Daily Film Fix

Daily Film Fix is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jonathan W. Hickman
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 () Jonathan W. Hickman David Palamaro's micro-budgeted murder mystery is a delightful meal. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
7/10 5B (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman "5B" is a necessary film, even if you thought you were infinitely familiar with the mistakes of the past. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
7/10 American Woman (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Jake Scott captures the adult maturation process, warts and all, with little pretense. And Miller is excellent as she navigates her character's changes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
7/10 Toy Story 4 (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman The best comedy of the summer is a Pixar sequel. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
7/10 Men in Black: International (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Light, family friendly-entertainment. For those viewers still reeling and wiping away tears from their "Endgame" experience, here's a movie with the aim to merely make you smile." EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 Holy Lands (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman A winning seriocomic pairing of James Caan and Tom Hollander lifts Amanda Sthers' ambitious narrative. Read the DFF review of "Holy Lands." EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
6/10 All Is True (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Kenneth Branagh plays William Shakespeare in dullish but, still, interesting fashion. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
8/10 Starfish (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman A. T. White's fascinating debut feature isn't exactly hard science fiction, but there's certainly a logic to it. "Starfish" is one strange retro ride. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
6/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman As it should be, the best thing about "King of the Monsters" is the monsters. The human story is weak and distracting. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/10 Brightburn (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Gratuitously violent and unpleasant, shock value alone fails to carry this horror hybrid. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
7/10 Double Lives (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Olivier Assayas' fascinating gabfest proves to be enchanting. Non-Fiction is about showing characters mature even when they all grown up. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
6/10 Funny Story (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Matthew Glave shines in Michael J. Gallagher's uneven, but entertaining, dramedy. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
6/10 The White Crow (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Ralph Fiennes' uneven dance biopic captures the intimate Cold War frustrations that linger. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
6/10 Aladdin (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman A wacky Will Smith and winning musical numbers keep this remake flying. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
8/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Grotesque and sometimes beautiful, an exquisitely crafted series of impossible action sequences make "Chapter 3" necessary viewing. And the expansion of the Wick mythology hints at something even bigger on the horizon. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
8/10 Hail Satan? (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Satan is used as a rallying call for counter culture resistance in Penny Lane's insightful documentary. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5/10 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman An incomprehensible story and a combination of blurry, often dizzying special effects make this video game adaptation for die-hard fans only. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
7/10 Red Joan (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman I suspect that viewers on both sides of the political spectrum will be made uneasy by the film's perspective. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
7/10 Long Shot (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman In the mold of the screwball comedy (think a much more raunchy version of 1938's "Bringing Up Baby"), "Long Shot" is a wacky, romantic romp. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
8/10 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman It's a confoundedly interesting viewing experience-one to be revisited. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/10 Family (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Laura Steinel's directorial debut has its moments, but there just aren't enough of them. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
7/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman There's more high drama at work in this team-up feature than anything in the series. But the soft and tender moments work best. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
8/10 Fast Color (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman "Fast Color" will hit you as the big moments bring weight to its emotional conclusion. I was moved, and I saw the colors EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
7/10 Little Woods (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman There is an earthy authenticity to the world explored in "Little Woods" that captures the mundane, but undeniably real, moments in down-and-out Americans' lives. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
8/10 Mine 9 (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman ...here's a film about something real, not a horror picture about a group of shapely cavers who descend into the earth and get trapped with monsters chasing them. The monsters in the effective, streamlined thriller "Mine 9" are all around us. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
9/10 Guava Island (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Donald Glover and his collaborator/director Hiro Murai deliver a fusion of music and film worthy of repeat viewing to consider its thematic place in our time of confusion and polarization. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
1/10 Hellboy (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Marked by an incoherent story, a poor and bonkers collection of creatures, and a slew of f-bombs, director Neil Marshall manages to destroy the character in a way that's rarely been captured on celluloid. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
5/10 Little (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Taking advantage of the collective goodwill generated by the films of the past, namely "Big," the sporadically funny "Little" fails to find the magic that made us think introspectively about what happens when innocence is lost. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/10 Pet Sematary (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Aside from as few effective jump scares and some interesting scenes involving the place beyond the pet graveyard, the new additions don't make the story more intense or frightening. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 Shazam! (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman "Shazam!" is goofy but good. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
7/10 Giant Little Ones (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Perhaps taking a page from the Gregg Araki playbook (see "Mysterious Skin" and "Kaboom"), issues of gender fluidity and sexual preference are introduced without compromise. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
7/10 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Filled with references to fiber, routers, drill bits, and data in milliseconds, "The Hummingbird Project" is a nerdy, but engrossing, film. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
7/10 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman It's a grueling endurance test for the audience, but gives viewers an intimate look at what it was like to live and die within the blood-soaked walls of a palace where violence was ordinarily not present. I came away thinking: It could happen here. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
5/10 Dumbo (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Burton's bland handling of the material marks a new low for the director, who has always managed to bring a sense of wonder to anything he touches. Sadly, "Dumbo (2019)" is not magical. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
8/10 Woman at War (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman This tale of an unassuming environmental terrorist might warm even the hardened capitalist's soul. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
8/10 Us (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Unconventional and mysterious, "Us" takes viewers on a bloody and murderous ride through the eyes of the survivors. And Peele smartly makes us survivors all, condemning us, like the WIlsons, to grapple with all the nagging questions. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
6/10 Yardie (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman A revenge tale at its core, "Yardie" is a film in a hurry to end. But early moments in Kingston show intense actor turned director Elba's potential behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/10 Climax (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman "Climax" is a nasty display of psychedelic body horror that adds up to very little. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
6/10 Flitzer (2017) Jonathan W. Hickman "Streaker" is disarming entertainment with a winning performance by Schlatter as a widower teacher, who discovers that taking it all off exposes more than just what's underneath your clothes. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
6/10 The Things We've Seen (2017) Jonathan W. Hickman "The Things We've Seen," which had to have been made on a budget less than the craft services line item on an average Hollywood film, is an undeniable celebration of the independent spirit. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
6/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman It's meant to show the lighter, more family-friendly side of the MCU, and to that extent, younger viewers should be pleased. But there are no lump-in-your throat moments in "Captain Marvel." EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
7/10 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Debut director Ejiofor gives us a unique perspective. Reminiscent of Oscar winner "Tsotsi," or the gut-wrenching, perfect film "Moolaadé," this is a story that should be explored. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/10 Greta (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman "Greta" is mysterious to an unsatisfying fault. It's the kind of ambiguous horror film that might be appealing to that narrow group of viewers who don't like horror movies but want to see one anyway. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
6/10 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Even though the bulk of "Hidden World" wallows in tiresome slapstick battle sequences, thankfully, there's just enough of the old meaningful sentiment to warm our hearts. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
7/10 Hummus! The Movie (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman It's a spirited film, filled with nice moments of insight into matters of the stomach. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
5/10 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman "HDD2U" is a collection of scenes, some fun, others leaden, with nothing to mesh them together and no one character, not even Tree, that you can trust and embrace. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
7/10 Untogether (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Thoughtful and introspective, "Untogether" is a solid directing start for writer Emma Forrest, who should continue the cathartic exploration of the world that she knows intimately. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
8/10 Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Jonathan W. Hickman Well-made and insightful documentary grapples with solving an emerging environmental threat. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/10 What Men Want (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman The surface approach to everything in the film makes it impossible to generate any measure of pathos. This leaves just the gags that come and go with intermittent giggles. The mega-talented Henson deserves a better starring vehicle. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
9/10 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Jackson's efforts provide a new perspective on the battlefield experience. It's a humbling, significant achievement, one that may frustrate some viewers and enchant others. Regardless, the emotional impact is undeniable. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019