Carlos Aguilar

Carlos Aguilar
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% La Llorona (2019) A purposefully somber cry for amends and acknowledgement permeated in phantasmagoric allure. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
92% 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
68% 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
No Score Yet 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
87% 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19% Killerman (2019) A movie made by men to entice other men aching for those manly outdated movies "they don't make anymore," where distorted alpha masculinity was solely portrayed through vicious violence, gratuitous sex, and impenetrable coldness.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
73% 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
93% 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
No Score Yet 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
72% 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
86% 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
93% 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
90% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
33% 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
65% 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
88% 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
69% Ghost Fleet (2019) Being so single-mindedly focused on human suffering, the doc fails to dive deeper into the environmental consequences, the political stances of the countries where these activities occur, or even the intricacies of the Thai judicial system. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
73% Papi Chulo (2019) [T]his banally titled buddy dramedy won't solve our critical drought of empathy or advance our social justice preoccupations, but it's a mostly enjoyable drop in the right direction. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at Switch n' Play (2019) Radiant enough to demand attention in spite of the film's uninventive structure, Stickles' subjects are far more memorable than the piece that contains them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Effectively acts as an animated ode to heteronormativity, toxic masculinity and patriarchal worldviews, passed off as harmless plot points to entertain young audiences. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Meanest Man in Texas (2019) Not only are the film's individual parts subpar, but perhaps more concerning is that Ward managed to conceive a faith-based project devoid of conviction - typically, their primary strength. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet Maria (2019) Short on cultural specificity or distinctive attributes, "Maria" is utterly universal in the most discouraging manner. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Wisely, Zwick front-loads the film with its most pronounced asset: O'Connell. That strategy succeeds at partially dissuading attention from its other, much less praiseworthy features, namely hackneyed lines invoking run-of-the-mill melodrama. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) An eternal nurturer, the black mother whom Allah dissects and praises in this transfixing hymn of a movie about the place where the woman that gave him life was born is far more than just a homeland but a direct link to the answers about existence. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 88% Burning Cane (2019) The strengths of "Burning Cane" are often also its weaknesses, but it would be an impressive debut at any age. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) His latest lavish feature sees the visionary storyteller operating in a slightly subtler mode, with fewer flying bodies and more philosophical concerns. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
35% El Chicano (2019) "El Chicano" stands as a solidly acted and technically accomplished spectacle, the latter likely the result of Hernandez Bray's time delivering stunt magic behind the scenes as a stunt coordinator. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
27% UglyDolls (2019) One must give in to the fantastical elements in films of this kind, but some of the plot details in this mashup production (Toy Story + Monsters Inc. + a generic stage show) are as visibly defective as its heroes but much less huggable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) You'll have better luck running into the actual Llorona in a desolate alley than finding cultural significance in the darkness of a movie theater invoking this cash grab of a spirit. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Effectively captures a powerful snapshot of American society today from the point of view of men and women who've aligned with the ultimate misfit. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
43% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) [I]f only more of "Girls of the Sun" had that empowering sentiment as a primary aim, the filmmaker's earnest intentions would manifest more organically. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Score Yet Silence of the Wind (El Silencio del Viento) (2018) Subdued performances from the entire cast, in particular Israel Lugo in the lead, reflect the grounded tone of a piece that decisively avoids melodrama. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Projectionist (El proyeccionista) (2019) There's a lot to love about The Projectionist, above all the way it celebrates the medium as a function of its characters rather than just writing a love letter to a dying craft. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
100% The Burial of Kojo (2019) Wonderfully atmospheric and culturally enriching, "The Burial of Kojo" truly qualifies as a spellbinding experience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
44% Captive State (2019) An unsatisfying potluck of quasi-relevant, frustration-inducing ideas. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019