Cultured Vultures

Cultured Vultures is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrea Thompson, Annie Banks, Danielle Solzman
Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Annie Banks Endgame stands out as one of the most detailed, satisfying conclusions to a chapter in a long-running franchise. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
8/10 Riverwest Film & Video (2018) Andrea Thompson [Emir Cakaroz] does an excellent job capturing a space, but a little more information could've added rather than detracted from the experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
7/10 Dear Coward on the Moon (2017) Andrea Thompson The film can be too quiet at times, and it leaves a bit too many questions unanswered, but the talent involved, from its two leads to the confident direction of writer-director Carol Brandt, indicates a talent that will continue to rise. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
9/10 Stumped (2014) Andrea Thompson [Robin Berghaus] allows us to see Will as a person who has a disability, not someone whose disability takes over his identity. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
9/10 Motherland (Bayang ina mo) (2017) Andrea Thompson The documentary Motherland takes the less is more philosophy seriously, and it mostly thrives for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
10/10 ACORN and the Firestorm (2017) Andrea Thompson [Acorn and the Firestorm] feel simultaneously like old news and disturbingly relevant in our fake news era. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
8/10 Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (2017) Andrea Thompson Just what should education look like in order to empower a group so historically marginalized and ignored? Tell Them tries, and mostly succeeds in providing the answer. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Roller Life (2016) Andrea Thompson The footage of various games are amazing and incredibly suspenseful, and showcase just how strenuous and strategic roller derby is. However, even qualities as positive as those Roller Life has can get a bit repetitive after a bit. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
8/10 The Lost World (1925) Andrea Thompson If you can accept all that as the product of its time, The Lost World still holds up surprisingly well. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
9/10 Like Cotton Twines (2016) Andrea Thompson The movie's ending seem a bit syrupy and idealistic by comparison. It's the only departure from writer-director Leila Djansi's painful, yet somehow hopeful realism. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
7/10 Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (2015) Andrea Thompson Birdboy is a movie whose relatively short 76 minute runtime in no way detracts from its intensity. It's also a reminder that animation can convey tragedy and darkness in an extremely adult way just like any other genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
9/10 Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (2017) Andrea Thompson Let It Fall retains all of Ridley's best trademarks, serving as a deeply compassionate warning of the rage and violence that results from when division and misunderstanding are allowed to become entrenched, both in our institutions and in ourselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
6/10 Manifesto (2015) Andrea Thompson This film is for the trendy freedom fighter who will rejoin his class once the fight for freedom is no longer in vogue. Some will love it, some will hate it, while others will just be baffled. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
10/10 I Am Evidence (2017) Andrea Thompson Despite every effort to silence these women, some have nevertheless made themselves heard as crusaders for change. Their strength is the reason I Am Evidence is a heartbreaking experience rather than a completely devastating one. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
10/10 () Andrea Thompson Ljung devoted three years to following them [the Hamilton family], and it's always a pleasure to see such passionate, dedicated work pay off. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
9/10 Girl Unbound (2016) Andrea Thompson Girl Unbound is required viewing for anyone who wants to understand how to make a better world in the midst of terror EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Life of the Party (2017) Andrea Thompson The performances and direction are excellent, and if you're a Wisconsinite, there's plenty of references and tributes to the state in general. But the people who reside there are not given the same loving attention. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
10/10 Lucky (2017) Andrea Thompson How this movie could exist so perfectly baffles me, but I'm very glad it does. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Bronx Gothic (2017) Andrea Thompson It's a far superior work to Manifesto, another conceptual art film, mostly because the artist doesn't have the luxury of cool, aloof detachment. But it leaves quite a few unanswered questions. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
9/10 Infinity Baby (2017) Andrea Thompson Not everyone will be able to enjoy the film's journey and message, but for those whose tastes match director Bob Byington's vision, it's worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
9/10 Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2016) Andrea Thompson It is impossible not to root for this woman as she struggles to heal her body, go out on a high note, and discuss all the intimacies of her profession. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
8/10 Landline (2017) Andrea Thompson Wistful nostalgia is a big part of Landline's charm. Luckily, we have [Gillian] Robespierre and [Jenny] Slate to make sure that it's brought to us with all the quirk (sometimes a bit too much), charm, and hilarity that's become their trademark. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/10 Paula (2016) Andrea Thompson There is nothing wrong with a woman wanting a family. But when any other option is presented as unthinkable, then we haven't made nearly as much progress as the movie Paula obviously thinks we have. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
8/10 Black Cop (2017) Andrea Thompson Some of the symbolism and satire is a bit clunky or far too on-the-nose, but mostly Black Cop shows us the tragic fall of a man who hits his breaking point and becomes determined to similarly break the community he's sworn to protect. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
9/10 The Rape of Recy Taylor (2017) Andrea Thompson The film is a moving tribute to the mostly unseen women who were nevertheless the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
5/10 Hannah (2017) Andrea Thompson Rampling's performance is in itself a master class in the quietest kind of desperate turmoil, but other than further proof of her undeniable talent, there's not much else to be taken from this. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
8/10 Bitter Flowers (2007) Andrea Thompson Bitter Flowers has the kind of quiet power that films less interested in condemning than in showing how far people with few options will go to improve their constricted circumstances. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
1/10 Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) Andrea Thompson Apparently, this movie was originally supposed to be an Amazon miniseries, and if this the best theatrical cut the filmmakers could come up with, it's hard to see why they bothered in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
9/10 Mr. Gay Syria (2017) Andrea Thompson Mr. Gay Syria is one of those documentaries that was clearly a labor of love for everyone involved, from the director to the crew to the subjects themselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
8/10 Tiger Girl (2017) Andrea Thompson It may get a bit muddled at times, but mostly it's a intensely watchable study of two women that refreshingly values character over likability. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
mother! (2017) Andrea Thompson Darren Aronofsky's mother! is basically the Batman v Superman of psychological horror. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
9/10 Call Me by Your Name (2017) Andrea Thompson Call Me By Your Name resembles the passionate love story it depicts in many ways. It's one of those breathtaking cinematic experiences which demands to be called a "film" rather than a "movie." EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/10 Tater Tot & Patton (2017) Andrea Thompson Unfortunately, it's too committed to the usual indie routines to really give us something new. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
6/10 12 Strong (2018) Andrea Thompson 12 Strong may not exactly be what we need, but it does seem to be what audiences desperately want. I just wish 12 Strong was brave enough to take a cue from the real-life heroes they're honoring and give us something better. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
0.5/10 Den of Thieves (2018) Andrea Thompson At an overstuffed 140 minutes, it far overstays its welcome, with a plot that insults the audience's intelligence at every turn, and some of the most egregious examples of toxic masculinity I've ever seen in a modern movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/10 Mercury in Retrograde (2017) Andrea Thompson This is only the second feature from [Michael Glover] Smith, and unfortunately, it is his inexperience, not his very real skill, that comes through. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/10 Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Andrea Thompson At least the filmmakers were smart enough not to split this into two movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
9.5/10 Black Panther (2018) Andrea Thompson [Black Panther] is one of the richest, most vibrant worldbuilding I've ever seen on the big screen, with a story that embraces African customs and life in a way that makes no apologies. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/10 Half Magic (2018) Andrea Thompson It's always awkward when a movie clearly has good intentions, but is unable to realize them in a way that could be called original or worse, truly enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/10 Death Wish (2018) Andrea Thompson The experience of viewing Death Wish can be described as awkward at best. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
9.5/10 Una mujer fantástica (2017) Andrea Thompson Fortunately, the film takes after its title character in that its flaws do not overwhelm its mostly skillful example of the personal made political. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
7/10 Virginia Minnesota (2019) Andrea Thompson Virginia Minnesota is the kind of film you hope you run into when you head off the beaten path well-trodden with the same old ideas. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
9/10 Rogers Park (2017) Andrea Thompson Rogers Park shines. It doesn't just reference places and familiar sights, it anchors them with heartfelt, naturalistic performances from its two couples. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
8/10 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Andrea Thompson It might not pack nearly as big a punch as Disney's other offerings, especially fresh off the emotional devastation that was Infinity War, but Solo: A Star Wars Story is still a journey worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
0.5/10 The Happytime Murders (2018) Andrea Thompson The Happytime Murders is the kind of movie a bunch of middle school jocks would make after they saw one of the good Muppet movies and were so repulsed by its sincerity they decided to make fun of it in the most mean-spirited, oversexualized way possible. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
9/10 Rafiki (2018) Andrea Thompson Director Wanuri Kahiu is from Nairobi herself, and she is able to capture the beauty and danger of her hometown without sinking into caricature. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
6/10 Catwalk: Tales From The Cat Show Circuit (2018) Andrea Thompson Catwalk isn't exactly meant to be too informative, but the result is less a charming bit of fluff than another example of filmmaker condescension. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
10/10 Charm City (2018) Andrea Thompson Marilyn Ness, who was a producer for the film Cameraperson, takes a fly-on-the-wall approach, but detached she is not. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
7/10 My Name is Myeisha (2018) Andrea Thompson The film My Name Is Myeisha tells a far too familiar story, but its uniqueness lies in its refusal to tell it in a familiar way. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
8/10 Netizens (2018) Andrea Thompson What Netizens ultimately does is make a case for a complete rethinking of how society views women and sex, arguing that the right to privacy does not have to conflict with First Amendment concerns. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019