Sarah Ksiazek

Sarah Ksiazek
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
B 78% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The laugh out loud comedic bits are great and are what made the film for me. While this isn't some award-worthy film, it is precisely what Bad Boys for Life promises it to be, a hell of a good time. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
A+ 72% The Gentlemen (2020) All you need to know about The Gentlemen is that it is Guy Ritchie's best film to date, hands down. I set my expectations low for the film and they were blown out of the park within the first 20 minutes. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
C+ 49% Underwater (2020) It is a much better film than as I had pre-judged it, but it still has its flaws and suspensions of disbelief to contend with to make it a stronger film. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
B+ 72% The Aeronauts (2019) he CGI, combined with some real balloon flight footage, makes for a beautiful film that makes the audience feel like they are in that basket with Amelia and James and vivid enough to make us avert our eyes when things go awry. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B 83% Waves (2019) It's a compelling dichotomy, which is shot beautifully, even if it is not conventional. Pair the story with a modern soundtrack and a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and you have something that appeals to the teenagers and the Gen X adults. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
C+ 93% Honey Boy (2019) The film is not for everyone and lacks the excitement or drama that one would expect from a film of this subject. I found myself empathizing with Shia LaBeouf's childhood, but the film still fell flat for me. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 96% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story aims to be a sucker-punch of emotions, but Noah Baumbach has negated that some of the audience has naivety in regards to divorce. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 82% The Report (2019) The surprise of The Report is Annette Bening as longtime Senator Dianne Feinstein. With her perfectly coiffed hair into a signature style, large necklaces, and smart business suits, it was difficult to discern Bening from Feinstein. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Not every "based on a true story" film manages to be worth your time, but Ford v Ferrari certainly is. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B+ 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate is a stellar action film that has just about everything you could want in a Terminator sequel, except the continuation of the future that has been foretold to us by every other Terminator film. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
C- 52% Black and Blue (2019) The audience has to suspend a lot of disbelief to enjoy Black and Blue and go with what the film is trying to sell you because much of it doesn't make any sense. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
A 69% Joker (2019) The crowning achievement of Joker, other than Joaquin Phoenix's acting, is the film's score. Hildur Guðnadóttir composed one of the most iconic scores of the year. It is not an understatement that her score made the film for me. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
C- 84% Ad Astra (2019) There is no joy in watching Roy's emotional journey, and it makes the film's story tedious and boring. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
A- 83% Official Secrets (2019) With a stellar cast, this true story is brought to life and illuminates one of the important whistleblowers of modern times. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Pennywise now carries with him a partially-deflated balloon. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 78% Easy Living (2017) The film is enjoyable, well shot, and has a cast of characters and actors that make it stand out among the many independent films vying for attention at SXSW... - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
B 89% Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro (2015) Tig's comedy is not for everyone, and this film is also not for everyone. It is an interesting entry into the comedians' documentary genre. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
C 53% The Lion King (2019) If people have never heard of or seen the original animated film, they might be awe-struck by this new film, but for those who have seen the original or possibly obsessed over it for many, many years, it is a failure of creativity and an unnecessary film - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
C 83% Midsommar (2019) The difference between Ari Aster's two films is that Midsommar is not scary, not in the slightest. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
A+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It is hypnotic in its style and has highs and lows in its story, allowing its main character to grow and endeavor to become the man he wants to be - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- 74% Papi Chulo (2019) I wanted Papi Chulo to be about a friendship between two men who would ordinarily never meet or speak to each other. While this kind of friendship is what initially transpires between Sean and Ernesto, it is much more about the heartache of Sean. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B 14% The Hustle (2019) While I will not say it is not the best comedy of the year, the comedic prowess of Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway is top notch, and it is a film that both men and women will enjoy. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 81% Little Monsters (2019) Regardless of how childish and stupid the story comes off as, the film exudes many laughs from its audience, including quite a few from myself. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B 27% The Aftermath (2019) The unexpected character development of the three main characters will surprise the audience, and the ending is not going to be popular with many - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
A 60% Them That Follow (2019) There is plenty to love about Them That Follow. The story is original with layers to peel back and examine for each character and it all unfolds being played by a superb cast. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
A+ 95% Running with Beto (2019) He is hitting the ground running, and at the end of the film, the audience feels hopeful about what this man and his family have coming to them in the future. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
C 45% The Kid (2019) What comes from this casting are some questionable scenes where acting was not on par with other performances in the film. Had some other actors been cast, the film could have come off stronger but instead felt stunted and off in several scenes. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
C 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The film serves more like a powerful vehicle to show off Ronan's dramatic talent and Robbie's new-found range than to enlighten anyone about what actually happened to Mary and her relationship with Elizabeth. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
A 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fans of this series know where all these Fantastic Beasts films are heading and this film is an impressive and thrilling stepping stone to that end. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
A 91% Widows (2018) Widows is a whirlwind of character revelations and transformations, and there is a gradual build-up to the climax through unexpected twists and turns. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B 94% Wildlife (2018) Paul Dano has created a compelling examination of the nuclear family in the 1960s and the consequences when it falls apart. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018