Alci Rengifo

Alci Rengifo
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T-Meter Title | Year
83% Ad Astra (2019) "Ad Astra" is not slow, but contemplative, it's not action-packed but based on the tension of searching, haunted minds. It's a unique experience and a must-see film. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
26% The Goldfinch (2019) Everything about "The Goldfinch" screams "Oscar contender," from its notable director to its stellar cast. But it's all surfaces. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
91% Monos (2019) [Alejandro] Landes conjures something akin to poetry, using images more than dialogue to convey ideas about war, survival and the human condition. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) For fans of Ronstadt this is a fun trip down memory lane, even if little new information is shared, while for the uninitiated this is a decent biography of that singer your parents sung along to in the car. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
81% Official Secrets (2019) Some movies offer a lot of fireworks and little substance, this one actually has something to say. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) It is a wondrous little discovery to make at your local arthouse venue... it is a story about how not only the surreal, but many works of profound meaning are borne out of experience bridging our world with that of dreams. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
35% Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) "Sticks & Stones" isn't necessarily a failure, it just feels like Chappelle presenting half-formed material with few jokes that truly hit hard and stand out. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) This hilariously fun, gruesomely entertaining troublemaker is the very definition of a midnight movie, meant to play at smaller venues where its fans will cheer and fist pump. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Kudos to the filmmakers for finding a way to transform poop jokes, flying lava ice balls and snoring snakes into a surprising metaphor about loneliness and the anger of spurned hearts. That is not an ironic observation. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) The strongest elements in this fresh interpretation are the performances by Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, who both deliver moments of emotional power. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
21% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" doesn't know if it wants it to be funny or dramatic, violent or moving. Some movies can be all of these things, but not this one. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" tells one of those delightfully old-fashioned stories where friendships are formed on the run. It's about outcasts and dreamers, told with a simplicity that proves you don't need a massive budget to say something meaningful. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The technical merit of "Scary Stories" is exceptional, the makeup is beyond impressive, the cinematography has great atmosphere. But it is a bit of a shallow script. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Director Sameh Zoabi has managed to make a film both enlightening and rousingly funny about one of the world's most divisive issues. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) It's like if a Rambo movie decided to be about something meaningful. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" is an absurd title for an absurd movie. It's also a pretty fun movie, with loads of action, mayhem and Dwayne Johnson. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
83% Share (2019) "Share" avoids becoming a preachy message film. It's a subdued, patient drama. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) "Mike Wallace Is Here" functions as an absorbing collage. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
77% Skin (2019) [Guy] Nattiv's film balances drama and commentary well. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has written great scripts before, but this is the one that feels like a labor of love, culled from a desire to share what he carries inside from growing up in an L.A. now gone in the winds of pop history. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) "Remember My Name" becomes more than mere '60s nostalgia. It's an elegiac work of a life looking back on itself. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) [Jon] Favreau is a skilled filmmaker, but what's missing is the real heart and soul brought to unforgettable life in the original through that masterful animation. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) It's fitting that "Stuber" takes place mostly inside a hijacked Uber ride. Most of it feels like being trapped in a car next to someone sharing endless, annoying jokes. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) There were choices that could have made "The Farewell" into just another feel-good comedy or overwrought drama, but [Lulu] Wang is such a gifted writer and filmmaker that she knows how to make a story both enveloping and subtle. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) One of the pleasures of still having the option of arthouse theaters is the opportunity to discover a movie like "Rojo..." it's worth seeing on a big screen to bask in its atmosphere and admire [Benjamín] Naishtat's compositions. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) As a love story "Marianne & Leonard," edited with a dreamy tone, is about one of the most wrenching, in a sense tragic forms of bonding, which is through distances. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) It's as haunting as a nightmare, and lingers like that relationship that ended badly, but stays nestled in your subconscious. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) "Far From Home" delivers just what it promises. It may not be necessarily groundbreaking, but it pokes fun at itself and knows that even if most of us don't have super powers, we all remember the super problems of being a teenager. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) "Maiden" is so absorbing it is easy to forget that we are watching a documentary and not some kind of scripted epic. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Yes, there are demonic forces at work once more with slamming doors, possessed TVs and hellhounds chasing love-struck crooners, but it's delivered with a rather fun retro spirit. Great art it may not be, decent popcorn boo fest it is. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) This is what a family movie should be all about, wonderful visuals, meaningful ideas and gut-busting humor. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) Howard's execution is a little routine - perhaps his idea is to just let the man's greatness speak for itself? - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
45% Murder Mystery (2019) Forget the recycled rom-com gimmicks and oddball supporting roles, what gives this Netflix romp some joy is watching two comedy stars have fun. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) The screenplay by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum is so careful to avoid too much originality that you can walk out, take a call, walk back in and still predict what's about to happen next. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die" may not be a complete success, but it is nonetheless a memorable attempt at twisting around a genre overdone already on TV and film. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) There is a mythic quality to "Rolling Thunder Revue" in which Scorsese isn't just doing another concert film, but instead a chronicle about the symbolism and power of these artists and the music. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
90% I Am Mother (2019) "I Am Mother" is a strong, compact tale with images that announce [Grant] Sputore as a director to keep an eye on in this genre. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) To be clear the cast is great, but they look marooned in a meaningless script covered up by skillful special effects. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) "Deadwood: The Movie" is a fitting revival and also a haunted work of memory. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) This sequel has no time to be anything other than another explosions fest with the aesthetic of a videogame, meant to do nothing other than to sell a franchise. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Long Day's Journey Into Night becomes one of those special films that transcends the idea of mere entertainment. It seeks to immerse the viewer in a particular reverie. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
94% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) "What's My Name" may not be the full, in-depth analysis of Muhammad Ali we have been waiting for. But nonetheless it is an exciting document of what made him an enduring force in the public consciousness. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) If what you seek is Disney recycling a classic for live-action consumption, then "Aladdin" more or less delivers as promised. The question is if that should be enough. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Too many movies about teenagers feel designed to cater to the misconception that its audiences only seek dumb escapism. Not only is this film rowdy and fun, but insightful. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The Biggest Little Farm may seem at first like an odd tale of city-dwellers deciding to become country folk, but it becomes a fascinating, absorbing ecological parable. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The Sun Is Also a Star is a promising idea buried somewhere in a movie that focuses too much on teen romance bullet points. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum is not only a worthy sequel to the last two John Wick films, it surpasses them. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Non-Fiction charmingly ponders the future, while celebrating the subversive idea that books are here to stay. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
31% The Intruder (2019) Once it derails into psycho thriller mode The Intruder just becomes another rehash. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) If you love all things Pokémon then this film makes a strong effort at turning that particular vision into a fun entertainment. But if you are new to all this, it is the first half that works best, even if it's pure goofiness. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019