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 Review
80% Wonders of the Sea 3D (2019) The images are so vivid, you may be tempted to take a vape break, grab some earbuds, and use your own Pink Floyd or Stravinsky to drown out the anodyne soundtrack. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
75% Mademoiselle de Joncquières (2018) Perfectly paced Mademoiselle de Joncquières takes its time in revealing its hidden, if ultimately ambivalent, motivations. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The most ravishing tone poem since Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) The determined miserablism here extends to a syrupy orchestral score which has the effect of having Stan and Ollie's own sweet, Hawaiian-tinged numbers sound upbeat by contrast. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Long-time veterans of the art wars will enjoy the whole thing, but this sizable sit has something for everybody. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) An otherwise uplifting effort from first-time feature-maker Alison Reid. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles) (2018) A beautifully shot and edited character study that captures some of the most elusive feelings that accompany the transition to adulthood. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
66% Vice (2018) ironically, McKay's kaleidoscopic approach has the effect of shoving Cheney's horrors safely into the past. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) For some reason, however, Jenkins freezes everything in amber, and the blind man never sings. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Might be his best picture yet. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
91% Mirai (2018) The tale never loses its rare and deeply forgiving intimacy. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The plot turns are too delicious to spoil. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
96% Roma (2018) This beautiful new movie-probably the best of the year-is far more than a collection of memorial fragments. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
25% Love Jacked (2018) It reinforces social tropes we could easily live without. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
94% What Is Democracy? (2019) Incisive. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
No Score Yet Finding Big Country (2018) Lively, well-paced. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Their actual outsized personalities do not disappoint in this lively and intimate doc. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Ferencz's story has all the gravitas of a tragic history play... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Ceylan has a voice like no other. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
50% Clara (2018) It fails to envision a story, let alone a world, not built upon embattled-loner clichés and exhausted gender stereotypes. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
91% Widows (2018) They throw several kitchen sinks into the works, but forget to add the fun. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
No Score Yet Edge of the Knife (2018) What really sticks is the reconstructed slices of everyday life, with woven clothes and sleek carvings appearing strikingly modern in this arboreal context. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Most intriguing is a long chat with French writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
94% Transit (2019) Formally ingenious. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The haunting film's elegant mysteries keep unfolding after the last ashes are swept away. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Filmmakers usually work for posterity, not just in the moment. And this Madeline is nothing for Proust to write home about. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) This emphasis on character and texture is full of pleasurable rewards-especially when the astonishing DiCaprio is on-screen-and there's enough growth and compassion to keep it from being a Diane Arbus freak show come to life. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
58% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Under the assured, if sometimes chilly, direction of Brett Ratner, from a script by Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn (who also worked on the substandard Fantastic Four), the story here is built on different notions of loss. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
63% Bel Canto (2018) if not quite La Traviata, certainly connects with the bizarre soap opera that politics have become in this century. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) They find the right balance of dark comedy and underlying sympathy for a character who exhibits little of the slapstick confidence McCarthy is known for. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% Maria By Callas (2018) It's mind-boggling to consider the effort that went into piecing all these elements together. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Scenes of him learning to skate and getting to know this subculture show a promise the film never quite delivers. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
70% The Happy Prince (2018) The Happy Prince is an obvious labour of love for Everett. But, as Wilde famously wrote, "Each man kills the thing he loves." - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
91% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018) To see the taciturn Cunningham laugh out loud at the memory of his old friend makes it more than worthwhile. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
94% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) References to other genres and pop-culture artifacts abound, making the beautifully shot film's 135 minutes move faster, if not always coherently. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
96% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) The Gallic shrug in these voices only adds plus de charme. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
97% Thunder Road (2018) The fragility of masculine performance is being interrogated here, although no one articulates this, fortunately. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
87% Colette (2018) Crucially, this witty Colette never fails to entertain in its own right. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A dog's breakfast that is supremely enjoyable for the first hour at least. Unfortunately, Bad Times at the El Royale is 141 minutes long. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
89% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018) These globe-trotting Canadians-with their backgrounds in filmmaking, large-scale photography, and cinematography-are not so agenda-driven that they can't see the raw majesty of these impacts. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
87% All About Nina (2018) If you want to talk about stars being born, consider Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance as the title character in All About Nina. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) This update is less anguished, has better songs and, even at 135 minutes, is actually shorter than the last two. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
98% Science Fair (2018) It's sheer pleasure to meet so many young people-and even more crucially, their teachers-who dedicate their knowledge to improving life for the whole planet. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) His j'accuse at 100 million Americans who didn't bother to vote in 2016 rings loud, clear, and now. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) Manages to be both soothingly old-fashioned and oddly of the moment, even if it is set in the 1990s and before. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
100% C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) An intimate story told on an epic scale, C.R.A.Z.Y. is a delightfully satisfying mix of the particular and the universal, with enough dark shading to ward off sentimentality. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) The final sequence makes for unforgettable cinema. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
100% Letter from Masanjia (2018) Multiple layers of irony wipe any sweetness away. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) The director isn't really interested in forgiveness, and heads doggedly toward a deterministic ending that feels more cynical than illuminating. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
98% The Cakemaker (2018) The movie is good at (very) slowly turning up the heat, but a lot of it comes out half-baked. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018