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Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) ... taps into passion and fear on the edge of innocence.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
9/10 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A study in the crushing effect of tragedy and the importance of empathy, it might be the year's best film.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
6/10 96% Coco (2017) ...a blunt, manic film that is worthy of Pixar's award-winning canon, but not as important as it should have been.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2017
8/10 87% Novitiate (2017) A quiet and methodical narrative, "Novitiate" requires patience, but the reward is great. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2017
5/10 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Instead of embracing darkness and obsession like he did marvelously in "Nightcrawler," Gilroy wants to redeem Roman and make us all feel good. It just doesn't work.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
5/10 40% Justice League (2017) After the undeniable failure of last year's "Batman v Superman," the question was whether a good movie could be built upon the foundation of a bad one? And after seeing "Justice League," the answer is that it is possible only to make a better one.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
9/10 81% The Square (2017) Featuring a number of jaw-dropping sequences, "The Square" bites hard on social mores exposing the inherent hypocrisy associated with some of the loudest voices sounding the political correctness alarm.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
6/10 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The cast is fun, but the mystery kind of flat. By the third act, as the humor is drained and the self-important exposition becomes exhausting, you just want them to get on with solving the riddle.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
6.5/10 84% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) ...a wild ride. Miike's visuals have to be appreciated as Manji does battle with constantly inventive weaponry against an array of increasingly ridiculous, but entertaining foes.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
8/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The laughs take center stage, but that isn't to say that the action sequences aren't thrilling. Thor's battles are epic!‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
7.5/10 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Rarely, does a film capture a moment in time as well as Jason Hall's "Thank You For Your Service."‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/10 29% All I See Is You (2017) ...could've been a word-of-mouth art house hit but, instead, delivers neither drama nor thriller.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
7/10 52% Jungle (2017) ...an effective, inspiring bit of endurance cinema. And it has Radcliffe!‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
5/10 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) ...never rises above interesting and many will find it dull. Humor could have helped, as the narrative ends up being a pedantic procedural.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
7.5/10 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) There's some tenderness at work here, and for the often mordant Baumbach to write Sandler such a role completely lacking in affectation and pretense is a rare thing.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
9/10 95% The Florida Project (2017) ...a style of filmmaking that feels almost like an Errol Morris documentary ("Vernon, Florida" comes to mind). It's pretty magical.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
8/10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ... a visual delight.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
7/10 87% American Made (2017) The quick smile and familiar Cruise charm is obviously hiding something out of place with the character-Seal was more lucky than clever. I got it, because the weakness is there in this slick performance, you just have to look closely.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
6/10 51% 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 77% 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 85% 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 40% 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 88% 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 94% 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 76% 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 86% 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 92% 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 41% 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 86% 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 76% 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 88% 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 68% 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 47% 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 83% 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 89% 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