Jon Espino

Jon Espino
Jon Espino's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Young Folks
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 24% 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 80% 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 80% 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 64% 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 77% 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 70% 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 15% 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 84% 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 85% 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 81% 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 87% 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 90% 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 49% 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 15% 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 77% 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 19% 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 22% 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 42% 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 50% 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
8/10 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The Edge of Seventeen went beyond the edge of glory and created a new standard for coming of age films about being a teenager in high school. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
6/10 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ... Hacksaw Ridge feels like a competent execution by Gibson as he flexes a cinematic muscle that may have come close to atrophying from being unused. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
6/10 61% Desierto (2016) The film's gruesome nature makes it hard to watch, but Desierto proves essential for those who are unaware of the state of our country, especially the effects someone like Trump has on these "patriotic" criminals. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
9/10 83% Denial (2016) The entire cast gives a monumental performance that does justice to this monumental story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
5/10 75% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) After seeing a very familiar routine performed, I can only assume that even Hart hasn't figured out how to move forward since he's still relying on tactics from his past. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/10 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) As a historical lesson, Birth of a Nation offers no teachable moments beyond being a cautionary tale about what happens when a group of people, who continue to face daily injustices, reach a boiling point. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
8/10 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen of Katwe is able to easily overcome its handful of flaws to become a beacon and standard for future live-action Disney's films. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
7/10 89% Blood Father (2016) Despite the competent script and experienced directing, this film would have just been middling without the performances to inject some personality into it. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
8/10 85% Other People (2016) Other People uses subtle humor to explore grief and loss in a way that is both respectful and impactful. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
8/10 78% Into The Forest (2016) ... examines the true nature of humans once all of our constructed creature comforts disappear and we are forced to face ourselves in the light of the wilderness. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
6/10 83% Sausage Party (2016) ... the most fun I've had with food since I was a child recreating the extinction of the dinosaurs with dino-shaped nuggets, my mouth, and a giant pool of ketchup. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/10 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Despite the gorgeous set designs and attention to detail in every scene, this film still comes through as an ugly affair. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
7/10 77% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out takes advantage of that primordial fear of the unknown that lurks in the darkness ... - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
5/10 71% The Infiltrator (2016) ... the courageous true story behind The Infiltrator deserves much more than the coat of beige paint it's smothered in. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016