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
91% The Lighthouse (2019) Robert Eggers delivers a hypnotic, horror-thriller with masterful performances from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as lighthouse attendance descending into madness. Eggers uses Gorgeous cinematography of surrounding sea as third silent character. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
77% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Taika Waititi is a triple threat genius taking on prejudice vs humanity in the guise of Adolf Hitler is a thought-provoking emotionally wraught film that hits all the notes with perfection via Monty Python - Mel Brooks comedic satire - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
58% Black and Blue (2019) Naomie Harris is giving fantabulous black female Training Day Rookie and Deon Tylor knows how to get and keep butts in seats while investing audiences on a suspenseful thrill ride. Premise is familiar, overdone, but right on time with police corruption - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Strong performances from three strong women where they are NOT fighting over a man, but fighting over family and country. Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michell Pfeiffer make this film worth screening again and again. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pedro Almodovar's cinematic masterpiece gives Antonio Banderas his career best performance shot in vivid color, haunting score. A definitive must-see!! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Brilliantly crafted film delving full on into social class, racism within the race with a delicious twist in the final act make Parasite a must-see! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
25% Gemini Man (2019) Black Terminator meets Mission Impossible Will Smith coupled with human cloning in 3D at 120 fps, electric action sequences makes Gemini Man fascinating - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
83% Abominable (2019) A classic family adventure film like E.T. is reimagined as an adorable animated Yeti will bring joy to your heart and smile on your face. Great fun and life lessons for children and adults alike - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Based on Peter Quilter's stage play End of the Rainbow and directed by Rupert Goold, Renee Zellweger is giving a nuanced, astounding performance of JUDY during the most heartbreaking chapter of her life. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Daddy issue space film with gorgeous cinematography and nuanced performances from Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Pitt - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
84% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Where's My Roy Cohn is a jaw dropping doc which reveals the not so savory side of one of America's shrewdest, most brilliant legal minds who mentored folks like Donald Trump on how using the media, while twisting the law to your advantage. A Must See! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) The minute you hear the Downton Abbey theme it's like coming back home. Director Julian Fellowes out did himself with a marvelous transfer of the beloved series without skipping a beat on its essence. Maggie Smith's quick wit is absolutely fantabulous - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Stupendously complex, brilliant performances from Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson and gorgeous cinematography from Roger Deakins along with polished undercurrent of high crimes direction fro mJohn Crowley make it worth watching. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Multi-Cultural A+ cast of strong women who take a page from the Goodfella Gangsters of Wall Street beat them at their own game becoming millionaires. Jennifer Lopez dazzles and Lorene Scafaria direction makes these women look like hero not victims. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
63% Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo is a star and crushes every single second she inhabits on the screen in Harriet. Harriet is a film about freedom and what happens when your sheer will and courage overcome fear. Step into history with Harriet and see this for her! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) Star-studded recollection of Panama Papers scandal is lively, eye-opening and yet another vehicle for the stupendous award winning Meryl Streep. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
88% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Who doesn't love a Ford Mustang? Ford v Ferrari touts standout performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale while giving you high-octane racing sequences and solid supporting performances from Josh Lucas, Tracey Letts and Caitriona Balfe. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Todd Phillips directs violently bonkers, disturbing reimagined, reinvigorated version of one of DC Comics favorite villains with batshit, crazy , genius performance from Joaquin Phoenix. Also starring Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Shea Whigham - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
88% Bad Education (2019) Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney are delicious and diabolically narcissistic in true tale chronicling New York school board scandal. This film will literally have your jaw dropped to your crack over the sheer boldness that crumbled lives. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy is having a full circle moment as Rudy Ray Moore. Dolemite was truly the founding father for comics taking their brand into film, arenas and television. Stellar supporting cast with a star making turn by Da'Vine Joy Randolph. Pure Comedy! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
99% Knives Out (2019) Murder, Mayhem, Mystery with outrageously quippy dialogue from Rian Johnson makes Knives Out the most fun movie-going experience I've had in ages. A sure throwback to Christie, Clue and Hitchcock in the best way possible. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) A smoldering, graceful complicated love story that illustrates the best of women thanks to director Céline Sciamma and exquisite performances by Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. A definite must-see for the awards season! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
82% Just Mercy (2019) Michael B. Jordan, Rob Morgan and Jaime Foxx are giving career best performances in this true-life story of one lawyer determined to rep those unjustly on death row. Kudos to Bryan Stevenson and Daniel Destin Cretton for their truth and courage - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
71% I Am Woman (2019) The women's movement started with one voice - Helen Reddy. Tilda Dothan-Hervey is spot on in her portrayal and Director Unjoon Moon brings this feminist story to the big screen with respectful empathy and understand the plight women have had to endure - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
87% The Painted Bird (2019) The Painted Bird is hard to watch, but a necessary evil. Petr Kotlar is astounding as a young boy embarking on a journey full of deceit, abuse and disillusionment in Nazi Germany. How can we not repeat history if not acknowledged in the first place. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Dev Patel is deliciously delightful in colorblind re-imaging of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield with a strong supporting cast in the form of Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Ben Wishaw. Beautifully directed by Armando Iannucci. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) James Keach, Jeffrey Epstein, Rob Friedman exqusitely, tastefully capture the career and awesomeness of Linda Ronstadt. Your heart will sing and soar while being inspired through her fight with Parkinson's disease. Don't Miss This...Seriously! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
82% Official Secrets (2019) Remember when American were lied to about weapons of mass destructions. Apparently we weren't the only ones. Keira Knightley takes on the true story of Katherine Gun's espionage to halt a fake war and is fantabulous as is Gavin Hood's direction. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) People of color in a psychological, time traveling thriller starring David Oyelowo and Storm Reid. Yup! I was there for all of this and that twisted direction and screenplay by Jacob Estes. Edge of the seat drama from start to finish! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Angel literally has fallen and can't get up. This last installment leaves little to be excited about except for Nick Nolte and some intensely long action sequences that make up the better part of this beginning and final chapters. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Miles Davis - The Birth of Cool is a must see for anyone, anywhere in any lane of life that has an infinite love of music. Especially jazz. Stanley Nelson's best work to date pulling back the curtain on an underrated musical Picasso - Miles Davis - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) No longer scene stealer, Jillian Bell is sprinting across the finish line of self-love, respect discovery in the form of completing the NYC Marathon. Sarah Bolt, Michaela Watkins and Utkarsh Ambudkar are all just fantabulous with NYC as its co-star - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) Jacob Tremblay leads his Bean Bag crew Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon on a gut bucket comical adventure through pre-teen kissing and a journey of epic proportions. I laughed so hard and these boys are solely to blame! Great fun with wonderful laughs - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) 40th Anniversary celebrates this iconic war film with a brand new remastered version to see even clearer the groundbreaking, star turn performances of a young Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen. Oh yeah that $1 Million 15 minute Marlon Brando appearance - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The Pigs. The Birds. The Eagles are back with scene stealing performances by Leslie Jons, Tiffany Haddish, Rachel Bloom, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Sterling K Brown. Pure comedy and fun for the entire family. Kudos John Cohen and Thurop Van Orman! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
59% Brian Banks (2019) Aldis Hodge gives a shout stirring performance in the title role. Brian Banks is an inspirational true-story of a man who never gave up despite the odds against him. It is a definite must-see for 2019 and anyone who have ever lost faith. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) Waad al-Kateab, Hamza al-Kateab and Edward Watts will remind you preserving our world for the young is more important than war. For Sama is love letter from mother to daughter and country where anyone who values freedom and the right to simply live - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) Director Nanfu Wang pulls scab off China's Old Child rule instituted by its government for nearly twelve years. It's a necessary and eye-opening look at life through the lens of a new mom and brilliant filmmaker - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Very sweet, emotional journey of sacrifice through the eyes of Enzo wonderfully voiced by Kevin Costner. Get ready to spill gallon sized tears with some tissues nearby. Milo Ventimiglia reminds why we love him so much as our favorite Dad. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) With perfectly, encapsulating performances from Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Billy Crudup, After the Wedding is a little sluggish and melodramatic in how the story is mapped out. Yet, the performances will keep you engaged regardless - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is a sweet, warm story about dreams and the family you choose. Zack Gottsagen is pure comedy. Shia LaBeof is giving me sexy, scruffy with substance and the pairing of these two on screen is perfection. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Isabela Moner is the perfect embodiment of Dora for the big screen. Her electric energy is infectious as is the comedic prowess of Eva Longoria and Michael Pena. If you loved Dora on the small screen you will lose your mind with this live action version. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
8 out of 10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby steal this franchise from underneath Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham with badass action and acerbic witty dialogue. Johnson tribute to his Samoan heritage is tastefully done. Hobbs and Shaw keeps the franchise in tact - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
92% Luce (2019) A psychological thriller is layered with thought-provoking conversations regarding perfection pressure, white privilege, stigma of mental illness with African-Americans and brilliance from Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
5 out of 10 59% Astronaut (2019) Richard Dreyfuss is the one and only reason to see this film about a senior physicist who dreams of exploring space. The sentimentality and inspirational nature of this film admirable, but suffers greatly due to pacing issues. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
7 our of 10 77% Skin (2019) Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald turn in solid performances in this film focusing on racism, hatred and white supremacy. Skin leaves us wondering that even though the appearance has changed...what happens to your heart? Vera Farmiga is stellar! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Alice Guy-Blache' has a legacy that should be celebrated NOT silenced. Fascinated how Ancestry.com aided filmmaker Pamela Green in unfolding the mystery of Blache's groundbreaking legacy and techniques. Excellent filmmaking! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
53% 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
62% 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