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J.R. Kinnard

J.R. Kinnard
J.R. Kinnard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 94% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) If McDonagh's dark comedy-drama doesn't quite out-Fargo Fargo, it brilliantly illustrates the chaos a few choice words can cause in the hands of a talented filmmaker.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/10 39% Justice League (2017) As if watching listless characters exchange infantile monologues isn't bad enough, the "villain of the week" is a complete bore.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The God of Thunder removes the giant hammer from his backside and drops his stodgy pretentions in favor of having a good time.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/10 26% Suburbicon (2017) Baffling and frustrating in equal measure, it's difficult to judge who Suburbicon was made for and impossible to imagine who will actually like it.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
7/10 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) A firecracker first half eventually fizzles, as things take a melodramatic turn in the film's final act, but this is a clever and provocative look at love, sexuality, and the lies that preserve our fragile happiness.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
8/10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The initial trepidation surrounding Blade Runner 2049 should be replaced by relief and exhilaration, as it's now clear that Villeneuve was the right man to helm such a risky project.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
5/10 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's a shame that Battle of the Sexes feels like little more than a primer to a different, more fascinating film.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
1/10 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If Adam Sandler ever did a remake of Die Another Day, it would probably look something like Kingsman: The Golden Circle.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
8/10 68% mother! (2017) This is a psychological and allegorical powerhouse that attacks your sensibilities with evocative imagery and rich symbolism.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/10 85% It (2017) It's an unfocused hodgepodge of ineffective scenes and conflicting tones that disintegrates into an unsatisfying pile of... blah.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
7/10 90% Good Time (2017) Good Time is the sleazy friend that knows all the best dives.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
6/10 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh... remains a talented filmmaker with an instinctive gift for pacing and style. Cinephiles can rejoice that his self-imposed retirement seems to be over, even if he doesn't push himself too hard in this modest return.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
8/10 95% Step (2017) There are crowd pleasers, and then there is Step.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower certainly flirts with plunging into entertaining schlock territory, but it's in too much of a hurry to indulge those tendencies. ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/10 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) By the time the action finally arrives in the film's second half, you no longer care. Any energy you might have invested in this ugly world filled with shallow characters has been squandered on silly spy plots and shoddy storytelling.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
9/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) Arguably Nolan's best film, Dunkirk is a propulsive descent into Hell that celebrates the indomitable human spirit.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/10 17% Wish Upon (2017) It's a benign horror movie for grandma and her teenage grandkids to watch at the Cineplex on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Everyone else should avoid it like a demented musical Chinese wishing box.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
7/10 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) This is a lighthearted lark that functions as both a standalone feature, as well as an endlessly entertaining entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
6/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is an immersive thriller that seduces you to embrace its ridiculously fun excesses.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
8/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Perhaps the greatest virtue of War for the Planet of the Apes is that it captures the futility of war without ever glamorizing the abhorrent carnage.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/10 21% The Book of Henry (2017) It's difficult to recall a film soaring so high, only to crash beneath the weight of its own narrative and thematic blunders.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/10 16% The Mummy (2017) A wise man once said, "Only a fool would make a campy horror movie into a serious drama." Actually, no one ever said that, but they should have, preferably on Tom Cruise's voicemail.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
5/10 53% War Machine (2017) Perhaps it's a case of honoring the literary source material too much, as War Machine fundamentally fails as compelling cinema. It's not smart enough to be a think piece and not visceral enough to evoke anger.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/10 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) With no interesting characters to lean on, Rønning and Sandberg need lots of imaginative action set pieces to provide any thrills. Sadly, the action is generic and drags on for far too long, which doesn't help the already lethargic pacing.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/10 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) Adding a convoluted mythology about the Xenomorph origins doesn't equate to scares, excitement, or entertainment value. There's simply no reason for this film to exist, regardless of its fleeting visual pleasures. This ship has definitely sailed.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
8/10 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) A $100 million, obscenely fun superhero movie packed with amazing visuals, groovy tunes, wacky action, and unapologetic schmaltz.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/10 50% The Promise (2017) The Promise means well and perhaps it will open the eyes of a few uninformed audience members, but its lackluster love story will likely put off more people than it inspires.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
8/10 80% Colossal (2017) Colossal mixes metaphor, dark comedy, and tragedy into a powerful statement about the nature of addiction. Though it staggers a bit in the middle, this is a poignant film that never preaches, often inspires, and always fascinates.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
5/10 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) It's admirable that Gray aspires to a more traditional epic rather than a simplistic actioner, but he fails to find the core of a story cluttered with romance, politics, warfare, sexism, racism, classism - and possibly more 'isms' than we've realized yet.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
6/10 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It's unlikely that devotees will consider The Fate of the Furious one of the stronger entries in the series. Still, the filmmakers and actors are clearly dedicated to making a quality product, avoiding the complacency that often plagues action sequels.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
7/10 94% SHOT!: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2017) SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock is a loving tribute to the talented artist who not only photographed sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, he lived it.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
5/10 67% Life (2017) Horror fans won't be scared and sci-fi fans will find it insultingly simplistic.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
5/10 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) While the CGI extravagances are amazing and the human elements show promise, they never work together to create something noteworthy and original.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
6/10 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is a perfectly acceptable monster mash. Kong looks great, the action is thunderous, and any film that features John C. Reilly using a samurai sword to battle giant monsters is definitely worth seeing.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
8/10 99% Get Out (2017) Get Out is a bonkers little film that mixes humor, horror, and satire to comment vividly on racism in America. The genius of Jordan Peele's directorial debut, however, is that you don't need to catch all of the subtext to enjoy it.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
7/10 93% Logan (2017) Legitimate character drama that happens to include bouts of gratuitous murder and mayhem.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/10 35% The Great Wall (2017) When mindless monsters could easily be replaced by human soldiers with the capacity and potential for real dramatic development, the monster ploy to generate box office interest is glaringly obvious.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
9/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Old fashioned values and New World nihilism makes John Wick: Chapter 2 such an irresistible adrenaline fix. ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/10 16% The Space Between Us (2017) Ultimately, this is just a bad movie about a Martian and his girlfriend playing hide-and-seek from some space cops.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
5/10 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Fails to capture anything new about the man.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
7/10 44% The Discovery (2017) McDowell plays fair with the audience.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
9/10 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear will reaffirm your belief in the positive powers of imagination.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
7/10 76% Crown Heights (2017) A powerful testament to the political gamesmanship, racial profiling, and social inequities that continue to shape the criminal justice system. ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
6/10 64% The Polka King (2017) A modestly ambitious film that wants only to entertain ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
5/10 85% Band Aid (2017) You won't be demanding an encore.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
8/10 74% Landline (2017) Every smirk, giggle, and snort reveals a new layer of vulnerability for the world to exploit.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/10 47% Person to Person (2017) Only two of the five-story threads offer memorable moments, while the other three struggle to find any sense of rhythm or personality.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
7/10 66% Bitch (2017) Plunges into the abyss with gleeful abandon. ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
5/10 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It's like watching a psychological train wreck and being expected to laugh at the carnage.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
8/10 89% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) Produces some of the most riveting cinema you're likely to see in 2017.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017