Reviews

 
Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon
by Kiko Martinez

“An emotionally surface-level drama, but the overall storytelling is done very well.”

 Grade: B
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Cody Villafana

“Feels like an odd hodgepodge of popular young adult series.”

 Grade: D
Masterminds Masterminds
by Jerrod Kingery

“Zach Galifianakis’ affectations only distract from the okay-enough humor on display.”

 Grade: C
The Magnificent Seven The Magnificent Seven
by Jerrod Kingery

“A pop-culture western. It’s been a while since a western was played as an action movie.”

 Grade: B
Snowden Snowden
by Cody Villafana

“Feels extremely one-sided and doesn’t allow audiences to make their own decision.”

 Grade: C+
Bridget Jones’s Baby Bridget Jones’s Baby
by Kiko Martinez

“Cheery and charming. This sequel definitely takes a step up from where Bridget left off.”

 Grade: B-
Blair Witch Blair Witch
by Jerrod Kingery

“Ideas [are] brought up and abandoned too quickly; mythology never gets expanded upon.”

 Grade: C
Sully Sully
by Cody Villafana

“A well-performed, acceptable tale of American heroism, despite Eastwood’s complete lack of subtlety.”

 Grade: B-
The Light Between Oceans The Light Between Oceans
by Brian Francisco

“Bathed in exquisitely aching restraint and soul-rending inner turmoil, its potboiler escapist theater.”

 Grade: A
Yoga Hosers Yoga Hosers
by Jerrod Kingery

“What the hell happened to Kevin Smith and his ability to tell a funny story on a movie screen?”

 Grade: D-
Southside with You Southside with You
by Kiko Martinez

“Brims with smartly-written conversations and subtly funny moments.”

 Grade: B
Greater Greater
by Brian Francisco

“Worth watching, particularly for fans of fighting-giants, feel-good athletics films.”

 Grade: B-
War Dogs War Dogs
by Brian Francisco

“There’s harrowing ugly-truth-telling to keep things entertaining and eye-opening all the way through.”

 Grade: B+
Hell or High Water Hell or High Water
by Cody Villafana

“Takes a rudimentary bank robbing plotline and elevates it to truly special heights.”

 Grade: B+
Pete’s Dragon Pete’s Dragon
by Kiko Martinez

“Wants to be the next generation’s ‘E.T.’ For the most part, the effort feels genuine albeit slightly generic.”

 Grade: B-
Sausage Party Sausage Party
by Jerrod Kingery

“Hilarious at times. With a little more stamina leading up to the climax, it could have been legendary.”

 Grade: B-
Blood Father Blood Father
by Brian Francisco

“The dialogue is clever, laced with satire, but not too much; in spots, it’s lightly reminiscent of Shane Black.”

 Grade: A
Suicide Squad Suicide Squad
by Jerrod Kingery

“[Has] an erratic tone and butchered-to-hell narrative flow…[and] feels icky with flop sweat.”

 Grade: C-
Jason Bourne Jason Bourne
by Jerrod Kingery

“You might wish Bourne had stayed in hiding instead of going through the motions one more time.”

 Grade: C+
Ghostbusters Ghostbusters
by Brian Francisco

“With its somewhat scaled-back scares, it feels a bit more like a kids’ movie than the original.”

 Grade: C+
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Interviews

 
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.”

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
by Kiko Martinez

“What I was most fascinated by was the spirit of the journalist and their commitment to finding and revealing the truth.”

Robert Eggers – The Witch Robert Eggers – The Witch
by Kiko Martinez

“I was scared of this kind of stuff as a kid. I think by exploring darkness in my adult life I have control over it.”

Marlon Wayans – comedian Marlon Wayans – comedian
by Kiko Martinez

“If you get them to listen, you can make them laugh.”

Andrew Haigh – 45 Years Andrew Haigh – 45 Years
by Kiko Martinez

“There is a vast array of relationships in the world, but fundamentally, they all come from the same place.”

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.”

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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 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

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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]

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