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Kelly Vance

Kelly Vance
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Robert Schwentke's The Captain may be one of the most depressing films of the season - amid stiff competition - but it provides food for thought in its grim chronicle of a German soldier caught up in chaos at the end of World War II.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Still, there's no doubt Crazy Rich Asians will have an impact on some Asian American audiences, who have been craving proper representation for years. They deserve a better movie.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is a true-crime story with a happy ending, plus a warning that happiness is not guaranteed. It's one of Lee's finest, and decisively one of the year's best.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
94% Nico, 1988 (2018) The story of Nico would be intriguing even without references to the Velvet Underground and Warhol, but with that ever-present backdrop, bolstered by Dyrholm's presence and her mesmerizing performances with the band, the effect is irresistible.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
47% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The screenplay by director Susanna Fogel and David Iserson (both TV vets) contains mountains of flab.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) But just below the surface, Night Comes On is a careful, layered portrait of a person navigating her uncertain way through a sea of trouble, and we come to care about her and admire her spirit.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
94% Dark Money (2018) Dark Money brings us up to speed on the issues in a hurry - in this midterm election year there is no time to lose.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
46% Generation Wealth (2018) The doc actually makes it to the 25-minute mark before showing a glimpse of Donald Trump's face - considering the cheapness of Greenfield's approach to sociology, that has to count as admirable restraint.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) This Sicario may have more talking points than it can comfortably hold. It's often confusing, and its political irony is thick enough to slow the story down in spots. But it'll make you squirm.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Unfriended: Dark Web is a captivating, intricate - and we might as well go ahead and say it: ingenious - summer thriller that presupposes the nagging fears of those of us who can't do without our cell phones and other little electronic pacifiers.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You is that rarest of satires - a nimble, imaginative, non-clichéd bucket of socially aware indignation that doubles as a street-level panorama of the 21st-century urban experience, Oakland style.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) Audiences looking for a film that expresses all the vitality - and everyday struggle - of life in contemporary Oakland, search no more. Blindspotting, one of the most important movies of the year, is the one.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
74% The Misandrists (2018) For LaBruce fans and fearless curiosity seekers only.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Houston's fans will eat it up with a spoon, of course, but even the most skeptical viewer may come away with a better understanding of the perils of fame.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
91% The Most Unknown (2018) In the meantime, this is the most intelligent package of cultural-scientific information of the year 2018, wherever you catch it.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
73% Damsel (2018) Damsel is one of those nouveau westerns that looks vaguely inspired by the Coen brothers... That type of genre tinkering can be refreshing as long as the writing is sharp. Damsel's writing is not sharp.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) From the evidence of director Lorna Tucker's generally underwhelming profile, designer Westwood thinks the reason she's been overlooked is because she's a punk rocker, and always has been.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet Chung Kuo Cina (1972) It's a magnificent piece of cinéma-vérité... The four hours pass very quickly.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
52% Superfly (2018) But every now and then what passes for an original idea emerges from screenwriter Alex Tse (Sucker Free City) and Director X.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Despite the electronic-belch music track and Pawel Pogorzelski's gorgeous cinematography, Hereditary is a dry husk of a story, more of an exercise in mood than an involving narrative.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
95% Filmworker (2018) Tony Zierra's documentary Filmworker, made with the full cooperation of Vitali, is a curious but fascinating tale, as much an inside portrait of the notoriously private Kubrick as it is a profile of his devoted disciple.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
86% Tully (2018) Tully is a serendipitous treasure.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
94% RBG (2018) Ginsburg is a woman we instinctively want to know more about, and RBG gives us that chance.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
86% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) The doc is padded out shamelessly. Worse, when it's not dwelling on random incidents, it's worshipful to a fault.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
96% The Rider (2018) [Director Chloe] Zhao and her films are worth discovering, and The Rider is a welcome surprise.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
14% 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
74% 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
82% 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
86% 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
89% 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
39% 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
93% 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
24% 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
72% 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
53% 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
72% 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
69% 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
77% 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