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Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Vaughn understands that taking this universe and the comic book genre too seriously risks exposing the ridiculous flaws in the entire artifice. A tongue-in-cheek goes a long way here.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
7/10 80% The Oath (2016) An effort is made to ground the movie more in tragedy than thrills. And as the film draws to a close, the director's sincere efforts pay off.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
8/10 84% It (2017) "It" is scary, but the film also makes magical use of foul language. Wolfhard ("Stranger Things") introduces an almost supernatural use of the f-bomb. He delivers the word with such rapidity and, frankly, innocence, that even George Carlin would blush.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
8/10 88% Anti Matter (2017) A swift combination of smarts, horror, and action, writer/director Keir Burrows' clever science fiction indie starts like Shane Carruth's award-winning 2004 film "Primer" but becomes its own unique take on the consequences of opening up black holes.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
8/10 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh's ace-in-the-hole has to be the young Farrah Mackenzie. When she has her big scene, no parent could resist the tug at their heart-strings. More than a heist comedy, "Logan Lucky" is an endearing father-daughter love story.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
4.5/10 37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Not self-aware enough, or not serious enough, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" fails to find its cinematic identity even as the stars know that they are slumming it.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
8/10 86% Wind River (2017) "River" might look familiar, but it is a superior example of an emerging crime genre set in flyover country.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
6/10 93% Escapes (2017) The hint of sadness that permeates Fancher's story-telling is clearly detectable, which makes us lean in. The question is, whether this is a life worth profiling?‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
6/10 46% Person to Person (2017) An organic narrative that might feature improvised dialogue but never seems false, "Person to Person" carves out an easily listening vibe as the various stories unfold.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
4/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) ...there is no way that Stephen King's eight novel multiverse is as simplistically written as this film adaptation. Credited to four screenwriters, "The Dark Tower" movie is efficient but not engaging.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5.5/10 74% Landline (2017) ...a low key drama that's not funny enough nor heavy enough to completely satisfy viewers expecting a bigger, better repeat on previous success. The good news for Slate and Robespierre is that there is enough good in "Landline" to leave us wanting more.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
8/10 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Feeling very much like something of the 1980s infused with an even more retro but en vogue martial arts flair, Director David Leitch attacks the graphic novel series "The Coldest City" with unabashed, spirited cool.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
7/10 85% Band Aid (2017) In "Band Aid," writer/director/star Zoe Lister-Jones has a good handle on the rhythms that gird a flagging relationship. And this means her cathartic, comedic Sundance hit will also hit very close to home.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
9/10 93% Dunkirk (2017) Marked by subtle moments of epic silence and a unique structure, writer/director Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" is a timeless classic.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
7.5/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Featuring the finest example of motion capture effects in the series to date, "War" successfully makes us care deeply about the apes and their struggle.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
7/10 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) An ungainly, cheeky swing from rooftop to rooftop has rarely been more endearing.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
7/10 43% The Bad Batch (2017) "The Bad Batch" is more an image factory than a coherent narrative feature. Multiple viewings may reveal some deeper meaning.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
8/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) ...there is a sequence at the beginning of the film that is pure "Singin' in the Rain" magic. It's a fantastic, absolutely fantastic car chase set perfectly to a pop tune.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
8/10 85% Okja (2017) ...indispensable viewing for fans of Bong Joon-ho's fine work. Well worth savoring, "Okja" is a science fiction film destined to become folklore.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
7/10 78% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) ... an old-fashioned and handsomely mounted historical espionage thriller. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
7/10 68% Cars 3 (2017) ...a visually impressive film offering plenty of family fun.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
6/10 89% It Comes At Night (2017) ...at times, literally crackles with claustrophobic tension.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3.5/10 18% Baywatch (2017) After a spoof-worthy opening title sequence, that features dolphins and Johnson's impressive pecs, there's not one fresh or inspired moment in "Baywatch."‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
5/10 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) "Alien: Covenant" is a cheap, obvious horror prequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 "Alien." It fits into his canon of violent science fiction entries, but this film lessens the legacy of the franchise. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
7/10 83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Luckily, the mercurial Tower, whose legend includes a romantic mysterious disappearance from the restaurant scene, opens up to the camera revealing some secrets. The curious are rewarded.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
5/10 50% The Dinner (2017) ...as the action leaves the noirish restaurant setting through a series of sometimes confusing flashbacks (or whatever), the film loses its way. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
7/10 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Funny, but sometimes annoying, "Vol. 2" lacks the magic of the original. But that is not say it isn't worth seeing.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Odd Brodsky (2016) "Odd Brodsky" is an off-kilter charmer populated by quirky characters.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
8/10 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Keeping the viewer off-kilter is masterful as the film reminds one of De Palma at a distance filtered through French master Claude Chabrol. Assayas gets the tone right and one has to credit Stewart who knows the heart of her character.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
6.5/10 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) "Kong: Skull Island" is more fun than the last "Godzilla" film but not as engaging.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
6.5/10 93% Logan (2017) While there are action sequences, the quiet moments work best . One gets a "Shawshank" vibe as the men longingly look into one another's eyes expressing platonic love as only two original X-Men can. Yes, fanboy, this movie is for you, and count me in.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
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 74% 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 88% 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 89% 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 21% 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 93% 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 61% 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 90% 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 52% 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 44% 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 62% 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 77% 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