FilmDrunk

FilmDrunk is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Vincent Mancini
Rating Title/Year Author
B Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Vincent Mancini Sort of like Rocky Horror meets a Jackie Chan movie. I'm not sure what to make of it and I kind of appreciate that. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
C Just Mercy (2019) Vincent Mancini A movie about an obviously-right protagonist righting obvious wrongs by doggedly stating facts. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
A- Little Women (2019) Vincent Mancini A shockingly good adaptation of something I had no interest in before that proves Ladybird was no fluke. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
B 1917 (2019) Vincent Mancini A gorgeous display of immersive filmmaking that artistically is mostly empty calories. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
C+ Richard Jewell (2019) Vincent Mancini Wonderful acting and solid craftsmanship do not excuse turning a story about the FBI ignoring white nationalism into a rant about fake news and uppity women. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
A+ Uncut Gems (2019) Vincent Mancini Like a more Jewish-themed Bad Lieutenant with all the intensity and half the sensationalism -- also, Adam Sandler. Uncut Gems is one of the best of the decade. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
B+ The Irishman (2019) Vincent Mancini Scorsese's beautiful, sprawling, attempt to reckon with his own legacy, and a requiem for the power of American labor unions. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B 21 Bridges (2019) Vincent Mancini Toys with a few genres before coming to rest as a kind of understated blaxploitation film. Amazing what decent camera work can do for an action movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A Honey Boy (2019) Vincent Mancini Shia's intense movie memoir makes every other "daddy issues" story feel like snorting baby powder by comparison. And Lucas Hedges's Labeouf impression is a revelation. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
C Primal (2019) Vincent Mancini Nic Cage is trapped on a boat with a terrorist and an albino CGI jaguar. That is an amazing premise! If only we could see it. Bad camera work and choppy editing are ruining B movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
A- Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Vincent Mancini The ideal comeback vehicle for Eddie Murphy and a winning romp that's perfect for Netflix. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
C+ The Laundromat (2019) Vincent Mancini An important story marred by a failed approach to the telling. Strange to watch Meryl Streep transform into Jared Leto. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
D- Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Vincent Mancini Rote pop-culture slurry. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
B- The Lighthouse (2019) Vincent Mancini A more perfect role for Willem Dafoe does not and may never exist, but it's hard not to wish that there was a little more story to go with the admittedly incredible scene setting. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
C+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) Vincent Mancini If only it had leaned into its inspired weirdness instead of trying to soften it into a schmaltzy dramedy, this could've been something great. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
C+ Dolor y gloria (2019) Vincent Mancini The disconnected memories and disparate gripes of Almodóvar's protagonist never quite cohere into a compelling whole, though the colors are nice. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
A Parasite (2019) Vincent Mancini A light farce that gradually transforms into an urgent class parable, getting exponentially more compelling moment by moment. Possibly Bong's best, and certainly one of the best of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
B+ Joker (2019) Vincent Mancini The only thing wrong with 'Joker' is the commercial imposition that the main character has to become the Joker at the end. Absent that, it's actually a pretty good movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
A+ The Death of Dick Long (2019) Vincent Mancini Turns out, playing this material straight is a lot funnier than hamming it up. I wish all movies were more like this. Best movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
B Ad Astra (2019) Vincent Mancini Watching Brad Astronaut get to space is quite thrilling, but it'd be nice if he done more stargazing and less navel gazing. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Vincent Mancini Trump-era Rambo is essentially a human border wall keeping America safe from Mexican rapists and murderers. Absolutely deranged, a must-see. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) Vincent Mancini Mostly nonsensical but oddly watchable. It's kind of like watching an exuberant 6-year-old try to tell a story that keeps getting away from her. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
B- The Fanatic (2019) Vincent Mancini A Nic-Cage-in-Wicker-Man level performance by Travolta plus the pathos of Fred Durst telling a story about how celebrities have it hard adds up to a movie you shouldn't miss. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
B- Ready or Not (2019) Vincent Mancini A brilliant concept for satirizing the poison pill of dynastic wealth, though the kitschy, "honest to blog" tone holds it back. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
1922 (2017) Vincent Mancini It's a cheeseburger that knows it's a cheeseburger, and it's a blast. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
B Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Vincent Mancini Another glorious celebration of moronic excess. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Vincent Mancini Both heartfelt love letter to the 60s and vaguely reactionary anti-hippie screed, it's the first Tarantino film you could describe as languid. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
C The Lion King (2019) Vincent Mancini Oddly the main effect of putting shockingly photorealistic lions into a Lion King movie is that it kind of feels like an episode of Mr. Ed. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
B- The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Vincent Mancini The glib detachment from which it derives much of its humor keeps it from a deeper exploration of its subject matter. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
D Yesterday (2019) Vincent Mancini A profoundly lame waste of a great premise. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
A- Midsommar (2019) Vincent Mancini Ari Aster's movies feel like an entirely novel experience in a way few others do. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ Child's Play (2019) Vincent Mancini It gives itself a great premise to play with but ultimately squanders it, largely through one poor story choice. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
B- Shaft (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
A- Toy Story 4 (2019) Vincent Mancini An extremely enjoyable combination of earnest humanism and newly-sentient toys yearning for the sweet release of death. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
D- The Dead Don't Die (2019) Vincent Mancini Essentially a one-joke movie, where the joke is "these are famous people." EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
D+ Dark Phoenix (2019) Vincent Mancini 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? EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
B+ Always Be My Maybe (2019) Vincent Mancini A thoroughly pleasant, easygoing romantic comedy with charming leads and a wonderful cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
B Avengement (2019) Vincent Mancini Imagine 'John Wick' as written by a character in 'Snatch.' EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
C Booksmart (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B Aladdin (2019) Vincent Mancini A notably entertaining romp that rather quickly finds the limits of corporate wokeness. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B- Tolkien (2019) Vincent Mancini An unabashedly earnest, homoerotic Edwardian Dead Poets Society that could stand to be a lot more homoerotic. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C+ Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B- Red Joan (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
A- Under the Silver Lake (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
B+ Hellboy (2019) Vincent Mancini Exuberantly gross and proudly ridiculous, this Hellboy feels like the picture Glenn Danzig sees in his head when he doodles in his notebook. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
C- Little (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
B Pet Sematary (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
A Screwball (2018) Vincent Mancini Another masterpiece of wild and woolly Floridiana from Florida's documentarian laureate, Billy Corben. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- Shazam! (2019) Vincent Mancini 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." EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- Dumbo (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019