K. Austin Collins

K. Austin Collins
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) A body of work that benefits from hindsight and reflection - unexpected pleasures for a horror movie, which must be why they feel so welcome. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodovar's given us a film that's got a soft surface but a hard, distinguished core at its center. He hasn't changed; he's adjusted. He's mellowed out - and he's more than earned it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) Chained for Life's genius is in its playfulness, and in [director Aarpm] Schimberg's vision, lucid but disorienting, insistent that there be no boundary between the movie we're watching and the movie - movies? - his characters are making. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) A vaster and in many ways wilder film than it will get credit for. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is more of a roast than a reckoning, which I suppose would be fine if it were only aiming for comedy. But this is a movie with lofty humanist ideas. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
90% Waves (2019) Waves is a movie full of strong observations, one more than adept at bringing minor chords and colors to life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite is a movie that gives us a lot to look back on, both historically and in the case of Murphy's long life in Hollywood - but I also think we still haven't seen the extent of what Murphy can do. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
97% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Neighborhood is full of looking, listening, understanding - fitting for a film about a man who was incredibly charismatic, slow of gesture and speech in ways that encouraged everyone around him to perform his kindness back at him. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
67% The Assistant (2020) It's as tense and tight as a thriller, but with none of the satisfaction. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) I miss this kind of story - told with jazz and intrigue, coal-black streets and smoky silhouettes - and Norton's filmmaking evokes it tenderly. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
83% Judy (2019) The best thing about Judy, perhaps, is that while it focuses overly on the tragedy of her late career... it is nevertheless a compelling document of a woman who constantly gave of herself. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford V. Ferrari is a good ride, and a good example of what so many people are thirsty for. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) There's nowhere else to go: history repeats itself, the film tells us. So does trauma. And so, apparently, do movies. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
94% Uncut Gems (2019) Classic Safdie characters are brash, volatile-as are Sandler's. Here, juiced up with an awful mustache and a personal style befitting his awful merchandise, he unleashes untold reserves of mania and panic. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) A mesmerizing jumble of culture and labor politics. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) One Child Nation does not flinch from critiquing mass complicity and the broader cultural logic - specifically the indoctrination into party politics - undergirding it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) What's telling isn't how good or not the ending feels: what's telling is that a film like this can never feel good. You sense as much from the very opening moments of the movie. But it takes getting there, seeing it firsthand, to know it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) Honeyland is, like Hatidze, full of life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
64% The Mountain (2019) The Mountain dredges up so much that it doesn't seem to know where to go - but the sad horror of what's at stake, particularly for Andy, nevertheless come through. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) A strange, uneven, but ultimately effective satire of masculinity. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The new Lion King isn't a disaster. It's a lesson: in what makes voice acting resonate... and in the strangeness of hearing animals emote vocally when their faces are pretty much limited to moving mouths and blinking eyes. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Ultimately, Yesterday is a victim of the amnesia it inflicts upon its characters. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
32% 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
54% 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
51% 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
74% 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
93% 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
75% 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
85% Girl (2019) 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
70% 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
99% 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
70% 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
93% 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
92% 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
90% 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