Liam Maguren

Liam Maguren
Liam Maguren'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 Review
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Younger audiences are, or soon will be, entering the world wide web with eyes as fresh as Ralph's. Such frankness with important messages feels endearing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's truly sensational to witness a blockbuster this visually daring on a massive screen. It's even more sensational that I found myself yelling: "Give me six more Spider-Verse films!" - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Christian Rivers has constructed a beautiful, burly, bustling blockbuster that visually magnifies a crazy concept. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Unfortunately, it sets up a good target only to fire multiple arrows into its own foot. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) This digitalised revamping is unlike anything I've seen before-certainly not as simple as clicking a 'turn on the colour' button. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 60% Rampant (2018) Zombie purists may cry "Blasphemy!" at Rampant's 'night demons'... but I found the change-up an entertaining point of difference. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Born Racer (2018) Thankfully, the film isn't a simple 90-minute padding of his life story, choosing to use Dixon more as a centre point for exploring the absolute death-tempting madness of the sport itself. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
4/5 91% Mirai (2018) Animation has the unique ability to present surrealism to kids... It's great to see Mirai keeping this tradition alive and with purpose... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3/5 81% The Party (2018) It's not memorable, but it's short-lasting fun. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) The true knockout stars are Lupita Nyong'o as Wakandan spy Nakia and Danai Gurira as Dora Milaje general Okoye. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3/5 49% Downsizing (2017) A disappointing film made watchable thanks to solid performances and some constantly polite chuckles. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/5 88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Enough to sweep audiences up in a journey that poses some good simple questions about science and ethics. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
4/5 95% Menashe (2017) Menashe wants to be a good single parent so badly, and his earnest intentions are sympathetic, but the film does a stupendously cruel job making you question if he ever could be. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 97% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) It's a celebration of those who continued everyday life over the sound of death knocking on the door. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3/5 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A simple exchange feels colossal from Branagh's mouth and thank his godly facial fuzz for that because there's a LOT of blunt exposition Poirot dishes out. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
2/5 35% Jigsaw (2017) Disappointingly, most of the traps feel more like remixes of the past than anything drastically new. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2/5 14% Geostorm (2017) If you're the kind of person who hunts for a "good bad movie" then beer yourself up because this is the most entertaining two-star film of 2017. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 100% Waru (2017) Chances are, you've never witnessed anything like Waru. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
3/5 39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) It's a love story first and foremost, doing a better job serving that crowd than most Nicholas Sparks bollocks adapted to screen. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 50% Another Mother's Son (2017) The sets and costuming are era-appropriate, but director Christopher Menaul's no-frills approach usually boils down to 'point cameras at actors'. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/5 56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) There's a giant robot that shoots sharks yelling "nom nom nom nom nom nom" - this is objectively funny in any language. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
5/5 97% God's Own Country (2017) For anyone who can remember their young heart being soothed and captured for the first time, it is as intense as that experience. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) A great sombre thriller that circles you like a pack of wolves before it pounces. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) I can guarantee you at least one moment of ass-kicking amazement that will make the whole film feel like it was worth seeing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
5/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls explores the darkest of grey areas experienced at a tender age, creating a cinematic masterwork in visualised empathy. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
1/5 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Exists only to sell out. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) Yeah, Long Way North is basically a Russian Moana. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) This Spider-Man isn't about the big moments; it celebrates the small ones. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 70% Cars 3 (2017) Has a trick up its glovebox that makes this film the best of the series. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
3/5 44% Rough Night (2017) A solid laugh machine... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) It doesn't rewrite Schindler's List, but Caro delivers enough compassionate hugs and kicks to the gut to make the story worthwhile. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Not only does Gunn make the galaxy look like a rainbow exploding in slow motion, his still framing of particular action sequences soak in like a comic panel in motion. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This movie is the non-stop chuckle machine Warner Bros. needed, though not necessarily the one it deserves. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 100% One Thousand Ropes (2016) One of the most intelligent films to come out of New Zealand and Samoa. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/5 49% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) [The] team get about 50% there, which might be good enough for some. But one person's "glass half full" is another person's "fully half assed." - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) An utterly graceful film about an almost graceless time. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/5 100% Free in Deed (2017) Mahaffy's visual melancholy will melt into your skin. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/5 25% Fist Fight (2017) The middle hour takes such a laughless nosedive that you'll wish they just cut out that 60 minutes and slapped the remaining 30 on TV. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 92% Fences (2016) You need to go into this for the love of great acting and superb writing. Do that and you'll be rewarded. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Looking for an entertaining film starring women of colour dominating an intellectual field? Then skip this review and watch Hidden Figures right bloody now. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/5 37% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) It's like the cameraperson shot all [the action] scenes one-handed while balancing on a unicycle during an earthquake, then edited it with a NutriBullet. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) With the precision of a cinematic diamond cutter, filmmaker Barry Jenkins has crafted a great three-chapter chronicle... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) It's only a few quick cuts and a camera shake shy from being Taken 3. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/5 75% Trolls (2016) A repeating joke with James Corden's troll never hits while the auto-tuned T-Pain troll is always - ALWAYS - funny. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Shinkai unfolds this carefully-plotted origami of a story in a way that's mightily impressive and immensely satisfying to watch. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 82% The Founder (2017) Michael Keaton slides into the role of Kroc like a greasy weasel, wriggling through the world of business with a slimy smile and a sober slur. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Redmayne makes for a tender, unique, heart-warming hero who can sometimes seem more Time Lord than wizard (complete with Tardis-like luggage). - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) The common person's masterpiece. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) What The Secret Life of Pets lacks in story, it makes up for in character. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 85% Sully (2016) The soul of the film resides in Hanks' flawlessly tuned performance. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016