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
59% The Lion King (2019) Does The Lion King still rule...Hell Yeah! Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen steal everyone's thunder with their hilarity. The CGI is the best I have ever seen. Chiwetel Ejofor is spectacular as Scar. Hyenas were scary and key music elements were missed. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tom Holland and Zendaya have amazing chemistry in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which features cutting edge CGI, fight scenes and a brilliant villain turn by Jake Gyllenhaal. Plus, no every super hero film needs Samuel L. Jackson. Best Summer Flick of 2019 - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a light, fluffy, fun trip down memory lane in the form of a love story disguised with music from The Beatles. Himesh Patel and Lily James have palpable chemistry and make this film easily the feel good film of 2019 - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
59% Ophelia (2019) Naomi Watts and Daisy Ridley are dominated with brilliant performances in their brilliant re-imaging of Hamlet told from Ophelia's point of view. Clive Owens is hilariously scary complimented by the grounded and talented George McKay and Devon Terrell - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
99% Maiden (2019) Truly inspirational, emotional journey with the first female sailing crew to complete the Whitbread Round The World Race led by Tracy Edwards. Proving that limitations, obstacles and sexism can drive women to bond in ways never imagined - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
100% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) A no holds barred, sobering look at one our most acerbic, in your face, troubled award winning journalist - Mike Wallace. CBS unlocked their vaults with exclusive archival footage, interviews and words from Wallace himself. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) This left me in tears proving the power of Pixar is still intact with the Toy Story franchise. New characters like Forky make it funky fresh and ready for a whole new generation to fall in love all over again. Family Summer fun for kids and adults. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
76% Halston (2019) Wonderfully concise tribute and recollection of a mid-western fashion icon who changed the face of fashion in America. Testimonials from family, business and fashion associates add intrigue around the rise and fall of Halston - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% The Black Godfather (2019) Imagine Janet Jackson's signature sound without the beats of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Imagine if Soul Train had been buried by a Dick Clark knockoff. Thanks to The Black Godfather- Clarence Avant we don't have to! Kudos to Netflix and Reggie Hudlin - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) Emanuel should be required viewing to consistently remind us that we should never become comfortable with mass shootings. That is not the America I grew up in and shouldn't be the America you want for your children. Thank you Viola, Steph and Mariska. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) Was excited to this sequel for four reasons - Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani and Director F. Gary Gray. Comical, with scene stealing moments by Nanjiani, great chemistry with Thompson and Hemsworth. This was a little slow for me. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Loved that women were at the forefront of this X-Men installment and message about conquering over others fear of those who are different. Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Alexandra Shipp and Jennifer Lawrence slayed. That ending though? - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
86% Pavarotti (2019) Vulnerable, Flirty, Bigger Than Life and The King of High C's is given a proper, emotional tribute by Oscar Winner Ron Howard. Pavarotti gives the illusion that you are witnessing the smooth tenor tones in concert one last time. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Smart, right on time and classic Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson as a comedic dynamic duo taking over the late night landscape one doll at a time. Sexism, racism, ageism are all on parade and I'm am there for every single solitary moment! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
55% Ma (2019) As MA, Octavia Spencer is pure campy comedy at its best mixed with a little creep-a-zoid factor. It doesn't take itself too seriously and is hilarious, talk back to the screen fun! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
90% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is giving me Moulin Rouge yumminess with Elton John at the forefront! Taron Egerton is fantabulous and splendidly singing all the Elton John hits you know and love! The outrageous costumes and musical narrative make it ripe for Broadway. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) Back to the Future meets urban scientific teens on Netflix is the bomb.com. It' a refreshing spin on an old classic time travel tale with a really cute cameo by Michael J. Fox. It's fun, fresh and relevant with subtle police shooting thematics - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
93% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Jakob Dylan and Andrew Slater give us a nostalgic trip through the sounds of Laurel Canyon with a rich history shared through candid interviews with rock royalty. Musician and 60's music lover must see. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Will Smith stamps Genie infused with his unique brand of humor and charm. Naomi Scott and Men Massoud are STARS! Scott's rendition of Speechless will leave you just THAT! Aladdin has an awkward start, but is delightful, delicious and beautifully shot - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Capital Punishment questioned and put on trial while revisiting the true life tragedy of Cameron Todd Willingham. Jack O'Connell king of true story tragedy is riveting - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
48% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Immigration, love, loss and realizing that forever is not promised to anyone are key elements of A Star is Also The Sun. Yara Shahidi and Charlie Melton have insane chemistry! Kudos to Nicola Yoon for a complete multi-cultural cast! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Honor Swinton Byrne is a bona fide star who is the ultimate victim of of a toxic law affair in The Souvenir. With beautifully, choreographed cinematic angles, Joanna Hogg direction is brilliantly calculated and impactful. Must see and best of 2019! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde gets rich into heads of young teen girls with her directorial debut. Billie Lourd is outrageously gorgeous as Gigi and Bernie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever have a cinema sisterhood that will go down in history. Welcome back to H.S. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) Written, Directed and Starring the magnanimous Kenneth Branagh All is True wearily focuses on one a sordid, sad chapter of William Shakespeare after the death of his only son. If you like Shakespeare, you will be enthralled. If not, well... - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) This biopic tale of the Goddess of Good Sex, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is heartbreaking and unsurprisingly candid. It's a must see for a variety of reasons and will make you rethink the prudish manner in which female sexuality is viewed. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, you will be intrigued by Tolkien and the performances of Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult. Beautifully shot and acted. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
67% Wine Country (2019) The women of SNL bring a whole new meaning to milestone birthdays and shenenigans when wine is in the mix. Directed by Amy Poehler, Wine country is a perfect flick to watch on the couch chilling with your girlfriends. Snackable fun! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
67% Bolden (2019) With an original soundtrack by Wynton Marsalis, Bolden sheds light on the tragic, tortured life of The King of New Orleans Jazz...Buddy Bolden. Reno Wilson and Yaya DaCosta are revelations and totally worth the watch! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
31% The Intruder (2019) Dennis Quaid is fabulous as the creepy, mysterious, widower who can't seem to part with his home or its new family. Full of thriller/horror cliches, but comical and enjoyable nonetheless - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
28% UglyDolls (2019) Ugly Dolls is a wonderful cinematic, animated lesson for kids to embrace what is different about themselves and others without judgement. A lesson everyone can learn at any age - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron are hilarious in this reimagined political Pretty Woman rom-com with a stellar supporting cast of Lisa Kudrow, Ravi Patel, O' Shea Jackson and June Diane Raphael. Get ready to double over from laughter. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
65% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow is a harshly beautiful tribute to one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time detailing the aloof dancer sexual preference, sexual abuse and defection from USSR during the Cold War for Paris. Will resonate & inspire dancers globally - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) With a witty script, Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson uses heartbreak humor, friendship and a fantabulous RuPaul cameo complete with baby sharks to ease the breakup pain of letting go. Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield are electric! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) As I type through the tears, I can wholeheartedly report that the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not disappoint and providing fans with an endgame not soon to be forgotten. Kudos Russo Brothers and Marvel. Y'all did the damn thing!!! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of La Llorna scared the crap out of me and the horror fans around me found the film amusing at best. But, why did Hollywood yet again forego casting someone other than Latina for the lead role? Disappointing - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Sophie Cookson steals the spy spotlight from Judi Dench in a half-baked yet brilliantly performed period spy drama based on the true story of Melita Norwood. Cookson commands every scene and every frame leaving you wanting more. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
100% Grass Is Greener (2019) Fab 5 Freddie sheds light on myths, political propaganda surrounding sales, legalization and myths of cannabis and how it has aided in financially incentivizing incarceration. Insightful, educational and infuriating at how this myth has thrived - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
81% Fast Color (2019) The indestructible love of parents for their children, the secret interracial relationship and the setup of Ruth, Bo and Lila as sci-fantastical super heroes in a world that is nearing demise are very intriguing and entertaining. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Kudos to Beyonce' for her heartfelt love letter to the legacy of HBCU's and for making history at Coachella! You Can't Be What You Can't See ! Queen Bey's directional debut is fantabulous! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Clocking in at 76 minutes, Penguins will be a complete treat for kids and adults alike as it is unexpectedly hilarious while warming your heart all at once. It will leave you with a lump in your throat and your heart skipping a beat or two. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
59% Breakthrough (2019) Produced by Devon Franklin and Steph Curry and starring Chrissy Metz, who is spectacular. Her raw emotions will break your heart into a million pieces and leave you yearning for more. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) No stranger to conversion subjects, Penny Lane leaves us asking the question is the Satanic Temple misunderstood? Are they the devil's spawn or simply conducting the Lord's work via another channel. You can judge for yourself. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) I have to give it to Elle Fanning tackling a role that appeared demanding with speaking a foreign language, singing and dancing. Fanning does so very effectively, but it's not enough to save this film from being very extremely uneven and slowly paced. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
46% Little (2019) If Big, Freaky Friday and Working Girl were rolled up into one flick the result would be LITTLE. It was great to see a young, up and coming blactress flexing her producing power and employing a mostly all black female cast. All Strong. All Hilarious. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
No Score Yet We Are Columbine (2019) We Are Columbine will remind you of what the best part of being American is all about. We are resilient. We are still here. We Are All Columbine. I hope that America never again has to offer "thoughts and prayers" to another family. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) Mike Leigh uses the history of Peterloo while drawing subliminal parallels with governmental abuse against reformers. Much like the current day drama of Brexit and U.S. Immigration making this film more relevant than it was intended. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
61% The Public (2019) Emilio Estevez writes, stars and produces The Public based on a Chip Ward essay reminds us that as part of the human race we all deserve respect and dignity. Great performance and prolific message about the use of public libraries as shelters. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Do Hamer and Gault get vindicated in this version? Absolutely. Is it worth a look? Well, If you are fascinated with the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, you will be intrigued. Chemistry and pairing of Kevin Costner with Woody Harrelson is perfect - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo has Tim Burton written all over it and will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever contemplated life without their Mom. The pacing is a little disjointed, but that lovable elephant with the big blue eyes and floppy ears never get old. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Mary Kay Place has been floating under the radar for decades and all of that will change with Diane. She is giving depression and a mother's undying devotion a different kind of face. It's fascinating, heartbreaking and riveting. A career best. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019