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Kenji Fujishima

Kenji Fujishima
Kenji Fujishima's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, Slant Magazine, Paste Magazine, The Playlist, Movie Mezzanine, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 52% Trespass Against Us (2017) Without fully fleshed-out characters worth observing in the first place, Trespass Against Us, for all the huffing and puffing of its actors, inspires little more than a giant shrug. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2017
6.5/10 82% The Founder (2017) This film's Kroc is basically a shark from the get-go, but Keaton refuses to turn him into a mere villainous caricature. Instead, he locates the authentic striver in Kroc. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2017
60% Fraud (2016) Fraud adds up to little more than a formally provocative but thematically tired stunt. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2017
6.8/10 90% Ma (2017) Love it or loathe it, Ma is truly like nothing you've seen before. Good to know that cinema can still support such fresh, forward-thinking visions. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 11, 2017
4.7/10 50% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) [The Ardennes demonstrates] just how hoary genre conventions can feel in the hands of filmmakers who either seem unaware that they're working with boiler plates, or who pretend they don't exist. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2017
1/10 79% Patriots Day (2017) This whole nauseating enterprise smacks of the basest exploitation. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 29, 2016
No Score Yet The Ataxian (2016) Some of the biking footage is pretty in a generic way; for the most part, we're told rather than shown how astonishing the riders' athletic feats are. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2016
C- 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) It's a good thing these actors play this material so persuasively straight, because if you give even an inkling of thought to the film's near-indecipherable plot, the philosophical implications may well be unsettling. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/10 24% Solace (2016) The whole enterprise ends up as soulless as it is silly. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2016
1.5/4 70% Sing (2016) In Sing, musical theater is simply an excuse for the filmmakers to deliver an animated version of American Idol. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2016
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) The film is surprisingly amiable, thanks to the commitment of its lead actors and its refusal to condescend to its characters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2016
4.6/10 66% Frank & Lola (2016) By the time Ross builds to a final shot that is utterly predictable in its ambiguity, it's hard to care either way about whether these two archetypal blanks will eventually reconcile the disturbing truths they have discovered about each other. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2016
1.5/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Josh Gordon and Will Speck's Office Christmas Party generally smacks of trying too hard to earn its laughs. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2016
6/10 83% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Okazaki's film may leave us with a slightly greater appreciation of his performances, but the man himself remains beyond our grasp. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) As Dumont, Catherine Frot grasps the character's tragic essence... Whether the director fully supports Frot's empathy, however, is more difficult to assess. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Pablo Larraín's film is concerned with elucidating levels of performance in public and private spheres. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Nov 28, 2016
1.5/4 11% Man Down (2016) Dito Montiel's silly plot machinations waste a solid performance from Shia LaBeouf. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2016
3/4 96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) Brendan J. Byrne's documentary about Bobby Sands colors its familiar formal lines with welcome intelligence. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2016
7/10 100% Disturbing The Peace (2016) Disturbing the Peace is the kind of movie we need at this moment, aesthetic concerns be damned. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2016
6.9/10 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Craig may not always get the details right, but her larger vision -- alternately pitiless and forgiving of teenage foibles in the midst of adolescence -- is still bracing. And the performances she encourages from her actors help pick up the slack. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2016
95% Moana (2016) Perhaps the freshest pleasure lies in the spectacle of a Disney heroine who, for once, isn't beholden to any outside forces in pursuing her dreams. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2016
1.5/10 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Screenwriters Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross merely ramp up the obscenities, as if operating under the sophomoric belief that characters frequently swearing at each other and objectifying women is, in and of itself, the height of comic wit. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) The screenplay's enigmatic nature holds one's interest throughout, even as the film veers into pat moralism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2016
1.5/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) Any initial gestures toward acknowledging Vinny Paz's macho egotism are eventually downplayed as the film becomes just another formulaic triumph-over-adversity saga. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2016
6.5/10 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Based on this one performance, Alwyn appears to have the emotional resources to scale even greater acting heights in the future. Whether the same will be the case for high-frame-rate cinema remains to be, literally, seen. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2016
1.5/4 63% Dreamland (2016) The sense of a film school student doing movie karaoke with his influences is evident throughout Dreamland. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2016
6.5/10 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) However you take Peter Dunning, though, there is something admirable to the way Tony Stone and co. view their subject with a fascination that's filled with clear-eyed empathy. It's the kind of unsentimental compassion that animates the best art. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2016
6/10 94% Gimme Danger (2016) Anyone expecting anything formally inventive from this usually boldly iconoclastic filmmaker will be disappointed. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) as ever with Kurosawa, there's much more to Creepy than mere shock value ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2016
2/4 29% The Whole Truth (2016) Courtney Hunt's film ultimately plays as little more than the cinematic equivalent of a trashy airport novel. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2016
7.8/10 90% 20th Century Women (2017) The beauty of 20th Century Women is that the warmly empathetic Mills never loses track of the characters' anguished beating hearts. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
6/10 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) By draining its historical figure of any authentic humanity and turning him into a mythical icon instead, The Birth of a Nation leaves audiences wondering about the deeper, richer and more challenging film it could have been. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
6.3/10 86% Christine (2016) Even at its most involving, though, Christine never quite banishes the nagging question one might have about what the ultimate point of this whole enterprise is. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) At times throughout this concert film, Kevin Hart's brash honesty about himself can feel liberating. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
7.8/10 79% The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) Thrillingly unclassifiable. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.7/10 31% Masterminds (2016) A n intolerable slog, stuffed with broader-than-broad hick caricatures and lowest-common-denominator toilet humor in place of anything resembling genuine wit. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) It aims for John Waters-style transgression without evincing half of Waters's wit and affection for eccentric lifestyles. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2016
5.8/10 62% Danny Says (2016) Danny Says basically plays like a feature-length nostalgia trip, and thus will appeal mostly to those in the audience already predisposed to warm feelings for the era it chronicles. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016) Cristian Mungiu's film is more than just a cry of despair toward the hopelessness of life in modern-day Romania. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2016
83% Una (2016) Mara and Mendelsohn skillfully bring these characters to shattering, heartbreaking life. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 16, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Humane and deeply moving. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 16, 2016
100% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) [Demme] is the man behind the classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense... Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids is entirely worthy of that gold standard. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 16, 2016
62% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Voyage of Time may not be one of Malick's richest works, but, more so than with Knight of Cups, it offers a reminder of why his consistently awed perspective remains as valuable to cinema as ever. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 16, 2016
B- 17% Brain on Fire (2016) Often effective, and at times positively enraging. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 16, 2016
53% Mascots (2016) The rapid-fire gags result in a hit-or-miss pattern, ranging from the wickedly inspired to the overly broad. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2016
100% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016) Kore-eda chronicles all this with his customary warmth and patience, [exploring] themes of familial and generational conflict while barely raising his voice above a whisper. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 9, 2016
88% Elle (2016) To watch Elle is to be perpetually unsure of how to take its alternately sympathetic and unfathomable main character. In other words, it's Paul Verhoeven at the height of his artistic powers. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 9, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) When it comes to poverty, as in Fish Tank, it's not enough for Arnold to show her characters suffering its indignities. She has to rub our noses in it. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.3/10 40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) The film is too busy weaving in and out of its many narrative through lines for any [metaphors] to resonate as deeply as they should. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2016
9/10 100% Cameraperson (2016) The impression all of these clips in toto is of a life fully lived, of an artist who has seen much in her life and wants to share all she has learned with the rest of the world. But Cameraperson adds up to so much more than just a personal remembrance. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2016