Tom Augustine

Tom Augustine
Tom Augustine's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Zealand Herald Birth.Movies.Death.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 53% Charlie's Angels (2019) Where the original TV series explored the furious politics of women's liberation, this film is blandly box-ticking in its approach to feminism. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 83% The Report (2019) It's a film that wears its didacticism proudly - but in the face of such unforgivable acts, The Report's idealism is extremely easy to side with. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It's a quiet and deceptively slow film, at times featuring so little sound that one can almost hear the characters' hearts fluttering. The pay-off, in a final 20 minutes of simply exquisite, cathartic cinema, is one for the history books. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 86% Animals (2019) Director [Sophie] Hyde crafts Animals into a mostly joyous ode to female friendship, rolling along on a sparkling, witty script that buzzes with energy and feeling. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2.5/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The main issue with Double Tap is that it attempts to lean on jokes and stylistic tics that haven't felt fresh in almost a decade - trying to resurrect the lightning-in-a-bottle success of the first unfortunately only leads to a just-okay second round. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a hoot with just enough of a sour kick to cement it as one of the best of the year. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 69% Joker (2019) So intently focused as he is on crafting an edgy and grown-up vision of the Batman world, Phillips sacrifices consistent character development, good scripting and editing. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) I found Good Boys to be an amiably cheeky, enjoyable little confection. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3.5/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) I found it to be a surprisingly watchable, even engrossing dramatic film in its early stretches, earning its cathartic grand guignol of vengeful bloodletting by film's end and then some. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Part classical space adventure, part Apocalypse Now-esque freefall into the heart of darkness, part solemn meditation on the loneliness and interiority of space, the film is directed with typical invention and muscularity by James Gray. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
83% High Life (2019) Nevertheless a fascinating, worthy effort from one of our most revered auteurs, High Life is a space oddity worth seeing in spite of its more alienating elements. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Girls of the Sun offers up a fresh, rich way of seeing war through a band of heroic women rebels but, ultimately, gets somewhat lost. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) [T]he film is patient, sensitive, remarkably universal in its specificity. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) Chapter Two finds itself stumbling into myriad plot holes or, worse, unintentional moments of hilarity, that belie its occasional stretches of inspiration or sweetness. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) An astounding restoration and compilation of never-before-seen footage of the iconic mission to the moon, it features countless awe-inspiring images, flooring the viewer with its sense of scale and titanic effort. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
1.5/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) There's a great film in here somewhere but original, grown-up cinema needs to do much, much better than this. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) [Mystify's] an enlightening, tragic glimpse of an Australian icon gone too soon. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Despite some undeniably moving sequences toward the end of the film, Blinded by the Light can't quite escape its suffocating sentimentality. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) To watch a film is something like a waking dream - and it's within this space that Once Upon a Time operates, right down to its fantastical title. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) An inessential but ultimately harmless addition to the franchise - but a far cry from the high-points of the Furious universe. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
5/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls is a smart, intelligent and ultimately bittersweet slice-of-life celebrating solidarity and empowerment in spaces where women are often discouraged from having either. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/5 63% Child's Play (2019) In a year full of dull, uninspired rehashes of prior franchises, this remake seems genuinely aware of the inherent trashiness of its premise and has a lot of fun with it. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) At this point, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has got their formula down to a fine science and while Far From Home takes few risks... this makes for a fittingly fun and good natured capper following Endgame's apocalyptic shenanigans. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) An instantly forgettable, totally half-assed buddy comedy. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 83% Crawl (2019) Crawl is here for a good time, not a long time, but is undoubtedly one of the best, most thrilling, most absorbing experiences I've had in a cinema this year, and well worth making time for. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 43% What Men Want (2019) [What Men Want] feels entirely more rote and uninspired, featuring few elements of genuine creative ambition. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give cleverly provides meaningful dialogue about one of the most profound issues of the modern era by presenting it through the vessel of a laugh-and-cry teen drama. One to watch with the kids. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beale Street is an almost unbearably human examination of the price of love and the tragedy of stolen freedom. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) [The Price of Everything] is as pure an expression of the haves-and-have-nots as any you'll see on screen this year. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
1.5/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Von Trier's work here is as bland as anything in his career. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla [King of the Monsters] is a mostly pointless in-between instalment before the inevitable King Kong/Godzilla showdown to come. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The culmination (and likely finale) of the film series that began long ago with X-Men in 2000... is a zippy little thing that nevertheless seems bursting at the seams and sagging with the weight of a series that just can't seem to end, already. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 60% Ophelia (2019) It's a fresh approach to the storytelling, one that twists famous elements of the original text to serve new purposes in ways that are mostly satisfying. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
1.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) A film so bland and seemingly built from corporate mandate that it's almost an impressive achievement were the mission to create something entirely and utterly devoid of meaning or memorability. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite benefits from crisp, rich cinematography, a deep back-bench of brilliant performers, and a script of clockwork-like precision. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) An enthusiastic and kind-hearted profile. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Boasting some truly astonishing action sequences, including a jaw-dropping sequence involving a whole lot of knives, Parabellum is a fairly shallow but wonderfully executed slice of action that only outstays its welcome a little. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) A splash of colour and inspiration and a great central performance elevate Rocketman just beyond its stodgy, well-worn biopic structure. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) There is undeniable joy when the film just gets out of its own way and allows us to simply spend time in the world... It's a shame, then, that Pokémon Detective Pikachu is shackled to such a rote story. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Largely devoid of inventive cinematography or scares that stray beyond the increasingly tired "jump-scare" format, the film fails to fall back on the strength of its performances. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 72% The Happy Prince (2018) A bleak film that nevertheless brims with the spirit and cheek of Wilde himself, Everett is here revealed as the man best suited to telling this particular tale. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.5/5 94% Private Life (2018) Director Tamara Jenkins has always been one of the finest chroniclers of the American upper middle class, and this may be her most anxiety-inducing effort yet. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) A mysterious and frequently wonderful documentary. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) There's plenty of agreeably bloody swordplay here, and the film moves so quickly and efficiently it's easy to ignore some of the more outwardly silly moments of dialogue and eye-roll-worthy story beats. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coens' signature dry humour and brilliant, often unexpected story rhythms are employed in every chapter to stunning effect. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 93% CAM (2018) Devilishly well-constructed with plenty of chilling twists and turns, Cam is a modern day De Palma-esque techno-thriller that elevates above standard Black Mirror fare through clever direction and a committed lead performance. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) There is quite simply no other film like this being made right now, and few directors with the reach and ability to achieve it. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 46% Second Act (2018) By-and-large, the film goes exactly where you'll expect it to go from start to finish, but is propelled by the strength of the characters and some wonderfully deft screenwriting. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) What initially appears to be a slight, if entertaining, true-crime heist romp, in fact, hides untold depths in a muscular offering. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Running out of steam in the middle and weighed down by a few too many subplots, Don't Worry nevertheless remains a genial, heartwarming experience showcasing some consistently surprising and chameleonic performers. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018