently and marvelously unpacked for our viewing pleasure. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The messages embedded here, while delivered heavy-handedly, are still really good ones for our kids. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It is so clever in its simplicity, building tension so excruciatingly well, that I was left a quivering, shaking, giggling, freaked-out, hot mess. Brilliant. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) A cinematic theme park ride of quite epic proportions. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is now permanently intertwined with my cinematic DNA and I suspect I'll be pondering aspects of this story until the end of recorded time. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) There is a genuine gentle, loving softness in its telling. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A simmering, elegant knockout of a film and must be seen. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Writer/Director Greta Gerwig brings her own personal story into play, delivering her Lady Bird with an enthusiastic yet defiant cheekiness, never once losing sight of the real story. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) It's a powerful package. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 71% Kodachrome (2018) You're in good hands knowing Ed Harris is driving this story safely home. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Not quite a royal flush, but a full house isn't too bad. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 81% The Party (2018) I signed up for the cast, was blown away by the brilliantly acerbic script and left gasping for air at the final shot. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) At its heart, this is simply a story about love and tolerance and honesty, and told with a perfect dose of each of those things. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) Irreverent laugh out loud family fun that's not really for the Beatrix Potter purists but an enormously entertaining outing nonetheless. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) This is a love story above all else, and on many different levels, and it's all just rather wonderful. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 88% The Post (2018) This film drips with urgent and authentic storytelling, and I would expect nothing less. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) The ultimate delivery and obvious climax of this film is spine-tinglingly great and goosebump-inducing, regardless of how many times you think you've heard it. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Their love story is one for the cinematic ages. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The fact this story is so ridiculously nourishing while still leaving me pondering some really big questions will remain one of cinemas great mysteries. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The plot twists are about as cerebral as the bedazzling but if your expectations are in keeping with a nice night out with the girls, then this is unlikely to seriously disappoint. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Changeover (2016) Deeply immersive and affecting, and no question we are witnessing the birth of a real star in young newcomer Erana James. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 85% Wonder (2017) A faithful adaption of an excellent book delivered with a welcome gentle restraint. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Not a great film, but it is a good one. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) There are just too many sweeping stereotypes here to take aim at and I simply don't have the time nor will to live to bother. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) This still delivered on the big-screen blockbuster dino action, upped the ante on the scare factor and doubled-down on some seriously creepy spookiness. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/5 44% Rough Night (2017) A couple of all too short and sweet laugh-out-loud moments early on soon gives way to silly, screeching, dullsville - and a damn shame too. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
1/5 31% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Desperately laboured, heavy-handed humour delivered loudly and lazily with a glaringly tired plot... - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019