Steve Newall

Steve Newall
Steve Newall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Flicks.co.nz
Publications: Flicks.co.nz

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) It's evident how much of a journey the character's taken, and how Paul's portrayal has evolved along the way, from troubled protracted adolescent to deeply traumatised adult. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Not only is Pitt tremendously watchable and utterly convincing as McBride, but likely the most traditionally masculine hero you're going to see in a film that takes a strong point of view about the follies of traditionally masculine heroes. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys is what you want from this sort of comedy (if not much more). - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) More voyeuristic than revealing-and deeply tragic, of course. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing performance. Amazing setting. Amazing footage. Amazing Grace puts you right in the room with Aretha Franklin... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Herbs: Songs of Freedom (2019) The film brings us intimately into their orbit as they share their stories and showcase collective chemistry some 40 years after the band's formation-and the results show that's exactly as it should be. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 59% Ophelia (2019) Daisy Ridley brings Ophelia to life here, raising the (ok, probably unlikely) prospect of Shakespeare fandom now being torn into opposing camps as happened to Star Wars in the wake of The Last Jedi... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong has crafted a modern classic... a gripping, frequently funny and often nerve-wracking film... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 90% I Am Mother (2019) There's plenty to recommend in this streaming sci-fi thriller-tense, keeping the viewer curious, and a notch above most straight-to-Netflix fare. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) A film that's frequently difficult to follow, bordering on the incoherent-not exactly what one might be after in a giant monster action spectacular. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Collectively [the filmmakers] show a fondness for genre, a sporadic appetite for the nasty, and have delivered a bloody watchable superhero-horror mash-up. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 89% Prospect (2018) With seemingly a lot of world-building to inform proceedings, but much of it unseen, the filmmakers keep a firm hand on the wheel, with Prospect remaining engrossing until the last. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
5/5 92% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) The more personal the film gets, the more universal it becomes. Less academic, perhaps, it still celebrates the filmmaking talent of the first indigenous woman to direct a feature film, but doesn't shy from the damage done along the way. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski somehow manages to whip through this decade-and-a-half-long tale in a mere 88 minutes, this all killer, no filler love story at turns reaching right into your heart for squeezes both gentle and much more crushing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House is about so much more than the rise of generational political firebrand AOC (although it doubles as this). - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Could so easily have been a rom-com by numbers if everyone involved wasn't so invested in knocking this out of the park. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 100% The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps (2019) Enthralling, emotional, and at times bleakly comical, this is a revealing film that also conveys a real New Zealand-ness in both personality and place. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
1/5 17% Hellboy (2019) An utter stinker. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Even when factoring in the difficulty of lightning striking twice, The Second Part still comes as a colossal disappointment. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The end of the film will make you want to cheer, relegating most of the film's more uneven moments to footnotes. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Gives way to shocking revelations that will prompt disbelief and a desire to discuss the film's subject matter in detail after the credits roll. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 83% May the Devil Take You (Sebelum iblis menjemput) (2018) Tjahjanto has delivered a body count that's a mere fraction of The Night Comes For Us yet still manages plenty of blood-soaked, broken-limbed moments... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) A fascinating blend of autobiography, cinema history and mystery. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) It's a gripping story, one that you are already aware will have a redemptive arc, but not without extreme tragedy along the way. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Stuck somewhere between straight thriller, comic tale and over-the-top schlockfest... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) This is a film that feels like it has made the mistake of attempting to give its audience everything it could possibly want, but the good news is that the ensuing messiness still has plenty to enjoy. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Elevated beyond the usual condescending fare to be a genuinely fun and funny watch. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Over the two-hour run time it never gets dull to see objects shrink or grow in visually impressive perspective shifts and absurdly comic moments... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 56% Tag (2018) The overcooked script bears all the fingerprints of too many rewrites... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Successfully [shows] the awful lengths individuals and the ruling class will go to in order to preserve power... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3/5 86% Tully (2018) A grounded, sympathetic and often grimly comic portrayal of motherhood. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
2/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Even admiring, and often adoring, the craftsmanship on display couldn't overcome its meandering, surprisingly even managing to bore despite the plethora of interesting ideas at play. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War certainly isn't totally perfect, but it's a damn fun time that rises to its challenge. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 96% Sweet Country (2018) Gorgeously shot and patiently paced, the tension and drama is punctuated by moments of humour and grace, all soundtracked by the sounds of the native environment rather than a traditional cinematic score. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Highly recommended viewing, a patient puzzler that invites comparisons to Solaris and Arrival in how it sees the deeply personal collide with the incomprehensible. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) Even if you know what's coming in I, Tonya, this energetic biopic on disgraced Olympian figure skater Tonya Harding still packs surprises. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Should satisfy franchise fans, if not doing much more... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 88% The Post (2018) A watchable, if not enthralling, account of important events, and some notions that are perhaps more important today than they even were forty-something years ago. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist proves to be a hilarious and heartfelt tale of ambition, friendship, and the imponderable mind of creative force Tommy Wiseau, played here in astonishingly believable fashion by director James Franco. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
4/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brimming with humour and heart, innocent without being naive, and celebrating the joy of creativity... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
2/5 4% Flatliners (2017) Light on thrills, chemistry, or frights, Flatliners squanders a fun concept... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 98% Kedi (2017) Easy-going in mood and pacing, Kedi patiently follows a variety of felines through their routines, seemingly living very charmed lives in a city that prides itself on taking care of its cats. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It may stumble but never entirely loses its footing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/5 34% American Assassin (2017) Considering how generic this slice of vaguely xenophobic counter-terror wish-fulfillment is, it comes as a surprise how bloody American Assassin turns out to be. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 86% It (2017) 'It' quickly proves unafraid of inflicting gore on innocent kids and boasts a freaking terrifying Pennywise thanks to Bill Skarsgård... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
1/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Reduced to a generic cartoon team-up mystic dimension-hopping action movie that barely functions... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Disappointingly, Valerian falls into the trap of constantly trying to dazzle with CGI spectacle, the bombardment of information quickly becoming a mind-numbing chore to look at in 3D. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) A refreshingly entertaining film with a hell of a lot of heart. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) From the get-go Dunkirk is a relentlessly tense affair... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/5 79% McLaren (2016) McLaren stands as more a celebration than sombre eulogy ... and should hold differing types of appeal to various generations. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017