K. Austin Collins

K. Austin Collins
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 No Score Yet Midnight in Paris (2019) Midnight In Paris isn't a film about peering into a crystal ball. It's a movie about seeing beyond the headlines and looking toward a place and its people. It's humble as pie -- and all the more enriching for it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4.5/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The thrill of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm isn't just that it takes on the Trump administration, or more pointedly, America under Donald Trump. The thrill is in how smoothly, how improbably, Cohen and his collaborators have engineered it all. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 44% Rebecca (2020) In its depiction of one woman living in the shadow of another, Wheatley's film proves, ironically, to be stuck in a shadow of its own. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 feels outright outlandish at times; more than unrealistic, it can feel as far afield from history as an episode of the Twilight Zone. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Your job is to relax and enjoy it. Clap along. Connect with each other, and with yourself. As Byrne seems to say, we owe ourselves that much. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 100% Totally Under Control (2020) It's a fine placeholder for a real reckoning, a nicely-plated appetizer, a studious demonstration of how to read, collate, and repackage the news. Now all we need is to tell the actual story, which is to say, the human one. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) The plot of the movie is kind of wicked and free; the first half soars more than the second, but satisfaction and belly-laughs abound. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/5 99% Time (2020) Time, Bradley asks us to remember, is what we lose. Only in a movie can we entertain and engineer the fantasy of getting it back, rewinding the clock, restoring presence to a loved one's absence. Thank God, then, for movies. This one especially. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/5 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) For all its playfulness, it's the real, stinging, joyful, inconvenient reality of life that Dick Johnson Is Dead gives us. It's a committed act of preservation: a looping, reeling, repeatable act of love. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) It's a little zany, a little blue, emotionally jagged, adventurously all over the place. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 81% The Boys in the Band (2020) The Boys in the Band isn't always good, but it's a good time. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 68% The Glorias (2020) These moments don't really work, but the idea behind them resonates. The movie feels like a conversation a dreaming Gloria Steinem might be having with herself, about herself. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) This is comedy wed not just to melancholy but to a deep sense, maybe fear, of failure. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4.5/5 93% Residue (2020) Because this is a film that flows rather than catapults through its plot, the stuff that another movie would pull off too neatly here feels ephemeral and slippery. The textures Gerima generates are as rigorous as they are personal. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) The Devil All the Time has the pretensions of a mythopoetic story that's chipping away at a community's dark underbelly. But here the misery is as belly-up and eager to be noticed as a house cat or a dead fish. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 28% Antebellum (2020) At its heart, and at its best, Antebellum is a grand play on what we know people really mean when they shout to "Make America Great Again." - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 97% Buoyancy (2020) It grows thrilling to watch. Rathjen's careful script and intensive eye for environmental details deliver all of this to us with a steady rhythm. Repetition, a sense of the daily drag, is key. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 74% Mulan (2020) Its cast, its attitude, its overall eagerness to please -- all benefits, one would think -- don't add up to a good movie. They add up to a blueprint of the movie this ought to be. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
97% La Llorona (2020) [A] taut, effective new horror film. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
88% Sputnik (2020) This is altogether well-made, straightforward entertainment, gross but contained, intriguingly structured: a movie as slickly designed as the slime trailing the alien's mermaid butt. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
64% The Secret Garden (2020) An altogether fine endeavor that children will probably enjoy. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
73% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle massages all the life and spice and danger out of jokes like these in favor of comparatively flavorless sentiment and reconciliation. Sure, I still laughed. But as I did, I wondered why the movie insisted on low-balling itself. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) It's accomplished through filmmaking that feels as honed and intentional as it is elaborate, and as personal, even autobiographical, as it is speculative and somewhat removed. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
61% Radioactive (2020) Despite its clear and admirable efforts to upset the usual visual and dramatic monotony of genius biopics, Radioactive feels surprisingly by-the-numbers. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
81% The Painted Bird (2020) There's a style and breadth to some of its imagery that contradict and complicate its ostensible realism in memorable ways... But its methods notwithstanding, The Painted Bird's endgame falls short. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
91% Relic (2020) You get horror films that are said to be "about X," rather than just another horror movie - while ultimately failing to make good on any of these myriad parts. Relic is yet another of these films. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) Palm Springs endeared me to Samberg and Milioti quite a bit, and that's not nothing. The movie, though, doesn't amount to much. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) You're forced to reckon with the nature of identity - how it can cost someone their life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) It's nothing The Daily Show, under Stewart's leadership, didn't already cover. Which is a little alarming in 2020. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The story and the cast keep growing and expanding outward, not always satisfyingly, sometimes outright ludicrously, but in ways that always feel alive and alert to the men this movie is about and their eerie, frequently sad, complexities. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
78% Braveheart (1995) Though Gibson's film isn't smart on this subject or even really aware of it, it has few modern rivals as an example of the ways a movie can rend history into compellingly simplistic myth. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) Rae and Nanjiani are charismatic stars whose rise has been nice to watch... Neither of them gets to be at their best. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
93% Fail-Safe (1964) Lumet... has a knack for landing a tight, winning premise. Fail Safe, a box office failure in its time that's been considered a classic ever since, is no exception. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) The movie works best, in the end, by convincing us that these people are perfectly ordinary. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
82% Testament (1983) Notable on its own terms, not only in our own, newly tragic context. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) The movie's biggest surprise remains that it lacks any. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
86% Safe (1995) Haynes does to us what his film does to Carol, cannily exploiting our willingness to find answers where there are none, to read meaning into associations. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
52% Bamboozled (2000) Audacious, vibrant, unsurprisingly maligned but frequently brilliant. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) An ingenious mashup of American westerns and the satirical and political work that swept Brazilian cinema in the 1960s. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) Leave it to [Kelly] Reichardt, one of cinema's great excavators... to take what history usually relegates to side-stories, footnotes, or long-forgotten local lore and spin from it a tale that feels fateful and comprehensive. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) This is a film that argues for and thoroughly understands the urgent, present-tense, shifting surreality of war. It is not merely a narrative reimagining of that experience. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
88% Onward (2020) It's a fine movie: cute, clever, moving, and engagingly-told, an altogether painless confirmation of what we should all agree is Pixar's basic aptitude. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Fowler's Sonic is what it is: family fun, which in the U.S.-Pixar and Into the Spiderverse notwithstanding-still tends to mean only-sort-of fun and adamantly not-smart. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge, to its credit, knows that this tension is valuable. It knows all the moves. It nevertheless falls far short of living up to them. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) The choices in themselves are not the problem; the difficulties arise from writing that has fewer good ideas about these people than it does about their circumstances. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
11% The Turning (2020) The Turning, with its conspicuous lens flares, awkward digital zooms, and slipshod editing, creeps a little too frequently into screensaver territory and suffers for it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
86% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child amounts to a curiously fragmented display of [filmmaker Bertrand Bonello's] talent. But much of the good stuff is here. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
81% A Hidden Life (2019) It's about faith, pure and simple - though, in the end, A Hidden Life is anything but. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Jewell, to its credit, is anchored by one of the more complex heroes in Eastwood's canon. But I'm still not certain it finds the most cutting or convincing path through this story. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) The actors here, particularly Holland, speak with a relish Soderbergh usually saves for his heist capers. And though much lighter on the action, High Flying Bird still has the pace and feel of one. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019