Mal Vincent

Mal Vincent
Mal Vincent's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Virginian-Pilot
Publications: The Virginian-Pilot

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 42% Bad Boys (1995) At almost two hours, the film is at least 30 minutes too long. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 77% Braveheart (1995) All reports on the death of the historical spectacle, however, have been premature. The genre is back with Braveheart, a film in which 3,000 extras parade and battle to re-create 13th century Scotland. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/4 68% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) [Antonia's Line] ultimately evolves into a familial epic covering three generations of independent women. It is fine storytelling. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) It has the novelty to use plot development rather than unnecessary shock treatments to move forward. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/4 18% Eddie (1996) Even with many fouls, Whoopi's film still is entertaining. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/4 6% Kazaam (1996) The movie looked lively and imaginative in the trailer that has been showing for months. Stretch it out to 92 minutes, though, and you realize that the entire thing was effectively and attractively squeezed into the preview. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
1.5/4 55% The Craft (1996) At an over-long 100 minutes, it's not likely to cast a spell over anyone. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 49% The First Wives Club (1996) There are enough good laughs to make even the frantic second half palpable. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
83% Doctor Zhivago (1965) David Lean has made a stunning motion picture from Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize novel. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) "Blood," which isn't really as violent as its title suggests, is alternately annoying and exhilarating. In either case, it is a work of art that is required viewing for those interested in serious filmmaking. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
2.5/4 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) As lightweight as this movie is, at least "The Man Who Invented Christmas" builds on the traditional tale in a new way. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 91% Elle (2016) The main reason to see it is Huppert's performance. She makes it well worth the time. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures succeeds where other movies have failed in making mathematical equations interesting. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2.5/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) Good intentions, and noisy special effects, are all for naught when things get this traumatic. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2.5/4 72% Sing (2016) The film has lots of movement, lots of noise and, just to be sure, a big scene in which the theater is destroyed by floodwaters. Who could ask for more? Sing is great fun. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
3.5/4 91% La La Land (2016) La La Land shows that you can make a highly personal, intimate movie and still use the style of an old-fashioned, cast-of-hundreds musical. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 92% Fences (2016) Fences lives so firmly in the realm of real people that it humiliates the bulk of today's noisy and superficial flicks. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
2.5/4 87% Jackie (2016) One could excuse the lack of factual detail if the movie had some focused impression to suggest. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/4 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The Handmaiden is a melodrama that delivers on its twists and turns. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3.5/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) This movie supplies the kind of surprises that let us know it is not to be trifled with. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) In the end, when you think about the film's "message," it is a very simple one. With so much hate in the world, should we suppress any effort to express love? - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) [Rules Don't Apply] is winsome, lighthearted fun with some light social commentary. It's a refreshing night out. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
82% Denial (2016) The film is well worth seeing for the importance of its subject matter and for Jackson's pacing. In spite of all its advance spoilers, it still plays somewhat like a suspense thriller. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) This is one of the most sure-bet "girls' night out" movies since Sex and the City. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) A movie about the "Can Do" qualities of America is direly needed right now. "Sully" is that movie. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 37% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) As pure escapism, it is a good deal less expensive than air fare to Hawaii. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 73% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) All in all, the characters hold it together and manage to be irresistible enough. But I still have no idea what real pets may be doing while I'm away writing this review. Maybe it's best that I don't. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/4 97% Love & Friendship (2016) Love & Friendship is about little or nothing, yet it exposes to our rushed lives the joys of an era in which people actually talked to each other, not to machines. As a comedy of manners, it delightfully skewers its "polite society." - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
88% The Lobster (2016) It is a puzzler that rewards. Fans of Kafka will embrace it. The Lobster also has a little of George Orwell's 1984 and, maybe, behind all the pretense, a hint of good sense. But you've got to work to get to the good sense. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) It all adds up to not much, but it is still a serviceable example of the way big-budget, potential blockbuster movies are currently required to be made. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 85% The Meddler (2016) The Meddler is a comedy-drama about family relationships -- enjoyable but easily forgettable. It is a notable exception to the widely held view that movies are not being made any more about, and for, "mature" women. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) The suspense is there. So is the soul-searching. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
92% Anomalisa (2015) It all moves at a snail's pace - and we're talking about a slow snail. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) A challenge, but a rewarding one. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 88% The Big Short (2015) It exposes the vast degree of lies and manipulation of the financial world in a far more entertaining way than any drama would. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/5 59% Concussion (2015) The NFL may well feel gratified that the movie is as vague and weak as it is. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
1.5/5 80% Macbeth (2015) The present edition, in spite of an impressive cast, is a blood bath that is more violent than any before, but to no avail. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 72% Youth (2015) Absurd but at the same time profound, this is a rare movie find. I have seen it twice and plan to see it again. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 90% The Witch (2016) Thoroughly in the 17th century, both in mood and content, The Witch is a compelling, frightening study in religious hysteria that is not without relevance to our own times. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/4 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) This movie stands proudly as an example of the magic that once was routine in movie theaters. It makes kids of us again and allows us to discover that going to the movies can indeed still be a special event. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/4 93% Room (2015) This movie, memorably, asks us what life means in a big world that is beyond our control and how we are shaped by the confined scope of our upbringing. It demands attention. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) Brooklyn is escapist entertainment that also is full of depth and turmoil. As such, it is a rare find in movie theaters nowadays. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
65% Quantum of Solace (2008) What's left is plenty of well-staged action from Italy to Haiti to South America and beyond. It is expensively produced -- all the money shows. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/4 73% Crimson Peak (2015) Crimson Peak is a visually stunning movie of little substance. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Bridge of Spies is a remarkably good, solidly old-fashioned movie that sends us away with renewed hope. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 83% The Walk (2015) The Walk is a stunning participatory movie experience - for the senses and the emotions. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
92% Skyfall (2012) Locationwise, there is stunning photography of Shanghai and the wilds of Scotland by veteran Roger Deakins. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2015
3.5/4 92% Sicario (2015) If you like your movies powerful and important, even cringe-inducing, this could be your choice. It proves that there is more to movies than escapism. This one is disturbing on a high-caliber level. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/4 96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) We do come away with some sympathy for his bitterness at feeling that the world has used him badly, even if the opposite would seem to be closer to the truth. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
46% Irrational Man (2015) While this is surely not the worst of Allen, it is certainly not one of his best. Even so, to visit a Woody Allen movie at least once a year is a worthwhile thing to do. - The Virginian-Pilot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015