Reviews

 
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+
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange
by Jerrod Kingery

“At times feels plodding, hasty, [but] perks up when it finally gives way to a special effects bonanza.”

 Grade: B
Trolls Trolls
by Kiko Martinez

“Exciting to get an animated movie that captures some of the delightful aspects of the musical genre.”

 Grade: B-
Inferno Inferno
by Jerrod Kingery

“Inoffensive and forgettable. Hope the experience goes by as quickly as possible.”

 Grade: C
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
by Cody Villafana

“It may be time for Cruise to re-consider the direction of his career.”

 Grade: C-
Ouija: Origin of Evil Ouija: Origin of Evil
by Jerrod Kingery

“In spite of the previous effort and the fact it’s based on a board game…it’s actually not too bad.”

 Grade: B-
The Accountant The Accountant
by Cody Villafana

“A really solid Ben Affleck performance and is actually quite gripping in moments.”

 Grade: B-
The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train
by Jerrod Kingery

“Isn’t scandalous or outrageously batshit crazy enough to elevate the material it demands.”

 Grade: C+
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
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Interviews

 
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.”

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.”

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CineBlog

 
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]

Fantastic Fest Review: Don’t Kill It Fantastic Fest Review: Don’t Kill It

Of all the films that open with multiple family massacres, “Don’t Kill It” is the funniest of the bunch. The new film from Mike Mendez (“Big Ass Spider!”) deftly blends humor and action to create a wickedly entertaining ride destined to become a cult classic. At the of 58, Dolph Lundgren kicks more ass and masterfully delivers... [Read more]

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

A Creepy Elevator and a Korean Masterpiece After a one-year absence, I finally ventured north was again to Austin for Fantastic Fest. Honestly, those 365 days felt much longer. I missed the people, the sense of community, and the celebration of all things film. I had to bow out of attending 2015’s Fantastic Fest since I was busy planning my wedding.... [Read more]

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]

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