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Kelly Vance

Kelly Vance
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
72% Landline (2017) The show belongs to Quinn's Ali, with a strong assist from Slate and Falco.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) All these frantic bits and pieces come together under Nolan's narrative scheme to form a stirring panorama.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) Very few crafts technicians rate their own documentary biographies. Harold and Lillian deserve it.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
91% Lady Macbeth (2017) Disturbing as it may be to audiences accustomed to genteel costumed dramas, Pugh's play-acting is an achievement to remember. And this Lady Macbeth, a nasty little piece of work, is a must-see.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
72% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) [Friedel's] down-to-earth performance, alongside those of Klaussner and von Bülow as the torturers, gives 13 Minutes the feeling of a documentary on an overlooked human-rights hero.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) A Ghost Story seems to be telling us that time is cyclical, and that the sphere of existence most easily seen by the living is an illusion. Other, more coherent films have put forth that concept more gracefully.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) See it now, don't wait for it to become a cable TV series. A comatose love interest is definitely anti-episodic.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
75% The Little Hours (2017) It's fun for about the first ten minutes.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
71% Manifesto (2017) As tiresome an evening at the movies as any humorless drone could ever hope to inflict on an audience.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) As touched up by Coppola, the story has the distinctive ironic structure of an ancient Greek myth, one in which a brave but devious warrior, temporarily helpless from his wounds, blunders into a house of beautiful young women.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
23% The Book of Henry (2017) Imitation Spielberg, too sweet to be a thriller and too maudlin to be anything more than a misguided kid-flick placeholder in the career of the guy who is making the next Star Wars entry.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) It shocks us long after we walk out of the theater, not with the short-lived scare of a jump cut or grisly image, but with something darker that lives quietly in the unexamined places of the soul.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) European films used to get away with Slack Bay's brand of sustained absurdism, but today somehow that unrelieved silliness grates on the ear as well as the eye.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) We'd have to go back to Luis Buñuel or even Sergei Eisenstein to observe such unflattering stereotypes of self-satisfied haute-bourgeois squires, as are on display before Beatriz's hurt gaze.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) [An] effervescent new romantic comedy.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
100% Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia (2017) [A] strikingly well produced profile.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
92% Hounds of Love (2017) Dan Luscombe's music and Michael McDermott's freeze-frame tracking cinematography are both chillingly effective.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
93% Obit (2017) Gould's surprisingly entertaining doc introduces us to what must be the best-staffed obit department in the country.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) As imagined by actor Nixon and her supporting players, Emily might as well be one of those pressed flowers, shut up in a book to amaze and amuse the reader (and moviegoer) another day. That day is here.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
68% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) Prepare to be dazzled.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent has a bit of a canned taste to it. The influential Tower may or may not deserve a better screen bio, but this will have to do until that one comes along.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
50% The Promise (2017) The Promise hits hard and never lets up.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Norman is highly recommended.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) A critic's confession, no. 388: I've always loved "boys' adventures." Oh, I can hang in there with Ingmar Bergman or Chantal Akerman all right, but the ideal "comfort movie" is probably closer to James Gray's jungle story The Lost City of Z.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
60% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) Actors Gallienne and Canet handle their roles ably, but Cézanne et Moi seems to skim the surface of its era searching for a bromance that doesn't really materialize.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) Colossal is certainly one of the most awkwardly conceived psychodramas in recent memory, particularly when it turns from agreeably whimsical to aggressively creepy at the halfway point.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
30% The Assignment (2017) The Assignment is an arguably watchable but eminently dismissible hunk of junk, strictly for late-night consumption.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) The writing, direction, performances, and emotional subtlety of this film are a wonder to behold.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
64% For Here Or To Go? (2017) The result is a movie that's neither serious nor humorous enough, as if no one involved could tell the difference.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
43% Song to Song (2017) The investigation into Terrence Malick's fall from grace continues with his latest, Song to Song, a film very much like Malick's previous one, Knight of Cups.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
46% Wilson (2017) The nicest surprise in Wilson is juvie actress Isabella Amara as Claire, the missing piece of the emotional puzzle Wilson constructs for himself.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
91% Raw (2017) Ducournau's school-days guignol, with all its faults, is still more intelligent and provocative than ninety percent of the junk out there.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
83% Cardinal X (2017) Wang's writing is better than her directing.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The big guy actually functions as the balance of nature on Skull Island. If he dies, the place becomes a Jurassic Park-style resort attraction. So the world needs Kong.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
100% Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Ladies of the Park) (1964) Sometimes all it takes to plunge us head over heels into a melodrama is a face, in this instance the face of actress María Casares.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
92% Donald Cried (2017) Avedisian and Wakefield turn what might have been an uncomfortably trivial character study... into a different type of trivia, in which we watch a couple of actors going through their paces and can admire their efforts.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
100% Revolution - New Art for a New World (2017) Margy Kinmonth's illuminating new documentary... takes us back to a time and place when visual artists were at the forefront of a world-shaking re-ordering of priorities.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Sometimes the simplest and most predictable stories can resonate far past their apparent limitations. My Life as a Zucchini is one of those.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Hoover and Mendeluk's mini-epic is neither odd nor epic enough to make much of a splash.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall would be a bloated, cheap-looking, wholly synthetic mega-production no matter who acts in it.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
83% A United Kingdom (2017) [Amma Asante's film] contains two praise-worthy performances, in the story of an interracial romance that had major repercussions during the era of European de-colonization in the second half of the 20th Century.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A Cure for Wellness is monumentally silly despite its grandiose visual scheme and emblematic, humorless tone... But that doesn't mean we can't have a little perverse fun watching Dane De Haan get put through the wringer.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) First-class writing with acting to match in an ultra-realistic setting.‐ East Bay Express
Posted Feb 8, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Peck's angry, biting, documentary examination of Black-white racial relations in the United States may be a bitter draft to swallow... But it's good for us, because it finally shows us the truth.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) In Toni Erdmann, the sandpaper is coated with honey and the protagonists only want to prove they're right, on their way to ultimate family happiness. ‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
43% Gold (2017) In the end the filmmakers and actors get bogged down in a futile search for something even more elusive than gold: good writing.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
94% Neruda (2016) Gnecco, García, and Morán's performances are succinct and beguiling, Larraín's touch is graceful.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017