Reviews

 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Star Wars: The Last Jedi
by Brian Francisco

“[Daisy Ridley] anchors and drives the emotional and narrative core of the film. Her focus is unblinking.”

 Grade: B+
The Disaster Artist The Disaster Artist
by Jerrod Kingery

“James Franco’s wonderful performance, like the film itself, is easily on par with ‘Ed Wood.'”

 Grade: A-
The Man Who Invented Christmas The Man Who Invented Christmas
by Jerrod Kingery

“Christopher Plummer makes a wonderfully devious Ebenezer Scrooge.”

 Grade: B
Justice League Justice League
by Jerrod Kingery

“It’s fine. Maybe ‘not as bad as it could have been’ is enough of a victory for now.”

 Grade: B-
Lady Bird Lady Bird
by Kiko Martinez

“There is life behind the universal themes Gerwig explores with her own sense of wide-eyed wonderment.”

 Grade: B
The Killing of a Sacred Deer The Killing of a Sacred Deer
by Cody Villafana

“One of the purest forms of an artist distilling his singular vision into a unique movie going experience.”

 Grade: B
Thor: Ragnarok Thor: Ragnarok
by Jerrod Kingery

“Director Taika Watiti delivers solidly when the film goes for laughs, which are often wonderfully weird.”

 Grade: B-
Thank You For Your Service Thank You For Your Service
by Kiko Martinez

“Cuts to the core of the crisis. Should be a wake-up call for anyone in a position of power.”

 Grade: B-
Happy Death Day Happy Death Day
by Jerrod Kingery

“A clever-enough horror movie that could have been truly great given another shot of creativity.”

 Grade: B-
Blade Runner 2049 Blade Runner 2049
by Kiko Martinez

“The ideas don’t necessarily feel groundbreaking, but Villeneuve’s vision is one of his best assets.”

 Grade: B
American Made American Made
by Jerrod Kingery

“Aspires for the breezy, comedy-drama feel of ‘The Big Short’ and ends up mostly succeeding.”

 Grade: B
Stronger Stronger
by Kiko Martinez

“A touching look at a personal fight for survival and how heroism is viewed during a national tragedy.”

 Grade: B
Battle of the Sexes Battle of the Sexes
by Cody Villafana

“More interested in telling a lustful love story than it is talking about equality, gender gaps or even tennis.”

 Grade: C
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Kingsman: The Golden Circle
by Jerrod Kingery

“It thinks it’s way more clever than it actually is.”

 Grade: C-
Mother! Mother!
by Kiko Martinez

“Cinematic version of sleep paralysis. Aronofsky has embraced his chaotic narrative without remorse.”

 Grade: C-
It It
by Daniel Tucker

“Eerie…Images are striking and individual moments are uniquely scary despite a familiar formula.”

 Grade: B-
Home Again Home Again
by Jerrod Kingery

“Meyers-Shyer, daughter of directors Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, isn’t far off from her mother’s output.”

 Grade: C-
Patti Cake$ Patti Cake$
by Kiko Martinez

“Macdonald is the most consistent element and elevates the storytelling through her likable persona.”

 Grade: C+
Brigsby Bear Brigsby Bear
by Kiko Martinez

“An off-beat and surprisingly moving first film starring/co-written by ‘SNL’ performer/scribe Kyle Mooney.”

 Grade: B
Step Step
by Cody Villafana

“A very humanistic story about not just the strive for excellence, but breaking cycles.”

 Grade: B+
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Interviews

 
Aimee Garcia – Lucifer (TV) Aimee Garcia – Lucifer (TV)
by Kiko Martinez

“I feel like I’m part of a growing movement of strong Latinas. It’s a new era and a very exciting one.”

Juliette Danielle – The Room Juliette Danielle – The Room
by Kiko Martinez

“We knew that we weren’t making a wonderful film, but we never thought anyone would see it.”

Richard Linklater – Last Flag Flying Richard Linklater – Last Flag Flying
by Kiko Martinez

“We have the right to know what our country is doing around the world and why.”

Chaz Bono – American Horror Story: Cult Chaz Bono – American Horror Story: Cult
by Kiko Martinez

“I would never want to get pigeonholed into playing trans characters.”

Julio Macat – Daddy’s Home 2 Julio Macat – Daddy’s Home 2
by Kiko Martinez

“You always worry a sequel could fall flat or won’t be as good as the first.”

Pekka Strang – Tom of Finland Pekka Strang – Tom of Finland
by Kiko Martinez

“It didn’t only have an impact on the gay scene, but in people’s lives all over the world.”

John Carroll Lynch – Lucky John Carroll Lynch – Lucky
by Kiko Martinez

“He requires from everybody a level of truth and honesty when they act with him. That’s aspirational for most people.”

Noël Wells – Mr. Roosevelt Noël Wells – Mr. Roosevelt
by Kiko Martinez

“I think whatever comedy is right now, it’s a cool kids’ club. It’s very in vogue and has become a trend.”

Claudio Miranda – Only the Brave Claudio Miranda – Only the Brave
by Kiko Martinez

“It was important we maintained the details of the fire and its beauty.”

Natalie Morales – Battle of the Sexes Natalie Morales – Battle of the Sexes
by Kiko Martinez

“Women are fighting that battle everywhere, not just in Hollywood.”

Nat Wolff – Leap! Nat Wolff – Leap!
by Kiko Martinez

“I got to be my wild, 12-year-old self and go into a booth and scream and go crazy for a couple of days.”

Lake Bell – I Do…Until I Don’t Lake Bell – I Do…Until I Don’t
by Kiko Martinez

“When the steeple burns down to ash, out of ash grows flowers. The same with shit.”

Danielle Macdonald – Patti Cake$ Danielle Macdonald – Patti Cake$
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s very unpredictable. If you like stability, you should not be an actor.”

Barry Corbin – The Margarita Man Barry Corbin – The Margarita Man
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s kinda like dope — you start doing it and you got to keep doing it.”

Luis Prieto – Kidnap Luis Prieto – Kidnap
by Kiko Martinez

“From all the conversations between Halle and myself, we always thought, ‘What would a real mother do?'”

David Lowery – A Ghost Story David Lowery – A Ghost Story
by Kiko Martinez

“If my soul does live on in some other form, I can’t wait to find out what that is.”

Rebecca Pérez – The Emoji Movie Rebecca Pérez – The Emoji Movie
by Kiko Martinez

“My first thought was, ‘How are we going to make a film about emojis?'”

Sam Elliott – The Hero Sam Elliott – The Hero
by Kiko Martinez

“I’m always looking for something honest – something that rings true to me in story, character and dialogue.”

Selenis Leyva – Spider-Man: Homecoming Selenis Leyva – Spider-Man: Homecoming
by Kiko Martinez

“Putting them together is a good combination – Hot Cheetos and Takis.”

Chris Silcox – Spider-Man: Homecoming Chris Silcox – Spider-Man: Homecoming
by Kiko Martinez

“All you want to do is jump around and climb up walls and save damsels in distress.”

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Fantastic Fest Review: Zoology Fantastic Fest Review: Zoology

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

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