The Curvy Film Critic

The Curvy Film Critic is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Carla Renata
Rating Title/Year Author
Queen & Slim (2019) Carla Renata Smart, timely social commentary from Lena Waithe with spot on performances from Jodie-Thomas Smith, Daniel Kaluuya, Bokeem Woodbine and Indya Moore. Melina Matsoukas' gorgeous cinematography and direction makes this film creatively fresh chocolaticity! EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Carla Renata Mark Ruffaloand Anne Hathaway turn in career best performances while exposing corporate greed in Dark Waters. You will never want to use a teflon pan EVER again in your life after screening this one. Kudos Todd Haynes and Focus Features! EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Carla Renata Anna and Elsa are back with new songs and new adventures into the unknown. Not as strong as the original, but who cares. We can all use a little love, light and holiday magic. Thanks Disney! EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Carla Renata Devika Bhise brings royal Indian freedom fighter life with dignity and respect with spectacularly costumes. Mind-boggling how issues with women being treated with common decency and respect are still problematic even in this era EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Carla Renata Old franchise. New faces and this time the director and screenwriter is Elizabeth Banks. Loved the strong women message while rocking killer bodies and brains. Especially love Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scot . EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Report (2019) Carla Renata Adam Driver turns in a tortured, nuanced performance as Daniel Jones while bring the CIA to its knees. The Report is a perfect example of how white men with power will lie at no cost of their own while placing the country they claim to love in jeopardy EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Waves (2019) Carla Renata Featuring one of the strongest ensemble casts of 2019, WAVES is will strike a chord and a nerve. This African-American family proves that all that glitters is not gold. Kelvin Harrison, Jr is stupendous followed by an exquisite Taylor Russell . EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Carla Renata Fascinating doc centered on the personal and political career of former Philippine First Lady - Imelda Marcos. As many jokes as there were about her shoes, I assure you this doll is as savvy and treacherous as they come. A must see for sure EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Carla Renata Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro are giving career best nuanced performances with stellar direction from Martin Scorsese. The 209 minutes goes by like a breeze and the CGI distraction quickly dissipates with the brilliance of the material EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Carla Renata Stellar Performances, Ed Norton's film noir styled direction coupled with a Tourette's leading man make Motherless Brooklyn fascinating cinema. Daniel Pemberton's score in unforgettable as is Alec Baldwin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Carla Renata Cooky, spooky Addams Family is an entertaining memory lane walk for fans of the franchise. Pacing is slow, but it's still fluffy, good old-fashioned animated fun with the best entrance ever from Snoop Dogg and humanity lesson on embracing differences. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Carla Renata Robert Eggers delivers a hypnotic, horror-thriller with masterful performances from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as lighthouse attendance descending into madness. Eggers uses Gorgeous cinematography of surrounding sea as third silent character. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Carla Renata Taika Waititi is a triple threat genius taking on prejudice vs humanity in the guise of Adolf Hitler is a thought-provoking emotionally wraught film that hits all the notes with perfection via Monty Python - Mel Brooks comedic satire EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Black and Blue (2019) Carla Renata Naomie Harris is giving fantabulous black female Training Day Rookie and Deon Tylor knows how to get and keep butts in seats while investing audiences on a suspenseful thrill ride. Premise is familiar, overdone, but right on time with police corruption EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Carla Renata Strong performances from three strong women where they are NOT fighting over a man, but fighting over family and country. Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michell Pfeiffer make this film worth screening again and again. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Carla Renata Pedro Almodovar's cinematic masterpiece gives Antonio Banderas his career best performance shot in vivid color, haunting score. A definitive must-see!! EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Parasite (2019) Carla Renata Brilliantly crafted film delving full on into social class, racism within the race with a delicious twist in the final act make Parasite a must-see! EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Carla Renata Black Terminator meets Mission Impossible Will Smith coupled with human cloning in 3D at 120 fps, electric action sequences makes Gemini Man fascinating EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Abominable (2019) Carla Renata A classic family adventure film like E.T. is reimagined as an adorable animated Yeti will bring joy to your heart and smile on your face. Great fun and life lessons for children and adults alike EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Judy (2019) Carla Renata Based on Peter Quilter's stage play End of the Rainbow and directed by Rupert Goold, Renee Zellweger is giving a nuanced, astounding performance of JUDY during the most heartbreaking chapter of her life. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Carla Renata Daddy issue space film with gorgeous cinematography and nuanced performances from Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Pitt EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Carla Renata Where's My Roy Cohn is a jaw dropping doc which reveals the not so savory side of one of America's shrewdest, most brilliant legal minds who mentored folks like Donald Trump on how using the media, while twisting the law to your advantage. A Must See! EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Carla Renata The minute you hear the Downton Abbey theme it's like coming back home. Director Julian Fellowes out did himself with a marvelous transfer of the beloved series without skipping a beat on its essence. Maggie Smith's quick wit is absolutely fantabulous EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Carla Renata Stupendously complex, brilliant performances from Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson and gorgeous cinematography from Roger Deakins along with polished undercurrent of high crimes direction fro mJohn Crowley make it worth watching. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Carla Renata Multi-Cultural A+ cast of strong women who take a page from the Goodfella Gangsters of Wall Street beat them at their own game becoming millionaires. Jennifer Lopez dazzles and Lorene Scafaria direction makes these women look like hero not victims. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Harriet (2019) Carla Renata Cynthia Erivo is a star and crushes every single second she inhabits on the screen in Harriet. Harriet is a film about freedom and what happens when your sheer will and courage overcome fear. Step into history with Harriet and see this for her! EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Carla Renata Star-studded recollection of Panama Papers scandal is lively, eye-opening and yet another vehicle for the stupendous award winning Meryl Streep. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Carla Renata Who doesn't love a Ford Mustang? Ford v Ferrari touts standout performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale while giving you high-octane racing sequences and solid supporting performances from Josh Lucas, Tracey Letts and Caitriona Balfe. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Joker (2019) Carla Renata Todd Phillips directs violently bonkers, disturbing reimagined, reinvigorated version of one of DC Comics favorite villains with batshit, crazy , genius performance from Joaquin Phoenix. Also starring Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Shea Whigham EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Bad Education (2019) Carla Renata Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney are delicious and diabolically narcissistic in true tale chronicling New York school board scandal. This film will literally have your jaw dropped to your crack over the sheer boldness that crumbled lives. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Carla Renata Eddie Murphy is having a full circle moment as Rudy Ray Moore. Dolemite was truly the founding father for comics taking their brand into film, arenas and television. Stellar supporting cast with a star making turn by Da'Vine Joy Randolph. Pure Comedy! EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Carla Renata Murder, Mayhem, Mystery with outrageously quippy dialogue from Rian Johnson makes Knives Out the most fun movie-going experience I've had in ages. A sure throwback to Christie, Clue and Hitchcock in the best way possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Carla Renata A smoldering, graceful complicated love story that illustrates the best of women thanks to director Céline Sciamma and exquisite performances by Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. A definite must-see for the awards season! EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Just Mercy (2019) Carla Renata Michael B. Jordan, Rob Morgan and Jaime Foxx are giving career best performances in this true-life story of one lawyer determined to rep those unjustly on death row. Kudos to Bryan Stevenson and Daniel Destin Cretton for their truth and courage EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
() Carla Renata The women's movement started with one voice - Helen Reddy. Tilda Dothan-Hervey is spot on in her portrayal and Director Unjoon Moon brings this feminist story to the big screen with respectful empathy and understand the plight women have had to endure EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Painted Bird (2019) Carla Renata The Painted Bird is hard to watch, but a necessary evil. Petr Kotlar is astounding as a young boy embarking on a journey full of deceit, abuse and disillusionment in Nazi Germany. How can we not repeat history if not acknowledged in the first place. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Carla Renata Dev Patel is deliciously delightful in colorblind re-imaging of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield with a strong supporting cast in the form of Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Ben Wishaw. Beautifully directed by Armando Iannucci. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Carla Renata James Keach, Jeffrey Epstein, Rob Friedman exqusitely, tastefully capture the career and awesomeness of Linda Ronstadt. Your heart will sing and soar while being inspired through her fight with Parkinson's disease. Don't Miss This...Seriously! EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Carla Renata Remember when American were lied to about weapons of mass destructions. Apparently we weren't the only ones. Keira Knightley takes on the true story of Katherine Gun's espionage to halt a fake war and is fantabulous as is Gavin Hood's direction. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Carla Renata People of color in a psychological, time traveling thriller starring David Oyelowo and Storm Reid. Yup! I was there for all of this and that twisted direction and screenplay by Jacob Estes. Edge of the seat drama from start to finish! EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Carla Renata Angel literally has fallen and can't get up. This last installment leaves little to be excited about except for Nick Nolte and some intensely long action sequences that make up the better part of this beginning and final chapters. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Carla Renata Miles Davis - The Birth of Cool is a must see for anyone, anywhere in any lane of life that has an infinite love of music. Especially jazz. Stanley Nelson's best work to date pulling back the curtain on an underrated musical Picasso - Miles Davis EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Carla Renata No longer scene stealer, Jillian Bell is sprinting across the finish line of self-love, respect discovery in the form of completing the NYC Marathon. Sarah Bolt, Michaela Watkins and Utkarsh Ambudkar are all just fantabulous with NYC as its co-star EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Carla Renata Jacob Tremblay leads his Bean Bag crew Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon on a gut bucket comical adventure through pre-teen kissing and a journey of epic proportions. I laughed so hard and these boys are solely to blame! Great fun with wonderful laughs EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Carla Renata 40th Anniversary celebrates this iconic war film with a brand new remastered version to see even clearer the groundbreaking, star turn performances of a young Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen. Oh yeah that $1 Million 15 minute Marlon Brando appearance EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Carla Renata The Pigs. The Birds. The Eagles are back with scene stealing performances by Leslie Jons, Tiffany Haddish, Rachel Bloom, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Sterling K Brown. Pure comedy and fun for the entire family. Kudos John Cohen and Thurop Van Orman! EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Brian Banks (2018) Carla Renata Aldis Hodge gives a shout stirring performance in the title role. Brian Banks is an inspirational true-story of a man who never gave up despite the odds against him. It is a definite must-see for 2019 and anyone who have ever lost faith. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
For Sama (2019) Carla Renata Waad al-Kateab, Hamza al-Kateab and Edward Watts will remind you preserving our world for the young is more important than war. For Sama is love letter from mother to daughter and country where anyone who values freedom and the right to simply live EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Carla Renata Director Nanfu Wang pulls scab off China's Old Child rule instituted by its government for nearly twelve years. It's a necessary and eye-opening look at life through the lens of a new mom and brilliant filmmaker EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Carla Renata Very sweet, emotional journey of sacrifice through the eyes of Enzo wonderfully voiced by Kevin Costner. Get ready to spill gallon sized tears with some tissues nearby. Milo Ventimiglia reminds why we love him so much as our favorite Dad. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019