Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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T-Meter Title | Year
9/10 86% The Card Counter (2021) "The Card Counter" evokes a kind of positive meditation that I was not expecting. If this is Schrader at 75, I'm hopeful that I'll be seeing his evolution to a less tortured, redemptive progression when he's making movies at 85. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
6/10 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) With "Shang-Chi," we get the safe and the familiar--amusing sameness floating in a sea of bland blockbuster commercially created contrivances. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
8/10 97% The Lost Leonardo (2021) Koefoed crafts a compelling documentary that suggests that whether the Mundi is an autograph painting (thought to be entirely painted by da Vinci) is mostly irrelevant. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
8/10 No Score Yet The Forgotten Mountain (Mali i Harrum) (2020) ...a meaningful drama from a gifted storyteller. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
7/10 36% Gutterbee (2021) ...one weird, alienating movie. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
6/10 100% Echoes of Violence (2021) The trailer teases a derivative crime thriller. Instead, the movie is more experimental than conventional. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
5/10 44% Flag Day (2021) While Vogel's life was undoubtedly filled with many awful times, the film could have injected some lighter moments. But this uncompromising attitude is the Penn method of filmmaking. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
7/10 84% Candyman (2021) Making a movie that says something profound while also titillating our fright zones is a tricky balancing act. And "Candyman" almost finds the sweet spot. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
8/10 95% Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury (2019) "Parallel Love" should tempt more than a few music lovers to check out Luxury. Trust me; you'll be pleasantly surprised. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
7/10 86% The Night House (2021) A bubbling, unnerving, flat-out creepy vibe flows throughout, but Bruckner never tips his hand. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/10 37% Reminiscence (2021) "Reminiscence" is an unintelligible mess. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
7/10 80% Free Guy (2021) "Free Guy" is light, easily consumable entertainment that will in no way diminish our collective love for all things Ryan Reynolds. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
9/10 96% CODA (2021) ...this is what great filmmaking is all about. It makes you feel something real. It's inspirational in a way few movies achieve. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
7/10 67% Respect (2021) "Respect" respects the music. Every single performance is top-notch, breathing life into the otherwise stolid melodrama. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
7/10 58% John and the Hole (2021) ...a strange, artful movie. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
89% The Nest (2021) Stick with this crafty little creeper. "The Nest" is compelling and thoroughly unsettling. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
7/10 88% Nine Days (2021) ...fascinating and provocative. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
9/10 91% The Suicide Squad (2021) "The Suicide Squad" is the most subversive mainstream blockbuster since Ryan Reynolds, in character, was told by his blind roommate that a red suit was a good idea because, after all, it would hide the blood. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
6/10 75% Stillwater (2021) "Stillwater" is more effective as a father/daughter drama than as a suspense-filled yarn. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
5/10 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) "Jungle Cruise" is more "Night at the Museum" than "African Queen." This approach will work for some, but I found it to be a frustrating missed opportunity. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
7/10 93% Val (2021) ...a tender examination of a tortured artist. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
6/10 50% Old (2021) Despite the frustrating circular premise, "Old" proves to be compelling. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
8/10 97% Pig (2021) What's unexpected about "Pig" is that it isn't some kind of action-driven revenge fantasy; instead, director and co-writer Michael Sarnoski is committed to following deeply dramatic themes. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
7/10 60% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) "Gunpowder Milkshake" is undeniably cool, a slick inheritor of the film noir/fantasy genre influenced many years ago by "Point Blank." - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
7/10 89% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) While all three installments espouse the serious theme of tolerance, the crude, jokey, splatter-happy, slasher style might rub some viewers the wrong way. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
6/10 91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) It's an entertaining but frustrating partial portrait that shows reverence for its subject without turning over all the revealing stones. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
8/10 97% I Carry You with Me (2021) ...a unique narrative filmmaking experiment that pays off for documentarian Ewing. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
7/10 79% Black Widow (2021) After the head-trip that marked the early episodes of "WandaVision" and the longing, somewhat clumsy angst that permeated "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," it is refreshing to experience an entire character arc in just over two hours. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
8/10 88% Zola (2021) Bravo's movie feels like it takes place in a Lynchian world, but one that's filtered through Cardi B's profane and damning commentary on female empowerment in the modern age. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
5/10 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) The humorless "The Tomorrow War" is gobbledygook that attempts to update the "Independence Day" formula with a time-travel gimmick. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
5/10 59% F9 (2021) "F9" is rubbish. But fans want its variety of rubbish. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
8/10 86% Werewolves Within (2021) "Werewolves Within" is an irresistibly entertaining humorous romp. It's a bit of Agatha Christie meets Hammer Horror. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
7/10 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) "The Sparks Brothers" is more about the brothers' alter egos than about the creators themselves. And while this may confuse viewers and exasperate fans, it is possibly the best and only way to examine the band. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
7/10 64% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) Made on a small budget and edited during our struggle with the COVID pandemic, it's a handsomely made, powerful tale. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
8/10 91% Luca (2021) An excellent summer family film, Disney Pixar's "Luca" will enchant parents and children alike. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
7/10 84% Akilla's Escape (2021) This indie crime-noir achieves an unexpected level of affective empathy. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
9/10 94% In the Heights (2021) "In the Heights" is a colorful, romantic vision that's just grounded enough to pull at the audience's heartstrings regardless of whether the cultural representations are intimately known to viewers. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
8/10 100% The Penny Black (2021) "The Penny Black" is an absorbing non-fiction investigative thriller. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
8/10 96% The Amusement Park (2019) Romero and his team told the tale their way, making "The Amusement Park" one of the most horrific PSAs ever made. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/10 14% American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) "American Traitor" is a hollow cinematic take on the story of the first woman in US history to be convicted of treason. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
7/10 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) This outing demonstrates the team's ability to eke out a plethora of effective jump scares with mathematical precision. But despite the supernatural goings-on, it's the relationship between Ed and Lorraine that will hook audiences. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
7/10 74% Cruella (2021) While no classic, it's hard to resist "Cruella's" fashionable charms. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
7/10 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Krasinski, who co-writes with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, neatly expands the "Quiet Place" universe without straying too far from the personal story that audiences found originally endearing. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
7/10 65% Here Alone (2017) "Here Alone" achieves its success by keeping the story restrained and straightforward. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
6/10 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Despite Jolie's name at the top of the credits, this is Senghore's movie. The character and her performance are enough to elevate "Those Who Wish Me Dead" above b-movie mediocrity. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
8/10 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) "The Killing of Two Lovers" is a piercing take on universal marital struggles. It's an artful piece of cinema that maximizes the form combining it with genuine substance. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
4/10 60% Queen Marie (2019) It's an uninspired movie about an inspiring historical figure. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
6/10 49% Here Today (2021) "Here Today" is a pleasant, minor, unchallenging dramedy set in a romanticized world. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
8/10 100% Paper Spiders (2021) ...a touching, impactful, meaningful, and sincere narrative. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
7/10 66% Wrath of Man (2021) This Ritchie/Statham collaboration, their first since 2005's much-disliked "Revolver," is one mean film. And I mean, mean in a good way. - The Newnan Times-Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021