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
Publications: Variety, Georgia Straight
Official Websites: straight.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
60% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) A feel-good story with lighthearted things to say about a coterie of migrants, refugees, and oddball characters. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) If the results don't quite add up to a fully satisfying addition to a time-honoured shlock tradition, they at least offer a stellar cast (with many surprise cameos) doing its part to keep the darkness at bay. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
76% Halston (2019) For all the digging, Tcheng doesn't get all that close to Halston, who died in 1990. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
96% Echo In the Canyon (2019) It's fascinating to even scratch the surface of a musical world this deep. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet There Are No Fakes (2019) There's no denying that Kastner has a nose for things that helped define who we were and, sadly, are. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) He's round-faced and balding as Elton, with no Mr. Potatohead nose, but does a good job singing arrangements that diverge radically from the over-exposed originals. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) A feel-good movie for the End Times, The Tomorrow Man starts with an intriguing premise and a can't-miss cast, but never quite decides what it wants to say. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
88% Pavarotti (2019) This exhilarating two-hour portrait does him a genuine service by putting that brief period, which ended with his 2007 death, back in the context of a creative life lived long and well. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Writer-director Madeleine Olnek cares a great deal about the Bard of Amherst's words-reproduced on-screen in a delightful variety of settings-but pretty much everything else is up for grabs. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) Full of exquisitely composed geometric patterns and soft, burnished colours, the movie itself remains rather sullen, and we never quite learn what these mismatched like-birds see in each other. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
100% nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019) This heartbreaking tale hits a nerve that won't be unstruck anytime soon. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet I'm Going to Break Your Heart (2019) This Heart is fashioned to create a sense of immediacy, but an air of artificiality hangs over the proceedings... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
89% Walking on Water (2019) Christo can turn on the charm when needed, as seen in this fascinating study, directed by fellow Bulgarian Andrey Paounov, who uses spare, gamelan-inflected music to build tension for a D-Day we know will arrive even as we wonder how he'll pull it off. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) The film is so beautifully shot, with Vermeer window light, meticulous detail, and gorgeous greenery, it would be enough just to see how people lived and died (from the plague, mostly) in Shakespeare's neck of the river. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
80% Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2004) Monster effects for Godzy and Mothra are as cheesy as ever, while Mecha gets more hi-tech lensing. Still, helmer Masaaki Tezuka, who has made a few of these before, does an above-average job of pulling the disparate elements together. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) A fascinating and unexpectedly breezy documentary - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
91% The Charmer (Charmoren) (2018) The moodily shot tale is full of surprising turns and clever insights. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
71% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) For viewers, this is a mostly pleasant journey, especially with spare music from tofubeats. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) The good doctor's Jewish-mother proclivities, emphasized in this relatively undemanding doc, represent a nod to her parenting success and to the traumatic loss of her own parents in the Holocaust... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) Eventually, you warm to the performance... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Is Long Shot a good movie? Not really. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
95% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) The shaggy tale eventually rewards patience with a gently cathartic finish. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) There's so much overripe material here, it's surprising to realize that the filmmakers don't know what to do with it. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
31% Red Joan (2019) Though handsomely staged and shot, the movie lacks urgency and thrills, and while the actors are adequate, they all seem strangely enervated by the task of pretending to be people they are not. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) The cleverly assembled doc includes a brief overview of the relatively recent infiltration of religion into public life... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
29% Sunset (2018) Writer-director László Nemes follows his central protagonist so closely that everything is reduced to one perspective, with limited peripheral vision. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
93% Rafiki (2019) The movie-banned in its home country-is well worth seeing for the breath of life it brings to people and a part of the world that aren't nearly as far away as they seem. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
87% Museum (Museo) (2018) In making a tale that fictionalizes the perpetrators of a true-crime landmark, Ruizpalacios tells a pulp story that's almost a genre unto itself. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
90% Sir (2018) This deeply memorable effort was shot with beautifully simplicity, sometimes with dazzling colours and intoxicating music, but largely in closed spaces that reveal much about their inhabitants... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Diane's bittersweet poetry is especially striking when you realize that this is writer-director Kent Jones's first narrative feature - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
86% The Raft (2019) Lindeen had an exact replica of the raft constructed on a soundstage, and this gives the survivors an appropriately theatrical setting to conjure their experience of this real-life Big Brother scenario. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
82% The Grizzlies (2019) Where The Grizzlies, named after the eventual team, really comes to life is in the space it gives a young, mostly nonprofessional cast to shine as winning individuals. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
68% Stockholm (2019) We get a kind of Dog Day Afterthought that doesn't know whether to laugh or cry about the way human beings treat each other, with or without guns. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
60% Acquainted (2018) Lacking in depth. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) The movie could have used a little more visual magic to go along with its sly metaphors, but the final shot... is one for the ages. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) László Nemes follows his central protagonist so closely that everything is reduced to one perspective, with limited peripheral vision. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Araby (Arábia) (2018) The hard politics of capitalism are omnipresent, and yet that doesn't ruin the pleasure of this light-touch gem. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Ron Mann sticks to a literal nuts-and-bolts approach to a straightforward story. But this doesn't matter much. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
48% MacGruber (2010) [MacGruber is] a misguided MacGyver spoof, which relies on shock value and bad-TV nostalgia for what little fizz it has. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) He's such good company, on screen or foot, you have to believe him. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) A nifty little item that combines Beckett-like austerity with a B-movie bite. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) The Mustang's intensity comes from the setting, the ongoing tug of war between Roman and his inner beast. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
92% Firecrackers (2018) Mozaffari touches intriguingly on race, gender, and class conflicts, but none are explored sufficiently in the time available. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% The Sower (Le semeur) (2019) Many viewers could be satisfied to merely observe the day-to-day life of women, unencumbered by men or modern technology. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) An ecopolitical action movie savvy enough to throw entertainment grenades at an audience that might be expecting lectures. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) [Zhao Tao] pulls it off spectacularly. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
60% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) This outing simply tries to cram too much well-acted bad behaviour into closed spaces. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) The problem, which marks all his movies, is that Lelio clearly cares about his characters, and actors, but can't quite be bothered to fit them into fully convincing narratives. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The wide-screen images are arresting, however, and the movie helps keep remote places, people, and history alive. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Even while aided by a battalion of talking heads... the director doesn't really attempt to pry off the Great Stone Face. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019