Carina Chocano Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Carina Chocano

Carina Chocano
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 83%

Billy the Kid (2007)

"Billy's resilience, though, is nothing short of amazing. Not to mention part of growing up." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2008
2/5 11%

Fool's Gold (2008)

"Anything can happen -- anything except anything remotely entertaining." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2008
3.5/5 91%

Alice's House (2008)

"What lingers after watching Alice's House are not the moments of conflict but the inexorable rhythms of daily life." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 25, 2008
1.5/5 12%

The Air I Breathe (2008)

"A stew of cheap irony, ponderous but meaningless allegory, violence and pretension, the movie is all borrowed style and calculated pandering. It does, however, get more ludicrous by the minute. So in that sense, it's good for an occasional laugh." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 25, 2008
4.5/5 79%

Teeth (2007)

"Campy, shameless and sophisticated, Lichtenstein's debut is gutsy and original." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2.5/5 41%

27 Dresses (2008)

"27 Dresses dutifully privileges its formulaic plot over its stick-figure characters, slapping a happy ending on a setup that, say, Happiness director Todd Solondz could have gone to town on." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2/5 22%

Mad Money (2008)

"The big problem with Mad Money is not that the situation is implausible -- this is a caper; it's supposed to be over the top -- it's that it doesn't do the work necessary to con us into believing it." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2008
4/5 96%

Let's Get Lost (1989)

"Let's Get Lost, Bruce Weber's haunting documentary about legendary jazz musician Chet Baker, first came out in 1989 and hasn't been easy to catch since. Now reissued in 35 millimeter, the film looks like a pristine time-capsule." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2008
4/5 89%

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

"A beautiful, evocative collage composed of concert footage, photographs, interviews and film clips, as well as interviews with people who knew him, the film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 4, 2008
87%

The Orphanage (2007)

"Eerie, atmospheric...an unexpectedly poignant ghost story." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 3, 2008
96%

Persepolis (2007)

"A reminder that even the most complex situations, identities and stories are heartbreakingly simple." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/5 54%

Romance & Cigarettes (2007)

"How weird is John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes? Almost indescribably weird, though also strangely involving." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 21, 2007
1/5 24%

P.S. I Love You (2007)

"You could go see P.S. I Love You, or you could hit yourself on the head with a meat mallet." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3.5/5 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"Tim Burton's scaled-down adaptation chooses style over substance. The result, however, is still a pretty enjoyable film." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 20, 2007
4.5/5 82%

Protagonist (2007)

"Yu's film may be challenging to synopsize, but it's thoroughly engrossing and wildly surprising." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2.5/5 30%

Youth Without Youth (2007)

"Ultimately, Youth Without Youth is more intriguing than it is satisfying. It hooks you, then lets you flounder." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/5 70%

I Am Legend (2007)

"It doesn't serve I Am Legend to give you too much time to think. Better when it's galloping forward at top speed, dodging caribou and translucent zombies and putting the dog in peril." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2.5/5 54%

The Walker (2007)

"The whole thing feels fusty and forced." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4/5 94%

Juno (2007)

"Juno is hilarious and sweet-tempered, perceptive and surprisingly grounded. It's also a gust of fresh air, perspective-wise." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 5, 2007
89%

The Savages (2007)

"One of the best movies of the year so far." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 28, 2007
2.5/5 37%

August Rush (2007)

"August Rush feels like the cinematic equivalent of being stuffed with fruitcake and doused with a gallon of egg nog." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2007
4/5 76%

I'm Not There (2007)

"A challenging film, one that I suspect can only benefit from multiple viewings. The success of its approaches varies, but its intent is unfailingly interesting." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/5 26%

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

"Doubtless it's an enormously daunting task to adapt a book at once so sweeping and internal, so swooningly romantic and philosophical, but it takes a lighter touch and a more expansive view than Newell and Harwood seem to bring." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 15, 2007
3/5 36%

Southland Tales (2007)

"As the plot becomes more convoluted and the movie goes haywire, what saves it are its sardonic details." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2007
2.5/5 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"Redford and Carnahan would like us to ponder our role in their fate. And maybe we would, if the lecture weren't so dull and self-satisfied." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2007
4/5 91%

Strange Culture (2007)

"As sad as it is to realize that youth activism in this country is dead, it's sadder still to find yourself agreeing that they have a point." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3.5/5 21%

Fred Claus (2007)

"Fred Claus turns out to be not bad for a Santa movie, which I suppose could be interpreted as either faint or excessive praise, depending on your view." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/5 33%

Martian Child (2007)

"Martian Child would like to be About a Boy (Who Thinks He's a Martian), but, disappointingly, it doesn't even come close." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 2, 2007
2/5 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"Nothing about the movie resonates emotionally." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 2, 2007
4/5 88%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

"This is no nostalgia trip taken by an 83-year-old director. It's a fierce, hot slap of a movie, a shameless melodrama with bite." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 2, 2007
2/5 25%

Slipstream (2007)

"Slipstream is an experiment in visual stream-of-consciousness, but stream-of-consciousness fares better as a literary form than a cinematic one." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 26, 2007
2/5 34%

Rails & Ties (2007)

"As lovely as some of the footage looks and as committed as are the three lead performances, they serve only to make Rails & Ties play like an exceptionally well-acted and well-made Lifetime movie." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 25, 2007
3/5 47%

Rendition (2007)

"A pat and generic, if serviceable, political thriller." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4.5/5 100%

Live-In Maid (2007)

"It paints a lovely, intimate portrait of a complex relationship and shows a side of Latin American life we rarely see on American screens." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 18, 2007
4/5 94%

Lake of Fire (2007)

"A 2 1/2 -hour documentary on abortion may sound like a hard sell, but the depth and scope of Tony Kaye's grueling Lake of Fire nonetheless justifies feeling like you've just taken a long, blistering soak in one." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 12, 2007
4.5/5 36%

Sleuth (2007)

"Language this lethal has all but disappeared from the movies, and it's an unmitigated pleasure to observe Caine and Law attack it with such ferocity. Sleuth is nasty fun." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/5 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"Elizabeth: The Golden Age gives new meaning to "costume drama" in that it is a drama primarily about costumes. But the drama is about as subtle as a sledgehammer to the temple." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 11, 2007
69%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"The film about three brothers in the wake of their dad's death is a pleasurable journey to nowhere, but it's worth the ride." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 4, 2007
1/5 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"A grim, shrill, deluded and incredibly depressing movie, so bewilderingly mean-spirited that the trademark Farrelly Brothers gross-out scenes feel like the sweetest." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 4, 2007
3/5 59%

Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

"Perfectly encapsulates the slow-motion, frustrated feeling of early adulthood, when longing and inchoate desire easily outnumber actual transformative events and achievements." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 28, 2007
1.5/5 39%

Feast of Love (2007)

"The script weaves three interlocking stories in unlikely ways and relies on random acts of violence, fate and God for dramatic complications that the characters aren't fleshed-out enough to whip up on their own." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 27, 2007
4/5 76%

The Last Winter (2007)

"[It] accomplishes with a modest budget and a talented cast what bigger, slicker, gorier contemporary horror movies rarely do. It taps into a collective dread compounded by the guilt of our complicity." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 20, 2007
3/5 65%

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

"Swicord has a playful sense of humor and a good ear for dialogue, and the movie pleasantly accomplishes what it set out to accomplish." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 20, 2007
4.5/5 93%

Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006)

"A remarkably assured and elegant debut, Blame It on Fidel is the kind of smart, sophisticated and fiercely humanistic film that all movies should aspire to be, but seldom do." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 14, 2007
4/5 63%

King of California (2007)

"[A] strange, funny and sad story." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/5 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"Expertly realized and gunmetal slick, Eastern Promises whirs along with perfect efficiency, but doesn't stir much in the way of visceral horror despite its penchant for treating the human body like a chicken carcass on a block." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 14, 2007
2/5 53%

The Hunting Party (2007)

"The biggest problem with the movie is the tone, which is by turns preachy, silly, mawkish and dark." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
1.5/5 62%

Dans Paris (2007)

"Moody, mannered and supremely irritating." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3.5/5 68%

Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman (2007)

"As maddening and sometimes embarrassing as her approach is, it works." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 6, 2007
65%

The Nines (2007)

"Bright and vicious, desperate and cruel, the characters of the first two stories pop with a kind of nihilistic joie de vivre that makes you want to hug them and kill them at once." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 31, 2007
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