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K. Austin Collins

K. Austin Collins
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% Braveheart (1995) Though Gibson's film isn't smart on this subject or even really aware of it, it has few modern rivals as an example of the ways a movie can rend history into compellingly simplistic myth.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
66% The Lovebirds (2020) Rae and Nanjiani are charismatic stars whose rise has been nice to watch... Neither of them gets to be at their best.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
93% Fail-Safe (1964) Lumet... has a knack for landing a tight, winning premise. Fail Safe, a box office failure in its time that's been considered a classic ever since, is no exception.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
93% Bad Education (2019) The movie works best, in the end, by convincing us that these people are perfectly ordinary.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
82% Testament (1983) Notable on its own terms, not only in our own, newly tragic context.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) The movie's biggest surprise remains that it lacks any.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
86% Safe (1995) Haynes does to us what his film does to Carol, cannily exploiting our willingness to find answers where there are none, to read meaning into associations.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
51% Bamboozled (2000) Audacious, vibrant, unsurprisingly maligned but frequently brilliant.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) An ingenious mashup of American westerns and the satirical and political work that swept Brazilian cinema in the 1960s.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) Leave it to [Kelly] Reichardt, one of cinema's great excavators... to take what history usually relegates to side-stories, footnotes, or long-forgotten local lore and spin from it a tale that feels fateful and comprehensive.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) This is a film that argues for and thoroughly understands the urgent, present-tense, shifting surreality of war. It is not merely a narrative reimagining of that experience.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
88% Onward (2020) It's a fine movie: cute, clever, moving, and engagingly-told, an altogether painless confirmation of what we should all agree is Pixar's basic aptitude.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Fowler's Sonic is what it is: family fun, which in the U.S.-Pixar and Into the Spiderverse notwithstanding-still tends to mean only-sort-of fun and adamantly not-smart.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge, to its credit, knows that this tension is valuable. It knows all the moves. It nevertheless falls far short of living up to them.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) The choices in themselves are not the problem; the difficulties arise from writing that has fewer good ideas about these people than it does about their circumstances.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
12% The Turning (2020) The Turning, with its conspicuous lens flares, awkward digital zooms, and slipshod editing, creeps a little too frequently into screensaver territory and suffers for it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
86% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child amounts to a curiously fragmented display of [filmmaker Bertrand Bonello's] talent. But much of the good stuff is here.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
80% A Hidden Life (2019) It's about faith, pure and simple - though, in the end, A Hidden Life is anything but.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Jewell, to its credit, is anchored by one of the more complex heroes in Eastwood's canon. But I'm still not certain it finds the most cutting or convincing path through this story.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) The actors here, particularly Holland, speak with a relish Soderbergh usually saves for his heist capers. And though much lighter on the action, High Flying Bird still has the pace and feel of one.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics stuns and surprises.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
92% In Fabric (2019) If In Fabric is initially hindered by the literalism of Strickland's vision, it still manages to prove irritatingly suspenseful, at times even pleasurably shocking.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) A body of work that benefits from hindsight and reflection - unexpected pleasures for a horror movie, which must be why they feel so welcome.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodovar's given us a film that's got a soft surface but a hard, distinguished core at its center. He hasn't changed; he's adjusted. He's mellowed out - and he's more than earned it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) Chained for Life's genius is in its playfulness, and in [director Aarpm] Schimberg's vision, lucid but disorienting, insistent that there be no boundary between the movie we're watching and the movie - movies? - his characters are making.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) A vaster and in many ways wilder film than it will get credit for.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is more of a roast than a reckoning, which I suppose would be fine if it were only aiming for comedy. But this is a movie with lofty humanist ideas.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
83% Waves (2019) Waves is a movie full of strong observations, one more than adept at bringing minor chords and colors to life.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite is a movie that gives us a lot to look back on, both historically and in the case of Murphy's long life in Hollywood - but I also think we still haven't seen the extent of what Murphy can do.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Neighborhood is full of looking, listening, understanding - fitting for a film about a man who was incredibly charismatic, slow of gesture and speech in ways that encouraged everyone around him to perform his kindness back at him.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
91% The Assistant (2020) It's as tense and tight as a thriller, but with none of the satisfaction.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) I miss this kind of story - told with jazz and intrigue, coal-black streets and smoky silhouettes - and Norton's filmmaking evokes it tenderly.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
82% Judy (2019) The best thing about Judy, perhaps, is that while it focuses overly on the tragedy of her late career... it is nevertheless a compelling document of a woman who constantly gave of herself.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford V. Ferrari is a good ride, and a good example of what so many people are thirsty for.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) There's nowhere else to go: history repeats itself, the film tells us. So does trauma. And so, apparently, do movies.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Classic Safdie characters are brash, volatile-as are Sandler's. Here, juiced up with an awful mustache and a personal style befitting his awful merchandise, he unleashes untold reserves of mania and panic.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
96% American Factory (2019) A mesmerizing jumble of culture and labor politics.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) One Child Nation does not flinch from critiquing mass complicity and the broader cultural logic - specifically the indoctrination into party politics - undergirding it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) What's telling isn't how good or not the ending feels: what's telling is that a film like this can never feel good. You sense as much from the very opening moments of the movie. But it takes getting there, seeing it firsthand, to know it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
100% Honeyland (2019) Honeyland is, like Hatidze, full of life.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
64% The Mountain (2019) The Mountain dredges up so much that it doesn't seem to know where to go - but the sad horror of what's at stake, particularly for Andy, nevertheless come through.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) A strange, uneven, but ultimately effective satire of masculinity.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The new Lion King isn't a disaster. It's a lesson: in what makes voice acting resonate... and in the strangeness of hearing animals emote vocally when their faces are pretty much limited to moving mouths and blinking eyes.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Ultimately, Yesterday is a victim of the amnesia it inflicts upon its characters.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) What the new Shaft movie doesn't have, aside from raw gumption or style, is a context that makes it seem urgent.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) With only a handful of lines, each of these actors carries in them the history that Talbot's film tries, but fails, to conjure.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
72% This One's for the Ladies (2019) At its best, This One's for the Ladies gives them room to talk it through - and gives us a sense of why they keep coming back.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
55% Ma (2019) There's a good movie trapped somewhere in Tate Taylor's Ma. That's the frustrating part.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Despite its familiarity, something is amiss in Guy Ritchie's soapy, bland rehash.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) I believed in Natasha and Daniel; I believed in the implausibility of their day. And I believed in the movie's mission, however overpronounced.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019