Vadim has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2015.

  • The Peanuts Movie

    The Peanuts Movie

    ★★½

    "The two opening logos for The Peanuts Movie say pretty much everything about the two differing sensibilities birthing Charles Schulz’s characters into the 3D CGI 21st century. First there’s the 20th Century Fox logo, its familiar fanfare rearranged to accommodate Schroeder’s extra piano flourishes in front of the spotlight beams. Then emerges Skrat the squirrel, mascot of Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio whose signature product is the Ice Age franchise. In line with its competitors at DreamWorks and Universal…

  • Best of Enemies

    Best of Enemies

    ★★½

    "Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s documentary Best of Enemies, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, details the particulars of the eight televised debates between William Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal held on ABC in 1968 — four during the Republican convention in Miami, another four during the infamous Democratic one in Chicago. A very prototypically Sundance-y doc (destined for TV and classrooms, 'audience-friendly'), this is a consideration of an Important Topic fleshed out with contextual talking heads and zipped up…

  • Matrimony's Speed Limit

    Matrimony's Speed Limit

    ★★½

    The just thing would've been for the steamroller to run them both over.