Vague Visages

Vague Visages is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Becky Kukla, Bedatri D. Choudhury, Beth McDonough, Devika Girish, Ella Kemp, Jacob Oller, Kyle Kizu, Manuel Betancourt, Manuela Lazic, Marshall Shaffer, Natalia Winkelman, Sara Clements, Tanner Tafelski
Rating Title/Year Author
De lo mio (2019) Marshall Shaffer Peralta remains clear-eyed about the difficulty of maintaining relationships - to people, to places, to the past - and rarely backs off from her stance. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
() Jacob Oller This is an old-fashioned act with old-fashioned jokes, some more old than old-fashioned. I wouldn't be upset if I never heard another tired "at a barbeque" joke. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
() Jacob Oller Never preachy, Wong finds lots to love in her overwhelming honesty. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Selah and the Spades (2019) Marshall Shaffer Poe might represent the first sign [...] of a new vanguard with the potential to radically shift the way we portray and think about young people on screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Ravening (2019) Bedatri D. Choudhury Aamis is a masterfully told macabre romance, strongly influenced by Nagisa Oshima and Wong Kar-wai. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Bedatri D. Choudhury While Springsteen takes the American dream and helps everyone navigate through its dismantling, Gurinder Chadha packs it all up with Blinded by the Light and makes it speak to an entirely different country and a whole new generation. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Marshall Shaffer If Charlie Says marks the official kickoff of Manson-50-years-later discourse, we're lucky that it prioritizes the insidiousness of his ideology. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Marshall Shaffer Wild Rose has the makings of a movie deathly afraid of validating a "bad mother," even if it comes at the expense of the protagonist's internal consistency. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer Georgetown provides color-by-numbers political intrigue and thrills, served with a side dish of humor that's only debatably intentional. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
Sophia Antipolis (2018) Marshall Shaffer The story takes on a more fractured quality [...], portraying a wide swath of discontent connected by the discovery of a young girl's dead body. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Truk (L'enkas) (2018) Marshall Shaffer In a compact 83-minute runtime, Marx makes clear just how stacked the deck is against someone like Ulysse to become a full member of society once again. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Amanda (2018) Marshall Shaffer Though he manages to rise to the occasion for Amanda, Hers does not portray David's growth as extending to all corners of his life. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Première année (2018) Marshall Shaffer The Freshmen calls out the absurdity of an academic system that pushes young people to such limits to achieve success. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
School's Out (2018) Marshall Shaffer Credit to Marnier for maintaining a remarkably even tonal keel as events begin to border on the surreal in their quest for environmental justice. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Petit paysan (2017) Marshall Shaffer It's a gripping, tight ethical drama made even better by Charuel delving into how a conspiratorial internet factors into Pierre's decision-making process. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Jeune femme (2017) Marshall Shaffer It's a story of maturation and self-discovery that's reflective of life itself in all the ups and downs. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Les gardiennes (2017) Marshall Shaffer Beauvois demonstrates how the Great War not only changed people's relationships with each other, but how it altered the core of their relationship to their native land. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Custody (2017) Marshall Shaffer [Custody] packs a concentrated gut punch of tension and trauma as he chronicles the fallout of a divorce that has turned from bitter to septic. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Ava (2017) Marshall Shaffer First-time feature director Léa Mysius bursts out of the gate with Ava, a wild beachside coming-of-age story that continually shocks as it burns through taboo after taboo. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Occidental (2017) Marshall Shaffer Beloufa is so obsessed with making a point in Occidental that he forgets to tell a story or unravel any human drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Beast (2017) Marshall Shaffer Buckley's performance at least helps maintain attention, but all else is essentially a wash. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Alanis (2017) Marshall Shaffer Berneri avoids easy sensationalism and poverty porn even as Alanis and Dante sleep on a clothing store floor, yet this resistance alone does not make a great movie EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017) Marshall Shaffer t's a little more interesting in concept than in practice, though I cannot deny the true pleasure of watching stoic nuns doing a full choreographed dance in their habits. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Dark River (2017) Marshall Shaffer Wilson does some heavy psychological lifting on top of some grimy sheep shearing; it's a labor-intensive performance that yields a real harvest by the film's close. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Tiere (2017) Marshall Shaffer Zglinski never quite finds the bridge between the bizarre and the banal. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Tragedy Girls (2017) Marshall Shaffer To get the elevator pitches out of the way immediately, the film is Generation Z's Nightcrawler and Scream for YouTubers. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Indiana (2016) Marshall Shaffer Toni Comas' Indiana [...] had all the motions and signifiers of an ensemble genre film but none of the substance. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Liberami (2016) Marshall Shaffer Libera Nos doesn't feel like a puzzle meant to be solved, though. The impetus to piece together conclusions takes place strictly on the audience's end. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
4.5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Sara Clements Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade is an honest and authentic portrayal of the teen experience. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/5 Close (2019) Sara Clements Netflix's Close is an action film that succeeds in crafting authentic female characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Sarah Fonseca This is the film that some, regally bored with the Strong Female Lead category's refusal to deliver little else but clean-nosed heroines and transcendent victims, have been waiting for. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Wandering Earth (2019) Kyle Kizu Director Frant Gwo shoots these scenes with utter confidence and clarity, as well as something simple that is often forgotten with stories in fantastical worlds: awe. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Kyle Kizu They Shall Not Grow Old is such an apt title because the experiences of these soldiers are made entirely immediate, through both technical and narrative care. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Greta (2018) Beth McDonough The appeal of Neil Jordan's latest film lies largely within its self-awareness. Greta takes absolutely preposterous twists and turns, but the film leans into them so gleefully that one can't help but just buckle up and enjoy the raucous ride. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Starfish (2016) Joey Keogh This is a moody, thoughtful and impressively weird debut feature from White. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Lords of Chaos (2018) Joey Keogh It's a brutal, blistering watch, but more than just a glorifying band portrait, this is a damning and frequently frightening indictment... EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Rhys Handley Its considerations of human interaction, societal interplay and raw emotion reach the highest tier in their careful calibration and mature realisation. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
The Shape of Water (2017) Marshall Shaffer If The Shape of Water were purely focused on Eliza and the creature with deity-like properties, it would be a pure shot of cinematic ecstasy. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Caniba (2017) Marshall Shaffer It's puzzling to reconcile how Castaing-Taylor and Paravel simultaneously operate on such a high level ... while also strapping themselves into an aesthetic chastity belt. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Ta peau si lisse (2017) Marshall Shaffer Like the cinema of attractions, A Skin So Soft relies on the body as the primary method of communication. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
First Man (2018) Marshall Shaffer By the end of First Man, it's unclear if Chazelle wants viewers to cheer on the achievement of walking on the moon - or just breathe a sigh of relief. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Wildlife (2018) Marshall Shaffer What Dano aims for is something trickier: understanding these characters and the forces animating their decisions without necessarily identifying with them. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
High Life (2018) Marshall Shaffer Denis disrupts the steady forward progress of an objective-driven story by unmooring High Life from narrative gravity altogether. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Nineteenth April (1994) Bedatri D. Choudhury The story of a regular daughter and her successful mother that is told compellingly and immersively, and without a hint of mansplaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Pahuna: The Little Visitors (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury At a deeper level, for us adults, Pahuna is a reality check, a question we are uncomfortable answering. It asks us and our governments about the world we are leaving behind for the future generations. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Half Widow (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury This is the story of a woman who takes small steps into becoming as limitless and boundless as her name and favourite color. Blue. Neela. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Brij Mohan Amar Rahe (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury Long Live Brij Mohan! is a film that doesn't allow the viewer to take sides - it doesn't have an easy plot that makes it clear who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Ribbon (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Ribbon and its smallness (and everydayness) is not just a refreshing break but an extremely well-timed breaking of the mold. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
The Hungry (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Though the screenplay loses its tautness from time to time, The Hungry still makes for an engrossing watch and serves as an extremely promising feature debut from Chatterjee. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Juje (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Juze tells the story of an India we don't often see in films, but an India that hurts, suffers and yet revolts and thrives. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019