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Vacancy (2007)

An eighty-minute minimal thriller about a divorcing couple (Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson) brought close again by "one last great adventure together." Returning from the anniversary celebration of one pair of parents, they stray from the interstate, experience car trouble in the middle of nowhere and dead of night, and bed ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Vacation (2015)

A sense of wistful nostalgia generated by Lindsay Buckingham’s iconic title tune playing under a series of amusing vacation photos faded along with the opening credits. Two newbies, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, take a vacation from filmmaking and drop a holiday load in this unwatchable remake of ... (R)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Vagabond (1986)

Agnes Varda, roughly represented on screen by Macha Méril, recounts the last weeks in the life of a teenage girl found frozen in a ditch. You couldn't say that the conception of the character isn't, in its own inverted way, sentimental -- more an existential beau idéal than a flesh-and-blood ... (R)

3.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Vakhtangov Theatre: Eugene Onegin (2016)

Rimas Tuminas directs this stage adaptation of Pushkin's classic novel in verse at the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia. (NR)

None stars

The Valachi Papers (1972)

Anemic European-made gangster movie, based on the Peter Maas bestseller, goes in more for yakety-yak than bang-bang. Charles Bronson is impressive for keeping his body and spirits in peak condition despite the lethargy surrounding him. Directed by Terence Young. (NR)

None stars

Valentin (2002)

Harsh realities (a broken home, an absent mother, a fickle father, a domineering granny) and lofty dreams (to have a real family, to grow up to be an astronaut) of a cross-eyed eight-year-old in late-Sixties Argentina. The solitary goal of the film is to ensure that the little hero be ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Valentine's Day (2010)

Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Taylor Swift. —There. That’s about all that need be said, and the ads already ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Valentino (1977)

Ken Russell lets you know early that he will be operating at his customary level of crassness (he shows you the funeral parlor employees boarding up windows with coffin lids in order to protect Valentino's body from the crush of admirers); the chief difference between this and Russell's other artist ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Valentino's Ghost (2012)

From The Sheik to Abu Ghraib, this documentary looks at the way that media portrayal of Arabs and Arab culture influences public perception and even foreign policy. Or maybe it's the way foreign policy influences media portrayal. It's complicated, and not entirely pleasant. (NR)

None stars

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Utterly unreal space story from Luc Besson (he of The Fifth Element fame), who seems to have watched James Cameron’s Avatar and decided he could make it sillier, more scattered, and less emotionally engaging. (Score one for Cameron’s brand of painfully earnest sentiment?) So once again, we are treated to ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

The Valet (2006)

Romantic deception from the French farceur, Francis Veber: a paparazzi photo captures a lowly parking valet in the same frame with a philandering industrialist and his supermodel girlfriend, and the industrialist then pays the valet to pretend that the supermodel is his own girlfriend. The mechanical plot is worth putting ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Valiant (2005)

British-accented Disney computer cartoon, concerned with the role of carrier pigeons in World War II, a factual basis abnormal for computer cartoons. It assumes a degree of grounding in the history, and the cinema, of the Battle of Britain and the French Resistance. In other words, parents and grandparents may ... (G)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd