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
79% Synchronic (2020) Moorhead and Benson deliver enough to put this film above more forgettable fare. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) While the story of confinement feels weirdly relevant in a world where lockdowns are the norm, its kindhearted attitude towards nature feels more timely than ever in the wake of a climate emergency. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 71% 7500 (2020) It's up to Gordon-Levitt to maintain that authenticity when the suspense elevates, and he does a damn fine job in a career-high performance. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Powered by mystery and intrigue, Patterson applies small-scale flashes of filmmaking brilliance to a story that can't quite keep up with him. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
4/5 91% The Willoughbys (2020) It's the same dark whimsy that made Roald Dahl a household name, that perfect entry point for growing kids to understand and relate to the more unfortunate aspects of life-albeit, with a kind heart and a bunch of belly laughs. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
3/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Despite those setbacks, The Call of the Wild still pulls through as an entertaining heart-on-sleeve old-school adventure flick that favours emotive performances from its animal characters over bland hyper-realism. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic the Hedgehog's absolute refusal to lean into its own weirdness has resulted in a predictably wholesome, blindingly forgettable experience. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 70% Horse Girl (2020) I am certain of two things: this is one doozy of a watch and Alison Brie is at the height of her performing powers. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/5 75% Only Cloud Knows (2019) As flashbacks continue to jump back and forth in time, there's a quiet hurt that creeps in when certain secrets are revealed-a hurt that turns into something quite bittersweet near the end. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) On one hand, the bog-standard love story amuses but never resonates. Fortunately, the other hand fights rats, dodges traffic, and does all sorts of insane things you've never witnessed in a film. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) "[Craig] sprinkles all 11 herbs and spices onto his Kentucky-fried accent, and while it may prove a bit much for some, it cleverly anchors the film's tone: very humorous, a bit preposterous, but always consistent." - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
2/5 66% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Seeing two photo-realistic canines lock lips? Well... it ain't romantic, to say the least. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 94% Klaus (2019) The Christmas film of the decade. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 97% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) An incredibly moving experience that men, in particular, should witness and absorb. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/5 100% 2040 (2020) 2040 might just shift your world for the better. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 52% The Lion King (2019) Thrilling moments become more tense thanks to the photorealism, and when the Lions vs. Hyena climax kicks in, they go wild with it. It's kinda awesome. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Some may write off Far From Home as 'just another superhero film', but doing so would overlook its mightily impressive ability to address immediate, real-world concerns in a palpable way for general audiences. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Boyle's hyper-speed direction assures you move on before you can question any of this thoroughly. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
1/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Imagine a Taika Waititi-less Thor: Ragnarok rewritten by the guys who penned Transformers: The Last Knight. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) It's the modifications in Ritchie's enjoyable take on Aladdin that ultimately justifies its existence-even if it bends a few nails in the execution. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Fortunately, the concept fires on enough cylinders to prevent the story from being a write-off. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
3/5 100% Vai (2019) A bold experience that rightly highlights the need for more Pasifika cinema. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
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 62% 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 90% 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 82% 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 96% 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 47% 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 89% 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 96% 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 60% 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 33% 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 16% 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 38% 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 98% 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 88% 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 58% 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