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:
4492
Total QuickRatings:
1889
Location:
Asheville NC

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 84% El Norte (1984) " Splendid on nearly every level." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4.5/5 87% The Trip To Italy (2014) " A sadder, more penetrating - yet still very funny - work that may linger in the mind longer than The Trip." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
4/5 88% The Drop (2014) " There's an inescapable sense that The Drop ought to be special, and not just a more elegant take on the kind of 1970s crime film Sidney Lumet used to make. Ultimately, that's all it is." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
4/5 79% Land Ho! (2014) " The results are an amiable, somewhat rambling film that's certainly not going to change your life but does provide a pleasing 95 minutes at the movies." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 80% The One I Love (2014) " A high-concept premise that can't really support the running time without talking itself to death or indulging in not-very-successful bedroom farce. And yet, I'm not writing the film off." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Sep 3, 2014
5/5 62% Mood Indigo (2014) " At a time when so much filmmaking is marked by rampant laziness, it's both refreshing and a little daunting to encounter a film of such nonstop invention and creativity as Mood Indigo. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Sep 3, 2014
1/5 27% As Above/So Below (2014) " Any horror fan knows the entrance to hell is in Brooklyn -- a fact established in Michael Winner's The Sentinel -- and no attempt to transfer this accolade to Paris is worth considering. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " No, it's not as good as the original, but this still finds Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez doing their best to make a worthy follow-up, and they come surprisingly close. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " Chances are you'll be wishing our heroine would just make up her mind, so the rest of us can go home long before the resolution." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3.5/5 —— Zombies on Broadway (1991) " Boasts a mad scientist (Bela Lugosi), RKO's unasked for answer to Abbott and Costello (Wally Brown and Alan Carney) and a mischievous monkey for simian value. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
4/5 —— Flesh And Fantasy (1943) " The segments are uneven -- the curse of the portmanteau format -- but each of the three has merit, and the central one with Edward G. Robinson is a standout. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
4/5 —— Four Men and a Prayer (1938) " A wildly enjoyable minor Ford work, loaded with all manner of Ford touches, and one truly disturbing sequence that seems to come out of nowhere." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
4/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " A luminous Helen Mirren leads a first-rate cast in this familiar but thoroughly charming and appealing culture-clash, food-centered romantic comedy." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
5/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " A sparkling champagne cocktail of a romantic comedy only Woody Allen could make. It may be lightweight -- though perhaps not entirely -- but it's a little slice of cinema heaven." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
.5/5 20% Into The Storm (2014) " No matter how dumb you think this bloated Weather Channel special being passed off as a movie is, I assure you it's even dumber than that. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
4.5/5 —— Unconquered (1947) " It's big. It's colorful. It's exciting. It's filled with movie stars who look like movie stars. It's preposterous in the way that only a Cecil B. DeMille movie can be. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/5 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Offers familiar pleasures of no little charm. Sometimes that's enough. When the star is Brendan Gleeson, it may be more than enough." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 60% Hercules (2014) " The surprise is that -- for what it is -- it's really not that bad. This is not a recommendation, but neither is it a condemnation. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " I expected dumb. An incomprehensible mess punctuated with cheese-encrusted CGI effects, phony philosophizing and outbursts of tedium, I did not. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
5/5 92% Venus in Fur (2014) " It's witty, perceptive, penetrating, beautifully made, ties in with other Polanski works and feels like one of the filmmaker's most personal films." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " It wants to be more than it is, but it's still good and contains a strong performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Like being trapped in a revolving door of mediocrity, and it offers further proof that Disney is only in it for the money it can siphon from the wallets of unwary parents." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " This sequel is better made, more exciting and considerably more thought-provoking. It's still not all that good, though." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3.5/5 —— Terror of Mechagodzilla (2003) " There's something about a man in a rubber suit that CGI can't match." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " What we end up with -- and what I guess was wanted by Chaz Ebert -- is a kind of celebration of Ebert. There's not a dissenting voice in the crowd." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2014
3.5/5 24% Third Person (2014) " A glorious failure -- and one that's beautifully produced and acted. More than that, however, it's a bold film and an idiosyncratic work of great ambition and personal integrity." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2014
3.5/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " A mostly pleasant but deeply flawed little film that gets by on its stars and a sense of generosity." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2014
3/5 59% Hellion (2014) " Everything about it is so indie that it feels like it's following a formula as rigid as that of any romcom or teen-meat-on-the-hoof slasher picture." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 9, 2014
5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " In a word, 'Wow!' Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, is near the very top of 2014′s "Best of" list -- at least so far, and I can't imagine it slipping out of the top five." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 9, 2014
2.5/5 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Isn't the worst bag of Beelzebub buffoonery to ever douse audiences with holy water. This does not make Deliver Us from Evil good. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3.5/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Not as fresh or funny as its 2010 predecessor but with a bang-up second half, much visual beauty and a surprising emotional resonance." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Clever and fast-paced with a welcome streak of dark humor, this sci-fi actioner is undeniably entertaining, if ultimately not terribly substantial." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 66% The Rover (2014) " Alternately violent and tedious road movie of the post-apocalyptic variety that remains watchable thanks to some odd touches and an interesting performance from Robert Pattinson." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4.5/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " The Immigrant isn't a lot fun, but it's touched with a kind of greatness we don't see very often." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 60% Billion Dollar Brain (1967) " A clever, brisk, entertaining spy picture that has a lot more Ken Russell in it than you might suspect." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " The great charm of Lukas Moodysson's We Are the Best! lies in its total lack of pretension and adult editorializing." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 95% Ida (2014) " The kind of film where people tend to be quick off the mark to slap the term "masterpiece" on it -- a term that's in danger of becoming as meaningless as "classic" has already become. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " At best, it's a watchable mess (right down to its prestige-picture muted color and Eastwood's trademark bad old-age make-up), but it is a mess." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 1, 2014
5/5 —— Pilgrimage (1933) " It's mostly the meticulous filmmaking and those two performances that raise Pilgrimage to the level of art. There's not a misjudged moment and not an indifferently framed shot. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4.5/5 89% Locke (2014) " What seems like a limited stunt concept turns out to be one of the most intense -- and cinematic -- experiences of the year, anchored to a brilliant performance by Tom Hardy." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4.5/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It lives. It breathes. It has a sense of humor. It is very probably the best comic book movie since Singer gave us X2: X-Men United back in 2003. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4.5/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " It's not a particularly deep film, but it's one that takes the viewer through a labyrinthian chain of events that provides a wild ride that won't soon be forgotten. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/5 88% Chef (2014) " Never feels like there's anything really at stake here, making it hard to be all that invested in the characters. Pleasant only takes you so far. " — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 5, 2014
.5/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Stupefying in its unfunniness, arrogance and outright narcissism, A Million Ways to Die in the West is a shoo-in for my Worst of the Year list come December." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2.5/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " The best I can say about Maleficent is that it isn't as bad as I thought it would be, but that's faint praise indeed." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3.5/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) " Typical lifestyles of the ennui-ridden overprivileged, but there are moments of near brilliance and an ending that makes up for much." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2/5 25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " While the film manages to drag the actual attack out to 45 minutes of its ponderous 183 minute running time, that still leaves a lot of movie to be taken up by what passes for plot -- a convoluted romance of the heavily cliched kind." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 27, 2014
4.5/5 89% Sous les Toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris) (1930) " The story is largely inessential, however. What counts -- apart from the glimpse into a long-vanished world and the remarkable technique of the film -- is how surprisingly compelling the lives of these characters are." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 24, 2014
3/5 89% Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova ) (1980) " I found the images occasionally striking, and sometimes bizarre, but I never connected with them in any meaningful way." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 21, 2014
4.5/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Elegant, somber, literary-minded, otherworldy, inexpressibly sad, sometimes very funny. Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive is both one of the most unusual vampire pictures ever made and probably one of the best." — Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 15, 2014
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