Kelly Vance

Kelly Vance
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
73% Richard Jewell (2019) Food for thought from a filmmaker often derided as a rightwing cheerleader, but more accurately a champion of outsiders and underdogs. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
96% The Kingmaker (2019) The Kingmaker, a film guaranteed to nauseate fans of democracy, is nevertheless a must-see. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) A refreshingly witty and suitably busy piece of holiday popcorn-flick entertainment. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
73% Shooting the Mafia (2019) Director Kim Longinotto's portrait of the red-haired, chain-smoking photographer [Letizia] Battaglia... is a vivid documentary description of a very specific time and place. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
92% Dark Waters (2019) Makes for a dreary, warmed-over-Erin-Brockovich drama. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
96% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach is the anti-Ozu, and Marriage Story is something we can look at any time we feel too happy about ourselves. Enjoy. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim, one of the year's most provocative films, is powerful stuff, neatly wrapped in realistic yet mythological terms by the players and their director, Melina Matsoukas. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) With its odd combination of period crime and slapstick, Motherless Brooklyn takes its time warming up, but Norton's Brooklyn - both the place and the man - grow on us. - Noir City EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% Ága (2019) Ága is a subtle yet unmistakable reminder that there are thousands, even millions of stories in the world that have almost nothing to do with anything electronic. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) As Scandalous suggests in its fascinating dirty-laundry exposé of the once-powerful nameplate, the Enquirer has hardly been missed - except perhaps when it comes to details of the crimes of Tori Spelling. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari is so much fun it's almost indecent. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) The event of the season for horror enthusiasts and one of this year's most imaginative films of any genre. The deeper into it we go, the more unsettling it becomes. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) In concert with the nostalgia evoked by its three stars, the film's rear-view mirror finds no exhilaration whatsoever in its mayhem, only a gray, aching disappointment. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Combined with filmmaker Lapid's breezy visual style, Yoav's bewilderment with his new home deposits us in a rare zone of uncertainty that few films manage with such absolute assurance - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
59% Frankie (2019) Isabelle Huppert stars... in a remarkably subdued performance. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is an appropriately enigmatic title for a satire that cuts both ways. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) Picturesque but tiresome. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Scheinert and Chew's poor-dumb-redneck free-for-all is rescued by its players. - Noir City EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Autobiographical? Apparently. Stay with it, it's worth it. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) It's enough to make you physically ill. But it's better that we know the facts, isn't it? See Where's My Roy Cohn? and connect the dots, if you dare. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) In his funniest movie since Boomerang, Murphy is once again at the top of his game. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker will grab you and hold you. Listen to it. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) The doc puts into the shade every indie drama and horror flick ever made on a phone. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
83% Judy (2019) The movie is merely okay but Renée Zellweger is sensational. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% Chulas Fronteras (1976) It's a romantic portrait of the border, and despite the farm labor issues, a place better defined by barbacoa, large families, and some of the most rousing acoustic dance music on the planet. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
86% Ms. Purple (2019) Ms. Purple's cloudy romanticism is something that it, and we in the audience, need to work for. But it's worth it. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) In the despairing Ad Astra the characters imitate machines with their batteries running down, and their adventures leave us cold. Was this trip really necessary? - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Immensely entertaining. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) An especially simple-minded, pandering piece of art-house entertainment. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs a Marathon earns its warm-all-over feeling honestly, with solid gold writing and winning characterizations. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) Nothing especially objectionable about Knightley's typically urgent portrayal of this brave, righteous soul... But the grim mechanics of Kat's ordeal coat the putatively thrilling, perilous tale in dull bureaucratic shades of gray. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) These cross-cultural skirmishes may be amusing, but in the end we can see there's almost no difference between the objectives of businesspeople in China and those of their North American counterparts. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
83% This is not Berlin (2019) Before our eyes, the incisive comedy of manners we'd been hoping for devolves into somewhat of a telenovela. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
90% Luce (2019) There are more than enough problems to go around in real life, but this film doesn't seem to know when to stop adding on, and the result is calamity overload. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
55% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Despite Giovannesi's fine eye for detail and Di Napoli's impressive screen debut, Piranhas never quite reaches the heights of Gomorrah, Dogman, or Reality, to name three outstanding examples of the current wave of Naples crime pics. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go Bernadette answers its own question: Right to the heart of 21st-century human condition, with the queen of character actors at the wheel. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) Eye-opening. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
95% The Queen (2019) A highly entertaining snapshot from the past. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Gratifyingly complex new trip through the pop-culture labyrinth. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
94% Sea of Shadows (2019) Very well made yet strangely disheartening. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) The payoff is barely worth the wait. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) It's so repellant that it's truly energy-sapping. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) [Nick] Broomfield's documentary rates higher than most because his subject is inherently more interesting than most. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Stuber is quite probably the most revolting movie of the summer. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) What did Sweden ever do to anyone to deserve this? - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Read your Morrison, and see this movie. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
69% Ghost Fleet (2019) Ghost Fleet is an important document to remember the next time you sit down to a seafood meal. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
32% Being Frank (2019) Being Frank might aspire to creating a forgiving, feel-good mood, but instead it's a depressing portrait of betrayal. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It's probably not going to be the last zombie movie, but it should be. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The Fall of the American Empire is light summer fun with gunfire, nothing to get too riled up about. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019