Steve Newall

Steve Newall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 78% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " A welcome return of the Avengers amusing team dynamic and essentially asking "what more could you want?" " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) " You're left wondering if there is such a thing as too much. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) " Leaves a gap that should be filled with gags. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 30% Chappie (2015) " The robot Chappie is brought to life awesomely by actor Sharlto Copley and the boffins at WETA, and much of your tolerance for the film will hinge on whether you find Die Antwoord endearing or not. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 56% Focus (2015) " Fails to ensnare its audience thanks to fatiguingly frequent "ah, bet you didn't see that coming" narrative twists. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 10, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " Never predictable in when it will stun the senses or bore you into submission. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 19, 2015
5/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) " One of its many interesting facets is how unlike the unpredictable doco model it turns out to be while still proving utterly engrossing from start to finish. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Somehow more inspiring than disappointing, this account of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed effort to bring Dune to the big screen still manages to be a testament to artistic insanity and tenacity. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " A fitting send off - with the right number of endings to boot. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Dec 2, 2014
3/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Katniss has little to do but react to the actions of others, though she does get to blow stuff up with her bow and enjoy a literal save the cat moment. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Nov 20, 2014
1/5 19% Serena (2015) " How could reteaming Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper go wrong? In a word - Serena. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Nov 6, 2014
5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " Never has a nearly-three-hour blockbuster enthralled me in the way that Interstellar did. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Nov 5, 2014
4/5 69% The Dead Lands (2015) " Offers proof that a well-crafted, fight-filled revenge story is the type of pic least reliant on the English language to impress, which this does in spades. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Nov 2, 2014
4/5 77% Fury (2014) " A superior war film that doesn't shirk from sudden, shocking violence but still doesn't overplay its hand when it comes to man's inhumanity to man. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 22, 2014
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 84% 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 69% 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 98% 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 85% 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 74% 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 78% 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 3% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Ay-yi-yi, Frankenstein. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 49% 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 87% 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 18% 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
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