Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Denver Post , L.A. Weekly
Total Reviews:
1116

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1116
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 67% 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 44% 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
78% 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 81% 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 79% 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 93% 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
4/4 93% Amour (2012) " As remarkable as Haneke's films are, not a one has been as transcendently generous as Amour, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best foreign-language film." — Denver Post
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2.5/4 100% The Waiting Room (2012) " The level of frankness and vulnerability of those featured suggests just how compassionate a filmmaker Nicks (who acted as his own cinematographer) must be." — Denver Post
Posted Jan 18, 2013
2/4 28% Broken City (2013) " It is not that Broken City -- boasting a cast worth big expectations -- is bad, exactly. But it is deeply mediocre. When they say television dramas are getting the better of the movies, this is the sort of middling outing that proves it." — Denver Post
Posted Jan 18, 2013
4/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale." — Denver Post
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3.5/4 94% Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) " Shapiro's film is fascinating even if it can't possibly answer all the mysteries propelling the work of a photographer whose interest in secrets was rooted in wondering what tales were being uncovered in his psychologist father's basement office." — Denver Post
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3/4 52% Promised Land (2013) " [It's mostly] a well-wrought drama that feels genuine as it goes about spinning a tale worthy of our challenging times." — Denver Post
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3.5/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " Naomi Watts gives one of her finest, most physically commanding turns." — Denver Post
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3.5/4 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Jackman is in his element here, mastering the space where acting and singing meet head on." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 21, 2012
93% The Central Park Five (2012) " The doc is rife with smart or wrenching or shameful moments. The fresh interviews with the accused, now men, are invaluable." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 21, 2012
3/4 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " For all its willful melodrama, Rust and Bone takes its characters -- and us -- someplace touching and hard fought." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2.5/4 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " To its own narrative detriment, "The Hobbit" works hard to lay the framework for what will follow. Certainly that's one way to set out on a trilogy, but it's surely not the best." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3.5/4 89% A Royal Affair (2012) " What a piece of work is this historical drama." — Denver Post
Posted Dec 7, 2012
3/4 62% Hitchcock (2012) " It's tough work giving good face to an iconic role, yet Johansson manages to show Leigh as a thoughtful professional aware of the interpersonal booby-traps set by her director for his leading ladies." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 30, 2012
3/4 88% Middle of Nowhere (2012) " [A] hushed, tenderly observant drama about a young woman trying to do right by herself and her marriage while her husband is in prison." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 30, 2012
3/4 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Ultimately, as crafted as Killing Them Softly is, it's less satisfying than either The Sopranos or Goodfellas. Still, Dominik and his cast cruise some very mean streets indeed." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 30, 2012
3/4 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Thank goodness for Domhnall Gleeson's gentle turn as Oblonsky's friend Levin. The ginger-haired landowner is the movie's warmest figure." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 21, 2012
4/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) " Shelve your dislike of 3D glasses. Quiet your nattering criticism of CGI. Because Lee and his able crew wield those tools like wands." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 21, 2012
3.5/4 90% Lincoln (2012) " Lincoln offers proof of what magic can happen when an actor falls in love with his character. Because as great as Day-Lewis has been in his many parts, he has never seemed quite so smitten." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " Craig has settled into a well-suited, grim-reaper role. Even when James flirts and trysts, his creased face suggests an unmovable weight." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3.5/4 78% Flight (2012) " An old-fashioned drama and all the better for it." — Denver Post
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " It will aid your experience of the swirling, sweeping dramatic adventure Cloud Atlas, if you embrace the idea of being a little bit lost." — Denver Post
Posted Oct 25, 2012
1.5/4 12% Alex Cross (2012) " For a franchise with an off-the-charts nuanced thinker as its protagonist, Alex Cross isn't very smart." — Denver Post
Posted Oct 19, 2012
2.5/4 43% The Paperboy (2012) " Yes, it's a dizzying stew set to boil." — Denver Post
Posted Oct 19, 2012
4/4 96% Argo (2012) " Argo has that solid, kick-the-tires feel of those studio films from the 70s that were about something but also entertained. Only it's as laugh outright amusing as it is sobering." — Denver Post
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3.5/4 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " Yes, it's a lot to keep track of, but writer-director Martin McDonagh does so with deft humor as the film hurls toward a desert climax, foreshadowed in one of Billy and Marty's exchanges." — Denver Post
Posted Oct 12, 2012
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