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      The Movie Sleuth is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michelle Kisner, Nate Adams.

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      Twisted Nerve (1968) Michelle Kisner Roy Boulting's film, at its heart, ultimately feels sorry for the protagonist.
      Posted Jul 31, 2023
      Talk to Me (2023) Michelle Kisner Potent and evocative meditation on grief and addiction.
      Posted Jul 31, 2023
      (undefined) Michelle Kisner Hell's Coming For You is an amusing low-budget exploitation piece with a creative concept.
      Posted Jun 26, 2023
      Shin Kamen Rider (2023) Michelle Kisner Fans will likely get more out of it, and it's an enjoyable modern interpretation of the story, even with the technical problems with the script and pacing.
      Posted Jun 26, 2023
      The Night of the Hunter (1955) Michelle Kisner A redemption for those poor souls who didn't escape in the real world but found solace in this story.
      Posted Jun 26, 2023
      Asteroid City (2023) Michelle Kisner Asteroid City is Anderson's most impenetrable work, with many aspects that seem like they will only have meaning to Anderson himself.
      Posted Jun 26, 2023
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) Michelle Kisner Although there are a few touching moments, for the most part, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 is a convoluted work trying to juggle too many plotlines.
      Posted May 04, 2023
      Beau Is Afraid (2023) Michelle Kisner Beau is Afraid is a distinctive art piece full of idiosyncrasies and asides--it will not appeal to everyone, but those who resonate with it will find it endlessly fascinating.
      Posted Apr 19, 2023
      Smoking Causes Coughing (2022) Michelle Kisner Smoking Causes Coughing has contemplative energy, ironically like the feeling one gets from having a smoke alone outside on a quiet night.
      Posted Apr 12, 2023
      Enys Men (2022) Michelle Kisner A monument to death, where The Volunteer languishes in her grief.
      Posted Apr 12, 2023
      The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) Michelle Kisner Captures the fun and whimsy that Nintendo is known for.
      Posted Apr 12, 2023
      Electric Dragon 80,000 V (2001) Michelle Kisner Electric Dragon 80000 V is a punk rock shock to the brain!
      Posted Mar 18, 2023
      Unicorn Wars (2022) Michelle Kisner Unicorn Wars is like Care Bears meets Full Metal Jacket.
      Posted Mar 18, 2023
      964 Pinocchio (Screams of Blasphemy) (1992) Michelle Kisner A surreal metamorphosis.
      Posted Mar 13, 2023
      Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) Michelle Kisner Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse is one of the genre's most provocative, impactful, and poignant entries.
      Posted Mar 13, 2023
      The Son of the Stars (1985) Michelle Kisner The Son of the Stars is a mesmerizing and entertaining animated film that reaches for the stars and achieves greatness.
      Posted Feb 27, 2023
      Knock at the Cabin (2023) Michelle Kisner Knock at the Cabin is a compelling and earnest film about those who stand in the face of destruction and make sacrifices to save us all.
      Posted Feb 02, 2023
      Infinity Pool (2023) Michelle Kisner Infinity Pool is punctuated with kaleidoscopic surreal sequences with neon colors and nightmarish imagery.
      Posted Jan 28, 2023
      Lieutenant Jangles (2018) Michelle Kisner Lieutenant Jangles is a send-up of both '80s action movies and a biting satire of cop culture.
      Posted Jan 13, 2023
      Shin Ultraman (2022) Michelle Kisner Shin Ultraman is a love letter to the show, simultaneously embracing the goofier aspects and adding gravitas where needed.
      Posted Jan 13, 2023
      Fire of Love (2022) Michelle Kisner Fire of Love is presented in such a way that it feels like an homage to French New Wave films both in its looser structure and in its editing choices.
      Posted Dec 23, 2022
      White Noise (2022) Michelle Kisner Despite fleeting moments of cleverness and poignancy, the script is too haphazard and chaotic to ground the viewer into the narrative.
      Posted Dec 23, 2022
      Babylon (2022) Michelle Kisner Damien Chazelle's Babylon is a train wreck, an ambitious and self-indulgent spectacular, that doesn't even try to corral all its disparate elements together into anything coherent.
      Posted Dec 23, 2022
      The Whale (2022) Michelle Kisner Brenden Fraser is outstanding in this role, relatable, occasionally funny, and with an endless supply of optimism that is heartbreaking.
      Posted Dec 23, 2022
      Holy Spider (2022) Michelle Kisner Graphic and disturbing, but it doesn't feel exploitative.
      Posted Nov 11, 2022
      Terrifier 2 (2022) Michelle Kisner The sheer ambition and passion for the material shines through.
      Posted Oct 26, 2022
      Triangle of Sadness (2022) Michelle Kisner Triangle of Sadness is ultimately a cautionary tale where the moral of the story is that power corrupts.
      Posted Oct 26, 2022
      Hellraiser (2022) Michelle Kisner Hellraiser is missing some of the grimy and perverted soul that makes the series resonate with so many horror aficionados.
      Posted Oct 11, 2022
      Mad God (2021) Michelle Kisner Mad God isn't a feel-good movie, but it is a masterwork of mood and vision that cannot be missed.
      Posted Sep 22, 2022
      The Funeral (1984) Michelle Kisner The Funeral addresses the generational divide between old traditions and the duality of the younger cosmopolitan members who try to uphold them with their own spin on it.
      Posted Sep 22, 2022
      The Skip Tracer (1977) Michelle Kisner Skip Tracer is a tale of achieving class consciousness and embracing empathy for the common man, and the destruction that capitalism can wreak on people who are just trying to eke out an existence.
      Posted Sep 22, 2022
      Pearl (2022) Michelle Kisner Pearl is a surprisingly self-contained film, it can be enjoyed in a vacuum, but it works even better as a companion piece to X.
      Posted Sep 16, 2022
      Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022) Michelle Kisner George Miller has crafted an enthralling collection of tales and a poignant love story.
      Posted Sep 16, 2022
      Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Michelle Kisner Even with the clunky first act, Multiverse of Madness has a lot to offer and the hard lean into the macabre is an intriguing and welcome choice.
      Posted May 16, 2022
      The Sadness (2021) Michelle Kisner A lean and mean pandemic-era horror film.
      Posted May 16, 2022
      Men (2022) Michelle Kisner Men is a haunting and challenging piece of work.
      Posted May 16, 2022
      Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) Michelle Kisner Disarms the audience with zany humor, then hits them with philosophy about the human condition.
      Posted Apr 11, 2022
      The Northman (2022) Michelle Kisner Uncompromisingly grim and savage.
      Posted Apr 11, 2022
      Tokyo Decadence (1992) Michelle Kisner Tokyo Decadence is more in the arthouse realm than pure pornography.
      Posted Apr 01, 2022
      Hiruko the Goblin (1991) Michelle Kisner While Hiruko seems like a departure from Tsukamoto's intense metal infused body horror, it is fascinating to see him make something a little more lowkey, comparatively, and explore a different, more tender side of his artistic expression.
      Posted Apr 01, 2022
      X (2022) Michelle Kisner A film that unabashedly combines fairly explicit sex scenes with an ultra gory slasher, and explores the relationship between sex and death.
      Posted Apr 01, 2022
      The Batman (2022) Michelle Kisner The Batman is a gritty stylized police procedural that suffers from some pacing issues, but offers a fresh standalone take on the Batman mythos.
      Posted Feb 28, 2022
      The Matrix Resurrections (2021) Michelle Kisner A flawed yet bold middle finger directed square in the face of the film industry.
      Posted Dec 21, 2021
      Red Rocket (2021) Michelle Kisner Simon Rex puts in an excellent performance in Sean Baker's new dark comedy.
      Posted Dec 21, 2021
      Nightmare Alley (2021) Michelle Kisner Nightmare Alley might be frustrating for folks looking for a more action-packed thrill ride, but those with a good bit of patience will be richly rewarded with a finely crafted noir drama.
      Posted Dec 09, 2021
      Memoria (2021) Michelle Kisner Memoria is a haunting meditation on preserving memories and experiences for future generations and how important sound is to the human experience.
      Posted Dec 08, 2021
      Benedetta (2021) Michelle Kisner Incredibly entertaining and sleaze factor gives the film a subversive edge over similar films of its ilk.
      Posted Dec 08, 2021
      Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) Michelle Kisner Ghostbusters: Afterlife is completely sincere without a drop of ironic detachment and it's all the better for it
      Posted Nov 19, 2021
      The Spine of Night (2021) Michelle Kisner The Spine of Night manages to occupy its own territory, incorporating a good dose of cosmic horror and even some moments of pathos in between splashes of violence and death.
      Posted Nov 04, 2021
      Eternals (2021) Michelle Kisner Eternals is an unfocused mess of a story that features a wonderfully diverse cast that has no chemistry.
      Posted Nov 04, 2021
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