The Virginian-Pilot

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 L.A. Confidential (1997) Mal Vincent It is one of the year's best films and a notable tribute to the murky, dark film noirs of past movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
2.5/4 Go Fish (1994) Mal Vincent There is a good deal of humor. Among the film's more disarming gimmicks are little intermissions in which the talking heads of the actors are seen in close-up as they gossip about the other characters and the plot. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
2.5/4 Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) Mal Vincent Whenever Willy is on screen, things are OK. Otherwise, there are a lot of talking humans with problems. Phooey! Humans we can see any time. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
1.5/4 Born to Be Wild (1995) Mal Vincent Most of the chances for humor are downplayed in favor of a heavy-handed, sentimental effort. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
2.5/4 Angels in the Outfield (1994) Mal Vincent As a pleasant little summer diversion, "Angels in the Outfield'' is about what it should be. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
2/4 Bad Boys (1995) Mal Vincent At almost two hours, the film is at least 30 minutes too long. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 Braveheart (1995) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/4 Antonia's Line (1995) Mal Vincent [Antonia's Line] ultimately evolves into a familial epic covering three generations of independent women. It is fine storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3.5/4 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Mal Vincent It has the novelty to use plot development rather than unnecessary shock treatments to move forward. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/4 Eddie (1996) Mal Vincent Even with many fouls, Whoopi's film still is entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/4 Kazaam (1996) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
1.5/4 The Craft (1996) Mal Vincent At an over-long 100 minutes, it's not likely to cast a spell over anyone. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 The First Wives Club (1996) Mal Vincent There are enough good laughs to make even the frantic second half palpable. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Doctor Zhivago (1965) Mal Vincent David Lean has made a stunning motion picture from Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize novel. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2018
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006) Larry Bonko Carsen lacks the swash or buckle required. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2018
There Will Be Blood (2007) Mal Vincent "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. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
2.5/4 The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Mal Vincent As lightweight as this movie is, at least "The Man Who Invented Christmas" builds on the traditional tale in a new way. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 Elle (2016) Mal Vincent The main reason to see it is Huppert's performance. She makes it well worth the time. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/4 Hidden Figures (2016) Mal Vincent Hidden Figures succeeds where other movies have failed in making mathematical equations interesting. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2017
2.5/4 A Monster Calls (2016) Mal Vincent Good intentions, and noisy special effects, are all for naught when things get this traumatic. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2017
2.5/4 Sing (2016) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2016
3.5/4 La La Land (2016) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 Fences (2016) Mal Vincent Fences lives so firmly in the realm of real people that it humiliates the bulk of today's noisy and superficial flicks. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2016
2.5/4 Jackie (2016) Mal Vincent One could excuse the lack of factual detail if the movie had some focused impression to suggest. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/4 The Handmaiden (2016) Mal Vincent The Handmaiden is a melodrama that delivers on its twists and turns. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2016
3.5/4 Nocturnal Animals (2016) Mal Vincent This movie supplies the kind of surprises that let us know it is not to be trifled with. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 Loving (2016) Mal Vincent 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? EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 Rules Don't Apply (2016) Mal Vincent [Rules Don't Apply] is winsome, lighthearted fun with some light social commentary. It's a refreshing night out. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2016
Denial (2016) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Mal Vincent This is one of the most sure-bet "girls' night out" movies since Sex and the City. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 Sully (2016) Mal Vincent A movie about the "Can Do" qualities of America is direly needed right now. "Sully" is that movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Mal Vincent As pure escapism, it is a good deal less expensive than air fare to Hawaii. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/4 Love & Friendship (2016) Mal Vincent 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." EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2016
The Lobster (2015) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 The Meddler (2015) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 Eye in the Sky (2015) Mal Vincent The suspense is there. So is the soul-searching. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2016
Anomalisa (2015) Mal Vincent It all moves at a snail's pace - and we're talking about a slow snail. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/4 Son of Saul (2015) Mal Vincent A challenge, but a rewarding one. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 The Big Short (2015) Mal Vincent It exposes the vast degree of lies and manipulation of the financial world in a far more entertaining way than any drama would. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/5 Concussion (2015) Mal Vincent The NFL may well feel gratified that the movie is as vague and weak as it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2016
1.5/5 Macbeth (2015) Mal Vincent The present edition, in spite of an impressive cast, is a blood bath that is more violent than any before, but to no avail. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 Youth (2015) Mal Vincent Absurd but at the same time profound, this is a rare movie find. I have seen it twice and plan to see it again. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 The Witch (2015) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/4 Room (2015) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/4 Brooklyn (2015) Mal Vincent Brooklyn is escapist entertainment that also is full of depth and turmoil. As such, it is a rare find in movie theaters nowadays. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2015
Quantum of Solace (2008) Mal Vincent 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/4 Crimson Peak (2015) Mal Vincent Crimson Peak is a visually stunning movie of little substance. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2015