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The Newnan Times-Herald is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jonathan W. Hickman
Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman While there's loads of testosterone and roaring automotive muscle on display, the best parts of the movie are the tender moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
7/10 Frozen II (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman Where the first film became a bonafide worldwide phenomenon, this bland, uneventful sequel does not contain one single standout moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
10/10 The Irishman (2019) Jonathan W. Hickman An instant classic. Only through a daughter's eyes can we see a father as the monster that he is. It's terrifying. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
5/10 Inferno (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman No matter how impressive the production is, with quick pacing and loads of acting charisma, "Inferno" fails on a basic level: the story is stupid. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2016
8/10 Certain Women (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman ...an essay narrative that subtly makes its points without being too obvious or manipulative. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2016
5.5/10 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman While there are things to like here, mostly related to a solid turn by co-star Cobie Smulders, it is hard to shake the B-movie underpinnings and televisual elements. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2016
6/10 Desierto (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman Efficient and scary, "Desierto" makes for entertaining viewing along the lines of 1986's "The Hitcher." EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
7/10 A Man Called Ove (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman Heartwarming and darkly funny... EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
6.5/10 The Accountant (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Affleck might have the makings of a franchise that could grow with his mind along with his physical acting skills. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4.5/10 The Girl on the Train (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman More frustrating than thrilling, more obvious than mysterious, "The Girl on the Train" has its moments but proves to be an unsatisfying viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2016
6/10 The Magnificent Seven (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Hokey but often very funny, "The Magnificent Seven (2016)" succeeds as an action film but fails to be about anything significant. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
5/10 Snowden (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman "Snowden" will be appealing to those who consider the former CIA employee a heroic whistleblower and infuriating to those who call him a traitor. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2016
5.5/10 Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman The jokey vibe of the previous films has been turned up to preposterous levels. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2016
6.5/10 Kicks (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Director Tipping has delivered a very aware film that understands the priorities and struggles of his teen audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/10 The Hollars (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Its attractive cast are game for the loose material, but the script is so off-kilter that it fails to connect credibly with the viewer. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2016
8/10 Sully (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Clint Eastwood's "Sully" is a remarkably impactful bit of streamlined filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2016
5/10 Morgan (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Elegantly lensed and oozing with unwarranted self-importance, "Morgan" attempts to be clever by surprising us with unexpected violence and plot twists. But instead of being startling, it ultimately feels overly familiar falling into old tropes. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2016
6.5/10 Morris From America (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman A fish out of water drama, "Morris from America" makes for really unique viewing. The perspective is unlike films we've seen having the characters deal with issues of race and youth in a foreign setting. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2016
8.5/10 Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman A film worth sharing with everyone in your network. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2016
6.5/10 Equity (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman A much better film than the trailers indicate, "Equity" is still a bit of a slow burn. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2016
7.5/10 Imperium (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Director Daniel Ragussis takes a stripped-down, no-frills approach that never sensationalizes the incendiary material. The action is set in suburban America and events unfold with a certain amount of organic logic. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2016
6.5/10 War Dogs (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman "War Dogs" paints an unflattering picture of the flawed government contract bidding process, but it does so in a remarkably entertaining and funny fashion. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2016
8/10 Sausage Party (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman This unique fantasy is crude and vulgar, politically and racially charged, as well as sexually ambivalent. In other words, it's flat-out terrific! EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
7.5/10 Pete's Dragon (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman A lovely, old-fashioned remake with a wonderful family friendly vibe. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
4/10 Suicide Squad (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman "Suicide Squad" is more messy than meaningful. It's an adventure that lacks weight. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2016
6/10 Jason Bourne (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman For 45 minutes or so, "Jason Bourne" is a dizzying combination of quick action and chase sequences. Everything is constantly in motion. The bulk of the film's first third captures the spirit and energy of the fine films that came before this one. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/10 Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Part documentary, part personal crusade, D'Souza vents his private animus with disturbing results. It's not that he's wrong in voicing concerns about Hillary Clinton, it's that his argument didn't need to be so ostentatious to make the case. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
5.5/10 Equals (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman While the intentions are genuine and the performances excellent, the narrative's central failing is the stoic premise. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2016
5/10 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Never quite as funny or as consistently entertaining as the show that inspired it, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" is mainly for die hard fans. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2016
7/10 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Its heartwarming message combined with creative, fantastical elements make it unique and memorable. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2016
8/10 Life, Animated (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Visually rich with animation taken from Owen's artwork and writing, "Life, Animated" is a cinematic treasure that will go far in demystifying what autism means for those searching for answers. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2016
5/10 Ghostbusters (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman "Ghostbusters (2016)" is a weak parody of the original. It lacks heart and character development that managed to endear the original's characters with audiences for decades. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2016
5/10 The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Pets aren't Minions. The ever-expanding cast of characters and outlandish action set-pieces feel forced and overly familiar. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2016
8/10 The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman Whether you're interested in this style of music or not, you'd be hard-pressed not to appreciate this rewarding film with Yo-Yo Ma at its heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
8/10 The Phenom (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Expertly lensed, tautly directed (by writer Noah Buschel), and peerlessly acted, "The Phenom" requires patience, but the reward is there. Call it a little film therapy. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
5/10 The Purge: Election Year (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Everything about this film feels very much like a Carpenter homage, but, unfortunately, that means that it is more "Escape From L.A." than "Escape from New York." EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
5.5/10 Free State of Jones (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman It works best when it dips into documentary with dramatic reenactments. But the odd tone of the film that vacillates between traditional narrative story-telling and historical nonfiction will be jarring to some viewers. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
8.5/10 De Palma (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman The film is a masterclass in filmmaking as De Palma discusses his use of the camera, split screen and makes mention of the split diopter. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2016
6.5/10 Warcraft (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Surprisingly well conceived and handsomely mounted, "Warcraft" exceeded my expectations. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2016
7/10 Maggie's Plan (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman "Maggie's Plan" is romantic, intelligent, and impossible not to like. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2016
5.5/10 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman "Popstar" isn't "This Is Spinal Tap" with its biting satire and forever quotable dialogue. Even though there are laughs to be had, as a feature, it proves to be frustratingly lame. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2016
8/10 Weiner (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman "Weiner" is an insightful, disturbing, and frustrating insider look at the politics of self-destruction. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2016
4.5/10 Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman This followup to the 2010 massive, Tim Burton-directed, 3D hit "Alice in Wonderland" is weaker than its predecessor in almost every way. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2016
8/10 High-Rise (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman ...likely one of the best vile and repulsive experiences to be had in our metroplexes that are sadly clogged with the latest bloated comic book adaptations. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2016
6/10 The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Oddly targeted at younger viewers, many of whom may not have been the game's first crop of power players, this animated feature could prove to introduce them birds to a whole new generation. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2016
7/10 The Nice Guys (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman The most fun consenting adults can legally have in a movie theater this summer. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2016
5/10 Being Charlie (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman Well-intended and capably made, I suspect that "Being Charlie" will find utility in rehab circles. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2016
6/10 The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman There's a lot of math on display, but it is fascinating and enhances this worthy and moving tribute. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2016
6/10 The Meddler (2015) Jonathan W. Hickman Feeling more like mashup of season one of an entertaining television drama, 'The Meddler' features Susan Sarandon at her most playful and romantic. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2016
6/10 Money Monster (2016) Jonathan W. Hickman Directed by Jodie Foster with zippy panache that elevates the sometimes witty but tired and contrived material, "Money Monster" makes few heavy points (even though it tries) while scoring as a smart thriller. Call it 'Broadcast News' with a bomb. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2016