Aaron Yap

Aaron Yap
Aaron Yap's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Flicks.co.nz
Publications: Flicks.co.nz, The Spinoff

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 84% Crawl (2019) You want big alligators attacking people? You'll definitely get big alligators attacking the sh-t out of people. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Call it Charlie Brooker's Small Soldiers. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) Even if the film doesn't hang together in the moment as tightly as one might prefer, it fires up our synapses in the aftermath. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
1/5 31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of the Weeping Woman might be my last excursion into the non-James-Wan-directed reaches of so-called The Conjuring Universe. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Haters gonna hate, and von Trier gonna von Trier as hard as he can. That should give you some gauge as to whether you should bail from The House That Jack Built right now. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) Director Nathaniel Kahn approaches the subject from an open, genuinely curious, rather than sneeringly critical, place. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The formal elegance on display fills, and sometimes overwhelms, the heart. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
4/5 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) It's an 88-minute how-to in making something as exciting as The Taking of Pelham One Two Three within the limitations of a broom closet. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 76% Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) This mind-boggling, aggravating account of child kidnapping compresses an entire season's supply of bizarre, shocking twists into ninety minutes... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) Basically In The Heat of the Night repurposed as a Christmas stocking stuffer... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee is the Transformers franchise sobering up after a decade-long bender. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) An unavoidably cute and moving inquiry into the inability of humans to wholly function without the blessed existence of doggos... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Not much happens, but its leisurely, unusually congenial temperament strikes me as a small miracle. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Genuinely mesmerising, sustaining a two-and-a-half-hour duration with lashings of camp, rhapsodic dance choreography and wildly unpleasant body-horror. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) It's all pretty dizzying to process on first viewing, even more difficult to extricate from the incredible legend and circumstance that surrounds its existence. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) I will add to the chorus of praise for Gaga. She's the film's real MVP-a natural actor of surprising depth and soul. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2/5 87% First Man (2018) At the tender age of 33 years old, Oscar golden boy Damien Chazelle decided it was time to make his stodgy, pedestrian Clint Eastwood-in-twilight biopic. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 26% The Nun (2018) It reeks of dumped-to-Netflix mediocrity, with flimsy characters, clunky dialogue and run-of-the-mill mythology... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's also first and foremost, a zingy, glossy entertainment that should resonate far and wide beyond its cultural specificity. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 46% The Meg (2018) The film could've benefited from more R-rated absurdity - think Deep Blue Sea - to counter its bland, somewhat neutered surfaces. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) I walked out of the theatre feeling like I'd just watched the year's most exhilarating action movie. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 87% Cargo (2018) Cargo injects bracing, subtle layers into long-established flesh-munching lore while not completely reinventing anything. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 78% Kangaroo (2018) Balanced it is not, but Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story proves to be a bluntly effective, in a pry-your-eyes-open-with-a-crowbar kind of way, piece of animal welfare advocacy. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) This one's genuinely gut-wrenching - pack some diapers. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying might be more likeable a road movie than it is an anti-war statement. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) If Mary Magdalene emerges less transcendent and spiritually satisfying than it ought to be, it's because of director Garth Davis' tendency to favour plodding biopic literalness over ascetic restraint. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
2/5 14% Winchester (2018) Budgetary constraints aside, the labyrinthine geography of the mansion is poorly communicated, sapping much allure from its bounty of potentially atmospheric spaces. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) I'm still uncertain if I buy 31-year- old Armie Hammer as a 24-year- old, but man, Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name sure does sell its love story. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
2/5 40% Justice League (2017) A colossal, garish shambles that offers minor relief by being a smidgen less painful than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) McEnroe's "unsportsmanlike behaviour" is a no-brainer fit for LaBeouf, who attacks the tennis enfant terrible's profanity-filled, racket-throwing antics with gusto. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
2/5 73% Final Portrait (2018) Avoids the usual biopic pitfalls, yet succumbs to the half-baked slightness that can plague talky, miniaturist chamber pieces. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Poetic, inspiring, haunting, and absolutely necessary. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Guess what? It ain't bad. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) 47 Metres Down shouldn't be sniffed at, its plum supply of nerve-wracking scenarios capably playing to our phobias of deep sea depths and hungry sharks. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/5 70% The Journey (2017) [A] likeably droll, if all-too-pat and unchallenging, film... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2/5 76% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Attempts to seize profundity from all the timeline-leaping are laboured and heavy-handed, marked by some clunky spots of doddering-seniors-in-the-21st century-style humour. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
4/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) It's a more audacious, visually adventurous effort, matching expertly choreographed knife-to-the-balls Wickian ultraviolence with strikingly Baroque, even hallucinatory, mise-en-scène. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Sometimes too much is too much, and this exercise in pupper schmaltz has definitely hit my ceiling. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Winter at Westbeth (2017) It's difficult to deny the emotional pull of their unyielding quest... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 92% Raw (2017) It's viscous, and vicious, a twisted, oddly poignant collision of midnight-movie yucks and coming-of-age turmoil. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Converts New York traffic into the demolition derby equivalent of World War Z... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
5/5 98% Get Out (2017) Smart, accessible, pin-sharp, and also a more authentic, disturbing genre-tweaking pic about slavery and the antebellum South than Django Unchained. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 97% Aquarius (2016) Sonia Braga is so good as widowed music critic Dona Clora - like Isabelle-Huppert-level so-good... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 77% Split (2017) It's too weird and entertainingly trashy to write off. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
5/5 81% Sunset Song (2016) For sheer rapturous beauty, Terence Davies's Sunset Song might be the film to top this year. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 22% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Only offensive in its mediocrity. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
2/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) [Hews] closer to the embarrassing pastiche of Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies than the exquisite smoke-and-mirrors of Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 68% Operation Avalanche (2016) Better as a tribute to the lost art of analog filmmaking and practical effects than a paranoid espionage thriller... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) One of the year's most pleasant surprises. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Witty, inventively rigged scares, alongside the cast's solid performances, raise this one above the average cash-grab. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016