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 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
C The Highwaymen (2019) Vincent Mancini Not actualized enough to be the reactionary take on Bonnie and Clyde it so clearly wants to be, so it comes off merely crotchety. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
B+ Us (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
D The Aftermath (2019) Vincent Mancini A master class in how not to make a period drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B Triple Frontier (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B- Hotel Mumbai (2018) Vincent Mancini Essentially a two-hour response to Mark Wahlberg saying he would've stopped 9/11. Think you would've been the hero? Wrong. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B Captain Marvel (2019) Vincent Mancini Marvel are kind of like the New England Patriots of movies now, dull even when, or maybe partly because, they're so consistently successful. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
C- Greta (2018) Vincent Mancini Huppert is inspired casting, and there's a great story here, but it's buried beneath a series of bizarre choices. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
B+ High Flying Bird (2019) Vincent Mancini In content, it's what 'Ballers' should've been; in style, it's what 'Moneball' should've been. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
C Cold Pursuit (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
A- Lords of Chaos (2018) Vincent Mancini Of all the works about Norwegian black metal, 'Lords Of Chaos' is perhaps the one that best manages the combination of macabre and silly. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
B Top End Wedding (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ Glass (2019) Vincent Mancini Given a perfect opportunity to continue this story, Glass is instead a lengthy justification of its own existence. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
B- The Mule (2018) Vincent Mancini Eastwood has an artisan's innate grasp of structure and pacing, but also directs like a guy who's late for dinner. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Vincent Mancini It's nice to see this story onscreen, but frustrating to watch it try to have it both ways on virtually every plot point. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
A If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
C+ Creed II (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
A- Green Book (2018) Vincent Mancini Green Book is perhaps overly optimistic, but goes beyond the usual Oscar movie tropes about race. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
C+ Widows (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
B The Front Runner (2018) Vincent Mancini Decency is a detriment in politics. Was Gary Hart really this decent? More importantly, will we learn the right lesson from this? EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
A- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Vincent Mancini Seems like a lark at first, but taken in totality actually gets to the core of who the Coen Brothers are as storytellers. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
D The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Vincent Mancini Turns Lisbeth Salander into an off-brand Bourne in a weak thriller that manages to be both dull and far-fetched. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Border (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ A Star Is Born (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
B- Venom (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
B+ Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
A- Hold the Dark (2018) Vincent Mancini Some directors want to make you meditate. Jeremy Saulnier just wants to kick your ass. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
B- White Boy Rick (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
B- The Predator (2018) Vincent Mancini It's both a lesser Shane Black movie and a lesser Predator movie, but it's still a Shane Black Predator movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
B Searching (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
C- Papillon (2017) Vincent Mancini A clumsy adaptation that essentially defines the gulf between "things happening" and "story." EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
B The Happytime Murders (2018) Vincent Mancini It's a dopey fart joke movie, and you know what? I missed those. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
B Operation Finale (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
B Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Vincent Mancini Rom-coms are often lifestyle porn to some degree, 'Crazy Rich Asians' is just more straightforward about it. It's kitchy pop, done well. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
B- Mile 22 (2018) Vincent Mancini 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
B The Meg (2018) Vincent Mancini If you see one movie about Jason Statham fighting a giant shark this Summer, make it The Meg. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
C Dog Days (2018) Vincent Mancini So studiously scrubbed and wholesome that it barely exists at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018