K. Austin Collins

K. Austin Collins
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
31% Shaft (2019) What the new Shaft movie doesn't have, aside from raw gumption or style, is a context that makes it seem urgent. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) With only a handful of lines, each of these actors carries in them the history that Talbot's film tries, but fails, to conjure. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
71% This One's for the Ladies (2019) At its best, This One's for the Ladies gives them room to talk it through - and gives us a sense of why they keep coming back. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
56% Ma (2019) There's a good movie trapped somewhere in Tate Taylor's Ma. That's the frustrating part. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Despite its familiarity, something is amiss in Guy Ritchie's soapy, bland rehash. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) I believed in Natasha and Daniel; I believed in the implausibility of their day. And I believed in the movie's mission, however overpronounced. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen, Theron, and a handy cast of supporting stars (including June Diane Raphael and O'shea Jackson Jr. as Fields's hands-on head of staff and Fred's jovial best friend, respectively) make the movie float where its vague satire sinks. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Homecoming is most ways beautiful, emotional, honest. But for all its intimacy, by the end, I still felt like I was craning my neck from the cheap seats while being told I had been given a view up front. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
77% Guava Island (2019) There's relatively little dialogue, yet Guava Island still manages to drag, as if the filmmakers assumed its aesthetics would be enough. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) A rollicking, profound testament, not only to the quality of Franklin's performance, which the recording already gave us, but to the intangibles that are better seen than heard. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) It's a surprising, clever sci-fi twist, even as the relationship drama it dredges up doesn't feel at all like science fiction. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% Us (2019) The joy of it, what makes the film a severe accomplishment, is that it can be a fun ride no matter how overstuffed. But only if, ignoring the film's prompts to mean more, you let it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Dragged Across Concrete is exciting, provocative, and more than a little phony. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
84% Girl (2018) A curiously unjust, myopic, even dangerous movie. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) In the end, Holmes remains the complex, magnetic, repulsive, odd, completely watchable star of a thriller that's ongoing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
71% Climax (2019) I've fallen down too many breakdancing-video K-holes on Vine and YouTube, with their hyperactive visual style and knack for intricate displays of personality, to buy anything being sold to me here. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
98% Apollo 11 (2019) As an act of film restoration and preservation, Apollo 11 is a marvel. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) The story, which is humbly well told and good-humored, if familiar, is enjoyable enough not to write the film off. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U wants to be the breath of fresh air the original was. Unfortunately, it probably only ever had the potential to be a handsome bit of déjà vu. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The art world is fair game for satire; frankly, this is a world ripe for mean comedy. But Velvet Buzzsaw never lands the joke-instead, it falls prey to becoming one. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) Alma Har'els direction is familiar - for recent indie fare, anyway - but sensitive. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
93% Bumblebee (2018) There are big splashy battles, sure, and a little bit of political intrigue in the plotting. But this movie was unabashedly designed to be a kick in the feelings. Again: strange for a Transformers movie. Not in a bad way, necessarily. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) You lap up the images of these beautiful actors, whose textures and feelings are enhanced by the film's overall beauty. And then you wonder if there isn't something missing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It easily ranks among the more enjoyable superhero releases in recent memory-and that's in large part thanks to the charming young man at its center. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) What defines this movie are not only Earl's regrets, but an essential rejection of authority - interventions that tilt the film in surprising, peculiar directions. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
82% Ben is Back (2018) It's all just right-even if "just right" is just O.K. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Rohrwacher has something nimbler, kinder, than pure miserabilism up her sleeve, which is right in line with the great, longstanding tradition of Italian neorealism. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) The Rocky franchise is nothing if not redundant, or rather, full of reverberations, past stories just waiting to be mined by some later sequel. Creed II doesn't quite make a meal of the opportunity. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) You'll be tempted to pick favorites. But the real pleasure here is in watching ideas unfold across and between these stories. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) In the scheme of things, it's an alert, well-made rendition - but the tune is a bit been there. You know the story. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film still doesn't quite know how to capture or contain that energy, so it all just sort of goes splat on-screen. It's haphazard, and it somehow just barely works. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) What works best about Mid90s is what's casual about it-but what makes it verge on being genuinely original is all the weirdo stuff at the margins, which is too pronounced to be subtext and too minimally handled to really mean something to the movie. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) You may want to watch it through your fingers at times-but that would require taking your eyes off of Gyllenhaal. Per usual, she makes that impossible. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
90% The Sentence (2018) The project is as painful as it is straightforward. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) Overall, 22 July sees the victims as a largely anonymous mass. Their personalities are vague; their individuation is near-absent. Shouldn't that trouble us? - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
94% Private Life (2018) [Director Tamara] Jenkins's talent for everyday doses of acid and irony is here. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
60% American Dharma (2018) What the director cannot seem to do... is get Bannon to reveal anything of himself that the man isn't already willing to tell us. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Fahrenheit 11/9 consolidates that rage so well that even as it's only occasionally effective, I'm hesitant to write off the film entirely. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
84% Her Smell (2019) What resounds is not merely the sense that Moss is great, but the sense that we've barely scratched the surface of what she can do. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
83% High Life (2019) Sure, it ventures much further beyond Earth's orbit than we ever expected Denis to go-but since when have her films felt grounded? - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The strength of KiKi Layne's performance is in how wonderfully it toes the line between youth and wisdom, helplessness and self-determination. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The movie turns out, in the end, to have an idealized sense of closure in mind, one you both can and cannot see coming. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
94% Bisbee '17 (2018) [Robert] Greene's film moves in a forward, circular motion, through swift, precise interviews and extraordinarily evocative images of the mines that continue to remind us where we are. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) As much as this is a film about work, it is also, quite frankly, a film about the ways men unknowingly, without even really trying, make women's lives harder. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) In a world full of images...Bing's movie stands out for the complexity of its integrity, and its ability to reveal his own experiences empathically. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) But the pervading problem of the movie is that it takes so much of this for granted-all the fraught, interpersonal weirdness between characters, or between the characters and the people who sent them here. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) What makes The Spy Who Dumped Me stand out, somewhat, is that director Susanna Fogel makes it genuinely funny-which shouldn't be that remarkable for a comedy, but here we are. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) It's all just a setup, really, for a great group of young actors-Chalamet, in particular-to flex their relatability muscles, filling in archetypes with nuance and color. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) The film's methods are familiar, but accordingly satisfying. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) As the movie's scope gradually widens, the horrible conspiracy at its center grows so vast that it swallows all the characters up, and leaves discerning viewers as entertained and skeptical as they are shaken. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018