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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
***** 79% Patriots Day (2017) Peter Berg has fashioned something both immersive and beautiful out of tragedy, namely his best film yet. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 11, 2017
1.5/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) What Mike and Dave really need aren't dates but better, more imaginative material. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) That crucial balance of the old and new is just one of many things [Feig] gets exactly right. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 66% Nerve (2016) It's preposterous but propulsive and never less than compelling in its perception of current digital culture and the craving for instant fame wrought by reality TV. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's the most aesthetically audacious, thematically visceral movie you'll see this year. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan's dialogue, as always, is a thing of beauty. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
2.5/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) A frequently silly, forgettable bit of fluff. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Teller is a knockout. He nails the hometown hero's accent, fighting style and goofball charm. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Dunning is not your father's farmer. A fair poet and something of a philosopher, he's fascinating company. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 94% Gimme Danger (2016) It took a while, but the world eventually caught up with the Stooges. What a difference 40 years can make. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 81% Denial (2016) Truth, as we know, can be stranger than fiction. One piece of evidence is the fascinating, affecting courtroom drama Denial. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
1.5/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Instantly forgettable. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 100% The Last Laugh (2016) You've probably heard the axiom "Tragedy plus time equals comedy." Pearlstein mines it to illuminating effect. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
1.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) This isn't a particularly compelling or well-made film. It's very much the work of an ambitious beginner, corny in some places, pretentious in others. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
1.5/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) If you've never seen movie explosions before, you're in for a treat. Otherwise, you've got lots of hard-to-follow, poorly lit, very loud chaos to look forward to. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
1.5/5 47% Complete Unknown (2016) This is a story that pretends to have a lot more on its mind than it really does. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
1/5 40% Morgan (2016) The makers of Morgan are far more interested in gun fights and grisly slayings than in the implications of for-profit genetic monkey business. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) It's revelatory to see what devoted friends they were throughout this unimaginably challenging time. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 87% Lion (2016) Only the most shrivel-hearted grinch could watch this Christmas release and not be moved. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Easily one of the most assured and immersive horror films in recent memory. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 60% War Dogs (2016) War Dogs never preaches, but it reminds us of the rampant absurdity that became the new normal during the Bush-Cheney years, especially within the military-industrial complex. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) You'll never look at your neighborhood supermarket the same way again. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The Secret Life of Pets is that rare achievement: an animated movie that entertains on so many levels, and at such a level of cockeyed brilliance, that it really is fun for the whole family. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) If you're familiar with the twisted, tragic universe that writer-director Todd Solondz has created with eight features over 27 years, you may care to read on. I have good news. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 97% Weiner (2016) Run, as they say, don't walk to the nearest theater showing Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's spectacular new documentary. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
1/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) The action is a been-there-done-that yawn, the obligatory wisecracks fall flat, and the CGI work looks like outtakes from Ghostbusters. The original. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 85% Sully (2016) This is a picture that works on multiple levels and proves to be a pleasant, powerful surprise on every one. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Hunt for the Wilderpeople is very likely the summer's most magical film. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 29, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) Who'd ever have guessed? Dwayne Johnson is The Scorpion King of Comedy! ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 24, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Miller and cowriter Karen Rinaldi have created a sly, frequently funny film that starts as a traditional rom-com and ends up flipping those traditions on their heads. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 15, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) The songs are an insanely comic combination of infectious beats and deranged lyrics. The Judd Apatow-produced film pushes the raunch envelope farther than any mainstream comedy in memory. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 8, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Fiennes' Harry is a fabulous character, a human whirlwind and walking, talking bacchanal who doesn't so much disturb the peace that his hosts are enjoying as turn up the volume on their insular lives. It's a fantastic performance. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 2, 2016
84% The Meddler (2016) It's often said that Hollywood creates too few roles for women. I think anyone who sees The Meddler will agree it's created at least one too many. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 25, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is great. And I don't mean great fun. I mean great. I doubt you'll see a more perfect comedy this year. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 25, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) Recall the Clooney of Up in the Air, a trenchant cinematic response to the financial crisis, or the Clooney of Good Night, and Good Luck and you can't help but wonder what persuaded the star to invest time and talent in a junk bond of a jumble like this. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 18, 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) The filmmakers had a duty to make their subject's breakthroughs appreciable to the viewer, to put them in perspective. Without that, the film adds up to little more than a by-the-numbers bromance. Both Ramanujan and the viewer deserve better. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 11, 2016
70% A Hologram for the King (2016) A nuanced geopolitical parable has been repurposed into a generic romantic comedy, the equivalent of turning, say, The Corrections into a sitcom. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 4, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle gives a convincing physical performance, looking and sounding eerily like Davis, but this is otherwise a confounding cartoon. The actor worked hard for the chance to bring his dream to the screen, but the bottom line is, he kind of blew it. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 27, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Baker, we learn, spent the last decade of his life in Europe, using heroin and making much of his greatest music. As an antidrug message, Budreau's film blows. As the study of a famous creative figure, it gets inside to a degree biopics rarely do. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 20, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) A great comic mind is a terrible thing to waste. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 13, 2016
20% I Saw the Light (2016) Abraham's snoozy, meandering, insight-free biopic was originally slated for an Oscar-qualifying November release. Then someone at Sony Pictures Classics watched it, I guess. A title more apt by far would have been I Saw the Lite. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 6, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Suspense and tension are masterfully deployed. Your knuckles will be white. The edge of your seat will see action for 102 minutes. And you will never think about drones in quite the same way as you did before you saw this timely, electrifying film. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 30, 2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) I'm not sure what this is, beyond a tiresome oddity for the viewer and a career low for its star. Something tells me the most sensible way to deal with Doris is simply not to say hello in the first place. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 23, 2016
74% Youth (2015) How the hell did Paolo Sorrentino's latest not dominate awards season? Spotlight and The Big Short are timely films. Youth is timeless. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 16, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) 112 minutes of insensitive cultural stereotypes, casting that'd make the bigots who inspired #OscarsSoWhite proud and shots of dogs humping. Seriously. I lost count of the number of times the directors cut to close-ups of hounds going to town. WTF indeed. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 9, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) Nemes has said his goal was to tell a Holocaust story "without projecting postwar emotions or emotions codified in film." I think it's safe to say the filmmaker has created an unforgettably fresh hell. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 2, 2016
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) As a child, she tells us, she compulsively tried to imagine "things that have never happened in the history of the world." Older, wiser and never better, Laurie Anderson has imagined a movie that meets that challenge magnificently. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 24, 2016
91% The Lady In The Van (2015) I can't imagine whom this lightweight curio is intended to appeal to, honestly. With its combination of third-rate Charlie Kaufmanisms, clumsy meta touches and ho-hum narrative, it certainly didn't appeal to me. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 17, 2016
78% Where to Invade Next (2016) A playful, subtly patriotic work from our greatest cinematic gadfly. His goal isn't to criticize this country but to point out that others have solved problems we're still grappling with, and to suggest we take a hint. What a foreign concept. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 10, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) The Pendleton rescue ranks with the most amazing stories in nautical history but Disney tweaked and twisted the facts and added hokey, hammy stuff that never happened to the point this comes off more like a high-seas Hallmark movie. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 3, 2016