Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Original Cin

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T-Meter Title | Year
95% Mass (2021) This sobering, emotional story about a school shooting as delivered through a parental lens soars on excellent performances. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
97% The Velvet Underground (2021) Writer/director Todd Haynes' feature-length doc on New York City's most influential musical export is a must-see for fans even if the absence of Lou Reed's contemporary voice is keenly felt. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
72% The Guilty (2021) This Hollywood remake offers considerably more bluster than the Danish original, but Jake Gyllenhaal is very watchable as the cop desperately managing an unseen, unfolding drama on a 911 call. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
62% The Protégé (2021) This fun (if bruising) actioner gains all kinds of gravitas from its committed stars and action sequences. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
87% The Night House (2021) Rebecca Hall is excellent as the tortured wife of a dead husband searching for answers amid what might be a supernatural maelstrom. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
88% Lorelei (2021) Director Sabrina Doyle's feature debut is a quiet but compelling and well-acted story about enduring love, second chances, and the importance of family, wherever you find it. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
50% Old (2021) Though full of promise conceptually, Old collapses into a silly finale that wipes clean any thrills that came before. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
71% Creation Stories (2021) The storytelling feels formulaic but director Nick Moran's Alan McGee biopic gathers steam from lead Ewan Bremner and, of course, its astounding source material and music. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
97% Gunda (2020) Brilliantly shot and impossibly moving, this one-of-a-kind documentary handily elevates both farm animals and filmmaking. You don't say that every day. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
86% The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (2021) This beautifully told and visualized story of a famed, solitary leviathan handily connects the dots between animal stewardship, ocean conservation, and life on earth. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
100% Black Conflux (2019) In this sharp and very tense drama, writer/director Dorsey interlaces a female coming-of-age story with a delusional man saga, with powerful results. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
88% Zola (2021) The bristling energy on the surface of director Bravo's social media-inspired road trip movie underscores its deeper meaning. Funhouse thrills for the eyes and brain. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
42% The Ice Road (2021) Its premise is watchable enough but by-the-numbers execution mars The Ice Road's good performances. But hey... a film co-starring Manitoba! - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) Michel Franco's grim dystopian thriller about class divide in contemporary Mexico is powerful, troubling, and unforgettable. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
52% Moby Doc (2021) Brutally frank and visually inventive, this sober reflection on life (and fame) is powerful viewing. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
95% Strike a Pose (2017) Re-released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Madonna: Truth or Dare, Strike a Pose captures an extraordinary moment in time. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) This quietly gripping family drama delivers surprising impact. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
23% Brothers By Blood (2021) Visually drab, tonally flat, and with precious few sympathetic or relatable characters, Brothers by Blood should be elevated by its strong cast but remains steadfastly sluggish. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) Director Dominic Cooke's well-crafted and finely acted film is another jewel in the spy-thriller canon. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
21% Senior Moment (2021) Its ace cast and gorgeous desert setting mitigate Senior Moment's middling story and uncomfortable stereotypes. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
44% Shoplifters of the World (2021) Though sweet and propelled by original music, this dramatic valentine to The Smiths is also trite. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
67% Crisis (2021) It's well-acted and timely but writer/director Jarecki's opioid drama is less affecting than the headlines that inspired it. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
70% Land (2021) Wright's directorial debut is beautiful to watch but the story is sluggish and not especially unique in concept. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) Director Valadez's dark and lyrical drama brings the beauty and horror of contemporary Mexico to bear. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
63% Love Sarah (2020) Stunning London location shots and delectable baked goods add sparkle to this tender-hearted coming-of-age/rom-com about three women coming together to honour a fourth. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
97% Billie (2020) Director Erskine sheds new light on an oft-told story that feels as resonant now as ever. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
97% Rocks (2020) A lovely, persuasive, and heartfelt film about teenage friendships and what family really means. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
20% Stardust (2020) A pointless, poorly conceived, and truly unnecessary film. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
90% The Climb (2020) This comedic tale of complex friendship, powered by real-life friends and film co-writers Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin, scans as authentic and is highly entertaining. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
95% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Though not especially illuminating, this entertaining doc exploring Jimmy Carter's many musical associations is a star-gazer's delight. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
63% The Secrets We Keep (2020) There are a lot of loose ends to this period thriller, but it's entertaining enough if approached with a casual regard for logic. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) It means well and is well-cast, but director Julie Taymor's overly long and very granular look at the life of activist/journalist Gloria Steinem is muddled and off-point. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Sweet but very stupid, the third film in the series following the knuckleheaded, time-traveling wanna-be rock stars is sure to be the last. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
84% I Used to Go Here (2020) Director Kris Rey's semi-autobiographical comedy about reframing the future through the lens of youth is delightful and buoyed by lead Gillian Jacobs. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
82% Spinster (2020) Powered by the charismatic and very funny Chelsea Peretti, this adult coming-of-age dramedy is greater than the proverbial sum of its parts. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
100% Suzi Q (2020) Watchable if not terribly enlightening, this doc nevertheless frames its subject with affection and lines up multiple stars to back its premise. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
8% Force of Nature (2020) How's this for a headline: Old Bastard Fights to Save Old Masters from Psychopathic Gangsters Amid a Natural Disaster. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
89% You Don't Nomi (2020) The undeniable legacy of the so-called worst film of the 1990s provides rich fodder for this snappy doc that is sure to delight fans of its source material. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
B-plus 76% Shoot to Marry (2020) It rightly tips its hat to the cast of female participants whose involvement amplifies Markle's (and the film's) true point: that love is elusive and often a monumental pain in the ass, but so very worth pursuing. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) Despite the presence of puppets, Mirrah Foulkes' quietly electrifying directorial debut is dark, dark, dark, elevating the female revenge story amid uncomfortably if rewarding laughs. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Though dark, the fourth and final installment of director Michael Winterbottom's foodie road trip franchise hits the spot. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
75% Tammy's Always Dying (2019) Strong performances from elevate this heartfelt if predictable made-in-Canada mother/daughter dramedy. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) Grand ambitions fall flat in this cliched actioner that lacks surprise, nuance or genuine thrills. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
36% Seberg (2020) Though elevated by strong performances all around, this glossy biopic on the French New Wave star feels shallow. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) Propelled as much by what it doesn't show as what it does, The Assistant is a statement film for its era and is excellently buoyed by Julia Garner, who is compelling in every scene. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
29% The Rhythm Section (2020) The evergreen concept of the female revenge movie hits the wall in this underwhelming drama that fails to rise about the predictable even when striving to be thrilling. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
60% The Last Full Measure (2020) The Last Full Measure stands as a fascinating document of the awfulness of war and as a touching (if occasionally syrupy) rumination on the nature and provenance of valor. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) Mendes' intense saga about a perilous two-man mission during the Great War brings the terror of battle thrillingly to bear. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) Not quite as impactful as it maybe should be, Bombshell is still highly watchable in the stranger-than-fiction mould of Hollywood biopics. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) Overblown, outrageous, exceedingly violent and visually exhausting, director Michael Bay's latest is also kind of dumb; pretty much what you'd expect despite its strong cast. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019