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Ken Eisner

Ken Eisner
Ken Eisner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety, Georgia Straight

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84%

Christine (2016)

"[Christine] has a highly charged Rebecca Hall finding the bruises beneath a brittle surface." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Dec 2, 2016
69%

Operation Avalanche (2016)

"There are enough paranoid-thriller sequences set to well-chosen Creedence Clearwater Revival tunes, to suggest the movie that could have been made with a little more seriousness, and money. Not that it matters." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 30, 2016
96%

Aquarius (2016)

"One of Brazil's most enduring stars gets the role of a lifetime in Aquarius. This ambitious effort sums up many of the changes Sonia Braga has witnessed, in her career and her country." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 16, 2016
94%

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"We spend a sprawling, mostly agreeable, and very plainly shot 100 minutes with Nadine, but we never learn anything about her interests or ambitions outside of the two boys -- one nice, the other nasty -- she fancies." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 16, 2016
93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"Often compared with Yasujirō Ozu's domestic tales, Koreeda's films share that Chekhovian vibe, but his movies have more cinematic fluidity and highly tactile surfaces; he makes you feel things you might otherwise forget." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 9, 2016
94%

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

"There's not much narration here, and little is needed in the true, self-propelled tale of a 13-year-old girl named Aisholpan Nurgaiv, who learns the traditionally male skill of hunting with the aid of eagles." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 9, 2016
93%

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

"Unspoken but suggested by the subtext and title of Fire at Sea is that some First World countries profit from war, while other First World countries -- hell, sometimes the same First World countries -- are left to clean up the mess." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 9, 2016
95%

Spa Night (2016)

"he movie is packed with dramatic inner rhymes and startling colour shifts that convey the challenges and pleasures of breaking away from your parents, even if -- especially if -- you love them." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 4, 2016
43%

Lavender (2016)

"A would-be psychological thriller with few thrills and even less psychology." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 4, 2016
98%

Moonlight (2016)

"Jenkins lets the scenes play out with organic ease, and cinematographer James Laxton physicalizes the locations with a kind of off-kilter poetry." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Nov 4, 2016
95%

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016)

"Japanese animation meets its own origins in Miss Hokusai, a lovingly crafted tale of art and life in early-18th-century Japan." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 27, 2016
100%

Cameraperson (2016)

"It takes a while to adjust to the seemingly scattershot collection of people and places encountered in this unusually constructed and exceptionally powerful documentary." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 20, 2016
19%

American Pastoral (2016)

"There's a lot of yelling, too little nuance, and even less humour." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 20, 2016
93%

Under The Sun (2016)

"[Director Vitaliy Manskiy] agreed to every condition demanded by North Korean officials... And he still came up with a heartbreaking record of lives relentlessly stifled from birth." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 20, 2016
78%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

""In intense situations," explains Shin at one point, "people imitate what they've seen in movies." In some cases, life is infinitely weirder." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 20, 2016
81%

American Honey (2016)

"The result is a kind of existential, occasionally atmospheric diary kept by someone with little to say. The one cool thing about American Honey is the better movies it could inspire." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 14, 2016
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Violent (2014)

"The blue-toned cinematography from Joseph Schweers, who also edited and cowrote Violent, is so varied and adventurous, you have to submit to the film's spectacularly confident storytelling." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 14, 2016
40%

Unless (2016)

"Everything then leads to a "gotcha" ending that feels exploitative rather than illuminating." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 14, 2016
97%

Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016)

"I can't remember the last time I said "Wow!" out loud so many times during a movie -- especially not a cartoon aimed mostly at kids." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 14, 2016
94%

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016)

"Arendt's focus on the demonization of refugees as a precursor to genocide proved prescient, and the film makes the case that exile allows some thinkers to see the bigger picture, even as they're forced to sacrifice their own notion of home." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Weirdos (2016)

"Veteran director Bruce McDonald brings a light touch to theatre great Daniel MacIvor's presumably autobiographical tale of young teens getting ready to leave rural Cape Breton in 1976." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Werewolf (2016)

"The film's close-ups are relentless to a fault, but they (and the young actors) also convey the director's unsparing compassion for sickly spirits that can be here and gone in the blink of an eye." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
84%

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"The concept of this performance piece-cum-media interrogation is much stronger than its execution." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Dobra zena (A Good Wife) (2016)

"Tackling heavyweight themes in a small-scaled way, this tale of truth and reconciliation (or their opposites) is grounded by a powerhouse performance from Mirjana Karanovic, who also wrote and directed it." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Green is Gold (2016)

"This no-budget indie flick has its moments, but a small stash of material is stretched thin." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Window Horses (2016)

"Veteran animator Ann Marie Fleming joins forces with a dazzling array of guest cartoonists to go with her stellar jam session of vocal talents." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Playing Lecuona (2015)

"The audio recording, as you would hope, is spectacular, and although it seems churlish to complain, the lengthy on-screen performances come at the expense of more cultural context. There are some lovely images here, though" ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
100%

KONELINE: Our Land Beautiful (2016)

"Strongly recommended." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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The Bacchus Lady (2016)

"The subject sounds grim, but the movie is a mellow parade of small, human-scaled delights mixed with the offhandedly macabre." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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All of a Sudden (Auf Einmal) (2016)

"Asli Özge harnesses a dazzling array of arresting images and smart plot twists. The actors are excellent, too, but there's a sense at the end that the main character's personality could have been a little more clearly drawn." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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The Architect (2016)

"If HGTV made its own horror movies, they'd look something like this comically presented nightmare." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
93%

Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016)

"Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Johnny Ma is also a quietly sneaky stylist, moving confidently from a plain documentary feel to darkly comic noir in the flick's fast-moving 80 minutes. It's an outstanding debut." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Suntan (2016)

"When Mr. Party finally cracks, the absurdity of his downfall basically undoes every smart observation up until then. In the end, I felt burned." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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King Dave (2015)

"Like its self-proclaimed monarch, the movie skirts the edges of race, class, and gender stereotypes, but it's not really about anything at all. Sure is fun, though." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
70%

Sin Alas (2015)

"The nonprofessional actors are engaging, and the settings fascinate, of course. But the period re-creations in his flashbacks are repetitive." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Spirit Unforgettable (2016)

"Pain, pride, and pleasure intermingle in Vancouverite Pete McCormack's portrait of Spirit of the West frontman John Mann." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
100%

Ten Years (2015)

"The whole package is well worth seeing as a smartly varied projection of anxieties regarding Hong Kong's future as it gets drawn further into the PRC fold." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 12, 2016
100%

After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016)

"Japanese master Kore-eda Hirokazu delivers one of his most satisfying efforts to date with his tender look at a disintegrating family and what truly remains of the love that was once there in abundance." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 11, 2016
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Ghostland (2016)

"The many interactions that follow, whether accidental or planned, offer an unusually positive window on the adaptability of human beings, and what we still have to learn from each other, despite our best efforts not to." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 11, 2016
100%

Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

"There's so much to savour in this big-hearted doc, whether you're a classic-film follower, a nostalgia buff, or a fan of old-fashioned romance." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 11, 2016
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BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2016)

"[A] fascinating look back." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 11, 2016
81%

Denial (2016)

"Denial is a somewhat plodding, fact-based tale with few transcendent moments in acting or staging that still manages to be oddly satisfying in the end." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 6, 2016
73%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Rarely has a movie received this much contextual hype and then proved to be so flat on-screen." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 6, 2016
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Gun Runners (2015)

"The 90-minute film offers fascinating glimpses of a part of the world that's deliberately kept in shadows." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Oct 6, 2016
92%

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

"A culture-clash comedy that tries too hard to please the back rows" ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 28, 2016
91%

I Called Him Morgan (2016)

"One of the best, most substantial and atmospheric jazz docs ever recalls trumpeter Lee Morgan in his New York City heyday." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 28, 2016
100%

Tower (2016)

"The dramatic events of that horrible summer day are re-created through survivor interviews, and illustrated by realistic, if still weirdly dreamlike, animation." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 28, 2016
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Portrait of a Garden (Portret van een tuin) (2016)

"Spend four beautiful seasons in the life of a gorgeous Dutch garden with this playfully meditative documentary, which takes as much care with the fruits and vegetables as it does with its human beings." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 28, 2016
84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"The subsequent events are as terrible, and terribly exciting, as you could want in a disaster story." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 28, 2016
67%

Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016)

"Despite a few flourishes, plus some solid work from Antonio Banderas as Marcelino de Sautuola -- the amateur scientist who first uncovered the famous cave paintings in northern Spain -- it's pretty much the work of someone going through the motions." ‐Georgia Straight
Posted Sep 22, 2016
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