Jorge Castillo

Jorge Castillo
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) There's something sickly refreshing about a feature that hasn't endured three rounds of sanitization by the way of focus groups and executive notes. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The main takeaway of Avengers: Endgame is the presumption that the half that remained may listen to their better angels. Forget time travel, the real fairy-tale lays here. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 61% The Public (2019) The Public is overstuffed, but it's earnest and it tries to contribute to an important conversation. That nobility of purpose makes it worth watching. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Entertaining, garish and impeccably acted, The Favourite is a morality play on the double standard we use to measure men and women's ambitions, without being too pandering. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) There are a lot of characters to keep track of, plenty of plot points to digest and a fair amount of psycho-babble. Eventually, it all becomes too much and interest wanes. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 72% Teen Spirit (2019) The film has a couple of opportunities to take the road less travelled, but ends up sticking with the tried and true (actual line from the movie: "Sing! From your heart!"). - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 75% Wonders of the Sea 3D (2019) For every remarkable visual captured by Jean-Michel (son of Jacques) Cousteau, there's a trite line of dialogue that undercuts it. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 89% Sir (2018) For a moment, it seems Sir may break through. But the film falls into well-worn grooves and soap opera-level drama, wasting solid character work. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book deserves to be watched. The film is straightforward, well-executed and often very funny. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage's best moments are when it confronts the impact of drug money. Traditional structures and systems that let the Waayu survive for centuries are obliterated. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Unlike Paulina García's less scrutable character in the original, Julianne Moore is a luminous, open presence - every emotion and epiphany is reflected on her face. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) I'd give Shazam! a pass on "you can choose your own family", even though it hammers at it like a Fast and Furious movie. That said, it's an unassuming breath of fresh air. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Giant Little Ones is a step forward in the Canadian coming-of-age movie. It tackles teen sexual fluidity in a sensitive way, without taking place at a cottage in the summer. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Making a documentary can be as simple as finding the right subject and getting out of the way. Carmine Street Guitars is that kind of doc. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) The film's wokeness is not limited to Darwinism vs. intelligent design. There is a love interest in the film whose independent streak never yields. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 76% Never Look Away (2019) Terrific German drama that examines totalitarianism from a seldom explored perspective: the artist who captures it for posterity. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 89% In Search of Greatness (2018) In Search of Greatness makes a strong case for intangibles as the decisive factor in sports excellence. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 32% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park is very traditional and not in a good way: The look is reminiscent of films from a decade ago, the dialogue is blah, and the humour is light and old-fashioned. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) While noticeable out of their element, indie stalwarts Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck recognize the easy rapport between Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson is their best asset. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) One could argue Capernaum comes dangerously close to poverty porn. Another might respond that the film's grim situations are drawn from real-life situations. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The dialogue is fascinating and the luscious black-and-white camera work complements it perfectly. And the framing! Oh, the framing! - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) The film takes a rare approach: It focuses on Vincent's drive rather than his mental health. The signposts to tragedy are all there, but his miseries never hog the spotlight. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters shines attention on two phenomena eroding Japan's social foundation: underemployment and gentrification. Most people have jobs, but they're menial and low-paying. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The Hidden World is a perfectly suitable conclusion to a saga that stayed true to itself and is leaving on its own terms. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting with My Family is a sweet and uplifting comic biopic built on relatable pathos. Doesn't hurt to have the fantastic Florence Pugh at the film's centre. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 90% A Private War (2018) It's clear Marie Colvin deserves a biopic, but this first dramatic feature by documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman feels too by-the-numbers to do her justice. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Trouble in the Garden (2018) In classic first feature fashion, the film, at times, is too precious and the dialogue stilted. But it taps into the righteous anger of Indigenous people over broken promises. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 59% Greta (2019) Greta is a seriously flawed film - tone-deaf dialogue, characters that don't behave like real human beings - but in Huppert's hands it becomes a guilty pleasure. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) For all the trust director Mimi Leder places in the audience to digest the legal fireworks, every other aspect of RBG's life is treated broadly. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) I'm reluctant to call it a triumph as it's way too precious to tap into the raw emotionality of the source material. This is Jenkins buying into his own hype. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 92% Mirai (2018) Mirai's gentleness is the movie's strongest feature. There's lots of comedy but it's all organic to the story and never steals attention from the film's main concerns. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/5 91% Mandy (2018) As good as Cosmatos is at atmosphere and nightmarish scenarios, he would benefit from working with someone who keeps his self-indulgent tendencies in check. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) The film's hyperkinetic nature makes it impossible to be less than entertained. But because Aquaman is always go, go, go, there's not much room for character development. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Even if one concedes the plots of films like Mary Poppins Returns exist to bridge musical numbers, you'd think the audience should be a little invested in the outcome. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Director Julian Schnabel succeeds at capturing the drive that kept Van Gogh going, despite the scorn of the general public and indifference of his peers. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
3/5 100% The Apology (2016) The Apology does a superb job depicting these women's lives and how are they coping. It's not as effective from a journalistic perspective. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4.5/5 99% Tower (2016) Thanks to abundant footage, director Keith Maitland reconstructs the whole standoff. Every blank is filled with animation, which adds to the growing tension and uneasiness. - The Canadian Crew EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Aim for the Roses (2016) A tale so bizarre it can only be true, Aim for the Roses tells the story of two men with a soft spot for gonzo spectacle. - The Canadian Crew EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) With minimal but perfectly placed special effects, this superb film oozes despair but it also shares hope. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Wife (2018) While Close is the show-stopper, Pryce is beat-by-beat as good as the man who buys into his own hype. The expertly calibrated duel remains anchored in reality throughout. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 87% Colette (2018) Impeccably written and acted, the movie transcends the message of female emancipation to deliver actual entertainment. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) I haven't seen a movie that more closely approaches the feeling of reading a comic, while at the same time taking full advantage of continuous motion and changing perspective. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Juliet, Naked as a movie works on the strength of the original material and excellent casting. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2.5/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) We're treated to the illusion of intimacy and some witty rapport (mostly by Maggie Smith), but one leaves the theatre thinking the movie only scratched the surface. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
3/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Because Hart is the hero and is played by Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner softens the character's edges. It feels like Reitman believes audiences can't handle complexity. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations (2017) In the rare instances where That Never Happened personalizes the consequences of the internment camps the film soars. Unfortunately, those moments are few and far in between. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 71% The Happy Prince (2018) The Happy Prince is an unapologetic character study, one that breaks through Wilde's façade to reveal a man in turmoil, aware of his flaws, but unable to help himself. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) Forget those glossy dystopias studios force on younger audiences. American indies are going directly to the source to portray adolescents. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino's brand of horror isn't shock and awe, it's rooted in suspense. The magic aims to be "realistic". The film lives and dies by this approach. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) While the sequence of events that turned the maladjusted teen into Buenos Aires' most wanted is fascinating, the character itself is one note throughout the entire movie. - The Canadian Crew EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018