Carlos Aguilar

Carlos Aguilar
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Say My Name (2019) Shockingly contrived for such a short picture, "Say My Name" implodes further into its artistic mediocrity due to a mawkishly unnecessary subplot that materializes near the end of its final act. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
39% Being Frank (2019) Gaffigan deals in exaggerated grimaces that shift back and forth from panic to guarded sincerity, which make for most of the movie's humor aside from some cutting lines by the supporting cast. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
63% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) The fifth feature by the often-controversial and always-intriguing auteur feels profound in intention and poetically grand in scope. Reygadas, for the first time, appears less slightly cerebral and more approachably terrestrial. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
86% The Raft (2019) Favored with copious amounts of footage shot during the voyage, as well as Genovés' collected data and writings, Lindeen forged a riveting and illuminating study of the unscrupulous endeavor. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
73% Ghost Fleet (2019) Being so single-mindedly focused on human suffering, the doc fails to dive deeper into the environmental consequences, the political stances of the countries where these activities occur, or even the intricacies of the Thai judicial system. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
71% Papi Chulo (2019) [T]his banally titled buddy dramedy won't solve our critical drought of empathy or advance our social justice preoccupations, but it's a mostly enjoyable drop in the right direction. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at Switch n' Play (2019) Radiant enough to demand attention in spite of the film's uninventive structure, Stickles' subjects are far more memorable than the piece that contains them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Effectively acts as an animated ode to heteronormativity, toxic masculinity and patriarchal worldviews, passed off as harmless plot points to entertain young audiences. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Meanest Man in Texas (2019) Not only are the film's individual parts subpar, but perhaps more concerning is that Ward managed to conceive a faith-based project devoid of conviction - typically, their primary strength. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet Maria (2019) Short on cultural specificity or distinctive attributes, "Maria" is utterly universal in the most discouraging manner. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Wisely, Zwick front-loads the film with its most pronounced asset: O'Connell. That strategy succeeds at partially dissuading attention from its other, much less praiseworthy features, namely hackneyed lines invoking run-of-the-mill melodrama. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) An eternal nurturer, the black mother whom Allah dissects and praises in this transfixing hymn of a movie about the place where the woman that gave him life was born is far more than just a homeland but a direct link to the answers about existence. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 93% Burning Cane (2019) The strengths of "Burning Cane" are often also its weaknesses, but it would be an impressive debut at any age. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) His latest lavish feature sees the visionary storyteller operating in a slightly subtler mode, with fewer flying bodies and more philosophical concerns. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
35% El Chicano (2019) "El Chicano" stands as a solidly acted and technically accomplished spectacle, the latter likely the result of Hernandez Bray's time delivering stunt magic behind the scenes as a stunt coordinator. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
29% UglyDolls (2019) One must give in to the fantastical elements in films of this kind, but some of the plot details in this mashup production (Toy Story + Monsters Inc. + a generic stage show) are as visibly defective as its heroes but much less huggable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) You'll have better luck running into the actual Llorona in a desolate alley than finding cultural significance in the darkness of a movie theater invoking this cash grab of a spirit. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) Effectively captures a powerful snapshot of American society today from the point of view of men and women who've aligned with the ultimate misfit. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
43% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) [I]f only more of "Girls of the Sun" had that empowering sentiment as a primary aim, the filmmaker's earnest intentions would manifest more organically. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Score Yet Silence of the Wind (El Silencio del Viento) (2018) Subdued performances from the entire cast, in particular Israel Lugo in the lead, reflect the grounded tone of a piece that decisively avoids melodrama. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Projectionist (El proyeccionista) (2019) There's a lot to love about The Projectionist, above all the way it celebrates the medium as a function of its characters rather than just writing a love letter to a dying craft. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
100% The Burial of Kojo (2019) Wonderfully atmospheric and culturally enriching, "The Burial of Kojo" truly qualifies as a spellbinding experience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
45% Captive State (2019) An unsatisfying potluck of quasi-relevant, frustration-inducing ideas. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
86% Las Sandinistas! (2018) An enthralling and imperative ode to forgotten heroines for whom monuments haven't been erected, "Las Sandinistas!" is simultaneously a wake-up call for Americans to confront their country's responsibility in the instability across Latin America. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Cutting through the thick curtain of recycled lovey-dovey remarks and the proficiently dull craftsmanship of the production, Richardson's radiant charisma acts as a lifeline. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) A prodigiously gut-wrenching demand for change; the film isn't kindly asking for tolerance but bluntly exposing the torment inflicted in the name of a prejudiced God. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
A 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) It merits being counted as one of the decade's best and most wildly original animated triumphs. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
No Score Yet Smaller and Smaller Circles (2017) Despite "Smaller and Smaller Circles" being visually proficient, stagy performances fueled by formulaic dialogue do little to steer the film's narrative. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
40% Run the Race (2019) Unequivocally a message-pushing drama, but one with a subtler touch and more artistic merit than many of its thematically linked predecessors. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
100% This is not Berlin (2019) Not surprisingly, by delving into his intimate recollections, Sama, a director with several features to his name, has assembled his most laudable movie yet. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
91% The Sharks (2019) Extremely subdued on all fronts, Garibaldi's The Sharks subverts the exuberance associated with coming-of-age storylines. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
C 75% Judy & Punch (2019) Ultimately, Judy & Punch doesn't hit squarely in the target, but hints at interesting conversations on prejudice, domestic abuse, and powerful individuals lacking integrity. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
A 89% The Souvenir (2019) An exquisitely personal drama - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
69% Paradise Hills (2019) Overflows with concepts and intricate attributes, which range in levels of efficacy but are always tantalizing to the eye. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) A deliciously vicious satire unafraid to use campy gore to assert its commentary on commodified art. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
68% Them That Follow (2019) The filmmakers let the story slither at its own rhythm, so that the magnitude of the psychological control can be fully exposed. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Less a play-by-play perusal of the killer's methods and perversions, and more an examination of our biases and unending fascination for those among us that find twisted fulfillment in brutality. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
95% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Fragility remains taboo for men particularly around other men, but Talbot's movie warns about the destructive consequences of labels that restrict people from being fully themselves. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
61% Native Son (2019) A gut-punch of a debut that examines race relations in America with unabashed force, Johnson's present-day interpretation proves, disgracefully, how pertinent Wright's text remains. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
89% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) A shrewd response to bigotry, packaged as a spooky adventure achieved through the integration of artisanal and digital techniques. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
80% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) Thoroughly enjoyable and clever enough to inspire some reflection. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
91% Mirai (2018) Merits comparison to works of similar relevance and poetic ambitions, like Shoplifters and Roma, masterworks that share its inquiries about familial ties, parental insecurities, and the inescapable pull of the past. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
No Score Yet Better Angels (2018) A saccharine, feel-good, let's-be-friends bumper sticker of a movie that simplifies a complicated relationship. There's no place in its didactic approach to veer into unflattering facts about either side, and that reads as deliberately naïve. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) A stunningly moving, yet never mawkish, dissection of Marie Colvin's self-aware motivations, irrevocable positions, flawed interpersonal skills, and narrative ability to make people stop and care about whatever story was compelling her to risk her life. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
7% Billionaire Boys Club (2018) Cox has managed to recruit great actors only to elicit bafflingly melodramatic and stilted work. Emma Roberts, as an aspiring artist and the only female character with more than a couple speaking lines, is particularly wasted. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
27% Night School (2018) "Night School" assures Tiffany Haddish's lift-off into comedic stardom, continues to sell Kevin Hart's trademark persona and makes an outspoken case for supporting and encouraging individuals to accept their challenges and to work on moving forward. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
38% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) Might stand as Cronk's least loathsome cinematic venture yet. It no doubt helps that he didn't write it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
18% God Bless the Broken Road (2018) What remains unchanged about the director and his team is that craftsmanship is obviously not a critical concern for them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
No Score Yet Ya Veremos (2018) Proficiently produced, yet lacking any distinct directorial voice or notable below-the-line aspects. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
92% Searching (2018) With the exception of visually artificial broadcast news videos in the third act, the execution in Searching is an anomaly in its inventiveness to find solutions that can keep us engaged in spite of the claustrophobic set-up. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018