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
Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (2017) Nick Johnston Muppet Guys Talking is an incredibly funny and occasionally melancholy documentary, full of reminiscing about the good ol' days, even if those days seem to be getting further and further away from the present. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Nick Johnston It's not perfect, but I would be lying to you if I didn't say that I enjoyed most of this film, and would gladly take more. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Nick Johnston This latest iteration of the classic family leaves quite a bit to be desired, and even a really solid voice-cast can't quite overcome the perfunctory nature of this revival. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Nick Johnston I was astonished how much I enjoyed this incredibly-competent and incredibly-stupid thriller, though I wish that they hadn't spoiled the twist in the marketing. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Parasite (2019) Nick Johnston Parasite is, in fact, a stunning work from one of the cinema's most reliable masters, and it's a film best seen with virgin eyes and ears, knowing as little as possible about its plot, themes or characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Nick Johnston Johnson's film is a lot of witty fun, crafted smartly and handsomely-acted, though it's not without its issues. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Deerskin (2019) Nick Johnston Deerskin is a lot of fun, and if you've tried to get into this admittedly divisive filmmaker's work in the past and found it difficult to enjoy, I'd recommend you seek this one out. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Pool (2018) Nick Johnston It's remarkable how well this works as theatrically, where it's good-natured stupidity, willingness to go there, and Lumpraploeng's skill makes it a captivating and unique experience... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Vast of Night (2019) Nick Johnston Andrew Patterson's The Vast of Night is one of the most astonishing debut sci-fi films in quite some time... EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
() Nick Johnston There's an absolute earnestness to the way that everything in VHYES is filmed. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Synchronic (2019) Nick Johnston It does more than enough in terms of drawing us into these characters and their predicament, and it provides a solid, occasionally gory spectacle for one to sink their teeth into. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Color Out of Space (2010) Nick Johnston Its forthright bullshit-cutting makes it a fascinating document, and highlights how unchangingly compelling the original story is. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Nick Johnston Jojo Rabbit feels like a necessary, warm-hearted mess, and it's well-worth your time to take a chance on it. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
() Nick Johnston Joe Begos' throwback siege thriller VFW has something for every well-meaning genre nerd to sink their teeth into. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Nick Johnston Yet another astonishing display of Sandler's range and the Safdies' skills... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Nick Johnston A rare meet-up of film and circumstance that proves irresistible, on-screen and off. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Nick Johnston It just can't seem to get out of its own way, and all you're left with is a massive disappointment that just gets more and more depressing as time goes on. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Nick Johnston Motherless Brooklyn is genuinely uninteresting, and whenever the director hogs the screen, doing his weird Woody Allen-flavored take on Tourette's, the movie gets exponentially worse. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Bad Education (2019) Nick Johnston It boasts what may be a career-defining performance by Hugh Jackman... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Harriet (2019) Nick Johnston Formulaic and stogy, it smothers a solid performance by Cynthia Erivo as the lead. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Nick Johnston A sweet, sensitive film that's a little formulaic but is incredibly directed by Marielle Heller, whose career remains an absolute treat to watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Saint Maud (2019) Nick Johnston It's a wonderfully-crafted thrill ride that entertains and sucks the viewer in until they're utterly captivated by the goings-on, and the ending most definitely doesn't disappoint, either. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Joker (2019) Nick Johnston There's plenty about Joker that makes it always compelling and watchable. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Nick Johnston It's just so wonderful to see Murphy tearing his way through each and every scene, operating once again at the top of his powers. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Guns Akimbo (2019) Nick Johnston Howden really wants to say something here, but all of his observations about streaming culture, dark web malfeasance, and bloodsport as entertainment have been said better by smarter people. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Waves (2019) Nick Johnston An incredibly empathetic film, but it never once manages to let our characters off the hook for their deeds, no matter how large or small. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Nick Johnston A heartfelt and sad look at learning to love one's self after struggle, and finding hope and serenity even after the worst hard times... EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Nick Johnston There are solid scenes, usually involving the actors playing well off of one another, but these moments don't really add up to anything meaningful. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Nick Johnston Offers an interesting take on the genre specifically because it gives us a new perspective into the genre... EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Nick Johnston It is buckwild and vivid, funny and freaky. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
El hoyo (2019) Nick Johnston A scorched-Earth satire and a whole lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Just Mercy (2019) Nick Johnston There's very little that separates this visually or textually from every other movie of its ilk that came before... EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Nick Johnston It earns every overwhelming moment of its (admittedly bladder-bursting) 173 minute runtime, and should be high on any and all must-see lists for the rest of this calendar year. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Frankie (2019) Nick Johnston It's just so scattershot and odd, aiming for a kind of super-sized realism on a minute-by-minute basis while working to melodramatic ends on a macro level. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Nick Johnston Butler's gruff, gravel-voiced and bourbon-soaked demeanor make him perfect for this sort of grim, ugly and campy type of action thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Nick Johnston This film feels stuck between its filmmakers' two competing and contrasting goals...it's just so unfocused and scatter-brained tonally that its best attributes are left hidden from the audience. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Nick Johnston Uncaged proves to be a lot of fun, provided that you can roll with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Nick Johnston It's a smart and sweet little film that will surely warm hearts all over the world. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Nick Johnston The film is compulsively engaging and watchable, and there's some legitimately pulse-raising shit here. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Nick Johnston The only major surprise is that James Bobin's Dora and the Lost City of Gold is actually hitting theaters instead of winding up on some sort of Viacom streaming service, given how cheap and strained it often feels... EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Luz (2018) Nick Johnston What it lacks in substance, it makes up for with style. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Nick Johnston It's all so very safe and bland, which is incredibly discouraging and disappointing for this series, where the bottom line has finally caught up to the ante. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Wrecking Crew (1968) Nick Johnston The Wrecking Crew is a ghastly end to its franchise, the kind of ugly spy-spoof that time rightfully left far back in the past. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Nick Johnston If you take nothing else from Once Upon a Time from Hollywood aside from its lovingly slavish, gorgeous rendition of '69 L.A., you'll still (probably) have a pretty good time at the movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Crawl (2019) Nick Johnston Crawl is a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am blitzkrieg of goofy fun, only intending to outright entertain you for the duration of its 88-minute runtime. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Nick Johnston Midsommar again makes the case for Aster as a brilliant craftsman, with skill nearly unparalleled in his field, held at arm's length from meaning by his hollowness as a storyteller and maker of meaningful art. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Nick Johnston It's so content to rest on its laurels - its certainty that all of you in the audience know all the words to this song and will be made giddy just by hearing it - that it forgets to be a movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Nick Johnston There's so much potential for a lovely romantic comedy here, and there's also so much potential for a great work of arts criticism and fiction as well, but Curtis doesn't want this to be anything more than the most basic, mediocre version of itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Nick Johnston Perhaps the first installment to fully lean into the nicecore aspects of The Conjuring. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Nick Johnston There's a lot in the back-half that is both incredibly satisfying, entertaining and frustrating, but I can say without a doubt that Spider-Man fans are going to really enjoy this installment... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019