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
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 (1987) 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
4/10 Dead West (2016) Michelle Kisner Although it is competently made, it's too unfocused and boring which is one of the worst sins a horror/thriller film can commit. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 Overlord (2018) Michelle Kisner While both zombie movies and WWII period films are overdone, Overlord still manages to have some fun left in it even though it doesn't attempt to subvert any of the tropes inherent in either one of those genres. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
7/10 Shin Godzilla (2016) Michelle Kisner Overall, this is a great update to the franchise and I cannot wait to see where they go next with it. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 Jackie (2016) Michelle Kisner This film paints a complex picture of a woman who lost her tether to the world and gained her power back by creating a legend. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 Ghost in the Shell (1996) Michelle Kisner Ghost in the Shell is a masterpiece of transhumanism-themed science fiction and should be on the list of anyone who enjoys complex narratives as well as incredible action. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
7/10 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Michelle Kisner While it doesn't have that same magic as the original it does make an admirable effort to keep the true spirit of the source material. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 Raw (2016) Michelle Kisner Director Julia Ducournau deftly weaves sexuality and gruesome horror together in her coming-of-age film Raw. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 Your Name (2016) Michelle Kisner Two lovers transcending time and space to connect is an inspiring story no matter what country you hail from. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
6/10 Colossal (2016) Michelle Kisner However, the fact that this is a fresh idea makes this movie worth seeing even if it doesn't work as well as it should. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 The Student (2016) Michelle Kisner The Student is a cautionary tale about what can happen when religious beliefs are allowed to go too far. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 Une vie (2016) Michelle Kisner Perhaps not literally, but in Stephane Brize's depressing A Woman's Life, there are fleeting moments here and there of feeling and situations that all women can emphasize with. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Juice (1992) Michelle Kisner One of the more interesting aspects of Juice is that all the characters are morally ambiguous which can be unsettling for some viewers. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 The Beguiled (2017) Michelle Kisner Coppola has a way of imparting a misty, ethereal quality to the entire film which makes it almost seem like an alternate dimension. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
8/10 A Ghost Story (2017) Michelle Kisner This film is trying to tell us to not become so myopic that we can't see what's going on around us. Take off the sheet and be free. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
The Dark Tower (2017) Michelle Kisner What was once a dark horror/sci-fi/western is now a generic and unoffensive Young Adult flick, palatable to nobody and focus group tested within an inch of its life. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
The Dead Zone (1983) Michelle Kisner The Dead Zone is one of the best Stephen King film adaptations as it deftly combines the supernatural with real world elements culminating in a believable story. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Pet Sematary (1989) Michelle Kisner While this is one of the best King adaptations, it does have some pacing issues, especially in the middle. The story drags a bit, but by the third act everything is moving at a breakneck pace. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Michelle Kisner Infinity War is a worthy entry into the franchise and it encapsulates all the best aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe--which is mainly the character interactions. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Michelle Kisner Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a fun and occasionally unsettling cult film that is well worth a watch for B movie enthusiasts or horror fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/5 A Beautiful Day (2017) Michelle Kisner You Were Never Really Here is a deep dive into the suffocating world of someone's personal hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 Isle of Dogs (2018) Michelle Kisner Every once in awhile real emotions peep through all the detached humor and it's a gut punch every time it happens. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Upgrade (2018) Michelle Kisner Upgrade is just a fun ass B movie with some clever ideas and a great premise. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
9/10 Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) Michelle Kisner Let the Corpses Tan is a feast for the eyes and ears and should be seen theatrically if at all possible. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Fast Color (2018) Michelle Kisner Julia Hart has crafted a fantastic low-fi science fiction film that features three strong women who are trying to find their place in a world that both fears them and requires the powers that they wield. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018