Cinema-stache

Cinema-stache is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rob Vaux
Rating Title/Year Author
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Rob Vaux A crackerjack neo-noir that never confuses artifice with elegance and never allows the mechanics of its labyrinthine plot to substitute for human drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Please Stand By (2017) Rob Vaux The journey itself matters less than the particular steps that this character needs to take. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Rob Vaux Take away the arch tone and deadpan ridiculousness, and the scenario is all too real. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rob Vaux It arrives at a very dark moment indeed, and yet like the movies that preceded it, it speaks very powerfully to where we're at right now. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Gladiator (2000) Rob Vaux A movie initially intended as summer popcorn, but which somehow scored a Best Picture Oscar: the only one of Scott's lengthy and impressive canon to have done so. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2017
12 Monkeys (1995) Rob Vaux Terry Gilliam always had a unique spin on dystopian fantasy EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
Life of Brian (1979) Rob Vaux The Pythons' instincts strike home, not only in Brian's miserable failure to imbue his followers with some basic decency, but in the self-apparent barbarism that he's fighting against. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
The Thing (1982) Rob Vaux Carpenter uses Bottin's effects to release the tension... which lets them hit all that much harder. But he didn't need special effects to find the real horror in the scenario. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2017
Denial (2016) Rob Vaux Denial concerns itself more with the substance of how to fight such a man than the normal hammer-and-tongs courtroom stuff. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Network (1976) Rob Vaux It was the height of satire in 1976: dark as hell, but patently absurd and surely nowhere close to objective reality. Objective reality surpassed it somewhere in the Jerry Springer era. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2017
Richard III (1995) Rob Vaux But when thoughts turn to the Bard, and his unique way of pinpointing the flaws in human nature that bite us again and again, they inevitably settle on Richard III. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2017
The Matrix (1999) Rob Vaux The Matrix embedded itself in pop culture so thoroughly that it's easy to forget how different it was when it first arrived. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2017
Cabaret (1972) Rob Vaux "The Nazi musical," as star Liza Minnelli glibly put it, has felt pertinent for a long time. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2017
The Devil's Advocate (1997) Rob Vaux Critics called it out for its melodramatic tone, but the theatrics are far more feature than bug, and the participants seem just aware enough of the overheated material to wink without upending the whole apple cart. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
Apocalypse Now (1979) Rob Vaux An indelible statement on the lunacy of war. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017) Rob Vaux If you can live on flashiness alone, it knows how to get the job done. Just don't expect much steak beneath the sizzle. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2017
Dunkirk (2017) Rob Vaux Soldier and civilian alike are left powerless in the face of a seemingly hidden enemy who can come from anywhere at any time. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2017
The Purge: Election Year (2016) Rob Vaux The Purge becomes reality the same way any real-world horror does: by the consent of the governed EDIT
Posted May 16, 2017
The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Rob Vaux The questions beneath it linger longer than the slightly greasy joy of watching bad people pay for our collective sins. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2017
The Purge (2013) Rob Vaux The interesting thing about The Purge series is how readily and easily the central premise develops into something with a little more bite. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2017
Ghostbusters (2016) Rob Vaux With these four performers in place, the movie finds some magic. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2017
Citizen Kane (1941) Rob Vaux Citizen Kane helped define the language of film, and the totality of its achievement provides no end of fascinating topics to discuss at length. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2017
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Rob Vaux Vin Diesel is just fireproof, isn't he? EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2017
1984 (1984) Rob Vaux Like the book, 1984 understands that forgetting these lessons puts us a step closer to the unthinkable. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2017
Beauty and the Beast (1991) Rob Vaux Songwriter Howard Ashman - a gay man dying from AIDS-related complications in Reagan's America - knew the real face of the mob all too well. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2017
The Great Dictator (1940) Rob Vaux The lessons remain, and the strength of his statement still inspires his descendants - professional or otherwise - to follow his example. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2017
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rob Vaux It emphasizes the necessity of sacrifice for victory, and celebrates the anonymous, forgotten fighters who put it all on the line before that Skywalker kid even got up to bat. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2017
Les Misérables (2012) Rob Vaux If we embrace our proximity instead of being shaken out of the characters' woes, then the film turns into a thing of beauty. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2017
Gaslight (1944) Rob Vaux We rely on the actors and the script to convey the mood, and director George Cukor matched no less a figure than Alfred Hitchcock with the results. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2017
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Rob Vaux Author J.K. Rowling clearly knew a totalitarian regime when she saw one, and never hesitated to call out the toadies and enablers along with her big baddie. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2017
Idiocracy (2006) Rob Vaux Here we are, watching TPTB water the crops with Brawndo EVERY SINGLE DAY and a substantial chunk of the populace actively wondering why the rest of us are freaking out. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2017
Gandhi (1982) Rob Vaux The movie aims primarily to demonstrate how such a man could accomplish so much, but also how monumental his task was and how it ultimately claimed his life EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2017
Get Out (2017) Rob Vaux Get Out knows how to mine a real social voice from simple scares, and turn a reliable thrill ride into the first truly great film of the Trump era. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2017
Escape From New York (1981) Rob Vaux Power corrupts. Truth is the antidote. And if the masters of the universe don't like that, it only takes one nasty bastard in the right place at the right time to correct them. The eyepatch is optional. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2017
Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015) Rob Vaux [It] wants us to understand how the actor's life influenced his work, and what he drew from to create such memorable onscreen figures. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2016
Hell or High Water (2016) Rob Vaux It's a simple equation, but the details make it sing. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Rob Vaux Its joys are modest, but they're well-earned and Zwick gives us a reliable rooting interest in the outcome. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2016
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Rob Vaux This is a hug from an old friend, one we haven't seen in a while and who, as it turns out, some of us have missed more than we'd anticipated. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2016
The Phenom (2016) Rob Vaux A cold, hard look at how the scars of our youth follow us into adulthood and what attempting to make peace with one's demons actually feels like EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2016
Race to World First (2013) Rob Vaux A good story poorly told is often worse than a bad story told well. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2016
Eddie the Eagle (2016) Rob Vaux The lack of cynicism may be Eddie the Eagle's biggest weapon. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2016
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Rob Vaux Makes January at the movies a little brighter. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2016
The Big Short (2015) Rob Vaux It never comes across as sanctimonious or preachy. It simply elevates what McKay and Ferrell perfected with earlier films into the tragic absurdity of the real world. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2015
Cooties (2014) Rob Vaux A delicious treat for gorehounds, as well as those who survived elementary school as a child or an adult. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2015
The Peanuts Movie (2015) Rob Vaux The price is some excessive familiarity and a very slow development. In exchange, we get the gang exactly the way we remember them, and their message is still as surprisingly sweet as ever. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2015
Bone Tomahawk (2015) Rob Vaux It wants to be grim, but not necessarily despairing: genuinely fearing for its protagonists' lives while still holding legitimate hope that they're smart enough and tough enough to emerge out the other side intact. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Rob Vaux Stan Lee says, "Excelsior." If that doesn't get you bouncing off the walls, you've clearly come to the wrong franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2015
Get Hard (2015) Rob Vaux Ferrell has made shaky projects work on pure star power before, but even he seems to have given up on this one. The audience is strongly advised to follow his example. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2015
Cinderella (2015) Rob Vaux For those who don't look for miracles, this Cinderella resolutely delivers everything you could reasonably expect. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2015