Jonathan W. Hickman

Jonathan W. Hickman
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 66% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) "HDD2U" is a collection of scenes, some fun, others leaden, with nothing to mesh them together and no one character, not even Tree, that you can trust and embrace. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
7/10 36% Untogether (2019) Thoughtful and introspective, "Untogether" is a solid directing start for writer Emma Forrest, who should continue the cathartic exploration of the world that she knows intimately. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
8/10 97% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) Well-made and insightful documentary grapples with solving an emerging environmental threat. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/10 45% What Men Want (2019) The surface approach to everything in the film makes it impossible to generate any measure of pathos. This leaves just the gags that come and go with intermittent giggles. The mega-talented Henson deserves a better starring vehicle. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
9/10 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson's efforts provide a new perspective on the battlefield experience. It's a humbling, significant achievement, one that may frustrate some viewers and enchant others. Regardless, the emotional impact is undeniable. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
5/10 37% Glass (2019) Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan makes a valiant, if also, terribly forced and muddled effort to pull together two of his previous films and three character mythologies that span some 19 years. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
8/10 86% Beyond the Night (2018) ...a kind of modern, religious narrative that knowingly understands that people of faith can endorse sophisticated, mature stories. Like "First Reformed," "Beyond the Night" provokes the viewer to think deeply about where faith fits in. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
7/10 79% Buffalo Boys (2019) Energetic and well-shot with winning performances, producer turned director Mike Wiluan's martial arts western is anything but boring. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
7/10 50% American Hangman (2019) Sutherland must have worked on this production just a few days, and yet, he's featured substantially and delivers powerfully. This is not a throwaway cameo, it's a full-bodied role and Sutherland bites hard enough to keep us watching. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
6/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Entertainment value limited to humor and big visual mastery, "Aquaman" does mark forward progress for the DC universe. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Director Mimi Leder smartly doesn't try to tell RBG's entire life's story. After all, that life is very much on-going, and there's more story to be written. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
7/10 66% Vice (2018) Reaching for the humor in what is an otherwise weighty historical footnote is McKay's masterstroke. And "Vice" proves to be hugely entertaining, provided, however, that you don't take the film as a history lesson. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A cheery, vibrant musical, "Mary Poppins Returns" is a delightful family fantasy. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/10 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Wildly overbuilt, emotionally overwrought, a film that sacrifices genuine pathos for action, "Mortal Engines" is an inevitable one-off stab at a book series deserving of better treatment. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
9/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) One of the best animated films of 2018, "Spider-Verse" proves that there's no such thing as too much Spider-Man. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 85% Dumplin' (2018) Sentimental, disarming, if, also, at times, a little manipulative with on-the-nose moments, "Dumplin'" is everything that "Insatiable" should have been. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
9/10 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) One of the best foreign language offerings of 2018, "Border" is a unique and special story about the importance of finding oneself by examining the most intimate characteristics. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
7/10 64% Tyrel (2018) For anyone who hopes to disarm race issues by confronting them directly and infusing a measure of humor into the mix, "Tyrel" is a film that will hit you with a cold slap. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
10/10 96% Roma (2018) Few films this year impacted me more than "Roma." - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
8/10 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Brimming with self-aware and topical comedy, Ralph and Vanellope's new adventure is even better than the last. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/10 84% Creed II (2018) Maybe a younger generation needs this update, but fans schooled in the franchise history will consider it all a retread, with only a new boxer at the film's center. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
9/10 80% Green Book (2018) Exposing the template for friendship that continues to push our nation positively forward even as there are steps backward, "Green Book" is one of the year's best films and is not to be missed. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) "The Front Runner" blandly covers a footnote in political history, without giving us a clear perspective that allows the viewer to make sense of Hart's key character flaws. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
7/10 91% Widows (2018) I was hopeful that Steve McQueen could find the right balance as he moved to something more commercial. And there's no doubt that he succeeds here, but he doesn't give us another awards contender. It's a heist film with dramatic flourishes. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
6/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Is it better than the one that came before it? No, but it is bigger and more action-packed. With the overstuffed story, there is a cold and calculating process at work, as the film gets bogged down with structure and plot. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
6/10 81% Boy Erased (2018) A well-acted, well-intentioned attempt to bring a best-selling, very personal memoir to the big screen, "Boy Erased" plays it safe with familiar melodrama that touches upon critical issues. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
6/10 57% The Grinch (2018) Without breaking new ground, this new computer animated Grinch proves to be the least memorable of the Seuss inspired characters in this Illumination adaptation. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
7/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Wearing its PG-13 rating proudly, this soft biopic is aimed directly at a younger generation that discovered the chart-topping music in high school chorus class. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/10 64% Suspiria (2018) The re-imagining of "Suspiria" is weird and, at times, positively revolting, but hardly scary. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
5/10 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Despite fabulous production design that is coupled with top-notch special effects, the best sequences in "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" center on two wonderful ballet sequences. The Disneyesque narrative falls flat. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
5/10 70% The Happy Prince (2018) "The Happy Prince" is a frustrating movie that gives us a feel for a decaying personality. But targeting the decline doesn't translate into great cinema. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
8/10 89% Studio 54 (2018) Through astute and revealing interviews with surviving owner Ian Schrager and archived interviews with co-owner Steve Rubell (who died in 1989), we get the story of the club like never before. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
5/10 77% Mid90s (2018) A slice of life, a bit of uncomfortable truth, actor turned director Jonah Hill builds a convincing world, but doesn't really know how to make it matter. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
7/10 90% The Dark (2018) Feeling very much like a zombie spin on "Let the Right One In," filmmaker Justin P. Lange expands his short film "The Dark" with artful results. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
9/10 99% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
6/10 79% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7/10 71% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
6/10 48% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
6/10 75% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
9/10 85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
6/10 33% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
8/10 76% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
8/10 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Saulnier delivers a provocative and nuanced film that explores the primal side of human nature. - Daily Film Fix EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
6/10 81% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
4/10 53% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018