Adam Kempenaar

Adam Kempenaar
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 83% Creed II (2018) ... refreshingly less concerned with trite triumphs than it is with fractured men forced to confront who they perceive themselves to be or aspire to be vs. who they are - and the fight to reconcile that.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) ... an unabashedly bleak yet oddly hopeful and entertaining meditation on the Coens' perennial preoccupations - the folly of human nature and death.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Really a film about power ... and the compromises that accompany those transactions, be they political, professional or personal.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) ... a portrait of the artist as a young man, [the artist] just doesn't know it yet.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
2/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is made up almost entirely of contrived biopic signposts - a Queen's 'Greatest Hits' of ah-ha moments.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/5 63% Suspiria (2018) [The new element] that resonated with me the most was the sense of history and survival -- the strength and resolve of this [female] collective making quite political art for 30 years.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 69% Hold the Dark (2018) Holding the dark - embracing it within, or keeping it away - is what all of Saulnier's films are about.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 94% Private Life (2018) Kayli Carter bridges the ache and absurdity and becomes the movie's salvation, just as her character, Sadie, tries to be...‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 86% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Wiseman once again reveals his enduring inquisitiveness without being an inquisitor. There's no easily discernible - or dismissible - agenda or narrative, just curiosity, observation and discovery.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 95% Halloween (1978) What's crucial isn't that Laurie survives because she's the only virgin; it's that she's the only virgin and still almost doesn't survive.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
2/5 79% Halloween (2018) In the original, the killing has a certain [satisfying] logic to it ... Here, Michael Myers kills anyone he happens to cross paths with.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle's ambivalent portrait of Armstrong is a strength. I'm not looking for movies to further mythologize heroes; I need real heroes - imperfect people of action.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) When this movie really hums, it's about Cooper the actor and director supporting those who are supporting him.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) ...not precious about challenging tropes, and like so many Westerns, fundamentally about change ... How do men who make their living out of such brutality evolve - or not?‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
4.5/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) The skateboarding footage is pretty stunning in its gracefulness ... a thrilling diversion from all the trouble we're witnessing, just as it is for the subjects themselves.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/5 33% The Predator (2018) Interesting ways people are being dismembered is never going to be enough for me.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 95% Blaze (2018) ..unconventional in its use of Foley's music to form the film's structure, and in the fascinating detours it takes focusing on peripheral characters.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
85% Tully (2018) Playing opposite ends of a spectrum -- one despairing and worn down, one so hopeful and youthful -- [Davis and Theron] could both have become caricatures of those people and never do.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) ...no grand satire here, just self-awareness - and enough surprises, solid jokes and well-crafted action sequences to be entertaining.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) How did we get an origin story where Han Solo is not only NOT the most interesting character in the movie, he's honestly maybe sixth or seventh?‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) What thrilled me the most ... watching these characters do the thing they were born to do [and] fully be themselves instead of repressing something fundamental about themselves.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) The subtle ways we witness [Tom's] epiphany, her little flickers of rebellion, are striking.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The injustice and dread at the core of the movie is overwhelming -- in the same way so many feel overwhelmed by it every day in real life.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) F. Scott Fitzgerald said "action is character" -- which, if true, means the Ethan Hunt we see in Fallout is the most complex movie character of all time. ‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) ...a movie that has to be reckoned with, about a subject that we seem doomed -- hopelessly -- to reckon with. ‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Constance Wu is a bona fide movie star ... She carries the emotional weight of the movie with sophistication and strength and vulnerability and humor.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) Javier Bardem's Chigurh is the embodiment of Sheriff Bell's exasperation -- a mythological, Grim Reaper-like figure whose existence makes order and civility implausible.‐ Filmspotting
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2008