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
Publications: Variety, Georgia Straight
Official Websites: straight.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
63% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% The Proposal (2019) Well-shot doc, both breezy and contemplative at under 90 minutes... - Georgia Straight EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
85% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
95% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) A tale that's far more soap than substance. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
97% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Catnip for conspiracy theorists of all stripes... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) What emerges, in a spectacularly edited 90 minutes, is a troubled soul who never lost faith in the power of human communication, while sometimes getting caught up in the drama that can cheapen the job. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
No Score Yet Little Forest (2018) Openhearted but still sharp-minded and quietly mysterious, this may be the least carnivorous movie of the year. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crosby's memories of lost loves are fascinating...but viewers may weary of the self-pitying tone attending the saga of CSN (& Y). - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) Honeyland digs into hidden chambers of life, and doesn't employ any additional sweeteners. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
79% Free Trip to Egypt (2019) As with lunch, nothing is really free, but the trip here is still worth taking. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) It's a measure of how much influence he had that the surrealistic dream scenes here are the only boring bits. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
80% Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies (2019) A film so timely, it could almost include the feed on your current smartphone, Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies is a neat overview of how information is twisted, repeated, repackaged, and otherwise auctioned on the open market of un-made minds. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) A fascinating tale is sleekly drawn in Maiden... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
80% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) Deliberately paced as it is, the two-hour tale has a tough streak of poetic humanism that weaves its own mesmerizing spell. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet Push (2019) An unusually clear-headed documentary that sticks to one financial subject: real estate. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) It's immensely entertaining to watch. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The story can be surprisingly brutal at times, but it's also funny enough to knock you off your feet. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) The effect is disorienting, sometimes disturbingly witty, and filled with portents of weird eclipses to come. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% The Serengeti Rules (2019) It's obviously a labour of love. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The beautifully shot movie has its own sense of humour, although the predominant tone (perhaps overstretched at two hours) is elegiac, if not quite mournful. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
95% Ray & Liz (2019) The movie is beautifully shot (in a squarish 16mm format) and offers both claustrophobia and a muted but insistent respect for the human need to do more than survive. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Too Late weaves its own spell, one that will resonate with many people who were once young and are starting to forget what that was all about. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet Because We Are Girls (2019) The film's innate humanism, and the thoughtful qualities of its sisterly subjects, emphasize their disturbing past without sensationalizing it. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
95% Buddy (2019) Makes you wish the Peruvian-born director, well known for ferreting out telling ironies, would have dug deeper or perhaps gone broader in her overview of these symbiotic relationships. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose may be a kind of cut-rate Star Is Born, but in Jessie Buckley, it does birth a genuine star. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019) This brisk new doc on Canada's singer laureate doesn't really get you any closer to Gordon Lightfoot than his songs will take you. But the 80-year-old performer has put himself and whatever meaning he has into his work, and that really is enough. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) The trip is well worth taking-if you're not too hung up on destinations. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) A feel-good story with lighthearted things to say about a coterie of migrants, refugees, and oddball characters. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) If the results don't quite add up to a fully satisfying addition to a time-honoured shlock tradition, they at least offer a stellar cast (with many surprise cameos) doing its part to keep the darkness at bay. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
74% Halston (2019) For all the digging, Tcheng doesn't get all that close to Halston, who died in 1990. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) It's fascinating to even scratch the surface of a musical world this deep. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet There Are No Fakes (2019) There's no denying that Kastner has a nose for things that helped define who we were and, sadly, are. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) He's round-faced and balding as Elton, with no Mr. Potatohead nose, but does a good job singing arrangements that diverge radically from the over-exposed originals. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) A feel-good movie for the End Times, The Tomorrow Man starts with an intriguing premise and a can't-miss cast, but never quite decides what it wants to say. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
86% Pavarotti (2019) This exhilarating two-hour portrait does him a genuine service by putting that brief period, which ended with his 2007 death, back in the context of a creative life lived long and well. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Writer-director Madeleine Olnek cares a great deal about the Bard of Amherst's words-reproduced on-screen in a delightful variety of settings-but pretty much everything else is up for grabs. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) Full of exquisitely composed geometric patterns and soft, burnished colours, the movie itself remains rather sullen, and we never quite learn what these mismatched like-birds see in each other. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
100% nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019) This heartbreaking tale hits a nerve that won't be unstruck anytime soon. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet I'm Going to Break Your Heart (2019) This Heart is fashioned to create a sense of immediacy, but an air of artificiality hangs over the proceedings... - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% Walking on Water (2019) Christo can turn on the charm when needed, as seen in this fascinating study, directed by fellow Bulgarian Andrey Paounov, who uses spare, gamelan-inflected music to build tension for a D-Day we know will arrive even as we wonder how he'll pull it off. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) The film is so beautifully shot, with Vermeer window light, meticulous detail, and gorgeous greenery, it would be enough just to see how people lived and died (from the plague, mostly) in Shakespeare's neck of the river. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
80% Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2004) Monster effects for Godzy and Mothra are as cheesy as ever, while Mecha gets more hi-tech lensing. Still, helmer Masaaki Tezuka, who has made a few of these before, does an above-average job of pulling the disparate elements together. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) A fascinating and unexpectedly breezy documentary - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019