Carla Renata

Carla Renata
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Carla Renata, aka "The Curvy Film Critic," is a graduate of Howard University and was named one of 2018's Underrepresented Critics of Color by the Los Angeles Times.  Her reviews have been featured at AAFCA.com, Ebony.com and NPR.org. She has moderated film panels and interviewed such film stars as Regina Hall, Nia Long, Omar Epps, Tiffany Haddish, Sanaa Lathan, Jon Hamm, Michael Ealy, Julia Roberts and has hosted The Black Experience on Film for Turner Classic Movies sponsored by AAFCA. Her film reviews can be seen on TheCurvyFilmCritic.com and LIVE every Sunday at 5pm at Black Hollywood Live on YouTube, iTunes and Spotify.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Be Water (2020) Director Bao Nguyen elegantly weaves Lee's personal struggle for visibility and reminds up that Bruce Lee's star burned so brightly we still see it today. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
92% Sylvie's Love (2020) Eugene Ashe did this thang with this classic black love story with exquisite performances from Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha. Yes Yes and Yes for ALL of that! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
59% All My Life (2020) Real Life. True Love are awe inspiring through the performances of Jessica Rothe and Harry Shum. Jr. in tear jerker romance All My Life - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
95% Soul (2020) It's a wonderful life for Joe Gardner and whose love for jazz is animated for posterity through the words of Kemp Power and music of Jon Baptiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
43% Fatale (2020) Michael Ealy is the hunted. Hillary Swank is pure unadulterated evil as the hunter in this popcorn thriller - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
49% Monster Hunter (2020) Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaaa's chemistry are fun in this video game adaptation, but not enough to keep those sand creatures from taking an easy mark. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
100% Giving Voice (2020) August Wilson's work takes centerstage was the audience gains a lesson in tenacity, hope and the first gaze at some brilliantly talented thespians on the cusp of brilliant theatrical careers. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Kristen Wiig and Gal Gadot are perfect sparring partners, Pedro Pascal perfect villain and lessons on humanity, greed vs power encapsulate Wonder Woman 1984 form the highest grossing female director Patty Jenkins - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Carey Mulligan is an acting beast and Emerald Fennell is giving us revenge as a dish best served female with Promising Young Woman - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) While the entire production and cast is A+, Chadwick. Boseman gives a career best performance. His performance as Levee is transcendently captivating - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Eerily reminiscent of what happens when government puts their own personal interests ahead of the people who have elected them to have their back. Collective is an in your face documentation of how the Romanian gov't crumbled at the seams. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
82% Safety (2020) Sacrifice is selfless and it h ave never been more resilient than in the life of Ray-Ray McElrathbey in Safety on Disney Plus. Emotionally poignant and inspirational. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
67% Ammonite (2020) Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are acting heavyweights that blaze the screen in a queer love story proving that love can penetrate even the hardest of hearts. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
95% Between the World and Me (2020) In a world struggling with systemic racism, Between The World and Me breaks it all the way down shy providing a loving tribute to The Mecca - Howard University. Racism turned us into a race - Black people have refined us as flesh and blood human beings - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
27% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Amy Adams and Glenn Close are acting their buns off in a story of rescue and survival illustrating how one person in a family can change the trajectory of your life in a positive or negative way. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
76% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The Croods A New Age is light, fluffy family fun that will make you giggle your buns off - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
93% The Life Ahead (2020) The Life Ahead is a beautifully, poignant film perfectly illustrating the power of humanity versus class and race with an award winning performances from Sophia Loren - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
90% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Forest Whitaker is singing and dancing! Anika Noni Rose, Madalen Mills. Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad & Lisa Davina Phillip make Jingle Jangle a new holiday classic. I was there for every bit of melanin on that screen giving up excellence! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
82% Let Him Go (2020) Lesley Manville, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are all you need to know!!! Each one fabulous. But, Lesley Manville is pure unadulterated evil and I was there for every single second! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) @thecraftmovie gets a facelift with a fresh script from Zoe Lister Jones with bullying and LGBTQ themes and leads...loved it. Especially that end surprise!!! #thecraftmovie #blumhouseproductions - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
47% Spell (2020) Omari Hardwick and Loretta Devine provide all the thrills and chills with exciting performances. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
44% After Words (2015) Marcia Gay Harden is wonderful in a role that shows what can happen to loneliness clouded in despair when one finds that love and joy are always just a stones throw away. Beautifully acting couple with desire to book a trip to Costa Rica like yesterday - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
86% Nine Days (2020) Winston Duke's talent is boundless and Zazie Beetz is simple, yet enchantingly in Edson Oda's whimsical cinematic debut - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
49% The Witches (2020) Anne Hathaway oozes elegant evil with a kitty screenplay from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, Horror scribe Guillermo del Toro and Robert Zemeckis. Great family fun just in time for Halloween 2020. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) I loved every single element about On The Rocks @appletvplus and would watch it a million times over just for Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans, Sofia Coppola's writing and directing is on point...always! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) Kristin Scott Thomas is deliciously deviant as Mrs. Danvers in the Hitchcock remake full of suspense intrigue and the mysteriously inviting sex appeal of Armie Hammer. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
75% Wander Darkly (2020) Writer/Director Tara Miele takes us on an etherial, gorgeously shot rollercoaster ride through the afterlife guided by spot on performances from Sienna Miller and Diego Luna. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
90% Belushi (2020) John Belushi is a beloved comedy icon whose life is perfectly and tastefully honored by Director RJ Cutler through this doc mostly crafted by the words of Belushi himself. Wonderfully executed and beautiful tribute to an SNL Legend - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers is a lush, whimsical Irish Folklore tale that is for sure the best animated feature of 2020. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
92% 40 Years a Prisoner (2020) 40 Years A Prisoner is a gritty, raw accont of the Philly police raided upon MOVE eerily resonates with modern times and how easily cops shoot first and ask questions later. Kudos to Tommy Oliver & HBO for reminding us about this American chapter - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) The tenacity, bravery and empathy shown by health workers in Wuhan during 76 Days gives this doc heart while documenting a harrowing account of frontline workers at the origins of a global pandemic is emotional and a revelatory - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke sizzle in this story about a rock drummer dealing with sudden deafness. Kudos to Darius Marder for bringing dignity and education to screen about this world of slience. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
76% The Cuban (2020) Louis Gossett, Jr. and Ana Golja star in a heartbreaking story on how even those losing their memories still deserve dignity and respect. The Cuban is a cinematic love letter to those people and to the Cuban culture. Really Tastefully Executed - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
81% I'm Your Woman (2020) Rachel Brosnahan and Marsha Stephanie Blake are the dream team in the 70's throwback thriller directed by Julia Hart. Your jaw will drop at the many twists and turns for a ride totally worth taking - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
76% Clouds (2020) Fin Argus and Sabrina Carpenter make CLOUDS worth watching while reminding humanity to cherish yourself and your loved ones every day as tomorrow is not guaranteed. So inspiring and simultaneously heartbreaking lovingly directed by Justin Baldoni - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
98% Time (2020) Fox Rich is ride or die, defied the odds stacked up against her swimming into a life of triumph. Garrett Bradley brings the humanity, sensitivity and realistic heartbreak of family incarceration to screen with dignity and love. Kudos my Sistas' - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) I'm predicting right here and right now that Yahya Abdul Mateen is on his way to a second EMMY with his powerful role as Bobby Seale. Aaron Sorkin strikes on all cylinders with a timely, insightful film reminding us of WHY we protest in this country. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Raw, Fresh, Relevant and in your face with gentrification, hip hop love and realities of how women of a certain age are often times discarded and not taken seriously thanks to the world of our baddest new cinematic voice Radha Blank - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) Poignant, timely and fabulously executed by an all-star cast and timeless script from Mart Crowley with unforgettable performances from Jim Parsons and Robin de Jesus - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
63% The Last Shift (2020) Retirement, Bigotry and an Americana blast from a time gone by are weaved into an unlikely buddy comedy with a brilliant performance from Richard Jenkins and untapped potential from Shane Paul McGhie in The Last Shift. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
72% Cut Throat City (2020) For once dialogue is written to reflect the way Back people really talk masked in an male urban version of Set It Off in the big Easy. Ethan Hawke slays along with Wesley Snipes, T.I. and Terrance Howard. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
83% Kiss the Ground (2020) climate Change is definitely real and this doc proves it while encouraging and teaching the human race how we can save the earth and save ourselves. Should be watched by every living human being! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
57% Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) Secret Society of Second Born Royals fires on all cylinders giving me Princess Diaries meets Goonies meets The Avengers. These teen superheros never looked and felt second best! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) Janelle Monae tackles some tough material with grace and fragility. She deserves an award for her courage and tenacity alone. Antebellum is hard to watch and digest slave narrative wrapped in the guise of calling out attitudes of white entitlement. a - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
64% The Secrets We Keep (2020) You don't wanna piss off Naomi Rapace? She fiery, fierce and fearless as a holocaust survivor intent on getting the score even. She scared the hell out of me and definitely wouldn't want to run into her in a dark alley...anywhere - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
53% Joe Bell (2021) Reid Miller is a star so bright his future burns my eyes amongst a cast of stellar performances led by Mark Wahlberg - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
99% MLK/FBI (2021) Sam Pollard has never been shy about his documentary subject pushing buttons and raising questions. He does it again - effectively so with MLK/FBI proving that racism and prejudice are always in forever rooted in fear and ignorance - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
76% Concrete Cowboy (2020) Idris Elba never made Urban Cowboys look so good in this historically rooted tale of community masked as a coming of age story for Caleb M - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
91% The Water Man (2020) David Oyelowo knocks it out the park with the fantasy, adventure family tale rooted in how one would go to the ends of the earth for those they love. Powerful and rooted performances from Amiah Miller and Lonnie Chavis - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Vanessa Kirby is astounding in a roller coaster ride of emotions during Pieces of a Woman. A career best performance with equally impressive performances from the legendary Ellen Burstyn and an explosive Shia Labeouf - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020