Carlos Aguilar

Carlos Aguilar
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Ximbi Xombix (2019) Hardly good enough to show friends in private as a "cool" enthusiast effort, "Ximbi Xombix" fails to warrant commercial exhibition. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
81% The Report (2019) "The Report" diligently abides by the logical proposition that no end justifies premeditated immoral means as it scrutinizes how the CIA succumbed to post-9/11 paranoia and authorized sadistic abuses in the name of freedom. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
80% White Snake (2019) Glistens as a finely cut and polished CG gem. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
No Score Yet Gabriel (2019) In his feature debut "Gabriel," seasoned TV director Nuno Bernardo follows suit throwing a series of ordinary narrative jabs with the distinction of also denouncing pervasive anti-black racism in Portugal. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
No Score Yet Such a Funny Life (2019) Mann, an emerging Latino filmmaker, exhibits signs of vocation for the craft that could lead to a more fruitful product some day. For now, what he serves is a tortuous trick with a confusingly dark punch line for an ending. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Unlikely (2019) More digestible than a thick academic study, "Unlikely" was obviously designed as an issue-driven program without cinematic aspirations. That's likely for the best. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet Prescience (2019) James Helsing's trite "Prescience" only warrants notoriety for turning a baffling screenplay into a poorly acted melodrama via a misused cast composed of rising talents and respected veterans such as Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
50% Farming (2019) Dishearteningly, Enitan's transition from lost soul to a scholar and now an artist gets shoved into the final minutes left over after all the bleakness. Akinnuoye-Agbaje's admirable life story gets reduced to its most sensational chapter. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) One of Ozon's finest efforts to date and one of 2019's must-see releases. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% On the President's Orders (2019) A shockingly alarming investigation produced with the sensibilities of a social realist drama, Sarbil and Jones' nonfiction warning should petrify U.S. viewers immeasurably. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% Gift (2019) Ideal as follow-up to a meditation session, McKenna's feature turns less gratifying as the sharp light of reality trickles into its philosophical cracks. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas (2019) [A] mostly hackneyed lesson on racial biases desperately stumbling to appear provocative. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) Photorealistic backgrounds consistently stun as they clash with the more low-res CG characters, which emulate designs from early 21st century video games rather than fully accomplished animated characters for a production made this decade. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
50% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) Although psychological substance runs slim, Akin renders most mainstream depictions of degenerate minds lighthearted. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
78% Collisions (2019) Levien's humbly made film doesn't achieve the sentimental impact it's after due to implausible story beats and missed opportunities for consequential tension but is far from being a complete disservice to a cause in need of urgent attention. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Lake Vampire (2019) Its narrative fangs may not be fully sharpened, but enough to pique one's morbid interest. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
17% Groupers (2019) It has an intriguingly radical and gung-ho core concept, but shallow implementation. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet Imprisoned (2019) "Imprisoned" doesn't claim it's based on a true story, but it also doesn't dissuade anyone from thinking that it might be. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
83% Ema (2019) Incendiary and remarkably bold, in the same manner that a fire is terrifying and fascinating, Larraín's Ema boasts top-notch acting from a cast that comprehends there are no schematic evildoers or virtuous saviors in his domain. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% La Llorona (2019) A purposefully somber cry for amends and acknowledgement permeated in phantasmagoric allure. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
93% Monos (2019) A towering filmic achievement, "Monos" pulsates like an inescapable vivid trance, cosmic and terrestrial at once, fantastical and violently stark, about victims and victimizers. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
71% Haunt (2019) Convincingly creepy while also slightly thought-provoking, it warns about deceiving facades, because what hides underneath masks is possibly much worse. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) A master class in endless narrative inventiveness and an ode to the resourceful and collaborative spirit of hands-on filmmaking, "One Cut of the Dead" amounts to an explosively hilarious rarity. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
67% I'm Leaving Now (Ya me voy) (2019) A timely and sensitive portrait of a man that speaks loudly for the anguish of many. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
86% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) In answering the call, the film proposes that only concrete actions make a dent in apathy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
19% Killerman (2019) A movie made by men to entice other men aching for those manly outdated movies "they don't make anymore," where distorted alpha masculinity was solely portrayed through vicious violence, gratuitous sex, and impenetrable coldness. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
50% Overcomer (2019) Scene after rambling scene, everyone in front of the camera spells out the script's messaging with verbose, bold-faced statements that do nothing to improve the overall quality of the cast's efforts. Overacting runs rampant. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
74% Adam (2019) Though 2006 might not seem too far removed from our present, in terms of LGBTQ visibility the distance between then and now is considerable. "Adam" reminds us how much, thankfully, society has slowly changed and yet how far we still are from real change. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Issa López's poetically haunting fairy-tale Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) addresses Mexico's ongoing drug-related violence with an unblinking brand of social realism. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) The 2D animated rendering of the master filmmaker is more graphic interpretation than faithful portrait, perfect to cruise between reality and the anxiety-fueled nightmares that besiege his sleep. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
95% End of the Century (2019) The gay equivalent of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy, distilled into a single film. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
100% De Lo Mio (2019) A delicate drama that wears its heart on its sleeve, with subtle outbursts of nostalgic joy. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
79% Light of My life (2019) Bedtime stories and straightforward conversations on morality and death, including a poignant opening long take revisiting the biblical tale of Noah's ark, exhibit the screenplay's tremendous emotional depth and nuanced humanity. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
82% Socrates (2019) [T]he blistering sincerity in "Socrates" is not fabricated but channeled from its authentic source. Sugarcoating was not allowed. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
94% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) In the superbly calibrated new feature from Austrian writer-director Marie Kreutzer, the clash between these opposite approaches to life and work is interpreted as an ambivalent psychological thriller enriched with searing social commentary. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
83% Exit (2019) Vertigo-inducing set pieces help shape Korean disaster movie "Exit" and its distinctive threat into a simplistically digestible and ultimately predictable big-budget outing with a slight edge. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
81% Jirga (2019) A remarkable truthfulness shepherds Benjamin Gilmour's tightly written and conscientiously produced drama "Jirga" as it renders an image of Afghanistan not as a ravaged battleground but as an arrestingly rich land. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
82% The Son (El hijo) (2019) Furriel's intensely distressed rendition, fueled by his character's disbelief at how the system appears to never be in his favor, imparts complex poignancy into this moderately distinctive psychological thriller. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
No Score Yet Boi (2019) Teeming with neo-noirish sensibilities and sleek craftsmanship, "Boi..." aims to examine an individual with unfulfilled artistic aspirations wrapped in a cryptic thriller; however, its stylish features overpower its many attempts at philosophical depth. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
85% Luz (2019) It'll render you unexpectedly rattled. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) "Rojo" is a sophisticatedly entertaining reminder of our propensity for malevolent apathy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
55% Summer Night (2019) "Summer Night" fails to kindle interest for its medley of flagrantly undeveloped characters trapped in bland scenarios over a 24-hour period. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
94% Promare (2019) This visual potion spiced with fiery duels and supernatural machinery is at its most potent when taken without much concern for its bewildering mechanics. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Measured in its pacing but never stagnant, The Chambermaid quietly fleshes out Eve's subconscious with actions rather than words. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
100% Straight Up (2019) It's the battle between what they feel for each other and what they believe their relationship should amount to that gives Straight Up its most memorable qualities. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
88% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) Like a humble gift, "In the Aisles" makes up for its lack of opulence with quotidian magic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet Say My Name (2019) Shockingly contrived for such a short picture, "Say My Name" implodes further into its artistic mediocrity due to a mawkishly unnecessary subplot that materializes near the end of its final act. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
32% Being Frank (2019) Gaffigan deals in exaggerated grimaces that shift back and forth from panic to guarded sincerity, which make for most of the movie's humor aside from some cutting lines by the supporting cast. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) The fifth feature by the often-controversial and always-intriguing auteur feels profound in intention and poetically grand in scope. Reygadas, for the first time, appears less slightly cerebral and more approachably terrestrial. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
89% The Raft (2019) Favored with copious amounts of footage shot during the voyage, as well as Genovés' collected data and writings, Lindeen forged a riveting and illuminating study of the unscrupulous endeavor. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019