Reviews

 
Happy Death Day Happy Death Day
by Jerrod Kingery

“A clever-enough horror movie that could have been truly great given another shot of creativity.”

 Grade: B-
Blade Runner 2049 Blade Runner 2049
by Kiko Martinez

“The ideas don’t necessarily feel groundbreaking, but Villeneuve’s vision is one of his best assets.”

 Grade: B
American Made American Made
by Jerrod Kingery

“Aspires for the breezy, comedy-drama feel of ‘The Big Short’ and ends up mostly succeeding.”

 Grade: B
Stronger Stronger
by Kiko Martinez

“A touching look at a personal fight for survival and how heroism is viewed during a national tragedy.”

 Grade: B
Battle of the Sexes Battle of the Sexes
by Cody Villafana

“More interested in telling a lustful love story than it is talking about equality, gender gaps or even tennis.”

 Grade: C
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Kingsman: The Golden Circle
by Jerrod Kingery

“It thinks it’s way more clever than it actually is.”

 Grade: C-
Mother! Mother!
by Kiko Martinez

“Cinematic version of sleep paralysis. Aronofsky has embraced his chaotic narrative without remorse.”

 Grade: C-
It It
by Daniel Tucker

“Eerie…Images are striking and individual moments are uniquely scary despite a familiar formula.”

 Grade: B-
Home Again Home Again
by Jerrod Kingery

“Meyers-Shyer, daughter of directors Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, isn’t far off from her mother’s output.”

 Grade: C-
Patti Cake$ Patti Cake$
by Kiko Martinez

“Macdonald is the most consistent element and elevates the storytelling through her likable persona.”

 Grade: C+
Brigsby Bear Brigsby Bear
by Kiko Martinez

“An off-beat and surprisingly moving first film starring/co-written by ‘SNL’ performer/scribe Kyle Mooney.”

 Grade: B
Step Step
by Cody Villafana

“A very humanistic story about not just the strive for excellence, but breaking cycles.”

 Grade: B+
Annabelle: Creation Annabelle: Creation
by Daniel Tucker

“A concise horror movie; a much-needed course correction and enticing look at things to come.”

 Grade: B
Detroit Detroit
by Kiko Martinez

“Needed to be a little more enlightening to capture the full essence of what we’re witnessing.”

 Grade: B-
Atomic Blonde Atomic Blonde
by Daniel Tucker

“There’s a great ballet of carnage on display, but the remainder of the film is so painfully out of tune.”

 Grade: C
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
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Interviews

 
Claudio Miranda – Only the Brave Claudio Miranda – Only the Brave
by Kiko Martinez

“It was important we maintained the details of the fire and its beauty.”

Natalie Morales – Battle of the Sexes Natalie Morales – Battle of the Sexes
by Kiko Martinez

“Women are fighting that battle everywhere, not just in Hollywood.”

Nat Wolff – Leap! Nat Wolff – Leap!
by Kiko Martinez

“I got to be my wild, 12-year-old self and go into a booth and scream and go crazy for a couple of days.”

Lake Bell – I Do…Until I Don’t Lake Bell – I Do…Until I Don’t
by Kiko Martinez

“When the steeple burns down to ash, out of ash grows flowers. The same with shit.”

Danielle Macdonald – Patti Cake$ Danielle Macdonald – Patti Cake$
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s very unpredictable. If you like stability, you should not be an actor.”

Barry Corbin – The Margarita Man Barry Corbin – The Margarita Man
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s kinda like dope — you start doing it and you got to keep doing it.”

Luis Prieto – Kidnap Luis Prieto – Kidnap
by Kiko Martinez

“From all the conversations between Halle and myself, we always thought, ‘What would a real mother do?'”

David Lowery – A Ghost Story David Lowery – A Ghost Story
by Kiko Martinez

“If my soul does live on in some other form, I can’t wait to find out what that is.”

Rebecca Pérez – The Emoji Movie Rebecca Pérez – The Emoji Movie
by Kiko Martinez

“My first thought was, ‘How are we going to make a film about emojis?'”

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.”

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Top 10 Films of 2016 Top 10 Films of 2016

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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

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

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