Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Hanna Ranch (2014) "Dickman captures that tension between a person's hopes and the realities they face at a particular moment. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted May 23, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Perhaps more than any other superhero franchise, X-Men captures the overlapping fantasies of being unique yet not alone, and of being a hero but also being saved. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/4 83% Belle (2014) "Luminous British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings a hope and intelligent hunger to Dido. She's loved by her family enough to have a sense of belonging but hemmed in by broader cultural realities to experience moments of unease. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted May 16, 2014
3.5/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) "JB is not the wisest of men and Million Dollar Arm makes no bones about him being a character in need of an upward arc. Even so, the movie never sacrifices the other characters as mere handmaidens to his growth. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted May 16, 2014
4/4 91% Locke (2014) "The crises Ivan Locke faces with a tremendous will to do the right thing strike a chord. The mistakes that have him in the driver's seat, but hardly in control, are terribly human and all too familiar. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) "As as tensions escalate, Teddy and Peter's partnership proves just as central and perhaps more vulnerable than Mac and Kelly's. Score one for growing up. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted May 9, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "The trouble with director Marc Webb's disappointing sequel is it wants to have it both ways: to take seriously human connection and loss and also spin the spectacular and pulpy... Spider-Man 2 never locates that sweet spot. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted May 2, 2014
1.5/4 23% The Other Woman (2014) "Granted it would be nice to have a ladies' night out at the multiplex, but no one need be this desperate. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 25, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) "One of the finest achievements of director Randall Wallace's smartly crafted family film is the way Todd Burpo becomes the story's most driven and sincere doubter. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 61% Draft Day (2014) "The film has its share of entertaining clashes and reconciliations. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 41% Cesar Chavez (2014) "Michael Peña brings a centered, beckoning beauty to the title character that manages to speak to Chávez nonviolent approach without becoming hagiographic. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/4 77% Noah (2014) "What it lacks is fresh insight from Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel. Yes, it appears Noah was an early environmentalist, but is that enough of a contemporary notion to sustain a two-plus-hour drenching? " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 28, 2014
40% Divergent (2014) "Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent is a solidly engaging outing. Only one wishes for more. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "If a movie can be elegantly zany, this wholly imaginative, assured fable of a legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), his protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) and the murder of a countess, is it. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 91% Omar (2014) "Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 7, 2014
89% The Wind Rises (2014) "At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Square (2013) "Noujaim's film attests to how quickly joyous weeping in the streets gave way to sectarian arguments over the army's role and fissures in promising alliances. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.5/4 31% The Monuments Men (2014) "Think of them as Inglorious Art Historians. Only this PG-13 entertainment has little of the edge, however complicated, of Quentin Tarantino's 2009 Holocaust revenge flick. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 93% The Past (2013) "What a teller of domestic truths Asghar Farhadi has become. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/4 77% The Invisible Woman (2013) "Fiennes reveals just what a fiercely energetic force Dickens was. With her fulsome mouth and hazel eyes, Jones offers a convincing mix of youth and precocious awareness. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) "Berg's fine achievement is in relaying that sense of abject danger even as he and his actors honor the utter connection of the men who lost their lives that day. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 10, 2014
93% A Touch of Sin (2013) "This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) "It's hard not to feel there is a better revisit of Scorsese's crime gem already in theaters, David O. Russell's American Hustle. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "Celebrating and mourning a bygone moment, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a tuneful wake intended to arouse us from our slumber to desires worth remembering. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) "Director David O. Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer grab hold of the FBI's long-time Abscam sting (conducted in the late '70s into 1980) as their kernel of truth, then Jiffy Pop it like mad. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) "For the casual but compelled moviegoer, The Desolation of Smaug is a fine improvement over the first offering. Tolkien aficionados may feel otherwise. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/4 48% Black Nativity (2013) "It's good to see Hudson in a major film again. As an actress, she's still a work in progress, but she has a commanding gift for depicting vulnerability and strength almost simultaneously. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
41% Oldboy (2013) "Try as he might, Lee cannot repurpose this empty genre tale to be deeper than it is. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 92% Nebraska (2013) "In a career-refining performance, Bruce Dern gives us a character in Woody Grant who's hardened by booze, hard to like and -- if his bad-dad tendencies don't cut too close to your bone -- pretty durn amusing. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) "Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) "Played with raw, rattling fury and grace by Matthew McConaughey, Woodroof is a tarnished protagonist of the first order. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3.5/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) "All Is Lost is very much Redford's triumph. His turn isn't pure disappearance so much as a brilliantly human example of cresting and plummeting, cresting and plummeting. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/4 34% The Counselor (2013) "Movies can be like undercover cops: They become too enamored of the worlds they explore. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 25, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) "What makes the documentary Muscle Shoals so fine besides a kicking soundtrack? Well first, there's its deep sense of place. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3.5/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) "Director Bill Condon delivers an intelligent, dynamic, character-centered drama. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 18, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) "Captain Phillips puts names and faces to its tale of economic clashes. That's why Hanks' and Abdi's performances are so anchoring. Their characters face off, negotiate, cajole each other not as archetypes but as humans. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 11, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) "In Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour's winsome wonder Wadjda, a young girl's aspirations provide an intimate glimpse into the possibilities and limitations of a cloaked culture. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 97% Gravity (2013) "Nerve-racking, sentimental and thrilling, Gravity honors terra firma even as it reaches for the stars with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 96% Enough Said (2013) "In the terse space film provides, Holofcener capturing her characters deftly. We know their fears, needs, lonesomeness. We trust the cars they drive, the food they eat, the rooms they keep tidy, or not. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) "This is a deeply adult drama, not least because Howard shows the costs of being so driven in a sport in which a driver is encased in a potential fireball. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3.5/4 82% Prisoners (2013) "Prisoners is unforgettably relentless in asking moviegoers if Keller has gone too far. And, by extension, asking us how far we would go. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3.5/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) "Short Term 12 captures the complex rhythms of institutional life -- for worker and inhabitant -- while weaving the story of Grace's journey through anguish toward, we hope, happiness. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2.5/4 31% Adore (2013) "What's shocking here is how not shocking all this is. Watts and Wright provide interesting portraits of two friends who really do appear to have an unconditional fondness for each other. They make the unfathomable believable -- almost. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) "Sharp ensemble work ups this thriller's intelligence quotient. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 30, 2013
92% In a World... (2013) "An indie comedy as surprisingly tender and wise as it is deftly wise-cracking. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 23, 2013
2/4 89% The World's End (2013) "The movie throws itself headlong toward the ridiculous when it begins to live up to its title. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3.5/4 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) "So many films featuring teens seem overstimulated or familiar. This one strikes a deep, rich note and holds it. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3.5/4 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) "A history lesson in violence and endurance. A sentimental journey. A tribute. Director Daniels and the dedicated cast of The Butler deliver all that. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 16, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "Jasmine resembles one of those '50s wives -- widowed or dumped -- who find themselves with nary a skill to survive, or at least not in the manner they'd grown accustomed. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 9, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) "Elysium is a gripping, visceral, disconcerting bit of business. Just as writer-director Neill Blomkamp intended. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 8, 2013
90% Bridesmaids (2011) "Onetime Saturday Night Live castmates Wiig and Rudolph make Annie and Lillian's friendship believable. Which is why Annie's shenanigans are sad -- and hilarious. " ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 2, 2013
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