Tom Augustine

Tom Augustine
Tom Augustine's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Zealand Herald Birth.Movies.Death.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 63% Child's Play (2019) In a year full of dull, uninspired rehashes of prior franchises, this remake seems genuinely aware of the inherent trashiness of its premise and has a lot of fun with it. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) At this point, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has got their formula down to a fine science and while Far From Home takes few risks... this makes for a fittingly fun and good natured capper following Endgame's apocalyptic shenanigans. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1.5/5 43% Stuber (2019) An instantly forgettable, totally half-assed buddy comedy. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 85% Crawl (2019) Crawl is here for a good time, not a long time, but is undoubtedly one of the best, most thrilling, most absorbing experiences I've had in a cinema this year, and well worth making time for. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 44% What Men Want (2019) [What Men Want] feels entirely more rote and uninspired, featuring few elements of genuine creative ambition. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give cleverly provides meaningful dialogue about one of the most profound issues of the modern era by presenting it through the vessel of a laugh-and-cry teen drama. One to watch with the kids. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beale Street is an almost unbearably human examination of the price of love and the tragedy of stolen freedom. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) [The Price of Everything] is as pure an expression of the haves-and-have-nots as any you'll see on screen this year. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
1.5/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Von Trier's work here is as bland as anything in his career. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla [King of the Monsters] is a mostly pointless in-between instalment before the inevitable King Kong/Godzilla showdown to come. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The culmination (and likely finale) of the film series that began long ago with X-Men in 2000... is a zippy little thing that nevertheless seems bursting at the seams and sagging with the weight of a series that just can't seem to end, already. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 59% Ophelia (2019) It's a fresh approach to the storytelling, one that twists famous elements of the original text to serve new purposes in ways that are mostly satisfying. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
1.5/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) A film so bland and seemingly built from corporate mandate that it's almost an impressive achievement were the mission to create something entirely and utterly devoid of meaning or memorability. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
5/5 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite benefits from crisp, rich cinematography, a deep back-bench of brilliant performers, and a script of clockwork-like precision. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) An enthusiastic and kind-hearted profile. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Boasting some truly astonishing action sequences, including a jaw-dropping sequence involving a whole lot of knives, Parabellum is a fairly shallow but wonderfully executed slice of action that only outstays its welcome a little. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 90% Rocketman (2019) A splash of colour and inspiration and a great central performance elevate Rocketman just beyond its stodgy, well-worn biopic structure. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) There is undeniable joy when the film just gets out of its own way and allows us to simply spend time in the world... It's a shame, then, that Pokémon Detective Pikachu is shackled to such a rote story. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Largely devoid of inventive cinematography or scares that stray beyond the increasingly tired "jump-scare" format, the film fails to fall back on the strength of its performances. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 71% The Happy Prince (2018) A bleak film that nevertheless brims with the spirit and cheek of Wilde himself, Everett is here revealed as the man best suited to telling this particular tale. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.5/5 94% Private Life (2018) Director Tamara Jenkins has always been one of the finest chroniclers of the American upper middle class, and this may be her most anxiety-inducing effort yet. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) A mysterious and frequently wonderful documentary. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) There's plenty of agreeably bloody swordplay here, and the film moves so quickly and efficiently it's easy to ignore some of the more outwardly silly moments of dialogue and eye-roll-worthy story beats. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coens' signature dry humour and brilliant, often unexpected story rhythms are employed in every chapter to stunning effect. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 94% CAM (2018) Devilishly well-constructed with plenty of chilling twists and turns, Cam is a modern day De Palma-esque techno-thriller that elevates above standard Black Mirror fare through clever direction and a committed lead performance. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) There is quite simply no other film like this being made right now, and few directors with the reach and ability to achieve it. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 46% Second Act (2018) By-and-large, the film goes exactly where you'll expect it to go from start to finish, but is propelled by the strength of the characters and some wonderfully deft screenwriting. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) What initially appears to be a slight, if entertaining, true-crime heist romp, in fact, hides untold depths in a muscular offering. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Running out of steam in the middle and weighed down by a few too many subplots, Don't Worry nevertheless remains a genial, heartwarming experience showcasing some consistently surprising and chameleonic performers. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlackKklansman is a slapstick comedy, a blaxsploitation throwback and an incendiary Molotov cocktail thrown into the foray of the modern multiplex. The most urgent, clear-voiced and, arguably, best of the outspoken filmmaker's recent output - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 76% Holiday (2018) Posing thorny questions that confront ideas of complicity and masochism... This one sticks with you. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 95% Transit (2019) Evoking Casablanca, this tragic romance is gorgeous to look at and often thrilling, its central gimmick of telling a historical story in the modern day paying off surprisingly well. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4.5/5 90% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) Poetic and impressionistic, this is urgent, angry filmmaking that reaches for something transcendent in its exploration of the conflict between precarious, precious nature and deeply human evil. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3.5/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Frequently hilarious, the film commendably never loses sight of what is at stake, hammered home in an arresting final image. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4.5/5 96% Zama (2018) This gently surreal, impossibly lush existential nightmare is almost punishingly languorous, but the rewards are many for those who vibe with its peculiar rhythms. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 91% Mandy (2018) The man who never turns down an opportunity to be a total madman, Cage is totally bonkers here in the best possible way - a psychologically imbalanced anchor in a cosmically nightmarish world. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Undeniably gorgeous, strewn with sequences of pure cinematic verve... The film's sweltering tension and commitment to its lack of easy answers is commendable, but less so is its treatment of women. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Feels vibrantly alive and vital throughout; quietly political in the way it champions intellectualism and public institutions, Ex Libris is anything but boring. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Occasionally dream-like and frequently transcendent, the film brilliantly portrays an ever-evolving Chinese landscape struggling with the many changes of the 21st century. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) More concerned with mood than plot, the observational film carries impassioned feminist undertones. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
3/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Questions of cultural and personal appropriation and mental health are explored with care, occasionally drowned out by the many cinematic flourishes the director drenches us in. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) As a snapshot of the way young people converge and interact, it is a fascinating, funny, warm experience, capturing the varied complexities of its young women in bold colours. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Unbearably tense throughout. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) A psychologically rich dreamscape of alarming violence and latent human pain - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Where Shoplifters ultimately goes is at once unexpected and inevitable, arriving at a startling, powerful conclusion that is carried on the back of one of the strongest screen ensembles in years. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
No Score Yet Māui's Hook (2018) This is not easy viewing - nor should it be - and it is commendable that Māui's Hook faces these sensitive subjects with remarkable openness and grace. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet Stray (2018) It is an iceberg of a film - what appears above the surface barely scratches at the behemoth of emotion lurking within. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 80% Yellow is Forbidden (2018) The amount of eye candy on display throughout the film borders on excessive but what allows the film to retain its interest and power is the charisma and story of its subject. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 39% Mary Shelley (2018) When it stops the narrative in its tracks and attempts to dig into what made Shelley so brilliant, Mary Shelley occasionally snatches at moments of brilliance itself. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) By giving the parents and the kids equal weight in the story, what could be a bog-standard sex comedy turns into something that could be legitimately moving for some audiences. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018