Paul Risker

Paul Risker
Paul Risker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters
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T-Meter Title | Year
69% 180 Degree Rule (Khate Farzi) (2020) It's a rare example of storytelling that can compel a feeling of loss and grief, and while we move on, having encountered this family remains a painful memory. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
59% Tesla (2020) Faced with the limitations of historical documentation of inventor Nikolai Tesla, director Michael Almereyda and actor Ethan Hawke choose instead to convey his spirit. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
6/10 87% Shirley (2020) Shirley is frustrating because it's difficult to dismiss. It's narratively effective and its dreamy and nightmarish sequences are aesthetically pleasing. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
7/10 48% Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) It's an act of sharing between Hanrahan, the filmmakers, the cast, and the viewers, and this is what makes it a rewarding experience. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
6/10 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker never feels like a film that knows the answer to the question raised in its predecessors; what is the overarching story of the trilogy? Instead, it simply frames episodes VII-IX as an act of indulgence. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
8/10 81% The Wind (2019) To anyone skeptical of the merits of genre cinema that is prone to immature bloodletting and superficial themes, The Wind, while quietly impressive, shows the mature side of genre storytelling. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
79% The Incredible Shrinking Wknd (El increíble finde menguante) (2019) The unexplainable events in this story allows us not only to revisit the infinite imagination we possessed as children, but casts cinema as a transformative and time-travelling experience. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/10 42% Vita & Virginia (2019) Looking upon Virginia Woolf with an immature and childish creative lust, writer/director Chanya Button and co-writer Eileen Atkins reduce her to a bland literary figure in Vita & Virginia, leaving us to remember the contrarian truth. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Amidst the order of the stories and their characters complementing one another, what drives the film is an emotional simplicity. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
7/10 79% Brad's Status (2017) Regardless, Brad's Status that has the potential to communicate as deeply as it does to offer a lighter, yet nonetheless touching experience. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
6/10 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [Rian] Johnson's miscue has posed a disquieting question: Are these filmmakers authors or fans? - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
8/10 72% Gemini (2018) Kirke and Kravitz's performances are as bold as the writing and the direction, LeBeau, in particular, remains in our minds, not only with an immediacy but perhaps the conclusion of her quest for the truth is a lasting and evocative image of ambivalence. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
7/10 75% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Berlin Syndrome progresses slowly, never dramatically gratuitous or exploitative of the inherent drama of its story. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
6/10 96% Jawbone (2017) Jawbone may be an example of the catharsis of filmmaking and storytelling, the first time effort at screenwriting for Harris and feature direction for Napper has culminated in a solid piece of filmmaking. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
8/10 63% Tomcat (Kater) (2016) Klaus reminds us in his masterful approach that patience is sometimes the most powerful device for a filmmaker to impress the magic of the story upon their audience. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
8/10 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) A film of genuine force, it strikes you in the gut with a clenched fist, simultaneously seduced by its beauty while recoiling at the moral abyss. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
8/10 88% Hounds of Love (2017) Hounds of Love, the bold debut feature of Australian filmmaker Ben Young, follows in the footsteps of compatriot Justin Kurzel's own viscerally disturbing urban nightmare debut, Snowtown. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
8/10 71% The White King (2017) The White King is a bold and brave piece of filmmaking that embraces film as an incomplete form. The ideas are presented in such a way that they require the engagement of the audience. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017