Cultured Vultures

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Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 Honey Boy (2019) Nicolás Delgadillo Honey Boy is a deeply personal and painfully honest form of therapy for its creator, Shia LeBeouf, and is a phenomenal film because of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
7.5/10 Away (2019) George White An ambitious independent animation that is certainly worthy of praise. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
8/10 I Lost My Body (2019) Nicolás Delgadillo I Lost My Body is a wholly unique animated film about loss and longing, presented in both a melancholic and entertaining way. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
9/10 Klaus (2019) Mark O'Callaghan Klaus is destined to be a new holiday classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
6.5/10 The Knight Before Christmas (2019) Natasha Alvar ...so sweet it might give you diabetes, but if saccharine is to your liking, then this movie should be right up your alley. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
9/10 Knives Out (2019) Nick Kush Rian Johnson spins another wildly entertaining story that defies genre tropes, all the while giving plenty of familiar faces a ton of room to do what they do best, reminding us why we love them all in the first place. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
9/10 Marriage Story (2019) Brynne Ramella With its stellar performances, Marriage Story will simultaneously move you and devastate you. Keep an eye on Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson come Oscar season. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/10 Frozen II (2019) Joey Rambles Frozen II offers little in terms of plot or music that will please either the adult or kid Disney fan, and will have audiences wishing they were watching the original film instead. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/10 Charlie's Angels (2019) Nicolás Delgadillo It fails where others like Captain Marvel or Booksmart have triumphed this year, but it at least serves as an example of how an elementary definition of female emancipation isn't enough to get audiences to pay for a ticket. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/10 Earthquake Bird (2019) George White A slow, uneventful and ultimately predictable thriller that is definitely far from groundbreaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
7.5/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jim Ross The film doesn't break any new ground, but some thrilling driving sequences combined with likable lead performances makes it an entertaining watch, even with a slightly bloated runtime. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/10 Noelle (2019) Mark O'Callaghan Thanks to a lazy story and wasted talent, all Noelle deserves is a big lump of coal. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
5/10 Crown Vic (2019) Nicolás Delgadillo Crown Vic has strong performances and some topical observations of modern day police work, but it never goes anywhere interesting enough with them. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
6.5/10 Let It Snow (2019) Natasha Alvar Let It Snow offers enough feel-good moments to provide a good start to the Netflix Christmas romance season. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
7/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Nicolás Delgadillo There are plenty of moments of greatness in Doctor Sleep. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
5/10 Midway (2019) Grady Bolding I'm not entirely sure what Emmerich was trying to accomplish with Midway. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/10 Holiday in the Wild (2019) Natasha Alvar Holiday in the Wild delivers on the cute elephants, and not much else. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
7/10 The Aeronauts (2019) George White The Aeronauts reaches for the stars, but some frustrating storytelling decisions means it falls just short of greatness. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
7/10 The King (2019) Natasha Alvar A strong host of performances, especially from Chalamet, elevates what could have easily been a dull and mundane film. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/10 Rattlesnake (2019) Adi Pramana An interesting idea that couldn't survive being stretched out to feature-length, topped off with a limp ending. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
My Pet Dinosaur (2017) Eric Bartsch The acting is wooden and feels over-rehearsed (much of the cast sounds like they are hiding English accents) but the story sucks you in. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Heretics (2017) Eric Bartsch Atmospherics and jump-scares work here effectually. The use of light, tenebrous as it is, is also adept. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
7/10 Black and Blue (2019) Edward Boxler Black and Blue is a confused and unsettling film for confused, unsettling times. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Adi Pramana Aquaman is an entertaining film, with fantastic world building, fun humor and thrilling, well-directed action sequences. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/10 The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Grady Bolding The Possession of Hannah Grace is not the most detestable exorcism-related film out there. It's not even the worst, but more work was needed to make this film "good." What's done is done, and we're stuck with what we got. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Bumblebee (2018) Nicolás Delgadillo It's incredibly well done, backed by powerful emotions, it's fun and funny, and genuinely great for all ages. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Nicolás Delgadillo It's a literal and symbolic passing of the torch, easily the best Spider-Man film since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, and one of the best animated and superhero films of all time. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Redmond Bacon The camera movement feels purposeful and imbued with meaning, even when it's not obviously apparent. Credit has to go to Huang Jue, who anchors the film in real emotions of love and loss, doing some great acting with merely body movement alone. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Ray & Liz (2018) Redmond Bacon If the subject all sounds like doom and gloom, Ray & Liz offsets its depressing subject matter through empathy and humour. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
5/10 The New Romantic (2018) Edward Boxler The New Romantic relies too much on rom-com clichés, even when it's trying to subvert them. It's not a bad movie. It's just confused and oversimplified, failing to provide any unique insight into the complexities of contemporary romance. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
High Life (2018) Redmond Bacon It's so refreshing to see a medium budget movie that doesn't fix itself to just one meaning, but functions as a kind of blank template to pin one's own feelings on. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
8/10 Gun City (2018) Sean Woodard Peaky Blinders fans may be drawn to the film's period detail and violence, but its character-driven story and methodical pacing may not suit everyone. However, patient viewers may be rewarded. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/10 Dead List (2018) Sam Kurd Great premise, botched execution. Too few shining moments to recommend. It does show potential and the team could craft some great horror in future, but there's still work to do. Review screener provided EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Bong of the Living Dead (2017) Patrick King There are a few missteps here, but the film is a very fun horror-comedy, which of course is what you're expecting when you see a title like this out in the wild. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
5.5/10 The Coolest Guy Movie Ever: Return to the Scene of The Great Escape (2018) Eric Bartsch Coolest Guy Movie Ever is an informative and reverent look behind the scenes of The Great Escape, but it doesn't offer anything unique in terms of form or style we've come to expect from documentaries. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/10 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Nicolás Delgadillo Ralph Breaks The Internet comes across as a lifeless cash grab designed to promote every single brand known to man. There are some creative ideas, but the heart of the first film is completely gone. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/10 Countdown (2019) Grady Bolding A poor concept and equally poor script hinders any and all redemption for Countdown. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Mail Order Monster (2018) Eric Bartsch It's a simple film that makes the most out of what it has without forgetting character growth, good performances, or a happy ending. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Fantasma (2017) Eric Bartsch Bloody Ballet is the kind of movie flying below the radar you kick yourself for missing as a genre fan or connoisseur of cinematic art. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
8.5/10 Widows (2018) Nicolás Delgadillo Widows is an exciting and suspenseful heist thriller that proves itself to be about much more than just the heist itself. It's a stinging social commentary on modern-day America that is backed by powerful performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Elves (2018) Stephen Wilds I could call all of that cheap, lazy, or disappointing, but then Elves literally has a character mention the movies it stole from (and others) in a snarky line, so this all comes across as arrogant and irresponsible. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/10 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Nicolás Delgadillo Crimes of Grindelwald is a confusing and frustrating waste of talent and story. The first big misfire for the Harry Potter franchise. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Clyde Cooper (2018) Eric Bartsch There is a lot of narration and inner monologuing by Clyde while he drives around. Usually, he spouts detective-fiction cliches or another bad one-liner. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/10 Strange Nature (2018) Dani Whitehead Strange Nature is a well-directed and fair cinematic ride with good effects, but the story ultimately founders as a 100 minute-long PSA. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Blue My Mind (2017) Redmond Bacon As Brühlmann's first feature, there's a sense she's trying to lay on some things too thick (drugs! sex!) while being too relaxed with regards to narrative urgency. Nonetheless, Blue My Mind is a noble debut from the Zurich-born director. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Feral (2017) Patrick King At the end of the film, we finally get a genuinely moving emotional scene. It's too bad it came so late, because if Feral had concentrated on this kind of emotion instead of its mechanical plotting, we could have had a great film here. Well, too bad. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Bonehill Road (2017) Stephen Wilds The camera work and editing are both all over the place, from odd close-ups and unnecessary lingering moments to what feels like a misuse of establishing shots as well as transitions. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Outlaw King (2018) Redmond Bacon It's a frustrating watch as there's probably a good movie in there somewhere. Perhaps Mackenzie should go back to the drawing board and cut another twenty minutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
8.5/10 The Clovehitch Killer (2018) Jimmy Donnellan With an exceptional cast and tension that never lets up, The Clovehitch Killer is a gripping and often heartbreaking serial killer horror. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
7/10 Overlord (2018) Nicolás Delgadillo While occasionally cheesy, Overlord is an extremely solid World War II drama with a terrifying and exciting zombie twist. It'll keep you gripping the edge of your seat in suspense, and it delivers thrills in fresh and fun ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019