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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 25% 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 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Despite the occasional Old Vic melodrama, Oldman lends it all an irresistible credibility.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
92% 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 96% 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
88% 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 31% 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 51% 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 93% 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 99% 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
91% 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 81% 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 86% 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
15% 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 82% 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 40% 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
84% 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
98% The Big Sick (2017) The year's best comedy, an Annie Hall for the age of ISIS. ‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 78% The Hero (2017) Rarely has a mainstream film taken as unflinching a look at aging and illness without losing its sense of humor.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
18% The House (2017) Will Ferrell will turn 50 in a week or so. How sad for him-and his fans-that Cohen's birthday gift is the biggest flop of the comedy legend's career.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
***** 85% Okja (2017) Another month, another $50 million TV tentpole from Netflix. And what a fabulous, fun, thoroughly first rate tentpole. How does a director follow Snowpiercer? Precisely like this.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
0/5 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) Any incremental gains civilization may have made have been wiped out, obliterated without a trace by the fact of this film's existence. It's an affront. An atrocity.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
5/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night may well be the most minimalist horror movie ever made... an exceptionally tight, sly and, yes, heavy exercise in psychological suspense.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
4/5 100% BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2017) The filmmakers do a highly entertaining and engaging job of introducing the world to a musical pioneer whose work it already knows by heart.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
51% War Machine (2017) One of the craziest things you'll see on a screen-any kind of screen-this year. War Machine has its flaws but, long before the closing credits roll, you're likely to surrender to its bizarre charms.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
82% Risk (2017) This may be Poitras' Nate Parker moment. The most recent edit of Risk is a muddled, psychodramatic mess shaped by a thirst for retribution. Now playing: the unkindest cut of all.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) A big-screen blast. When was the last time a movie with a giant city-crunching reptile blew your mind while touching your heart?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
4/5 46% The Dinner (2017) One hopes those with a taste for smartly written, superbly acted movies about things that matter in the real world will sample The Dinner.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1.5/5 16% The Circle (2017) This dud is such a yawn, not even Big Brother is watching.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
0.5/5 68% Free Fire (2017) Without dialogue that dazzles in juxtaposition to the low-life milieu, what's the function of a film like this? Wheatley, it's clear, hasn't a clue. His experiment misfires, and what's truly minimal is any chance that you'll feel differently.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3.5/5 30% Sandy Wexler (2017) Some of the things I dug most were the weird, playful touches that Sandler plays down here -- for example, his character's bedtime ritual of apologizing to clothes he hasn't worn in a while. Brilliant.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
1.5/5 49% Going in Style (2017) Going in Style is that most irksome, instantly forgettable of films -- a remake that fails to make the case for not leaving well enough alone. It also fails to offer its cast material worthy of its talent.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
5/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) If I could grant Maren Ade's third feature the rating it deserves, its title would be followed not by five stars but by a constellation. The Academy blew it. Toni Erdmann is by far the finest foreign language film of the past year.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/5 83% Julieta (2016) Julieta has been called a departure for the filmmaker... It certainly is, if by "departure" we mean a really dull and convoluted movie as opposed to a good one.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
5/5 67% Life (2017) The final act ranks with movie history's most mind-blowing. Don't let anyone ruin it for you. Just make it your mission not to miss this instant creature-feature classic.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
5/5 94% Neruda (2016) Equal parts detective story, political thriller, chase movie, black comedy and head trip, Larraín's film is unequaled in its breadth and intellectual boldness.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The Salesman is a serviceable work, but take away the brouhaha. and I seriously doubt anywhere near as much attention would be paid.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
5/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle more than merits that most overused of descriptors: It's enthrallingly, impressively and mind-blowingly one of a kind.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/5 36% The Great Wall (2017) Ultimately, a handful of eye-popping Yimou flourishes can't compensate for filmmaking so line-toeing and occasionally cartoonish that it makes the idea of a wall between Hollywood and Chinese interests actually sound kinda great.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017