Kathy Fennessy

Kathy Fennessy
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) [Director Nadine Labaki] paints a multi-faceted portrait of life among Beirut's underclass. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) As set-ups go, it's a familiar one, but it's always a pleasure to watch Kusama shape genre to her own ends as she did in Girlfight. - Seattle Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
89% Love, Gilda (2018) The result is an unavoidably slight, if touching portrait of a talented woman who deserved more time to find a creatively fulfilling second act. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
76% Bad Reputation (2018) No one-not even Cesar Award-winning actress Kristen Stewart-is better at being Joan Jett than Joan Jett. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) [Bujalski's] found a sly way to make his most political film, since he weaves current issues, like racial equity and illegal immigration, into the narrative without sapping the energy from the workplace comedy on the surface. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
100% Half the Picture (2018) It's a lot of talk, but as on-screen conversations go, it's an essential one. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
81% That Summer (2018) Those who can't get enough of the Beales are likely to feel as if they've discovered a long-lost family photo album. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley's ability to transfer his leftist politics intact from turntable to screen is truly miraculous. His film has a distinct look that ranges from pop-art bright to demonically dark, and Stanfield's lightly absurdist performance holds it all together. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
93% Angels Wear White (2018) Remarkable youth performances anchor Vivian Qu's rigorous procedural Angels Wear White, about the adults who exploit children-and the systemic misogyny that protects them. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
97% 1945 (2017) If [Ferenc] Török takes his time identifying the characters and their relationships to each other, his seventh feature offers a particularly rewarding payoff, and Elemér Ragályi's daguerreotype-like cinematography stuns at every turn. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
74% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) Unfortunately, his G-rated Bresson-as-poptimist approach is surprisingly dull, and the two Jeannes aren't exactly the best singers. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
20% Submergence (2018) Chances are good that he cast McAvoy and Vikander because he thought they were right for the film... Unfortunately, [Wim] Wenders is unable to capture much chemistry when they're together or suspense when they're apart. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
91% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) Though [Isabelle] Huppert's billing is sure to garner the most attention, the film belongs to Kim as much as Hong's On the Beach at Night Alone. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
14% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) All I Wish feels like the kind of thing designed to flatter its intended audience, i.e., it's okay to spend most of your life without a man, middle-aged ladies! On second thought, that isn't the world's worst message. I just wish this was a better film. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
73% After Louie (2018) As an actor, [Zachary] Booth can't quite keep up with [Alan] Cumming, but Braeden is likable in ways that the cynical Sam is not, so it evens out in the end. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
100% The Departure (2017) As a filmmaker, [Lana] Wilson must have a similar knack for putting people at ease since it's quite remarkable how many of those in her film agreed to appear in such a vulnerable state. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
89% A Ciambra (2018) If the ending, which recalls Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardennes' wrenching La Promesse, is overly schematic, Carpignano's sympathetic lead imbues the scenario with genuine intrigue. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
100% Aida's Secrets (2017) In the end, this isn't just a story about one family fractured by the Holocaust, but about the German nurse and the South African kindergarten teacher who would affect the trajectory of the clan. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
96% Félicité (2017) [Véro Tshanda] Beya is an unvarnished talent, but she holds the scenario together through the sheer force of her presence - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
91% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) [Hong Sang-soo's] sympathetic, purposefully episodic film privileges [Kim Minhee's] point of view as she talks to other people about the relationship. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
50% Der Nachtmahr (2015) As the tiny monster becomes more visible, though, it also becomes more sympathetic. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
95% The Breadwinner (2017) [A] gorgeous animated feature. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
100% Signature Move (2017) [Jennifer] Reeder finds the perfect note on which to end. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) It's rare, but not unprecedented, for a director to follow up their worst film with their best. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
84% Beach Rats (2017) Though the trailer portends vapid soft core, [Eliza] Hitmann has a sure and sensitive hand as a director. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
56% Lemon (2017) [Janicza] Bravo and [Brett] Gelman may have been aiming for comedy, and they come close with a spliff-saturated barbecue sequence, but Isaac's bumbling often seems more tragic than not. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
80% Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (2012) Better Than Something isn't bad, but it never really gets to the bottom of Reatard's anger issues. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
90% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012) Still, a documentary of this nature lives and dies by the personality of its subject and Carol Channing has plenty to spare. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
91% Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) I'd rather see them play music with the original artists, with each other, or in archival clips (of which there are plenty). - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
50% Music from the Big House (2012) I've rarely seen a prison film with so little anger, bitterness, and resentment on display. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
No Score Yet I Want My Name Back (2011) I Want My Name Back is unapologetically one-sided, and if you only want to know how the case was resolved, you can Google the results. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
75% An Affair of the Heart (2012) I found [Rick Springfield's] relationships with his fans genuinely touching. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
100% A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2013) [Doc] Pomus, much like friend and fellow New Yorker [Lou] Reed, didn't judge those who looked or felt like outsiders. He celebrated them. He spoke for them. He was one of them. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
64% Jobriath A.D. (2014) I have mixed feelings about the animation, which feels extraneous, and Henry Rollins seems like an odd choice for narrator, but Turner otherwise does right by his subject. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
No Score Yet Alien Boy: The Life And Death Of James Chasse (2013) There wasn't as much music content in the documentary as I had hoped, but there's value here for viewers interested in the intersection of the police, their training, and the way we treat the mentally ill. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
93% The Great Flood (2014) The Great Flood offers a meditative, purposefully Brechtian examination of destruction. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
97% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) [Frank] Pavich has constructed one of the most exhilarating documentaries I've ever seen because his true subject is creativity. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
84% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) It's an intriguing premise, and [Jim] Jarmusch handily distinguishes his film from its vampire predecessors, except I found it more engaging than truly satisfying, - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
76% Teenage (2014) The collage effect recalls Ken Burns' documentaries for PBS, particularly since Wolf also occasionally inserts still photographs towards which he zooms in slowly in order to approximate movement. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
No Score Yet My Last Year With The Nuns (2015) My Last Year with the Nuns doesn't simply depict a Catholic childhood, but a Seattle one, as well. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
89% Red Knot (2014) This short story of a film moves in a meditative manner that recalls art house monoliths. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
100% Shake the Dust (2015) I enjoyed the music and dance in Shake the Dust, but it's rarely as insightful or as instructive as it could've been. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
93% The Dance of Reality (2014) There's no one quite like Alejandro Jodorowsky. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
95% Snowpiercer (2014) Snowpiercer is filled to the brim with plot, characters, and action. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
66% The Rover (2014) In the sweat-soaked Rover, everybody appears to have cut their own hair with a pair of rusty scissors, but the look is more The Proposition than Mad Max. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
63% The Sacrament (2014) So, it's a misfire-an interesting one, but a misfire, nonetheless. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
100% Wake in Fright (2012) So, it's a good film and an important one, but it's no walk in the park despite a fair number of funny lines - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) The end doesn't satisfy the way it should, since it's more about setting the stage for the next film than bringing this one to a close, though I like the way it starts out as a western before seguing into a war picture. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
58% Cannibal (2014) Cannibal isn't really a horror movie. It's a character study. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
80% Get On Up (2014) [Chadwick] Boseman is a delight. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017