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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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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Who among us predicted that Channing Tatum would become a major actor, equally adept at light-fingered comedy and low-key contemporary dramas?‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
65% Dave Made a Maze (2017) An inspired half-hour's worth of visual invention is spread out over a forced 80 minutes in Dave Made a Maze, a tribute to '80s horror-fantasy flicks that never quite decides what tone it wants to take.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) But in his feature debut, writer-director Matt Spicer has identified some basic problems without really finding a way to get past the obvious.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
100% In Transit (2015) The absorbing In Transit was the final directing effort by documentary hero Albert Maysles.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
73% Landline (2017) All problems are on this level of, um, complexity in Landline, which serves up a laundry list of humdrum conflicts.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
94% Menashe (2017) The script seems overly determined to knock its hero down, when the people around him could stand to do some growing up.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
80% Brigsby Bear (2017) With pedestrian direction provided by SNL veteran Dave McCary, Mooney and company drop the ball just when they decide to ground James in the world he left behind.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
86% Moka (2017) The smoothly structured, beautifully acted Moka builds slowly toward a tug of war between thriller conventions and deeper emotions. And the audience wins.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
82% The Trip to Spain (2017) In the real world, it might be a pain to keep hearing the voices in their heads, but for a roughly 100-minute journey, they are good company indeed.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
76% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Sequel is a validation of the earlier film's projections, most of which show the biosphere much worse off than expected 11 years later.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
90% Icaros: A Vision (2017) The 90-minute movie reaches for the ineffable, and is downright lysergic in how much it gets right.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
88% Sacred (2017) What comes across is a heartfelt and aesthetically pleasing tour of ancient practices that have somehow survived the onslaught of modernity.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan eschews Batmanesque grandiosity, not to mention irony and blatant special effects, to pursue a more authentically immersive view of this historical turning point.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) An obvious must-see for students of film history and history in general, the two-hour movie is somewhat overcrowded by Morrison's clearly passionate ambitions.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) Most impressively, this Story is good at capturing that sense of ineffable connection with what has come before us and what persists when we are gone. The living part's a little weak, though.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
89% Tanna (2016) The human foreground isn't always that interesting, but the natural backdrop here is truly amazing. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Road Forward (2017) The Road Forward offers an embarrassment of riches regarding the political, cultural, and day-to-day life of Canada's First Nations people, particularly in this region.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) The less you know in advance the better, once you have decided to surrender to this Franciscan's oddly spiritual journey.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
95% Radio Dreams (2017) The laid-back spirits of Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Christopher Guest inform Radio Dreams, which follows an amusing batch of characters on a slow journey of (semi-) self-discovery.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
85% Hermia & Helena (2017) There's definitely some inspiration here for budding storytellers. Hopefully, they would take these ideas and add some genuine emotion. Plus acting.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
75% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) [Elser's] singularity as a crafty pacifist driven to violence makes his story well worth seeing.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
68% The Journey (2017) A poorly written two-hander that's just as dull as its forgettable name.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) You don't have to understand what's been going on in Iraq in the past 15 years to follow this quietly incendiary film. Its main subject and principal cinematographer, Nori Sharif, doesn't quite get it either.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Harmonium wavers between elegantly composed long shots and flights of magic-realistic fancy. It's a tightly controlled storytelling gambit that pays off.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
78% The Hero (2017) Apparently, some dictionaries don't go past archetype.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) She also ended up with a stash of that Polaroid product, but now that it's almost gone, Dorfman herself ends up a scratchy B-side of the lapsed century. But that's not fair, Morris seems to argue. She was a hitmaker from the start.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) How many banks were held accountable for this bad-mortgage-fuelled disaster? Exactly one, and that's the subject of the latest provocation from Steve James.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) The film is a fresh-out-of-the-gate triumph for young writer-director Juho Kuosmanen, starting with his casting of Jarkko Lahti.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The script from comic veteran Mike White is rife with zingers, and director Miguel Arteta makes the most of a limited location to utilize his strong cast.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
71% Manifesto (2017) Even if you can't parse all the recombinant elements here, Rosefeldt entertains all the senses while getting at the way art goes beyond language to explore the politics of life, both transitory and enduring.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) A nostalgic look at Danish life in the 1970s, this smartly shot movie's a relatively relaxed departure for the usually intense Thomas Vinterberg.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Michell -- working from his first-ever solo script -- underlines a feminist subtext by emphasizing a 19th-century woman's lack of autonomy in matters both financial and sexual.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
83% Megan Leavey (2017) One woman + one dog = redemption. The rest of the world doesn't matter.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
48% Churchill (2017) The director weighs down every gesture and utterance with pregnant pauses, suffocating close-ups, slo-mo tracking shots, voice-overs taken from earlier scenes, and, of course, a relentless orchestral score.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The sometimes manipulative film is perhaps too opaque regarding its own moral context. But its steel-blue skies and dispassionate view of men clinging pointlessly to masculine codes do get under your skin.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Normally, gastro-travelogues are diverting no matter how you slice them. But the film is not particularly well-shot, and the editing and musical score are unusually awkward.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
68% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) The 100-minute film is aimed at people who already understand John Coltrane's importance -- and therefore will be sorry it doesn't go deeper -- without providing much context for beginners.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
84% The Wedding Plan (2017) Clever writing and empathic connections between actors make up for logical deficiencies.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
86% The Lovers (2017) The cast works hard, but they still end up phoning it in.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
92% Certain Women (2016) Those who surrender to its compassionate take on survivors of their own harsh hinterlands will be richly rewarded.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Mumblecore meets 2-D animation in this handcrafted artifact that spends 75 strange minutes, sometimes amusingly, searching for an audience that might not really be there.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
51% The Dinner (2017) Despite the presence of numerous seemingly foolproof ingredients, almost everything that can go wrong does go wrong in this Dinner from cinematic hell.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Tower's friends and disciples clearly care about this aging rogue, while accusing him of keeping his best secrets buried. The same can be said of the movie, which leaves its tastiest treats under heat lamps too long.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) A memorable portrait of a scrounge who finally finds his place in the world.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
83% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Gorgeously shot but doggedly repetitive in tone.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
95% Karl Marx City (2017) Using grim spy photography left over from the Communist era, Karl Marx City establishes a starkly beautiful black-and-white aesthetic to narrow history down to a single family's struggle.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
90% Frantz (2017) Even after the stately action shifts to Paris, everyone's feelings are so cautiously deliberated, it's hard to get excited about their remaining options, romantic or otherwise. This is a movie to admire, not love.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
100% The Stairs (2016) The 90-minute doc, shot in several formats over at least five years, centres on three Torontonians who have survived well enough to describe their journeys with some clarity.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) The worst thing about Colossal is that it feels so small.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) A documentary that should be seen by anyone interested in the future of cities -- especially those as fraught with housing problems as Vancouver -- Citizen Jane is a fascinating call to arms for urban dwellers who don't mind fighting city hall.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017