Monica Castillo

Monica Castillo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Phoenix , Movie Mezzanine , Paste Magazine
Total Reviews:
46

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Showing 1 - 46 of 46
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 77% The Book of Life (2014) " The Book of Life navigates this cultural dichotomy beautifully with its narrative approach, reverent attention to detail, and colorful characters and settings that pop off the screen. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 17, 2014
A- 92% Birdman (2014) " A fantastical exploration of inner dialog and existential dread " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 12, 2014
2.5/10 2% Left Behind (2014) " The movie unravels in its own destruction. Every effort to milk the tragedy of the apocalypse is met with terrible music, acting and effects that soak (and drown) the pathos in camp fare. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
C 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " With a final summation of "Don't worry, be happy," clearly the Search for Happiness itself was to provide more entertainment. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
D 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " Six hours to hear the whole pretentious saga of Eleanor Rigby? Let me spend the day in the Yellow Submarine instead. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 13, 2014
D+ 66% Life Of Crime (2014) " In short, Life of Crime is guilty of making me want to dig out my copy of Jackie Brown. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
B- 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Despite spending most of the screentime apart, the audience is invited to enjoy Ben and George's company as much as they do. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 23, 2014
B 43% Step Up: All In (2014) " ...Step Up All In plays to its audience with familiar faces and new fantastic dance talent. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 9, 2014
6.3/10 59% Finding Fela! (2014) " The disjointed rhythm of the movie throws off the groove of Fela's story and the musical. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
8.7/10 76% Lucky Them (2014) " Collette showcases this mask of exasperation with subtle brilliance. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
B- 100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) " Lewis might have been out of step with the storytelling, but the interviews and archival footage slickly strengthen Hentoff's tale. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 54% Miss Lovely (2014) " For the price of a cheap pleasure like a movie, Miss Lovely is worth every penny. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
C+ 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Just solid fan service. Good action, decent actors, and a chance to see them all in action doesn't pardon the convoluted glut of messy time-travel exposition. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 23, 2014
D 34% Stage Fright (2014) " Stage Fright tries too damn hard to sit with theater kids at lunch but secretly considers them losers. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 16, 2014
C- 88% Chef (2014) " Chef is food porn with a gelatinous script and thinly drawn players propping it up " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 10, 2014
B+ No Score Yet Ballet 422 " Besides potentially leaving you with the feeling you've yet to accomplish anything great in life, the documentary is a pleasant twirl through the hallowed backstage halls at Lincoln Center. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 1, 2014
A- No Score Yet Manos Sucias " [Shows us] a face that needs to be onscreen more, both in their countries and in ours. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 1, 2014
A 100% Bad Hair (2014) " At just 93 minutes, the movie breezes by but is anything but forgettable. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 1, 2014
C 51% Cuban Fury (2014) " Too steeped in tropes and genre conventions without daring to color outside the lines. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Apr 11, 2014
8.6/10 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " First-time filmmaker Katz effectively sets relatable problems as the catalyst to the story before the absurd takes over. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
D+ 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " If you're familiar with the concept of hate-watching or ironically loving a movie, then by all means, enjoy ripping Winter's Tale to shreds with your friends at the bar next door. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 14, 2014
No Score Yet White Shadow " Interestingly, parts of the movie do not show when a person is talking, instead using a voice over on the scene. While ambitious, it feels too whimsical for a gritty and emotional tale like White Shadow. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
7.8/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " The movie is a near-perfect capture of a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown without going off the deep end into a farce. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
7.9/10 No Score Yet No Look Pass " It's a breath of fresh air to see the unadulterated hopes and non-tarnished dreams of a promising talent. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
5.1/10 54% Lovelace (2013) " Lovelace packs in a cavalcade of stars, including Juno Temple, James Franco and Sharon Stone, but doesn't exactly know how to use them. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2013
6.4/10 82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " The result is more PBS NewsHour than HBO special. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
7.3/10 88% Fill the Void (2013) " To fill the void, means to simultaneously gain and lose. For Shira, she is keeping her family together at the cost of her own ambitions. It's a kind of self-sacrifice not seen in American films. Burshtein captures these delicate moments brilliantly. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 31, 2013
6.7/10 82% Something in the Air (2013) " Part of Something in the Air's charm is that director Olivier Assayas looks at this tumultuous time with a sense of understanding and empathy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 10, 2013
8.3/10 92% Gimme The Loot (2013) " Much more grownup than it looks, Gimme the Loot is that rare teen-centric film whose brisk pace is unburdened by sentimentality. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/4 69% Greedy Lying Bastards (2013) " Condensed and to the point, the film gets its message out and includes a three-step guide on how to get involved. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 7, 2013
6.2/10 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " Just when you thought you were done with the perennial teenage supernatural romance, it's back! " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2.5/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) " Don't bother with plot coherence or plausibility - if you're going to a Stallone film for logic, then you're in the wrong theater. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 5, 2013
6.9/10 90% Gayby (2012) " The good in Gayby easily outweighs the awkward staging and strained gags. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2012
0.5/4 10% Branded (2012) " Nothing more than a freshman's first term paper for a sociology 101. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 11, 2012
6.5/10 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " As an off-beat movie that depends on his conversational delivery, Sleepwalk with Me manages to avoid many of the standard romantic comedy pratfalls. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2012
2.5/4 57% Sparkle (2012) " The story takes melodramatic turns that threaten to stray into camp, and newcomer Jordin Sparks as the reserved titular character doesn't have the finesse to avoid it. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/4 64% Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012) " Complicated but compelling, the film also struggles a bit with Yang's erratic direction, but that flaw mirrors the indecisiveness of Liam himself, who is played engagingly by Joseph Chang. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 1, 2012
0.5/4 20% That's My Boy (2012) " There is a severe lack of chemistry between Sandler and Andy Samberg, the father-son duo audiences are supposed to be rooting for. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 22, 2012
1.5/4 25% Mansome (2012) " Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 17, 2012
2.5/4 53% Think Like a Man (2012) " Relatable moments are easily the highlights of the movie, and they pop up frequently enough to make this boy's club believable. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/4 43% American Reunion (2012) " A few clever notions on the problem of middle-aged dating are handled by pros Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge. Otherwise, it dips into Meet the Fockers material like Biggs into a baked good. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 10, 2012
84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " This is an adorable film based on the story of a comedian struggling to break through in the business while bartending in a comedy club. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3/4 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " Casa de mi Padre is an unorthodox entry in the stoner comedy-fauxsploitation genre, but it might feel at home on Ferrell's Funny or Die website. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3.5/4 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " Writers Hill and Michael Bacall cleverly mix pop culture references, wit, and vulgarity to transform what might have been a one-joke knock-off into a comic original. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 15, 2012
1.5/4 29% The Vow (2012) " The film's Nicholas Sparks-style sweet nothings extract as many eye rolls as "aws"; it's a box of cheap chocolates for someone you just met and you're not really sure you care for. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 15, 2012
3/4 71% Magic Trip (2011) " Sometimes the footage is shaky, and the story threatens to derail itself by spinning off on too many tangents, but ultimately the rough-and-ready style fits with the experimental spirit of the Pranksters. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 31, 2011
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