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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak is a film reviewer for Seven Days.
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    • The Road
    • The Road

      Movie Review
      You know the main characters in a movie are seriously screwed when the first words one utters to the other are “It’s OK, it’s just…
    • Everybody's Fine
    • Everybody's Fine

      Movie Review
      I’ve seen movies targeted at 12-year-old boys, at young couples, at horny teenagers — at virtually any demographic you care to name. But I can’t…
    • Fantastic Mr. Fox
    • Fantastic Mr. Fox

      Movie Review
      I remember reading a prediction Tim Burton made in an interview back in 1993 when The Nightmare Before Christmas had just been released. The director…
    • An Education
    • An Education

      Movie Review
      A star is born. She is 24 years old, English, a relative newcomer and the best thing about one of the best independent films of…
    • 2012
    • 2012

      Movie Review
      A quarter of a billion dollars was spent making this movie. A pie chart depicting the allocation of all those millions would have a fat…
    • Coco Before Chanel
    • Coco Before Chanel

      Movie Review
      Suspenseful, glitzy, cutthroat, self-serving — awards season is many things. One thing it rarely is, however, is educational. This year is different. Aspiring filmmakers couldn’t…
    • Michael Jackson's This Is It
    • Michael Jackson's This Is It

      Movie Review
      Many reviewers appear confused or at least forgetful in their attempt to place this documentary in its proper historical context. The Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt…
    • The Burning Plain
    • The Burning Plain

      Movie Review
      I remember once reading an article about a technique with which author William Burroughs experimented: He’d scissor a manuscript or magazine story into strips, toss…
    • Muhammad and Larry
    • Muhammad and Larry

      Movie Review
      ESPN. Great filmmaking. Not exactly synonymous. At least, not until now. A couple of years ago the sports network’s Bill Simmons had a brainstorm. “I…
    • Couples Retreat
    • Couples Retreat

      Movie Review
      I find it impossible to fathom the critical savaging this film has received. Its Rotten Tomatoes rating barely exceeds Vince Vaughn’s shoe size, and yet,…
    • Séraphine
    • Séraphine

      Movie Review
      Imagine you’re a frumpy French house cleaner who stays up all night conjuring hallucinatory paintings of fruits and flowers because your guardian angel instructed you…
    • It Might Get Loud
    • It Might Get Loud

      Movie Review
      These days, any slacker with the scratch for a video game can effortlessly morph into a Guitar Hero or even stand in for George Harrison…
    • The Informant!
    • The Informant!

      Movie Review
      Let’s put it this way: With every new project, it becomes more and more difficult to believe that Steven Soderbergh is the same filmmaker who…
    • The Cove
    • The Cove

      Movie Review
      Once upon a time, way back in the 1960s, millions of Americans gathered around the family television each week to watch a program starring ...…
    • Extract
    • Extract

      Movie Review
      Ten years after turning out the immortal workplace comedy Office Space, writer-director Mike Judge has revisited the genre and handed in an exercise in pointlessness…
    • Humpday
    • Humpday

      Movie Review
      When you probably last ran into him, in The Blair Witch Project, Joshua Leonard was scared, but in Humpday he’s downright terrified. He plays Andrew,…
    • Inglourious Basterds
    • Inglourious Basterds

      Movie Review
      Quentin Tarantino came up with a beaut of an idea — a bunch of brainstorms, in fact — for a madcap World War II cartoon.…
    • The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
    • The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

      Movie Review
      For me, the path to movie criticism began at the Boston Phoenix newspaper, where I sold advertising space to transsexual prostitutes. These entrepreneurs of pleasure…
    • (500) Days of Summer
    • (500) Days of Summer

      Movie Review
      Is there a cinematic genre from which less is expected in terms of intelligence, originality or general artistry than the contemporary romantic comedy? OK, not…
    • The Hurt Locker
    • The Hurt Locker

      Movie Review
      Kathryn Bigelow’s latest, which premiered close to a year ago at the Venice Film Festival, has gradually acquired the status of Best Iraq War Movie…
    • Moon
    • Moon

      Movie Review
      What a sponging, gene-squandering bunch of artistic slackers the spawn of music superstars tend to be, when you think about it. Oh, sure, John Bonham’s…
    • Departures
    • Departures

      Movie Review
      This year’s Oscars broadcast was short on surprises. No one streaked past the host. Roberto Benigni did not clamber over the seat in front of…
    • Outrage
    • Outrage

      Movie Review
      Documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick has given us provocative exposés on the theme of institutionalized hypocrisy before. He set his sights on the Catholic Church sex-abuse…
    • Public Enemies
    • Public Enemies

      Movie Review
      Michael Mann is far from the first filmmaker to explore the concept of a legendary American law breaker as proto-celebrity. Public Enemies invites comparison to…

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