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Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 73% 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 74% 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 79% 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 94% 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 51% 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 63% 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 17% 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 82% 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 96% 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 67% 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 42% 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 74% 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
6/10 85% Darkest Hour (2017) ...more about a singular powerful performance rather than telling a cohesive and satisfying story. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
8/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A picture postcard in production design, del Toro's talents have never been better used.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
8/10 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Raw and honest, "Call Me By Your Name" exposes loss of innocence while celebrating the importance of one's first love in a mature, albeit graphic, way.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
5/10 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Instead of being consistently funny, much of the film is downright cringeworthy. As a cautionary tale, "The Disaster Artist" succeeds, but as a comedy, it's more disturbing and subversive than a laugh riot.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
7/10 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Regardless of the jokes and explicit exposition, there was enough real emotion to make me care. Given the absolute ridiculousness of what happens in this unapologetic space soap opera, making me feel anything at all is an undeniable measure of success.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
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 92% 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 97% 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 52% 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 84% 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 57% 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 85% 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 77% 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 28% 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 54% Jungle (2017) ...an effective, inspiring bit of endurance cinema. And it has Radcliffe!‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
5/10 35% 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 92% 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 96% 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 86% 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 52% 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