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Ken Eisner

Ken Eisner
Ken Eisner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety, Georgia Straight

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Whale & The Raven (2019) The overhead shots of this gorgeous, if precarious, landscape are worth the price of your passage.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
91% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The acting is uneven, the sets slapdash. But the biggest problem, especially for a director as experienced as Madame Satã's Karim Aïnouz, working from Martha Batalha's book of the same name, is that its characters aren't convincingly developed.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
No Score Yet Dosed (2019) The subject is nonetheless so (re)new to cinema that Dosed represents a door of perception well worth walking through.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
67% Bombshell (2019) Timely and cleverly engaging.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
No Score Yet Menteur (2019) he movie, written by veteran comic director Émile Gaudreault and two others, ratchets up enough manic fun to at least gesture at something deeper.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
82% A Hidden Life (2019) Apart from some clever use of old newsreel footage, the film's three hours must be spent with distantly murmuring folks either tilling the earth or staring at the sky.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) The steadfast subjects-10 men and, still shockingly, only four women-have gone through the usual life changes.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) This fun, fast-moving film is a directorial debut for Olivia Wilde, who helped polish a script kicking around for a decade-one written by four women, not to the detriment of its general cohesion and frequent hilarity. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
5% The Kindness of Strangers (2020) The cast is stellar-Stella!-but everyone checks out long before it's all over.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) The multilingual movie can be viewed as an advanced acting class.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) A celebration of storytelling itself.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) The timeliness and powerful intentions of Queen & Slim are inarguable, as are the talents on display.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) The whole thing feels too hastily written (or improvised) to carry much weight, and you would think such a slight tale would compensate with stylish aesthetics.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
92% Antigone (2019) The stuff that lands carries a wallop.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) This retrospective is exactly what you want right now.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
No Score Yet Stand! (2019) Director Robert Adetuyi...makes a strong impression on a low budget, and marshals large groups of people in dynamic ways.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach finds raucous humour and wry insight throughout. Happily for the two-and-a-quarter-hour running time, he keeps a sharp eye on entertainment value.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) More than the waters are dark in this timely, meaningful, but ultimately soft-landing environmental drama.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
51% 21 Bridges (2019) As forgettable as its title.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
70% Hamlet (2000) Campbell Scott's self-helmed Great Dane is more than ever a man for our time... the veteran thesp - who returns to the role after several legit runs - injects considerable humor and lots of edgy anger into his screen version.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Relying on the elegant camera moves of Mexico's Rodrigo Prieto, the lovingly crafted film allows De Niro to run a greatest-hits reel of his mob characters, with hints of Raging Bull, minus the pathology.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Fortunately, it adds solid comedy to the dynamic, aided by terrific actors familiar from all types of international productions.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) All the kids are great, though, and there are plenty of quirky bits.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) It offers a daring kind of storytelling.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) By reinforcing her mystical qualities, it undermines her stunning efficacy as a real person who simply, and fiercely, had the courage to act.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) What's most impressive here is the quietly amusing way Banderas conveys both the agony and ecstasy of his situation.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite radically shifts tones over its wildly entertaining two-hour-plus running time.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Powerful images and even more potent acting are the hallmarks of The Lighthouse.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
83% Before You Know It (2019) They turn a potentially complex family journey into silly farce and still expect you to care.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
93% Monos (2019) It's hard to parse much of this since the story is buried in a surfeit of sensationalistic style that makes the film feel more like a 100-minute trailer-an impressive one, to be sure-than a coherent movie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) The title of this timely documentary was once uttered by one Donald Trump, who learned his entire legal strategy-"Attack, attack, attack!"-on Roy Cohn's knee.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) This is the Eddie Murphy comeback we've all been waiting for, made sweeter by the fact that his character is never swamped by Eddie Murphyness.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Oscar-winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have tackled complicated subjects before...Maybe they're just overawed by the subject, although they do have plenty of good material to work with...‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) M&M...is shot on film to rather grey effect, with clunky, handheld camera moves further dulling down a story that never gives us enough rooting interest in its protagonists to actually care about the ampersand between their names.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) As you can imagine, this onslaught of fact, anecdote, and educated conjecture becomes rather unwieldy, even (or perhaps especially) when whittled down to a fast-moving 95 minutes.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
83% Judy (2019) A knockout performance by Renée Zellweger.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
73% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) The articulate 76-year-old guitarist dominates the screen, and his story unfolds like a trial with only one witness.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% Dying to Survive (2019) Dying is still remarkable for frankly addressing a serious issue from the ground up.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) The montage-heavy doc is reasonably comprehensive, but even at two hours, much is excised...‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Send Me to the Clouds (2019) This sounds like grim stuff, but first-time feature-maker Teng Congcong...has a sly sense of humour and keeps wringing laugh-out-loud comedy from tense situations.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Ingrid (2018) Charged with soft feelings, for the land and the subject, and it's enlivened by a soft-focus, mobile camera, breathtaking drone shots, and meditative original music.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
55% Becoming Nobody (2019) The effect is curiously cheerful, as any viewer can share the wizened teacher's obvious pleasure at breaking one last taboo.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
97% The Proposal (2019) Well-shot doc, both breezy and contemplative at under 90 minutes...‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Tigers Are Not Afraid has much to recommend it in terms of style, mood, and serious intentions.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
86% This Changes Everything (2019) The fast-moving doc is most illuminating when it goes back to the dawn of cinema, when the fledgling art form was loaded with female directors and (especially) screenwriters.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) For this affecting doc, writer-director Max Lewkowicz compresses into a tight 90 minutes the saga of how Fiddler on the Roof was created, and why it continues to resonate with audiences...‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A generally amiable tale of runaways and redemption...the visual storytelling here offers a raft of subtle pleasures.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
87% Aquarela (2019) Aquarela exerts a mesmerizing physical power, but it's of a sort that makes you want to find the right drugs, shuffle the scenes, and supply your own music.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) A tale that's far more soap than substance.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) This rousing documentary celebrates the acts of writing and reading, and of language itself as an immortal expression of innate humanness.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019