Indra Arriaga

Indra Arriaga
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Anchorage Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos creates Vermeer-like montages with wide angles draped in light that caresses inanimate objects and people alike so that scenes become eternal moments. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
92% Stay Human (2018) The all-encompassing role of auter-star-composer has its shortcomings, and Staying Human is no exception. Staying Human comes across as self-indulgent even if it does provide some compelling human interest stories along the way. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
77% Genesis 2.0 (2019) Genesis 2.0 at times may feel like it doesn't quite come together, but nevertheless, it's this same complexity that makes it worth watching; after all, how many times will viewers be able to literately see the Arctic bleed - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Roma is the kind of movie that comes just a few times in a generation and forms part of a canon of masterpieces. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
92% Maria By Callas (2018) Maria By Callas is a treat, just to see her performances on the big screen is worth it! But to see her in a quieter light is beyond compelling. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) In The Girl in the Spider's Web... what is great about the casting is the unexpected role of Lisbeth Salander as delivered by Claire Foy. This was a genius move on the part of [director Fede] Álvarez, and is what makes the film worth watching. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) As a solid actor, Malek is able to fill in gaps were the script falls short, he delivers introspective moments that no lines could. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
97% Free Solo (2018) Honnold is the heart of Free Solo, through which he not only achieves his greatest professional feat, but also explores parts of himself with vulnerability and frankness about his own shortcomings and hang-ups. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
92% We the Animals (2018) The movie is quiet and emotionally compelling, and develops in a way that is visually and intellectually interesting and contemplative. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
13% Peppermint (2018) To say that Peppermint is intellectually lacking is an understatement; it's lazy and extreme, as if it mirrors the rantings of a lunatic who sees things in black and white. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
44% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) The film has a timeless feel about it,... some beautiful montages of landscapes. The direction brings out the quiet and interesting sides of the characters, and successfully leads the characters through painful growth. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 2001: A Space Odyssey is an experience, with one of the best soundtracks ever. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
98% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) Surya is successful in making Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts a story that can happen anywhere, thus making the heart of the story one of universal appeal. The film is quiet but it flows. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) A brilliant reflection of the deeply embedded racism in America's DNA. BlacKkKlansman shows Lee in top form. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) Maybe they were just spoilt kids with a false sense of grandeur... Whatever it was, it made for a great and almost comical story, and Layton brings it home. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace beautifully takes viewers on different but parallel journeys, those of the father and the daughter as one can't veer off his path and the other one must. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) [Director Claire] Denis' dexterous lens is experienced and fearless, often positioning itself to reveal intimacy and the characters' vulnerabilities. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The summer heist movie is cool and collected but for the most part stays safely within the genre and does not deviate from the well-established formula; the "t's" are crossed, and the "i's" are dotted. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
79% Philadelphia (1993) Philadelphia, apart from having talented actors delivering remarkable performances, is a piece of history that anyone with a heart and a sense of justice can understand. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsay has few films to her name, but as a director, she is a solid as they come. She has an ability to bring out the best in her actors and create rich and seamless narratives. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
83% The Most Unknown (2018) The interactions between the scientists are eye-opening for them and for the viewers and reminds one of the importance of curiosity as integral to living a meaningful life. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
30% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) The film is beautiful and entertaining even though it has some limitations, particularly in the oversimplification of the economic and racial dynamics surrounding places and events. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
86% Tully (2018) [Charlize] Theron is at her best! She is beautifully engaging and delivers the character with her entire Being. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Has all the raw and refined talent in the world, magical sets, transcontinental charm, a diamond in the rough when it comes to source material, and a love story to boot, and yet, it falls short. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread is a delicate story that is tight and unpredictable because the relationships are complex, and Anderson has developed characters that are, like real human beings, many things at once. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
49% Flower (2018) Flower depicts the idea of what sexual empowerment for a teenage girl looks and feels like from the perspective of three dudes. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
84% Darkest Hour (2017) Nevertheless, Darkest Hour is entertaining and beautiful to watch. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The stellar cast and promises made by technology only adds to the layers of disappointment. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is an incredibly entertaining movie, and Franco delivers a rendition of Tommy Wiseau that is award worthy. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Watu Wote (All of Us) (2017) Watu Wote (All of Us) is a beautiful film showing the tragic devolution of religion as a set of guiding principles. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
92% The Silent Child (2017) The film reflects the biases faced by deaf people simply for being different and to the urgent need for change to give them equitable access to the world. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
92% DeKalb Elementary (2017) The characters are complex and the acting superb. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) The great acting, and thoughtful design were only a couple of reasons why In The Fade was selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival where Kruger won for Best Actress. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
38% Permanent (2017) Permanent has permanently missed the boat. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
89% In Search of Fellini (2017) In Search of Fellini is not trying to hide its source material and inspiration, or replace Fellini's works, it's simply adoring of his work, an in this regard, the film is in reverence of the rich and magical world that Fellini creates. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
74% The Lost Boys (1987) The Lost Boys is a nice balance of the genres, thus appealing to wide tastes. The film is fun, and not too frightening, and delivers lines with impeccable timing. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
80% Marshall (2017) Marshall misses opportunity after opportunity to be truthful and relevant in the world today because while, it looks good, and the story unfolds pretty flawlessly, it has blinders on that disregard the depths of the circumstances and impacts of the case. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
75% Manifesto (2017) Manifesto creates a philosophical narrative about art and its role in society using dozens of manifestos written by thinkers, artists, philosophers, architects, dancers, and filmmakers. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Arteta's brilliant direction sets up the dynamics beautifully and subtly... - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
91% Human Flow (2017) Human Flow reflects the world as human beings have created it, but when truth is combined with Ai Weiwei's aesthetic sensibility, the result is an examination of the current crisis of hope. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
85% Loving Vincent (2017) The storyline is mediocre and uneventful, and the film is just a tad too long, but the reason to see the film is for its sheer visual merit and innovation. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
93% School Life (2017) School Life provides a rare glimpse of a system of teaching and nurturing that seems to be a rarity this year, one in which an institution fulfills the multiple roles of a surrogate family. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) There is something that inspires curiosity in seeing art forms in a state of emergence and decay, Dawson City: Frozen Time provides a glimpse into the past, the art of decay, and the hope of restoration. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) The Exception treats the horrific historical realities of the Holocaust as mere suggestions of contextual plot, thus minimizing the horror, inhumanity, and affront to human dignity. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4/5 96% A Taxi Driver (2017) Jang Hoon's vision is focused and his delivery is compelling. While the story praises the courage of Peter to tell the story of a massacre that would have otherwise been swept under the rug, the heart of the story is in Mr. Kim's personal transformation. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
5/5 85% Band Aid (2017) In her new film, Band Aid, Zoe Lister-Jones lays it all on the line and wins. Sally Potter: eat your heart out. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
82% The Founder (2017) Kroc, as delivered by Keaton and Hancock, is a blueprint for the type of a super-sized person that by 2016 could easily be elected President of the United States. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
5/5 75% Wakefield (2017) Wakefield illustrates what white privilege is all about - the ability to step out of one's own life, abdicate responsibility, and still one's loved ones are OK, their safety, livelihoods, and overall quality of life remains intact. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
5/5 87% Paint It Black (2017) When Michael's countenance is on full display, it is in a state of transformation between the three characters; just like in Bergman's Persona, it is the exchange between characters that defines them. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
3/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The narrative is fully under the director's control, but in this case this isn't a good thing because he controls the past, present, and future, thus the character development is linear and banal. - Anchorage Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017