Alci Rengifo

Alci Rengifo
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The Biggest Little Farm may seem at first like an odd tale of city-dwellers deciding to become country folk, but it becomes a fascinating, absorbing ecological parable. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The Sun Is Also a Star is a promising idea buried somewhere in a movie that focuses too much on teen romance bullet points. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum is not only a worthy sequel to the last two John Wick films, it surpasses them. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
88% Non-Fiction (2019) Non-Fiction charmingly ponders the future, while celebrating the subversive idea that books are here to stay. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
30% The Intruder (2019) Once it derails into psycho thriller mode The Intruder just becomes another rehash. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) If you love all things Pokémon then this film makes a strong effort at turning that particular vision into a fun entertainment. But if you are new to all this, it is the first half that works best, even if it's pure goofiness. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Where Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile lacks in a tighter narrative, it makes up by conjuring a feeling of dread and insecurity. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) For now this film delivers the popcorn experience devotees have anxiously waited for. General audiences can also bask in the fun and glory. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
15% After (2019) Because the cast is good and the movie is directed with a certain level of energy, we're never necessarily bored, just wondering when it will stop behaving. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Like any good scary story, it disturbs us because beneath the ghouls and black magic, the message is more recognizably human. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) After so many reality TV shows about the rich and famous, here's a much more entertaining time with the truly stylish who just happen to be immortal. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Burton was the perfect choice to direct, because this tale fits perfectly with his taste for the weird and freakish. He keeps the heart of the premise, delivering a lively family film, yet his signature strangeness is all around. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
54% The Beach Bum (2019) While Korine's aims might seem less focused, he has at least created a memorable character who even reaches levels of hilariously dysfunctional endearment. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
29% Sunset (2018) "Sunset" has an impressive sense of place, and while it is about the past, it is easy to suspect its tone is more than apt for today, as uncertainty again reigns. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
94% Us (2019) "Us" is a worthy heir to a great and fun tradition in cinema, where the scares are very bloody, but it's what they're actually about that counts. Fair warning, do not go see this movie if you absolutely do not like to have your heart rate quicken. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
28% The Aftermath (2019) Even with the last world war as its backdrop, this story is one cold affair. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This third installment succeeds in turning the saga into a great coming of age tale. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
71% Climax (2019) You simply cannot look away, because Noé is a true provocateur in a film landscape where that is a dying species. His vision is bleak, but not static, dark yet alive. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
40% Run the Race (2019) It's a sincere work, even if we remain unconverted. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
59% Greta (2019) "Greta" is the rare old-school thriller done well by an exceptional director. It envelopes the viewer in dreadful atmosphere, made even more effective by a great cast. It's the kind of movie you walk out from watching over your shoulder. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It can't be said "Happy Death Day 2U" is a great movie, but it's better than it should be. It knows it's a gag and basks in its sense of fun. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) "Alita: Battle Angel" clocks in at 2 hours and 22 minutes, yet feels devoid of story. It has a lot of big vistas, a couple of fun action scenes, but is as cold as a robot's touch. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
91% Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo) (1973) Alea peppers the narrative with references to poverty in the world, the old U.S.-backed regime and its decadence, but isn't making a propaganda piece. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Purely as a thriller, "Everybody Knows" engages the viewer with an intelligence and craft sorely missed in most American factory product. It takes us to a specific place, with specific personalities. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Visually it's a thrilling buffet full of endless references to other films as well. You can just sit back and drink in what's on screen - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Many rounds are spent in this film, a few cars explode, and Gina Rodriguez becomes a version of The Punisher by the end, which feels like a set-up for an even more absurd sequel. Do yourself a favor and stream or rent the original. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
87% Shooting the Mafia (2019) While "To the Stars" can make you feel that you know everyone in Wakita intimately, it beautifully makes the point that there are always some things about them that you can't. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
38% Glass (2019) "Glass" suffers from the kind of wrap up syndrome that affects most trilogies. It wants to find enough space to cram in everything fans can recognize from the last two movies while attempting to mold some kind of dramatically fulfilling, coherent story. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
53% The Last Laugh (2019) With Chase and Dreyfuss's classic talents, this could have been quite the romp. Instead we get poor jokes delivered by two masters. It's too less of a good thing. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
49% Escape Room (2019) "Escape Room" ends with the obvious signs of a sequel being planned. Where else it could go is hard to guess, but for now this concept is trapped by its own tricks, inspiring us to prefer escaping to a better distraction. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The performances make the material work because the talent is so high it elevates even the script's romanticized tone to something more engaging. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) "Welcome to Marwen" is a great-looking mess. It demands you practice a yin-yang where we are expected to laugh and cheer at the Nazi-killing CGI dolls, then feel immense sorrow or pathos for a traumatized Hogancamp. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) With the world the way it's going, it's not surprising people would rather watch a buffed guy swim with dolphins. But with so many resources spent on it, this is one underwater adventure that dries out fast. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This documentary is both a nostalgic trip back in time and a revelation. Things which one simply accepted as a child gain a new relevance here. It is impressive to see just how socially radical Rogers' show was. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Set over 30 years ago, the potent relevancy of this film is in how the language it mocks is now part of the national discourse, emanating out of the White House itself. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Because he originally hails from the world of comedy, Burnham is perfectly in tune with the painful absurdities of adolescence, when simply walking out into a pool can feel like a walk of shame. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) With a masterful use of close-ups and editing that takes on a poetic cadence, Jenkins produces the sensation of what it feels like to look upon a face you realize you are in love with. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This film plays like a chess game where everyone wants to the throne, and only the most cunning will survive. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos remains true to his Dadaist exuberances, but here applies them with a fresh refinement. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
67% Vice (2018) This is politics elevated to a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) Most of the time "Relatable" has the feeling of catching up with DeGeneres. She's been through some lows, and is now high on the perch of success, but we have a good time listening to her share all about it. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is a web worth getting caught up with. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
69% The Mule (2018) "The Mule" treats its true story with just enough humor to capture the oddity of it all then arrives at a surprisingly moving climax. Life always trumps fiction. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) There is a magnificent command of tone and language in this film. Jenkins delivers expanded scenes where we get to know everyone and dialogue reveals hidden conflicts or stories. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) "Vox Lux" has the makings of a great movie, but it ends as just a very good one. Corbet is still finding his voice, the first act goes on too long and Portman's Celeste is the only character that feels truly fleshed out. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
19% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) This is also the kind of horror film where you scratch your head often, questioning some of its supernatural logic. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuaron is holding on to the memory of what such a time felt like in a Latin America of death squads. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) A lot of "The Christmas Chronicles" feels like a first draft that was slapped together when executives figured they needed some kind of holiday movie to stream. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos has widened his palette, while keeping his unique, strange and acidic humor intact. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) If what you seek is a good "Rocky" movie then "Creed II" delivers the goods. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018