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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
7.8/10 79% The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) Thrillingly unclassifiable.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.7/10 33% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
5.8/10 68% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 90% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Cristian Mungiu's film is more than just a cry of despair toward the hopelessness of life in modern-day Romania.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2016
83% Una (2016) Mara and Mendelsohn skillfully bring these characters to shattering, heartbreaking life.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Humane and deeply moving.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
64% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
B- 17% Brain on Fire (2016) Often effective, and at times positively enraging.‐ The Playlist
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
9/10 99% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
6.5/10 81% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) The kind of film you'll still be thinking and arguing with yourself about long after you leave the theater, as much for the film's approach to its thorny subject as for the still-controversial subject herself.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
100% Transpecos (2016) Transpecos burrows deeper into its characters, revealing nuances that bring them to anguished, three-dimensional life as the thriller plot gradually unfolds.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
5.6/10 33% Skiptrace (2016) There's not much in Skiptrace you haven't seen before, and Harlin seems to realize this, infusing the film with a generally carefree attitude toward even the most dramatic and/or emotional of situations.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
B+ 91% Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) Jim: The James Foley Story is more than just a tribute to a fallen journalist. It's a deeply moving testament to a man who dared to face the worst of humanity and somehow managed to maintain his sense of empathy in spite of it all.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/4 40% Morgan (2016) Morgan's makers lose trust in the intellectual heft of their material and chose to prioritize empty sensation instead.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
1/4 20% Yoga Hosers (2016) Any of the film's attempts at moralizing are subsumed by Kevin Smith's obsession with taking aim at his critics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
2.5/4 91% Southside With You (2016) The film may not announce itself as hagiography, but it's hero-worshipful to its core.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
6.3/10 87% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) As laudable as Kraume's film intentions are, one can't help but wonder how much better it might have been with a bit more heat and grit beyond Klaussner's skillful projections of nobility.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
7/10 83% Imperium (2016) Through it all, Imperium is held together by Daniel Radcliffe's performance, yet another noteworthy example of the former Harry Potter tapping into a previously unexplored aspect of his talent, to persuasive ends.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
7/10 90% When Two Worlds Collide (2016) Brandenburg and Orzel's film is an activist documentary, and at its center is Alberto Pizango, a genuinely magnetic revolutionary who organizes and leads the Peruvian Amazonians against President Alan Garcia.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
7.8/10 98% Hell or High Water (2016) A sterling example of genre craftsmanship at its intelligent and unexpectedly affecting best.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) The film isn't willing to completely face the bleakness of its allegory faith versus skepticism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
75% Lace Crater (2016) Slight though it may be, Lace Crater's mix of Andrew Bujalski-style naturalism and Roman Polanski-style body horror is at least off-kilter enough to keep one absorbed throughout.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
6.9/10 93% Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'├ęchafaud) (1958) The experiencing of watching Malle's 1958 debut is akin to that of watching a preordained outcome, much like an academic thesis, work itself out, with much of the suspense residing all in the journey rather than the destination.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
6.5/10 82% Indignation (2016) [Gadon and Lerman's] sizzle together is enough to sell Schamus' rather less interesting interpretation of Roth's novel as a low-boil romantic tragedy.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
2/4 59% Bad Moms (2016) The end-credits sequence shows up the rest of the film as the broad and incoherent live-action cartoon that it is.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 81% Equity (2016) The film ultimately succeeds in offering a fresh female-centered perspective on its genre material. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
6.9/10 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Despite its miscalculations, Don't Think Twice does leave a bitter, lingering aftertaste.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) All one needs is a close-up of Suzu's face euphorically looking skyward, eyes closed, as she rides on a road surrounded by cherry blossoms to grasp the laudable humanity at the heart of Kore-eda's patient, warmhearted worldview.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
5.3/10 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Mike, Dave, Tatiana and Alice come off as more quirk repositories than flesh-and-blood people, which flattens the film's insistent attempts at redeeming them towards the end.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The film's messy pile-up of comic diversions can be exhilarating in the moment-the chaos of an id given free rein.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
2/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) It prides disreputable genre thrills at the expense of making coherent points about class inequalities, political exploitation, or man's inhumanity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
7.5/10 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Hunt for the Wilderpeople is ultimately disarming in its innocent sincerity.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
8/10 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Swiss Army Man is a work that feels positively lawless. Witness with amazement what bizarrely heartfelt splendors its creators will come up with next.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
78% The Phenom (2016) The film touches on the effects of a culture that puts too much emphasis on winning and money at the expense of simple healthy competition. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
5.5/10 50% Genius (2016) Without fundamentally establishing such stakes, the film's attempt to dramatize the interpersonal conflict between Wolfe and Perkins remains at best lifelessly theoretical.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
94% King Jack (2016) It's a tribute to Thompson's humane sensitivity to character detail that its concluding jolt of affirmation feels fully, inspirationally earned.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
91% The Witness (2016) Gripping, painfully personal, and deeply humane‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
2.5/4 84% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) It resonates as a portrait of artists trying to figure out their own paths toward making valuable contributions to the world.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) The film's lampooning of a business built on pure surface extends to its riotous original songs.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
40% Honeyglue (2016) So busy jerking tears and ladling on the whimsy that it can't even be bothered to make its leads halfway believable as people.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) there's no soul to any of it: not in its wholly unsurprising plot twists; not in its noisy action set pieces; and certainly not in the performances‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
B- 100% Under the Gun (2016) Thankfully more prominent are the moments when Soechtig and Couric are willing to acknowledge the nuances within both sides of the debate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
8/10 98% Love & Friendship (2016) As necessarily discomfiting as it is gleefully droll.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016