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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
81% 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
54% 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
38% 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
43% The Skyjacker's Tale (2016) 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
70% 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
96% 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
19% 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
14% Below her Mouth (2016) Breathtakingly bad.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
No Score Yet Quebec My Country Mon Pays (2016) Every sort of Canadian should view this valuable record for a better understanding of how we live together, even when we don't quite know who "we" are.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) It's full of masterful plot loops that keep you guessing where the story is going, and even where the main characters are coming from.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
42% Gold (2017) The two-hour effort is ambitious (the mining scenes were shot in Thailand) and filled with incidental characters. But few of these connect with the audience or each other. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
67% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) It's not all that interesting.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) This extravagantly long import recently landed on many top-10 lists, but it contains ideas, not people. Fortunately, the actors are good enough to make you forget its inexplicable plot machinations.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
88% 20th Century Women (2017) Nothing huge happens, but all of it evokes the subtle stuff that makes us the men and women we are, were, and will be.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
83% The Founder (2017) The subject here is really the blurred line between entrepreneurship and creativity, and that's just as American as french fries and Coca-Cola.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
86% Ocean Waves (Umi ga kikoeru) (2016) There are no mystical events, fanciful tricksters, or even spooky dream sequences-just the acutely observed travails of thoughtful young people facing their growing pains.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
96% Neruda (2016) The mix of visual spoofs, mind games, and classical music is hugely entertaining, even if the realities of an emerging police state aren't ignored.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
91% Zero Days (2016) The two-hour movie makes it disturbingly clear that our dependence on wired communication and integrated controls has left the whole planet vulnerable to countless manipulations.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
90% Elle (2016) Paul Verhoeven, the former bad boy of Dutch cinema, is back with a deliciously refined vengeance after years in the wilderness.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
33% Mostly Sunny (2016) Partly Sunny might be a better title for this well-made but ultimately frustrating documentary, as its main subject is so compartmentalized as to be almost unknown to herself.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
100% Theater of Life (2016) Pleasantly ramshackle.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
85% Silence (2017) A strange mix of sombre history lesson, artful religious questioning, and stomach-churning graphic violence, Silence is a movie as confounding as it is thought-provoking.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
93% Hidden Figures (2017) This overeager, if oddly satisfying film details what it took for the U.S. to put a man in space at the height of the Cold War with Russia‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
57% They Call Me Jeeg (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot) (2017) It's hard to know how seriously to take the overlong tale's critique of mob corruption in government. There are many good popcorn moments, though, all done on the cheap.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
83% Julieta (2016) Julieta is a deeply satisfying, down-to-earth tale of grief and quiet rediscovery.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
93% Fences (2016) Only Davis manages to keep her responses sounding fresh and free of stagecraft. But her character, much like the audience, simply ends up maxed out on Troy Maxson.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Sometimes a movie comes along that is so different, so refreshingly light, so right for the moment that people can happily forgive it for not being very good.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
100% Peter and the Farm (2016) This 90-minute visit is almost meditative in its alternation between wide, mostly wintry vistas and intense close-ups of animals, buildings, and hard-worn tools. Peter's no cheerful tour guide, but he is an expert on mortality, especially his own.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) How about just telling the story straight?‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
71% Miss Sloane (2016) Perera's snappy dialogue aspires to Aaron Sorkin-type crackle, and almost gets there, thanks to vigorous direction from veteran John Madden, working with a top-flight cast.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
100% The Violin Teacher (Tudo Que Aprendemos Juntos) (2015) This beautifully crafted character study pulls off most of the tough stuff it attempts with that extra dose of feeling, perspective, and poetry that elevates mere social commentary into real art.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
88% Christine (2016) [Christine] has a highly charged Rebecca Hall finding the bruises beneath a brittle surface.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
70% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
97% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
33% Lavender (2017) A would-be psychological thriller with few thrills and even less psychology.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016