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
4/10 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is jumbled nonsense that palely reminds us of what barely made the first film work. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
8/10 () Jonathan W. Hickman A must for collectors, this documentary feature from director David A. Weiner (his first film) is nothing short of epic. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/10 Gemini Man (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Poorly written and conceived, Ang Lee is a filmmaker with all the toys but nowhere to show off all his great technical expertise. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
7/10 First Love (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman After setting up the players and introducing the two young leads to one another in Miike's violent version of "meet-cute," the film ratchets up the action and the pace is dizzying. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
6/10 Joker (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman ...the problem with "Joker" is the lack of a proper foil. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
8/10 Ms. Purple (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman It's a film that should be absorbed and celebrated, giving many of us a peek into a world of which we might be unfamiliar, but exposing the similarities that bind us together as human beings. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
8/10 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Jonathan W. Hickman ...a gritty and creepy unique look at the collateral damage of the drug trade. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
6/10 Abominable (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman With top tier animation and a lively kid-friendly story, "Abominable" cruises comfortably, while also failing to capitalize on it's most interesting components. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
7/10 Official Secrets (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman A frightening, real-world thriller, director Gavin Hood, who last gave us 2015's excellent "Eye in the Sky," has a good feel for the material. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
7/10 Hustlers (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Surprisingly, after the glitz and sexy dances die-down, there's something meaningful remaining. Lopez has never been better. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
6/10 Human Capital (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Well-shot and acted, "Human Capital" is small project that benefits greatly from its deep ensemble cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/10 The Goldfinch (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman All you need to know about "The Goldfinch" movie is that the "kiss" gets a laugh. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
7/10 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman ...the film will charm viewers. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
5/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman This movie might make some bucks, but it does not continue the former film's watershed moment. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
6/10 The Riot Act (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Parks succeeds in delivering a period mystery that feels authentically of the time. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
8/10 Love, Antosha (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman ...through immersing the viewer in the young actor's words, Anton Yelchin kept a journal, it's utterly inspiring. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
7/10 Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman ...one of the oddest and most unique documentaries I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
9/10 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman ...easily one of the most-rewarding viewing experiences you are likely to have at the theater this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
9/10 The Nightingale (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman ...never lets you forget the real horror of that time, that place, and what it meant to be considered a lesser sort of being, wrongfully based upon one's gender, nationality, or race. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
7/10 Luce (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Fine performances and provocative questions highlight simmering suburban thriller. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
6/10 Good Boys (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Cringe-worthy comedy will make parents squirm. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
7/10 Brian Banks (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman ...it moved me, and that's because it really happened. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
6/10 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Occupies the no-man's land between "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" and the recent "Annabelle" sequel. It's an exercise in middle-school horror best suited for the small screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6/10 The Mountain (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman Bizarre and haunting, this lobotomy drama will leave you hollow. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8/10 Luz (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman "Luz" is a success in elegant perplexity. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
8/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman This Statham and Johnson show is a ludicrous, comedic actioner, and I want more. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
8/10 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman While "The Art of Self-Defense" is not for everyone, fans of "Fight Club" will be enthused, and folks looking for something odd but still coherent will be beguiled. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
5/10 The Lion King (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Call it Disney Nature becomes Disney Narrative, as "African Cats" morph convincingly into "The Lion King." But the more and more real things look, the more my mind kept thinking about the real circle of life. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
7/10 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman A revealing look at transgender issues facing families today, "The Garden Left Behind" is another film that helps us understand. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
6/10 () Jonathan W. Hickman It's almost like "Crank" but at a much lower voltage. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
6/10 Stuber (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman ...leaves us wanting to see both actors in vehicles with a lot more horsepower. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
9/10 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman An impactful mystery, filmmaker Pamela B. Green's debut is a gift to film historians and an educational treat for anyone interested in how the art form was born. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
8/10 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman This incredibly detailed and informative documentary about one of America's finest writers will make you want to pick up several of Morrison's novels. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
7/10 Midsommar (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman It's a film that amounts to a group therapy session for many viewers, including me. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
7/10 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Bursting with youthful exuberance and hipster flare, "Far From Home" is wondrous entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
7/10 Ophelia (2018) Jonathan W. Hickman ...for the target audience, pre-teen and teenage girls, this tragic romance starring "Star Wars" heroine Daisy Ridley, plays big, inevitably leading to girl-power fist pumps and even a few salty tears. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
7/10 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman "Annabelle Comes Home" is an expertly crafted jump fest. The scares come quick and extend over the film's refreshingly brief running time. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
7/10 Murder Made Easy (2019) 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