Reviews

 
Dunkirk Dunkirk
by Cody Villafana

“Nolan has created nothing less than a cinematic marvel…visually breathtaking, ambitious and stirring.”

 Grade: A-
Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets
by Jerrod Kingery

“A visually amazing world—too bad the characters can’t carry the load.”

 Grade: B-
War for the Planet of the Apes War for the Planet of the Apes
by Kiko Martinez

“Reeves has taken this re-imagining to a level we could not have predicted.”

 Grade: A-
Spider-Man: Homecoming Spider-Man: Homecoming
by Jerrod Kingery

“Delivers an essential, delightful version of a movie no one wanted in the first place.”

 Grade: B+
The Beguiled The Beguiled
by Daniel Tucker

“Compelling storytelling. A horrifying look into the complex intricacies of human nature.”

 Grade: B
Baby Driver Baby Driver
by Daniel Tucker

“There’s just so much to love and relish here. Before you even know it, it will have stolen your heart.”

 Grade: A
Transformers: The Last Knight Transformers: The Last Knight
by Jerrod Kingery

“Garbage fire. Bursting at the seams with so much utter bullshit.”

 Grade: D
47 Meters Down 47 Meters Down
by Daniel Tucker

“Mixes pulp and terror. Successfully depicts the unsettling creepiness that is endless ocean.”

 Grade: B
Beatriz at Dinner Beatriz at Dinner
by Kiko Martinez

“Dialogue bites without allowing the main characters to maul each other with their incompatible beliefs.”

 Grade: B
It Comes at Night It Comes at Night
by Cody Villafana

“[Director] Shults has created a thriller full of mystery, intrigue and slow-burning intensity.”

 Grade: B-
The Mummy The Mummy
by Jerrod Kingery

“Tom Cruise is absolutely the wrong choice. At least the Brendan Fraser movies were fun.”

 Grade: C
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman
by Jerrod Kingery

“It’s the redemption the critically-maligned DC Extended Universe so desperately needs.”

 Grade: B+
Chuck Chuck
by Cody Villafana

“Early parts of the film feature some true greatness…but punches itself out and staggers to the finish.”

 Grade: B-
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
by Daniel Tucker

“It’s a mixed bag, but an entertaining one nonetheless.”

 Grade: B-
Baywatch Baywatch
by Jerrod Kingery

“Belly flops when it comes to effective satire and face plants into the sand when it comes to raunch.”

 Grade: D
Alien: Covenant Alien: Covenant
by Kiko Martinez

“Passable sci-fi fare. Katherine Waterston is wonderful and Sigourney Weaver-esque.”

 Grade: B-
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Guardians of the Galaxy 2
by Jerrod Kingery

“Delivers most of the stuff you loved about the first go-round, only this time with a lot more of it.”

 Grade: B
Their Finest Their Finest
by Cody Villafana

“Isn’t quite the strong female-empowerment movie it wants to be, but it is well-performed.”

 Grade: B-
The Fate of the Furious The Fate of the Furious
by Jerrod Kingery

“Dom’s betrayal is pretty thin gruel that no true fan will buy, and new director F. Gary Gray knows it.”

 Grade: C+
Ghost in the Shell Ghost in the Shell
by Jerrod Kingery

“A beautiful-looking film that proclaims to be about identity, but fails to find one of its own.”

 Grade: C+
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Interviews

 
Sam Elliott – The Hero Sam Elliott – The Hero
by Kiko Martinez

“I’m always looking for something honest – something that rings true to me in story, character and dialogue.”

Selenis Leyva – Spider-Man: Homecoming Selenis Leyva – Spider-Man: Homecoming
by Kiko Martinez

“Putting them together is a good combination – Hot Cheetos and Takis.”

Chris Silcox – Spider-Man: Homecoming Chris Silcox – Spider-Man: Homecoming
by Kiko Martinez

“All you want to do is jump around and climb up walls and save damsels in distress.”

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily Gordon – The Big Sick Kumail Nanjiani & Emily Gordon – The Big Sick
by Cody Villafana

“The higher the stakes, the funnier the joke is going to be.”

Miranda Cosgrove – Despicable Me 3 Miranda Cosgrove – Despicable Me 3
by Kiko Martinez

“The Minions are these chubby yellow balls of cuteness.”

Eiza González – Baby Driver Eiza González – Baby Driver
by Kiko Martinez

“I’ve always been an actor who thinks you can find a big performance in the little details.”

Dominic L. Santana – All Eyez on Me Dominic L. Santana – All Eyez on Me
by Kiko Martinez

“You get to see a wider range of Suge and a more purposeful version.”

Val Kilmer – Cinema Twain Val Kilmer – Cinema Twain
by Kiko Martinez

“[Twain] is a genius. It’s hard to play a genius. You have to pretend to be smart, and that’s a bitch.”

Jon Heder – Napoleon Dynamite (13th anniv.) Jon Heder – Napoleon Dynamite (13th anniv.)
by Kiko Martinez

“To do the Napoleon dance, all you have to do is dance from your heart.”

Eugenio Derbez – How to Be a Latin Lover Eugenio Derbez – How to Be a Latin Lover
by Kiko Martinez

“I think the best way to break down a stereotype is to poke fun of it.”

Rob Schneider – stand-up comedian Rob Schneider – stand-up comedian
by Kiko Martinez

“Hitting things that are closer to the bone is more interesting than avoiding it.”

Kristanna Loken – Black Rose Kristanna Loken – Black Rose
by Kiko Martinez

“The feedback I always get from fans is that they like seeing women kick ass.”

Richard Kelly – Donnie Darko (15th anniv.) Richard Kelly – Donnie Darko (15th anniv.)
by Kiko Martinez

“There’s a stronger appetite for 80s nostalgia now that didn’t exist in the year 2001.”

Melissa Leo & Josh Lucas – The Most Hated Woman in America Melissa Leo & Josh Lucas – The Most Hated Woman in America
by Kiko Martinez

“The world order is changing.”

Daniel Espinosa – Life Daniel Espinosa – Life
by Kiko Martinez

“Making a movie is like raising a child. You see all these dreams and aspirations, and hope you have the insight.”

Louie Anderson – Baskets (TV) Louie Anderson – Baskets (TV)
by Kiko Martinez

“If you were to ask me if I feel 64, I would say no. But I’d rather be 46.”

Jim Broadbent – The Sense of an Ending Jim Broadbent – The Sense of an Ending
by Kiko Martinez

“I think from the word go I knew it would be good for me to spread my net very wide.”

Claude Barras – My Life As a Zucchini Claude Barras – My Life As a Zucchini
by Kiko Martinez

“Fear and the desire to build walls threaten our capacity to understand each other.”

Norman Lear – One Day at a Time (Netflix) Norman Lear – One Day at a Time (Netflix)
by Kiko Martinez

“There is no family…that can’t relate to it because of our common humanity.”

Dolph Lundgren – Don’t Kill It Dolph Lundgren – Don’t Kill It
by Kiko Martinez

“It makes me feel good to make a lot of the films I make. I try to see it in a positive light.”

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