Reviews

 
McQueen McQueen
by Kiko Martinez

“At its best when McQueen and the clothes themselves are front and center.”

 Grade: B+
BlacKkKlansman BlacKkKlansman
by Kiko Martinez

“Seems to know when to jab and when to let the disturbing narrative speak for itself.”

 Grade: B+
Christopher Robin Christopher Robin
by Kiko Martinez

“If anything is impossible, it’s not being enchanted by the film’s many adorable qualities.”

 Grade: B
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
by Kiko Martinez

“Doesn’t allow its main character to make meaningful relationships.”

 Grade: C+
Eighth Grade Eighth Grade
by Kiko Martinez

“Like the best that director John Hughes offered in the 1980s, ‘Eighth Grade’ will span generations.”

 Grade: A-
Boundaries Boundaries
by Kiko Martinez

“There’s not much room for anything else to breathe with Farmiga’s exaggeratedly neurotic character.”

 Grade: C
Sorry to Bother You Sorry to Bother You
by Kiko Martinez

“Never loses its identity as a bat-shit ridiculous concept that doesn’t take itself the least bit seriously.”

 Grade: B-
Three Identical Strangers Three Identical Strangers
by Kiko Martinez

“Wardle proves to be an expert in pacing. The way the film rolls out feels like a thriller.”

 Grade: A-
Leave No Trace Leave No Trace
by Kiko Martinez

“Granik has captured an authentic dynamic between two characters who find themselves at an impasse.”

 Grade: A-
A Kid Like Jake A Kid Like Jake
by Kiko Martinez

“It could have been a film with deeper impact, not just a conversation starter.”

 Grade: B-
American Animals American Animals
by Kiko Martinez

“Constructs an unprecedented type of film that blends genres in an extremely effective way.”

 Grade: B+
The Seagull The Seagull
by Kiko Martinez

“A fleeting 98-minute stopover with a cast of particularly grating characters.”

 Grade: C-
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
by Kiko Martinez

“A subtle beam of light at a dark and divisive moment in history that should encourage viewers.”

 Grade: B+
Hereditary Hereditary
by Kiko Martinez

“Manifests a kind of terror that digs under the skin and infects within. Be ready to live with it for a while.”

 Grade: B+
First Reformed First Reformed
by Kiko Martinez

“One man’s spiritual and political resurrection from the darkest corners of his consciousness.”

 Grade: B+
On Chesil Beach On Chesil Beach
by Kiko Martinez

“The most pitiful virgins in movie history since Jason Biggs humped pastry in ‘American Pie.'”

 Grade: C
Let the Sunshine In Let the Sunshine In
by Kiko Martinez

“Mostly unsatisfying, but Juliette Binoche – even when she flickers – is a ray of light.”

 Grade: C+
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+
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Interviews

 
Bart Layton – American Animals Bart Layton – American Animals
by Kiko Martinez

“You really didn’t need a whole lot of exaggeration or embellishment.”

Esai Morales – Superfly Esai Morales – Superfly
by Kiko Martinez

“I realize now that drug dealers are kind of cool, not in real life, but the personas have been glorified and humanized.”

Kathryn Beaumont – Peter Pan (65th Anniv.) Kathryn Beaumont – Peter Pan (65th Anniv.)
by Kiko Martinez

“I had a wonderful experience at Disney and have all those wonderful memories.”

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.”

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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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