Voices & Visions

Voices & Visions is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jim Laczkowski
Rating Title/Year Author
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jim Laczkowski Individual scenes brought a smile to my face but it's almost too episodic to come together in a satisfying way. The last act, in particular, is questionable. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Depraved (2019) Jim Laczkowski This is an incredibly thoughtful, original horror parable with a strong sense of morality and unwavering compassion that is rare these days. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Under the Silver Lake (2018) Jim Laczkowski One of the year's most interesting and absurdly entertaining puzzles. Should not be overlooked or ignored since it comes from one of the best filmmakers working today. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Jim Laczkowski I've yet to see a Mike Flanagan film I didn't appreciate and although this isn't a passion project and more of a work-for-hire, he still brings his A-game and combines scares with pathos - it's a superior improvement over the original. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
They Live by Night (1948) Jim Laczkowski Might be the best debut feature in movie history. A stunning examination of intimacy mixed with apprehension that showcases why Nicholas Ray is one of the all-time greats. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
Phantom Thread (2017) Jim Laczkowski One of the best movies of the past ten years. Granted, I think everything PTA does is up my alley, but this one particularly strikes all the right chords and says a lot about co-dependence. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Jim Laczkowski Farhardi seems incapable of making something unworthy of attention or interest, yet the consistency seems left behind. This time, the story doesn't always ring with domestic truths despite reliably great performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Transit (2018) Jim Laczkowski Petzold continues to prove he knows how to craft a compelling story and conclude it with grace and ease. Suspense derives from character interaction and decision-making that may or may not be selfish but we understand the actions either way. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Jim Laczkowski A jaw-dropping, compelling story about the questionable ethics of psychological studies, to a degree, but also how brotherly bonds can break in unexpected ways due to the possibility of trauma. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Mandy (2018) Jim Laczkowski I warmed up to its first hour only to find myself a bit distanced by the second, due to its familiarity of revenge movie tropes and gory confrontation that we've seen many times before. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Empathy, Inc. (2018) Jim Laczkowski A terrific example of a sharp science fiction thriller done exceptionally well, in ways that are refreshing and challenging. At times I was reminded of Shane Carruth with just a touch of Being John Malkovich! EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Await Further Instructions (2018) Jim Laczkowski It isn't always pleasant to watch a family disintegrate into chaos and madness, but this is a compelling example that goes in directions that are more than surprising, they're shocking. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
The Endless (2017) Jim Laczkowski The ending of The Endless feels like a cheat. Wish I was drawn in the way everyone else seems to be, yet one can't help but want to know how this all comes together based on a great setup involving a cult. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
An Ordinary Man (2017) Jim Laczkowski A flawed film, saved by two great performances and a short running time. Kingsley manages to do a lot with very little so if you're a fan, no need to pass this by entirely. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Dolores Claiborne (1995) Jim Laczkowski We should be examining this one again for daringly showcasing how men get away with their impulsivity and evil deeds. Great works of art like this are telling truths we want to bury and forget, but our subconscious won't let us. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Jim Laczkowski Delves deeply into fallibility and how human beings operate, just with a skin of a far creepier film laid over top. Says a lot about how we don't own up to our mistakes in a way that only Lanthimos can. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
A Ghost Story (2017) Jim Laczkowski A mostly meditative, haunting portrayal of grief, love lost and the homes we hold on to. Too bad a monologue pops up along midway to explain what we are already discovering for ourselves. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
A Blue Valentine (2010) Film4 Staff Cassavetes would be proud of this heartbreaking portrayal of the discovery and disintegration of love - which can be the healthiest or the most destructive thing to ever grace someone's life. Performances and commitment like this are rare. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Nocturnal Animals (2016) Jim Laczkowski A movie that aimed for the mind and the heart, but it comes up short for both. Only the performances stand out here, and I was mostly left perplexed rather than engaged. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Tu dors Nicole (2014) Jim Laczkowski There hasn't been a more beautifully melancholic movie this decade that has captured what I've experienced both inside and out. It's about fragility, friendship, personal growth and being okay with the mundane. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Under the Skin (2013) Jim Laczkowski An experience I wrestle with, in a mostly positive way. Contains a lot of tremendous strengths, including an intoxicating score and a lot of blank spaces for the individual viewer to fill with interpretation. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Take This Waltz (2011) Jim Laczkowski This is experiencing the acceptance of disconnection, which can manifest every time we meet someone new and/or feel displaced with someone we thought we'd love forever. Polley is an important director to fearlessly capture this here. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Jim Laczkowski A conflicted story that is also about losing faith in established institutions like Hollywood. Hail, Caesar! finds The Coens in a comfort zone all while paying homage to vintage filmmaking with a wink. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
25th Hour (2002) Jim Laczkowski A reminder of how human beings can lose their humanity in the face of grief and tragedy but can find it again through helping others rather than turning a blind eye. It's an important work of art. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Safe (1995) Jim Laczkowski One of the all-time great films. Screams out with existential terror showcasing how the lack of identity is not only anxiety-inducing but potentially inevitable due to the modern world we live in. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Carol (2015) Jim Laczkowski Carol filled me with hope and promise, which felt completely unexpected coming from Todd Haynes. Yet there's still a lingering fear in every frame, the presence of facades, gesture and shadow, the feeling of a set of eyes upon you. It's a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Wildlife (2018) Jim Laczkowski Wildlife is a special film due to the level of talent involved, as we discover there are great depths and complexities to be mined within the apprehensions of mother, father and son. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018