Kelly Vance

Kelly Vance
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It's probably not going to be the last zombie movie, but it should be. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
63% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The Fall of the American Empire is light summer fun with gunfire, nothing to get too riled up about. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) A potboiler dispatch from the culture wars, in a candy wrapper. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
95% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's one of the saddest movies of this or any other year, and yet one of the kindest. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
97% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Echo in the Canyon, the latest in an apparently endless line of cinematic hints that the pop music of 50 years ago was infinitely superior to the pop music of today, has an interesting, if obscure, point to make. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
78% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) The peacefully defiant festival was one of the key cultural events in American history. Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation does it justice. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is a genuinely enjoyable bit of nostalgic myth-making. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Actor-turned-helmer Wilde, a veteran of The O.C. as well as Drinking Buddies, knows where the funniest gags live. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
78% Photograph (2019) Photograph's rewards are doled out by the spoonful, like medicine. And we're never quite sure if it's actually good for us. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
100% The Silence of Others (2019) Thank you, filmmakers and Argot Pictures, for reminding us there is still work to do. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Forget about Trial by Fire. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
81% Dogman (2019) The director, who wrote the screenplay with help from a squad of six other writers, frames his characters with precision in their natural habitat. - Noir City EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
52% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien proves that there's a great deal of scholarship behind the swords-and-sorcery stuff. That, and love, and devotion, and basic human fellowship. With those things in mind, how could anyone ever be Bored of the Rings? - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Fred and Charlotte's lightning-bolt romance is so disarming - we could even call it charming - that we hope it never comes back down to reality - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
85% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Director Eric Khoo's modestly titled Ramen Shop aims for the sweet spot midway between sentimental romantic drama and foodie travelogue, with satisfying results more on the second half of that proposition. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Writer-director Nia DaCosta... keeps a tight lid on Ollie and Deb's struggles. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
44% Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One) (1968) Godard's coy call to revolution is a must-see for rock music aficionados. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
79% Fast Color (2019) Is Fast Color a "corrective" to the myriad of instant-legend superheroes on the market? Not exactly. But now that they mention it, it could be an enjoyable alternative. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Filled with disturbing, half-glimpsed imagery and vaguely somnambulent characters, Albrun's life has all the contours of a terrifying nightmare. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
83% High Life (2019) All we know is that before it ends we're in the same lonely trance as the characters. In that respect, it works. But we might not want to see it again. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
64% Peterloo (2019) In some scenes it's as if we're watching a Ken Loach historical - and we say that with the greatest respect to two of Britain's finest filmmakers. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
93% Diane (2019) [Mary Kay Place's] empathy rings true, and so does Diane. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
82% The Brink (2019) Take Steve Bannon as Alison Klayman finds him, and then put the matter to a vote at every opportunity. Unlike the man himself, that vote is important. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Worth a look for action enthusiasts. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
94% Us (2019) Drop whatever you're doing and run to see Us. You might recognize someone you already know. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
92% Gloria Bell (2019) Hail Gloria! And hail Gloria Bell. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Ash Is Purest White, recommended for committed [director Jia Zhangke] admirers only, is a cold tonic to be taken in sips. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) The absurdist touch of [director Benedikt] Erlingsson's (Of Horses and Men) screenplay - co-written with Ólafur Egilsson - suits the topic, but it's Halla we believe in. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) In actor Smith's nicely paced and nuanced performance, Mapplethorpe is a selfish rebel redeemed, just barely, by his aesthetics. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) I'm no big fan of the twist, but it did not distract me from having fun with the general over-the-top tone of the movie. - Noir City EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Endlessly referential, with nonstop spy-movie action and refresher-course Euro-culture intentions, Krstic's artsy caper pic is clearly a highbrow labor of love. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
60% Greta (2019) We know this story by heart before the first image flashes on screen, and yet it embraces us in a combination of morbid desire and the terror of childhood ghost stories. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
77% Never Look Away (2019) Despite its scenario hiccups, Never Look Away is strongest when it paints Kurt's life as a whirlwind of conflicting lifestyles and philosophies, reconciled at last in the artist's dreamy, melancholy canvases. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Not exactly one of Farhadi's finest, but easily one of his most accessible. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Not to put too fine a point on it, but What Men Want, with its deft combo of Henson, social satire, sexual politics, and just plain sex, is the first 2019 release that actually means something. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Skin is highly recommended, as is the "Live Action" shorts package in general. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) The most intriguing is Trevor Jimenez's Weekends. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) Arctic, a superior example of its challenging brand, adds to its impact by subtracting every non-essential ingredient. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) A cold possum sandwich of an action pic. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The thing that sets They Shall Not Grow Old apart, that makes it one of the grandest, most instantly accessible of all war films, is Jackson's use of modern technology to help bridge the gap between then and now. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The Kid Who Would Be King is an amiable young person's fantasy that adults will probably relate to more than kids, Brexit analogies and all. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Kidman's Erin Bell is a sort of Sphinx. To observe her is to be enchanted and repelled in almost equal measure. - Noir City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) [Director Pawel] Pawlikowski has the knack of making personal (and political) heartbreak seem, initially, like a joyous European fling. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) But it's Coogan and Reilly who take the pratfalls with a smile and lift the proceedings to the heights of sentimental warmth. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
80% Buffalo Boys (2019) Buffalo Boys is not without its clumsiness.... But the talent behind it is obvious, from its Indonesian and Singaporean producers down to the character players fighting for women's rights while riding water buffaloes and firing shotguns. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
49% Escape Room (2019) You don't necessarily have to choose between Roma and Mary Poppins Returns this weekend. You could always let down your guard, go to Escape Room, and scream your fool head off. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum makes the 2018 critics' favorite Shoplifters look like an afternoon at Disneyland. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) As always, Jenkins aims for the timeless. If Beale Street Could Talk is his latest breathtaking miracle. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) In the end, there's too much incident and too many loose threads for this movie to handle. - Noir City EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Every time Forrest and Jewel go into one of their love chats -- in tight close-up, to go along with the grainy '70s-style cinematography -- the movie slows down a little more. By the end, it's barely breathing. - Noir City EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018