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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Enormously entertaining.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) Given what's going on in the world, who isn't up for an hour and a half of absorbingly inventive, distractingly deranged film fun? The big surprise when it comes to The Hunt is just that.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
2/5 84% The Way Back (2020) In addition to being dull, derivative and undistinguished by contributions either in front of or behind the camera, the film is insufferably pandering and disingenuous.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
5/5 92% The Invisible Man (2020) The movie has so much going for it.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
1/5 77% Buffaloed (2020) The blame for this exercise in pointlessness can be allotted fairly equally, I think, between [director Tanya] Wexler and screenwriter/cast member Brian Sacca.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 37% Downhill (2020) The tone shifts adroitly between existential horror and culture-clash comedy.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
5/5 85% Les Misérables (2020) Les Misérables. Watch it once and forget all about Russell Crowe's singing forever.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
1.5/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The Rhythm Section is a stunningly dumb, incompetently prepared embarrassment even by February standards.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 91% Clemency (2019) Unfortunately, the director defaults with dispiriting frequency to stilted melodrama.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/5 70% Bombshell (2019) There's a reason the movie's award-season kudos have largely been limited to nods for hair and makeup... There's not much question about how everything else in Bombshell was done, though. It's all been done so many times before. And so much better.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) It's not always the most comfortable experience. It is, however, a virtually unprecedented one.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Little Women is simply a first-rate film.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 83% Waves (2019) While the movie includes a few interesting performances and the occasional memorable moment, its director indulges an impulse to go all kitchen sink.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) So, yeah, the movie tells an urgent, important story. Unfortunately, the writing, direction and acting are a trifle wooden and a little too on the nose.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) Think Kramer vs. Kramer meets Husbands and Wives with smartphones.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It's impossible to imagine another performer pulling this off.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4.5/5 82% The Report (2019) Intense, suspenseful, cerebral stuff.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) I was initially put off by the goofy Hitler gimmick, too, but I have to say the writer-director-actor makes it work.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) That's not "savage commentary." That's condescension. This is by far the filmmaker's most commercially successful work to date...‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Who was Dolemite? There's no short answer. There is, however, a tremendously entertaining one, and Dolemite Is My Name unspools it beautifully.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) The cast is an embarrassment of riches... That only underscores the production's random, rambling vibe.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2/5 82% Judy (2019) Who its intended audience is supposed to be eludes me.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 59% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) What elevates the material is its insightful, uplifting portrait of the artist as a new man. The movie was 10 years in the making. Ditto Liam Gallagher 2.0.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
65% The Sound of Silence (2019) I can't recall seeing anything last year that approaches its canny psychological clout.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) [A] marvelous, masterful new space odyssey.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) If anyone in the history of popular music can be said to have belted out a tune, it is Linda Ronstadt. Listen. Learn.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 (2019) Eighteen years after the atrocity, can there really be anything new of significance to say? As it happens, there can.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 91% Luce (2019) It's so overloaded with hot-button topics that it threatens arctic ice, tropical rainforests and the viewing pleasure of anyone who thinks message movies should be clear about what they mean to say.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) The film's fatal flaw is that its creators clearly wanted to duplicate the formula behind the game-changing success of Get Out but lacked adequate imagination.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Lazily and cynically conceived, this is the closest thing to a child labor violation ever released by a major studio.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 72% Gwen (2019) Rarely in 35 years have I encountered a freshman effort as assured, inventive and relentlessly surprising as Gwen.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Neither an enlightening account of the eponymous affair nor a comprehensive portrait of the artist as a continually evolving man.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino is nostalgic and elevates that longing into a thing of elegiac beauty.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Writer-director Riley Stearns (Faults) makes the breakthrough of the year with this absurdist romp through the fun house of the modern male psyche.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
.5/5 41% Stuber (2019) Seriously, it doesn't get dumber, more pointless, less funny or more mindlessly violent.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 87% Pavarotti (2019) The film confirms but doesn't much augment what we already know.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) I'm trying to think of another film hinging on a phenomenon of towering cultural significance that fritters its running time on as many dumb gimmicks and dopey tropes as this one. I'm drawing a blank.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Both perceptive and powerfully poignant.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) There are countless details to appreciate in The Dead Don't Die.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1.5/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Perhaps the most problematic paucity is that of narrative cohesion.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The script is a hoard of showbiz clichés, and the tone ping-pongs between self-satisfaction and self-pity.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Not every actor has what it takes to play a tween whose to-do list includes world domination without overacting. A pleasant aspect of both his character and performance, in fact, is how understated they are.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (2018) If you're a fan of the man, it's a bittersweet blast to see him so funny, full of ideas and unbelievably young.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 91% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Much of the cast is outclassed by the leads, with several scenes jarringly stilted. Shannon proves up to the role, however. Who knew she could do ethereal?‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/5 82% Long Shot (2019) If you ask me what the most overhyped picture currently in theaters is, Long Shot easily gets my vote.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
1.5/5 75% Family (2019) Family is less a film than a cinematic recycling center.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 71% Teen Spirit (2019) It's beautifully written and masterfully acted, with a savvily curated soundtrack and performance segments gorgeously imagined by cinematographer Autumn Durald.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 65% The Public (2019) Estevez manages more than making pulses pound; he makes salient points concerning income inequality, addiction, mental illness, climate change, police brutality and the ailing state of literacy.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Scripted with inspired revisionist deftness by the Brit team of Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and directed by Garth Davis (Lion), this is the greatest story ever told and told as beautifully as it ever has been, if not better.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4.5/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is one of the weirdest films I've ever seen. Also one of the bravest and most blissed out.‐ Seven Days
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019