Vincent Mancini

Vincent Mancini
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T-Meter Title | Year
D 26% The Aftermath (2019) A master class in how not to make a period drama. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 73% Triple Frontier (2019) A solid, if occasionally clumsy take on the "big heist goes sideways" genre. Gets a little credit for not being quite as troop porny as these kinds of movies usually are. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B- 73% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Essentially a two-hour response to Mark Wahlberg saying he would've stopped 9/11. Think you would've been the hero? Wrong. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Marvel are kind of like the New England Patriots of movies now, dull even when, or maybe partly because, they're so consistently successful. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C- 55% Greta (2019) Huppert is inspired casting, and there's a great story here, but it's buried beneath a series of bizarre choices. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B+ 93% High Flying Bird (2019) In content, it's what 'Ballers' should've been; in style, it's what 'Moneball' should've been. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
C 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Like a bad Google Translation of Pulp Fiction where none of the humor works. It's not the movie you're expecting, but not in a good way. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
A- 71% Lords of Chaos (2019) Of all the works about Norwegian black metal, 'Lords Of Chaos' is perhaps the one that best manages the combination of macabre and silly. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
B 90% Top End Wedding (2019) It's a bit slight as a rom-com, but it's a wonderfully picturesque pastoral of people and places we rarely see on film. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) This take on Ted Bundy is certainly entertaining, but it's so hyperfocused on Bundy's charming side to the detriment of everything else that it feels incomplete, if not irresponsible. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ 37% Glass (2019) Given a perfect opportunity to continue this story, Glass is instead a lengthy justification of its own existence. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer pulls a clever third act twist that very nearly redeems all its faults, but in this case feels like too little too late. It turns out, watching a trauma-scarred character slowly fall apart is kind of an enervating experience. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
B- 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood has an artisan's innate grasp of structure and pacing, but also directs like a guy who's late for dinner. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's to Mary Poppins Returns' credit that I ended up wanting more than the big numbers and surprise cameos it offers. Though it's still disappointing that it doesn't really come through. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's nice to see this story onscreen, but frustrating to watch it try to have it both ways on virtually every plot point. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
A 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beale Street is the black Brooklyn, a heartfelt elegy to our most recent ancestors, a kind of collective home movie of black Americana. It's a masterpiece. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
C+ 84% Creed II (2018) A spiritual sequel to Rocky IV released in the midst of a new Cold War and it turns out to be completely apolitical? What a disappointment. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
A- 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is perhaps overly optimistic, but goes beyond the usual Oscar movie tropes about race. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
69% Bleed For This (2016) It's also so effortlessly entertaining that you leave understanding why there are so many boxer biopics, rather than groaning wishing there were less. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
C+ 91% Widows (2018) Valiantly attempts to combine five or six different genres and doesn't quite succeed. That being said, McQueen can still compose a hell of a scene and this cast is phenomenal. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B 59% The Front Runner (2018) Decency is a detriment in politics. Was Gary Hart really this decent? More importantly, will we learn the right lesson from this? - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
A- 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Seems like a lark at first, but taken in totality actually gets to the core of who the Coen Brothers are as storytellers. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
D 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Turns Lisbeth Salander into an off-brand Bourne in a weak thriller that manages to be both dull and far-fetched. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Border has the wry playfulness and clear-eyed strangeness of Lars Von Trier, but somehow more earnest, and more empathatic. It's truly something special. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ 89% A Star Is Born (2018) It's essentially multiplex-friendly porn, where you discover that you desperately need two pretty celebrities you never considered falling in love to fall in love. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B- 29% Venom (2018) Like watching 2003 crash into 2018 and realize how much it sucks here. I liked more of it than I didn't, but the bad parts are very bad. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B+ 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A once-swinging hotel now in decline is Goddard's metaphor for sixties optimism in this gorgeous, sumptuously appointed mood movie. No one sets a scene quite like Drew Goddard. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
A- 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Some directors want to make you meditate. Jeremy Saulnier just wants to kick your ass. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B- 58% White Boy Rick (2018) It's an interesting story, vividly shot and well acted, but it feels like they tried to turn this story into something it's not. The defining aspect of the story is relegated to third act twist. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B- 32% The Predator (2018) It's both a lesser Shane Black movie and a lesser Predator movie, but it's still a Shane Black Predator movie. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B 92% Searching (2018) Not sure what's more surprising, that the movie-on-a-laptop-screen format actually works, or that John Cho delivers one of his finest performances in one. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
C- 52% Papillon (2018) A clumsy adaptation that essentially defines the gulf between "things happening" and "story." - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
B 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's a dopey fart joke movie, and you know what? I missed those. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B 60% Operation Finale (2018) Has some worthy meditation on the elusive nature of justice, even if it doesn't go much beyond the original "banality of evil" assessment of Eichmann. In any case it's worth it just for seeing Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac together. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Rom-coms are often lifestyle porn to some degree, 'Crazy Rich Asians' is just more straightforward about it. It's kitchy pop, done well. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B- 22% Mile 22 (2018) Both a ham-fisted homage to 'The Raid' and a pilot episode of 'Mark Wahlberg: Bipolar Super Spy' that's every bit as weird as that sounds. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 46% The Meg (2018) If you see one movie about Jason Statham fighting a giant shark this Summer, make it The Meg. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
C 62% Dog Days (2018) So studiously scrubbed and wholesome that it barely exists at all. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B+ 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Is historical Spike Lee the best Spike Lee? BlacKkKlansman is a showcase for Lee's passion rather than his technique, and it's his best movie in years. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
C+ 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) I understand the need to set up a franchise, but 'The Darkest Minds' ends without fleshing out any of its ideas. Grade: Incomplete. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
C+ 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) A lot of the jokes are plenty funny, but they almost come at the expense of a story that no one's really committing to, giving the whole thing a kind of self-devouring quality. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
B- 83% Puzzle (2018) It's not a great script, but Macdonald and Khan are wonderful, and you have to respect any movie that can make jigsaw puzzling seem erotic. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
B- 94% Blindspotting (2018) There's a lot to love about this vivid, rhythmic, 'Do The Right Thing' for contemporary Oakland, though it does feel slightly incomplete. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) As committed to being the ultimate blockbuster as Tom Cruise is to being the ultimate action hero. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) In the past, this kind of character, who abhors swear words but kills with obvious relish, would've been positioned as an interesting contrast. In The Equalizer 2 it just feels like unexamined orthodoxy. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
A- 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade's only real drawback is how accurately it depicts being an awkward tween. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
B+ 54% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge retains a lot of the goofy schlock aspects of the franchise, but there is some incisive commentary happening here on what happens when the social contract breaks down. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Day of the Soldado is convoluted enough that you can almost enjoy it for Brolin and Del Toro's hypnotic acting and ignore the ever-present cloud of noxious politics, and there are times you wonder if it's xenophobic or just nihilistic. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B- 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Beautifully shot, lyrical, and heartfelt, 'Leave No Trace' is also missing some of the edge that made 'Winter's Bone' so memorable. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
A- 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Probably the most visually dazzling film Pixar has ever made. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018