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
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 75% 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 77% 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 75% 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 53% 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 84% 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 23% 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 62% 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 96% 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 79% 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 84% 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 52% 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 47% 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 19% 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
4/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "I think it's a good -- albeit specialized -- film, but considerably shy of greatness -- perhaps because it seems so very convinced of its greatness and importance. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 21, 2015
4/5 97% '71 (2015) "Exciting and very effective war thriller set during "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. More thriller than political, but very well done. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 21, 2015
3/5 84% Cinderella (2015) "It looks terrific. It's also faithful to a fault -- and that's exactly the problem, since it makes it on the dull, unadventurous side. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 21, 2015
5/5 No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright (1953) "Nostalgic for a world he never knew and which never really existed, progressive-minded and a little reactionary at the same time, innately sad for the passing of an era, deeply humane, and, yes, with a dash of utterly arbitrary beefcake. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Not up to the original and probably doesn't need to exist at all, but this follow-up is certainly a fine way to spend a couple of hours with our old friends from the first movie. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 17, 2015
2.5/5 30% Chappie (2015) "It's noisy, bloated, confused, derivative, singularly lacking in point and occasionally obnoxious. But at worst, it's just a forgettable mediocrity -- not some kind of crime against humanity. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "It's often at its best when it's off on a moody tangent. But it has something and is well worth seeing, especially if you're a horror fan or a fan of art cinema " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 67% The Quiller Memorandum (1966) "As a spy movie, it may rarely be more than adequate, but the compensations make up for that. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 14, 2015
4.5/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "Imagine my delight at finding Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows thoroughly entertaining, amusing and even charming. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 4, 2015
5/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "The lack of a normal story structure will baffle and even bore some viewers. But I highly recommend trying it. If you can tap into its vibe, it's amazing. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 24, 2015
4.5/5 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "It is a difficult movie -- at once bitterly funny, deeply unsettling and sometimes a little silly. That's not a bad description of Hollywood and the cult of celebrity, too. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 24, 2015
3/5 71% The DUFF (2015) "Perhaps no one over age 16 should ever see this movie. That may not be the worst advice I could give you. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 24, 2015
4.5/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Cheeky, rude, stylized, stylish, in crashingly bad taste and with something to offend absolutely everyone. In short, check it out. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 17, 2015
.5/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "There is a very good chance that I will see nothing worse all year. I'm pretty sure I will see nothing more brain-witheringly stupid and boring -- or less sexy. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 17, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome (1937) "High, Wide and Handsome is a fine film - beautiful to look at, stylish and very entertaining. It gets better every time I see it, too. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
1.5/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) "The most notable thing about it is that even with the amazing aggregation of asininity crammed into its running time, it still manages be a thudding bore. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "I'm saying it could have been more worthwhile and aware than it is. As for the film, it has two strong performances and enough grace notes to make that a solid yes, you should see this. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "It's big. It's goofy. It's highly imaginative. It has a little something on its mind. And it's fun. In other words, it's a film from the Wachowskis. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The boys from Belgium have made a good film here, but not, I think, quite a great one. That it's built around a very good performance certainly helps. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 3, 2015
1/5 12% The Loft (2015) "The most startling thing about it is that anyone thought this story needed telling a third time -- and not just one anyone, but a group of them had to come to this crackpot conclusion. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 3, 2015
4/5 13% Mortdecai (2015) "You may not like it, but it's hardly the worst movie ever made. It isn't even anywhere near the worst movie released this month. " ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jan 27, 2015
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