Vanyaland

Vanyaland is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nick Johnston
Rating Title/Year Author
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Nick Johnston The perfunctory ending doesn't stop it from being effective. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Nick Johnston This movie is an utter waste of its talent - you get Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson together again and this is the result? EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Nick Johnston The kind of aggressively bad summer blockbuster that Hollywood used to make in the halcyon days of the Comic-Con era, where the mere attempt at pandering to the geeks and nerds of the world would be enough to sell some tickets. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Nick Johnston It ultimately feels like a half-measure for this new [take on the] franchise. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Nick Johnston Rocketman isn't the best possible version of itself, but it does have the best possible man cast at its center. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Ma (2019) Nick Johnston Ma proves just how essential Octavia Spencer is to the modern cinematic landscape, and it makes a brilliant case for her eventual induction in genre Valhalla. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Nick Johnston BrightBurn is genuinely unnerving - both intellectually and physically - for the majority of its well-paced 90-minute runtime... EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Nick Johnston It's a damn shame to see Ritchie go from something like King Arthur to this, as it felt, at least, that he gave a shit there. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Nick Johnston Parabellum forgoes most of its storytelling smarts to deliver the most pulse-pounding, intense action sequences that the series has ever seen. And honestly? It's a damn good trade-off. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Nick Johnston It's hard not to love a movie that is so fully alright with expressing its otherwise cheesy, earnest emotions without giving a damn about what people think about it, and its energies are never misplaced in bringing this film to a solid ending. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
() Nick Johnston It all adds up to Well Groomed being this wonderfully pleasant experience, full of unexpected grace and pathos for those who want to learn more about this odd art form. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
The Intruder (2019) Nick Johnston For the most part, The Intruder is a smooth-as-hell watch, if one doesn't mind the constant manipulation. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Nick Johnston it's easy to recommend The Death of Dick Long simply for the sheer shock value, which will undoubtedly make it a fascinating cult curio in the years to come... EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
() Nick Johnston A compelling and moving tribute to an era of alt-comedy that suddenly took the mainstream by storm, and is worthwhile viewing for any and all fans of this brand of humor. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Nick Johnston It's everything a fan could want. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Nick Johnston If something is a beloved or closely-held cultural institution amongst a people, it will inevitably be turned into a jump scare-loaded studio horror movie (not an exploitation movie, mind you) that will please approximately three people. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Nick Johnston At least this Pet Sematary commits to its badness all the way through the credits, with a Ramones cover so poorly done and lifeless that it almost feels like someone buried the original song itself in the Micmac graveyard. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Nick Johnston Happily, Sandberg's commitment to the weirder aspects of this universe pays off, especially when he plays it with a straight face. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Nick Johnston While not without its meager pleasures, the new Hellboy is badly written and its lead is fatally miscast. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
() Nick Johnston It looked like Daniel Isn't Real might be a part of the solution to problematic portrayals of mental illness in horror, and what a shame that it wound up becoming a part of the problem. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
() Nick Johnston Boyz in the Wood is a harmless and fun little film that's well-worth seeing with a jazzed-up audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Nick Johnston The Highwaymen would have been behind the times even 50 years ago. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Nick Johnston Riley Stearns shows a firm understanding of modern-day masculinity. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
() Nick Johnston The practical effects work is smartly done, and the monsters themselves are excellently animated. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Nick Johnston Knife+Heart is ultimately a must-see aesthetic experience for those who know they'd love its trance-like appeal. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Nick Johnston [It] has an earnest and sweet heart buried underneath all of the raunch, and, dare I say it, it has a stronger and more moving ending than any of the current crop of these "wild night" comedy pictures. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
() Nick Johnston It's definitely of interest to the more-sensitive genre fan, one looking to feel something in the midst of their gore and goofs, and it's also for anyone who wants to celebrate the return of Maika Monroe to alt-superstardom. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Nick Johnston ...the film is exclusively asking for our judgment rather than our understanding. Even worse, it feels as if this part of the world is completely disconnected from the things that might drive people to such extremes... EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Nick Johnston Brooks' performance here is an interesting jumble of traits from different iconic horror protagonists. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Nick Johnston Booksmart possesses a polish that places it well within the upper echelon of recent high school sex comedies. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Tone Deaf (2018) Nick Johnston I can't even tell you how disappointed I was with Richard Bates Jr.'s try-hardy horror/comedy Tone-Deaf. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Den blomstertid nu kommer (2018) Nick Johnston ...impressively, it features one of the more biting conclusions of a disaster film in recent memory, which makes the full experience absolutely worth it in the end. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Nick Johnston It's an earnestly sweet, incredibly funny, and extraordinarily affecting work that, much like its protagonist, possess such a beautiful heart beneath all the aesthetic trappings. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Nick Johnston Dumbo isn't totally a return to form, but it feels like Burton's having a bit more fun than he did in years past, and that fun bleeds through into the final product. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
() Nick Johnston The film sizzles with an electric humor until, right near the end, it stops being funny at all, and aims right for the solar plexus with a punch fueled with righteous frustration and anger... EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Us (2019) Nick Johnston Us is a tremendous accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Nick Johnston Captain Marvel is light, funny and quite satisfying, though it may leave you craving something a bit more substantive. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Late Night (2019) Nick Johnston Late Night is a movie made wholly for the people who enjoy falling asleep to episodes of The Office and need something new for them to get the job done for them... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Troop Zero (2019) Nick Johnston ...suffocatingly twee, designed to be a cute and warm hug of both empowerment and acceptance, and for many, it'll succeed at doing just that. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Nick Johnston It's not a bad way to spend two hours, and, once again, Efron doesn't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) Nick Johnston Lee Cronin's creepy kid movie will scare and move you... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Nick Johnston Mary Queen of Scots fails as cinema and as revolutionary tract. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Nick Johnston Honey Boy is an utterly harrowing and moving story about how the parents we're given are, for better or for worse, a part of us... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Nick Johnston In terms of food for thought, The Inventor is close to a buffet, chock-full of fascinating information, intelligently told through a compelling story of one company's disaster. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Glass (2019) Nick Johnston It is one weird and difficult film, one that is sure to drive audiences crazy and inspire a whole new round of not-wholly-undeserved frustration towards the director... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Roma (2018) Nick Johnston There'll be plenty to write about Roma in the days to come aside from this brief reaction, but I'm so excited for you to get to see this film: It's truly astonishing. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Nick Johnston As soon as the title sequence of Fede Alvarez' The Girl in the Spider's Web unfurls over two thunderingly dull minutes at the start of the film, it's becomes crystal-clear just how much of a bad idea this endeavor was for everybody. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Suspiria (2018) Nick Johnston This Suspiria is beautifully enigmatic in its processes and vast in its delights, and for those willing to follow along and vibe along with it, its rewards are plentiful. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Nick Johnston The film still has its issues - some more glaring than others - but overall, it's a feast for the eyes [well] worth your time and attention. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Nick Johnston The most strident slasher fans will be disappointed, but this Blumhouse joint is pure fun for everybody else. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019