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Kelly Vance

Kelly Vance
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Truth or Dare stops being dumb fun somewhere around the halfway mark, and the filmmakers quickly run out of ways to prolong the action - until they run out of players.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
85% Little Pink House (2018) In the footsteps of Silkwood and countless other underdog sagas, the unfailingly cogent and gratifyingly pertinent Little Pink House tells the true story of one woman's courageous struggle against powerful forces...‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
78% Beirut (2018) Beirut is essentially a war movie trying to re-create a 1980s frame of mind, James Bond-ian spies and all.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
90% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) [The Joffro brothers'] story is worth seeing, especially for Holocaust-movie completists. ‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is absolutely irresistible.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot is recommended.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The hint that he and the writers are dropping is that if we can guffaw at these monsters, we can deal with anything. See The Death of Stalin and face the future unafraid.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
41% Gringo (2018) ... Gringo is a nasty piece of sub-Breaking Bad junk.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) Oh Lucy! adopts the bold strategy of taking away, as opposed to piling on, and it works.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) What a bombshell.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
51% Submission (2018) The archly titled Submission is an equal-opportunity panorama of folly, a fictional quagmire to help keep our minds off the real one all around us.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) It's a cherished cinematic cliché that Russian films tend to dwell on the gloomy side, but filmmaker [Andrey] Zvyagintsev... gladly picks up that handy stereotype and bends it to his own purposes.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) When Lena ventures into that hole in the floor of the lighthouse, the worlds she opens up are truly astounding. We might even say they're worth the trip.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) We get to know how the three men think, from boyhood pranks to career disappointments to the moment of truth, but we can't say we fully understand them. In fact, we almost feel sorry for them.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A Fantastic Woman is highly recommended.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Double Lover, an unintentionally funny trip down the therapeutic rabbit hole, may be the clumsiest scenario Ozon has ever been connected with.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
55% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) ... a refreshing change from some animated trips to "exotic" places - they too often seem to end up being variations on life in a sanitized preteen suburban America.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The Insult brings that familiar tension home to Beirut, with a roster of intense performances to add the human dimension to what is essentially a courtroom drama...‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) ... the wonderfully artificial-looking sets have a charm of their own.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) When Blocker and his military colleagues refer ruefully to the way it is "out here," they're talking about the place we recognize as home. That realization helps lift up Hostiles from a routine violent genre piece to op-ed status.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread is as puzzling and tantalizing as the subject of beauty itself, a movie quite unlike anything else we'll see this year.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) Obama is gone, and yet is still among us.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
67% Happy End (2017) Haneke veterans Huppert and Trintignant handle their roles with skill. The filmmaker filigrees his point of view into every crack and crevice.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
87% The Post (2018) It's a story worth retelling every few years, lest we forget.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
78% All the Money in the World (2017) Delightfully loathsome as the elder Plummer's characterization is, Williams matches him step for step as the dogged Gail Harris - possessed of an unyielding upper-class matronly hauteur...‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) After a frantic first two hours, the pic goes into a "finding herself" pattern, which means losing us.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie, Sebastian, and especially Janney nail their roles.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) What distinguish it from the competition are the dialogue and the acting.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Armed with intelligent dialogue, fully dimensional characters, and the requisite wowie-zowie audio-visual effects, the Rian Johnson-Walt Disney Pictures-Lucasfilm-Ram Bergman Productions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is pretty darned good.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Director Wright, a renowned maker of Oscar bait (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice), coats the action in the hazy ochre tint that spells H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, but it's Winnie we want.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's the actors who give Shape its shape, sculpted by del Toro's affinity for the underdog.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
79% Voyeur (2017) Voyeur is not a gratifying documentary, the kind that makes us feel happy the truth came out.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, helped out by writers Jason Katz and Matthew Aldrich and a full-size city of technicians and crew, hit the right chords, gracefully.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) The contempt that Justice League has for its audience is open, unashamed, and matter-of-fact.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) [Dee] Rees directs this sprawling, supremely well-acted saga with a steady, realistic hand... ‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The flick is riddled with first-rate actors mouthing provocative dialogue in a unique story.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) ... in the writing-directing debut of actress-turned-filmmaker Greta Gerwig, with Ronan and a carefully chosen cast of characters, the time-worn genre twinkles like new.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
76% Last Flag Flying (2017) [ Richard Linklater 's] obviously proud - perhaps guardedly so - of the camaraderie he shows us, without resorting to overt displays of patriotic "heroism." It's a portrait that will stay with you.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Miike has a flair for depicting cruelty and violence, and such talent is usually rewarded, especially in the service of tales of strife-filled ancient Japan.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck is successful only from the narrowest of perspectives.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) This putatively tense crime story melts before our eyes.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
91% Human Flow (2017) As reported in Ai Weiwei's mesmerizing new documentary, the Human Flow is steady and seemingly relentless.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Leave it to Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen) and screenwriter Lee Hall to take hold of this chickenhearted subgenre and give it a generous shot of real-world political sass.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The 163-minute show drags a bit in the last act, but aside from that - and the danger that techies may view it as a documentary - Villeneuve's remake is the slickest fantasy in many moons.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) Dafoe's performance as Bobby is superb, a guardian angel for the 21st century.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
40% The Mountain Between Us (2017) ... the film packs a powerful emotional punch to go along with its field-and-stream mishaps.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
84% Loving Vincent (2017) See it and be exhilarated.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
20% Woodshock (2017) How do good actors end up in bad movies? They follow the leads of filmmakers who have unclear ideas or who make questionable choices. Case in point: Woodshock.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
69% mother! (2017) Darren Aronofsky's Freudian allegory is nowhere near as interesting as Black Swan.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
100% The Boom (Il boom) (1963) Sordi's character, a middle-class middle manager struggling in vain to keep up with Italy's consumer-happy prosperity in the mid-1960s, finds himself in a familiar pickle. ‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017