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Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8.5/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) An arguably more restrained and refined narrative than her excellent "Winter's Bone," director Debra Granik's "Leave No Trace" is intimate story-telling at its best.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4.5/10 49% Skyscraper (2018) ...audiences will experience déjà vu of the worst kind. "Skyscraper" is wholly unoriginal, even though Dwayne Johnson does his best with the ridiculous material.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
7.5/10 70% The Devil's Doorway (2018) It's really chilling.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
8/10 95% Sorry to Bother You (2018) What starts as a clever comedy involving a guy who discovers an edgy superpower, becomes a crazed science fiction film reminiscent of indie cult oddities like Alex Cox' "Repo Man." It's all very exciting, at least to me, and I'll bet that I'm not alone.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
4.5/10 53% The First Purge (2018) The pilot for an upcoming 10-part television series, "The First Purge" is a violent, often incoherent, action/thriller that lacks the clever elements that made its predecessors work.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
6.5/10 75% Damsel (2018) The Zellners have a feel for the genre. They captured the look, the surreal nature of the West, and the sadness of one man's quest to win the love of a woman who has yet to find her soul mate. It's a unique film, for sure, and one not without virtue.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
6.5/10 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Showcasing Marvel's funny, family-friendly side, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is just fine. And given the heavy narrative that played out in "Infinity War," it's a tiny reprieve from all the death and destruction.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
7/10 89% The Gospel According to André (2018) This is a film that, while a must for fashionistas, will also work for fashion novices.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4/10 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Frustrating and, at times, nonsensical to the extreme, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" fails to capitalize on the promise hinted at with the last flawed, but fun, installment. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
6.5/10 30% Curvature (2018) Curvature is a handsomely made, well acted, intricately constructed sincere science fiction indie.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
7/10 74% The Misandrists (2018) ...featuring intentionally cardboard characterizations and wooden acting along side highly charged sexual images, the script is replete with references to political theory that move so quickly from the lips of the actors that I couldn't keep up.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
6.5/10 59% Hotel Artemis (2018) Great work by Jodie Foster and Dave Bautista isn't enough to fully elevate "Hotel Artemis." But it is fun to see all the hip pieces assembled by writer turned director Drew Pearce in his feature film debut.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
7/10 74% The House of Tomorrow (2018) A tender story about life, death, and punk, "The House of Tomorrow" is that rare kind of teen film that relates both to the kids and the parents alike.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
7/10 97% The Endless (2018) Shades of "Primer" are definitely present in "The Endless," a modestly budgeted, time-loop science fiction thriller that effectively mixes science and fantasy.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
6/10 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Han is a character that is all about living on the edge, playing the risk/reward angles. And this film doesn't take enough risks to be completely rewarding.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/10 35% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) "Fahrenheit 451" burns so much of the novel that barely more than character names and the title remain in the ashes.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
7/10 60% Anything (2018) An incremental narrative that's tightly focused on the pain of loss and the need to find something to replace it, "Anything" is a real showcase for acting talent principally that of Lynch and Bomer, but Tierney is mighty fine as the doubting sister.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
8/10 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) "Deadpool 2" is funnier and more action-packed than its predecessor. Filled with unconventional kills, four-letter words, sexual references, and even more idiosyncratic kills that leave a high, but comedic, bodycount, fans will be thrilled.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
5.5/10 22% Terminal (2018) By no means a success, Vaughn Stein's debut has a form over substance allure to it. And then there's Mike Myers...‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
9/10 93% RBG (2018) "RBG" can't contain its love for its subject. And that's why it's such a wonderful film.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/10 38% Life of the Party (2018) What a wasted opportunity for director Falcone, whose film fails to give the talented women in the cast something real to comedically attack. Slapdashery laughs are weightless if there is nothing of substance surrounding them.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
7/10 82% Ghost Stories (2018) We get bumps in the dark and jump scares aplenty.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
7/10 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Avengers: Infinity War" is a successful tuneup for a tumultuous, significant chapter in the continuing Marvel Cinematic Universe that will alter the trajectory of the franchise as it enters its second decade.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
5.5/10 31% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Still searching for their "Holy Grail," this spotty entry contains few skits comparable to any of the clever comedy sketches of even Python's "The Meaning of Life." The laughs in "Super Troopers 2" are heavily labored and low brow.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
8.5/10 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Extraordinary filmmaker Ramsay uses the gritty thriller genre to comment on the effects of a lifetime of violence. And in the mercurial Phoenix, her film resonates with a brutal beauty as one man's suicidal state is channeled into a righteous force.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
7/10 83% Augie (2018) Stories like this need to be told and celebrated. And with "Augie," actor turned filmmaker James Keach delivers an inspiring take on a man whose purpose was revealed only after his body turned on him.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
7/10 74% Final Portrait (2018) A microcosm, encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of the artist process, "Final Portrait" is as frustrating to watch as it is important to experience.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/10 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) "Truth or Dare" is a weak b-movie, that has been punched up by Blum's producer credit and the popular cast. It's certainly not a good film. And, hopefully, it is not a sign of things to come from the Blumhouse team.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
8/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Easily one of 2018's scariest films, "A Quiet Place" is a story told on a knife's edge. This largely silent movie punctuates the stillness with exciting moments of shattering noise. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
6.5/10 73% Ready Player One (2018) Mainly a computer generated animation extravaganza, the character development of the novel is jettisoned in favor of a chase narrative that compresses so much story that the entire affair seems rushed and over-labored. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
7/10 96% Foxtrot (2018) Samuel Moaz has crafted a fine narrative that intimately examines grief in minute detail. The tedious nature of the approach may frustrate impatient viewers, but the excellent cinematography by Giora Bejach ("Big Bad Wolves") is a feast for the eyes.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
7.5/10 79% I Kill Giants (2018) Poignant, "I Kill Giants" uses fantasy elements to grab viewers and discuss the effect of tragedy on the youngest among us. It also reminds us of the importance of creativity and imagination as a device to deal with life's difficulties.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/10 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Ridiculous and cheesy, "Uprising" is a sad follow-up to a promising unique idea. Sure, these films are just monster movies, but the 2013 flick had bite and narrative depth giving the effects more impact. This sequel is positively wince-inducing.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
5/10 80% Unsane (2018) Schlocky and hard to look at, "Unsane" will be divisive. Hampered by a hackneyed conclusion, there's still much to like, but you never forget you're watching a movie shot on a phone, and that's a problem.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
7/10 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) Director Atsuko Hirayanagi mixes drama and romantic comedy in a unique way. It's a culture clash, handled quite deftly.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
7.5/10 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Beautiful cinematography perfectly captures the mood of the story. These visuals match the committed performances, especially by Spivak, who really nails it in one particularly shattering scene.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
5/10 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Sadly, "Tomb Raider" is no franchise starter. And while Vikander has the acting chops and certainly looks the part, the entire approach that essentially divorces itself from key game elements is wrong-headed.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
7/10 50% Submission (2018) Frustrating but sincere and well acted, especially by Tucci, who embodies a middle-aged man in transition, "Submission" explores well the risk associated with stepping out of one's comfort zone and shaking free from the stranglehold of mediocrity.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
7/10 64% The Cured (2018) When a thoughtful film like "The Cured" takes advantage of classic zombie elements, we are inspired to talk about larger questions that actually confront us. Fear of the other is a disease still in need of a cure.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/10 18% Death Wish (2018) By polishing the edges off, "Death Wish (2018)" fails to distinguish itself. It's just another revenge tale, where the deafening sound of gunfire neatly ties up all the loose ends.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
8/10 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega's remarkable turn is something of a revelation, as if we are in on some kind of unique discovery.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
5/10 83% Game Night (2018) It's not that I was hoping for a dramatic adult turn akin to what Jonathan Demme gave us in his marvelous 1986 adventure "Something Wild," but "Game Night" is nothing less than a live-action cartoon.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
7/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Forget a lethal presidential Twitter account, King T'Challa has drank some kind of tea made from a Heart-Shaped Herb enabling him to take on an army. "Black Panther" pulls the right emotional levers focusing on the theme of the forgotten and the lost.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
7/10 69% Happy End (2017) To expose hidden truths, Haneke's camera intimately informs the viewer as to character motivations. With cinematographer Christian Berger, experience and patience makes use of digital technology less a gimmick and more of a key narrative device.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
4/10 41% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) ...overly familiar and dramatically insincere. A must for fans of the trilogy. The rest of us, who may barely remember the story elements, will struggle to stay engaged.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
7.5/10 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" contains performances bigger than the film itself, but the movie is also a solid take on the waning years of an aging Hollywood film siren.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
7/10 54% 12 Strong (2018) "12 Strong" is a throwback, an honest to goodness uncynical war film. This will likely be a criticism hurled at it, but I think that the movie's square, unapologetic celebration of the America soldier is a strength.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
6.5/10 73% Hostiles (2018) Necessarily bleak and often terribly unpleasant, "Hostiles" is a rough viewing experience. But experiencing it can be rewarding and informative.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
6.5/10 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's a handsome and, at times, riveting procedural. And unlike other films that casually approach the subject of justice and revenge, resolving that a gun is the simple answer, Akin is determined to offer up a word of caution.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
5/10 51% Downsizing (2017) "Downsizing" is an edgy comedy that's more goofy than impactful.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017