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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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
100% 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 64% 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 47% 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 71% 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 91% 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 88% 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 72% 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
46% 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 87% 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 58% 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
6/10 100% 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
98% Little Men (2016) As was the case with Love is Strange, Sachs observes these interpersonal dynamics with an evenhanded gaze, refusing to fully condemn any of his characters even when they act in selfish and untoward ways.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
96% Little Sister (2016) Clark closely observes all these character dynamics with an empathetic eye, a skewed sense of humor, and a freewheeling inventiveness that keeps things refreshingly off-balance without losing its emotional heart.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
76% In a Valley of Violence (2016) In a Valley of Violence may ultimately present an unflattering view of humanity, but West bracingly restores the compassion that even Tarantino himself seems to have let slip through his grasp in his own recent Westerns.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) "We're due for a shift in the definition of what it means to be human," one scientist says; with Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Herzog regards that sentiment with a healthy measure of both awe and skepticism.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
90% A Woman, A Part (2017) For her feature debut, Subrin forsakes the experimentalism of her short films and video installations for a relatively conventional narrative and storytelling grammar. No matter: A Woman, A Part is compelling all the same.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
7.7/10 94% The Devil's Candy (2017) It is, in other words, the kind of horror film that transcends genre and reaches that rare but exalted sweet spot of touching on genuine human fears.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
1.5/4 40% Wilson (2017) Wilson lurches jarringly from poignant melancholy to cartoonish slapstick, unable to settle on a consistent tone.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
7.7/10 45% Song to Song (2017) The great achievement of Malick's latest film is that he validates that sentiment through the sheer power of his visceral, sensual, and above all temporally and spiritually searching filmmaking, making it feel like wisdom resounding throughout the ages.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
7.5/10 88% Frantz (2017) Perhaps most important of Ozon's worldview is the film's universal humanism.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Diamond Island (2016) The deliberately aimless rhythms and low-stakes plotting make clear that Davy Chou is predominantly interested in cultural anthropology. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3/4 100% Menashe (2017) Striking throughout are the seemingly caught-on-the-wing moments that subtly enrichen the film's characterizations.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
6.2/10 91% Raw (2017) There are enough moments in Raw where the grand metaphor resonates .., to keep one emotionally invested throughout‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong may be God to the humans in the film, but the only God Jordan Vogt-Roberts & co. seem genuinely interested in serving is that of The Almighty Dollar.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet White Sun (2016) Deepak Rauniyar may be more skilled dramatist than inspired image-maker, but his admirably balanced and humane social and political perspective is bracing nevertheless.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
92% Donald Cried (2017) Like any person worth knowing, warts and all, the more we get to know Donald and Peter, the more affecting the film becomes.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
6/10 39% Wolves (2017) For all its faults, Wolves manages to be reasonably involving.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1.5/4 66% Before I Fall (2017) All the film has to show for its efforts are tired platitudes about the value of altruism and living each day as it if were the last.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
90% 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
91% 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
46% 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
78% 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 97% 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
63% 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 83% 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 6% 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 85% 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 66% 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 97% 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 42% 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