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Ken Hanke

Ken Hanke
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Moderately successful attempt to capture the spirit of silent movie comedy with claymation sheep. More clever than outright funny. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/5 79% Cop Car (2015) Spare, unadorned and unsentimental crime thriller. Well done modern B-picture stuff that may be too cold-blooded for some viewers. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4.5/5 98% Phoenix (2015) Richly compelling -- despite its unlikely story -- neo-noir drama of unusual emotional and psychological complexity. Another best-of-the-year contender. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) It mostly tended to confirm my suspicion that all those kids toting the book around in high school and college probably had Rod McKuen posters on their walls, too. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4.5/5 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) A compelling -- and surprisingly entertaining -- slice of time spent with a famous writer, and the tensions and evasions and possible insights it brings forth. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) It's a little calmer than most Guy Ritchie movies, but it's just right for the material. Terrific to look at, brisk, stylish, funny (but just serious enough) and beautifully cast. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 93% The Gift (2015) A well-judged, slickly-made thriller that mostly eschews the trappings of the genre for more psychological unease and a disturbingly dark vision of the world. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2.5/5 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) It isn't very funny and its assaults on the tear ducts are ham-handed and, for me at least, missed the mark at almost every turn. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Only really works when all the parts fit together. I found it hard to judge until the film ended. Up till then, I waffled back and forth as to whether or not I even liked it. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
4.5/5 44% Irrational Man (2015) Just misses being one of Woody Allen's great films, this is still a worthwhile addition to his filmography and a must-see for admirers of the filmmaker. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
5/5 80% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) Everything you expect from Jeunet: playful filmmaking, a fanciful story, strange plot twists, delightfully eccentric characters and a lot more seriousness than it appears on the surface. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3/5 52% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) Probably fine if you're a fan of the toy, and is undoubtedly the bee's knees if you're a shareholder in the company. If not...well, that's another load of bricks altogether. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3.5/5 56% Paper Towns (2015) There are good things in this combined coming-of-age and road trip story, but there's a hollowness to it -- not to mention a pretty unsatisfying ending. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
4.5/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) Cheeky, good-natured, clever and even a little on the subversive side, Ant-Man is that rarest of comic-book movies -- one that manages to be personal and doesn't take itself too seriously. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3.5/5 26% Dark Places (2015) It may be little more than a convoluted -- and fairly unpleasant -- mystery thriller, but it's largely effective and holds the interest. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Slick and often clever, but it's also too long, and the spectacle of Cruise trying to prove that age has not dimmed his physical prowess gets pretty silly. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Aug 5, 2015
4/5 95% Amy (2015) A powerful, but not always comfortable portrait of a seemingly inevitable tragedy told with uncommon immediacy. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
4.5/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Put simply, I think it's very good -- sometimes even great. I like it a lot, and, in time, suspect I may well love it. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) A noisy, cluttered actioner with loads of explosions, fights, chases and gun play -- featuring a star who built a career on spouting badly-crafted one-liners badly. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/5 19% Self/less (2015) It's not that I think Tarsem Singh's Self/less is a very good movie, it's that I don't think it's anything like the awful movie it's largely been painted as. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/5 56% Minions (2015) Packed with period songs and with a refreshingly unsentimental anarchic vibe, this could have been great. Unfortunately, it is seriously wanting in the villain department. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
5/5 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) It's about a man in his final years finally opening himself up to his own feelings and those of other people. This is simply a beautiful and tender character study. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) A mix of the brilliant and the basic -- a film that truly soars when it works, but doesn't quite work all of the time. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3.5/5 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) Del Toro owns the film. His presence, the threat of his presence, the sense of his reach pervades the movie, especially in its second half. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4/5 45% A Little Chaos (2015) A stylish, intelligent entertainment for grown-ups with some splendid performances. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4.5/5 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) If indeed Hiromasa Yonebayashi's When Marnie Was There turns out to be the final film to come from Studio Ghibli, it would be hard to imagine a more elegant or appropriate farewell. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) Better written, better directed and better acted than any film about rampaging dinosaurs has any right to be. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
4.5/5 89% Dope (2015) A completely refreshing take on the coming-of-age comedy that succeeds by hewing closely to the subgenre's tropes while deftly turning them upside down. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
4/5 93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) Refreshingly adult, sweet-tempered and rather special little romantic comedy-drama focusing on a generally underserved age group -- and presenting that group in a new light. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Manages to overcome the triple threat of a new director, being a prequel, and being the third film in a series. This really is a pretty terrific addition. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/5 94% Spy (2015) While it's an improvement over the standard McCarthy vehicle -- at least she plays a character rather than a caricature -- this latest is too long and too predictable to fully work. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) Overall, "Lambert & Stamp" is a fascinating documentary of two men, one of the great rock bands and a moment in time. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
3/5 48% San Andreas (2015) Sets out to prove that The Rock can go toe-to-toe with two earthquakes and a tsunami and come out on top by the sheer power of his biceps and a helpful screenwriter. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
4.5/5 91% Love & Mercy (2015) Brilliantly conceived and almost as brilliantly realized, this is one of those rare musical biopics that truly gets to the essence of its subject -- and in a creative manner. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
4/5 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) Glorious to look at -- at least when it sticks to black and white -- and keenly perceptive, this isn't your standard documentary for most of its length. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) This look into a largely unknown aspect of pop music is a treat as it celebrates the faceless musicians behind some of the biggest hits of an era. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 1, 2015
2.5/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Put on a very simple level, "Tomorrowland" feels like science fiction grounded in Rev. Norman Vincent Peale's "The Power of Positive Thinking" -- minus the God stuff. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Jun 1, 2015
5/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Splendid as drama and strong on character -- the four leads are exceptional -- this is one of the year's best films and easily one of the most visually beautiful. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 19, 2015
4/5 75% Good Kill (2015) Strong performances, a trenchant message and brilliant uses of imagery help to overcome a screenplay that leans toward preachiness. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 19, 2015
4/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) While it isn't likely to change your idea of cinema (at least I hope not), isn't worth the hype and has its share of problems, this is one wild ride that's worth taking. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 19, 2015
4/5 80% Deli Man (2015) Best of all, it's a character portrait of of deli owner David "Ziggy" Gruber -- almost a biopic, that charts not only his work, but his personal life. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
4/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) A good -- but not entirely likable -- film that might have been great but isn't quite, owing to a central character who becomes increasingly unsympathetic. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
3/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) It's too big. It's too frenzied. It's too full of characters it can't contain. Mostly, it's just too much everything. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
3/5 58% Maggie (2015) The zombie redefined as a disease-of-the-week family drama centered on a mopey teen zombie. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
4.5/5 48% The D Train (2015) A very different movie than you think, this is a warm, generous, kindhearted film that dares to go places other such comedies fear to tread. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 5, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home (1936) I hate to trot out this idea -- it's too close to the moronic 'they don't make 'em like they used to' -- but this is the type of film it would be hard to put together today. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet La casa del fin de los tiempos (The House of the End Times) (2013) It may look like a standard haunted house movie on the surface, but this is really a finely crafted supernatural thriller of a very different -- and startlingly complex -- kind. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
5/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Remarkable and richly layered film examining the thin line between art and life, about change, aging, death and identity, built on splendid performances by Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
3/5 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) A muddled mixed bag containing some fascinating ideas, a handful of terrific scenes and some good performances. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted May 2, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet For the Defense (1930) A great film? No, but it's a well made, fast-moving drama with some terrific performances that makes it worth a look. ‐ Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Posted Apr 21, 2015