Reviews

 
Creed II Creed II
by Kiko Martinez

“Can’t recapture the distinctive voice of director Ryan Coogler. The sequel suffers because of it.”

 Grade: C+
The Front Runner The Front Runner
by Kiko Martinez

“Like all politicians, the film is flawed. As Gary Hart, Hugh Jackman is genuinely believable.”

 Grade: B-
Green Book Green Book
by Kiko Martinez

“Director Peter Farrelly hit an appropriately inspirational and life-affirming theme and tone with ease.”

 Grade: B+
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
by Kiko Martinez

“A unique and unpredictably screwy ride…made significant by the Coens’ clever screenplay.”

 Grade: B+
A Private War A Private War
by Kiko Martinez

“Captures the fearlessness…that shaped who Marie Colvin was when she was embedded on the battlefield.”

 Grade: B
Widows Widows
by Kiko Martinez

“Regrettably, ‘Widows’ forgets that it is – first and foremost – supposed to be a believable heist flick.”

 Grade: C
Wildlife Wildlife
by Kiko Martinez

“A low-key family affair that gives way to a narrative where aggravation and resentment simmer beneath.”

 Grade: B+
Boy Erased Boy Erased
by Kiko Martinez

“Doesn’t simplify its characters. It wants audiences to understand the complexities of the relationships.”

 Grade: B+
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Can You Ever Forgive Me?
by Kiko Martinez

“Combination of dark comedy and drama builds on the narrative’s stranger-than-fiction premise.”

 Grade: A-
Bohemian Rhapsody Bohemian Rhapsody
by Kiko Martinez

“It’s virtually impossible not to recommend the film based on Rami Malek’s performance alone.”

 Grade: B
Beautiful Boy Beautiful Boy
by Kiko Martinez

“An insightful and uplifting father-son story where unconditional love is the real star of the film.”

 Grade: B
Silencio Silencio
by Kiko Martinez

“Director Lorena Villarreal slaps together a bunch of sci-fi gibberish and hopes for the best.”

 Grade: D
Mid90s Mid90s
by Kiko Martinez

“Spiritual successor to Larry Clark’s controversial 1995 indie ‘Kids,’ although not nearly as provocative.”

 Grade: B+
The Oath The Oath
by Kiko Martinez

“Might lose focus during the second half of the movie, but lands a good amount of solid gut punches.”

 Grade: B-
The Hate U Give The Hate U Give
by Kiko Martinez

“A gut-wrenching wake-up call to an American society pleading with its citizens to stop the cycle of violence.”

 Grade: B+
The Old Man & the Gun The Old Man & the Gun
by Kiko Martinez

“It becomes more than just a biopic about an aging outlaw. It’s a tribute to Robert Redford.”

 Grade: B+
First Man First Man
by Kiko Martinez

“A commendable technical achievement. Director Damien Chazelle is at the top of his game.”

 Grade: B+
A Star is Born A Star is Born
by Kiko Martinez

‘”Shallow,’ a song co-written by Lady Gaga, will undoubtedly land an Oscar nod for Best Song.”

 Grade: B
Venom Venom
by Jerrod Kingery

“The weird desire to turn the inky black monster into a do-gooder…blunts the whole thing from the start.”

 Grade: D
Colette Colette
by Kiko Martinez

“Keira Knightley’s latest foray into the late 19th century isn’t as effective as her prior period pieces.”

 Grade: C+
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Interviews

 
Jon Heder – Napoleon Dynamite Jon Heder – Napoleon Dynamite
by Kiko Martinez

“He wouldn’t be very good at social media. He’d probably just post pictures of food.”

Chuck Liddell – Silencer Chuck Liddell – Silencer
by Kiko Martinez

“I don’t have to tell you how tough I am. I don’t have to prove to anyone that I’m a badass.”

Kevin Hart – Night School Kevin Hart – Night School
by Kiko Martinez

“You gotta put Tiffany [Haddish] at the top. I would put Will Ferrell after that. Then Cube. The Rock is last.”

Nicholas Gonzalez – The Good Doctor (TV) Nicholas Gonzalez – The Good Doctor (TV)
by Kiko Martinez

“I think sometimes the hospital dramas can get a little soapy.”

Boyd Holbrook – The Predator Boyd Holbrook – The Predator
by Kiko Martinez

“I’m fairly confident in saying there’s probably life out there somewhere.”

James “Murr” Murray – Impractical Jokers (TV) James “Murr” Murray – Impractical Jokers (TV)
by Cody Villafana

“I like when they punish me in a way that attacks my emotions and my ego.”

Ben Dickey – Blaze Ben Dickey – Blaze
by Kiko Martinez

“In some way, those songs are echoing through this multiverse that we’re supposedly living in.”

Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian – Searching Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian – Searching
by Kiko Martinez

“What we wanted to do was tell a classic thriller in an extremely unconventional way.”

Kelly Macdonald & Marc Turtletaub – Puzzle Kelly Macdonald & Marc Turtletaub – Puzzle
by Kiko Martinez

“The prop people are the unsung heroes of the movie.”

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.”

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