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Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The first narrative film portrait of the white-blond cyber bad boy feels undercooked and overwrought, haphazardly written and overdirected." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 17, 2013
B- 50%

Parkland (2013)

"There are 8 million stories in this naked tragedy. Parkland is content to tell parts of some of them." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 3, 2013
A 96%

Gravity (2013)

"An existential action movie that unashamedly embraces the sensation of awe." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B 81%

Prisoners (2013)

"A gorgeous but manipulative thriller that wants you to ponder Big Questions as it sends a shiver down your spine." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 19, 2013
A- 94%

The Hunt (2013)

"Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 29, 2013
B 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"On its own terms, Saints conjures a mood of stoic obsession at the service of a tale older than the Hill Country dirt it calls home." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 22, 2013
A- 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Blanchett excels at every turn, from the haughty airs and headstrong sense of entitlement to the fragile and inevitable disintegration that made the hair on my arms stand up." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 8, 2013

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

"It feels thorough, and very affectionate. It just needs more of a narrative hook, a through-line from start to finish that can enhance the story for those not yet in the club." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 30, 2013
C- 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The Wolverine represents a strain of faux gravitas that squeezes nearly all the fun out of blockbuster moviemaking. Here we have multimillion-dollar proof that slow and unsure can be just as dull as hyperkinetic chaos." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 25, 2013
A- 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Fruitvale is easy to see as something more than a movie - a diagnosis, perhaps, or a part of that sticky vortex we call the zeitgeist." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 18, 2013
A- 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Loaded with stirring anecdotes and even richer music, Twenty Feet also makes for a fascinating study in ego sublimation." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"A little cheekier than most Coppola films, its subjects fish in a barrel of barbed laughs." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 20, 2013
B- 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The movie can't decide if it wants to be a particularly thoughtful brand of superhero saga or a deafeningly generic summer action movie. So it ends up being both, to the detriment of it and us." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 11, 2013
B 66%

Tiger Eyes (2013)

"Remarkably, the story, adapted by Blume with her son, director Lawrence Blume, seems as fresh, painful and poignant as when she wrote it." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 7, 2013
C 35%

The Internship (2013)

"A feature-length chunk of product placement masquerading as a comedy of teamwork and aspiration." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 6, 2013
A- 94%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Stories We Tell is just the latest reminder of nonfiction film's current, endlessly innovative state. That's a story worth savoring." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted May 30, 2013
B+ 86%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Abrams' sophomore effort picks its references well, builds on the relationships established in the original series (and tweaked in the last movie) and keeps the quips and battles coming. Warp speed, Captain." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted May 15, 2013
B 48%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Luhrmann hasn't unlocked the secrets of a story that remains all but unfilmable, but his Gatsby is far more than a collection of superficial splashes and tics." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted May 9, 2013
B 79%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The movie is shrewd enough to skitter along so frenetically that nothing, not even tonal contradiction, can stick." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted May 2, 2013
B 79%

42 (2013)

"42 escapes the trappings of sheer hero worship largely thanks to Boseman, whose relative anonymity eliminates any potential star baggage. More than that, he strikes a tough balance." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 11, 2013

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"A light-stepping kids comedy for grown-ups." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 9, 2013
B 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Aesthetics are steering this ghostly ship, leaving narrative in the background to fend for itself. Fortunately, Park is in full command of his repertoire." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 14, 2013
D 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Oz the Great and Powerful somehow manages to be both slavish to its hallowed template (when convenient) and completely tone-deaf to the magic that made it a one-of-a-kind cultural milestone." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 8, 2013
B- 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"It's all more than a little silly, but Willis' presence at least provides undercurrents of easy jocularity." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 14, 2013
B+ 58%

The Playroom (2013)

"Modest in scale, it's the kind of American independent film that brings some honor to that shopworn descriptor." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 14, 2013
B- 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Soderbergh, in what's rumored to be his final theatrical release (don't believe it), jumps from imitating the master to imitating the master imitators." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 7, 2013
B+ 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"The movie has a wry sense of humor that manages to coexist with its all-you-need-is-love theme." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 31, 2013
A 93%

Amour (2012)

"There's nowhere to hide: The film cuts no corners and stings with the authenticity of life's fragility." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 17, 2013
C- 31%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"What's missing from Gangster Squad is a core, a point of view, something to patch together the cheese and carnage." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 10, 2013
A 92%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Swift, smart, relentless, Zero Dark Thirty compresses a decade of high-stakes procedural into 157 minutes of pure momentum." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 3, 2013
B 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"No movie can match Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western/blaxploitation/southern when it comes to illustrating the carnage wrought by slavery." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 25, 2012
B 62%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"As the details mount, and the star does what stars do, it starts to seem like a good bag of potato chips. There's no nutritional value, but darned if you don't keep eating." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 20, 2012
A- 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"This is a sensuously assembled, almost tactile film that earns its redemption and sears itself in memory." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 20, 2012
B 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"I was impressed with how much of the story's good humor Jackson and Co. manage to weave into the spectacle. It's there in the close shave with a gang of hungry trolls, and it really lifts off once Andy Serkis' uncanny Gollum enters the picture." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 13, 2012
C- 44%

Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)

"With characters that come off more as collections of tics than people and a soundtrack stuck on earsplitting dance remix mode, Bad Kids plays like a straight-to-DVD bad dream." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 6, 2012
B 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Its ambitions are modest, its payoffs pleasant enough." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 29, 2012
A 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Sharp of tongue, generous of spirit, Silver Linings Playbook is a jagged, loopy romantic comedy about "crazy" people that insists, deep down, we're all a little nuts." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 20, 2012
A 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Lincoln is a stirring reminder that politics can be noble. Might there be a lesson here for today's shrill D.C. discourse? 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 15, 2012
A- 93%

Skyfall (2012)

"The movie makes a claim that can't be matched by many Bond films: It's actually about something." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 7, 2012
B+ 78%

Flight (2012)

"Washington sells the hollow confidence of a practiced dissembler, and he conjures enough vulnerability and pure charm to make us wince as he circles the drain." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 1, 2012
B- 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Take a collection of stories, connect them through portentous themes and watch it all spin. We've seen it before -Babel, anyone? - but nothing is quite like the daft, brazenly ambitious cosmic fantasia ofCloud Atlas." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 25, 2012
B+ 69%

Wuthering Heights (2012)

"Lyrical and minimalist - if you don't care for such qualities, you may just find it slow ..." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 18, 2012
A 96%

Argo (2012)

"A tone-perfect hybrid of insider show-biz spoof and tense spy thriller." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 11, 2012
B+ 88%

The Other Dream Team (2012)

"An inspirational if overly talkative new documentary that lives at the intersection of nationalism and sport." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 11, 2012
A- 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"Plague isn't the history of a disease so much as the history of a movement, and a portrait of those who refused to suffer passively." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 4, 2012
B- 92%

The Revisionaries (2012)

"Offers a balanced view of the fight over science and U.S. history standards for Texas schools, but lacks the punch it might have achieved with a stronger point of view." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 4, 2012
B+ 93%

Looper (2012)

"Even with its echoes of sci-fi thrillers past, from La Jette to The Terminator, Rian Johnson's mind bender feels fresh - fresh enough to be forgiven for sputtering off the rails in the final act." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 27, 2012
A 86%

The Master (2012)

"Entrancing from first frame to last. The lights go down, they come up 137 minutes later, and you're left to ask yourself: What on earth did I just see?" ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 20, 2012
B 51%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"Muttering in a hoarse whisper, stooping just a bit, [Eastwood] finds an angry grace and pathos more satisfying than anything else in this grooved fastball of a movie." ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 20, 2012
B+ 24%

The Words (2012)

"Even with one story line and time frame too many, the movie conjures a mean Faustian bargain and leaves a classic dramatic question hanging in its air: What would you do if faced with similar circumstances?" ‐Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 6, 2012
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