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 Review
7/10 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) As an enormous Anime fan of such projects like Speed Racer and DragonBall, Alita is right up my alley and it will entertain fans of that genre beyond their expectations. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
10/10 100% Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) These two epitomized what real journalism was and should be - nothing but the facts. Which is a far cry from what we see today where most journalistic pieces are speculation and based on the theory of sensationalism vs journalism. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
8/10 86% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) ne Marie Wilmann convincingly conveys this historic diva with verve and ages her perfectly from a fresh-faced film ingenue to a drunken, washed up Ice Queen literally falling flat on her keister. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
8/10 72% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Bardem and Cruz are intriguing. Everybody Knows is a carefully crafted suspense thriller shining a spotlight on familial jealousy, unrequited love and how secrets slither their way to the surface no matter how hard the attempt is to keep them concealed. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
8/10 61% The Oath (2018) The Oathis timely and relevant because it points a big "fat ass patriot" finger at how politics can confuse and divide families and friends. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
6/10 87% First Man (2018) Damien Chazelle is master manipulator of cinema. He knows exactly what to do with a camera to make you feel like you are physically experiencing this film from the astronaut perspective directly from your set. It's cinematically beautiful - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
10/10 94% Wildlife (2018) Carey Mulligan is giving a career best performance very reminiscent to Jessica Lange in Blue Sky and we all know how that turned out for THAT Oscar winner. The depths of emotional despair she exudes are dizzying, but spot on. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
10/10 88% What They Had (2018) What They Had throws a spotlight on a life altering experience for three generations faced with placing a loved one in a 'memory home' or continuing to make her life comfortable just as it is breaks your heart. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
10/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel transforms from comedy queen to dramatic actress. McCarthy is gifted. Period. Richard E. Grant as Israel's partner in crime (literally) Jack Hock is charming and never delivers a dull moment. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
10/10 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) As a huge supporters of not just women's rights, but "human rights, On Her Shoulders is a film that will strike a chord for everyone and encourage one to take action and no longer sit on the sidelines. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
7/10 38% Viper Club (2018) Maryam Keshavarz was the perfect person to direct this film as she approaches it from a vantage point we never have a chance to see - a woman and a mother's point of view. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
8/10 87% Unlovable (2018) Love. Sex. When we hear addiction we immediately associate it with alcohol or drugs...right? Love and sex can be just as addictive and damaging to one's life, self-esteem and those who inhabit that person's world. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/10 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The narrative seems to crawl along until Clara hits the Fourth Realm and then it picks up a bit, but not sought to keeps one's interest. Mostly, I left feeling like a lot of A-list talent was underutilized for the fantasy fable. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/10 25% Love Jacked (2018) Love Jacked is a wonderful showcase for Shamier Anderson as Malcolm. I haven't seen star power and chemistry like this on-screen since Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams in Lady Sings The Blues. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
8/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) Living in an age where we all have a computer at our fingertips leaves little margin for error, yet somehow we still elected a man who did far worse than Gary Hart which makes The Front Runner right on time. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
8/10 58% The Grinch (2018) I mean who doesn't love a grouch getting a lesson in kindness and forgiveness from the adorably scrumptious Cindy Lou Who? This incarnation of The Grinch is straight up dedicated to kindness and love...the things we need most. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
8/10 95% Jinn (2018) Change is never easy, especially when it comes to religious beliefs and family. The complexities of this film are multi-faceted and a great project for anyone struggling with the dilemma of juggling two things you love. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
10/10 100% Blowin' Up (2018) Blowin' Up caught me with a lump in my throat numerous times over how unfair life can be and how the Times Up movement couldn't have ignited itself at a better time. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
6/10 63% Tyrel (2018) Tyrel is a strange, uncomfortable, but poignantly accurate portrayal of subtle racism in America. Racists that think they are cool, but when folks starting burning portraits of Jesus and calling women 'black hoes" - you know it's time to bounce. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
10/10 85% The Wife (2018) The Wife has given Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce the acting showcase of a lifetime. Here you have magnificently, brilliant actors from the theatre sparring with vocabulary like a verbal duel fight to the finish. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 88% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco, is a complex, yet all too real look at gentrification in America, homelessness, family and just the difficulties of being a black man in America with dreams and hopes that get derailed due to no real fault of his own. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
10/10 94% The Favourite (2018) The ending is a little odd, but it wouldn't be a Yorgos Lanthimos film without it. If you are in the mood for a little mischief, mayhem and marvelous acting - The Favourite is definitely the film for you. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
7/10 60% Vox Lux (2018) Two things you will take away from Vox Lux. How accountable should the music industry be when it comes to senseless mass shootings and why we make superstars out of ordinary people only to kick them when their down. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
9/10 80% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is Back will leave you raw and un-nerved, but will leave you wanting to know more when the last frame fades to black. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
6/10 72% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer will keep you on the edge of your seat with all of its plot twists and turns. Kusama makes the city of Los Angeles its own silent character of Destroyer, which provides much of the grime, grit and backdrop for such a dark, love story. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
6/10 66% Vice (2018) VICE is a constant reminder of how corrupt the ideology of politicians hasn't shifted for decades and how the person perceived to be in power is just a pawn for Congress, Senate and The House of Representatives. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
7/10 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex will enlighten and inspire many young women who have the opportunity to screen the film. As it is only by seeing someone thrive in a lane you want to be in that will drive one to achieve more that what is seen as readily available. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 45% Second Act (2018) Second Act's cinematic commentary should inspire women all over the globe to never give up no matter what age. Seriously, can you really put price tag on a dreams? - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
7/10 62% Bird Box (2018) Birdbox entertained me, but stressed me the hell out all at the same time. I spent half the film peeping through my fingers and jumping...just saying. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) Fans of the silent film era, slapstick and just good old-fashioned fun will enjoy this film immensely and leave knowing a little more than they did when the film began - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 85% Dumplin' (2018) Brilliantly adapted by Kristen Hahn and directed by Anne Fletcher, Dumplin' will inspire any woman of any age to love who they are despite what society says we should look and act like. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
6/10 47% Escape Room (2019) The beginning starts out strong as a psychological, terror rollercoaster ride infused with humor. Shortly thereafter, you realize the similarities of other films like Clue and Game Night is the moment when it all goes off track. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding The Gap is real, raw, emotional rollercoaster ride through the awkwardness of adolescence and marks Bing Liu's directorial debut. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Ryan Coogler has permanently stitched himself into the Hollywood fabric as one of the most innovative directors stretching across multiple genres. What Coogler does with Black Panther is inspiring, admirable and transformative. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is the perfect movie for the perfect time and just goes to prove you never know who might be on the other end of that phone who will change your life for the better or the worse. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 86% Monsters and Men (2018) Blindspotting will not resonate with everyone and will resurrect anger in others, while reminding audiences change is sorely needed when it comes to incarcerated felons, black men and race relations in America. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins' cinematography is a whole other character weaving a bobbing between the characters like a beautifully choreographed ballet, while telling our stories with gorgeous grace. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If you love rock and roll. If you love Freddie Mercury. If you love Queen. You are going to lose your mind over Bohemian Rhapsody!!! - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is perfection. Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut does this franchise right sprinkling bits and pieces of various versions, yet maintaining its own identity. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 100% Clemency (2019) Chinonye Chuckwu perfectly encapsulates and humanizes lawyers, criminals and prison staff in this heart stopping drama. This is by far a career best for the legendary Alfre Woodard. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 93% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded By the Light is easily the feel good film of 2019 and left me feeling a little more optimistic about this world we are navigating in, as well as, reminding me of why we call Springsteen, The Boss. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 100% Apollo 11 (2019) Watching Apollo 11 reminded me of the pride and love I have for our country. A country that makes anything possible...even landing a man on the moon. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
7/10 40% The Upside (2019) At the end of the day, The Upside will leave you feeling great about life. If you have bucket list, you better get started on it...like yesterday. Life can change in an instant and The Upside will remind you to leave no stone unturned. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 66% Native Son (2019) Native Son will leave you asking questions. it will unnerve you, make you uncomfortable with images that will stick with you for a lifetime ranging from family, police shootings, unrequited love, obsession and prejudice. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 100% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Toni Morrison, The Pieces I Am, is the perfect tribute to a literary queen whose work shall live on for decades transforming even more lives with each passing day. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 100% The Mustang (2019) Laure de Clermont Tonnerredirects the charmingly heartbreaking story of Roman who soothes the wildest horse while confronting his own violent past. In the end, the horse and the man learn to tame inner demons that consume them both. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
10/10 100% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is crazy good and so is Awkwafina, who is having one hell of a joy ride. This doll has flipped the script turning in a very heartfelt dramatic performance that will break your heart. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) There's always a handful of films that instantly transport one to that magical time of being a child without a care or worry in the world. Mary Poppins Returns would be that film for me. - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 37% Glass (2019) 19 years in the making, James McCoy is the real star of GLASS, which has a captivating first act, but then it slips into a cliche of its genre, only to pick up steam within the last 45 minutes - The Curvy Film Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019