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Kelly Vance

Kelly Vance
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% 20th Century Women (2017) Bening's Dorothea... Her baffled but sympathetic expression, her pitch-perfect, one-woman Greek chorus approach to child-rearing, and her essential maternal wisdom add up to one of the finest performances of this past year, in any category. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 20, 2017
84% Silence (2017) Scorsese's heavy-handedness hampers what might have been a startling new entry in the director's religious casebook. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 12, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch's setting, in its heightened sense of the mundane, reminds us unmistakably of the filmmaker's vision of Cleveland, Ohio, in his 1984 breakthrough Stranger Than Paradise. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 12, 2017
99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) Fifty years after its first run, The Battle of Algiers is still a cinematic stick of dynamite. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 10, 2017
95% Moana (2016) It's strangely addictive. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 5, 2017
83% Julieta (2016) Grab hold of it -- the movie, but of course the elusive experience of existence itself as well -- before it evaporates. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 5, 2017
45% Phantom of the Theatre (2016) Raymond Yip Wai Man's Phantom of the Theatre has all the easy-to-digest charm of a Disneyland attraction. Also most of the built-in limitations. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 1, 2017
95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) We can't get Princess Shaw's voice and tunes out of our heads, but it's the sadness that hooks us. She's a princess in pain, and Presenting Princess Shaw puts that pain on a throne. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 1, 2017
67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) It's one of the bitterest dramas of Seydoux's less-than-saccharine career. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 1, 2017
65% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) German speakers in the audience will probably be amused by the numerous puns, but the rest of us needn't worry -- the playful sight gags are just as plentiful. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 1, 2017
47% Free State of Jones (2016) McConaughey plays Newton Knight in one key, the key of righteous indignation, just what the story calls for. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 1, 2017
91% Zero Days (2016) It's open-ended, challenging, and may keep you awake at night. What better recommendation for outrage junkies? ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Jan 1, 2017
92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) See Eat That Question and get to know Frank Zappa. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 31, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) We're not buying Money Monster, not even at a discount. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 30, 2016
69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Swiss Army Man is more interesting to think about than to actually watch, but hard to swallow in any case, even as an allegory. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 28, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) High-Rise refuses to let us off with a whiff of revolutionary outrage when a truckload is so easy to dump off. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 28, 2016
87% Phantom Boy (2016) It's one of the best not-just-for-children animations in theaters this summer -- an action-packed, yet kind-hearted adventure featuring an ailing kid who doubles, in his imagination, as an invisible flying hero. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 28, 2016
96% Nuts! (2016) Nuts! is such a fascinatingly goofy tale, with peekaboo plot elements popping out from every angle, that a straightforward documentary approach could never do it justice. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) Love & Friendship is one of Mr. Metropolitan's best. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) Among the recent crop of dystopias, The Lobster is quite possibly unique -- an actors' workshop exercise that relies almost entirely on dialogue and situations instead of kinetic displays of heroism. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) [His] candid commentary reveals him to be a cultivated man with a gut-bucket sensibility trying to make mass-market commercial hits but who rarely finds the right combination of style and substance. At least we now know why he did what he did. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
87% Lion (2016) Lion roars quietly with restraint and simplicity. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
95% Fences (2016) Washington and Davis can do no wrong. They roam free and Fences can barely contain them. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) For those who know The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, it's a harmless curiosity, a workable but rather heavily implied time-travel voyage to 50 years ago; for those who don't, it will probably be incomprehensible. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Any actor in the world can look stupid if he or she follows a stupid script. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) Sad to say, even The Internship was smarter, and funnier, about Silicon Valley stereotypes than this. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) The Brand New Testament is extra-whimsical yet hard as nails when we get down to the rough stuff, like mortality, love, and sadness. What better choice for a holiday matinee at the movies? ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
83% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Mifune: The Last Samurai should be required viewing for any fan of classic Japanese film. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) The film is not a document, nor a myth, nor a political indictment, but a completely subjective, artfully wrought fragment of the American mystique. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Approach Manchester by the Sea with caution. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) If [Beatty] never makes another film, this would be a sad capper to the career of the actor who gave us Bonnie and Clyde, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and Shampoo. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Allied explains more about war, dependency, and human nature in general than just about any other film in theaters this pre-holiday season. It's recommended, especially for people who usually have no time for war movies. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Shannon makes even okay dialogue sound brilliant, and his facial expressions rival most novels in the "good read" category. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
88% Elle (2016) The indignities and mishaps are so numerous that they become comical. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) A must-see. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
94% Gimme Danger (2016) Long live Iggy. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Even the most sensational sequences in The Handmaiden fail to do much more than disrupt the plot line. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
No Score Yet Company Town (2016) Company Town celebrates grassroots process and energetic democracy. It may just be the finest political film of the year. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Right down the line, every single actor in the large cast paints a remarkable, unhurried, true-to-life portrait. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Director Miller's dialogue, concocted from a story by book publisher Karen Rinaldi, puts a sparkle in the mouths of everyone concerned. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Dec 27, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Loving is a first-class actors' picnic, with the advantage of having real-life meaning in the always-thorny arena of American race relations. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Nov 15, 2016
95% The Love Witch (2016) Take a deep breath and exhale. The Love Witch is ready to blow your mind. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Nov 9, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) Do Not Resist is an audacious examination of an especially troubling aspect of the ongoing militarization of the US. See it and draw your own conclusions. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Oct 28, 2016
60% Desierto (2016) A cruel postcard from the America we'd probably rather not think about. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Oct 14, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) A suitable subject for a nail-biter fictional thriller, but it's a documentary. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Oct 14, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is the only film this year you cannot afford to ignore. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Oct 14, 2016
100% Cameraperson (2016) The images she captures form the antithesis of the cold, uncaring, unblinking eye. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Oct 14, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Outside of being a tad overproduced, it stands on its own perfectly well. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Oct 14, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) An ideal summer popcorn pic, if you don't mind a little blood on your kernels. ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Sep 22, 2016
70% CafĂ© Society (2016) The question is: Can he, should he, hang it up while he's ahead? ‐ East Bay Express
Posted Sep 22, 2016