Reviews

 
Hail, Caesar! Hail, Caesar!
by Cody Villafana

“A complete slog that churns its way through its runtime and wastes its spectacular cast.”

 Grade: C
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jerrod Kingery

“Suffers from the same problems as the source material.”

 Grade: C-
45 Years 45 Years
by Kiko Martinez

“A master class in expression and gesture presented by Charlotte Rampling with impressive conviction.”

 Grade: B+
Kung Fu Panda 3 Kung Fu Panda 3
by Kiko Martinez

“The narrative is warm and light enough, although much of it isn’t what anyone would consider original.”

 Grade: B-
The Finest Hours The Finest Hours
by Cody Villafana

“Poorly written. It feels excruciatingly long and each scene is more tedious than the last.”

 Grade: D+
Dirty Grandpa Dirty Grandpa
by Kiko Martinez

“Lazy and superficial gags that hang out there like disgusting little dingleberries.”

 Grade: D
Anomalisa Anomalisa
by Cody Villafana

“An underwhelming and surface level film that never truly inspires enough empathy.”

 Grade: C+
Norm of the North Norm of the North
by Kiko Martinez

“Rendered by animators with no imagination, sense of humor, or skill of any of the top animation companies.”

 Grade: D-
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
by Cody Villafana

“Director Michael Bay tackles recent history with varying results.”

 Grade: C
Ride Along 2 Ride Along 2
by Jerrod Kingery

“The plot is just a microwaved take on ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ and the action scenes are somewhat lifeless.”

 Grade: C+
The Hateful Eight The Hateful Eight
by Kiko Martinez

“Second-tier Tarantino, but there’s plenty to enjoy. Full of smartly written dialogue and absurd violence.”

 Grade: B
Daddy’s Home Daddy’s Home
by Kiko Martinez

“The satisfying mishmash of broad and dry humor does the trick more often than not.”

 Grade: B-
Concussion Concussion
by Kiko Martinez

“Smith is completely believable, but it misses an opportunity to delve deeper into the football culture.”

 Grade: B-
Joy Joy
by Kiko Martinez

“Dragged down by a confusing tone, but makes up for it…during the QVC portions of the story.”

 Grade: B-
The Big Short The Big Short
by Kiko Martinez

“An exaggerated ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ that registers as phony and too shallow for its own good.”

 Grade: C
Carol Carol
by Kiko Martinez

“The romance can be stilted at times, but it’s hard not to appreciate the cinematic composition in its entirety.”

 Grade: B-
Youth Youth
by Kiko Martinez

“A compelling albeit frustrating mess. Not an experience many would consider unpretentious.”

 Grade: C-
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Jerrod Kingery

“Essentially serves up a greatest hits remix of original trilogy plot points.”

 Grade: B
Creed Creed
by Jerrod Kingery

“A knock-out, crowd-pleasing success. Stand up and cheer for ‘Creed,’ the man and the movie.”

 Grade: A
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
by Cody Villafana

“The most boring final installment of a film in recent years.”

 Grade: C-
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Interviews

 
Sean Astin – Woodlawn (DVD) Sean Astin – Woodlawn (DVD)
by Kiko Martinez

“I’m not afraid to do a movie or a part that perpetuates a worldview.”

Ken Jeong – Norm of the North & Ride Along 2 Ken Jeong – Norm of the North & Ride Along 2
by Kiko Martinez

“There’s a lot of diversity in the bear kingdom. There’s bear hugs, too.”

Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant
by Kiko Martinez

“You want to capture the moment and you don’t want to ruin anything.”

Simon Pegg – Man Up Simon Pegg – Man Up
by Kiko Martinez

“I would try and use my meager celebrity to impress girls and go home miserable when it didn’t work.”

Brie Larson – Room Brie Larson – Room
by Kiko Martinez

“I think we’re always for the rest of our lives going from one room to a bigger one, over and over again.”

Phyllis Smith – Inside Out (DVD) Phyllis Smith – Inside Out (DVD)
by Kiko Martinez

“I think she’s kind of cute with how she picks her leg up and wants to be drug around.”

Aaron Eckhart – My All-American Aaron Eckhart – My All-American
by Kiko Martinez

“I think there is still honor in defeat depending on how you played.”

David Guggenheim – He Named Me Malala David Guggenheim – He Named Me Malala
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s still important to raise your voice, especially now in this time and in this world.”

Sebástian Silva – Nasty Baby Sebástian Silva – Nasty Baby
by Kiko Martinez

“Why would someone want to watch a movie just because all the male characters like penis?”

Daniel Pemberton – Steve Jobs Daniel Pemberton – Steve Jobs
by Kiko Martinez

“The script was wall-to-wall dialogue. I thought, ‘Where am I going to come in?'”

Amy Ryan – Bridge of Spies Amy Ryan – Bridge of Spies
by Kiko Martinez

“When you’re working with Spielberg, you really don’t want it to ever be over. He gives everything great attention.”

Jena Malone – Time Out of Mind Jena Malone – Time Out of Mind
by Kiko Martinez

“I think I’ll probably be in the storytelling business until the day I die.”

Chris Weitz – Cinderella (DVD) Chris Weitz – Cinderella (DVD)
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s good there will be a Hispanic Disney princess…but I want to see more.”

Sir Ben Kingsley – Learning to Drive Sir Ben Kingsley – Learning to Drive
by Kiko Martinez

“What was so attractive about the film is that it has its shadows and its light.”

Ed Skrein – The Transporter Refueled Ed Skrein – The Transporter Refueled
by Kiko Martinez

“I’ve already turned down a number of action roles that were extremely well paid.”

James Ponsoldt – The End of the Tour James Ponsoldt – The End of the Tour
by Kiko Martinez

“He was the type of writer that made you feel smarter as you were reading him.”

Sir Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes Sir Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes
by Kiko Martinez

“Acting is a great job because you don’t have to retire.”

Diablo Cody – Ricki and the Flash Diablo Cody – Ricki and the Flash
by Kiko Martinez

“I couldn’t help but think, ‘You know, Meryl Streep would be perfect for this.'”

Joel Edgerton – The Gift Joel Edgerton – The Gift
by Kiko Martinez

“It seems to me that the thriller genre really just has to stay ahead of the audience.”

Chingo Bling – comedian Chingo Bling – comedian
by Kiko Martinez

“A comedian’s job is to make friends with everyone in the room and bring everyone in together.”

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CineBlog

 
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]

Man Vs. Snake – Fantastic Fest

Starring: Tim McVey, Dwayne Richard, Walter Day Directed by: Tim Kinzy and Andrew Seklir (debut) Walter Day and Billy Mitchell are like Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury of the classic video game documentary universe. Ever since their debut in “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” as self-appointed authority figure and enigmatic villain, respectively,... [Read more]

SXSW 2015 Film Coverage SXSW 2015 Film Coverage

REVIEWS Night Owls | by Cody Vilafana One & Two | by Cody Villafana Twinsters | by Cody Villafana For Grace | by Cody Villafana The Little Death | by Cody Villafana INTERVIEWS Colin Hanks & Sean Stuart – All Things Must Pass | by Cody Villafana Adam Pally & Rosa Salazar – Night Owls | by Cody Villafana This page will be updated... [Read more]

They Nominated What?! – 2015 Edition They Nominated What?! – 2015 Edition

In what is becoming a yearly tradition, CineSnob.net woke up at the crack of dawn this morning to watch the Oscar nominations unfold live. In the first year where all nominations were announced live on TV, there were some surprises, both good and bad. Here are our thoughts on the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, which will air on February 22... [Read more]

CineSnob.net’s Top Ten Films of 2014 CineSnob.net’s Top Ten Films of 2014

Here is a look at the Top Ten Film Lists of 2014 for all three CineSnob.net film critics – Cody Villafana, Jerrod Kingery and Kiko Martinez. Below that is a consensus list for the entire site. Thanks for being a fan of CineSnob.net! We’ll see you in the New Year! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say …2014 was yet... [Read more]

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