Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Decade of Fire (2019) The triumph of Decade of Fire is that among its very didactic moments where such sociohistorical issues are explained in lucid ways is a very personal story. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
89% Lina from Lima (Lina de Lima) (2019) A world so glittering and so lively that it's bewitching. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Ready for War (2019) Equally heart-stirring and terrifying... - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) It just feels so tone-deaf and tired and so unseemly. Even worse, so unnecessary. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
86% The Sleepwalkers (Los Sonámbulos) (2019) A rather claustrophobic experience. This is by design. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Seneca (2019) As much as David's world necessarily feels like it's pulling him in different directions, one wishes Seneca, which has its heart in the right place, had a clearer destination in mind. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
No Score Yet Paper Boats (2019) Paper Boats is full of such funny memorable moments that to list them is to begin getting at its charm. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
80% Coyote Lake (2019) Minutes in, it's clear that Coyote Lake is not your run-of-the-mill U.S.-Mexico border story...you get a sense of a filmmaker truly in control of the tone of her film, a bellwether, one hopes, of even more assured films to come. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet The Chunta (2018) Both a scrappy chronicle and an ethnographic portrait of an unlikely subculture that's touchingly timely. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
100% Queering The Script (2019) A powerful reminder of the great strides that have been made, but also of the great work that still needs to be done. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
No Score Yet Siqueiros: Walls of Passion (2019) Perhaps the most fascinating tidbit in this informational bio-doc...is the story of "América Tropical," a mural the artist worked on in Olvera Street in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical District. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
95% End of the Century (2019) With idyllic scenarios of the welcome beauty of finding someone who wants you, Fin de siglo is a gorgeous examination of what 21st century relationships can look like. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
No Score Yet Insumisas (2019) Cazador and Pérez make the journey feel not only urgent but necessary, especially for a 2019 audience in dire need of such thoughtful historical exploration. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
97% The Proposal (2019) At once an intellectual exercise and an artistic manifesto of sorts, The Proposal also serves as an archive of Barragán's work. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Dominican Dream (2019) Indeed, while the intimate on-screen interviews are wonderfully candid, the real joy of The Dominican Dream is seeing all those grainy, video-taped games that give but a glimpse into how great of a player López was. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
88% Picture Character (2019) In between fascinating interviews with linguists, designers, emoji activists (yes, it's a thing!) and Unicode board members, Picture Character follows the attempts to get three new emoji accepted... - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet Councilwoman (2019) Councilwoman is an inspiring and informational documentary that serves both as record and template for what politics and politicians can look like in 2019. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
78% Los silencios (2018) Los silencios is a quiet marvel. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
100% Miriam Lies (Miriam Miente) (2018) Miriam miente deserves to be seen. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
89% José (2018) It makes a fascinating companion to fellow queer Guatemalan film, Temblores. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
93% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) The relentless dour tone of the film is counterbalanced by its gorgeous cinematography, which is aptly shaky and gritty. Equally arresting is the film's art direction, which portrays world that looks trapped in the 1970s. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Intoxicating for the way it manages to make a narco narrative feel new and visually stunning in how it turns La Guajira into a broad dreamlike canvas, Birds of Passage is a towering achievement. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) One wishes...that Alita's tale were able to rise above muddled storytelling and intermittently great action sequences. It all feels like too much setup, too much exposition, too much world-building. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Landes keeps the story grounded away from sociopolitical rhetoric. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) [Director Luke] Lorentzen's filmmaking is unfussy and near-surgical in its precision. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
86% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) The sight of Ledger with a camera in hand, often capturing his own reflection in a mirror, becomes the signature pose of the late actor, one that complicates what we know about him and what we should make of a mediated memorial like I Am Heath Ledger. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
43% Gold (2017) It truly is an all-American story for the Trump era. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
71% Swiss Army Man (2016) Reclaiming the stalker-loner figure within a kooky, whimsical farting corpse flick, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's Swiss Army Man may very well be the limit case of the bromantic comedy. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) Vigas never quite mobilizes the alienating distance evoked by the title to particularly illuminating ends; it all remains too remote, too removed, even when the characters and narrative reach a putatively surprising but sterile climax. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
74% Take Me To The River (2016) The sense of looming danger, couched in pregnant pauses and furtive looks, explodes in Sobel's third-act reveal. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016