Ken Hanke

Ken Hanke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Ken Hanke's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 97% Amy (2015) "A powerful, but not always comfortable portrait of a seemingly inevitable tragedy told with uncommon immediacy. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
4.5/5 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) " Put simply, I think it's very good -- sometimes even great. I like it a lot, and, in time, suspect I may well love it. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/5 27% Terminator Genisys (2015) "A noisy, cluttered actioner with loads of explosions, fights, chases and gun play -- featuring a star who built a career on spouting badly-crafted one-liners badly. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/5 21% Self/less (2015) "It's not that I think Tarsem Singh's Self/less is a very good movie, it's that I don't think it's anything like the awful movie it's largely been painted as. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/5 54% Minions (2015) "Packed with period songs and with a refreshingly unsentimental anarchic vibe, this could have been great. Unfortunately, it is seriously wanting in the villain department. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
5/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) " It's about a man in his final years finally opening himself up to his own feelings and those of other people. This is simply a beautiful and tender character study. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "A mix of the brilliant and the basic -- a film that truly soars when it works, but doesn't quite work all of the time. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3.5/5 51% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "Del Toro owns the film. His presence, the threat of his presence, the sense of his reach pervades the movie, especially in its second half. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4/5 40% A Little Chaos (2015) "A stylish, intelligent entertainment for grown-ups with some splendid performances. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4.5/5 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "If indeed Hiromasa Yonebayashi's When Marnie Was There turns out to be the final film to come from Studio Ghibli, it would be hard to imagine a more elegant or appropriate farewell. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Better written, better directed and better acted than any film about rampaging dinosaurs has any right to be. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
4.5/5 89% Dope (2015) "A completely refreshing take on the coming-of-age comedy that succeeds by hewing closely to the subgenre's tropes while deftly turning them upside down. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
4/5 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Refreshingly adult, sweet-tempered and rather special little romantic comedy-drama focusing on a generally underserved age group -- and presenting that group in a new light. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Manages to overcome the triple threat of a new director, being a prequel, and being the third film in a series. This really is a pretty terrific addition. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/5 95% Spy (2015) "While it's an improvement over the standard McCarthy vehicle -- at least she plays a character rather than a caricature -- this latest is too long and too predictable to fully work. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Overall, "Lambert & Stamp" is a fascinating documentary of two men, one of the great rock bands and a moment in time. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
3/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "Sets out to prove that The Rock can go toe-to-toe with two earthquakes and a tsunami and come out on top by the sheer power of his biceps and a helpful screenwriter. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
4.5/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Brilliantly conceived and almost as brilliantly realized, this is one of those rare musical biopics that truly gets to the essence of its subject -- and in a creative manner. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
4/5 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Glorious to look at -- at least when it sticks to black and white -- and keenly perceptive, this isn't your standard documentary for most of its length. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "This look into a largely unknown aspect of pop music is a treat as it celebrates the faceless musicians behind some of the biggest hits of an era. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 1, 2015
2.5/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Put on a very simple level, "Tomorrowland" feels like science fiction grounded in Rev. Norman Vincent Peale's "The Power of Positive Thinking" -- minus the God stuff. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 1, 2015
5/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Splendid as drama and strong on character -- the four leads are exceptional -- this is one of the year's best films and easily one of the most visually beautiful. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 19, 2015
4/5 76% Good Kill (2015) "Strong performances, a trenchant message and brilliant uses of imagery help to overcome a screenplay that leans toward preachiness. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 19, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "While it isn't likely to change your idea of cinema (at least I hope not), isn't worth the hype and has its share of problems, this is one wild ride that's worth taking. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 19, 2015
4/5 79% Deli Man (2015) "Best of all, it's a character portrait of of deli owner David "Ziggy" Gruber -- almost a biopic, that charts not only his work, but his personal life. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
4/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "A good -- but not entirely likable -- film that might have been great but isn't quite, owing to a central character who becomes increasingly unsympathetic. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "It's too big. It's too frenzied. It's too full of characters it can't contain. Mostly, it's just too much everything. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
3/5 54% Maggie (2015) "The zombie redefined as a disease-of-the-week family drama centered on a mopey teen zombie. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
4.5/5 43% The D Train (2015) "A very different movie than you think, this is a warm, generous, kindhearted film that dares to go places other such comedies fear to tread. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home "I hate to trot out this idea -- it's too close to the moronic 'they don't make 'em like they used to' -- but this is the type of film it would be hard to put together today. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet La casa del fin de los tiempos (The House of the End Times) (2014) "It may look like a standard haunted house movie on the surface, but this is really a finely crafted supernatural thriller of a very different -- and startlingly complex -- kind. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
5/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Remarkable and richly layered film examining the thin line between art and life, about change, aging, death and identity, built on splendid performances by Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
3/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " A muddled mixed bag containing some fascinating ideas, a handful of terrific scenes and some good performances. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet For the Defense (1930) "A great film? No, but it's a well made, fast-moving drama with some terrific performances that makes it worth a look. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "It probably won't change many minds -- do these things ever? -- and it may not tell you much you don't know, but this is a solid and surprisingly effective activist documentary. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 24% Child 44 (2015) "I'm going against the current on Daniel Espinosa's Child 44 by simply not hating it, but I'll go further and say it's actually good -- with qualifications. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 21, 2015
.5/5 61% Unfriended (2015) "What we end up with is a bunch of truly unpleasant, self-absorbed teenagers yelling at each other on Skype -- all recorded in grating lo-fi to maximize the headache-inducing annoyance value. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4.5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "It's the kind of film that seems to me shy of a masterpiece right now, but one where I may well find it to be with time and repeat viewings. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet Love Letters (1945) "It's all on the preposterous side, but it's done with such conviction and artistry that both its melodrama and its unabashed romanticism work. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4.5/5 97% Housebound (2014) "It is never just any one thing. It is - often simultaneously - scary, exciting, suspenseful and very funny. The characters are unusual and unusually well-defined. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) "Bright dialogue and great chemistry between Al Pacino and the rest of the cast raise this fairly predictable comedy-drama to very enjoyable entertainment. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4.5/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "Remarkably elegant film from Ethan Hawke about his friend, classical pianist and sometime-composer Seymour Bernstein, is one of early delights of 2015. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 8, 2015
4.5/5 83% While We're Young (2015) "Has a few missteps -- perhaps part of its quality -- that are hard to brush aside. Even so, it is a great film -- the first such of 2015. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 8, 2015
4/5 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "Curtis has so carefully crafted the film, and Mirren and Reynolds have such terrific chemistry, that it mostly works -- and it works pretty well at that. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 8, 2015
4.5/5 96% Wild Tales (2015) "Wild Tales isn't much interested in tender sensibilities -- rather, it trades in deliberately outraging those sensibilities in bleakly funny and anarchic ways. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2/5 45% Home (2015) "The kindest word that comes to mind is "undistinguished." Unfortunately, it's also uninteresting and uninspired - as well as tedious, noisy, obvious, annoying... " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) "No, it's not a patch on the James Whale film, but it has its points as one of Universal's "silver age" (oft times, more like tin-foil age) outings. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/5 18% Serena (2015) "Chock-full of melodrama and outrageous contrivances, there's no way to call Serena good, but it's one fascinating hot mess that's entertainingly trashy. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4.5/5 96% It Follows (2015) "While I don't quite think that David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is one of the scariest movies ever made, it is certainly one of the most unsettling. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 24, 2015
1/5 18% Do You Believe? (2015) " It's the same old false shuffle dealt from the same old stacked deck. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 24, 2015
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