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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
92% 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
90% 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
70% 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
73% 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
75% 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
82% 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
88% 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
49% 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
67% 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
85% 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
84% 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
93% 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
No Score Yet Strangers on the Earth (2016) Pleasant, but only intermittently engaging.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
91% Maudie (2017) The simplicity of mixing creative crafts with everyday chores recalls the village life that dominated the planet for thousands of years, and the straightforward Maudie, an Irish-Canadian coproduction, pretty much sticks to that approach.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
45% Song to Song (2017) Less a movie than a year's subscription to Architectural Digest crammed into a 130-minute montage.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
83% Black Code (2016) The director's approach is scattershot, to be sure, but it's hard to picture a more coherent response to threats that keep evolving even faster than we can identify them.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
87% Their Finest (2017) As assembled by An Education director Lone Scherfig and veteran TV writer Gaby Chiappe, all the parts here work together beautifully.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Everything about David Lynch seems simultaneously simple, banal, disturbing, playful, and mysterious, so you would expect his studio-bound visual work to be the same.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
17% Chokeslam (2016) Amanda Crew has natural comic abilities and also provides an excellent, common sense foil to personalities goofier than her own. She goes for something bigger and broader in Chokeslam, but the movie's too small for her talents.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Mr. Gaga doesn't really explain why the demanding choreographer is called Mr. Gaga, but dance fans will still be in thrall to this charismatic figure and his rule-bending art.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) [Director Niki Caro] stages the whole, exposition-laden tale with the kind of awkward solemnity you frequently get with multinational costume dramas, especially when they are entirely in English.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart is a strangely compelling stand-in for our millennial anxieties. But her pitchless speech is even more monotonous than usual, and there's something numbingly interchangeable about all the people and events in the director's coldly sumptuous world.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
100% The Second Time Around (2017) It's a pleasant vehicle for Rockford Files veteran Margolin, who's good when his shtick settles in, and especially for Thorson, who still has a nice supply of the screen zip she showed when, daringly enough, she replaced Diana Rigg in The Avengers.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
46% Wilson (2017) A rare comic-book movie that improves on its graphic-novel original, Wilson has been expanded and humanized by its original author, Daniel Clowes.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
No Score Yet A New Moon over Tohoku (2016) This New Moon shines a light on individuals who have worked hard to fix their own place on the planet. But it also suggests, indirectly, how governments should not respond to crises at least partially of their own making.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
38% The Skyjacker's Tale (2017) The Skyjacker's Tale mixes archival footage with well-detailed re-creations and present-day interviews to explore a little-known chapter in U.S. colonial politics.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The Sense of an Ending offers the kind of literary pleasures that low-budget, actor-driven movies do so well these days.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
97% Kedi (2017) [Kedi] explores whole Istanbul neighbourhoods and finds a delightfully symbiotic relationship between these titular nonpets and their special humans.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
34% The Last Word (2017) A haphazardly written comedy that still manages to remain entertaining for its almost-two-hour running time.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
10% Bitter Harvest (2017) In reality, more than seven million people likely died on Stalin's orders. (The final numbers remain unknown.) Don't they deserve a better epitaph than this?‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
23% Table 19 (2017) [Director Jeffrey Blitz] asks us to take sudden dramatic turns seriously when the actors were doing pratfalls in the previous scene.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
67% Before I Fall (2017) Director Ry Russo-Young and screenwriter Maria Maggenti are far more interested in surface appearances than substance.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Some of the happenings are unlikely in any culture, but as seen from a child's eye, this Zucchini stands tall.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Like Baldwin himself, the film entertains with poetic erudition while making you face facts.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The conflicts presented are few, and the ravishingly beautiful tale is relatively safe for children, although they might miss much of its subtle commentary on accepting and pushing against our limitations.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) [Paterson is] full of regard for the little things that warm its people's lives, and real respect for the ways they attempt to reach beyond their limitations, through creativity and humour. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
23% Below her Mouth (2017) Breathtakingly bad.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017