Reviews

 
Split Split
by Jerrod Kingery

“Mixed results. A head-scratching end to the climax and an icky aftertaste in the epilogue.”

 Grade: C+
Patriots Day Patriots Day
by Jerrod Kingery

“Director Peter Berg has put together a fantastic ensemble piece that never loosens the screws.”

 Grade: B
Silence Silence
by Cody Villafana

“It’s a tough nut to crack, [but] it’s harrowing and challenging; well performed and well written.”

 Grade: B
Hidden Figures Hidden Figures
by Jerrod Kingery

“Inspirational, but lacks a resonance strong enough to differentiate itself from the well-trodden genre.”

 Grade: B-
La La Land La La Land
by Kiko Martinez

“An adorable, choreographed-to-a-fault work of art. Stone and Gosling light up every scene.”

 Grade: B+
Lion Lion
by Kiko Martinez

“Tender, sincere and will definitely be a hard watch for anyone who has ever lost a child or parent.”

 Grade: B+
Fences Fences
by Kiko Martinez

“Incredible performances, which is reason enough to forgive the film’s shortcomings.”

 Grade: B
Jackie Jackie
by Kiko Martinez

“Begins and ends with Natalie Portman’s powerful performance, as she masks her pain with poise.”

 Grade: B+
Rogue One Rogue One
by Jerrod Kingery

“A thrilling ‘Star Wars’ movie that dares to be different—for example: no opening crawl and no Jedi.”

 Grade: A-
Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea
by Cody Villafana

“There’s a certain pain in Casey Affleck’s face that is visible in almost every scene.”

 Grade: A-
Office Christmas Party Office Christmas Party
by Jerrod Kingery

“The overstuffed plot and forced sentimentality undermine any bite the film strives to have.”

 Grade: C-
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
by Jerrod Kingery

“Rowling ably expands her ‘Harry Potter’ universe admirably.”

 Grade: B+
Moonlight Moonlight
by Kiko Martinez

“All three actors who portray the main character bring a unique innocence that is palpable.”

 Grade: B+
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange
by Jerrod Kingery

“At times feels plodding, hasty, [but] perks up when it finally gives way to a special effects bonanza.”

 Grade: B
Trolls Trolls
by Kiko Martinez

“Exciting to get an animated movie that captures some of the delightful aspects of the musical genre.”

 Grade: B-
Inferno Inferno
by Jerrod Kingery

“Inoffensive and forgettable. Hope the experience goes by as quickly as possible.”

 Grade: C
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
by Cody Villafana

“It may be time for Cruise to re-consider the direction of his career.”

 Grade: C-
Ouija: Origin of Evil Ouija: Origin of Evil
by Jerrod Kingery

“In spite of the previous effort and the fact it’s based on a board game…it’s actually not too bad.”

 Grade: B-
The Accountant The Accountant
by Cody Villafana

“A really solid Ben Affleck performance and is actually quite gripping in moments.”

 Grade: B-
The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train
by Jerrod Kingery

“Isn’t scandalous or outrageously batshit crazy enough to elevate the material it demands.”

 Grade: C+
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Interviews

 
Anya Taylor-Joy – Split Anya Taylor-Joy – Split
by Kiko Martinez

“If I encountered a bad guy that had supernatural powers, I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, teach me!'”

Jane Levy – Monster Trucks Jane Levy – Monster Trucks
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s a funny experience because when you’re making it, you’re so involved and it’s like the center of your world.”

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Patriots Day Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Patriots Day
by Kiko Martinez

“We wanted a sound of melancholy, nostalgia and longing, but with a sweetness.”

Frank Marshall – Jason Bourne (DVD) Frank Marshall – Jason Bourne (DVD)
by Kiko Martinez

“I love being on the set. I love doing things for real. I think it’s one of the best parts.”

Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight
by Kiko Martinez

“We are all looking for the same thing—love and connection and understanding.”

Charlie Cox – Daredevil (TV) Charlie Cox – Daredevil (TV)
by Kiko Martinez

“When I go to [comic con] events, that’s probably what it feels like to be George Clooney every day.”

Gael García Bernal & Jonás Cuarón – Desierto Gael García Bernal & Jonás Cuarón – Desierto
by Kiko Martinez

“The main motivation was to portray our biggest nightmare.”

David Zayas – The Lennon Report David Zayas – The Lennon Report
by Kiko Martinez

“I think there are a lot of flaws and strength in the character I play.”

Jackie Earle Haley – The Birth of a Nation Jackie Earle Haley – The Birth of a Nation
by Kiko Martinez

“I think we can all look back and recognize the inhumanity that is part of our history.”

Jesse Corti – Beauty and the Beast (25th Anniversary) Jesse Corti – Beauty and the Beast (25th Anniversary)
by Kiko Martinez

“Originally, the character was sort of a big doofus kind of guy.”

Fede Alvarez – Don’t Breathe Fede Alvarez – Don’t Breathe
by Kiko Martinez

“I always try to do something that is artistic and creative and strange and different.”

Gil Birmingham – Hell or High Water Gil Birmingham – Hell or High Water
by Kiko Martinez

“Every day Jeff [Bridges] would ask me, ‘Did you bring your guitar?'”

Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
by Kiko Martinez

“The joy she had when she sang was very infectious.”

Todd Solondz – Wiener-Dog Todd Solondz – Wiener-Dog
by Kiko Martinez

“I think comedy has always been married to pathos. Cruelty is also entwined as well in my work.”

Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
by Kiko Martinez

“[Lady Susan is] very clear-eyed about what each man is for in her life.”

Whit Stillman – Love & Friendship Whit Stillman – Love & Friendship
by Kiko Martinez

“A movie is a lighter affair. It’s kind of like a soufflé.”

Don Cheadle – Miles Ahead Don Cheadle – Miles Ahead
by Kiko Martinez

“I didn’t want to do a movie about Miles Davis. I wanted to be Miles Davis. They said, ‘Wow, that sounds great!'”

Paul Reubens – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday Paul Reubens – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
by Jerrod Kingery

“Judd Apatow wanted to make something more traditional…like ‘Big Adventure.'”

Paul Rust – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday Paul Rust – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
by Jerrod Kingery

“I was a fan. I was the kid who dressed up as Pee-wee.”

Patricia Riggen – Miracles from Heaven Patricia Riggen – Miracles from Heaven
by Kiko Martinez

“I think it is part of my upbringing and my culture to believe in miracles.”

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CineBlog

 
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Fantastic Fest Review: Zoology Fantastic Fest Review: Zoology

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Fantastic Fest Review: Don’t Kill It Fantastic Fest Review: Don’t Kill It

Of all the films that open with multiple family massacres, “Don’t Kill It” is the funniest of the bunch. The new film from Mike Mendez (“Big Ass Spider!”) deftly blends humor and action to create a wickedly entertaining ride destined to become a cult classic. At the of 58, Dolph Lundgren kicks more ass and masterfully delivers... [Read more]

Fantastic Fest Days 1 & 2 Recap: Turtles, Creepy Elevators & Everything in Between Fantastic Fest Days 1 & 2 Recap: Turtles, Creepy Elevators & Everything in Between

A Creepy Elevator and a Korean Masterpiece After a one-year absence, I finally ventured north was again to Austin for Fantastic Fest. Honestly, those 365 days felt much longer. I missed the people, the sense of community, and the celebration of all things film. I had to bow out of attending 2015’s Fantastic Fest since I was busy planning my wedding.... [Read more]

Top Ten Films of 2015 Top Ten Films of 2015

Here’s a look at CineSnob.net’s Top Ten Films of 2015 from editor Kiko Martinez and critics Jerrod Kingery and Cody Villafana. CODY VILLAFANA For the umpteenth year in a row, the calendar comes to a close and I’m left thinking about how disappointing the year in film was. It’s particularly surprising since midway through the year, I... [Read more]

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