The Movie Sleuth

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
Rating Title/Year Author
Joint Security Area (2000) Michelle Kisner Joint Security Area gets less attention than Park's other more bombastic films, but its quiet contemplative core cements it as one of his most emotional works. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Nobody (2021) Michelle Kisner Despite the unoriginal premise, Nobody is a briskly directed action film that's worth a watch just for Odenkirk's performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Coming 2 America (2021) Michelle Kisner Coming 2 America is mediocre rehash that only makes one wish they were watching the original film instead. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Versus (2000) Michelle Kisner Though the limited budget rears its head at times, particularly in the video quality of some sequences, the fight choreography and editing are outstanding, and propel the action scenes into a kinetic frenzy of blood and guts. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Saint Maud (2019) Michelle Kisner Morfydd Clark puts in striking performance, oscillating between a demure pious woman and a deeply disturbed misanthrope who thinks she hears the voice of God. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Minari (2020) Michelle Kisner The story of a family who grows together despite the odds, not unlike the minari Soon-Ja plants along the river shore. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Soul (2020) Michelle Kisner Soul has a high concept premise and some truly gorgeous depictions of the afterlife and spirituality. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Michelle Kisner Psycho Goreman is a wacky, blood-filled '90s fever dream that will appease horror fans looking for something different. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Freaky (2020) Michelle Kisner Despite the fun premise, Freaky is insipid and forgettable. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Michelle Kisner Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is one of the rare after-the-fact sequels that works and manages to not tread the same ground as the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
5/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Michelle Kisner One of the most haunting and compelling techo-horror films ever made. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Michelle Kisner A psychological horror piece, about a man so filled with self-loathing that even in his imagination he cannot manage to conjure up a healthy relationship. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Michelle Kisner Although it is rough around the edges, Spike Lee's passion and intent shines through in Da 5 Bloods, and it is a powerful statement about both the love and hate that undying loyalty can bring. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Michelle Kisner An extremely intriguing genre film with some truly chilling moments and a kaleidoscopic explosion of pure madness. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Michelle Kisner Uncut Gems should be lauded for its commitment to embracing nihilism and chaos. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Purgatory Road (2017) Michelle Kisner Purgatory Road will certainly appeal to indie horror fans, especially those with a strong stomach. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) Michelle Kisner Those looking for something grim and nihilistic from Ishiro Honda will be intrigued by Matango. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
Parasite (2019) Michelle Kisner Timely in its class divide critique, Parasite balances dark satire with heartwarming family dynamics. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Michelle Kisner Those who are looking for some cinematic craziness and ambitiousness will most likely love The Lighthouse. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
Joker (2019) Michelle Kisner Joker is an ambitious film, and though it just can't quite match the performances with technical prowess, it makes up for it with a compelling character study and some lofty themes. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Michelle Kisner This film has a lot of pacing issues and struggles to find a consistent tone. However, it still nails a lot of the elements that makes Stephen King's work memorable. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Michelle Kisner The Nightingale comes highly recommended for those with a strong enough constitution to make it through the harrowing first act and to experience the revenge tale that comes afterward. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 Midsommar (2019) Michelle Kisner Midsommar is a mind-blowing trip into complete lunacy that hides a positive message about empathy and self-actualization. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Michelle Kisner While there are exciting moments to be had, the underwritten human characters and murky fight scenes add up to an underwhelming experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Us (2019) Michelle Kisner Us is an ambitious and surprisingly hilarious horror film with social commentary hiding just beneath the surface. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Michelle Kisner Alita: Battle Angel manages to capture the emotional theme of the manga it's based on while still offering up enough action to entertain the casual fan who isn't familiar with the material. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
FP2: Beats of Rage (2018) Michelle Kisner Fans of the first film will definitely have a blast seeing their favorite characters again. Get you some booze, a bunch of your friends, and head on down to Frazier Park! EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Michelle Kisner As mixed quality as this movie is, I still respect that it tries to do something different with comic book mythology, and even with its flaws it is still worth watching--just to see M. Night finish his 19-year-long journey with these characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 Bumblebee (2018) Michelle Kisner Although Bumblebee isn't perfect and suffers from some of the side effects of being a blockbuster film it has more heart than any of the previous entries. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 Border (2018) Michelle Kisner Border is a whimsical and dark fairy tale for adults that tackles uncomfortable material in a fascinating way. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
The History of Future Folk (2012) Michelle Kisner It's quite a low budget film but they make everything work somehow. It does help if you appreciate B movies or 1960's style Martian films. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Michelle Kisner The House That Jack Built is messy and imperfect at times and breathtaking and gorgeous at others. If that isn't an accurate representation of what it is to be a human, I don't know what is. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 Candyman (1992) Michelle Kisner Candyman stands up to the test of time and it feels even more prescient today. It had the guts the explore race relations within the context of horror without resorting to stereotypes or moralizing while still remaining scary and engaging. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/10 Blood Widow (2014) Michelle Kisner The killer reveal can be seen from space and the characters are so underdeveloped and idiotic that you end up rooting for the killer to take them out. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/10 Pixels (2015) Michelle Kisner I beg of you, please don't waste your time or money on this drivel. Instead, take the ten bucks you would have spent, get it changed into quarters and go to your local arcade and play the classic arcade games. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
8/10 The Gift (2015) Michelle Kisner The Gift is a sleeper film that will most likely fly under the radar for a lot of moviegoers, but it is well worth the time to give it a watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 Green Inferno (1987) Michelle Kisner Overall, this film is a wasted opportunity but still worth a look by horror movie fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
9/10 Room (2015) Michelle Kisner With Room [Lenny Abrahamson] has succeeded yet again in making truly moving cinema that is bursting with love and the triumph of the human spirit. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/10 The Laughing Mask (2014) Michelle Kisner The Laughing Mask sits in that odd purgatory that is for films that are horrible but not bad enough to fall into the "so bad it's good" category. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
6/10 Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) Michelle Kisner At any rate, Hell Comes to Frogtown is a decent flick, warts and all. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
8/10 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Michelle Kisner Overall, Civil War is the most adult and realized film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it comes highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 Bite (2015) Michelle Kisner This film is a whole lot of wasted potential because with just a little more polish on the story and acting it could have been incredibly subversive and frightening. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
6/10 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Michelle Kisner For such an iconic villain to be neutered down is disappointing. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
9/10 Swiss Army Man (2016) Michelle Kisner For a film this wacky to work it has to establish rules in its universe and stick to them which the two directors accomplish masterfully. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/10 Ghostbusters (2016) Michelle Kisner From top to bottom this movie fails both as a remake and as a stand alone film. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
8/10 Sausage Party (2016) Michelle Kisner Its foul and raunchy, pearl-clutching humor slaps you in the face every single second of the movie, and while some of it is silly (even stupid) for the most part the jokes stick the landing. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 Don't Breathe (2016) Michelle Kisner While this movie isn't a complete failure, on the whole it's just average with a few interesting spots. For a genre film it isn't unwatchable, but it is ultimately forgettable. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
5/10 31 (2016) Michelle Kisner Fans of Zombie's work might find some things to love about 31, but it feels like he was kinda phoning it on on this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
8/10 The Little Prince (2015) Michelle Kisner Even if you don't enjoy CGI, this film is worth the watch just to see the beautifully animated stop-motion segments and is a great way to introduce fresh minds to the story of The Little Prince. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
9/10 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Michelle Kisner Kubo and the Two Strings avoids the generic Disney idea of good and evil by showing some empathy and compassion for the main villain--this is extremely rare. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018