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, Tanner Tafelski
Rating Title/Year Author
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
Omertà (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury Sadly, Omerta ends up being a rather flat narrative, clinical in its depiction of events most people are aware of through news reports. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury Non-Fiction is definitely one of the more chattier Assayas films, and it is dotted with his amazing sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Nude (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Nude, emerging from western-Indian regional Maharashtrian cinema, is a beacon of radical hope. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury Garrel's second feature film as a director is as delicate and delightful as a well-whipped meringue: light, fluffy, sweet and delectable. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Papi Chulo (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury Apart from fantastic performances from its cast, especially Bomer and Patiño, Papi Chulo's biggest strength is the subtlety and grace with which it deals with the wide cross-section of issues it touches upon. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Chained for Life (2018) Tanner Tafelski Although a little shapeless, with the narrative lagging at times, thereby softening its impact, Chained for Life is a fine sophomore feature. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Tanner Tafelski Hereditary is a numbing experience. It attempts to unsettle, shock and terrify - and it does so mildly well. And yet that seems like the only goal. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
Porto (2016) Tanner Tafelski Its dramaturgy is a bit blunt, although, in a similar vein as Boyhood (2014), as viewers are just seeing the highlights, those of a short romance. The film feels all the more sketch-like with its 76-minute runtime. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
On the Seventh Day (2017) Tanner Tafelski Despite its naturalistic trappings, McKay's new film (his first in 13 years), with its simplicity, transpires like a fairytale, one that concerns an undocumented deliveryman. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
The Daisies (1966) Natalia Winkelman The Maries, and Daisies itself, are quintessential fruits of the Czech New Wave, deconstructing social hierarchies while embodying the free-flowing, iconoclastic ethos that roused and buoyed 1960s Czechoslovak cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Manuela Lazic The Kindergarten Teacher is purposefully not a comfortable watch, but it satisfies in many ways. Not only is its central character an imperfect woman, but she also expresses her palpable rage in a strange and fascinating form of intellectual violence. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Mid90s (2018) Manuela Lazic ...remarkably personal, and has its director's cheerful and down-to-earth personality. It could have done without a few bumps in the road, but Mid90s breezes through pleasantly. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Green Book (2018) Manuela Lazic Farrelly elevates this real story from a funny anecdote to a moving and thought-provoking fable about the difficulties of being a full person in a multi-faceted world. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Marshall Shaffer Audiard does not seek to ape, riff or revise common tropes. He seems far more concerned with honoring the spirit of the land that inspired so many others to stage thrilling tales in its vast expanses. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) Jacob Oller Similar to the audience polarization of other one-note comics (like Ricky Gervais), Cross' locked, angry views overwhelm his substantial wit. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Iliza: Confirmed Kills (2016) Jacob Oller Shlesinger's routine never amounts to anything more pleasant than being stuck sharing a cab with someone that seemed much more interesting several hours and drinks ago. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Mascots (2016) Jacob Oller Following multiple competitors as they compete in mascoting's most prestigious competition, Guest's film ambles uncomfortably under its furry facade. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Powidoki (2016) Jacob Oller Wajda's loving examination of heroes has reached its logical conclusion in Afterimage, with the study of Strzemiński as unforgiving as the winter. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
A Quiet Passion (2016) Jacob Oller A Quiet Passion has enough beauty (especially in Nixon's zombie-eyed performance) for viewers to appreciate the journey. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Jackie (2016) Jacob Oller Portman's vivid portrayal is the film's greatest strength, coasting through woebegone New England accents and the script's on-the-nose airing of themes in the final act. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Manchester by the Sea (2016) Jacob Oller As a blue and grey movie with dangerous flashes of color, flashbacks are beautiful and understated in a completely interwoven story from playwright Lonergan. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Sausage Party (2016) Jacob Oller When it finds the Party, the movie brings down the house with a final half-hour bacchanal that's the definition of stoner sublime. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Swiss Army Man (2016) Jacob Oller The only thing wrong with this gorgeously shot, singularly crafted film is its ending. And given the premise of Swiss Army Man, this was always going to be a challenge. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Jacob Oller ... a completely enjoyable lowbrow bit of nonsense. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Make Happy (2016) Jacob Oller When the red, white and blue lights go off, one begins to understand Burnham hasn't put together a comedy special, but a deconstructive stage play of epic proportions. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Christian Mingle: The Movie (2014) Jacob Oller Christian Mingle is a spastic blurring of the line between infomercial and parody. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Into the Forest (2015) Jacob Oller For a feminist attempt to show two women leaning on each other, Into the Forest barely sketches them out. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
The Family Fang (2015) Jacob Oller Bateman brings the full force of his directorial ability to the film, finding beauty in every camera placement and character movement. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Hannibal Takes Edinburgh (2016) Jacob Oller Buress provides an allegory for the American worker: even if your daily grind is performing stand-up, taking pleasure in your work is the only way to stay sane. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Hush (2016) Jacob Oller Hush has some very interesting moving parts in what amounts to an average film. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Love & Mercy (2014) Jacob Oller The film's discrepancies ... make for a disorienting journey that may be better spent listening to Pet Sounds one more time. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Force Of Destiny (2015) Jacob Oller There's power in Force of Destiny but not in the sloppy, slogging, tepid narrative. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Jacob Oller MBFGW2 is like going to a Greek restaurant and ordering a sleeve of unsalted saltines. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018