Reviews

 
Transformers: The Last Knight Transformers: The Last Knight
by Jerrod Kingery

“Garbage fire. Bursting at the seams with so much utter bullshit.”

 Grade: D
47 Meters Down 47 Meters Down
by Daniel Tucker

“Mixes pulp and terror. Successfully depicts the unsettling creepiness that is endless ocean.”

 Grade: B
Beatriz at Dinner Beatriz at Dinner
by Kiko Martinez

“Dialogue bites without allowing the main characters to maul each other with their incompatible beliefs.”

 Grade: B
It Comes at Night It Comes at Night
by Cody Villafana

“[Director] Shults has created a thriller full of mystery, intrigue and slow-burning intensity.”

 Grade: B-
The Mummy The Mummy
by Jerrod Kingery

“Tom Cruise is absolutely the wrong choice. At least the Brendan Fraser movies were fun.”

 Grade: C
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman
by Jerrod Kingery

“It’s the redemption the critically-maligned DC Extended Universe so desperately needs.”

 Grade: B+
Chuck Chuck
by Cody Villafana

“Early parts of the film feature some true greatness…but punches itself out and staggers to the finish.”

 Grade: B-
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
by Daniel Tucker

“It’s a mixed bag, but an entertaining one nonetheless.”

 Grade: B-
Baywatch Baywatch
by Jerrod Kingery

“Belly flops when it comes to effective satire and face plants into the sand when it comes to raunch.”

 Grade: D
Alien: Covenant Alien: Covenant
by Kiko Martinez

“Passable sci-fi fare. Katherine Waterston is wonderful and Sigourney Weaver-esque.”

 Grade: B-
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Guardians of the Galaxy 2
by Jerrod Kingery

“Delivers most of the stuff you loved about the first go-round, only this time with a lot more of it.”

 Grade: B
Their Finest Their Finest
by Cody Villafana

“Isn’t quite the strong female-empowerment movie it wants to be, but it is well-performed.”

 Grade: B-
The Fate of the Furious The Fate of the Furious
by Jerrod Kingery

“Dom’s betrayal is pretty thin gruel that no true fan will buy, and new director F. Gary Gray knows it.”

 Grade: C+
Ghost in the Shell Ghost in the Shell
by Jerrod Kingery

“A beautiful-looking film that proclaims to be about identity, but fails to find one of its own.”

 Grade: C+
Power Rangers Power Rangers
by Jerrod Kingery

“Before they get to ride in their giant robot dinosaurs, we have to suffer through plodding training montages.”

 Grade: C-
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
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Interviews

 
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.”

Kristanna Loken – Black Rose Kristanna Loken – Black Rose
by Kiko Martinez

“The feedback I always get from fans is that they like seeing women kick ass.”

Richard Kelly – Donnie Darko (15th anniv.) Richard Kelly – Donnie Darko (15th anniv.)
by Kiko Martinez

“There’s a stronger appetite for 80s nostalgia now that didn’t exist in the year 2001.”

Melissa Leo & Josh Lucas – The Most Hated Woman in America Melissa Leo & Josh Lucas – The Most Hated Woman in America
by Kiko Martinez

“The world order is changing.”

Daniel Espinosa – Life Daniel Espinosa – Life
by Kiko Martinez

“Making a movie is like raising a child. You see all these dreams and aspirations, and hope you have the insight.”

Louie Anderson – Baskets (TV) Louie Anderson – Baskets (TV)
by Kiko Martinez

“If you were to ask me if I feel 64, I would say no. But I’d rather be 46.”

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.”

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