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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) [Director Debra] Granik's latest cements her standing as a filmmaker of extraordinary craftsmanship and humanistic vision. She's poet laureate of the dispossessed, an artist capable of seeing both the forest and the trees.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
1.5/5 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Even by Mouse House standards, this is puerile stuff. Plus a waste of serious comic talent.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4.5/5 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Who's out there right now consistently dashing off deeper, darker, more trope-twisting scripts than Taylor Sheridan?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
5/5 94% First Reformed (2018) Given today's comic-book-driven climate, a picture this profound is honestly a little like a miracle.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
5/5 85% American Animals (2018) Not since A Clockwork Orange has the pack mentality of young males been examined this compellingly.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
1/5 59% Hotel Artemis (2018) Jodie Foster's first film in five years also happens to be the lamest she's ever made (yes, I saw The Beaver). An artist as intelligent as she is should have had reservations about Hotel Artemis. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
1.5/5 73% Adrift (2018) The romantic backstory is terminally saccharine, and the flashback-flash-forward scrambling with the source material is likelier to induce viewer seasickness than the giant waves rocking the boat.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/5 33% Loving Pablo (2018) You might not wind up loving Pablo, exactly, but his story's a killer. Even without Pacino.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) The reality, though, is that nothing the least bit subversive is happening here.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Watching a gifted performer run out of gas creatively is never pleasant, but rarely does it make you feel like needles are being jammed into your eyes.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
1/5 52% Bad Samaritan (2018) Bad Samaritan proves bad news both for viewers and its once-mighty director.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
.5/5 77% Gemini (2018) It's the cinematic equivalent of a selfie.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
32% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's been downhill since Trainwreck, a film the star wrote herself. If her latest has anything to say, it's that it's time to remind fans what made her so appealing in the first place. Everything she needs to turn things around is inside Amy Schumer. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) It's difficult to fathom how creature feature crap like this winds up at the top of the box office. The same way, I suppose, that someone like Donald Trump winds up in the nation's top office. The American people get the monsters they deserve.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It's a clever premise brilliantly realized, and never less than a big-screen blast.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) As I say, the movie has its moments. Just way fewer than expected and than many reviewers have promised.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) The movie is great. And, if it helps people put themselves in the pumps of the Marinas out there, how could that be anything but fantastic?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
5/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) ... it's such a well-made, fantastically acted work that its last-minute prestige-season spin-out is dumbfounding.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
.5/5 38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Written by Mark Dujsik, the critique is so incredibly, obsessively dense with references to technique that it makes almost no sense at all.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is many things. Regrettably, a good movie isn't one of them.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4.5/5 83% Game Night (2018) ... Game Night is a gloriously preposterous comedy/thriller hybrid that pays homage to the oeuvre of David Fincher - a delightfully preposterous thing for an absurdist comedy to do.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
5/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) ... 140 minutes have rarely added up to this much insanely wacked-out fun.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4/5 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Like all art that employs negative space, The 15:17 to Paris is really about what the audience doesn't see: in this case, the unthinkable horror El-Khazzani would have unleashed if a handful of ordinary people hadn't done what they did.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
4.5/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Despite the occasional Old Vic melodrama, Oldman lends it all an irresistible credibility.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
93% Icarus (2017) U.S. intelligence concluded Russia hacked the election in retaliation for our part in the unveiling of its doping program. In other words, because of what's revealed in this film. The Russia investigation, as it turns out, is playing on Netflix right now.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) Cooper's based most of his scripts on perceptive best-selling books. In this case, he reworked an unfinished manuscript by Donald E. Stewart. So what we have is a film about the barbaric birth of a nation from the guy who gave us The Hunt for Red October.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The film's last-minute twist is strictly spoiler territory, so all I'll say is that Call Me by Your Name is that rare achievement: a great film that only gets greater as it unfolds.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
87% The Post (2018) Spielberg's rush job about the role of journalism is diminished by dot connecting, historical liberty-taking and a cloying sense of self-congratulation. Instead of an incisive comment on our strange American moment, The Post is, in the end, old news.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
51% Downsizing (2017) Payne's latest is big on laughs early on as its premise is established. Over the course of 135 minutes, however, the filmmaker widens his thematic net with diminishing returns.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
.5/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel is the auteur's 49th feature and his most ill advised promotionally, artistically or by any measure.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
.5/5 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) ... the picture ranks among the year's most confounding and flawed.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Rarely does a film defy both expectation and convention to such powerful, borderline-poetic effect.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
1/5 85% Wonder (2017) Watching Wonder, I felt as though someone had set off a sap bomb.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
5/5 98% Jane (2017) Now, having seen it three times, I can't imagine Jane not being the year's finest nonfiction feature.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
88% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Repeated viewing tends to suggest some validity to Barbara Harrison's 1980 assessment that Didion's "subject is always herself" and her writing "sounds good" but "doesn't signify."‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/5 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) The movie's sole distinction is the light it shines on the moral hypocrisy of a military that claims to leave no soldier behind yet does the minimum to make its returning soldiers whole again.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Without a minute to spare, the movie's creators tailor-made Stanton the role of a lifetime. We who get to witness his final lead performance are the ones who should count ourselves lucky.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
5/5 84% The Square (2017) What other filmmaker could get away with giving Moss' character a chimpanzee for a flatmate and never commenting on it?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
5/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) This is an exceptional film, insightfully conceived and built on a beautifully written script by British Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/5 86% American Made (2017) American Made is an undeniably good time. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
14% Friend Request (2017) This is a film in which a goth from beyond the grave exacts revenge for being unfriended by-are you sitting down?-making her victim less popular on Facebook. The horror!‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
1.5/5 34% American Assassin (2017) More than anything, though, the movie is just stupid. Which is sad, since it was directed by Michael Cuesta.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
1.5/5 85% It (2017) Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mamá), It is less a remake than a recycling.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
5/5 81% The Trip to Spain (2017) At this point, these guys feel almost like family - extraordinarily talented, erudite and funny family. I can't wait to spend time with them again.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
5/5 87% Wind River (2017) Wind River fires on all cylinders. Spare, knowing and powerful, Sheridan's dialogue is worth the price of admission.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
.5/5 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) I'm genuinely impressed that a director as inexperienced and evidently talent-free as Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) was capable of doing so much jaw-droppingly wrong.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
50% The Glass Castle (2017) Another of those tiresome movies about colorful antiestablishment parents who raise their offspring to question society's rules while practically ruining their lives in the process. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) At a time when tensions between the black community and police have been strained nearly to the breaking point, Detroit appears designed to accomplish little besides fanning the flames.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) The picture rocks and rolls, razzles and dazzles.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk makes a fairly standard "war is hell" statement. It just appears to say more because Nolan went all William S. Burroughs and played cut-up with his script.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017