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
60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It just doesn't quite add up to the end of 2020 knockout we might have wished for. But should we be surprised? After all... "monkey's paw". - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
3/5 86% Dead (2020) A satisfying watch that might not trigger a ton of belly laughs, but turns out to be more assured and entertaining than some other recent local comedy efforts. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Better than it perhaps any right to be, recapturing the spirit of its predecessors, and might be the most fun you'll have watching a movie this whole awful goddamn year. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/5 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) By the time the strings are back in full force at the film's ho-hum end, Peninsula hasn't lived up to either its pretty decent opening half-hour, or Train to Busan expectations. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/5 74% The Wretched (2020) While there could have been plenty more meat on its bones, its a reason to at least keep an eye on its debuting director team to see what they come up with on a sophomore outing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/5 73% Lost Girls (2020) Ryan's powerful performance has more facets than her just snapping "suck my dick" at recalcitrant cops. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) A competently told tale, sure, but one that doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other legal dramas outside of its subject matter. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Perfectly-timed horror examining the impact of psychological and domestic abuse, the long shadow it casts, and a particularly recognisable vile strain of masculinity. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/5 92% La Belle Époque (2020) This French slice of boomer romantic nostalgia wish-fulfillment unexpectedly charmed me. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
5/5 92% Fyre (2019) It's a gloriously watchable, often barely believable, documentary. You've simply got to see it. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Look, now that we're six films into a series that had become a run of disappointments, this is probably the best Terminator film we were going to get. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Honestly, days after watching it, it makes me happy just thinking about it-this is the epitome of a crowd-pleaser. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) It's evident how much of a journey the character's taken, and how Paul's portrayal has evolved along the way, from troubled protracted adolescent to deeply traumatised adult. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) Not only is Pitt tremendously watchable and utterly convincing as McBride, but likely the most traditionally masculine hero you're going to see in a film that takes a strong point of view about the follies of traditionally masculine heroes. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys is what you want from this sort of comedy (if not much more). - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020) More voyeuristic than revealing-and deeply tragic, of course. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing performance. Amazing setting. Amazing footage. Amazing Grace puts you right in the room with Aretha Franklin... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Herbs: Songs of Freedom (2019) The film brings us intimately into their orbit as they share their stories and showcase collective chemistry some 40 years after the band's formation-and the results show that's exactly as it should be. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 60% Ophelia (2019) Daisy Ridley brings Ophelia to life here, raising the (ok, probably unlikely) prospect of Shakespeare fandom now being torn into opposing camps as happened to Star Wars in the wake of The Last Jedi... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong has crafted a modern classic... a gripping, frequently funny and often nerve-wracking film... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 91% I Am Mother (2019) There's plenty to recommend in this streaming sci-fi thriller-tense, keeping the viewer curious, and a notch above most straight-to-Netflix fare. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 43% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) A film that's frequently difficult to follow, bordering on the incoherent-not exactly what one might be after in a giant monster action spectacular. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 58% 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 88% 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 92% 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 99% 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 18% Hellboy (2019) An utter stinker. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 84% 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 79% 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 97% 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 77% 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 94% 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 84% 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 33% 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 87% 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 87% 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