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
5/5 82% 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 41% 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
94% 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
60% 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 38% 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 93% 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 58% 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 74% 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 16% 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 92% 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 63% 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 91% 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 50% 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 71% 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
8/10 83% Sausage Party (2016) Its foul and raunchy, pearl-clutching humor slaps you in the face every single second of the movie, and while some of it is silly (even stupid) for the most part the jokes stick the landing. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 88% Don't Breathe (2016) While this movie isn't a complete failure, on the whole it's just average with a few interesting spots. For a genre film it isn't unwatchable, but it is ultimately forgettable. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 49% 31 (2016) Fans of Zombie's work might find some things to love about 31, but it feels like he was kinda phoning it on on this one. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
8/10 93% The Little Prince (2016) Even if you don't enjoy CGI, this film is worth the watch just to see the beautifully animated stop-motion segments and is a great way to introduce fresh minds to the story of The Little Prince. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
9/10 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Kubo and the Two Strings avoids the generic Disney idea of good and evil by showing some empathy and compassion for the main villain--this is extremely rare. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Dead West (2017) Although it is competently made, it's too unfocused and boring which is one of the worst sins a horror/thriller film can commit. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) While both zombie movies and WWII period films are overdone, Overlord still manages to have some fun left in it even though it doesn't attempt to subvert any of the tropes inherent in either one of those genres. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
7/10 86% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Overall, this is a great update to the franchise and I cannot wait to see where they go next with it. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 87% Jackie (2016) This film paints a complex picture of a woman who lost her tether to the world and gained her power back by creating a legend. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 96% Ghost in the Shell (1996) Ghost in the Shell is a masterpiece of transhumanism-themed science fiction and should be on the list of anyone who enjoys complex narratives as well as incredible action. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
7/10 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) While it doesn't have that same magic as the original it does make an admirable effort to keep the true spirit of the source material. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 92% Raw (2017) Director Julia Ducournau deftly weaves sexuality and gruesome horror together in her coming-of-age film Raw. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Two lovers transcending time and space to connect is an inspiring story no matter what country you hail from. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
6/10 81% Colossal (2017) However, the fact that this is a fresh idea makes this movie worth seeing even if it doesn't work as well as it should. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet The Student (2017) The Student is a cautionary tale about what can happen when religious beliefs are allowed to go too far. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 82% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) Perhaps not literally, but in Stephane Brize's depressing A Woman's Life, there are fleeting moments here and there of feeling and situations that all women can emphasize with. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
78% Juice (1992) One of the more interesting aspects of Juice is that all the characters are morally ambiguous which can be unsettling for some viewers. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 79% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola has a way of imparting a misty, ethereal quality to the entire film which makes it almost seem like an alternate dimension. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 90% A Ghost Story (2017) This film is trying to tell us to not become so myopic that we can't see what's going on around us. Take off the sheet and be free. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
15% The Dark Tower (2017) What was once a dark horror/sci-fi/western is now a generic and unoffensive Young Adult flick, palatable to nobody and focus group tested within an inch of its life. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
90% The Dead Zone (1983) The Dead Zone is one of the best Stephen King film adaptations as it deftly combines the supernatural with real world elements culminating in a believable story. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
52% Pet Sematary (1989) While this is one of the best King adaptations, it does have some pacing issues, especially in the middle. The story drags a bit, but by the third act everything is moving at a breakneck pace. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War is a worthy entry into the franchise and it encapsulates all the best aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe--which is mainly the character interactions. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
77% Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a fun and occasionally unsettling cult film that is well worth a watch for B movie enthusiasts or horror fans. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is a deep dive into the suffocating world of someone's personal hell. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Every once in awhile real emotions peep through all the detached humor and it's a gut punch every time it happens. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade is just a fun ass B movie with some clever ideas and a great premise. - The Movie Sleuth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018