Reviews

 
Solo: A Star Wars Story Solo: A Star Wars Story
by Jerrod Kingery

“A prequel and an origin story sewn together to make a whole thing that’s familiar, but not anywhere near new.”

 Grade: B-
Deadpool 2 Deadpool 2
by Kiko Martinez

“Should appease fans of the series who get a hard-on for pop culture references and extreme meta humor.”

 Grade: C+
Disobedience Disobedience
by Kiko Martinez

“An absorbing narrative that explores the conflict between free will and religious obligation effectively.”

 Grade: B+
The Rider The Rider
by Kiko Martinez

“A tender narrative transformed into a breathtakingly beautiful drama that shoots straight to the heart.”

 Grade: A-
RBG RBG
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s surface-level stuff, but it still speaks truth to power – something everyone could currently use.”

 Grade: B-
Overboard Overboard
by Kiko Martinez

“Uninspired…There isn’t much to the remake that warrants a second shot on the big screen.”

 Grade: C
Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War
by Jerrod Kingery

“The Russo Brothers have made an interesting choice in focusing the story on their giant purple villain.”

 Grade: B
Final Portrait Final Portrait
by Kiko Martinez

“Armie Hammer adequately plays what is ultimately the equivalent of a bowl of fruit.”

 Grade: C
You Were Never Really Here You Were Never Really Here
by Kiko Martinez

“There is a thin layer of grime that coats the narrative of ‘YWNRH’ that is extremely hard to shake.”

 Grade: B+
Isle of Dogs Isle of Dogs
by Kiko Martinez

“Fans of Anderson’s idiosyncratic work will enjoy the wonderful world of wagging tails he has created.”

 Grade: A-
Ready Player One Ready Player One
by Jerrod Kingery

“Far from the empty nostalgia. Wisely broadens its horizons under Steven Spielberg’s direction.”

 Grade: B+
The Death of Stalin The Death of Stalin
by Kiko Martinez

“Plays out like a feature-length version of Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History,’ minus the slurred speech.”

 Grade: B+
Pacific Rim: Uprising Pacific Rim: Uprising
by Kiko Martinez

“Follows the same conventions [of ‘Transformers’] and ends up being a big, dumb, robot wrestling match.”

 Grade: C-
Love, Simon Love, Simon
by Kiko Martinez

“Charming, authentic and emboldening. A milestone for mainstream gay movies.”

 Grade: B+
A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time
by Kiko Martinez

“A convoluted fairy tale that attempts to turn its nonsensical narrative into something compelling.”

 Grade: C-
Gringo Gringo
by Kiko Martinez

“Definitely has a nasty streak, director but Nash Edgerton and crew fail to make it cut deep enough.”

 Grade: C
Red Sparrow Red Sparrow
by Kiko Martinez

“[It’s] deception and manipulation, even while between the thighs of J-Law, is somewhat of a dull affair.”

 Grade: C
Game Night Game Night
by Kiko Martinez

“With sharp jokes, queasy-worthy violence and some nicely timed movie references, the comedy scores.'”

 Grade: B
Fifty Shades Freed Fifty Shades Freed
by Kiko Martinez

“Anastasia might have a safe word to stop the pain, but ‘Freed’ doesn’t give audiences the same luxury.”

 Grade: D
Early Man Early Man
by Kiko Martinez

“Feels like an animated movie that lost its way somewhere in the brainstorming process.”

 Grade: C+
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Interviews

 
Imelda Staunton – Finding Your Feet Imelda Staunton – Finding Your Feet
by Kiko Martinez

“I love the fact that we’re not just old people waltzing around the dance floor.”

Xolo Maridueña – Cobra Kai (TV) Xolo Maridueña – Cobra Kai (TV)
by Kiko Martinez

“You’re going to ultimately stay for the new generation of karate kids.”

David Tennant – Bad Samaritan David Tennant – Bad Samaritan
by Kiko Martinez

“You’re trying to imagine what the inside of that kind of a brain might feel like.”

Susan Walter – All I Wish Susan Walter – All I Wish
by Kiko Martinez

“I wish that experience was valued more than youth. But the truth is in Hollywood, it’s really not.”

Eva Longoria – Overboard Eva Longoria – Overboard
by Kiko Martinez

“With women’s empowerment and #MeToo and #TimesUp, I don’t think you could do the original version today.”

Adrienne Houghton – Showtime at the Apollo (TV) Adrienne Houghton – Showtime at the Apollo (TV)
by Marissa Tejeda

“I get so excited at the thought of families getting together on Thursday nights.”

Tommy Wiseau – Best F(r)iends: Vol. 1 Tommy Wiseau – Best F(r)iends: Vol. 1
by Kiko Martinez

“Anytime you have new project, I always learn something. Acting is very complex.”

Madison Wolfe – I Kill Giants Madison Wolfe – I Kill Giants
by Kiko Martinez

“You don’t really see a lot of young teenage girls who are heroic in their own way.”

Jason Isaacs – The Death of Stalin Jason Isaacs – The Death of Stalin
by Kiko Martinez

“I’m well aware that you can live with Stormy Daniels 24 hours a day on every channel.”

Storm Reid – A Wrinkle in Time Storm Reid – A Wrinkle in Time
by Kiko Martinez

“I was actually at Ms. Oprah’s house when I first saw the movie with everyone.”

Joel & Nash Edgerton – Gringo Joel & Nash Edgerton – Gringo
by Kiko Martinez

“I wanted to show that kindness and goodness can win out over greed.”

Martin Henderson – The Strangers: Prey at Night Martin Henderson – The Strangers: Prey at Night
by Kiko Martinez

“I wouldn’t go down without a fight! I would have to believe I could survive.”

Maggie Grace – The Hurricane Heist Maggie Grace – The Hurricane Heist
by Kiko Martinez

“We were beat up and soaking wet and hanging upside down in harnesses.”

Jess Weixler – Entanglement Jess Weixler – Entanglement
by Kiko Martinez

“[The film] is about idealizing things but then eventually settling down and realizing what is beautiful and what is real.”

Odeya Rush – Lady Bird Odeya Rush – Lady Bird
by Kiko Martinez

“I think Greta’s writing is so great. I felt this girl’s essence through the page. It was really smart dialogue.”

Michael Peña – 12 Strong Michael Peña – 12 Strong
by Kiko Martinez

“I had this one horse…I would kick it, and he’d be like, ‘Man, fuck this. I’m going to stay right here.'”

Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau – Trophy Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau – Trophy
by Kiko Martinez

“We have this perspective that the lion is Simba, the elephant is Dumbo.”

Q’orianka Kilcher – Hostiles Q’orianka Kilcher – Hostiles
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s starting to get so loud that [studios] can no longer not hear us. There’s becoming a demand for [diversity].”

Coral Peña – The Post Coral Peña – The Post
by Kiko Martinez

“I wasn’t nervous because in my head I kept thinking, ‘If I make this really normal, I won’t mess up.'”

Chrissie Fit – Pitch Perfect 3 Chrissie Fit – Pitch Perfect 3
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s a positive image that I want people to see of Latinos in Hollywood because that’s my reality.”

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CineBlog

 
They Nominated What?! They Nominated What?!

Each year at CineSnob.net, we set our alarm clocks for way too early and watch the Oscar nominations live, like the film nerds we are. We then stumble to our computers and in blind outrage and pure jubilation, give some quick reactionary thoughts on the nominees. Let’s dive into the major categories, shall we? BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY “The Big Sick,”... [Read more]

Top Ten Films of 2017 Top Ten Films of 2017

Here’s a look at the Top 10 Films of 2017 from CineSnob.net film critics Jerrod Kingery, Cody Villafana and Kiko Martinez:   JERROD KINGERY 10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi The more I sit with the eighth chapter of the Skywalker saga, the more I appreciate the deconstruction writer/director Rian Johnson brought to the Star Wars saga–a film... [Read more]

SXSW Review: The Disaster Artist SXSW Review: The Disaster Artist

“The Disaster Artist,” a comedy documenting the creation of the cult-classic film “The Room,” often called “the worst movie ever made,” received a standing ovation from a crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, where the film screened for South By Southwest as a work in progress. Director and star James Franco, who plays the enigmatic... [Read more]

Top 10 Films of 2016 Top 10 Films of 2016

JERROD KINGERY’S TOP TEN FILMS OF 2016 10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story As the first “stand alone” Star Wars film, “Rogue One” overcame heavy reshoots and the series’ terrible track record with prequels to turn a better film than the warm, fuzzy nostalgia hug/retread “The Force Awakens” turned out to be. It’s far from perfect,... [Read more]

Fantastic Fest Review: Zoology Fantastic Fest Review: Zoology

Ivan I. Tverdovskiy’s “Zoology” is certainly one of the tamer features I’ve ever seen at Fantastic Fest. There isn’t a single drop of blood, no deadly creatures, no body mutilation, no gross-out humor, or anything of the kind onscreen that can often be associated with this Drafthouse-based film festival. But it’s that lack of such... [Read more]

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