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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
3.5/10 14% Planetarium (2017) Watching Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium is akin to seeing a filmmaker lost in the thickets of her own vision. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2/4 70% Crown Heights (2017) The film plays like a human-interest story in which all of the humanity has been gutted in favor of deadening narrative efficiency.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/4 90% Machines (2016) Rahul Jain's film conveys with revelatory force the mechanization of people in an industrialized milieu.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
6/10 92% Some Freaks (2017) The deeper Some Freaks wades into what becomes a series of sadistic and masochistic humiliations, the more McDonald's film begins to feel schematic.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5.1/10 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear is so committed to its brand of self-congratulatory uplift that the filmmakers refuse to contemplate any of their material's darker aspects.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 86% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) Throughout the film, one wishes for a bit more depth regarding Jessica's professional struggles.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
6.5/10 73% Landline (2017) Robespierre's heart is in the right place. Hers is a humane vision that refuses to cast easy judgment on her deeply flawed characters, never excusing them for their unwise decisions, but understanding the inner anguish from which they arise.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
5.3/10 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) The utter lack of tragic affect in its ostensibly disturbing final shot of Katherine sitting on a couch with an unrepentantly blank expression on her face exposes Lady Macbeth for the emptily portentous fraud it is.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 100% Chasing Coral (2017) What makes it play as more than just another activist doc is its focus on the power of images as a way to inspire change.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
0% Ripped (2017) The film doesn't establish the culture Reeves and Harris come from, so many of the fish-out-of-water jokes simply thud.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
7.3/10 88% Maudie (2017) Hawkins's performance... transcends surface mimicry to conjure up a deeply moving portrait of a humble woman who lived for her paintings and quite possibly even changed some lives in the process.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
92% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) Score may be little more than a superficial primer on a dizzyingly expansive subject, but Schrader offers just enough to satisfy both film-music novices and dyed-in-the-wool fanatics.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
48% Rough Night (2017) To some degree, Rough Night's attention to character detail compensates for its weaknesses as a comedy. More‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/4 68% The Journey (2017) Paisley and McGuinness's intellectual back and forth is rendered so compellingly that one wishes the filmmakers didn't feel a need to resort to a surfeit of momentum-killing plot contrivances.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
7/10 95% Night School (2017) Cohn's film is ultimately a genuinely inspiring one, noteworthy in the way it achieves its uplift honestly and without sentimentality.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
6.9/10 78% The Hero (2017) If The Hero works at all, it's because Elliott brings a measure of emotional truth to even the most sentimental of plot developments, and because Haley exudes such warm patience for his lead actor's rhythms and cadences.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
8/10 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) The heart of Morrison's film lies in that unearthed nitrate footage, and what he shows of it is often astonishing. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
6.3/10 85% Band Aid (2017) Even when it disappoints, though, Band Aid never fully discards its initial loose-limbed charisma.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
78% Past Life (2017) Threads are occasionally buried under the film's desire to satisfy mystery-thriller requirements, but Nesher allows the complex emotions they inspire to peek through just enough for an inspirational finale to play more effectively than it deserves.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
5.8/10 75% Wakefield (2017) Neither Swicord's best efforts to lend some subtle perspective to Howard's unreliable narration, nor Cranston's entertaining hamminess in the lead role, are enough to justify the time spent with this sniveling character.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
1.5/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Everyone here, from fellow marines to Iraqis, is merely a supporting player in Megan Leavey's emotional journey.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
2/4 64% Dean (2017) One has to wade through a lot of eye-rolling comic marginalia to get to the film's pained beating heart.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
7.5/10 100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) Long Strange Trip is packed with incident in its expansive length, and for the most part, the pace never flags. Even better, the insights and perspectives keep on coming at a breezy clip.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.7/10 50% Black Butterfly (2017) Black Butterfly plays as little more than the act of snickering adolescents toying with their audience, complete with an insulting final scene that confirms the film as a total waste of time.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
7.5/10 100% Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2017) It's that intimacy that makes Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan an artist documentary that will play movingly -- inspiringly, even -- for those who aren't already fans.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
7.5/10 82% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) The characters here are so vividly drawn and performed, and the contemplative mood so remarkably sustained, that the film casts a genuinely suspenseful and mesmerizing spell over the span of its nearly four hours.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
6.2/10 96% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) The film may not be a hagiography, necessarily, but it similarly turns its central figure into a wax figure, albeit one of deep sadness. Perhaps, though, Zweig fans will get more out of Schrader's film than neophytes.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
6.1/10 71% Manifesto (2017) Here tackling conceptions of characters rather than actual flesh-and-blood human beings, Manifesto frees [Blanchett] to bring as much imagination as she can muster.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
6.5/10 79% Chuck (2017) The best thing about Chuck is that it follows its leading man's lead in empathizing with him, at least up to a point.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
50% The Drowning (2017) The deeper Tom wades into this psychological morass, the more Danny's volatile behavior seems dictated by the screenwriters' convenience rather than by any plausible depiction of a tortured mind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) Rama Burshtein allows us to form our own impressions based on what she presents to us of the Orthodox faith.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
80% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) Virzì's film ultimately adds up to little more than the tale of two mentally unstable people finally coming to accept their insanity - an awfully thin arc on which to build an overextended road-trip movie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/4 82% Risk (2017) Laura Poitras doesn't indulge in score-settling cheap shots, but seriously grapples with her contradictory subject.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
20% The Clapper (2017) Rarely does anyone's behavior here feel in any way tied to authentic human experience, only to Dito Montiel's fatally leaden comic touch.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
0% Aardvark (2017) It adopts a half-hearted variation on A Beautiful Mind's gimmicky approach to grappling with a man's mental illness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) The film works as a sobering and, in its own way, inspiring look at Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/4 74% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Writer-director Sarah Adina Smith's film confuses narrative gimmickry for the sensitive evocation of an inner life.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
7/10 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Defying expectations of yet another wallow in teenage angst-ridden miserablism, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea instead exudes an openness towards the possibility of people from different walks of life bridging social divides.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
7.8/10 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) There's neither the overheated lyricism of Raging Bull nor the pulp grittiness of a noir like The Set-Up; everything in Kuosmanen's film feels earthy and grounded.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
1.5/4 50% The Promise (2017) The Promise simply turns this historical tragedy into mere background noise for a flimsy romantic triangle.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
6.3/10 67% Little Boxes (2017) Little Boxes at least acknowledges that messiness in a manner that feels like the filmmakers honestly, if at times clumsily, wrestling with an agonizingly complex issue. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
7.8/10 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) It's Davies's screenplay that carries the day-and it's quite possible that he has never written a script quite as full of sharp, cutting wit as this one. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Writer-director Joseph Cedar charts Norman's rise-and-fall arc with the attention to detail of a procedural. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
6.8/10 74% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) The film's intoxicatingly dreamy vibe is fully its own. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
85% The Transfiguration (2017) The Transfiguration gradually reveals itself to be a coming-of-age tale, one whose central figure reaches a point at which he's forced to reckon with the evil lurking within himself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
48% The Ticket (2017) Fluk barely seems interested in James as a character beyond painting him as an Icarus-like totem, flying too high in a simplistic morality play.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Even at its most outrageously bizarre, Your Name is bound together by a passionately romantic core.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
2.5/4 88% Their Finest (2017) Intimately focusing on its main character's personal triumphs, its refusing to fall into heavy-handed polemicism.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
2.5/4 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) It imbues a pessimistic view of the seemingly bottomless depths of human cruelty with sorrowful tragic force. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
6/10 92% The Levelling (2017) Even if the film's cumulative impact is less overwhelming than it could have been, Kendrick's displays of strength and vulnerability are vivid enough to linger long after the short film's concluded.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017