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Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick's world is dangerous and not one you'd really even want to visit, but it sure is fun to observe from the relative safety of a darkened theater.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
7.5/10 85% Lion (2016) In a way, "Lion" is a better film than even "Slumdog" in that its intimate focus and emotionally engaging story should play deeper and resonate more broadly.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
7/10 75% Split (2017) ...smaller narratives better fit Shyamalan's eye. And "Split" is a successful more confined project that fits remarkably well into his quirky canon.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
9/10 89% Jackie (2016) It's a very rare thing when a movie transcends so perfectly making the viewer feel something of what its tormented protagonist experienced. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
7/10 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) "Nocturnal Animals" is nothing less than a sumptuous immersive viewing experience showcasing a design targeted at something deeper than the thin veneer that could be scratched easily but would require more work to properly penetrate.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
7/10 88% Christine (2016) A tour de force of performance and retro influenced directing and visual style, "Christine" is a small triumph.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
9/10 89% Loving (2016) Gifted filmmaker Jeff Nichols hits high notes in low tones as he focuses his narrative on the Lovings looking at the story from their point of view.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
6.5/10 90% Doctor Strange (2016) ...viewers will likely find themselves amused by "Strange" rather than moved.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
7.5/10 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ...an old fashioned, yet, still modern and violent approach to exposing the horrors of war while celebrating the heroism that is on display.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
5/10 19% Inferno (2016) No matter how impressive the production is, with quick pacing and loads of acting charisma, "Inferno" fails on a basic level: the story is stupid. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
8/10 90% Certain Women (2016) ...an essay narrative that subtly makes its points without being too obvious or manipulative.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
5.5/10 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) While there are things to like here, mostly related to a solid turn by co-star Cobie Smulders, it is hard to shake the B-movie underpinnings and televisual elements.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
6/10 60% Desierto (2016) Efficient and scary, "Desierto" makes for entertaining viewing along the lines of 1986's "The Hitcher."‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
7/10 92% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Heartwarming and darkly funny...‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
6.5/10 51% The Accountant (2016) Affleck might have the makings of a franchise that could grow with his mind along with his physical acting skills.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4.5/10 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) More frustrating than thrilling, more obvious than mysterious, "The Girl on the Train" has its moments but proves to be an unsatisfying viewing experience.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
6/10 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Hokey but often very funny, "The Magnificent Seven (2016)" succeeds as an action film but fails to be about anything significant. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
5/10 61% Snowden (2016) "Snowden" will be appealing to those who consider the former CIA employee a heroic whistleblower and infuriating to those who call him a traitor.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
5.5/10 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The jokey vibe of the previous films has been turned up to preposterous levels.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
6.5/10 83% Kicks (2016) Director Tipping has delivered a very aware film that understands the priorities and struggles of his teen audience.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/10 43% The Hollars (2016) Its attractive cast are game for the loose material, but the script is so off-kilter that it fails to connect credibly with the viewer. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
8/10 85% Sully (2016) Clint Eastwood's "Sully" is a remarkably impactful bit of streamlined filmmaking.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
5/10 40% Morgan (2016) Elegantly lensed and oozing with unwarranted self-importance, "Morgan" attempts to be clever by surprising us with unexpected violence and plot twists. But instead of being startling, it ultimately feels overly familiar falling into old tropes.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
6.5/10 89% Morris from America (2016) A fish out of water drama, "Morris from America" makes for really unique viewing. The perspective is unlike films we've seen having the characters deal with issues of race and youth in a foreign setting. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
8.5/10 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) A film worth sharing with everyone in your network. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
6.5/10 81% Equity (2016) A much better film than the trailers indicate, "Equity" is still a bit of a slow burn. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
7.5/10 83% Imperium (2016) Director Daniel Ragussis takes a stripped-down, no-frills approach that never sensationalizes the incendiary material. The action is set in suburban America and events unfold with a certain amount of organic logic. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
6.5/10 60% War Dogs (2016) "War Dogs" paints an unflattering picture of the flawed government contract bidding process, but it does so in a remarkably entertaining and funny fashion.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
8/10 83% Sausage Party (2016) This unique fantasy is crude and vulgar, politically and racially charged, as well as sexually ambivalent. In other words, it's flat-out terrific! ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
7.5/10 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) A lovely, old-fashioned remake with a wonderful family friendly vibe. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
4/10 26% Suicide Squad (2016) "Suicide Squad" is more messy than meaningful. It's an adventure that lacks weight.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
6/10 56% Jason Bourne (2016) For 45 minutes or so, "Jason Bourne" is a dizzying combination of quick action and chase sequences. Everything is constantly in motion. The bulk of the film's first third captures the spirit and energy of the fine films that came before this one. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/10 4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) Part documentary, part personal crusade, D'Souza vents his private animus with disturbing results. It's not that he's wrong in voicing concerns about Hillary Clinton, it's that his argument didn't need to be so ostentatious to make the case. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
5.5/10 34% Equals (2016) While the intentions are genuine and the performances excellent, the narrative's central failing is the stoic premise. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
5/10 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Never quite as funny or as consistently entertaining as the show that inspired it, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" is mainly for die hard fans. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
7/10 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Its heartwarming message combined with creative, fantastical elements make it unique and memorable. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2016
8/10 94% Life, Animated (2016) Visually rich with animation taken from Owen's artwork and writing, "Life, Animated" is a cinematic treasure that will go far in demystifying what autism means for those searching for answers. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2016
5/10 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "Ghostbusters (2016)" is a weak parody of the original. It lacks heart and character development that managed to endear the original's characters with audiences for decades.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
5/10 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Pets aren't Minions. The ever-expanding cast of characters and outlandish action set-pieces feel forced and overly familiar. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
8/10 84% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) Whether you're interested in this style of music or not, you'd be hard-pressed not to appreciate this rewarding film with Yo-Yo Ma at its heart. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
8/10 78% The Phenom (2016) Expertly lensed, tautly directed (by writer Noah Buschel), and peerlessly acted, "The Phenom" requires patience, but the reward is there. Call it a little film therapy. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
5/10 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Everything about this film feels very much like a Carpenter homage, but, unfortunately, that means that it is more "Escape From L.A." than "Escape from New York." ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
5.5/10 47% Free State of Jones (2016) It works best when it dips into documentary with dramatic reenactments. But the odd tone of the film that vacillates between traditional narrative story-telling and historical nonfiction will be jarring to some viewers. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
8.5/10 96% De Palma (2016) The film is a masterclass in filmmaking as De Palma discusses his use of the camera, split screen and makes mention of the split diopter.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
6.5/10 28% Warcraft (2016) Surprisingly well conceived and handsomely mounted, "Warcraft" exceeded my expectations. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
7/10 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) "Maggie's Plan" is romantic, intelligent, and impossible not to like. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
7/10 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) "Maggie's Plan" is romantic, intelligent, and impossible not to like. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
5.5/10 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "Popstar" isn't "This Is Spinal Tap" with its biting satire and forever quotable dialogue. Even though there are laughs to be had, as a feature, it proves to be frustratingly lame.‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
8/10 97% Weiner (2016) "Weiner" is an insightful, disturbing, and frustrating insider look at the politics of self-destruction. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
4.5/10 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) This followup to the 2010 massive, Tim Burton-directed, 3D hit "Alice in Wonderland" is weaker than its predecessor in almost every way. ‐ The Newnan Times-Herald
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016