Rob Vaux

Rob Vaux
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A native Californian, Rob Vaux grew up in the greater Los Angeles area before attending college in Minnesota and graduate school in Syracuse, NY. He moved back to So Cal after earning his M.A. and currently works as a writer and editor, as well as serving as a film critic for Mania.com and The Sci-Fi Movie Page. He's also a faithful fan of the Anaheim Angels, though he considers the Rally Monkey a dubious asset at best. He lives in the suburbs, has three black cats, and probably liked The Phantom Menace more than you.
Favorites:
Brazil, The Third Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Throne of Blood, West Side Story, Wings of Desire, Miller's Crossing, John Carpenter's The Thing, and too many others to count. The Lord of the Rings is moving up with a bullet.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: The greater Los Angeles area.
Official Websites: http://flipsidearchive.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Even if you just want a solid spook story, it's still more than worthy of its lofty pedigree. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It can't match the first two entries in the series, but judging it on those terms denies the very real pleasures it works hard to offer. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The role is Jolie's and if that's all you need, she delivers when she can. But be ready for a long wait between those moments, devoid of nothing but pretty pictures that melt at the slightest touch. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) The more you strip down the experience, the more enjoyable it all becomes. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4.5/5 69% Joker (2019) We get the monsters we deserve. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) The first chapter stands as one of the best horror movies of the last few years. This one is just... adequate. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not has nothing more than a little dark fun on its mind, but it knows the evil in men's hearts and has no interest in letting anyone off the hook for that. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) [It] treads far too close to a predecessor that blazed the trail from which it refuses to stray. That is neither praise nor condemnation, but a simple statement of fact. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4.5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's no better character to put the bow on top of this extraordinary chapter in Marvel's story. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
71% The Last Unicorn (1982) Its charms hold up exceptionally well, in part because it grows along with its audience. Few stories carry that kind of power, and fewer pieces of animation can bring it so marvelously to life. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Strictly filler: a charming pair of stars soft-shoeing their way through wafer-thin material held up by vaguely interesting special effects. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) What a tired, deflated end it turns out to be. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) This King falls distressingly short of the crown. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) It doesn't suck. REPEAT: IT DOESN'T SUCK! - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) You'll never see a victory lap look quite as awesome as this one. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
1.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Whatever magic this film holds just passed me by. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Sometimes, the first one is better. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4.5/5 93% Us (2019) Yeah... Jordan Peele's good at this. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) They cast Brie Larson and let the rest take care of itself. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 93% The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature (2019) It's a solid piece of storytelling, inspired by a beloved chapter in the Man of Steel's comics history, and it captures the right mood for the story in a tight little package. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 66% Aquaman (2018) Cheesy and ridiculous, but also a surprising amount of fun. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's perhaps most impressive for its apparent effortlessness: laboring mightily to float on air and revealing none of its Herculean efforts in the meantime. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) There's something supremely cool going on here, and at times you can catch sight of it. But not often enough to make up for what it squanders. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3.5/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) An expansion on the character that might not have been necessary, but certainly feels worthwhile. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald is far from a perfect adventure, but its pleasures are no less potent than those of its fellows. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/5 59% The Grinch (2018) The bauble is shiny, but hollow inside. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) The results justify the hype... provided you never presume to compare it to the original. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A crackerjack neo-noir that never confuses artifice with elegance and never allows the mechanics of its labyrinthine plot to substitute for human drama. - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (2010) This version feels much more unified than the first two Robot Chicken Star Wars specials. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) Somewhere along the line, its copious shortcomings end up overwhelming its better elements. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) There's only so many times a puppet can say "fuck" or engage in a lewd act before the novelty wears off. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
7.5/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Its quiet optimism feels both welcome and badly needed. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
0/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The film commits the rookie horror movie mistake of equating suffering with fear. We the audience pay the price. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
9/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's a work of pure craftsmanship, designed to hold up to repeat viewings and making a grand companion piece to the first film. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
7/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo probably won't top anyone's list of their favorite Star Wars movies, and if you're looking for any surprises, you've come to the wrong place. But that doesn't mean it's not a whole lot of fun. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
5/10 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) You can feel the filmmakers pulling their punches when they should be lunging for the jugular: more interested in protecting the franchise than letting the character do what we paid good money to watch him do. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
8/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) An impressive feat simply because of the discipline and skill required to deliver so much in such a comparatively tight package. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
8/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) It may be just a roller coaster, but it respects itself enough to be the best rollercoaster it possibly can. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
5/10 52% Tomb Raider (2018) The pieces are there. They just need better assembly. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
8/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Black is beautiful. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
6/10 40% Justice League (2017) it makes for a reasonable amount of fun in its own right... enough to put a gentle smile on your face and look towards future movies with a little more hope. - Action Figure Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
58% Please Stand By (2018) The journey itself matters less than the particular steps that this character needs to take. - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 85% Mayhem (2017) A strong script, a good sense of timing, and the kind of anarchic glee than more prestige projects can't manage. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Take away the arch tone and deadpan ridiculousness, and the scenario is all too real. - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It arrives at a very dark moment indeed, and yet like the movies that preceded it, it speaks very powerfully to where we're at right now. - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
76% Gladiator (2000) A movie initially intended as summer popcorn, but which somehow scored a Best Picture Oscar: the only one of Scott's lengthy and impressive canon to have done so. - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
89% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995) Terry Gilliam always had a unique spin on dystopian fantasy - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
95% Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) The Pythons' instincts strike home, not only in Brian's miserable failure to imbue his followers with some basic decency, but in the self-apparent barbarism that he's fighting against. - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
84% The Thing (1982) Carpenter uses Bottin's effects to release the tension... which lets them hit all that much harder. But he didn't need special effects to find the real horror in the scenario. - Cinema-stache EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Good news everyone! That Hulk dick joke we ordered has arrived! - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017