Jon Espino

Jon Espino
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
As a queer Latinx critic, I examine films beyond just their technical aspects. Film is arguably one of the most powerful mediums, delivering social messages whether we realize it or not. It's necessary to discuss the social implications and what it says about our respective cultures, which is what I aim to do whenever possible.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 100% Steven Universe: The Movie (2019) Everything in Steven Universe: The Movie will seem familiar, but only because that's the film's entire purpose. There is a newfound maturity that the show promises with this film; a glimpse into the new direction the show will take when it returns. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
6/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) For the most part, I enjoyed Dora and the Lost City of Gold, but by the time the credits rolled, I was left with the same empty feeling I had come to know so well. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Lulu Wang artfully creates something that's less of an explanation and more of an exploration. - HollywoodChicago.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/10 42% Stuber (2019) With rides this bad, Stuber makes braving public transportation much more appealing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Although Annabelle Comes Homes doesn't offer much in the way of meaningful messaging or genre-redefining radicalism, it does provide a solid summer scarefest that is equal parts humorous and horrifying. - HollywoodChicago.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Inside this gorgeous, painful, and honest look at the city, we are given the story of a wonderfully atypical male friendship that highlights why the normalized alternative is so toxic. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 64% Child's Play (2019) While it chucks the original black magic for a black mirror approach, Child's Play ends up creating a justifiable timeliness for this successfully killer reboot. - HollywoodChicago.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) From the flagrant foreboding to the mildly amusing meta-isms, this film was made for one reason and one reason alone: Fun. - HollywoodChicago.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) [They] do their best to juggle the many opposing elements, but what should have been a gracefully choreographed performance devolves into a three-ring circus. - HollywoodChicago.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
9/10 89% The Souvenir (2019) [Joanna] Hogg may have set this film as a period piece that follows her experience in the 80s, but the poignancy sewn throughout make the film evergreen, if not more relevant today. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
6/10 31% The Intruder (2019) Although The Intruder will likely get swept over by the most recent Avengers wave, it serves enough nostalgic thriller elements and a truly magnetic performance from Dennis Quaid to deserve your screen-yelling attention. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
6/10 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) While seeing this unfold from a different perspective helps round out the story as a whole, everything in the film feels procedural. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
8/10 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) On its own, with a typically dry, British voiceover, Penguins would still make for a serviceable documentary. What truly makes it stand out is the sheer amount of personality that Helms gives the entire film. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
5/10 29% Sunset (2018) Nemes and Royer create an over-encumbered plot that shifts the focus in so many directions that it leaves the viewer essentially cross-eyed. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
5/10 22% Miss Bala (2019) There is a clear difference between something that is complex and something that is just complicated, and the story in this Miss Bala is an over-complicated mess. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
10/10 96% Roma (2018) The thing that Cuarón chooses to highlight the most is the strength of women, and how they are left to pick up after the messes that men make and refuse to take responsibility for. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 82% Ben is Back (2018) This film is essentially a mother-son film, and without the natural dynamic between Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts this film would not have a memorable cell in its body. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 81% Overlord (2018) Even though you won't find the events in this film in any history book, it is still well worth a view. Sometimes you just need to destress with some fictional monsters that distract you from the real monsters in our everyday lives. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 66% Suspiria (2018) A ravishing, frenetic fever dream that flounders dangerously close to turning into a cinematic nightmare. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
7/10 81% Mid90s (2018) Hill creates an homage to an especially formative point in his life but also makes sure that the mirror he holds up to the past accurately reflects how problematic it was then and still is today. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
8/10 71% The Happy Prince (2018) Although we'll never know what Wilde may have created had he been able to live a full life, The Happy Prince seems a worthy predecessor because it proves to be as much a work of Rupert Everett as it does his muse, Oscar Wilde. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
9/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Films like this serve a greater/necessary educational purpose for those who don't see the pattern in why injustices like the murders of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, etc., are a problem. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
8/10 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post doesn't need to speak loud or at length for it to reveal volumes about our society, and how people prioritize the second-hand writings of some ancient text over the well-being and acceptance of their flesh and blood. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
6/10 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The pacing of the film may be brisk, and the action scenes energizing, but a close look at the fight choreography shows that it concise and calculating. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
6/10 54% Book Club (2018) Although Book Club is not terrible, it spends much of the time coasting right above tolerable. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
6/10 53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) This film will be a conversation starter for those that watch it, challenging the notion of gender roles and our culpability in reinforcing them. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Truth or Dare thought it was up for the challenge of a real game, but ended us losing shortly after it started playing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
7/10 69% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire may seem like it sprays bullets indiscriminately but that distraction masks a technically smart film. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
7/10 85% Wonder (2017) The visual style of the film is whimsical, perfectly playing into the imaginative mindset of a child while providing some pleasant nostalgia to the adults. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
8/10 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Although Ingrid Goes West probably won't have you disconnecting from your devices anytime soon, it's ghost-of-social-media's-present/future approach will carry enough weight to make even the most myopic of us draw a few parallels. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
5/10 79% Marshall (2017) Marshall would have benefited from a much more serious tone and approach, not shying away from the true brutality of the time. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist makes a case for bad films everywhere by proving that some good (in this case great) can come from even the worst of them. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
7/10 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron continues to prove she can hold her own against any man in the action genre and even goes so far as to teach them a few things inside the exhilarating Atomic Blonde. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
8/10 86% Okja (2017) Joon-Ho Bong knows exactly what character should be genuine and which should come off as a complete caricature. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
6/10 91% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip may take us on a narratively familiar journey, but it more than makes up for it with comedic companionship and socially conscious, sexually liberated approach - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/10 48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Despite the visual splendor, this 3D spectacle lacks any depth. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
2/10 16% The Mummy (2017) If the future films are as monstrous as this one, it will be a dark universe indeed. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
7/10 74% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Palmer seems to shine in films that skew more towards the horror genre, and Berlin Syndrome continues that streak. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
7/10 74% Wakefield (2017) Cranston delivers a minimalist performance that not only keeps our attention but earns it. His natural charisma and emotional range not only bring Howard Wakefield to life but awaken what could have turned into a slumberous cinematic experience. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/10 18% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Somewhere along the way, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul must have misplaced the charm and humor that made the book series so popular. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
7/10 57% Lowriders (2017) Lowriders exudes passion from the cast and everyone involved, and the final result is a passion project that is both poignant and socially relevant despite its many flaws. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
5/10 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Representation and intention both matter, especially to those of us who still go underrepresented on screen. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
9/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is hopefully the first in a long line of experimental films from accomplished auteur Edgar Wright. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
4/10 43% Song to Song (2017) There is a certain tune trapped inside of Terrence Malick's head, and it is infecting his work. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
6/10 84% A United Kingdom (2017) Films like A United Kingdom may offer a very familiar cinematic approach, but prove to be no less worthy of being told. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3/10 36% The Great Wall (2017) The film feels so far removed from the Zhang I have grown up respecting that it feels like it is less his film and more the product of heavy Hollywood studio influencing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3/10 21% Collide (2017) Collide reminds me of the aftermath from a multiple car pile up on the expressway. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3/10 43% Gold (2017) No amount of star power or emulation of much better films could have transmuted Gold into anything more than a common metal. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
3/10 35% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A Dog's Purpose works best when you don't pay attention to its pseudo-philosophical musings or emotional manipulation, but let the images of adorable dogs guide you into an innocuous stupor. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
3/10 51% Almost Christmas (2016) There is a bit of holiday charm in this film, and a story about family coming together after a big loss, but it is buried in a series of slapstick situations and heavy-handed holiday schmaltz. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016