Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 No Score Yet Burning Dog (2020) "Burning Dog" is an entertaining chapter in the on-going evolution of the POV filmmaking experiment. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
3/10 71% The High Note (2020) Even the music is dull, with the concluding song as shallow as the film's narrative. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
8/10 91% The Vast of Night (2020) Through the power of two strong story-tellers, this little movie stands out in our over-caffeinated marketplace. There's a lot of talk in the film, but it's fascinating and thrilling to watch and listen. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
7/10 75% Military Wives (2020) The "Military Wives" based-on-real-life story might be familiar and manipulative, but the sincere theme of the power of music shines through. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
7/10 98% Lucky Grandma (2020) "Lucky Grandma" is all about Chin showing us how a tremendous central performance can carry a film. It's a sight to behold. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
8/10 100% Driveways (2019) ...disarming and sincere. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
7/10 94% Faith Based (2020) "Faith Ba$ed" is a good-natured look at what it means to be Christian today. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
6/10 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) "How to Build a Girl" is an enjoyable romp, if also one that's rooted more in make-believe than in telling verisimilitude. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
6/10 100% Chameleon (2019) "Chameleon" aptly deals with the nuanced consequences of a successful crime. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
7/10 89% Soundwave (2018) Writer/director Dylan K. Narang weaves a compelling indie thriller involving a young man who constructs a device that can hear the past. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
7/10 73% The Wretched (2020) ...an excellent drive-in movie experience. The creature effects are convincing and scary. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
8/10 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) ...an irreverent, charming laugh-riot. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
7/10 100% The Third Strike (2020) ... powerfully makes the argument for decarceration. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
5/10 74% Stray Dolls (2020) "Stray Dolls" is like a Harmony Korine movie with all the fun and energy drained out of it. All that's left is the dour, mean-spirited stuff that gives Korine's work it's importance but alone doesn't make for good cinema. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
7/10 88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) "The Dalai Lama: Scientist" is a documentary meant to show the link between Buddhist philosophy and science. And it serves as an enlightening introduction to the idea that the two can co-exist. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
7/10 100% Nemesis (2020) "Nemesis" is a 17-minute short that would be right at home in a more extensive anthology, like, say, a live-action "Love, Death & Robots." - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
8/10 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) "Bacurau" is a weirdly beautiful movie. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
7/10 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" isn't an entertaining watch, but for some of the most impressionable minds in formation, it might be a necessary one. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
8/10 90% Bull (2020) In as much as "The Rider" was a transcendent example of art imitating life, "Bull" achieves much the same level of genuineness. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
7/10 70% Tuscaloosa (2020) A handsome combination of complex story-telling with impressive performances. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
6/10 56% The Hunt (2020) As an action film, "The Hunt" does have its moments. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
4/10 31% Bloodshot (2020) "Bloodshot" fires wide of its target. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
8/10 88% Onward (2020) "Onward" is the kind of timely family movie that's about more than just getting to the end of a fantastic quest. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
6/10 77% The Banker (2020) The patient viewer should find a lot to like about this worthy story. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
5/10 48% Greed (2020) Winterbottom doesn't trust the power of comedy to make his most important points. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
8/10 91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) "Beanpole" is a daunting Russian film of significant power and historical import. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
7/10 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The film's scares are aplenty as the camera plays the role of the intruder, and the sound design accentuates every creak or bump. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
8/10 90% Tread (2020) An alarming warning sign, "Tread" is a tale of men who work with their calloused, grease infused hands, and despite vast differences, it's the work, the hard, dangerous, painful work that unites them. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
4/10 37% Downhill (2020) Ultimately, "Downhill's" failure is in not seeing beyond the film that inspired it. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
9/10 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A deeply romantic film in which two people find love, are pulled apart, and in that day, in that time, couldn't find their way back together. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
5/10 46% Night Sweats (2019) Regardless of what you think of the gangling plot, the vomit effects are pretty darned marvelous. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
7/10 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) ...a brightly colored, often salacious viewing experience. Harley Quinn is a superhero contradiction for these gender charged times. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/10 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) While Lively gives all, it's just not entertaining to watch her international contract killer stumble through the action. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
6/10 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Filled with copious amounts of somewhat witty dialogue, in-jokes, and tough-guy, tongue-in-cheek violence, "The Gentlemen" is entertaining, if also instantly forgettable. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
6/10 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Ultimately, "Color Out of Space" is worth seeing for director Richard Stanley's return, spirited use of practical monster effects, and another wild Cage performance. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
8/10 85% Les Misérables (2020) With its energetic camera work, natural performances, gritty locations, and almost real-time structure, "Les Misérables" should be broadly appealing for the seasoned cineaste and those looking for a foreign language picture that's not foreign in plot. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
5/10 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) What is abundantly clear is how desperate the entire production is to replicate the success of the "Fast & Furious" franchise. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
7/10 57% Buck Run (2019) A tender story about family and loss, "Buck Run," is a delicate indie that carefully explores a moment of transition. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
9/10 89% 1917 (2020) Of note for the unique single-shot approach, "1917" is also an emotionally arresting and intimate look at the horrors of the Great War. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
5/10 83% Just Mercy (2020) Safe and stagnant, this movie has nothing of the book's considerable breadth or import. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones' Road to Altamont (2019) Handsomely made rock doc is a great companion piece to the Maysles' "Gimme Shelter." - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
3/10 20% The Grudge (2020) Once again, showing that Hollywood has no idea what to do with J-Horror, "The Grudge" is another in a continuing line of incomprehensible cash grabs. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
7/10 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick fans will rejoice that he has returned to a safe place, and nonfans, who are patient, will be rewarded by the intended subtleties present in "A Hidden Life." - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
8/10 88% Cunningham (2019) A must for dancers and fans of the art-form, "Cunningham" is a meditative and often beautiful portrait of dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
8/10 95% Little Women (2019) "Little Women (2019)" is arguably the best adaptation among so many excellent cinematic versions. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
9/10 92% Uncut Gems (2019) "Uncut Gems" is a monster of a movie. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
7/10 70% Bombshell (2019) "Bombshell" is entertaining and contains enough of a hard edge to be about something relevant in today's period of adjustment. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/10 21% Cats (2019) It's a confusing mess, but one that holds a strange fascination. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Cartoonish and absurd, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is the film that fans demanded but not the one the franchise deserves. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
6/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) With its constant stream of punchlines, sweeping computer-generated action sequences, and cheap sentimentality, this is a film ideally suited for today's exaggerated movie-going experience. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019