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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
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Strangers gradually pulls you down this discomfiting rabbit hole, and for once even the obligatory re-creations make sense.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) Beautifully told, without a hint of Hollywood gloss.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
52% Boundaries (2018) Clueless and lacking in laughs.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
65% Uncle Drew (2018) A surprisingly sluggish movie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet Design Canada (2018) An appropriately well-ordered intro to a subject almost all Canadians have thought about.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) It might seem a polemic passing as a folktale.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
89% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) Lovingly crafted, if sometimes overly contrived.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Many sequences-of fashion-show preps, or working in her studio with sometimes browbeaten underlings-are incredibly intimate.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
85% American Animals (2018) The film offers a window into the millennial advent of purely nihilistic materialism.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
67% Paper Year (2018) Their problems are numbingly generic, while the couple's SoCal setting and career aspirations add nothing of special significance to this tale of wandering eyes and untested convictions.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
No Score Yet Metamorphosis (2018) This richly episodic doc, which comes in at just under 90 minutes, is a celebration of what we still have and of people who are fighting to keep it.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Coming right now, the movie is a profoundly bittersweet experience. Mostly, though, it's sweet.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet La ragazza nella nebbia (2017) Gets somewhat bogged down in false endings and narrative twists that are more fun than convincing.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
88% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Boom (again based on something Basquiat liked to say) really just uses him as ghostly tour guide of the hothouse environment that gave rise to the Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
90% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Its real star is veteran cinematographer Caroline Champetier.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) The limits of art, and of viewer patience, are tested in the deceptively named Let the Sunshine In-a movie that hardly allows air between words, or real warmth between humans.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
69% On Chesil Beach (2018) The exquisitely written movie is especially effective at connecting small details of the couple's seaside tête-à-tête with flashbacks that illuminate them.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
73% Adrift (2018) Dialogue is unusually bland-not unrealistic, but nothing very lyrical or amusing, either. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
95% Zama (2018) The merging of raw nature and well-researched colonial history with magic realism tinged by Kafka, Camus, and Borges is fascinating throughout.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
100% Who is KK Downey? (2008) Who is KK Downey? will be much loved by people who think movies should only be seen after midnight.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Leaning Into the Wind lets Goldsworthy be Goldsworthy, with no experts or colleagues to contextualize his stuff. Good thing he's such a likable, no-bulls*** fellow.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
89% The Gospel According to André (2018) [The movie] tries to get under his... skin but that's not easy, as the toll of being the first at everything in his field-a gay black man with a Continental education-seems to weigh heavily on him as he pushes 70.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) This one really is, you know, for kids. It needs to be seen by unjaded eyes.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
93% RBG (2018) [A] straightforward doc... [with] a surprisingly touching love story.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Some scenes with McAdams crackle a bit, and then the movie settles back into a grey, static pallor.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Writer-director Coralie Fargeat has come up with something so brutally atavistic, specifics would only get in the way.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
68% The Seagull (2018) [Bening's] Irina is an undying swan, and not about to be put off by lowlier birds. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
No Score Yet Selfie From Hell (2018) Everything is so rushed, eros-free, and sketchy.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
86% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Like its subject, this profile of Grace Jones in winter is demanding, idiosyncratic, and worth surrendering to for the greater good. It is also rambling and frustratingly incomplete.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) More impressive as an acting exercise than as an actual movie, Montparnasse Bienvenüe is a showcase for powder keg Laetitia Dosch, who creates a highly improvised character.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) In fact, the theme of the movie might actually be the unspoken codes of masculinity, in which something-the rocky terrain, the Indigenous people, the untamed animals-must be dominated in order for men to feel like men.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
75% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) They soon resort to head-banging antics as well. There are some eye-popping images, to be sure, but too bad Dumont didn't go to Bingen for the music.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
70% Finding Your Feet (2018) There are some interesting and surprisingly vernacular commentaries about England's changing class concepts and the starkness of postwar life, but these seem accidental. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) There's a sunset, but no one rides into it.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
80% Walk With Me (2017) Any attempt to capture the nothingness central to Zen Buddhism is bound to be as frustrating as holding sand with open fingers. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
18% Submergence (2018) Everything gets a wash of waterly metaphors. Or at least I think they do, since the dialogue is likewise submerged in a sea of reverb, microphone distortion, sonic effects, and a soupy orchestral score that never shuts up.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011) New material is well blended with footage of the band in its prime, and even with a little too much of the latter-day psychodrama, this music-rich film ends on a high note. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
78% Indian Horse (2018) Indian Horse is a heartfelt, well-acted, and somewhat one-dimensional effort containing a story that needs to be told right now.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
89% Itzhak (2018) The PBS-styled doc doesn't exactly explore Itzhak Perlman's hidden depths, but heck, that's what the music is for.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) The final Wimbledon showdown, in which resistance proves not quite futile, leads to a surprisingly satisfying end-game.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
78% Beirut (2018) Somewhat stiff but still engaging spy thriller.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The exquisitely crafted Dogs may be futuristic, but its mix of Godzilla, Kabuki theatre, hard-boiled detective dialogue, Rube Goldberg contraptions and Hokusai block prints is more nostalgic than dystopian. And, of course, nostalgia is always a lie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
74% Final Portrait (2018) The movie stretches a half-hour's worth of material to 90 minutes and never gets under the creative skin of its subject.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) In the end, this is less a tale about politics or bad character than about creeping corruption-a kind of religion that embraces all denominations.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
75% The China Hustle (2018) With its cool graphics and satellite-eye view of global chicanery, this is an easy sit for people who enjoyed the comic fictionalizing of The Big Short.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
76% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) At an overstuffed two hours, the movie struggles to find humour in some pretty dull stuff, with frequent jokes built on the older folks' inability to master today's Internet technology. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
83% Love, Cecil (2018) What emerges here is a charming, prickly, and deeply self-critical artiste who probably lacked love but put every shade of feeling into his work. Perhaps that's why Beaton never fell entirely out of fashion.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
92% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) The movie is unique in its ability to put the viewer inside of the mind-frame of an explosive time that seemed so far away-until today.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
39% Madame (2018) A career low for everyone involved, Madame is a condescending, poorly told, and deeply unfunny film that would have been a dud at any point in history. But it feels especially off right now.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
57% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Raoul Peck is somewhat overwhelmed by the challenge of enlivening both history and the writerly process-of dramatizing footnotes, as it were.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018