Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " Clouds of Sils Maria is fiendishly wise to the ways of show business, particularly the boxes in which it places women. But the film offers more than that. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 24, 2015
A- 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) " The Hunting Ground qualifies as activist filmmaking. More power to it. You can read all the statistics you want, but there's no substitute for bearing witness - especially in such overwhelming numbers. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 9, 2015
B+ 21% My Way (2011) " This is big-boned, epic filmmaking of a variety Cecil B. DeMille or D.W. Griffith would appreciate. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 13, 2015
A- 97% '71 (2015) " It may not be fair to call Yann Demange a great filmmaker after just one feature, but that feature, '71, just might be a great film. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B 62% Maps to the Stars (2015) " Moore delivers something remarkable here: a completely ego-free portrait of a woman who knows only ego. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 26, 2015
C- 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " The dashes of momentum are just a tease. It's hard to remember the last time this much sex was this tedious. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 12, 2015
A 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " A lot of movies spin their wheels fast and create the illusion that important things are happening. A Most Violent Year, one of the best movies of 2014, does the opposite. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 22, 2015
C- 33% Blackhat (2015) " Perhaps the Sony hackers should have skipped The Interview and tried to shut down Blackhat. Then again, they never said they had anything against abject boredom. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 15, 2015
A- 98% Mr. Turner (2014) " Mr. Turner, like just about all movies made by Mike Leigh, creates the sensation of being in a vividly realized mini-universe built from the ground up. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 8, 2015
72% Inherent Vice (2015) " Inherent Vice lives happily on the outer limits, where the noir form and its history are at least as important as the content. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 7, 2015
B+ 73% American Sniper (2015) " Though it never uses the term "PTSD," American Sniper, at its best, is a devastating portrait of post-traumatic stress disorder. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A- 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " It would be hard to foul up the story of Alan Turing, and thankfully The Imitation Game doesn't. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A 90% Wild (2014) " Subliminal editing, seamless flashbacks and evocative musical cues make for a captivating trek that dances off the linear path, even as it marches doggedly ahead. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B- 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " Admirably cogent, even colloquial, Exodus plows through its stages efficiently, methodically and without much Old Testament passion. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B+ 88% Top Five (2014) " The movie marks the first time Rock's stand-up persona - cutting, vulnerable, afraid of no sacred cows - has survived intact on the way to the multiplex. That alone is reason for fans to celebrate. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B+ 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Once you accept that the splitting of Mockingjay is a business decision, not a dramatic imperative, Part 1 comes off as a curiously satisfying nonaction movie. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 21, 2014
B 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " It nestles into your consciousness with soft lighting and inspiration. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 13, 2014
B- 72% Interstellar (2014) " The climax contains some tangled magic. If you're not exhausted by almost three hours of intergalactic lecturing, you may even be able to feel it. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 4, 2014
A- 92% Force Majeure (2014) " This is icy-dry comedy, perfectly calibrated to the movie's snowy environs. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 30, 2014
A- 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Writer-director Dan Gilroy wants it both ways - snarling comedy and gripping thriller - and for the most part he gets what he wants. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 30, 2014
A- 95% Whiplash (2014) " Whiplash darts along at an urgent bebop pace and asks questions applicable to most fields: How much are you willing to endure for the chance to be great? And what if cruelty isn't a better motivator than kindness? " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B 93% Birdman (2014) " I want to like Birdman more, but I don't have to; it's already so pleased with itself. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B+ 77% Fury (2014) " War is hell. It's also relentless, unsparing, unsentimental and violent to the mind, body and soul. Fury conveys these truths with brute force and lean, precise drama. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 16, 2014
B+ 77% St. Vincent (2014) " Bill Murray is one of those actors blessed with the gift of making bad behavior seem grizzled and adorable. It's a valuable tool in any funny person's kit, and Murray uses it to carry the benignly naughty St. Vincent above its material. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 16, 2014
B+ 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " If the pacing sags a little, and the scale is more modest than the 60 Minutes scandal at the heart of The Insider, Kill the Messenger is still crisp, smart and gutsy. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 9, 2014
B+ 92% Pride (2014) " A zesty tale of common cause that bursts at the seams with fine performances. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 9, 2014
A- 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl thrives on enigma, and the leads embody that quality to wonderful effect. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 2, 2014
C- 66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " A strangely lethargic and self-consciously arty trudge that struggles to find a narrative through-line or turn the great Hendrix into a vivid personality. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " A benign, gently naughty and rarely unpleasant dramatic comedy, the movie benefits from the kind of cast that can cover a lot of warts and keep the cookie cutter churning along. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B+ 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Where comedy provides the tonic in so many films, it's the hint of reality that pushes in at the edges and changes the pace here. These guys are funny. But they know their longer trip will continue once the last plate of pasta is empty. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 28, 2014
C- 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " If only the characters didn't have to talk. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 21, 2014
B+ 70% What If (2014) " In the absence of novelty, execution becomes vital, and What If hits its marks with wit, consistency and even a bit of visual inventiveness. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B 80% Get On Up (2014) " It avoids the predictable narrative arc - hardscrabble youth, rise to fame, descent into drugs, etc. - by scrambling the Brown chronology and shooting for a more thematic organizing structure marked by smart transitions. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B+ 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A rather sad movie about the potential futility of doing good, or at least taking the difficult path, in a complicated world. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 24, 2014
A 98% Boyhood (2014) " To say Boyhood wouldn't be that special if it were shot in a conventional manner is kind of like saying that elephant in the zoo wouldn't be so big if it weren't so big. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 17, 2014
A 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wisely weaves a tale of the flaws in human and simian natures. It also manages to say a thing or two about the hollowness of most summer blockbusters. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A- 97% Life Itself (2014) " Incisive, graceful and, yes, deeply empathetic. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 3, 2014
B 83% Begin Again (2014) " Begin Again is corny, improbable and generally a great deal of fun. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 2, 2014
B 78% La Bare (2014) " It's hardly an essay on gender politics, but read between the lines and you'll find some interesting contrasts. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " The whole thing is very smart and sweet, as are the performances. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 90% Obvious Child (2014) " A foul-mouthed comedy with an immature heroine has treated a thorny issue with remarkable candor. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A- 85% Night Moves (2014) " The film builds its stakes with a methodical reverence for the natural world that the trio seeks to protect. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B+ 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The movie is witty and alive and only very occasionally maudlin. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B 90% Alphaville (1965) " It's so archly intellectual that you fear it might splinter if you poke it in the ribs. It's also endlessly playful in its worship of American movie tropes, and deeply resourceful. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 29, 2014
B+ 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The movie earns its keep with inspired one-off moments that showcase a mischievous sense of humor. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 74% Godzilla (2014) " If you're into superlatives - and who isn't? - Godzilla conjures the most jaw-dropping giant monster sequences since the original King Kong. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 15, 2014
C- 73% Neighbors (2014) " Unfortunately, concise comedy gives way to desperation less that halfway through, and we're left with the spectacle of adults embracing extreme immaturity just because they can. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 8, 2014
B+ 93% Gojira (1956) " It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 8, 2014
B 66% The Railway Man (2014) " Makes its targets clear: redemption, love, healing, handkerchiefs. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B+ 61% Draft Day (2014) " Charmingly glib, packed with moments that demand grace under pressure, Draft Day is prime Costner turf. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 10, 2014
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