Vanity Fair

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Rating Title/Year Author
1917 (2019) Richard Lawson It's a staggering piece of filmmaking, admirable both for its complexity and its control. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Little Women (2019) Richard Lawson It's often a lovely experience, to sit with Gerwig's ardor, to feel the warming beam of her cast radiating off the screen. I left the theater with eyes brimming. I only wish that the film's spell was cast a bit less briskly... EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Richard Lawson A movie with a story as urgent as this needn't look lovely, and yet Dark Waters often does, finding beautiful patterns and motifs in the quotidian stuff of folders and desk lamps and stacks of paper. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Richard Lawson Unnecessary isn't always a bad thing; plenty of fun or otherwise enriching stuff doesn't need to exist. But a dire case of cynical sequelitis plagues Frozen 2. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Richard Lawson Banks's film has an offbeat sense of humor; its rhythms are weird, the volume surprisingly muted for a movie from the director behind two Pitch Perfect films. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) K. Austin Collins A body of work that benefits from hindsight and reflection - unexpected pleasures for a horror movie, which must be why they feel so welcome. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Richard Lawson It's a very nice movie, chipper and sweet and homey while still pitched with a modern sensibility. But that's not enough-none of those qualities resonate without a richer sense of soul or purpose, of which Last Christmas is direly devoid. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Richard Lawson Lying underneath the emotional context is a perfectly serviceable action movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Richard Lawson In its earnest evocation of so many horrors - and of so many hard-won triumphs against poisoned power structures - the movie does have a salient weight to it. I just don't know if this is the right vessel for all that heaviness. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Sonia Saraiya Gilligan has proven, again and again, that he is a skilled storyteller in this universe, and if a post-finale finale had to exist, El Camino is a lovely coda that puts Jesse's tortured soul to rest, in a way. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Yohana Desta It's as torturous and nerve-racking as any Breaking Bad episode, with bursts of nostalgia that will catch any fan off guard and remind them of what made the show so good. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Richard Lawson Its old action-movie trappings, the quaintness of it, cannot be reconciled with its ultra contemporary execution. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) K. Austin Collins Almodovar's given us a film that's got a soft surface but a hard, distinguished core at its center. He hasn't changed; he's adjusted. He's mellowed out - and he's more than earned it. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Richard Lawson Lucy presents Portman with another juicy assignment. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Richard Lawson I found myself reluctantly taken by the movie, and the way Scorsese uses it to maybe, just a little bit, atone for some of his own past blitheness about violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
Chained for Life (2018) K. Austin Collins Chained for Life's genius is in its playfulness, and in [director Aarpm] Schimberg's vision, lucid but disorienting, insistent that there be no boundary between the movie we're watching and the movie - movies? - his characters are making. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Baby, It's You (1983) Carol Flake With its dark realism, rock 'n' roll delirium, and gutsy humor, Baby, It's You builds up to the mythic resonance of the finest American coming-of-age films. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Flight of the Eagle (1982) Carol Flake As in Troell's earlier films The Emigrants and The New Land, we experience the new world along with the travelers. Despite the aeronauts' failings, we never lose our sense of connection with them. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) Carol Flake [A] sad, exquisite film. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Tender Mercies (1983) Carol Flake He's found no miracles in the good country life, in the Bible, or even in the love of a good woman. But the astonishing purity of Duvall's performance, itself a kind of marvel, allows us to believe that Sledge has found a home. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The King of Comedy (1983) Carol Flake As we see how Rupert's pursuit of success is going to turn out, The King of Comedy becomes an easy little fable of our terrible romance with fame. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Lianna (1983) Carol Flake Lianna is limited by its predictability, and one soon begins to wonder about the film's aura of authenticity. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
La Notte di San Lorenzo (Night of the Shooting Stars) (The Night of San Lorenzo) (1982) Carol Flake It's a bit long-winded, melodramatic, and meandering. Still, like a verismo opera, it sweeps us along, leaving us as forlorn as Galvano when the world returns to normal. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Richard Lawson I'm aware that any veneration of dynastic wealth is to be carefully scrutinized if not rejected outright. But all that tea and manners has a perversely soothing effect. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Harriet (2019) K. Austin Collins A vaster and in many ways wilder film than it will get credit for. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The Friend (2019) Katey Rich It's a small-scale human story, precious few of which make it to film these days. It's also, if you're in the market for that kind of thing, an extremely effective tearjerker. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Bad Education (2019) Richard Lawson A tidy and engrossing corruption drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) K. Austin Collins Jojo Rabbit is more of a roast than a reckoning, which I suppose would be fine if it were only aiming for comedy. But this is a movie with lofty humanist ideas. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Just Mercy (2019) Richard Lawson Just Mercy pays noble credit to a specifically remarkable man. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Waves (2019) K. Austin Collins Waves is a movie full of strong observations, one more than adept at bringing minor chords and colors to life. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Richard Lawson [The Meddler] was [director Lorene] Scafaria's last effort behind the camera, and while it's a more than worthy showcase for her abundant talent, Hustlers rockets past it with mesmerizing exuberance. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
How to Build a Girl (2019) Katey Rich WInning and funny, while also a bit surface-level and predictable, it is an excellent case for the twin powers of Feldstein and Caitlin Moran, the author who adapted her own autobiographical novel to the screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) K. Austin Collins Dolemite is a movie that gives us a lot to look back on, both historically and in the case of Murphy's long life in Hollywood - but I also think we still haven't seen the extent of what Murphy can do. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) K. Austin Collins Neighborhood is full of looking, listening, understanding - fitting for a film about a man who was incredibly charismatic, slow of gesture and speech in ways that encouraged everyone around him to perform his kindness back at him. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Richard Lawson The film rolls and bounces with giddy elation, Johnson and his troupe of actors clearly enjoying themselves as they entertain. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Richard Lawson The Goldfinch is better than I expected it would be. And yet in clearing that bar, it bares open all the possibility that it could have been even more. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Katey Rich It's the sort of movie that gives nearly every character a thoughtful closeup before, somewhat fantastically, bringing most of them back together at the end for a tender sendoff. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Laura Bradley Ultimately, though, it feels like stale work from a comedian who was once known for truly boundary-pushing comedy - the kind that actually understood nuance, particularly where famous and powerful men were concerned. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Assistant (2019) K. Austin Collins It's as tense and tight as a thriller, but with none of the satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) K. Austin Collins I miss this kind of story - told with jazz and intrigue, coal-black streets and smoky silhouettes - and Norton's filmmaking evokes it tenderly. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Judy (2019) K. Austin Collins The best thing about Judy, perhaps, is that while it focuses overly on the tragedy of her late career... it is nevertheless a compelling document of a woman who constantly gave of herself. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Richard Lawson There's something indulgent about its many digressions, a dinner party guest yammering on and on rather than getting to the point. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) K. Austin Collins Ford V. Ferrari is a good ride, and a good example of what so many people are thirsty for. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The King (2019) Richard Lawson Chalamet does robust work, straightening his lanky posture as he goes, rising up into the role like a man ascendant. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) K. Austin Collins There's nowhere else to go: history repeats itself, the film tells us. So does trauma. And so, apparently, do movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) K. Austin Collins Classic Safdie characters are brash, volatile-as are Sandler's. Here, juiced up with an awful mustache and a personal style befitting his awful merchandise, he unleashes untold reserves of mania and panic. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
Joker (2019) Richard Lawson I've not always gotten along with Phoenix's mannered, muscle-strained approach to his craft, but here he makes a compelling case for going full-tilt. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Richard Lawson Pitt's gravitational pull does a lot of work for Gray's film, which struggles to breathe in the deliberate airlessness of its design. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Richard Lawson Marriage Story is enriching for all its weary insight, for the intricate ways it maps two personalities and locates them in the world. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
American Factory (2019) K. Austin Collins A mesmerizing jumble of culture and labor politics. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019