Ken Hanke

Ken Hanke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Author of books KEN RUSSELL'S FILMS, CHARLIE CHAN AT THE MOVIES, A CRITICAL GUIDE TO HORROR FILM SERIES, TIM BURTON: AN UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF THE FILMMAKER. Associate Editor: SCARLET STREET magazine. Movie reviewer/movie coordinator, MOUNTAIN XPRESS. Member Southeastern Film Critics Association.
Favorites:
TOMMY THE RULING CLASS LOVE ME TONIGHT MOULIN ROUGE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Publications:
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
4423
Total QuickRatings:
1891
Location:
Asheville NC

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Let's be honest, this movie is for the fans." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 73% Enemy (2014) " Is it creepy? Yes. Is it puzzling? Yes. Is it disturbing? Yes. Will it appeal to you? That's a hard call, but it will have an appeal to those looking for something out of the ordinary." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 25, 2014
1/5 15% God's Not Dead (2014) " God may not be dead, but I'd be willing to wager this movie at least gave him a faint wave of nausea." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 25, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " A brilliant film that is funny, marvelously creative and always just a little bit sad. Easily the best film to come along this year -- and it will probably still be at the end of the year. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4.5/5 99% Gloria (2014) " The film is far from what we usually see." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4.5/5 85% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " A film of great nuance and substance that sucks you into its story without apparent effort." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " Rockwell's presence and performance raises it to another level. He accounts for at least one star of my review." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " I had a good time with Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It's funny, clever, well-made, entertaining and even a little touching without succumbing to outright gooeyness." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 100% The Train (1965) " It's simple stuff -- finely wrought entertainment -- but on its own merits, it works." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 —— The Corpse Vanishes (1942) " This is poverty row gold." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 —— Night of Terror " The first of Lugosi's "personality" vehicles -- a film built almost entirely around Lugosi doing what can best be described as Lugosi-like things. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 63% Generation War (2014) " Less to do with making the Germans look good than it's about the perils of nationalism for its own sake, self-delusion, disillusionment and just plain getting sucked into something over which you have no control." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/5 —— The Thief (1952) " One thing is certainly true, however. The film's tagline, 'The only motion picture of its kind,' is undeniable. The results make it clear why this is still the case." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4.5/5 97% Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (1957) " One of Fellini's most effective films -- probably the best of his neo-realist dramas." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4.5/5 88% Almost Famous (2000) " The film itself -- a quasi-autobiography of writer-director Cameron Crowe -- is still good, but not as good as it seemed 14 years ago. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4.5/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The Wind Rises is a frequently remarkable film -- easily the best animated film of 2013 and fully of deserving its Oscar Nomination." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4.5/5 89% Omar (2014) " As a thriller, Omar is quite on a par with the slickest action suspense film, and its twists and turns keep it compelling on a pure entertainment level." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4.5/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Hooked me from the first moment and kept me hooked all the way through." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 24% Pompeii (2014) " I would not call it time well spent." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 45% In Secret (2014) " It's a very good exercise. I recommend the film -- so long as you realize that it's about as far from cheerful as you're likely to get, and emotional involvement may be hard to find." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 18, 2014
3.5/5 48% Cleopatra (1963) " A lumbering monstrosity of a movie with all manner of preposterous hairstyles and improbable fashions. Worth seeing -- once anyway -- at least as wayward legend." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 15, 2014
2/5 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " It was almost touching to reach the end of Vampire Academy and find that it not only left itself open for a sequel, but seemed so certain of that eventuality that it set one up." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 15, 2014
3/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Is The Monuments Men a disappointment? Yes, it is, but it isn't a crashing disappointment." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Feb 15, 2014
5/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " This is quite simply glorious filmmaking." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jan 29, 2014
2.5/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Any way you slice it, I, Frankenstein is quite a few stitches shy of the classic monster." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jan 29, 2014
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Though The Invisible Woman is a good, surprisingly complex and thoughtful film -- it is about as far as it's possible to get from 'action-packed.'" — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jan 26, 2014
.5/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) " When told that space would be tight this week I asked if I could review Devil's Due by simply saying, 'Trust me, folks, this thing sucks a moose.'" — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jan 26, 2014
2/5 11% The Nut Job (2014) " Standard issue in-the-bleak-midwinter animated kiddie movie." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jan 26, 2014
1.5/5 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " An educational show with the addition of a moronic plot and a lot of poop and flatulence gags. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 26, 2013
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The kind of sensation that you only get from a master filmmaker and it restores one's faith a little in film for its own sake. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 26, 2013
4.5/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " An almost perfect blend -- sometimes alarmingly bitter, sometimes sadly -- and amusingly -- sweet." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 18, 2013
1/5 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " The uneasy peace that has existed lately between the cinema of Tyler Perry and me has been sorely tested by this one." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 18, 2013
4.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " A profoundly entertaining collection of none-too-bright folks who think they're smarter than everyone else. And it's all set to the best soundtrack of the year." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 18, 2013
4.5/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Saving Mr. Banks is a confection and should be viewed as such. In that regard, it works admirably, which is all you can reasonably ask." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3.5/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The first two-thirds of Catching Fire is truly compelling. Unfortunately, that last third is something else altogether. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4/5 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " Has nothing to do with the noble - and undervalued - art of plate spinning. (I confess this disappointed me slightly.) No, it's just an oddly titled documentary about three restaurants." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 3, 2013
3.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " This turns into a squabble that climaxes with Elsa going all Carrie-at-the-prom and freezing the kingdom, before storming off to sing a power ballad." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4/5 —— Black Dragons (1942) " All in all, Black Dragons is deliciously silly with some magnificently dopey dialogue." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 21, 2013
5/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " If Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto don't garner Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nods, there is no justice in Oscardom. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 21, 2013
5/5 91% Sabrina (1954) " It's a perfect soufflĂ© of a movie -- or to borrow an apt phrase from Ian Anderson, it's a 'breath of champagne on a sparkling night.' " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
3.5/5 8% Diana (2013) " It may not be anything all that special, but it's harmless, well-made and entertaining on its own terms." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
4.5/5 66% Great Expectations (2013) " Helena Bonham Carter's Miss Havisham is quite the most fascinating incarnation of this character I've ever seen, and she's matched every step of the way by Ralph Fiennes as Abel Magwitch." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
4/5 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " The sex scenes here look more like a lot of hard work than an outburst of passion. Gynecological? Perhaps. Erotic? Perhaps not." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
5/5 69% About Time (2013) " This complete charmer of a movie delighted me from start to finish. In fact, About Time may well be the two most purely pleasurable hours I've spent in the cinema all year." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " A surprisingly successful stunt. How successful it is will vary from viewer to viewer." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 5, 2013
3.5/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " Not a great picture, but a curious and curiously involving one. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 5, 2013
.5/5 18% Free Birds (2013) " Just this week's kiddie-flick cash grab. How you'll explain to your tykes why you've stuffed and roasted Reggie in a few weeks is your concern." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 5, 2013
4.5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Beautifully made and stylish to no end -- even elegant. With an assured hand, McQueen has captured the uncomfortable juxtaposition of natural beauty and unnatural ugliness." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 5, 2013
1.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Lifeless, joyless and charmless. It also consistently mistakes glumness for profundity. In short, it's an expensive and overbearing lox." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Nov 5, 2013
5/5 93% This Gun for Hire (1942) " Catapulted Alan Ladd to stardom, established Ladd and Veronica Lake as a screen team and is just plain as close to a perfect representation of film noir as you're likely to get." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Oct 29, 2013
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