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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The film's humor is a blend of garbage slapstick and even worse product-placement one-liners.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
86% Charm City Kings (2020) The engine of this new film is Mill, who gives an astonishing performance: He's fierce and strong, but incredibly soulful and tender when he needs to be.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
92% Kajillionaire (2020) It's so good that I honestly want to revisit every one of July's previous works and see if I was wrong or too emotionally unavailable to properly enjoy her filmography.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
100% Palm Springs (2020) You have to do the work in order to use Kate Bush properly, and I'm glad to say that Palm Springs earns the right with flying colors.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
92% Tesla (2020) Tesla is a film endowed with feeling, and it's all expressed in a moment near its end that has proven to be quite the divisive choice... I was genuinely pleased when it unfolded in front of me.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
86% The Night House (2020) Hall is fantastic, and she plays her character subtly, tinged with an element of dark humor and wit, instead of reaching for the theatrics that people often mistake for grief.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
100% Minari (2020) Chung is very, very comfortable dealing with the grey areas found within his protagonists, and allows his incredibly strong cast to explore the depths of their feelings, no matter if it winds up in some uncomfortable places.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
69% The Nowhere Inn (2020) If The Nowhere Inn is about anything, it's about the revenge of the artist, who decides to take their form and use it to literally collapse reality around someone. And you know what? That's pretty goddamn cool. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
65% Worth (2020) I hope that some filmmaker takes this story, alters it slightly, and transforms it into something truly great, because Worth ain't it. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
92% Possessor (2020) The gore is also fantastic and shocking, and the film goes to some places that would make it very, very hard to release to a wide audience. But we really hope that Possessor makes it out into the world in its unaltered form.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
39% Downhill (2020) Downhill, however, doesn't want to take any risks, and for a film about cowardice, its message is somewhat muted by its own reluctance to go to dark places. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
100% Into the Deep (2020) Into the Deep is a unique beast in a documentary landscape that's more consumed than ever with the true-crime genre, and it is a must-watch for anyone even slightly curious about the events of this bizarre and tragic crime. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
71% Summertime (2020) It knows itself and it is confident in what it is trying to do, and swings hard for the fences. What's not to like about that?‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
92% Miss Americana (2020) In essence, Miss Americana is an exercise in watching a person turn into a corporation, and even though every one of its "raw" details feels pored over by a thousand eyes, it's still a relatively interesting watch.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
61% Jumbo (2020) It's genuinely amusing and somewhat shocking, and like Jeanne riding around on her Tilt-A-Whirl lover, I feel genuinely sated by it. Well, maybe not in the exact same way, but you get what I mean.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) A great and powerful film...‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) A too-expensive and ugly horror flick with a (mostly) good cast and a seriously funny bit of product placement. Pour one out for this one: It could have been so much more.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) The overwhelming issue with The Grudge is its structure, which is disjointed, achronological, and genuinely kneecaps Pesce and co-storyteller Jeff Buhler's attempts to make their characters meaningful. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) It's a wonderfully pleasant little film, well worth the effort it'll take to seek out.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
20% Cats (2019) Chiefly, a terrible, terrible movie.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) Deakins' work here is, per usual, superlative.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) [It's] most definitely [the new trilogy's] Return of the Jedi, a fittingly disappointing but ultimately satisfactory conclusion to this strong series of new films.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
70% Bombshell (2019) A miserable waste of time.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
39% Black Christmas (2019) Sadly, and despite all of its good-hearted intentions, it's one of the biggest disappointments.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) A lot of the elements that worked so strongly the first time around are just as successful here, and there is some fun to be had.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Despite the writer's best efforts to sink the picture in the writing process and Eastwood's faithfulness in bringing it to the screen, Richard Jewell still works brilliantly, thanks to this cast and the director's reliable and sturdy guidance. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
51% 21 Bridges (2019) It also proves to be relatively engaging and entertaining.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Banks' direction, while well-suited to broad farce and light drama, is a poor match for the "action" and "intrigue" endemic to the franchise, and it proves to be especially bad in the edit.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
42% Midway (2019) Though handicapped by its budget and occasionally rough effects work, Midway often offers satisfactory thrills.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) It should go without saying that Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the best actors of this current generation...Marriage Story, provides them with some of the deepest and strongest material of their careers.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's incredible just how far this series has fallen from its near-Olympian heights.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
26% Countdown (2019) Countdown truly shows its age, as its mindset is more suited to Dark Age Europe than our modern world.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
52% Black and Blue (2019) Black and Blue makes a lot of pointed references to hot-button current policing issues, and absolutely squanders the chance to say anything about any of them.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
100% Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (2017) Muppet Guys Talking is an incredibly funny and occasionally melancholy documentary, full of reminiscing about the good ol' days, even if those days seem to be getting further and further away from the present. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's not perfect, but I would be lying to you if I didn't say that I enjoyed most of this film, and would gladly take more.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) This latest iteration of the classic family leaves quite a bit to be desired, and even a really solid voice-cast can't quite overcome the perfunctory nature of this revival. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) I was astonished how much I enjoyed this incredibly-competent and incredibly-stupid thriller, though I wish that they hadn't spoiled the twist in the marketing.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is, in fact, a stunning work from one of the cinema's most reliable masters, and it's a film best seen with virgin eyes and ears, knowing as little as possible about its plot, themes or characters.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Johnson's film is a lot of witty fun, crafted smartly and handsomely-acted, though it's not without its issues.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
88% Deerskin (2020) Deerskin is a lot of fun, and if you've tried to get into this admittedly divisive filmmaker's work in the past and found it difficult to enjoy, I'd recommend you seek this one out.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
100% The Pool (2019) It's remarkable how well this works as theatrically, where it's good-natured stupidity, willingness to go there, and Lumpraploeng's skill makes it a captivating and unique experience...‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
88% The Vast of Night (2020) Andrew Patterson's The Vast of Night is one of the most astonishing debut sci-fi films in quite some time...‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
79% VHYes (2020) There's an absolute earnestness to the way that everything in VHYES is filmed.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
85% Synchronic (2019) It does more than enough in terms of drawing us into these characters and their predicament, and it provides a solid, occasionally gory spectacle for one to sink their teeth into. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
85% Color Out of Space (2020) Its forthright bullshit-cutting makes it a fascinating document, and highlights how unchangingly compelling the original story is.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit feels like a necessary, warm-hearted mess, and it's well-worth your time to take a chance on it. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
91% VFW (2020) Joe Begos' throwback siege thriller VFW has something for every well-meaning genre nerd to sink their teeth into.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Yet another astonishing display of Sandler's range and the Safdies' skills...‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A rare meet-up of film and circumstance that proves irresistible, on-screen and off. ‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) It just can't seem to get out of its own way, and all you're left with is a massive disappointment that just gets more and more depressing as time goes on.‐ Vanyaland
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019