The Vermont Cynic


‘Huntsman:’ a good laugh

April 29, 2016

"The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is entertaining for all the wrong reasons.Despite the $170 million budget, the film is laughably ill-conceived and poorly executed.Even the film’s all-star cast, comprised...

Country biopic fails to impress

April 15, 2016

Even without any prior knowledge of country music, this film is sure to disappoint.“I Saw the Light” is a biographical film depicting the rise and fall of the legendary musician Hank Williams.Williams...


Film tells a touching story

April 9, 2016

A stubborn homeless woman and an introverted playwright make an unlikely pair in “The Lady in the Van.”The film is based off the true story of Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lived...


‘Cloverfield’ sequel strays from the original

March 30, 2016

After six years, the second film in the “Cloverfield” franchise has hit theaters and is just as anxiety inducing as the first.The sequel, “10 Cloverfield Lane,” is a whirlwind of suspense and apocalyptic...

Documentary delves into economic and social issues

Documentary delves into economic and social issues

March 17, 2016

If anyone likes to show how backward America is, it’s Michael Moore.Moore, who directed “Bowling for Columbine” and the highest grossing documentary of all time “Fahrenheit 9/11,” is back after...

The Big Short’ sells out big banks’ behavior

February 25, 2016

“The Big Short” is a whirlwind of numbers, huge amounts of money, financial terminology and raging testosterone.The premise of the film is simple: it explains how the 2008 financial crisis occurred,...

‘Carol’ crosses social barriers but misses nomination

February 17, 2016

Abeautiful and sensual love story between two women is making waves this Academy Award season.Set in 1952 in New York City, “Carol” begins when Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and Therese Belivet (Rooney...

‘Brooklyn’ follows familiar plot

‘Brooklyn’ follows familiar plot

February 10, 2016

A coming-of-age story is something to which we can all relate.Touching and delicately sweet, “Brooklyn” is the story of a young Irish immigrant named Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) and her journey to...

Film brings brutal past to bear

Film brings brutal past to bear

February 3, 2016

Shockingly violent and overwhelmingly heart- breaking, “The Revenant” is the most gruesome western to date.Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is the stomach-churning tale of frontiersman...

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