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Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" arrives as a gift, one worth keeping - and regifting. ‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 90% Girls Trip (2017) Haddish's energy leaves a lasting impression. She makes Dina's outrageousness infectious. Although in keeping with the movie's humor, we may have to add infectious like a bad rash. The pleasures of Girls Trip aren't quite worth it.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
95% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) And Still I Rise is a portrait of an artist who was well aware of the spell she could cast with that voice, that towering height, that gaze. It is also a film mindful of the deep truths -- the desires and wounds -- buttressing that persona.‐ Essence
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 60% Dark Night (2017) Dark Night is an atmospheric, anxiety-tweaking outing. But cinematic elegance is not enough when the stakes are so very high.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) The Secrets belongs in a mini-tradition of involving films that limn the border where spiritual and sexual awakenings collide and entwine.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 17% Pixels (2015) Nostalgia is a wonder and a cheat. The right touchstone can make the most discerning movie-goer forgive a film as lazy as Pixels. Almost.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) As for the in-the-ring bob, weave, clash, clutch? Well, those disappointed by May's impossibly hyped Mayweather-Pacquiao bout should enjoy the care director Fuqua takes in delivering the sweet science to the big screen.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/4 82% Ant-Man (2015) The cast is better than solid. Directed by Peyton Reed, the action is a zippy pleasure. The more Scott shrinks, the bigger the fun. The visual effects are witty, especially when he begins making allies of various ant colonies.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 81% Batkid Begins (2015) Batkid Begins has the feel of a barn-raising gone global.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 95% Amy (2015) One thing is for certain: It will be much harder to hear that handful of powerful, lush, carnal songs on Back to Black without the wallop of melancholy.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Not since Up, has the studio taken on the gnarliness of being human and made it so visually delightful and emotionally resonant.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World is ersatz Spielberg. It's a knock-off that, even with the brand tag of the filmmaking titan as executive producer, makes the credit feel faux.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) Unnerving as it is thrilling, as visually and aurally vivid as it is emotionally harrowing.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 20% Aloha (2015) This is a romantic comedy that has more than hearts on its mind. In addition to teasing the uneasy and complicated partnership of the military and the private sector, Crowe takes on issues integral to Hawaii.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 29, 2015
2.5/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) If only all of director Brad Bird's fantasy adventure had lived up to its promise.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) There's enough horror remixed here -- of the Heart of Darkness version -- to engage our current moment. That should be one of the obligations of a reboot.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Whedon & Co. provide more than enough glib jokes, FX spectacles and sweet human insights to make Age of Ultron a popcorn must for the rest of us in need of a little comic-book wisdom right about now. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) [A] methodically absorbing sci-fi drama.‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3.5/4 45% True Story (2015) True Story digs deeper into the cultural fascination with killers and attempts a potent corrective along the way, reminding us who's been lost but also how justice isn't just another gripping procedural.‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/4 84% While We're Young (2015) The wonderful thing about While We're Young and the relationship that develops between Josh and Cornelia and Jamie and Darby is that it's less about resentment than it is a celebration of romantic love. At least initially.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
1.5/4 28% Get Hard (2015) It trucks in stereotypes (black, white, Latino, female -- the list is long) and plays clumsily with sexuality. Still, the movie's greatest and altogether familiar sin is that it's stupid.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 77% Danny Collins (2015) What Fogelman doesn't quite achieve as screenwriter at the start of the film he makes up for in his directorial debut. He supports wonderfully the affable allure of his attuned cast.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 98% Timbuktu (2015) The performances are hushed and memorable. Cinematographer Sofian El Fanicaptures the beauty of this desert land. Amine Bouhafa's score is its own act of gorgeous grace and defiance.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Sure, it has the comfy vibe of the familiar, but it's all in feel-good fun.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 56% Focus (2015) It's a shiny, diverting ride. (And right about now, that's OK.)‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Consider Marion Cotillard's Oscar-nominated performance in Two Days, One Night a tour de nuance. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) Irish director Tomm Moore's animated beauty Song of the Sea tells the sort of story that makes you crave the flickering of firelight or wish for the warmth of a blanket pulled up to your chin while mom or dad reads a bedtime tale.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 80% McFarland USA (2015) It took a village of fine performers to depict this close-knit town. And the list is too long to give a shoutout to everyone.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1.5/4 27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) This sci-fi-inflected fantasy has many a wince-worthy romantic exchange between stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/4 40% Black or White (2015) It may be helpful - or vexing - to think of "Black or White" as the great grandchild of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/4 86% Still Alice (2015) Sorrow-laden and moving, Still Alice isn't gratuitously grim nor is it easily sentimental. There's humor here -- vaguely gallows-like, perhaps but also earned.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/4 48% Cake (2015) Jennifer Aniston burrows into Claire's walking-wounded gait and eclipsed mood.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/4 72% American Sniper (2015) The 84-year-old's deep appreciation of the masculine -- its conflicts, its appeal, its evolving truths -- has added texture to our understanding of violence, warfare and more. At least as it is represented onscreen. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/4 99% Selma (2015) Vivid, nuanced and, yes, timely.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 9, 2015
90% The Imitation Game (2014) [Cumberbatch's] whose portrayal of the British mathematician and WWII code-smasher is a feat of nuanced intelligence, a portrait of anguish with hints of arid humor. And, yes, arrogance.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
99% The Overnighters (2014) Moss uses images of drill towers or blistering flame as visual metaphors for other things transpiring on screen: the fracturing of a family, the heated fury that comes with a sense of betrayal.‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/4 90% Wild (2014) Not since June Carter Cash in Walk the Line has Witherspoon been so present to a character. Her Cheryl is funny and messy, wounded but not without survival instincts. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 86% Top Five (2014) Like Rock's best stand-up shows, Top Five mixes the sweet with the salty, the naughty with the remarkably kind. It celebrates the darkly hilarious with the light of whip-smart observations.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
4/4 78% The Theory of Everything (2014) It also stands as a tear-courting visualization of Hawking's and our precious quandary: time.‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 14, 2014
83% Beyond the Lights (2014) Director Prince-Bythewood, who made the move from television to the big-screen in 2000 with the terrific romance Love and Basketball has a way with actors.‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 14, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Big Hero 6 celebrates nerd culture. And not merely the pop-culture- obsessed version (comic books) but the let's-invent-something-cool kind. Hey, kids, this PG flick asserts, it's good be taken with technology, crushed out on code, wowed by chemistry.‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 7, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) Interstellar is as cinematically epic as it is dramatically intimate.‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) It's hard not to be fascinated by the dark places Gyllenhaal goes here. But "Nightcrawler" falls short as social commentary or even psychological yarn. Like Louis, it talks a good game that crumbles as you ponder it.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 31, 2014
93% Whiplash (2014) [Simmons gives] a crisp and nasty performance. The bullied submit, eyes cast down, relieved when they're not the target of his hectoring. His insults are torn from the misogynistic, homophobic playbook. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 23, 2014
91% Birdman (2014) Does it dip? A time or two. Does it take vivid flight? Absolutely.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/4 77% St. Vincent (2014) It's good to see funny gal McCarthy playing the straight woman in this comedy rather than the appealing/appalling lout. It's even better to see a working mom depicted with care.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 48% The Judge (2014) There are a number of fine reasons to see the courtroom-meets-family melodrama The Judge. As you might suspect, two stand out: actors Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 77% Fury (2014) Fury is irrefutably crafted. Over two hours long it is tense going, a sturdily acted affair. And yet.... As the author of this drama, Ayer has penned a work that takes us no place new or illuminating.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) Once you release the movie from the demand that it be significant, there are a number of achievements.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "The Skeleton Twins" is a lovingly calibrated mix of heartbreak and hopefulness, guilt and the will to do better.‐ Denver Post
Posted Sep 26, 2014