J Hurtado

J Hurtado
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: ScreenAnarchy

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% The Wandering Earth (2019) The Wandering Earth is a marvel of imagination, inspiration, execution, and excitement - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
No Score Yet Parallel (2018) More an exploration of the ethics of manipulating destiny than a single focused story, Parallel is an interesting take on the popular concept of the multiverse. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
No Score Yet I Am a Ghost (2013) I Am A Ghost made me thoroughly uncomfortable, which is some of the best praise I can give a horror film. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
No Score Yet Cat Sticks (2019) Cat Sticks makes poetry of pain and beauty of desperation - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
79% We Are Little Zombies (2019) We Are Little Zombies... is a candy colored pop explosion of ennui. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
80% Petta (2019) Petta is one for the fans, and this fan is happy. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
93% Bumblebee (2018) This is the Transformers film we wanted all along - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) If you've already seen Deadpool 2 at full strength, it's still worth checking out to get a few belly laughs in during the Fred Savage cutaways, which are cleverly written and self-deprecating. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [T]he best big screen Spider-Man yet. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) David Gordon Green has reframed the Halloween series in a new and interesting way that is sure to sate the bloodlust of the hardcore fans - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) [A] fascinating film that appeals to the best in us, while still managing to sate the worst in us and our thirst for blood and violence, and for that I salute it. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
89% Tumbbad (2018) A slow burn whose finale is wonderfully unexpected and yet fitting, Tumbbad is a great film and hopefully the start of a new trend in India. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
89% Diamantino (2018) Unlike anything you'll see this year, definitely worth seeking out and keeping an eye on the filmmakers; if this is what they do with their first feature, I can't wait to see what comes next. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
69% Manto (2018) Manto is an engrossing experience and one that finds itself perhaps more relevant today than it might've been even ten years ago. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
100% The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) A big, goofy cavalcade of crowd pleasing moments that add up to one of the most fun experiences I've had with a film this year. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet FP2: Beats of Rage (2018) Great for the existing fans, but I don't see this one necessarily making the impression that the original did. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
78% Apostle (2018) There is a lot to like in Gareth Huw Evans' ambitious folk horror tale, Apostle. The problem might be that there is just too much of everything to really fall in love. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Dachra (2018) Dachra takes on a not entirely unfamiliar journey into a heart of rural darkness with a unique setting that will leave fans [...] satisfied - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
29% Venom (2018) A Cleaned Up, Toned Down, Baffling Misfire - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
92% Village Rockstars (2017) The atmosphere of Village Rockstars is so real that it almost feels like a documentary. Rim Das' direction is the opposite of fussy, allowing the characters and their actions to breathe on screen in a way that speaks to her affection for the subject. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) A boring, uneventful, downright ludicrous attempt to capitalize on less than four minutes of screen time in an infinitely better film. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The Happytime Murders is a one joke film that runs out of laughs way too fast. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg is a ton of pre-historic scary fun, and the last big blast of the summer! - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
91% Brothers' Nest (2018) Reminiscent of the best of the Coens' work, Brothers' Nest is a future classic in the making. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Even though we are aware that we are being taken on an unusual ride that we are meant to enjoy, the emotional stakes are high enough that the audience can't help caring about the characters and whether they'll live or die. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
No Score Yet Laplace's Witch (Rapurasu no majo) (2018) With Laplace's Witch, Miike takes another step toward mediocrity, and for that I am sad. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) As it stands, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is an uneven attempt at telling too many stories and succeeding with none. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
60% Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch (2017) Rokuroku is a confounding low budget mess of an ominous omnibus - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
86% Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires (2018) Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires understands its audience well, and wears its own love of genre proudly on its sleeve. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Lôi Báo (2017) Lôi Báo is good fun and hopefully a harbinger of a new Vietnamese action renaissance that will bring back the spirit of the films from a decade ago. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
86% The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) [A} hell of a lot of fun and will both satisfy Korean action fans looking for something different, and leave them desperate for more. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Inuyashiki (2018) Inuyashiki is absolutely breathtaking on every level. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
90% The Dark (2018) The Dark is an unusual and refreshing film that was definitely one of the biggest surprises... at Fantasia. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) One Cut of the Dead is one of the most ingenious deconstructions of backstage satire in recent years. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
50% Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) A boring, overlong mess that just happens to have a bunch of campy violence. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Violence Voyager (2018) Violence Voyager is an unforgettable experience both in terms of the insanity happening on screen, and the fascinating technical construction of the film. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
78% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) What Will People Say is about as delicate in delivering its message as a sledgehammer, but it gets the job done, and I really enjoyed it. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
40% Tik Tik Tik (2018) Tik Tik Tik is definitely a step forward and Rajan is one of the most innovative filmmakers working in Tamil Nadu today. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
75% Virus Tropical (2017) A film about the adventure that is the life we all live while we're waiting for our grand adventure to begin. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) A Superb Film From A Prodigious New Talent - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) [N]erve-shredding perfection, exactly the kind of experience that leaves the viewer screaming for mercy, but ignores those cries in favor of twisting the blade. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
50% Kaala (2018) Not big enough to be bigger than life, but not real enough to be taken seriously outside of his filmy persona, Kaala is a middling film that doesn't seem to know which side of the fence it wants to be on. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis makes for an intriguing addition to the mid-budget action oeuvre. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
56% Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is another impressive outing for this filmmaker, and it definitely deserves some international recognition - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade is a future-shock action horror film sure to keep fans of high intensity science fiction happy. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
No Score Yet Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (2018) Tinu Pappachan is another young filmmaker ready to make an impression, and his first film is a corker. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
67% Field Guide to Evil (2018) Strickland's piece feels very unlike his previous work. Whereas in his other films, the overarching feeling is one of dread or anxiety, with this project he allows himself and his audience to have fun while still giving them a good jolt. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
100% Awe! (2018) This is the kind of film that has the potential to put Indian regional cinema on the map. High concept filmmaking is always welcome in any language, and Prasanth Varma's film definitely fits the bill. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
60% Garbage (2018) Q is unafraid, and Garbage is proof positive that he is one of the most important working filmmakers in the world. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
61% Beyond the Clouds (2018) Majidi's film attempts to use the rhythms of Bollywood without fully committing to the form - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018