Steve Newall

Steve Newall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Flicks.co.nz
Total Reviews:
89

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 47% The Judge (2014) " Pleasingly, the two Roberts (Downey Jr. and Duvall) who top the cast list and square off as father and son bring their acting A games... " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " This superior thriller arrives at a time when Hollywood mostly seems to have forgotten how to make 'em. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 86% Predestination (2015) " Predestination is more a movie to be regarded than swept up in. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 16, 2014
5/5 91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " A great one-off idea brilliantly executed. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " The leap from TV to feature film comes with risks, and again they're not negotiated entirely successfully. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Aug 28, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Linklater casts a spell that defies you to not be moved, and captures the incredible complexity, richness and emotion of every one of our unique lives in the process. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Makes The Fifth Element look like 2001 by comparison. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " An exciting thrill-ride that strikes a brilliant balance between jaw-dropping space scenes, anarchic wit and bountiful belly laughs. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 65% The French Minister (2014) " If you're not looking for something that puts politics to the sword, but merely uses it to provide a backdrop for some gently prodding humour,The French Minister will provide a chuckle or two. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " One of the best big budget films of the year. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Lord and Miller continue to mine a similar vein of absurdist gags, boosting the laughs-per-minute ratio of its predecessor. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " Avoids exposing the harsh truth that watching CGI creatures beat each other up has limited entertainment value. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " We're here for the scares and chills, and on this front the film does enough in building atmosphere and providing the requisite frights to prove watchable. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted May 7, 2014
3/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Sight gags, slapstick and puns abound as you'd expect, with James Bobin again keeping the Muppets moving at a brisk pace, at least most of the time. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " It's satisfying to see this level of craftsmanship applied to a film that is often so silly it's a pure delight to watch. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The result is a crime saga with the frequently jaw-dropping fight scenes you'd expect. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 51% Cuban Fury (2014) " More grounded than most high concept comedy. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 20, 2014
5/5 94% Her (2013) " For the first time with Her, the relationships Jonze brings to the big screen blossom into something bigger than the story and setting around them. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Ay-yi-yi, Frankenstein. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " Better than it almost has any real right to be, José Padilha's RoboCop reboot is an example to Hollywood as to how they should be done. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 9, 2014
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " I'd suggest taking off your Ron-tinted glasses and accepting that the first film isn't flawless, and that this isn't likely to top it. From there, proceed to laugh your ass off. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " This efficient adaptation proves extremely watchable, and still packs an emotional punch. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Co-writer Armando Iannucci repeats what he pulled off with In The Loop by helping to pen a film that'll appeal to fans and newcomers alike... " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " Slow-burning adult drama full of chuckles derived from well-written characters and top-notch acting... " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Nov 28, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " It's hard to shake the sense of déjà vu as the film's narrative follows the trajectory of The Hunger Games a little too closely... " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/5 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " Incorporating props, visual effects, lasers and pyro in eye-popping fashion, it eventually starts to seem like an enormous 3D version of a backdrop from Guitar Hero. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 10, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " One of the most exhilarating experiences I've had in the cinema in recent memory. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/5 35% Salinger (2013) " Shane Salerno's doco is at times also over-wrought, but luckily his subject is so damn intriguing that he carries Salinger through its most heavy-handed moments. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 50% White House Down (2013) " The result is a safe, pleasantly entertaining mainstream flick. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 19% Tasting Menu (2014) " A polite, if insubstantial, film-watching experience. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) " Side-splittingly hilarious, The World's End deftly balances its character work with lashings of comedy and impressive action sequences. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jul 18, 2013
4/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Sensory overload is the order of the day, Pacific Rim packing a punch with its bold and bright colour palette, sheer size and mega volume. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " A perfect excuse for high levels of hysteria, mayhem, profanity. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/5 68% World War Z (2013) " For a gore-free film, there are plenty of scares. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2/5 34% The Internship (2013) " Manages to disappoint as the pair sleepwalk through the film, seemingly unaware of how abjectly unfunny it is. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Misses the chance to either match the first film's lofty levels of humour or make something truly different. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted May 23, 2013
4/5 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " A simultaneous celebration and criticism of youth. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted May 9, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " No shortage of large scale action on offer both on land and in space. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted May 9, 2013
5/5 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " Still proves as thrilling as ever. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted May 2, 2013
2/5 33% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) " Content to pitch most of its plot twists and gags squarely at kids. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/5 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " With more romantic mushiness than the brain-chomping kind. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " There's plenty to enjoy if you can look past the unconvincing emotional connections. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 10, 2013
4/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " Impressive, superior drama. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 7, 2013
2/5 28% 21 And Over (2013) " Lacks the laughs to hold up the appeal of a dumb comedy. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 6, 2013
2/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " Give Courtney the lead role in a spin-off and call it a good day to wrap up. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 13, 2013
3/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " This Is 40 sees Apatow mistaking his personal life as the perfect fodder for another dramedy that stretches beyond a comfortable running time. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 12, 2013
4/5 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Densely crammed, unmistakeably excessive Quentin Tarantino dialogue, Django Unchained is his most exciting, accessible and satisfying film for ages. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jan 17, 2013
3/5 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " I liked it - but I can see why some won't. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/5 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " A disappointing addition to the franchise. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3/5 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " A crowd-pleaser, and one that is better than it really has any right to be. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Sep 20, 2012
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