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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% The Revenant (2015) Revenge, it's said, is a dish best served cold. In Alejandro González Iñárritu's symphony of savagery, The Revenant, it's served frozen, bloody and without mercy. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 27, 2016
94% Room (2015) Abrahamson's film does the virtually unimaginable: It stares down inhumanity and, in the process, emerges as perhaps the year's most uplifting cinematic experience. Room won't win Best Picture but it will win your admiration. Maybe even your heart. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 20, 2016
88% The Big Short (2015) Not every filmmaker has what it takes to shape material this bleak into a blackly comic blast, but McKay and his AAA-rated cast are on the money throughout. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 13, 2016
60% Joy (2015) Mangano's rags-to-call-in-riches saga is so kitschy and improbable that you can imagine Tim Burton drooling at the thought of taking a seriocomic stab at it. The problem is Russell decided to tell a different sort of story and much of it is a snooze. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 23, 2015
60% Sisters (2015) Poehler and Fey attain Bridesmaids heights, with Fey working bluer than a Smurf sailor and wringing nonstop laughs from her potty-mouthed riffs. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 16, 2015
28% The Letters (2015) The movie's writing, direction and acting are not alone in blowing. Ciaran Hope's overwrought score sounds like a mashup of music from hokey old biblical pictures. If a duller, less inspired film hits the cineplex this season, it will be a miracle. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 9, 2015
73% Trumbo (2015) Cranston brings style and brio to the part but his character rarely achieves three-dimensionality.The man who gave us Roman Holiday, Spartacus, The Brave One, Exodus, Papillon and dozens more deserves far better film treatment than he receives here. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 2, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) The filmmakers and cast are careful to focus on the drudgery, dead ends and shoe leather that go into an enterprise of this scale, eschewing sensationalism. Of the film's 128 minutes, not one is wasted on self-righteous grandstanding or speech making. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
19% Love the Coopers (2015) Dialogue so dumb it will make your ears bleed-some of it spoken by a pet; one-dimensional characters with zero entertainment value; Keaton, as usual, wearing selections from the Jane Jetson Collection and overacting. Love the Coopers is ho-ho-hopeless. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 18, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) Will Craig slip into that tux once more? For now, all we can say for sure is that, if he doesn't, it'll be a shame. As Carly Simon sang almost 40 years ago, "Nobody does it better." ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 11, 2015
29% Burnt (2015) For all practical purposes, it's Steve Jobs with aprons. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 4, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) Look closely and you'll see this isn't really a movie about computers at all. The machines are there, but the new iterations introduced in the launches-the ones the filmmakers are truly interested in-are the slowly new and improved models of Jobs the man. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Oct 28, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Spielberg's latest is like a double agent: Coded into this tale of Cold War intrigue is a stinging indictment of U.S. policy during our wars in the Middle East. Just exactly where, the film urges viewers to ask, are the James Donovans of today? ‐ Seven Days
Posted Oct 21, 2015
84% The Walk (2015) Having digitally rebuilt the city with astonishing historical accuracy, Zemeckis stages Petit's 45 minutes on a cable, 1,600 feet above the street, as one of the most lovely, terrifying, suspenseful and joyous sequences in movie history. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Oct 14, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) Matt Damon may play the marooned astronaut who fights to make it home in this feel-good sci-fi epic, but the big news is that director Ridley Scott is back. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Oct 7, 2015
72% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) You know a movie's something special when it succeeds at generating tension and excitement from a game in which two people do little more than stare at a board and move pieces of wood. And does it ever. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 30, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) Johnny Depp ditches the flouncy flourishes, silly accents and funny hats and gets back down to the business of acting in Black Mass, easily his finest film in a decade. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 23, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) I've watched loved ones suffer the indignities of dementia and can't help but find the filmmaker's decision to use them for comic fodder and cheap shocks in deplorable taste. Shyamalan should be ashamed. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 16, 2015
83% Mistress America (2015) Mistress America lacks the star power of last fall's While We're Young, but it has something more important - Greta Gerwig - and, largely for that reason, it's the superior picture. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 9, 2015
45% No Escape (2015) Dowdle's intent is to put an ordinary American family in the way of the kind of harm that Westerners the world over face today with increasing frequency. ISIS is going to give this film five stars and use pirated copies as recruitment tools. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 2, 2015
43% American Ultra (2015) The high point (get it?) is an imaginatively choreographed confrontation between Mike and a literal truckload of assassins. They should've called it Operation Overkill. The sequence is delightfully reminiscent of the church massacre scene in Kingsman. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Aug 26, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) The most remarkable novelist of our age is the subject of the most remarkable picture of the season - possibly the year. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Aug 19, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) This is a psychological thriller that reflects a genuine grasp of human psychology. That's uncommon. It's what made Hitchcock Hitchcock. It's what makes The Gift one of the extremely rare films that deserve to be described as "Hitchcockian." ‐ Seven Days
Posted Aug 12, 2015
26% Vacation (2015) The movie may have been 30-plus years in the remaking, but it most definitely is a trip. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Aug 5, 2015
95% Amy (2015) This mesmerizing, meticulously crafted and moving film offers a reminder that, before the people she trusted allowed her to become a punch line, Winehouse was a serious talent. With Amy, Kapadia sets the record straight. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 29, 2015
81% Ant-Man (2015) To say the least, this is a movie with a few bugs in it. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 22, 2015
16% The Gallows (2015) Horror has experienced a renaissance with the release of innovative works such as The Babadook and It Follows. Viewers expecting The Gallows to continue the trend will be disappointed to find that Cluff and Lofing have, so to speak, left them hanging. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 15, 2015
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Hey, I appreciate quirk as much as the next guy, but I'm not sure the untimely, painful demise of a young woman is the most appropriate subject for showcasing a filmmaker's hip worldview. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 8, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) At nearly two hours and half a dozen story lines, Ted 2 is simply too much of a so-so thing ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 1, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) Cinematographer James D. Cooper makes his directorial debut with this entertaining, if incomplete, account of how the six men made it together as far as the creation of the rock opera Tommy before self- destructing. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 24, 2015
91% Love & Mercy (2015) Love & Mercy is that rare biopic that respects both its subject and its audience. It's the most insightful portrait of an artist and his process I've ever seen on screen, a privilege to watch. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 17, 2015
94% Spy (2015) Feig worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat and he's helming the Ghostbusters sheboot. What he hasn't done before is write a screenplay for a major feature. And it shows. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 10, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) With a bench this deep, it's mathematically impossible for the film not to be entertaining - or, at least, weird in an extremely interesting way. As it happens, Aloha is both. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 3, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) In places, the CGI mayhem is snazzy, but mostly the whole business is exhausting. It hardly helps that Robertson comes close to exceeding the perkiness limit even for a Disney product. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 27, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) This is not your father's Mad Max. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 20, 2015
7% Hot Pursuit (2015) I know what you're thinking. Uptight female cop, mismatched female buddy, drug lords, sight gags involving a female law enforcer's underwear - this is kind of like The Heat, right? Wrong. Its creators attempt to commit literary larceny but bungle the job. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 13, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) A primary symbol, the Maloja Snake is a cloud formation that winds through the Alps like a colossal cotton anaconda. There's a reason it's called a natural wonder. It's only natural to wonder what any of this self-indulgent silliness is supposed to mean. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 6, 2015
63% The Water Diviner (2015) I think Crowe wanted to make a film that brought to mind David Lean and John Huston. But, as we all know, they don't make them like they used to. If he accomplishes anything with this movie, it's to remind us that's mainly because they can't. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 29, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) While We're Young isn't Noah Baumbach's greatest film. It's more like a collection of his greatest hits. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 22, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) Pacino dials the hoo-ah down, letting his smile and charisma do the heavy lifting. Naturally, it doesn't hurt that all the feeling and healing are accompanied by a soundtrack of Lennon songs. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 15, 2015
96% '71 (2015) In his harrowing debut, Demange transforms quaint hamlets into nightmare labyrinths and supercharges the suspense with a premise as minimal as it is electrifying-a man running for his life. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 8, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) On paper, Get Hard might have been a prison riot, but on screen, lazy writing turns it into a longer-than-necessary letdown. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 1, 2015
17% The Gunman (2015) Laughably sanctimonious for a Taken retread about a murderer who's too sexy for his shirt. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 26, 2015
60% Run All Night (2015) Neeson and Harris really are quite wonderful actors. They bring a dignity and depth of feeling to their roles even as the filmmakers do everything in their power to turn them into characters in a second-rate Frank Miller comic. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 18, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) Zvyagintsev's brutal, beautiful fourth feature won the best screenplay prize at Cannes and, astoundingly, was selected as Russia's official entry in the foreign-language Oscar race (by whom and has anyone seen him lately?). ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 11, 2015
14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) The film's only shock is that it was helmed by David Gelb, who made the wonderful 2011 doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Raising the question: Now that Gelb's career is officially dead, will he have better luck than Duplass' character in bringing it back to life? ‐ Seven Days
Posted Mar 4, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) A gut-busting glimpse into a future in which only the cars are smart. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 25, 2015
5/5 95% The King's Speech (2010) Here's how you know Colin Firth's performance in this movie is among the year's very finest: He plays a figure born into almost unimaginable wealth, privilege and power and succeeds at making you feel sorry for him.‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 20, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) In a million years, nobody watching The King's Speech could've imagined that one day the Oscar winner would clean house in a house of worship armed with a bulletproof umbrella. But he just did. Somewhere, Tarantino is kicking himself. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 18, 2015
88% Still Alice (2015) A mind is a terrible thing to watch waste away and rarely has the horror of losing one's inner self to Alzheimer's been conveyed as precisely and powerfully as it is here. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Feb 11, 2015