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 Seattle Times Nonfics Film Inquiry

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9/10 93% The Lighthouse (2019) Director Robert Eggers' emotional powerhouse, The Lighthouse, is a profound allegorical reminder that no man is an island. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
6/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra succeeds as mildly entertaining 'soft sci-fi', even if it fails to land a substantial existential punch. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
81% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Dynamite cinema that sweeps you into a world of intrigue that rivals any Hollywood thriller. - Nonfics EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
8/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) If for three hours, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood forestalls cynicism and irony to indulge a simpler time in the world of make-believe. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
8/10 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Still, it's a successful provocation and a damn funny one at that. This movie has 'cult classic' written all over it. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
8/10 83% Midsommar (2019) While its artistic and thematic audacity are undeniable, Midsommar is sure to be one of 2019's most divisive films. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/10 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Calling the plot of Godzilla: King of the Monsters stale would be an insult to the fossilized potato chips hiding between your sofa cushions. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
9/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Big budget action filmmaking doesn't get much better than this. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
8/10 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Documentarian Penny Lane challenges you to leave behind your preconceptions and give the Devil his due in this irreverent, entertaining look at the Satanic Temple, Hail Satan? - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
9/10 83% High Life (2019) Fearless travelers will find much to appreciate in the endless ambiguities of High Life. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
88% Satan & Adam (2019) An unassuming little gem that lures you in with the music and sends you away with a better understanding of what it means to be human. - Nonfics EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
6/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) In almost every way, Pet Sematary is a welcome resurrection. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
94% Screwball (2019) Screwball feels like a farce spinning toward its chaotic conclusion, with the absurdist echoes of frenetic Scorsese thrillers adding a delicious layer of paranoia. - Nonfics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
5/10 93% Us (2019) Calling Us a disappointment is an oversimplification. It's more of an incomplete thought; an ambitious draft with countless ideas and story threads that fail to tie together because of a flawed structure. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Ultimately, Captain Marvel is one of Marvel's most baffling missteps. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
88% Light from Light (2019) Light From Light may be a small, personal film, but that doesn't lessen the power of its conclusion. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Beautiful but vacant, The Souvenir is an arthouse darling that's easy to admire but difficult to embrace. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
97% Clemency (2019) If you enjoy vicariously peering into the abyss, you won't find a better opportunity than Clemency. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
70% The Wolf Hour (2019) The Wolf Hour is a slow burning nightmare that brilliantly blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
86% The Report (2019) While The Report might lack some of the artistic flourishes and atmospheric urgency of classic procedurals like All the President's Men and Zodiac, it's an enthralling account of one of America's most shameful digressions. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) While it's too uneven to be considered a classic satire, it bears all the markings of a quotable cult classic, and anyone who loves slasher films will certainly appreciate Gilroy's inventive take on that genre. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
73% The Magic Life of V (2019) It took director Tonislav Hristov over six years to finish his documentary and the craft shows. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile adds nothing new to the Bundy dossier. There are no overarching themes, no fascinating subtext, no discernible character arcs, or any of the other things that make for absorbing drama. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a beautiful, impassioned rumination on the importance of place, even if it only exists in the mind. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Late Night is a situation-comedy masquerading as a movie; a genetically engineered crowd-pleasure that aims for the middle of the road and hits the mark every single time. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
90% Give Me Liberty (2019) In its own small way, Give Me Liberty makes a big statement about the restorative power of basic kindness. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
62% Native Son (2019) It's heartbreaking and infuriating in equal measure, which makes for an uncomfortable but decidedly worthwhile viewing experience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
8/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) f Beale Street Could Talk is an unapologetically romantic film, even in the face of impending tragedy. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Adam McKay's spirited look at former Vice President Dick Cheney's unlikely rise to power mixes vicious satire and precision pacing to make you laugh and cringe in equal measure. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/10 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines is that lump of coal in your holiday movie stocking. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
96% Roma (2018) This is the kind of film that makes you look at the world differently; makes you see those things that felt previously inconsequential. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
9/10 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite embraces the humor and hubris of royalty behaving badly to deliver one of 2018's best films. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The storytelling is so delicate and precise, like a beautiful poem squeezed of every superfluous word. This is some of the Coen Brothers best work and it deserves to be seen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
6/10 78% Green Book (2018) Its pleas for empathy and elevated social awareness are admirable, even if the jagged edges and racial tensions have been smoothed over. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
6/10 91% Widows (2018) Widows is a shameless crowd pleaser with just enough smarts to elevate it a bit above the ranks of mere guilty pleasure. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/10 80% Boy Erased (2018) Though based on an inspirational true story, Edgerton's Boy Erased is too cluttered and unfocused to deliver either new insight or a good cry. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
8/10 89% A Private War (2018) Unrelenting, passionate, and churning with humanity, A Private War is a film befitting its remarkable heroine. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
7/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy's performance notwithstanding, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a modest film... It's also effortlessly entertaining. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody provides casual fans with some raucous concert re-enactments, but those seeking insight into the band's and particularly Mercury's history should look elsewhere. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
9/10 65% Suspiria (2018) Sure to polarize audiences, Suspiria (2018) is a movie to be savored and feared. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
8/10 81% Mid90s (2018) Don't let the groovy hip-hop tunes and wicked skateboard tricks fool you; this is powerful stuff. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
88% Love, Gilda (2018) A splendid tribute to one of America's comedy legends. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Director Damien Chazelle's emphasis on realism and Ryan Gosling's understated performance take us into a world of unimaginable danger; where families can be instantly torn apart and heroes can live on for eternity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
2/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Mostly, this is an exercise in style; a slick tribute to righteous trash that promises a lot more fun than it actually delivers. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
9/10 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) This is challenging, rugged stuff that trusts the audience to be patient and have an open mind. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
6/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is perfectly fine, escapist entertainment. Just don't expect any encores. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
7/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is an important commentary on America's painfully slow progress of dealing with its deeply ingrained racism. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/4 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Moretz' wry smile and weary eyes convey volumes of emotional turmoil. She is the soulful, courageous heart of a film that exalts the strength of human dignity. - Seattle Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
8/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) If you find the action in Mission: Impossible - Fallout to be pedestrian, it probably means you're a disgruntled James Bond fan. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
6/10 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Surprisingly, this movie has a heart the size of Bigfoot's beating in its chest. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018