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Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a modest-size film that performs a service opposite to that of Conversion therapy: It respects the vulnerability that accompanies the emergence of any young person's sexuality.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It's not pretty, which is one reason for the touches of comedy: Sometimes you need to laugh to keep from screaming.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
B+ 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You swings from its heels, and when it hits, it hits hard.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
A- 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik is one of the most distinctive filmmaking voices we have; I'd love to see her make more features but I'm also glad she takes the time to do them right.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
B+ 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Soldado skillfully mixes its real-world grounding with a flair for pulpy, moody storytelling. It leaves a body count, along with an emotional mark.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) I Called Him Morgan is a first-rate documentary. It's also the perfect impetus to explore Morgan's catalogue.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
B+ 96% 1945 (2017) Set in a specific time and place, 1945 also resonates as a story of people doing terrible things to other people in the name of opportunity and getting ahead. It hits home at a time when the idea of loving thy neighbor feels sadly passé.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It cleverly inverts some of the original's storylines, builds on the central themes and provides an all-you-can-eat buffet of eye candy.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
93% Hal (2018) As Hal deftly demonstrates, Ashby was the ultimate casualty of a drastic switch in industry culture.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
100% La Belle Noiseuse (1991) La Belle Noiseuse will immerse you in a one-of-a-kind portrait of the artistic process.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
100% Moonrise (1948) This is an overlooked gem from one of Hollywood's under-the-radar mavericks, and a tasty slice of small-town noir.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
A- 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Mister Rogers made it his mission to give kids self-esteem. His neighborhood made the world a better place, and Won't You Be My Neighbor provides us a rewarding return visit.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
84% The Sacrifice (1986) This is pure Tarkovsky, with all the perfectly composed long camera takes and ineffable mystery of the soul that defined his work.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
A- 93% First Reformed (2018) This is a movie about faith tested, and people trying to reconcile hope with a world that can feel hopeless. It's a film to be seen in a dark theater with an audience hushed in reverence of the power of cinema.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
B+ 95% The Endless (2018) Even lovers of the opaque might desire a little more to grasp onto. But the mystery is a pungent one, and the images and ideas stay with you after the lights go up.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
B+ 92% 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 88% 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+ 90% 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+ 87% 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+ 70% 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 24% 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+ 76% 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+ 88% 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+ 78% 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
89% 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+ 80% 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- 79% 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- 43% 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