Reviews

 
Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast
by Kiko Martinez

“Wonderful set pieces, costumes, and childhood memories aside, this version is fairly unexceptional.”

 Grade: C+
Kong: Skull Island Kong: Skull Island
by Jerrod Kingery

“A mess. We’re expected to follow too many different poorly-drawn characters (big ape included).”

 Grade: C
Get Out Get Out
by Kiko Martinez

“Tonally satisfying and provocative. Director Jordan Peele makes a clever, anti-racism statement.”

 Grade: B
Logan Logan
by Jerrod Kingery

“[Logan] outdoes every film in the ‘X’-series—and most comic book movies, period.”

 Grade: A
The Great Wall The Great Wall
by Jerrod Kingery

“Boring…It doesn’t ever fully embrace its potential for mash-up weirdness.”

 Grade: C
The LEGO Batman Movie The LEGO Batman Movie
by Brian Francisco

“At its best and most brilliant in these moments of winking, hyperbolic-yet spiritually-reverent adaptation.”

 Grade: A
The Space Between Us The Space Between Us
by Kiko Martinez

“Might be enough to placate some less discerning audiences, but it’s inauthentic.”

 Grade: C-
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+
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Interviews

 
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.”

Marco Beltrami – Logan Marco Beltrami – Logan
by Kiko Martinez

“Even if there’s no grandiose theme to it, hopefully the score has more of a sonic continuity. That was sort of the goal.”

Rosamund Pike – A United Kingdom Rosamund Pike – A United Kingdom
by Kiko Martinez

“I think love can be a huge weapon in overcoming fear.”

Catalina Aguilar Mastretta – Everybody Loves Somebody Catalina Aguilar Mastretta – Everybody Loves Somebody
by Kiko Martinez

“I believe in soulmates, but I don’t believe we have just one.”

Roberto Sneider – You’re Killing Me Susana Roberto Sneider – You’re Killing Me Susana
by Kiko Martinez

“If you don’t have humor, then life is really pretty absurd.”

Linda Cardellini – The Founder Linda Cardellini – The Founder
by Kiko Martinez

“I would’ve loved to know what it was that drove the two of them together.”

Asa Butterfield – The Space Between Us Asa Butterfield – The Space Between Us
by Kiko Martinez

“I love looking up at the stars at night. I am very in touch with the natural world.”

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.”

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