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Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is a marvelous debut from Swedish director Gustav Möller, who gets it. Sometimes, we don't have to see everything to be impacted meaningfully.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
6/10 80% Halloween (2018) Not the transcendent, metaphorical, nostalgic journey that might have been, "Halloween (2018)" is an entertaining movie that manages to force together the dramatic with the downright silly. It's a worthy sequel.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7/10 69% Galveston (2018) In "Galveston," the always committed Ben Foster boosts director Mélanie Laurent's adaptation of a Nic Pizzolatto novel. It's a grim and brutal picture.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
6/10 44% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Appropriately PG-rated family fare, "Goosebumps 2" will put some good-natured fear into the littlest viewers, while mildly entertaining their parents.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
10/10 88% First Man (2018) There is a moment when I literally couldn't breathe while watching "First Man." The module has landed and the first steps on the lunar surface are in progress. For a moment, the film transports you there. It's awe-inspiring.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
6/10 71% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Overly clever to the point of frustration, Drew Goddard's ensemble "Bad Times at the El Royale" keeps you lightly entertained.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
8/10 80% Living in the Future's Past (2018) The film is absolutely gorgeous, featuring an amazing collection of high resolution footage working in tandem with Bridges' rich narration. Not preachy, this didactic narrative does serve as a low key prayer for universal support for conservation.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
9/10 84% The Sisters Brothers (2018) In a movie with four leading men, John C. Reilly is the standout, the star, and should be recognized for his work. "The Sisters Brothers" is one of the year's best films.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
6/10 27% Ride (2018) ...the threesome are entertaining, and Brill, as the crazed Bruno, has his moments. He's like a younger Peter Sarsgaard, who has mastered the art of playing smarmy. ‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
9/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The meandering narrative lays a near flawless foundation for a love story centered around finding one's artistic soul.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
8/10 74% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) While the time is modern, some years after the end of apartheid, "Five Fingers" could easily be a part of the Leone Western canon.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
8/10 68% Hold the Dark (2018) Saulnier delivers a provocative and nuanced film that explores the primal side of human nature.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
6/10 28% Night School (2018) A scatological cartoon, "Night School" nonetheless tickles the low brow funny bone.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
6/10 78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) ...the movie is overstuffed, and Moore's constant narrating drone is unceasing, reaching sensory perception overload early. Over a two plus hour running time, he tells the viewer what to think instead of giving the audience a chance to think.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
7/10 65% American Chaos (2018) Stern does his best to make an argument for more civility in the election process. What's refreshing is that there's not a lot of incensed, charged rhetoric in "American Chaos."‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
4/10 50% MDMA (Cardinal X) (2018) Earnest, but awkwardly written and produced, "MDMA" is an R-rated after-school special with its heart in the right place.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
7/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) With "A Simple Favor," Paul Feig makes merry, capitalizing on a talented cast that's game for the jaunty material. It's a darkly comedic party, and we're invited.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
8/10 93% Mandy (2018) When Cosmatos' crushed and oppressive visuals combine with an equally crushing, unhinged Cage performance, you have a near perfect concoction-a Cage-tastic combustion.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
5/10 33% The Predator (2018) Writer/director Shane Black gives viewers a goofy, violent, R-rated b-movie that plays more like a parody of the film that inspired it.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/10 13% The Basement (2018) Armed with a bargain basement budget and access to an actress with a following, co-directors Brian M. Conley and Nathan Ives deliver contained, gruesome horror that is hampered by a largely inert script.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
7/10 93% Nico, 1988 (2018) Boosted by a searing, uncanny performance from Trine Dyrholm, "Nico, 1988" is a telling time capsule.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
8/10 85% The Wife (2018) Featuring two fantastic performances, "The Wife" raises many provocative questions, but not just the obvious ones.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
5/10 26% The Nun (2018) The latest spinoff from the popular "Conjuring" films is the weakest in the series. "The Nun" is like one creepy sequence played on a tiresome loop.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/10 54% The Bookshop (2018) The very structure of the tale seems incomplete, relying on a didactic narration that hints at a better story that should have been pursued in greater depth.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/10 65% The Little Stranger (2018) This cloistered, arms-length method of story-telling betrays the underlining theme to be conveyed: hiding away one's true self sours the soul.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/10 30% Kin (2018) An unconvincing mishmash of genre tropes that never takes advantage of obvious retro elements that might have endeared the movie with nostalgic viewers. Remember "Laserblast?"‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
6/10 93% Searching (2018) Making maximum use of audience familiarity with the dangers of social media, "Searching" succeeds in punching up a run-of-the-mill Lifetime movie-of-the-week with clever visual gimmickry.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/10 41% Arizona (2018) The pressure was on first time director Watson to let McBride loose. It's a shame. I'm not suggesting that he couldn't carry a picture, but here McBride is a terribly one-note-a lunatic with zero redeeming qualities to shape him.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
7/10 92% Support the Girls (2018) It's comical and just a little bit sad. Chronicling life's mundane, minor tragedies are Bujalski's stock in trade.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/10 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Unsophisticated and crude without purpose, "The Happytime Murders" is a massive failure on many levels.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
7/10 53% Papillon (2018) Without answering the question as to whether this film is better or worse than the one that came before it, "Papillon" 2018 is exciting, informative, and never boring, featuring solid performances and excellent production values.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
7/10 82% Puzzle (2018) "Puzzle" is a small film with substantial texture, that provides Macdonald and Khan with real characters to inhabit.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Eurotrump (2017) Filmmakers Nick Hampson and Stephen Robert Morse capture Dutch politician Geert Wilders in the wild. It's a rare thing to watch, like sitting down with Bigfoot and having a comforting cup of tea, while discussing genocide.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
7/10 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) A captivating drama about an important subject, this film will go far to make Moretz' antics as a pint-sized killing machine a further fading memory.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
8/10 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) An exercise in something that could playfully be called physical cinema, "Madeline's Madeline" showcases the rich fruits of collaborative filmmaking.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
8/10 84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) "The Third Murder" creatively examines how truth bends in favor of judicial economy. It's a tricky bit of thoughtful filmmaking from an emerging Japanese master.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
7/10 80% Alpha (2018) Poignant and exciting, "Alpha" is a unique, 3D, Ice Age set adventure yarn, in which the wild and the wilder tame each other.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
8/10 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) With sumptuous production values and winning characters, "Crazy Rich Asians" is one of the year's biggest romantic surprises.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
6/10 43% Along Came the Devil (2018) ...a diverting, entertaining, and, at times, scary addition to the horror space.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
8/10 94% Dark Money (2018) Kimberly Reed's detailed treatise on untraceable corporate money in politics in the post-Citizens United era is a chilling, informative documentary thriller.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
5/10 45% The Meg (2018) Too much Stath and not enough Meg... This cheesy shark fantasy is neither scary nor funny enough to join the shark movie canon.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
8/10 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) A devastating, authentic portrait of divorce and obsession, writer/director Xavier Legrand's debut feature is a stunner.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
7.5/10 83% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) The film with the year's best title proves to be a zany combination of drama and throwback science fiction. And then there's Sam Elliott...‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
6.5/10 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) "Don't Worry" isn't the best of Van Sant, but there are flashes, which will, for some viewers, be enough.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2018
8/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" is a propulsive viewing experience, captured at a true break-neck pace.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
6.5/10 53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) ...a finely etched character piece that does not disrespect the people that the time betrayed.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
6/10 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) A must for fans of the original and of ABBA, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is a continuation of the bright, cheery jukebox musical that made the first film an international sensation.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
6.5/10 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Straight-forward, bone-crunching, nonsense, Antoine Fuqua's "Death Wish" like revenge tale is an unapologetic crowd-pleaser.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
8.5/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) An arguably more restrained and refined narrative than her excellent "Winter's Bone," director Debra Granik's "Leave No Trace" is intimate story-telling at its best.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4.5/10 46% Skyscraper (2018) ...audiences will experience déjà vu of the worst kind. "Skyscraper" is wholly unoriginal, even though Dwayne Johnson does his best with the ridiculous material.‐ Daily Film Fix
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018