Jonathan Kiefer

Jonathan Kiefer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Biography:
Twitter: @kieferama
Publications:
Esquire Magazine , Maisonneuve , PopMatters , Sacramento News & Review , Salon.com , SF Weekly , The Faster Times , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
419

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
74% Land Ho! (2014) " The filmmakers don't presume to reinvent the recognizably shopworn two-guys-on a-trip scenario. Instead they simply relax into it, as one might gradually and gratefully lower oneself into an arctic hot spring." — SF Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2014
85% Coherence (2014) " Byrkit's is an exactingly proportioned blueprint for well-paced cerebral freakouts, downplayed humor, and the humblest of special effects." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 30, 2014
54% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) " There's something slightly queasy-making in how this film summons the tireless piety of a church-recruitment pamphlet to describe what basically amounts to Burning Man as a business model. " — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 28, 2014
97% A Summer's Tale (2014) " A Summer's Tale feels like a great beach read of a movie, that deceptively slender paperback you tuck into your luggage because it's substantial without weighing much." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Moodysson's gift for lifelike misfit ennui here seems exalted by specific inspiration." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
84% Night Moves (2014) " Director Kelly Reichardt and writing partner Jon Raymond expand their singularly spartan field guide to off-the-grid Oregonians." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " 'Cold in July' doesn't really add a lot to the canon, but it restores some genre craftiness that's been lost over the years to attrition." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
43% Words And Pictures (2014) " Their courtship, presumably meant to evoke vintage battle-of-the-sexes screwball wit, instead seems sodden and stiff." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
13% Tasting Menu (2014) " An unfortunate misfire in the movies-about-feasts milieu." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
83% The Double (2014) " This movie is visually stylized to within an inch of its life, but there's unity between its people and machinery." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
54% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " It's as cozy and self-congratulating as you'd expect from a thing executive-produced and distributed by Spacey." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
63% For No Good Reason (2014) " Paul's frenetic assemblage strives in vain for the cinematic equivalent of Steadman's splotchy urgency." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
83% Belle (2014) " Something like 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' crossed with 'Pride and Prejudice.' " — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 71% Palo Alto (2014) " One way Gia Coppola deals with privileges is by recognizing and revealing their limits." — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
31% God's Pocket (2014) " The story mostly just plods along, enlivened neither by actorly plumage of working-class significance nor by occasional shtick in the style of 'Weekend at Bernie's.'" — SF Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Spry, if sprawling, Supermensch warmheartedly affirms the Gordonian style of karmic contemplation." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
4/5 94% Moneyball (2011) " That such a literally spreadsheet-intensive story could register real human thought and feeling at all has to count as some kind of triumph." — Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 6, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " In Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton he has a perfectly Jarmuschian pair of actors, each effortlessly lanky, weird, and wise." — SF Weekly
Posted May 2, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " Directorially, Knight's austerity can seem at once like audacious confidence and like a lack of visual imagination." — SF Weekly
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 36% Friended To Death (2014) " It won't kill you to click on a thumbs-up." — SF Weekly
Posted May 1, 2014
38% The M Word (2014) " Jaglom smartly sees a parallel between midlife hormone upheaval and sudden workplace superfluousness, but his unstructured-gabfest approach makes rather a mess of it." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
80% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " If the movie tends to sprawl a little, that only reinforces its validity; too-tidy packaging might betray the telling, nuanced weirdness of the tale itself." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 9, 2014
83% Rob the Mob (2014) " Arianda is warm and sharp and a paragon of cliché avoidance." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
54% Breathe In (2014) " It does everything it should, except take your breath away." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " Some chemicals, when combined, manage only to become inert." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
89% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " Buirski easily affirms that the dancer's angular sensuality was but one aspect of her enduring creative power." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " In addition to being a character-driven caper, beautifully designed, it's also an excellent tribute to the act of yearning for a better world." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
64% Bad Words (2014) " The gangling script shows a compulsion to swerve away from sentimental expectations, but only manages to mire itself in affected anti-cute misanthropy. " — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
25% Goodbye World (2014) " It achieves an unfortunate imbalance of breezy banter and airless melodrama." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " It does bring pretense-puncturing hilarity to the expansive sub-genre of rock documentaries." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It's a plot thick with friend-foe confusion, freedom-security tradeoffs, and military-industrial complexity." — SF Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Credit is due to any attempt at teasing a film out of Rumsfeld's most notorious sound bite." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
82% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " Environment is very much a character here, and it's movingly apparent that Carbone, with sensitive cooperation from cinematographer Nick Bentgen, shot the film where he grew up." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " The great insight in director Roger Michell's fourth collaboration with writer Hanif Kureishi is its vision of Paris as an arena equally amenable to romantic comedy and sulking tragedy." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
100% 7 Boxes (2014) " Ambition and resourcefulness are of the essence in this zippy thriller from the Paraguayan filmmaking duo of Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 28, 2014
79% Teenage (2014) " As elaborated from punk historian Jon Savage's book, Wolf's pristine pop history assembles archive footage, recreations, and read-aloud diaries from real midcentury teenagers to recount the dubious fabrication of youth culture." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 26, 2014
89% The Wind Rises (2014) " It extends very naturally from Miyazaki's rightly beloved earlier works, which collectively reveal his own refreshingly incorruptible fascination with flying contraptions." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 21, 2014
91% Omar (2014) " We take Omar's fate to be sealed from the moment he first meets his soft-voiced, salt-and-pepper-bearded, Mandy-Patinkin-on-Homeland-looking interrogator." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 21, 2014
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Odd, you may think, that a Penn & Teller film seems so bent on revealing a great magician's secrets, but their evident appreciation of Vermeer, and of Jenison for that matter, only affirms the revelatory power of pure curiosity. " — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 21, 2014
100% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) " As agreeable as a parable of Cold War paranoia possibly can be, Dr. Strangelove still is the definitive nuclear-doomsday movie, largely on account of being a comedy." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2014
90% Cropsey (2010) " Not quite an investigative triumph but definitely a grabber. " — Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2014
100% On The Job (2013) " This is a film whose signature image might be a bloody middle finger in the midst of a very lethal intersection shootout." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Soloway has staked her claim on edgy urban female neuroticism; more importantly, she's advanced Hahn's career." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
85% Spinning Plates (2013) " Filmmaker Joseph Levy seems at ease infiltrating the communities that spring up within and around professional kitchens. " — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
85% We Are What We Are (2013) " Genre fans wanting more gore and less fancy atmospherics will have their gratification delayed but certainly not denied." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Fittingly, it all climaxes with a cacophonous, cameo-filled brawl between anchor teams from increasingly esoteric cable-TV territories." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " About as journalistically useful as a promoted tweet. " — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " Hey, who doesn't love a good retrospective courtroom drama, or a tasteful picture about a smart writer having a think?" — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " Mungiu seems to want more than just an allegory of self-incriminating religiosity." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 4, 2014
50% Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013) " The latest in a long parade of limp couture-chronicle documentaries." — SF Weekly
Posted Feb 4, 2014
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