Michelle Kisner

Michelle Kisner
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been writing about film for over five years now, and own thousands of them. My specialties include Japanese film, horror, arthouse, and cult movies. I write mostly for Spoiler Free Movie Sleuth, a Detroit-based website and am also a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society.
Publications: The Movie Sleuth

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% The Amusement Park (2019) Thanks to Romero's frenetic documentary style The Amusement Park ends up feeling evocative and surreal. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
83% Painkiller (2021) Painkiller is a great throwback style revenge-thriller that tackles the pervasive and deadly prescription drug industry that has infected the most vulnerable among us. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
50% Switchblade Sisters (1975) An exploitation classic that explores jealousy and betrayal without skimping on the sleaze and violence. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Mortal Kombat feels like a lazy studio cash grab that throws in enough game references to satiate surface level fandom, but fails to capture the spirit of what has made it beloved for decades. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
78% In The Earth (2021) In the Earth is a transcendent psychedelic freakout as well as a beautiful meditation on isolation and anxiety. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
88% JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000) Joint Security Area gets less attention than Park's other more bombastic films, but its quiet contemplative core cements it as one of his most emotional works. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) Despite the unoriginal premise, Nobody is a briskly directed action film that's worth a watch just for Odenkirk's performance. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) Coming 2 America is mediocre rehash that only makes one wish they were watching the original film instead. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
75% Versus (2000) Though the limited budget rears its head at times, particularly in the video quality of some sequences, the fight choreography and editing are outstanding, and propel the action scenes into a kinetic frenzy of blood and guts. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) Morfydd Clark puts in striking performance, oscillating between a demure pious woman and a deeply disturbed misanthrope who thinks she hears the voice of God. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
98% Minari (2020) The story of a family who grows together despite the odds, not unlike the minari Soon-Ja plants along the river shore. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
95% Soul (2020) Soul has a high concept premise and some truly gorgeous depictions of the afterlife and spirituality. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
91% PG: Psycho Goreman (2021) Psycho Goreman is a wacky, blood-filled '90s fever dream that will appease horror fans looking for something different. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
84% Freaky (2020) Despite the fun premise, Freaky is insipid and forgettable. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is one of the rare after-the-fact sequels that works and manages to not tread the same ground as the original. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
5/5 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) One of the most haunting and compelling techo-horror films ever made. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A psychological horror piece, about a man so filled with self-loathing that even in his imagination he cannot manage to conjure up a healthy relationship. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Although it is rough around the edges, Spike Lee's passion and intent shines through in Da 5 Bloods, and it is a powerful statement about both the love and hate that undying loyalty can bring. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) An extremely intriguing genre film with some truly chilling moments and a kaleidoscopic explosion of pure madness. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
5/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems should be lauded for its commitment to embracing nihilism and chaos. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Purgatory Road (2017) Purgatory Road will certainly appeal to indie horror fans, especially those with a strong stomach. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) Those looking for something grim and nihilistic from Ishiro Honda will be intrigued by Matango. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Timely in its class divide critique, Parasite balances dark satire with heartwarming family dynamics. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) Those who are looking for some cinematic craziness and ambitiousness will most likely love The Lighthouse. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker is an ambitious film, and though it just can't quite match the performances with technical prowess, it makes up for it with a compelling character study and some lofty themes. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) This film has a lot of pacing issues and struggles to find a consistent tone. However, it still nails a lot of the elements that makes Stephen King's work memorable. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale comes highly recommended for those with a strong enough constitution to make it through the harrowing first act and to experience the revenge tale that comes afterward. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is a mind-blowing trip into complete lunacy that hides a positive message about empathy and self-actualization. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) While there are exciting moments to be had, the underwritten human characters and murky fight scenes add up to an underwhelming experience. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is an ambitious and surprisingly hilarious horror film with social commentary hiding just beneath the surface. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel manages to capture the emotional theme of the manga it's based on while still offering up enough action to entertain the casual fan who isn't familiar with the material. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
67% FP2: Beats of Rage (2018) Fans of the first film will definitely have a blast seeing their favorite characters again. Get you some booze, a bunch of your friends, and head on down to Frazier Park! - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) As mixed quality as this movie is, I still respect that it tries to do something different with comic book mythology, and even with its flaws it is still worth watching--just to see M. Night finish his 19-year-long journey with these characters. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 90% Bumblebee (2018) Although Bumblebee isn't perfect and suffers from some of the side effects of being a blockbuster film it has more heart than any of the previous entries. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Border is a whimsical and dark fairy tale for adults that tackles uncomfortable material in a fascinating way. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
95% The History Of Future Folk (2013) It's quite a low budget film but they make everything work somehow. It does help if you appreciate B movies or 1960's style Martian films. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 60% The House That Jack Built (2018) The House That Jack Built is messy and imperfect at times and breathtaking and gorgeous at others. If that isn't an accurate representation of what it is to be a human, I don't know what is. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 75% Candyman (1992) Candyman stands up to the test of time and it feels even more prescient today. It had the guts the explore race relations within the context of horror without resorting to stereotypes or moralizing while still remaining scary and engaging. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/10 No Score Yet Blood Widow (2014) The killer reveal can be seen from space and the characters are so underdeveloped and idiotic that you end up rooting for the killer to take them out. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/10 17% Pixels (2015) I beg of you, please don't waste your time or money on this drivel. Instead, take the ten bucks you would have spent, get it changed into quarters and go to your local arcade and play the classic arcade games. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
8/10 91% The Gift (2015) The Gift is a sleeper film that will most likely fly under the radar for a lot of moviegoers, but it is well worth the time to give it a watch. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Green Inferno (1987) Overall, this film is a wasted opportunity but still worth a look by horror movie fans. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
9/10 93% Room (2015) With Room [Lenny Abrahamson] has succeeded yet again in making truly moving cinema that is bursting with love and the triumph of the human spirit. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet The Laughing Mask (2014) The Laughing Mask sits in that odd purgatory that is for films that are horrible but not bad enough to fall into the "so bad it's good" category. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
6/10 56% Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) At any rate, Hell Comes to Frogtown is a decent flick, warts and all. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
8/10 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Overall, Civil War is the most adult and realized film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it comes highly recommended. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 58% Bite (2016) This film is a whole lot of wasted potential because with just a little more polish on the story and acting it could have been incredibly subversive and frightening. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
6/10 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) For such an iconic villain to be neutered down is disappointing. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
9/10 72% Swiss Army Man (2016) For a film this wacky to work it has to establish rules in its universe and stick to them which the two directors accomplish masterfully. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/10 74% Ghostbusters (2016) From top to bottom this movie fails both as a remake and as a stand alone film. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018