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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Spotlight (2015) "The filmmakers and cast are careful to focus on the drudgery, dead ends and shoe leather that go into an enterprise of this scale, eschewing sensationalism. Of the film's 128 minutes, not one is wasted on self-righteous grandstanding or speech making. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 25, 2015
21% Love the Coopers (2015) "Dialogue so dumb it will make your ears bleed-some of it spoken by a pet; one-dimensional characters with zero entertainment value; Keaton, as usual, wearing selections from the Jane Jetson Collection and overacting. Love the Coopers is ho-ho-hopeless. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 18, 2015
64% Spectre (2015) "Will Craig slip into that tux once more? For now, all we can say for sure is that, if he doesn't, it'll be a shame. As Carly Simon sang almost 40 years ago, "Nobody does it better." " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 11, 2015
27% Burnt (2015) " For all practical purposes, it's Steve Jobs with aprons. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 4, 2015
84% Steve Jobs (2015) "Look closely and you'll see this isn't really a movie about computers at all. The machines are there, but the new iterations introduced in the launches-the ones the filmmakers are truly interested in-are the slowly new and improved models of Jobs the man. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 28, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Spielberg's latest is like a double agent: Coded into this tale of Cold War intrigue is a stinging indictment of U.S. policy during our wars in the Middle East. Just exactly where, the film urges viewers to ask, are the James Donovans of today? " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 21, 2015
85% The Walk (2015) "Having digitally rebuilt the city with astonishing historical accuracy, Zemeckis stages Petit's 45 minutes on a cable, 1,600 feet above the street, as one of the most lovely, terrifying, suspenseful and joyous sequences in movie history. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 14, 2015
93% The Martian (2015) "Matt Damon may play the marooned astronaut who fights to make it home in this feel-good sci-fi epic, but the big news is that director Ridley Scott is back. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 7, 2015
70% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "You know a movie's something special when it succeeds at generating tension and excitement from a game in which two people do little more than stare at a board and move pieces of wood. And does it ever. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 30, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) "Johnny Depp ditches the flouncy flourishes, silly accents and funny hats and gets back down to the business of acting in Black Mass, easily his finest film in a decade. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 23, 2015
63% The Visit (2015) "I've watched loved ones suffer the indignities of dementia and can't help but find the filmmaker's decision to use them for comic fodder and cheap shocks in deplorable taste. Shyamalan should be ashamed. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 16, 2015
82% Mistress America (2015) "Mistress America lacks the star power of last fall's While We're Young, but it has something more important - Greta Gerwig - and, largely for that reason, it's the superior picture. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 9, 2015
46% No Escape (2015) "Dowdle's intent is to put an ordinary American family in the way of the kind of harm that Westerners the world over face today with increasing frequency. ISIS is going to give this film five stars and use pirated copies as recruitment tools. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 2, 2015
44% American Ultra (2015) "The high point (get it?) is an imaginatively choreographed confrontation between Mike and a literal truckload of assassins. They should've called it Operation Overkill. The sequence is delightfully reminiscent of the church massacre scene in Kingsman. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 26, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The most remarkable novelist of our age is the subject of the most remarkable picture of the season - possibly the year. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 19, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) "This is a psychological thriller that reflects a genuine grasp of human psychology. That's uncommon. It's what made Hitchcock Hitchcock. It's what makes The Gift one of the extremely rare films that deserve to be described as "Hitchcockian." " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 12, 2015
27% Vacation (2015) "The movie may have been 30-plus years in the remaking, but it most definitely is a trip. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 5, 2015
96% Amy (2015) "This mesmerizing, meticulously crafted and moving film offers a reminder that, before the people she trusted allowed her to become a punch line, Winehouse was a serious talent. With Amy, Kapadia sets the record straight. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 29, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "To say the least, this is a movie with a few bugs in it. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 22, 2015
15% The Gallows (2015) "Horror has experienced a renaissance with the release of innovative works such as The Babadook and It Follows. Viewers expecting The Gallows to continue the trend will be disappointed to find that Cluff and Lofing have, so to speak, left them hanging. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 15, 2015
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Hey, I appreciate quirk as much as the next guy, but I'm not sure the untimely, painful demise of a young woman is the most appropriate subject for showcasing a filmmaker's hip worldview. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 8, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "At nearly two hours and half a dozen story lines, Ted 2 is simply too much of a so-so thing " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 1, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Cinematographer James D. Cooper makes his directorial debut with this entertaining, if incomplete, account of how the six men made it together as far as the creation of the rock opera Tommy before self- destructing. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Love & Mercy is that rare biopic that respects both its subject and its audience. It's the most insightful portrait of an artist and his process I've ever seen on screen, a privilege to watch. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 17, 2015
93% Spy (2015) "Feig worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat and he's helming the Ghostbusters sheboot. What he hasn't done before is write a screenplay for a major feature. And it shows. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 10, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "With a bench this deep, it's mathematically impossible for the film not to be entertaining - or, at least, weird in an extremely interesting way. As it happens, Aloha is both. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 3, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "In places, the CGI mayhem is snazzy, but mostly the whole business is exhausting. It hardly helps that Robertson comes close to exceeding the perkiness limit even for a Disney product. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 27, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "This is not your father's Mad Max. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 20, 2015
7% Hot Pursuit (2015) "I know what you're thinking. Uptight female cop, mismatched female buddy, drug lords, sight gags involving a female law enforcer's underwear - this is kind of like The Heat, right? Wrong. Its creators attempt to commit literary larceny but bungle the job. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 13, 2015
88% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "A primary symbol, the Maloja Snake is a cloud formation that winds through the Alps like a colossal cotton anaconda. There's a reason it's called a natural wonder. It's only natural to wonder what any of this self-indulgent silliness is supposed to mean. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 6, 2015
62% The Water Diviner (2015) "I think Crowe wanted to make a film that brought to mind David Lean and John Huston. But, as we all know, they don't make them like they used to. If he accomplishes anything with this movie, it's to remind us that's mainly because they can't. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 29, 2015
83% While We're Young (2015) "While We're Young isn't Noah Baumbach's greatest film. It's more like a collection of his greatest hits. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 22, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) "Pacino dials the hoo-ah down, letting his smile and charisma do the heavy lifting. Naturally, it doesn't hurt that all the feeling and healing are accompanied by a soundtrack of Lennon songs. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 15, 2015
96% '71 (2015) "In his harrowing debut, Demange transforms quaint hamlets into nightmare labyrinths and supercharges the suspense with a premise as minimal as it is electrifying-a man running for his life. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 8, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "On paper, Get Hard might have been a prison riot, but on screen, lazy writing turns it into a longer-than-necessary letdown. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 1, 2015
16% The Gunman (2015) "Laughably sanctimonious for a Taken retread about a murderer who's too sexy for his shirt. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 26, 2015
60% Run All Night (2015) "Neeson and Harris really are quite wonderful actors. They bring a dignity and depth of feeling to their roles even as the filmmakers do everything in their power to turn them into characters in a second-rate Frank Miller comic. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 18, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) " Zvyagintsev's brutal, beautiful fourth feature won the best screenplay prize at Cannes and, astoundingly, was selected as Russia's official entry in the foreign-language Oscar race (by whom and has anyone seen him lately?). " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 11, 2015
14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "The film's only shock is that it was helmed by David Gelb, who made the wonderful 2011 doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Raising the question: Now that Gelb's career is officially dead, will he have better luck than Duplass' character in bringing it back to life? " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 4, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "A gut-busting glimpse into a future in which only the cars are smart. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 25, 2015
5/5 95% The King's Speech (2010) "Here's how you know Colin Firth's performance in this movie is among the year's very finest: He plays a figure born into almost unimaginable wealth, privilege and power and succeeds at making you feel sorry for him. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 20, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "In a million years, nobody watching The King's Speech could've imagined that one day the Oscar winner would clean house in a house of worship armed with a bulletproof umbrella. But he just did. Somewhere, Tarantino is kicking himself. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 18, 2015
88% Still Alice (2015) "A mind is a terrible thing to watch waste away and rarely has the horror of losing one's inner self to Alzheimer's been conveyed as precisely and powerfully as it is here. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 11, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Eventually, Anna goes so Mob Wives on Abel that the very concept of their relationship (and with it, of the film) loses credibility. These two never would've hooked up in a million most violent years. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 4, 2015
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Rex Reed, who called Melissa McCarthy a "hippo" in his review of Identity Thief, has done it again, stating that Mr. Turner's star is "too repulsive to watch for 150 minutes." Reed's remarks are totally uncalled for. His dismissal, however, would not be. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 28, 2015
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "The picture isn't in any sense about the final act tragedy, the random act of a deranged man. The filmmaker merely uses it as a punctuation mark, a futile grasp at gravitas calculated to move Foxcatcher up in weight class. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 21, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) "Cooper extends his streak as the Last Member of the Wedding Crashers Cast Anyone Would've Expected to Achieve Awesomeness But Did and Then Some. He gives a quietly powerful performance that I'm shocked to see hasn't registered on the award-season radar. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 14, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) "One of the movie's many problems is that the script wants to have it both ways: It suggests Margaret was a browbeaten victim of her husband's greed while making it clear she was actually a willing participant in the ruse. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 7, 2015
90% Wild (2014) "Wild chronicles the completion of a daunting physical challenge while intimating that it's about something more spiritual, more meaningful. It isn't. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 17, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) "Tommy Lee Jones' face is a national treasure, is it not? Is there a face on the screen as wizened, as ruined, as made for playing men who've seen unspeakable things? " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 10, 2014
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