Kenji Fujishima Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
100% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) A melancholy air blows through every haunted frame of Hong Sang-soo's On the Beach at Night Alone.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismäki's warmhearted but unsentimental humanism is such that he recognizes the capability of hardhearted souls making magnanimous gestures to their fellow man.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Luca Guadagnino's film proves affecting as a chronicle of a young man learning to embrace his more emotional side.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
45% The Dinner (2017) Oren Moverman is purposely evoking current racial tensions in the U.S. in adapting Dutch novelist Herman Koch's The Dinner.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Compared to its predecessor, director Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting is a relatively aimless and sedate experience.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
6/10 100% Kedi (2017) Kedi may not add up to more than the sum of its parts, but its parts are, depending on your animal predilections, charming indeed.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
71% Django (2017) Perhaps the film's most crucial shortcoming is its failure to illuminate both the inner life and artistic genius of Django Reinhardt.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
5.7/10 84% A United Kingdom (2017) A United Kingdom doesn't wholly escape a feeling of didacticism, with characters made subservient to a glorified history lesson, rather than leaping off the screen as living, breathing people.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/10 7% Rings (2017) Ultimately just another desperate cash grab at a franchise property that probably should never have been a franchise in the first place.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4.8/10 77% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Perhaps fans already keyed into Naharin's genius will get more out of Mr. Gaga, but for everyone else, this saggy, aimless, superficial documentary won't offer enough to enlighten you.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space Between Us is simply disappointing when it isn't trying to browbeat its audience into emotional submission. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
7/10 68% I Am Michael (2017) Kelly chronicles this all this with the clear-headedness of a detective procedural -- a sense of detachment that makes the film even more unsettling.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
7.5/10 98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) As with Farhadi's best work, such questions of humanity and morality linger long after the particulars of its plot have dissolved from memory.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
57% War on Everyone (2017) Much of it feels inconsequential compared to his previous films, but McDonagh's unflagging anarchic energy keeps it juicily diverting in the moment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
100% Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954) What a strange and still-radical swan song it remains.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
1.5/4 41% Gold (2017) The film finds no treasure of gleaming originality in its energetically told but crushingly clichéd anti-capitalist parable.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
5/10 46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
60% Fraud (2016) Fraud adds up to little more than a formally provocative but thematically tired stunt.‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4.7/10 52% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
1/10 80% Patriots Day (2017) This whole nauseating enterprise smacks of the basest exploitation.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C- 18% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/10 24% Solace (2016) The whole enterprise ends up as soulless as it is silly.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
1.5/4 73% Sing (2016) In Sing, musical theater is simply an excuse for the filmmakers to deliver an animated version of American Idol.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
2.5/4 39% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
6/10 81% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
6.5/10 45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
6/10 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Anyone expecting anything formally inventive from this usually boldly iconoclastic filmmaker will be disappointed.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
7.8/10 89% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
6/10 71% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
6.3/10 88% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016