Cultured Vultures

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Rating Title/Year Author
6.5/10 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Natasha Alvar The first half an hour of Netflix's Pieces of a Woman is visceral, raw, and horrifically spellbinding in its storytelling; the rest, not so much. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
8/10 White Lie (2019) Nicolás Delgadillo Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas' White Lie is a tense story with strong performances about a girl faking a cancer diagnosis. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
7.5/10 Sylvie's Love (2020) Natasha Alvar Director/writer Eugene Ashe builds for us an authentic love story with Sylvie's Love, enveloping us in the charms of falling in love, crafting sweet moments of anticipation - it is saccharine stuff, and I gobbled it all up. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
6.5/10 Knuckledust (2020) Grady Bolding Knuckledust is nothing original, but the creators try to serve up a fun watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
7/10 Wander Darkly (2020) Natasha Alvar Wander Darkly has an interesting premise and structure, good lead performances, and handles both genres in a competent way... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4.5/10 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Natasha Alvar Wild Mountain Thyme fails to satisfy the basic conditions of a rom-com - the romance is not believable, while the comedy falls flat. Let's not even talk about the accents. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
7/10 Farewell Amor (2020) Nicolás Delgadillo Farewell Amor is a quiet and personal story of an immigrant family attempting to rebuild what they lost. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
6.5/10 I'm Your Woman (2020) Natasha Alvar I'm Your Woman subverts all that we know about the crime genre, painting the terrain with a distinctly feminine style, where a woman regains her agency and power - we could use more of such narratives. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
10/10 Sound of Metal (2019) Alex McPherson Sound of Metal is not always easy viewing, but provides a nuanced, hard-hitting character study that enlightens, sobers, and leaves a lasting impact. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
7.5/10 Anything for Jackson (2020) Natasha Alvar With superb performances from McCarthy and Richings, Anything for Jackson is a poignant examination of grief, and the lengths we would go to assuage that. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
6/10 Mank (2020) Natasha Alvar Mank is impeccably crafted and technically proficient, but meanders so much that its intention falls flat... EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
8.5/10 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Keeley Ryan Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis deliver powerhouse performances in a stunning adaptation of August Wilson's timeless work. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
8/10 Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (2020) Natasha Alvar The most fascinating aspect of the documentary is Mendes himself; his unflinching honesty with regard to his music and life, as he lays everything bare for the camera. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
4/10 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Alex McPherson Ultimately, when you strip away the acting talent and the real people the story documents, viewers are left with a film that, sadly, sets itself apart for the wrong reasons entirely. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
7/10 Happiest Season (2020) Natasha Alvar ...definitely a fun and worthy addition to anyone's Christmas romance movie list. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
5.5/10 The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Hannah Rachel Abraham With predictable stakes and terrible accents galore, The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again is harmlessly likeable, but a one time watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
6/10 Getting to Know You (2020) Natasha Alvar Rupert Penry-Jones and Natasha Little muster up some credible chemistry as romantic leads, but the comedy side of the film falls flat. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
8.5/10 Run (2020) Natasha Alvar It's good to see that there is no sophomore slump for Chaganty here, who has delivered a competent thriller once again. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
7/10 Vanguard (2020) Grady Bolding Jackie Chan enthusiasts will not be disappointed while newcomers may find a new guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 Slaxx (2020) David Gelmini Despite its decidedly silly premise, Slaxx proved to be one of the most thought-provoking films at this year's FrightFest. If anything, its message of the dangers of rampant consumerism should make you think twice... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
3.5/5 Skylines (2020) David Gelmini While newcomers might find it a little hard to follow, fans of the previous Skyline movies will probably be satisfied with how Skylin3s concludes the franchise, at least until the studio decides to release a fourth instalment. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/10 Cup of Cheer (2020) Grady Bolding Not a holiday movie for kids, but not really for adults either. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
6.5/10 Ammonite (2020) Natasha Alvar Ammonite rewards the patient viewer, the one content to watch Winslet's Mary and Ronan's Charlotte quiet romance unfold, and not complain that it is taking too long to unearth. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
5/10 Mortal (2020) Natasha Alvar ...the film fails to deliver anything compelling or satisfying. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
9/10 Let Him Go (2020) Natasha Alvar Let Him Go boasts wonderful performances all across the board, with heart-racing tension laced into its second half. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
7/10 Attack of the Demons (2019) Kyle Logan Attack of the Demons struggles with pacing, but succeeds as a uniquely animated and joyous love letter to 80s and early 90s body horror and demon attack movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
6/10 Holidate (2020) Natasha Alvar The romantic and comedic pairing of Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey works, and makes for an enjoyable watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
6/10 Over the Moon (2020) Nicolás Delgadillo Over the Moon often feels cluttered and unfocused, but its heartfelt lessons and gorgeous animation save it from itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
8/10 May the Devil Take You: Chapter Two (2020) Jay Krieger Timo Tjahjanto summons a successful sequel that builds upon the original film with bigger, bloodier, and more brutal scares. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
8.5/10 Black Bear (2020) Devvon Eubanks Black Bear is a pleasantly complex tale full of twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the end credits. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
5/10 Rebecca (2020) Natasha Alvar Ben Wheatley's Rebecca is a tame recreation of the original gothic novel, sending us into sprawls of boredom rather than flights of fancy. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
6.5/10 Painter (2020) Alex McPherson Painter proves solid enough on its own merits, but feels overstuffed and lacks surprise. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
8.5/10 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Natasha Alvar It might just be the funniest film you see all year. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
8/10 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Alex McPherson The Trial of the Chicago 7 isn't perfect, but Sorkin's reenactment of this dark historical event features outstanding performances and typically entertaining dialogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
6.5/10 Love and Monsters (2020) Natasha Alvar Love and Monsters is enjoyable because of Dylan O'Brien and some solid canine acting. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
5.5/10 Synchronic (2019) Natasha Alvar While the psychedelic visuals of Synchronic build a compelling film space, the script is just too flimsy for any substance to take hold. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
7.5/10 Clouds (2020) Hannah Rachel Abraham With solid performances and genuine heart at its center, Clouds flies a little higher than most sick-teen YA movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
8.5/10 Nomadland (2020) Redmond Bacon Chloé Zhao and Frances McDormand combine for a heartfelt adventure through the American West in a tale brimming with life and empathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
7/10 Evil Eye (2020) Grady Bolding Evil Eye presents a well-told story with a good cast to carry audiences through. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
6.5/10 Nocturne (2020) Kyle Logan Nocturne is a stylish mix of psychological and folk horror with some fun performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
7/10 Jumbo (2020) Kyle Logan Jumbo is a visually stunning, emotionally true romance that brings a new kind of love story to the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
6.5/10 One Night in Miami (2020) Redmond Bacon One Night In Miami is a fascinating evocation of time and place that should've done more to tease out its contradictions through action. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
9/10 The Mortuary Collection (2019) Jay Krieger It cannot be understated just how thoroughly impressive the entirety of The Mortuary Collection is. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
8/10 Cicada (2020) Redmond Bacon Cicada is an affecting depiction of an interracial gay relationship that effectively navigates themes of trauma and intersectionality. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
9/10 Dinner in America (2020) Natasha Alvar Dinner in America is the very definition of punk rock; it is loud, aggressive and fast-moving, with chaos laced into every layer of its runtime. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
6.5/10 Detention (2019) Grady Bolding Detention comes with good characters and a decent story about an overlooked period in history, but it might fall flat to viewers with no knowledge of the setting or the video game. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
6/10 Hubie Halloween (2020) Natasha Alvar Much like many of Sandler's films, Hubie Halloween doesn't really reinvent the wheel. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
2/10 An Unquiet Grave (2020) Kyle Logan An Unquiet Grave is poorly written and conceived, despite its interesting premise. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
8/10 Wolfwalkers (2020) Redmond Bacon Wolfwalkers is a must-watch for fans of hand-drawn animation and a beautiful labour of love from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
6/10 From the Vine (2019) Alex McPherson From the Vine provides exactly what you expect and little else - light entertainment for an oppressively dark time. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020