Steve Newall

Steve Newall
Steve Newall'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
4/5 59% Brightburn (2019) Collectively [the filmmakers] show a fondness for genre, a sporadic appetite for the nasty, and have delivered a bloody watchable superhero-horror mash-up. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 90% Prospect (2018) With seemingly a lot of world-building to inform proceedings, but much of it unseen, the filmmakers keep a firm hand on the wheel, with Prospect remaining engrossing until the last. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
5/5 91% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) The more personal the film gets, the more universal it becomes. Less academic, perhaps, it still celebrates the filmmaking talent of the first indigenous woman to direct a feature film, but doesn't shy from the damage done along the way. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski somehow manages to whip through this decade-and-a-half-long tale in a mere 88 minutes, this all killer, no filler love story at turns reaching right into your heart for squeezes both gentle and much more crushing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House is about so much more than the rise of generational political firebrand AOC (although it doubles as this). - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Could so easily have been a rom-com by numbers if everyone involved wasn't so invested in knocking this out of the park. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 100% The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps (2019) Enthralling, emotional, and at times bleakly comical, this is a revealing film that also conveys a real New Zealand-ness in both personality and place. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
1/5 16% Hellboy (2019) An utter stinker. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Even when factoring in the difficulty of lightning striking twice, The Second Part still comes as a colossal disappointment. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The end of the film will make you want to cheer, relegating most of the film's more uneven moments to footnotes. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Gives way to shocking revelations that will prompt disbelief and a desire to discuss the film's subject matter in detail after the credits roll. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 80% May the Devil Take You (Sebelum iblis menjemput) (2018) Tjahjanto has delivered a body count that's a mere fraction of The Night Comes For Us yet still manages plenty of blood-soaked, broken-limbed moments... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) A fascinating blend of autobiography, cinema history and mystery. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) It's a gripping story, one that you are already aware will have a redemptive arc, but not without extreme tragedy along the way. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Stuck somewhere between straight thriller, comic tale and over-the-top schlockfest... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) This is a film that feels like it has made the mistake of attempting to give its audience everything it could possibly want, but the good news is that the ensuing messiness still has plenty to enjoy. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Elevated beyond the usual condescending fare to be a genuinely fun and funny watch. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Over the two-hour run time it never gets dull to see objects shrink or grow in visually impressive perspective shifts and absurdly comic moments... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 56% Tag (2018) The overcooked script bears all the fingerprints of too many rewrites... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Successfully [shows] the awful lengths individuals and the ruling class will go to in order to preserve power... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3/5 86% Tully (2018) A grounded, sympathetic and often grimly comic portrayal of motherhood. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
2/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Even admiring, and often adoring, the craftsmanship on display couldn't overcome its meandering, surprisingly even managing to bore despite the plethora of interesting ideas at play. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War certainly isn't totally perfect, but it's a damn fun time that rises to its challenge. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 96% Sweet Country (2018) Gorgeously shot and patiently paced, the tension and drama is punctuated by moments of humour and grace, all soundtracked by the sounds of the native environment rather than a traditional cinematic score. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Highly recommended viewing, a patient puzzler that invites comparisons to Solaris and Arrival in how it sees the deeply personal collide with the incomprehensible. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) Even if you know what's coming in I, Tonya, this energetic biopic on disgraced Olympian figure skater Tonya Harding still packs surprises. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Should satisfy franchise fans, if not doing much more... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 88% The Post (2018) A watchable, if not enthralling, account of important events, and some notions that are perhaps more important today than they even were forty-something years ago. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist proves to be a hilarious and heartfelt tale of ambition, friendship, and the imponderable mind of creative force Tommy Wiseau, played here in astonishingly believable fashion by director James Franco. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
4/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brimming with humour and heart, innocent without being naive, and celebrating the joy of creativity... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
2/5 4% Flatliners (2017) Light on thrills, chemistry, or frights, Flatliners squanders a fun concept... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 98% Kedi (2017) Easy-going in mood and pacing, Kedi patiently follows a variety of felines through their routines, seemingly living very charmed lives in a city that prides itself on taking care of its cats. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It may stumble but never entirely loses its footing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/5 35% American Assassin (2017) Considering how generic this slice of vaguely xenophobic counter-terror wish-fulfillment is, it comes as a surprise how bloody American Assassin turns out to be. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) 'It' quickly proves unafraid of inflicting gore on innocent kids and boasts a freaking terrifying Pennywise thanks to Bill Skarsgård... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
1/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Reduced to a generic cartoon team-up mystic dimension-hopping action movie that barely functions... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Disappointingly, Valerian falls into the trap of constantly trying to dazzle with CGI spectacle, the bombardment of information quickly becoming a mind-numbing chore to look at in 3D. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) A refreshingly entertaining film with a hell of a lot of heart. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) From the get-go Dunkirk is a relentlessly tense affair... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/5 77% McLaren (2016) McLaren stands as more a celebration than sombre eulogy ... and should hold differing types of appeal to various generations. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 81% Colossal (2017) Audiences would be missing out on something really special here if they overlook the emotional punch Colossal packs out... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Only has surface-level entertainment to offer. It's some surface to behold though... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
4/5 80% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Veering from the outrageous, hilarious, moments you'd expect to genuine bouts of melancholy, T2 is a bloody good film in its own right. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) Berg shows respect for the Tsarnaevs' victims, while demonstrating his knack for the chaos of urban carnage and combat. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/5 35% Live By Night (2017) Overlong, overly familiar in places and achingly, misguidedly, earnest in others... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Sadly, that Felicity Jones isn't a standout as Rogue One's lead speaks to how more effort seems to have been spent on fan service than character development... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) You'd be correct to go into this film with low expectations. They'll eventually be met... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 88% I Am Thor (2015) Mostly feelgood tale that's an even more absurd Anvil: The Story of Anvil - but with muscles. And arguably even more compelling bandmates... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Violent fun, punctuated by laugh out loud moments and unexpectedly strong drama. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange boasts the most mind-bending visual effects I've ever seen... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016