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Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 91% Lean on Pete (2018) The film is a showcase for a very promising young actor named Charlie Plummer. Lanky, sensitive but assured, Plummer gives his character, 15-year-old Charley, a sense of raw decency maintained through trying circumstances.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
A 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You don't watch You Were Never Really Here. You fall into it, one shot and sound at a time.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B+ 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Even with a narrative that feels more like a diagram, even with some questionable decisions regarding cultural translation, Isle of Dogs bursts with its maker's drollery and contagious passion for the medium of film.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
A- 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin is actually a lot like Veep, except with gulags and executions.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
A 96% Foxtrot (2018) The results are stunning. Foxtrot takes us from unfathomable mourning to soul-numbing tedium and back again.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
B 95% November (2018) November is one of those films you can enjoy staring at from a perspective of visual-arts appreciation, even if the story gets thin (and it definitely does).‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
B+ 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds is a film of exquisite style and deceptive substance.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
B+ 47% Red Sparrow (2018) A densely plotted, lurid and rather satisfying spy spectacle whose greatest asset is a movie star showing us why she's a movie star.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
A- 87% Annihilation (2018) A color-blasted head trip laden with gasp-worthy sights that also carries out the essential sci-fi mission of making us consider what it means to be human in a modern world.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B+ 67% Happy End (2017) Happy End will likely go down as a minor film from a major filmmaker, which is enough to make it worth your while if you can take the emotional hit.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Eastwood will be 88 in May. If I'm doing anything when I'm 88 as well he makes movies, I'll be a very happy 88-year-old.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B+ 74% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Because of Kruger, In the Fade maintains a daunting level of emotional truth to the last.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
B+ 86% Bomb City (2018) A tense, finely observed Texas crime drama, produced on a tight budget and suggesting great promise for its Dallas-based filmmakers.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
A- 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's a piercing glimpse of a young man's bright, confounding first love, the kind of love that brings disorientation and rhapsody.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
A 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's a finely calibrated film, brimming with romance, excitement and humanity.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
A- 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It constantly keeps us off balance, even as it never loses its own.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
B+ 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) It sends the mind moving, to the links between Vietnam and Iraq, to the bonds of grief and friendship, and to what it means to serve a country and an institution that gives and takes away.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
88% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) This is an intensive appreciation of perhaps the greatest living American essayist, and one of the best ever. It plays like a finely tuned authorized biography.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
B+ 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Sacred Deer is far from a standard psycho-revenge yarn, and its serrated edge is nothing like even the nominal art films you're likely to see.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
A 100% Tower (2016) Tower manages to collapse the space between past and present, which, given the timeliness of the subject matter, has a haunting effect.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
A- 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) A measured but devastating movie that haunts the imagination and conscience.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
B- 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Fuqua has watched his John Ford, evident in the sweeping mountain vistas that use every inch of the screen, and his Sergio Leone, represented by the squinty tension that fills the air before every showdown.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
A- 82% Indignation (2016) Indignation is one of those films that creates the impression of little happening, when in fact Schamus, and Roth, are pulling levers of life-and-death importance.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
C+ 2% Nina (2016) Writer/director Cynthia Mort tells this story well enough, but we're still left wondering why she chose this story to begin with.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
B+ 91% The Witch (2016) Minimalist, slow to burn and utterly confident in its style and tone, Robert Eggers' Colonial New England fairy tale earns its chills the old fashioned way, through timing, atmosphere and skill.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
A- 80% The Revenant (2015) The ravenously beautiful revenge saga from Alejandro González Iñárritu plays like the meanest Jack London short story imaginable. Its thrills chill to the bone.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
B+ 94% Room (2015) Room is a good movie with a great performance at its core. Larson's career was already going places... But Room will be remembered as the movie that etched her permanent place on the map. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
A 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Put your hand in your pocket, real slow-like, and get out your wallet. You'll want to buy a ticket for The Hateful Eight, the Western that Quentin Tarantino was born to make.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
B+ 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Go see The Force Awakens with an open mind, and without expectations of the same lightning being captured again in the same bottle. It is, at the end of the day, a movie. And it's a pretty good one.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
B- 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) In the Heart of the Sea is everything you might expect and a little bit less. It's solid if rarely spectacular, engaging if rarely engrossing.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
A- 95% Creed (2015) Creed is the happiest surprise of the movie season, a mix of old and new that taps our reservoir of nostalgia and forges a path of its own. It serves comfort food with fresh ingredients.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
B+ 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) The film balances action and suspense with the kind of political and military gamesmanship that would be at home in a Shakespeare history play (minus the lush language, of course).‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
A 97% Spotlight (2015) It's a great story about getting the story.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
B 63% Spectre (2015) Spectre wants to operate as both a grim post-9/11 thriller and a throwback spy yarn, and it succeeds often enough. There's something audacious about positing a massive security and civil liberties threat right in the heart of central government.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
B+ 91% The Martian (2015) The Martian is fueled by charm, curiosity and the scientific method. It plays like a modernized Kennedy-age fantasy of discovery, space and can-do initiative.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
A 84% The Walk (2015) The line between gimmicky and magic can be mighty fine, but Robert Zemeckis masters it like a seasoned pro in The Walk.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
C- 10% Stonewall (2015) Stonewall isn't good, but it's not quite as bad as you might imagine.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
B+ 73% Everest (2015) The climbing sequences, which take up the bulk of the movie, pack a visceral punch.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
B+ 43% American Ultra (2015) Ultra works by making a potentially messy story rather simple, and by using its carnage as an extension of its comedy. It has no interest in piling on plot minutiae. It's too busy getting to the next bit of mayhem.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
B+ 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton manages to keep its sharp teeth despite its adherence to form. The movie doesn't neuter N.W.A.'s story so much as mold it to a familiar model.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
C- 9% Fantastic Four (2015) It's as if it looked at possible templates for excitement and willfully decided to go for something more disjointed and boring.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
B+ 86% Trainwreck (2015) Apatow and Schumer know that sturdy comedy benefits from the stuff of real life, and they supply it in consistent and sneaky fashion.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
B+ No Score Yet Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (2015) The Perfect Shot might not be the perfect movie, but it's still a worthy profile of the defining Dallas sports star of this generation.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
B+ 71% Jurassic World (2015) A movie like Jurassic World must pass one basic test: Stay diverting, if not spectacularly entertaining, even through the most ridiculous scenarios. Mission accomplished.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
C 19% Aloha (2015) Aloha, for all its spasms of charm, feels like a push-button romance, its heroes glibly spouting lines with the hope that the words come to mean something.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
A- 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Mad Max: Fury Road provokes the same question from its audience again and again: What can you show me next? The answer is always the same: Something even more outlandish and imaginative than what you just saw.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
B+ 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Thomas Vinterberg's sturdy new film adaptation brings out some of the darker shades, literally and figuratively, in Hardy's proto-feminist tale.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
A- 92% Black Souls (2015) Black Souls is above all the story of a family divided, a fraternal knot that can be untied only through tragedy.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
B+ 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) By making the Avengers snarky rivals as well as brothers and sisters in arms, franchise Big Brain Joss Whedon injects exactly what such a noisy spectacle needs: a dollop of charm.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2015
A- 89% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015