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Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 42% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) A Dame To Kill For isn't likely to create converts out of those uninterested in the pulpy side of fiction. But it more than earns its keep in terms of lavishing love, mildly ironic as well as pretty damn earnest, on pumped-up noir. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/4 35% The Giver (2014) As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings thoughtful wonder to the role of a young man who is thrilled and frightened by what he learns.‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/4 89% Calvary (2014) A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
80% Get On Up (2014) More often, the film skates along the surface of Brown's contradictory character. Now if it skated like Brown's dance moves glided onstage, that really would have been something.‐ Denver Post
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/4 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) With his sharp instincts and exhausted wisdom, the character of Gunther offers us a bittersweet reminder of Hoffman's gifts in what is his last completed film.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) That [Siskel and Ebert] weren't very nice to each other might be the too-easy takeaway of outtakes of their on-set interactions. James allows that relationship to be more complicated and vital. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 18, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) Vivid and folksy, Fire & Rescue nicely exceeds expectations dampened by last summer's stalled-out Planes.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) For all its high-end special effects and its Shakespearean ambitions, Dawn fumbles its emotional moments and forces its action.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 11, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) Tammy is a wince-worthy missed opportunity‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 6, 2014
4/4 96% Ida (2014) Consider "Ida" the first offering in a summer celebrating Polish cinema and the latest masterpiece in a powerful tradition.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
52% Jersey Boys (2014) Aptly if somewhat awkwardly, Jersey Boys finds its most soulful moment in a movie version of a curtain call. Only it's pretty complicated when a movie's most rousing moment comes as the closing credits roll.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) Like many a late 21st century Western -- regardless of the land of its origins -- The Rover asks what happens on the downslope of Manifest Destiny? As hot, parched and heated as the atmosphere is, the answers are chilling. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 20, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) How to Train Your Dragon 2 is soaring, emotionally swooping, utterly satisfying fun. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3.5/4 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Big movies have their embedded lessons in heroism, but it's nice to have tales of human-scale fortitude.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/4 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Edge of Tomorrow is not as inventive as Rian Johnson's time-bending noir, Looper. Nor is it as surprisingly spiritual as Groundhog Day. But it whirls with energy.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 5, 2014
100% Hanna Ranch (2014) Dickman captures that tension between a person's hopes and the realities they face at a particular moment.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 23, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Perhaps more than any other superhero franchise, X-Men captures the overlapping fantasies of being unique yet not alone, and of being a hero but also being saved.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/4 84% Belle (2014) Luminous British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings a hope and intelligent hunger to Dido. She's loved by her family enough to have a sense of belonging but hemmed in by broader cultural realities to experience moments of unease.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 16, 2014
3.5/4 63% Million Dollar Arm (2014) JB is not the wisest of men and Million Dollar Arm makes no bones about him being a character in need of an upward arc. Even so, the movie never sacrifices the other characters as mere handmaidens to his growth.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 16, 2014
4/4 91% Locke (2014) The crises Ivan Locke faces with a tremendous will to do the right thing strike a chord. The mistakes that have him in the driver's seat, but hardly in control, are terribly human and all too familiar.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) As as tensions escalate, Teddy and Peter's partnership proves just as central and perhaps more vulnerable than Mac and Kelly's. Score one for growing up.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 9, 2014
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) The trouble with director Marc Webb's disappointing sequel is it wants to have it both ways: to take seriously human connection and loss and also spin the spectacular and pulpy... Spider-Man 2 never locates that sweet spot.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
1.5/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) Granted it would be nice to have a ladies' night out at the multiplex, but no one need be this desperate.‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 25, 2014
47% Heaven Is for Real (2014) One of the finest achievements of director Randall Wallace's smartly crafted family film is the way Todd Burpo becomes the story's most driven and sincere doubter.‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/4 60% Draft Day (2014) The film has its share of entertaining clashes and reconciliations.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 39% Cesar Chavez (2014) Michael Peña brings a centered, beckoning beauty to the title character that manages to speak to Chávez nonviolent approach without becoming hagiographic.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/4 77% Noah (2014) What it lacks is fresh insight from Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel. Yes, it appears Noah was an early environmentalist, but is that enough of a contemporary notion to sustain a two-plus-hour drenching?‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 28, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent is a solidly engaging outing. Only one wishes for more.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) If a movie can be elegantly zany, this wholly imaginative, assured fable of a legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), his protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) and the murder of a countess, is it.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 90% Omar (2014) Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 7, 2014
88% The Wind Rises (2014) At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) Noujaim's film attests to how quickly joyous weeping in the streets gave way to sectarian arguments over the army's role and fissures in promising alliances.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.5/4 30% The Monuments Men (2014) Think of them as Inglorious Art Historians. Only this PG-13 entertainment has little of the edge, however complicated, of Quentin Tarantino's 2009 Holocaust revenge flick.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) What a teller of domestic truths Asghar Farhadi has become.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) Fiennes reveals just what a fiercely energetic force Dickens was. With her fulsome mouth and hazel eyes, Jones offers a convincing mix of youth and precocious awareness.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) Berg's fine achievement is in relaying that sense of abject danger even as he and his actors honor the utter connection of the men who lost their lives that day.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
93% A Touch of Sin (2013) This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) It's hard not to feel there is a better revisit of Scorsese's crime gem already in theaters, David O. Russell's American Hustle.‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Celebrating and mourning a bygone moment, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a tuneful wake intended to arouse us from our slumber to desires worth remembering.‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) Director David O. Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer grab hold of the FBI's long-time Abscam sting (conducted in the late '70s into 1980) as their kernel of truth, then Jiffy Pop it like mad.‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) For the casual but compelled moviegoer, The Desolation of Smaug is a fine improvement over the first offering. Tolkien aficionados may feel otherwise.‐ Denver Post
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/4 49% Black Nativity (2013) It's good to see Hudson in a major film again. As an actress, she's still a work in progress, but she has a commanding gift for depicting vulnerability and strength almost simultaneously.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2013
41% Oldboy (2013) Try as he might, Lee cannot repurpose this empty genre tale to be deeper than it is.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 91% Nebraska (2013) In a career-refining performance, Bruce Dern gives us a character in Woody Grant who's hardened by booze, hard to like and -- if his bad-dad tendencies don't cut too close to your bone -- pretty durn amusing.‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Played with raw, rattling fury and grace by Matthew McConaughey, Woodroof is a tarnished protagonist of the first order.‐ Denver Post
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3.5/4 94% All Is Lost (2013) All Is Lost is very much Redford's triumph. His turn isn't pure disappearance so much as a brilliantly human example of cresting and plummeting, cresting and plummeting.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/4 35% The Counselor (2013) Movies can be like undercover cops: They become too enamored of the worlds they explore.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 25, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) What makes the documentary Muscle Shoals so fine besides a kicking soundtrack? Well first, there's its deep sense of place.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3.5/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) Director Bill Condon delivers an intelligent, dynamic, character-centered drama.‐ Denver Post
Posted Oct 18, 2013