Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Denver Post , L.A. Weekly
Total Reviews:
1141

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Showing 51 - 100 of 1141
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 73% 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
93% Still Mine (2013) " Writer-director Michael McGowan covers all the bases here -- the long-standing romance between the aging couple, the hovering concerns of their son and daughter, the constant head-butting with the building inspector -- with well-paced confidence." — Denver Post
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " The biggest guns this action flick brandishes are stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg who have very different acting styles that work surprisingly well together." — Denver Post
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3.5/4 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " It's hard not to watch Fruitvale Station with a coiled dread... Yet, Coogler's greatest achievement may be in reminding us that Grant was a work in progress with people who loved him in spite of his flaws and because of his hopes." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/4 42% Red 2 (2013) " Ridiculously action-packed and just as endearing, Red 2 is why we go to sequels despite our well-earned cynicism about studios churning them out." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 19, 2013
63% Byzantium (2013) " Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 12, 2013
2.5/4 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " The Lone Ranger is too often as vast and empty as Utah's Monument Valley. Only the film's wide stretches aren't awe-inspiring so much as much as tiring." — Denver Post
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2.5/4 65% The Heat (2013) " Laughter can be magical. It can also be crass. In the formidable person of Melissa McCarthy it is typically both. And no director seems to know what to do with that tension quite like Paul Feig." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2.5/4 68% World War Z (2013) " As compelling as Pitt is at reflecting the world's pain through Lane's eyes, the movie treats him too often as if he truly is the only one with loved ones to lose or a world to save." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2.5/4 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " s Coppola offering a critique (a stated hope) or somehow being complicit? These questions seem to coil in on themselves, making The Bling Ring that weird yet common hybrid of tsk-tsking and celebration." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2.5/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) " The chief problem here is one of rhythm and balance in the storytelling and directing. The movie swings between destructive overstatement and flat-footed homilies." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/4 34% The Internship (2013) " Today's weather forecast in Mountain View? Giddy with a chance of delirious." — Denver Post
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " Pierce Brosnan isn't the only reason to see Love is All You Need. He's merely the best reason to seek out Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's entertaining if familiar romantic comedy." — Denver Post
Posted May 24, 2013
2.5/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Some of the action sequences are insane. No, really. Absurd, impossible, physics defying, triage-required stuff. No matter. That's the foolish rush of a franchise that must go faster and faster and furiouser and furiouser." — Denver Post
Posted May 24, 2013
3/4 66% The Iceman (2013) " Shannon gets at his character's pent-up torment as well as his efficient disconnect. When his two worlds start to converge -- on his daughter's sweet 16th birthday, no less -- you feel for him." — Denver Post
Posted May 17, 2013
3.5/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " For all its reckoning with mass destruction, this franchise's vision of a future Earth remains optimistic. The film mixes the iconically familiar with the futuristic." — Denver Post
Posted May 15, 2013
2/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Even while being admirably faithful to so much of the novel's language, Luhrmann and Pearce still can't quite maneuver Carraway's more cautionary contours about America." — Denver Post
Posted May 9, 2013
2.5/4 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Iron Man 3 feels like an exploitative mulching of present-day anxieties. The script is ambitious but not wise enough to be rightfully cathartic. It's more Cuisinart than art." — Denver Post
Posted May 3, 2013
2.5/4 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " What gets revealed should rattle, but it doesn't." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 19, 2013
3/4 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Sci-fi might have been too familiar a word, for what may induce a kind of hallucinatory melancholy in its viewers." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 19, 2013
2.5/4 45% To The Wonder (2013) " There's little doubt this film will deepen, open up with a second viewing. But to what end?" — Denver Post
Posted Apr 12, 2013
79% 42 (2013) " This story inspires and entertains with a vital chapter in this nation's history." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/4 91% The Sapphires (2013) " The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3.5/4 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " With the arrival of The Place Beyond the Pines, the American dramatic film has found a loyal, gifted advocate in director Derek Cianfrance." — Denver Post
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3.5/4 80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " What hurt, nuanced terror and exhilaration there is in Sally Potter's beautiful coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3.5/4 70% The Croods (2013) " It captures the wonder (and more gently, the anxiety) of discovery time and time again. And the filmmakers have a hoot playing with the Croods' encounters with, as well as their misunderstandings of, all things new." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3.5/4 91% Sugar (2008) " Not only have director-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck crafted a poignant immigrant tale, they've made a sports saga rife with rare truths." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " This comedy about a magician who must hit bottom before rising again to the wonder of his beloved craft pulls plenty of sweet moments and a slew of laughs out of a story that might have been thin air." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 15, 2013
3/4 90% A Place at the Table (2013) " You don't have to be a fan of info-graphics in social-justice docs to be troubled by one showing that the price of processed food has decreased in almost exact proportion to the rise in cost of fresh fruits and vegetables." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3.5/4 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " The level of candor here may not satisfy hard-liners of either stripe, but it can help viewers begin to formulate new questions about the philosophical, strategic and moral challenges of conflict, in particular "wars on terror."" — Denver Post
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Let us take a moment to praise two great and surprisingly powerful characters: a winged monkey and a wee girl made out of china. Because so much human wonder resides in these two creations of make-up, puppetry, digital effects and lovely performances." — Denver Post
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/4 71% Bless Me, Ultima (2013) " Theater firebrand and big-screen presence Miriam Colon portrays Ultima with a minimum of fuss and a gorgeous supply of elder authority." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 22, 2013
2/4 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " An explosive, high-capacity-clip letdown." — Denver Post
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3/4 83% Side Effects (2013) " "Side Effects" does a nice job teasing current anxieties about depression, medical ethics and class striving with the classic thriller quandary of "Who's playing whom?"" — Denver Post
Posted Feb 8, 2013
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