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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Central Intelligence (2016) Who'd ever have guessed? Dwayne Johnson is The Scorpion King of Comedy!‐ Seven Days
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) A great comic mind is a terrible thing to waste.‐ Seven Days
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
67% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
90% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
18% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
64% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
30% Burnt (2015) For all practical purposes, it's Steve Jobs with aprons.‐ Seven Days
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
81% Ant-Man (2015) To say the least, this is a movie with a few bugs in it.‐ Seven Days
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2015