J.R. Kinnard

J.R. Kinnard
J.R. Kinnard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Seattle Times, Nonfics, Film Inquiry

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) f Beale Street Could Talk is an unapologetically romantic film, even in the face of impending tragedy.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
64% Vice (2018) Adam McKay's spirited look at former Vice President Dick Cheney's unlikely rise to power mixes vicious satire and precision pacing to make you laugh and cringe in equal measure. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/10 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines is that lump of coal in your holiday movie stocking.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
96% Roma (2018) This is the kind of film that makes you look at the world differently; makes you see those things that felt previously inconsequential.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
9/10 94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite embraces the humor and hubris of royalty behaving badly to deliver one of 2018's best films.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The storytelling is so delicate and precise, like a beautiful poem squeezed of every superfluous word. This is some of the Coen Brothers best work and it deserves to be seen.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
6/10 81% Green Book (2018) Its pleas for empathy and elevated social awareness are admirable, even if the jagged edges and racial tensions have been smoothed over.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
6/10 90% Widows (2018) Widows is a shameless crowd pleaser with just enough smarts to elevate it a bit above the ranks of mere guilty pleasure.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/10 80% Boy Erased (2018) Though based on an inspirational true story, Edgerton's Boy Erased is too cluttered and unfocused to deliver either new insight or a good cry.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
8/10 89% A Private War (2018) Unrelenting, passionate, and churning with humanity, A Private War is a film befitting its remarkable heroine.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
7/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy's performance notwithstanding, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a modest film... It's also effortlessly entertaining.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody provides casual fans with some raucous concert re-enactments, but those seeking insight into the band's and particularly Mercury's history should look elsewhere.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
9/10 64% Suspiria (2018) Sure to polarize audiences, Suspiria (2018) is a movie to be savored and feared.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
8/10 77% Mid90s (2018) Don't let the groovy hip-hop tunes and wicked skateboard tricks fool you; this is powerful stuff.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
89% Love, Gilda (2018) A splendid tribute to one of America's comedy legends.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Director Damien Chazelle's emphasis on realism and Ryan Gosling's understated performance take us into a world of unimaginable danger; where families can be instantly torn apart and heroes can live on for eternity.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
2/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Mostly, this is an exercise in style; a slick tribute to righteous trash that promises a lot more fun than it actually delivers.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
9/10 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) This is challenging, rugged stuff that trusts the audience to be patient and have an open mind.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
6/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is perfectly fine, escapist entertainment. Just don't expect any encores.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
7/10 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is an important commentary on America's painfully slow progress of dealing with its deeply ingrained racism.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Moretz' wry smile and weary eyes convey volumes of emotional turmoil. She is the soulful, courageous heart of a film that exalts the strength of human dignity.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
8/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) If you find the action in Mission: Impossible - Fallout to be pedestrian, it probably means you're a disgruntled James Bond fan.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
6/10 85% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Surprisingly, this movie has a heart the size of Bigfoot's beating in its chest.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) It works fine as an outrageous comedy, but the perceptive commentary will likely give it staying power. This is the fearless satire that America desperately needs right now.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
6/10 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a celebration of unrepentant bloodshed and the men who do it so well.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/4 53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) It's a daring premise, which makes Howard's fluffy approach to the material all the more frustrating.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
7/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is a comparatively modest film that puts a premium on fun.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
6/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) His mastery of tone, visuals, pacing, and theme elevate what should have been a disaster into something worth watching and, astonishingly, sets the stage for a relevant sequel.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/4 100% Number One (Numéro une) (2017) Taut and merciless with a whip-smart script...‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Minimalistic, deliberate and largely silent, "Leave No Trace" clings to each word like an endangered species. It demands patience from the audience, but that patience is richly rewarded.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3.5/4 67% Constructing Albert (2017) Laura Collado and Jim Loomis' cleverly edited and deliciously photographed food porn is a tasty peek at the cutthroat culinary world and one of its most mysterious figures.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/10 57% Tag (2018) The result, while not insulting, simply isn't funny. It's also a missed opportunity to show that not all masculinity is toxic, even if it refuses to leave the playground.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/4 100% Retablo (2017) Director Alvaro L. Aparicio sculpts a world for Segundo every bit as delicate as his father's figurines.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 100% Naila and the Uprising (2017) Through archival footage, riveting interviews with the participants, and evocative animations, we meet the brave women who organized rallies and educated Palestinians to be economically independent.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 95% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) "The Heiresses" is the kind of story Hollywood doesn't tell anymore; a 50-something woman daring to rekindle her lost spirit of discovery.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Brewmaster (2018) "Brewmaster" is a great thirst-quencher for fans of craft beer.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The only thing this version of Han would do first to Greedo is bore him to death.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Hafsteinn Sigurðsson's film begins as a trifling neighborhood dispute about an overgrown shade tree and ends as a violent tug-of-war with alarmingly high stakes.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 60% Three Peaks (Drei zinnen) (2017) Director Drei Zinnen, with an assist from cinematographer Axel Schneppat, manifests the fears of this struggling family in every mountain, snow drift, and dying tree.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 95% Sweet Country (2018) Uncompromising, deliberate, and eerily beautiful, director Warwick Thornton's rugged Australian Western puts a new spin on an old story.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) In a digital fantasy world where culture has been abandoned in favor of commerce, talent is the cheapest commodity.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 78% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) Bring a full box of tissues.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Not an easy watch, but required viewing for ambitious cinephiles.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/4 88% American Animals (2018) Director Bart Layton's heist yarn is an exhilarating exercise in art imitating life (that was imitating art).‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
8/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) If you enjoyed the guilty pleasures of Deadpool, it's an immutable law of Physics that you will love Deadpool 2.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
8/10 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's true that darkness permeates Avengers: Infinity War, but it's also a masterfully crafted popcorn movie.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2/10 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's a gross miscalculation that might mean well, but fails to balance the sharpness and delicacy necessary to tackle the emotional carnage wrought by self-hatred. That it forgets to make us laugh is the final insult.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/10 51% Rampage (2018) It's impossible to convey the stupidity on display in Rampage. Loosely based on a video game series, it stumbles from one action set piece to the next, spouting some of the most groan-worthy dialogue to ever escape a screenwriter's tortured brain. ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
9/10 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs just makes you feel good. It's not a movie designed to elicit laughter. Instead, you spend the entire duration with an immovable grin on your face, emerging out the other side with a renewed sense of optimism for humanity.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
6/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One won't ever be confused with one of Spielberg's best, but it's a fascinating, frustrating, and entertaining microcosm of his artistic acumen.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018