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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
100% Lady Bird (2017) The recent past is a harder sell, given its freshness in living memory, and Greta Gerwig pulls off an even more difficult trick: depicting her own millennial adolescence in the sun-bleached Sacramento Valley of the early aughties.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
98% Jane (2017) Jane doesn't pretend to be comprehensive. It settles for being breathtakingly beautiful.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
67% Paradise (Ray) (2017) I found it an absorbing, if challenging, exploration of memories that are fading fast.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
75% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2017) Ultimately, the movie does have subtle things to say about colliding worlds, class privilege, and human unpredictability.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
80% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Aside from its dead-on period feel, the well-paced movie's main pull is the banality of the behaviour on display. It's not aberration that stands out but the effort to blend in.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
67% Infinity Baby (2017) At 70 minutes, there's just enough "plot" to keep the perfectly matched cast sniping at each other with quips that feel ad-libbed but are actually tightly scripted/‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The sacrificial references to Iphigenia and Isaac elevate the tone but don't really bring extra meaning to a tale that is cruel and vaguely satirical without really being about anything at all.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) In the end, you simply have to wonder if Cathleen's ultimate decision to stay or go isn't really religious, but simply a question of management styles.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
72% Wonderstruck (2017) ... the constant cutting back and forth for two hours grows tiresome, and there's nothing in the script to match the wonder of what's on-screen.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
77% Una (2017) Thanks to Rooney's iffy British accent, murkily recorded voices, and the wasted talents (and subplots) of the supporting players, it's harder than ever to deduce the tale's real intentions.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
93% Human Flow (2017) ... the intense physicality of his images-sometimes harsh but often filled with mystery-puts you in their places as surely as anything by Terrence Malick or Steven Spielberg.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
76% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) The music-laden photography here is phenomenal, especially in a drone-footage finish so spectacular no one even tries to narrate, let alone explain it.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
80% Loving Vincent (2017) ... a visual approach that sounds, on paper, like a thin gimmick is consistently compelling on-screen-sometimes breathtakingly so.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Its geography is as dense and well-trafficked as that of any major airport, although most travel is done by mind, and feet.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
66% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Family fare it ain't, but if you're open to its mood swings, this Goodbye has something complicated to say to the hurt children we used to be.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
95% The Florida Project (2017) ... a truly magnificent effort from director Sean Baker and cowriter Chris Bergoch.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The subtitle to The Meyerowitz Stories both displays and subtly mocks the literary ambitions of Noah Baumbach's thoroughly delightful new movie, which some might call a Squid and the Whale played for laughs.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
32% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) This so-so effort is intended as a reverse view of events, with Woodward only glimpsed in a few underground scenes. But the new movie can't quite decide where its focus should lie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) While The Limehouse Golem does offer the chance to spend some time with the companionable Bill Nighy, as a police detective in 1880s London, some viewers may wonder what he and they are doing there.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Even if the somewhat stiff movie doesn't quite fulfill its promises, it's an impressive undertaking for writer-director Danny Strong.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
42% The Mountain Between Us (2017) If their Mountain had been made in Hollywood's Golden Era, the leads would be sniping at each other...Consequently, the script works absurdly hard to keep them apart, heading toward an ending that's just as corny as any Harlequin romance.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) More striking is the array of social issues that this circuslike event brought to international attention more than four decades ago.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) It takes about 100 minutes for Brad to update his status, and it's well worth booking that much face time with Ben Stiller, giving what's probably his finest performance to date.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
96% Stronger (2017) ... the two-hour film suffers from some of the same nameless torpor-or lack of strength, perhaps-many Americans feel after decades of relentless conflict.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
18% The Time of Their Lives (2017) It fails as both farce and drama, although the performances are likable enough to guarantee a relatively painless ride.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
94% Rat Film (2017) In Rat Film, a taxonomy of urban life is laid out in vignettes that alternately delight and disgust.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
88% Long Time Running (2017) Facing fear is what drives this event, and the movie, forward. And for viewers, this provides both inspiration and a certain predictability.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
31% Home Again (2017) The poor-woman's-Nora-Ephron template is followed here, right down to the super-generic title and the dependence on a genuinely engaging cast to sell flimsy material.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
87% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Because the meaty, two-hour tale is so essentially naturalistic, it takes time to notice how elegantly framed, shot, and edited it is.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
10% Tulip Fever (2017) Some bright bits poke up, but all told, this Tulip tries to get too many things going, and uses too much fertilizer to do it.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
89% Pop Aye (2017) Pop Aye is one companion you'll never forget.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
No Score Yet Swagger (2016) Swagger...lives up to its name. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) With his dead-on outer-borough accent and sleepless, thousand-yard stare, Pattinson is utterly convincing as someone who, despite all his heavy lifting, we never come to care about.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
88% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Beautifully observed, paced, and resolved with a nifty twist, The Teacher is one of the most enjoyably instructive movies of the year.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
No Score Yet Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) A highly necessary tale is told in Neither Wolf Nor Dog. You simply have to look past amateurish direction, bad writing, and even worse acting to find it.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) While it's always a pleasure to encounter a literate script delivered by a surprise roster of A-list actors, the wordplay in The Only Living Boy in New York stays ahead of any real connection to somewhat stock New York characters.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
84% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Although somewhat boxed in by its own physical beauty, The Fencer is so uniformly well-crafted, it should be shown in film schools as a model of technical artists operating at the highest level.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) Putting the grim back in Grimm Brothers, this deceptively simple animated effort turns a lesser-known fairy tale into an edgy meditation on gendered views of nature and society.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
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
78% 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
74% 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
96% 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
85% 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
78% 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
89% 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