Cassie da Costa

Cassie da Costa
Cassie da Costa's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine The Nation Vanity Fair The Daily Beast 4Columns

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
72% Blue Bayou (2021) We get a smattering of piercing thoughts about family separation as sanctioned by the U.S. government and a roster of deeply felt performances, but not the vision to see it through. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
87% The Card Counter (2021) The Card Counter brings the subtext of broken American lives to the fore... You'll leave the film unable to stop thinking about its dimensions. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
90% Spencer (2021) What Larraín and Knight bring to Diana's story is a daringness to imagine the woman not only outside of her public context, but her media-constructed one. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
100% The Lost Daughter (2021) Gyllenhaal devises a visual language that's as capricious as it is arresting. She knows exactly what she wants to capture and how, and we can feel it in the pacing and framing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
67% Respect (2021) Respect is not a perfect film, but it's also not your typical biopic, and certainly is worth your attention. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
87% The Big Scary 'S' Word (2021) What's most useful about "S" Word's framing is that it identifies the dominant American political ideology-freedom-while arguing that socialism is the only economic system fit to bestow it in the country. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
70% Annette (2021) The film is as tender and wrenching as it is bizarre and humorous. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
93% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) The result is, refreshingly, not high brow humor, but an admirable attempt to see how far one can push the well-worn formula of buddy comedies - and where that process might take one ideologically. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
91% No Sudden Move (2020) Each beat pulsed with both anticipation and absurdity. If that's not movie magic, then, well, it depends on what you think movie magic is. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
93% All Light, Everywhere (2021) All Light, Everywhere is a tremendous work that anyone merely curious about the various relationships the government has to both private industry and an enormous public ought to see. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) Even if you generously accept its creative laziness, Coming 2 America is startling in its utter incompetence. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
86% Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez (2021) Collaborating with their daughter, Nora, to reveal the complexities of her late husband's life and work, [Susan] Stern makes another compelling argument: Differing perspectives can do more than coexist; they can encourage each other. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
87% Strawberry Mansion (2021) The directors' reverence for the past nevertheless lends itself to complex ideas about the future. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night in Miami is often transfixing-brimming with rigorous and contentious thought about the terms and conditions of Black life in America - and always well-crafted. Yet, throughout, King takes few risks. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
94% Residue (2020) Jay maintains an affective proximity to his old home; close contact with family, old friends, and a former lover bring us closer to the aloof budding filmmaker, who can't seem to grasp how he has grown so estranged from his past life... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
88% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Cuties takes doctrine to heart, criticizing the multiple layers of societal exploitation and coercion that impose surveillance on girls rather than meet them with the compassion and openness that could actually extinguish such exploitation... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
98% Fourteen (2020) Fourteen offers a tender, realistic depiction of the bond over the years between two women... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
75% The Photograph (2020) ...still, the movie fails to deliver on the best parts of even the sappiest romantic drama (or comedy): the real consequences of loss. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
100% Advocate (2020) Advocate is less of a procedural than it is a portrait of how activism can and must work under extreme obstacles - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) It's a bizarre set of goals if your real interest is in equality and community, the achievement of which will actually require many people-even women-to actually give things up rather than claim their seat at a king-size throne. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
85% The Hottest August (2019) Brett Story knows how to ask good questions and then interpret the answers she receives-no matter how spicy, offensive, banal, or surprising-beyond the individual who speaks them. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
96% Booksmart (2019) Forgive me if I'm bored by this... Politics somewhat aside, the comedy teens need today certainly isn't a fairy tale about a good-natured struggle to the top. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
82% High Life (2019) It dares to infuse light where it seems that only darkness can-or ought to-occur. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
96% The Florida Project (2017) The audience is invited to believe that their lives are devoid of thoughts and motivations beyond hustle and pleasure, and so the movie ends up feeling like a millennial Instagram feed: cute, edgy, explosive, pithy, but shallow. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola has managed to build narratives of female privacy. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017