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K. Austin Collins

K. Austin Collins
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) This movie's primary strength is in Wilson's words, his facility with ideas and symbols and attitudes, and what the actors do with all of the above. The movie, as a movie, has its limits. But Wilson's material remains unbound.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2.5/5 86% Happiest Season (2020) It's not a knockout, but the actors frequently are. The rest is an exercise in not overdoing it. It's here, it's queer, it's not much else -- and that's OK.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 68% Ammonite (2020) It's a plain and inarguable fact that we all deserve a movie in which Winslet and Ronan, specialists in complex women, play unlikely lovers whose bonnets are just itching to get ripped off. A reasonable person wouldn't complain. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 89% Mank (2020) Commerce, art, period politics: It's all here. Among Fincher die-hards, the result will probably bemuse some, bore many, and thrill a relative but hearty minority. Count me in the minority.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 90% The Climb (2020) Cringe comedy's premise is that old wisdom about train wrecks and why we can't help but stop and stare despite ourselves, and Covino and Marvin's movie is a convincing case in point. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.5/5 100% City Hall (2020) On its surface, in so many ways, City Hall could read as an endorsement. But politics aren't that simple -- and Wiseman's movie most certainly isn't, either.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/5 83% Proxima (2019) Winocour is too sensitive a writer for Sarah's plights to be reduced to workplace politics or a suppressed maternal emotions... Her latest is something far more tense and fluid than a stock cosmic melodrama.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2.5/5 79% Let Him Go (2020) You could do worse than sticking an iconic Ma and Pa pair in a dusky detective story that plays out in beauteous open countryside... It's too bad, then, that the movie overreaches. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 100% His House (2020) His House is a strong debut, and exciting -- even as its horrors risk redundancy as the film wears on -- for its uncanny merging of political experience and the usual, perilous haunted-house thrills.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
4.5/5 92% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) At only 80 minutes and change, Fire Will Come is slim, distilled and as sharp as a shiv to the gut.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
4.5/5 93% Ham on Rye (2020) Ultimately, Ham on Rye's best point of reference is itself. It is, like the people therein, one of a kind and completely unforgettable‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Midnight in Paris (2019) Midnight In Paris isn't a film about peering into a crystal ball. It's a movie about seeing beyond the headlines and looking toward a place and its people. It's humble as pie -- and all the more enriching for it. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4.5/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The thrill of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm isn't just that it takes on the Trump administration, or more pointedly, America under Donald Trump. The thrill is in how smoothly, how improbably, Cohen and his collaborators have engineered it all.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 40% Rebecca (2020) In its depiction of one woman living in the shadow of another, Wheatley's film proves, ironically, to be stuck in a shadow of its own. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 feels outright outlandish at times; more than unrealistic, it can feel as far afield from history as an episode of the Twilight Zone.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Your job is to relax and enjoy it. Clap along. Connect with each other, and with yourself. As Byrne seems to say, we owe ourselves that much. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 99% Totally Under Control (2020) It's a fine placeholder for a real reckoning, a nicely-plated appetizer, a studious demonstration of how to read, collate, and repackage the news. Now all we need is to tell the actual story, which is to say, the human one.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) The plot of the movie is kind of wicked and free; the first half soars more than the second, but satisfaction and belly-laughs abound. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/5 99% Time (2020) Time, Bradley asks us to remember, is what we lose. Only in a movie can we entertain and engineer the fantasy of getting it back, rewinding the clock, restoring presence to a loved one's absence. Thank God, then, for movies. This one especially.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/5 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) For all its playfulness, it's the real, stinging, joyful, inconvenient reality of life that Dick Johnson Is Dead gives us. It's a committed act of preservation: a looping, reeling, repeatable act of love.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) It's a little zany, a little blue, emotionally jagged, adventurously all over the place.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The Boys in the Band isn't always good, but it's a good time. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 69% The Glorias (2020) These moments don't really work, but the idea behind them resonates. The movie feels like a conversation a dreaming Gloria Steinem might be having with herself, about herself. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) This is comedy wed not just to melancholy but to a deep sense, maybe fear, of failure. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4.5/5 93% Residue (2020) Because this is a film that flows rather than catapults through its plot, the stuff that another movie would pull off too neatly here feels ephemeral and slippery. The textures Gerima generates are as rigorous as they are personal. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) The Devil All the Time has the pretensions of a mythopoetic story that's chipping away at a community's dark underbelly. But here the misery is as belly-up and eager to be noticed as a house cat or a dead fish.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 28% Antebellum (2020) At its heart, and at its best, Antebellum is a grand play on what we know people really mean when they shout to "Make America Great Again."‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 97% Buoyancy (2020) It grows thrilling to watch. Rathjen's careful script and intensive eye for environmental details deliver all of this to us with a steady rhythm. Repetition, a sense of the daily drag, is key. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 74% Mulan (2020) Its cast, its attitude, its overall eagerness to please -- all benefits, one would think -- don't add up to a good movie. They add up to a blueprint of the movie this ought to be.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
97% La Llorona (2020) [A] taut, effective new horror film.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
89% Sputnik (2020) This is altogether well-made, straightforward entertainment, gross but contained, intriguingly structured: a movie as slickly designed as the slime trailing the alien's mermaid butt.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
66% The Secret Garden (2020) An altogether fine endeavor that children will probably enjoy.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
73% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle massages all the life and spice and danger out of jokes like these in favor of comparatively flavorless sentiment and reconciliation. Sure, I still laughed. But as I did, I wondered why the movie insisted on low-balling itself.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) It's accomplished through filmmaking that feels as honed and intentional as it is elaborate, and as personal, even autobiographical, as it is speculative and somewhat removed.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
61% Radioactive (2020) Despite its clear and admirable efforts to upset the usual visual and dramatic monotony of genius biopics, Radioactive feels surprisingly by-the-numbers.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
81% The Painted Bird (2020) There's a style and breadth to some of its imagery that contradict and complicate its ostensible realism in memorable ways... But its methods notwithstanding, The Painted Bird's endgame falls short.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
91% Relic (2020) You get horror films that are said to be "about X," rather than just another horror movie - while ultimately failing to make good on any of these myriad parts. Relic is yet another of these films.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) Palm Springs endeared me to Samberg and Milioti quite a bit, and that's not nothing. The movie, though, doesn't amount to much.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) You're forced to reckon with the nature of identity - how it can cost someone their life. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) It's nothing The Daily Show, under Stewart's leadership, didn't already cover. Which is a little alarming in 2020.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The story and the cast keep growing and expanding outward, not always satisfyingly, sometimes outright ludicrously, but in ways that always feel alive and alert to the men this movie is about and their eerie, frequently sad, complexities.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
78% Braveheart (1995) Though Gibson's film isn't smart on this subject or even really aware of it, it has few modern rivals as an example of the ways a movie can rend history into compellingly simplistic myth.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) Rae and Nanjiani are charismatic stars whose rise has been nice to watch... Neither of them gets to be at their best.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
93% Fail-Safe (1964) Lumet... has a knack for landing a tight, winning premise. Fail Safe, a box office failure in its time that's been considered a classic ever since, is no exception.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) The movie works best, in the end, by convincing us that these people are perfectly ordinary.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
82% Testament (1983) Notable on its own terms, not only in our own, newly tragic context.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) The movie's biggest surprise remains that it lacks any.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
86% Safe (1995) Haynes does to us what his film does to Carol, cannily exploiting our willingness to find answers where there are none, to read meaning into associations.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
52% Bamboozled (2000) Audacious, vibrant, unsurprisingly maligned but frequently brilliant.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) An ingenious mashup of American westerns and the satirical and political work that swept Brazilian cinema in the 1960s.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020