Alci Rengifo

Alci Rengifo
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T-Meter Title | Year
88% Parkland Rising (2020) This is a stirring hour and a half. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Director Benjamin Ree presents an astounding portrait of forgiveness and empathy. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
50% Scoob! (2020) With its splashes of color and breakneck action it will easily distract for an hour and a half. But it offers little mystery or better humor to snack on. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
42% Capone (2020) Stubbornly "Capone" remains a half-formed movie until the end, offering brief flashes of a wider, perturbing life. If anything it may inspire some viewers to seek a good biography to read on the gangster. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
88% Spaceship Earth (2020) It tells a true story so intriguing, strange and unique that it's a stroke of luck it took place when the events in question could be chronicled so well. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) "Becoming" lets us get close to Michelle Obama while keeping its distance. It is endlessly fascinating as a chronicle of life on the road for someone who helped leave a mark on recent American history. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
47% Arkansas (2020) As a talent reel "Arkansas" displays skilled people who know how to assemble a movie. The question is what's the point? - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
96% The Half of It (2020) This is a film that stands out as a tribute to unrequited love, but instead of simply tugging at your heart strings, it hopefully teaches us some more valuable lessons. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) "A Secret Love," with its nostalgic tone flows like a recap of lives. To [Chris] Bolan's credit it's full of both admiration but honesty as well. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) "True History of the Kelly Gang" is wildly revisionist, full of unforgettable images and eloquence in its savage frames. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
93% Bad Education (2019) [Cory] Finley proves again he is a director who masterfully chronicles a specific place and sector of American society. There is not a single false note in this movie. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) Everyone in this film is reduced to quick, shallow clichés. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
44% Sergio (2020) Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas carry the material with passionate performances. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
39% The Quarry (2020) There is murder, subtle lust and broken souls at its core, all captured vividly with a pace that avoids bombastic clichés. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
95% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) This is a real human tragedy, told with meticulous acting and a screenplay where words and conversations are not wasted. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
72% The Other Lamb (2020) It's almost a stream of consciousness experiment that works for the first five minutes, made by a filmmaker who has an obvious love for images. But it's an easy slip between having faith in your visuals and becoming merely pretentious. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
93% Uncorked (2020) "Uncorked" is enjoyable because of its relatable simplicity. Director Prentice Penny writes a screenplay undoubtedly taken from his and countless others' experiences in honing a craft while convincing others of your vision. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
99% Blow the Man Down (2020) "Blow the Man Down" keeps few secrets hidden. Not even half an hour in and we know who the killers are, where the bodies are hidden and who has to stay quiet. Its charm is in how it lays out the town and its inhabitants. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) It must be said that those viewers seeking pure violence, firearms and repetitive gore will find what they're looking for in "The Hunt." But beneath its pile of guts is a missed opportunity. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
31% Bloodshot (2020) "Bloodshot" follows a standard formula where what matters is the execution. Good schlock is preferable to senseless gore or pretentious bores. It's cliché to say you get your money's worth but this one delivers as it promises. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) It has a dark elegance and witty charm while celebrating, in an offbeat way, both the critic and art itself. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
61% Hope Gap (2020) With "Hope Gap," [William] Nicholson delivers an elegant, dramatically engaging portrait of how marriages can break down even near twilight. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
84% The Way Back (2020) It's not your typical sports movie full of larger than life heroes and tension-inducing countdowns. Instead what we get is a character study that feels so personal we can forgive its weaker elements. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
88% Onward (2020) "Onward" doesn't aspire to be the kind of grandiose animated spectacle of typical Pixar marquee titles like the "Toy Story" movies. This gives it a fresh feistiness and freedom. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
66% All the Bright Places (2020) While it features some of the airy appeal to the emotions common to the genre, it's also not a rehash. This is a reflective, heartfelt film about being a teenager while grappling with traumatic experiences. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) It's a skillfully done combination of good genre writing and inventive special effects. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) This film is both heavy on cryptic discourse while lacking any coherent order. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
9% Brahms: The Boy II (2020) Somehow "Brahms: The Boy II" manages to at least look better than its predecessor. Everything else works as needlessly as the lengthy title. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The voice acting is on point for the speedy little blue guy and Jim Carrey brings his trademark mania, yet it's all at the service of a nonexistent plot. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
93% Ordinary Love (2020) This is actual devotion without compromises or cheap melodrama. It's a film that understands how standing next to someone in the most adverse moments is possibly the greatest act of love. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
8% Fantasy Island (2020) While the characters can be interesting representations of the ideas the film wants to explore, by the end they get stuck in action scenes that feel recycled from countless other low grade thrillers. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Directing is Michael Fimognari, who was the cinematographer in the original film and is adept at making this material feel lively. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It's a wickedly fun premise and the film's colorful zaniness makes up for its slim story. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) Where "The Gentlemen" begins to stumble is in its maze of a plot, which can get so convoluted, and so crammed with names that simply following what's supposed to be happening becomes a chore. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
65% Troop Zero (2020) Some films simply burst with a lovable energy. "Troop Zero" is one of those movies. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Smith and Lawrence fans will certainly enjoy seeing the two back together just for old time's sake, even if the jokes aren't what they used to be, and if all you seek are explosions and fist fights, the movie has them but with few new flourishes. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) For most of its running time "Underwater" is an effective popcorn entertainment. Think of it as a light-sugar offering of James Cameron. It's the visceral experience that matters, not the intricacies of the story. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
71% Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning (2020) Glazer's charm onstage is in turning her routine into something that has the feeling of everyday conversation. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) When the end credits roll after a depressingly pessimistic conclusion, "The Grudge" only inspires the question of why it deserved to be made. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
91% Clemency (2019) Alfre Woodard provides an example of acting through quiet tension, where a well of emotion slowly rises to the surface. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
75% Spies in Disguise (2019) Beyond mere spoof, it has a certain charm in its wackiness where a meaningful message is buried within all the layers of digital action and gags. It's likeable for what it has to say even as it delivers the expected buffet of sights and action. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It is a grand entertainment for sure, even as we feel a scorecard is required and the uninitiated may feel lost in space. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) "Richard Jewell" is another highly entertaining [Clint] Eastwood film culled from the headlines, with its main character being the most memorable in his authenticity. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
38% Black Christmas (2019) This one barely tries and when it finally decides to go for broke it goes so over the top it provokes more chortles than jumps. It has the right message, but not the right delivery. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
92% In Fabric (2019) As an experimental homage to a past genre "In Fabric" would have been entertaining enough, but [Peter] Strickland has no interest in merely geeking out. This is also a wicked satire about consumerism and appearances. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) Not to downplay the experience of battling addiction, but "A Million Little Pieces" feels bland because it goes over the typical scenes of bodily decay and temper tantrums without giving the narrative a truly human backstory. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) It never lumbers, but has its own unique energy and a rich sense of detail. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) In a world where being crude and mean are the norm, where everyone feels stressed, here is a film with a wonderful lead performance to remind us that kindness can be the most radical act of all. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
52% 21 Bridges (2019) It's the same old chase with new faces, and the same old conspiracy we've uncovered with countless characters in countless other movies. The thrill is gone. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
42% Midway (2019) "Midway" forgets that conflicts involve nations and peoples, not just the big, loud machines. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019