Carlos Aguilar

Carlos Aguilar
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 98% Gunda (2020) A cinematic triumph of porcine poetry. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
63% Malmkrog (2020) Even if some segments are invigoratingly thought-provoking in the same manner that a young student feels engaging with classical thinkers for the first time, the format's lack of stimuli beyond cutting between speakers soon turns tedious - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
4/4 100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2021) A radical international breakthrough for Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, a filmmaker who uses potential philosophical expressions to ask tough questions about the ravaged history of Africa. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
C 79% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Staub and co-writer Dan Walser took everything into their own hands. The result dilutes the most inspiring elements of the Black cowboys' legacy by cluttering the drama with trite beats. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
67% Francesco (2021) Even if one can't argue with its distilled message of loving thy neighbor, "Francesco" just serves to remind us of all the horrors unfolding simultaneously. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
A 100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) Superbly executed, "Quo Vadis, Aida?" is a masterful high wire act of tension and devastating humanism. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
93% The Fever (A febre) (2019) Subtly sensorial more than conventionally narrative, "The Fever" inhabits an ethereal plane that centers Indigenous beliefs and cultural practices not as primitive but valid modes of engagement. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
96% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) With this 30-minute visual morsel he further evolves the nesting dolls of stories he's built around the same French monodrama. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
90% Adam (2021) Subtly moving, "Adam" is a beautiful expression of untainted sorority. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
93% The Orphanage (2019) Amid the missteps, the care the filmmaker has for this story prevails. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
88% My Darling Supermarket (Meu Querido Supermercado) (2019) In this existentialist delight, whimsical and profound, the mundane gains new enlightenment. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/4 81% Pelé (2021) The digging is kept skin-deep and the protagonist gets off mostly unquestioned. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
81% The Night (2021) A goosebumps-inducing affair, "The Night" is at its most effectively unsettling when the focus is to evoke fear as opposed to when it physically shows what's haunting the characters trapped in their respective secret tragedies. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
2.5/4 75% Jumbo (2021) Though curiously charming, Jumbo behaves like love at first sight that doesn't think about the consequences of the ardent now or the larger, long-term picture. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
95% Test Pattern (2021) In those conflicting reactions of the beholder lies the movie's virtuosity. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
100% The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet (2021) Laced with plenty of farcical humor, this black-and-white, succinct ode to simple yet fulfilling living packs a delicate punch. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
No Score Yet Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus (2020) Chaotically arranged, like a feverish dance between mind-altering nightmares and pieces of reality, this ambitious mixed-media thesis operates under idiosyncratic rules to provoke a feeling of subconscious entrapment. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
96% Dead Pigs (2018) Thoroughly enjoyable, "Dead Pigs" arises as the origin chapter of a great storyteller and an opportune mosaic of people in a rapidly transforming superpower. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
58% Prime Time (2021) The thematic intent has legs, but not enough. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
89% Pleasure (2021) Kappel's jaw-dropping and fearless performance blurs fiction and reality. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
94% El Planeta (2021) It's a good time, sometimes too cool for its own good. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) The way it builds a microcosm that exacerbates the worst in human dynamics and fears is outstanding. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
65% One for the Road (2021) [A] broad and mostly formulaic buddy dramedy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Luzzu (2021) A ravishing portrait of tradition in transition, Luzzu brings Malta to the forefront. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Hive (2021) Its specific cultural backdrop keeps it mostly enthralling. You've seen this, but surely not from the Kosovan lens. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Fire in the Mountains (2021) [Singh] abstains from making any conclusions, but what he does present is a strong indictment. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
33% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Even if far from being top-tier Ghibli, it's not without its fantastical pleasures. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
100% Flee (2020) Etched without a false note of cynicism or falling into cheap sentimentality, "Flee" harnesses the animated medium in stunning form. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
96% Jockey (2021) You've certainly seen [actor Clifton Collins Jr.] before, but never quite like this. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
95% In the Same Breath (2021) Moving between the public and the classified, [director Nanfu Wang] elevates the piece with heartbreaking testimony from American nurses on the front line. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
63% Human Factors (2021) An utterly intelligent thriller. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) As such, cinema is part of a cultural warfare without bloodshed, in turn making the stories portrayed, and how they are portrayed, inherently political. And if cinema is political, Shaka King has made a manifesto. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B 82% Wild Indian (2021) Wild Indian is a compelling character study wrapped in larger observations on the generational effects of violence and religious guilt. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
97% Rocks (2020) Teeming with an infectious effervescence, the adolescent coming-of-age drama "Rocks" differentiates itself from other recent explorations of modern girlhood set amid immigrant communities. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
88% Ailey (2021) Caught between exalting the glory of his titanic accomplishments and their indelible mark on Black American culture, and figuring him out with only the available pieces of his intimate puzzle, "Ailey" does succeed at painting him as a complex figure. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
85% Passing (2021) It's in all the words unsaid that the film's narrative prowess resides. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
100% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) "Rita Moreno" serves as a powerful cultural artifact that will educate future generations of Latinos about a pioneer who survived and conquered a field unwelcoming of her. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
92% Softie (2020) For Mwangi, "Softie" serves as testament of the domesticity he's been absent from to satisfy the demands of his thankless vocation. But for the rest of us, it stands as a portrait of the kind of selfless... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 91% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) [A] blistering directorial debut. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
A 100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) Making her feature debut, Mexican writer-director Fernanda Valadez finds a personal tragedy within a national one... She's made a humanitarian lament by way of a slow-burn thriller. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
95% You Will Die at Twenty (2021) A vibrant and transfixing revelation, "You Will Die at 20" is as novel a vision as we may see this year. From its meaningful ideas on the here and the hereafter, its lesson for Muzamil is that after perishing a rebirth may follow. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/4 88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) A beautiful and acute rendering of what could be if some of the most implausible lies we tell ourselves were in fact true. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
92% 1982 (2021) Imperfect as it is, this often-intuitive piece with a strong observational eye personifies the notion of the calm before the storm. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
98% Minari (2020) Count "Minari" among the very best movies of 2020 already, for all its endearing cheekiness and affecting virtues, the greatest among them being honoring human resilience. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
92% My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) (2020) With a distinctive angle and the rawness of the cast's first-rate performances, Chuat and Reymond elevate a premise that could have, in other hands, veered into the realm of the uninspired. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
A- 99% MLK/FBI (2021) MLK/FBI is a perceptive reminder that this uphill struggle is ongoing and nothing new. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
2.5/4 73% Blizzard of Souls (The Rifleman) (Dveselu putenis) (2019) A movie with plenty of small portions that communicate thought-provoking ideas and gripping melees but without a substantial human anchor. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 73% We Can Be Heroes (2021) Rodriguez pokes fun at trite tropes and delivers on the action (often also lacing the fights with humor), but always with an earnest message on how adults, set in their stubborn ways, don't always know best. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
93% Sylvie's Love (2020) The classically conceived romantic saga, spanning several years in late 1950s and early 1960s Harlem, offers a comforting and velvety cinematic texture even if it is not extraordinary from a narrative standpoint. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
94% Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (2020) The riveting and superbly acted Iranian drama, based on a real variety show, poses a moral crucible born out of a theocratic system that disfavors women amid the heightened tension of the on-camera spectacle. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020