Vincent Mancini

Vincent Mancini
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T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 62% Child's Play (2019) It gives itself a great premise to play with but ultimately squanders it, largely through one poor story choice. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B- 31% Shaft (2019) It falls apart in the end, but watching Samuel L. Jackson in full Samuel L. Jackson mode is solid fun for at least an hour and change. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
A- 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) An extremely enjoyable combination of earnest humanism and newly-sentient toys yearning for the sweet release of death. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
D- 52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Essentially a one-joke movie, where the joke is "these are famous people." - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
D+ 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Squanders a great cast and source material by failing to answer the most basic question: who are the bad guys and what do they want? - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
B+ 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) A thoroughly pleasant, easygoing romantic comedy with charming leads and a wonderful cast. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B 86% Avengement (2019) Imagine 'John Wick' as written by a character in 'Snatch.' - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 97% Booksmart (2019) There's a lot of political window dressing for a movie that's almost studiously unpolitical. Name dropping Malala in a teen sex romp seems a bit much. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B 57% Aladdin (2019) A notably entertaining romp that rather quickly finds the limits of corporate wokeness. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 51% Tolkien (2019) An unabashedly earnest, homoerotic Edwardian Dead Poets Society that could stand to be a lot more homoerotic. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C+ 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's a wonder that something can be simultaneously formulaic and bizarre. I didn't enjoy that much but it does make me smile knowing something this weird exists. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 31% Red Joan (2019) Inspired by the story of a real-life spy, Red Joan's world of Cambridge socialists is entertaining enough, though the film seems more interested in her fictional love affairs than in the politics. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
A- 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Upon first watch, it's series of bonkers and inspired interludes with a head scratcher of an ending. Once upon a time I thought the same thing about The Big Lebowski, and this one also may require a few more to fully appreciate. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
B+ 17% Hellboy (2019) Exuberantly gross and proudly ridiculous, this Hellboy feels like the picture Glenn Danzig sees in his head when he doodles in his notebook. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C- 45% Little (2019) The fatal flaw of 'Big in reverse' is that you disappear your star and force a child actor to try to carry the whole concept. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B 57% Pet Sematary (2019) An extremely well acted and competently staged remake that retains the charm of the original, though like the original, never quite finds that extra gear. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
A 93% Screwball (2019) Another masterpiece of wild and woolly Floridiana from Florida's documentarian laureate, Billy Corben. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- 91% Shazam! (2019) Genuinely sweet and funny in a way that feels unforced. And whereas most superhero movies are inherently Calvinist, Shazam's refreshingly simple, straightforward message is "don't be an asshole." - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- 47% Dumbo (2019) Did Disney realize they were letting Tim Burton direct a movie about an evil Walt Disney? That question alone is enough to make Dumbo interesting. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
C 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Not actualized enough to be the reactionary take on Bonnie and Clyde it so clearly wants to be, so it comes off merely crotchety. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
B+ 94% Us (2019) In Get Out, Jordan Peele used the promise of genre to deliver social satire. In Us, he uses the promise of social satire to deliver genre. It's a hell of a neat trick. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
D 27% The Aftermath (2019) A master class in how not to make a period drama. - FilmDrunk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 72% 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- 76% 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- 60% 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+ 92% 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 69% 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- 74% 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 85% 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- 56% 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
74% 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
79% 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- 72% 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