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Kelly Vance
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
94% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
92% Stan & Ollie (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
77% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
53% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
82% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum makes the 2018 critics' favorite Shoplifters look like an afternoon at Disneyland.‐ East Bay Express
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
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
74% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Captivatingly nasty.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) In its third generation, the saga has become noticeably threadbare, even trite.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
64% Vice (2018) Vice just lies there dead as a hooked Wyoming trout anyway.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
79% Ben is Back (2018) Just in time for the holidays, a social problem movie about the opioid epidemic. With Julia Roberts as a worried mother. With a happy ending. Oh, joy to the world.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
96% Roma (2018) In its calm compassion, it's the antithesis of cynicism.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Another Kore-eda tale of hard-pressed individuals struggling to live "normal" lives in spite of it all. Get out your handkerchiefs.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
82% Green Book (2018) In their predictable way, Tony Lip and Dr. Shirley give us hope for the future.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is a stylish, unsettling reminder that love can be a gateway to emotions more unpredictable than mere carnal desire.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) A Private War is recommended.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria is a genuine mindbender, a psychological melodrama in every sense of the term, a many-chambered nautilus of shocks and shudders that takes us from the sublime to the horrific and back again with each new scene.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) The Great Buster: A Celebration is a scintillating profile of one of the true geniuses of film.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) [Director Sasha] Freyer's fast-paced, antsy profile of a man whom curator Szarkowski called "the central photographer of his generation" is here for us to dash through, admiringly.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
90% The Price of Everything (2018) See it, then get to know your local artists while you can still afford to talk to them.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) We finally decide that Dano and his actorly directorial impulses show quite a bit of promise, but that we can't wait to leave this particular family to its fate.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
69% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett is deliriously good as the poet, floating on a cloud of gorgeous cinematography by John Conroy and Gabriel Yared's floridly romantic music.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
61% The Oath (2018) The Oath is a black comedy so dire it comes as a relief when the characters try to murder each other.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Man realistically humanizes a genre notorious for fantasy. What a welcome change of pace.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo is an excellent follow-up to the remarkable Meru, and a nail-biting cinematic experience in its own right.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
87% Colette (2018) The pulpy, gossipy, transgressive tale of Colette deserves a nutty filmmaker on the order of Ken Russell, but we get something mousier and less threatening, more or less on the order of The Danish Girl.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Just TV-commercial pathos and huggy redemption.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Fahrenheit 11/9 is a desperate, heartfelt rallying cry from someone who cares deeply. If it resonates with us, we have to prove it.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
96% Bisbee '17 (2018) Despite a few slow spots, Bisbee '17 is a useful portrait of changing times in the West, as well as a reminder of how far we still have to go.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
60% White Boy Rick (2018) McConaughey and Merritt work so well together that we almost lose sight of the industrious supporting players around them.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) Despite its gory denouement, Lizzie's emotional bloodlessness leaves us hanging.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) This marvelous biodoc opens the door to a unique, massively prolific talent. See it immediately.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is about as terrifying as a Cub Scout weenie roast. You've been warned.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% 93Queen (2018) 93Queen (the title is an emergency dispatchers' tag line) is a rip-roaring "only in America" success story.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
54% The Bookshop (2018) But it's Mortimer's obstinate, headstrong, heartbroken Florence we care about, because she's the only one in town who possesses the inner life of a dedicated bookworm.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
82% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2018) The setting seems like a place made for ghosts. And yet the lasting impression made by Gabriel and the Mountain is life-affirming and ultimately joyful.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
64% The Little Stranger (2018) Writing problems are far scarier than restless spirits.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
0% Dark Crimes (2018) Welcome to Dark Crimes, a movie that boldly sets itself a number of obstacles to overcome, beginning with two big ones: the writing and the directing.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) Kudos to Foy's performance and to Soderbergh's genius for finding the tenderest, most sensitive nerve ending and worrying it mercilessly.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
20% Terminal (2018) Meanwhile, no amount of script doctoring could save Terminal. That train left long ago.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) The middle-class kids chose the wrong prank. A seven-year sentence is a dandy proscenium breaker.... And we, the audience, get to vicariously experience an entertaining cautionary tale.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
73% Gemini (2018) Kravitz (Rough Night, Mad Max: Fury Road) is capable of better than this.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is not for everyone, but its wounded compassion is undeniable.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Hornby's characters don't exist in a warm and fuzzy cocoon, yet we're always happy to tag along with them because we know from the outset that no one is going to suffer lasting harm.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
52% Papillon (2018) Pretend you're watching McQueen and Hoffman.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
86% 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
91% 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
95% 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