Jorge Castillo

Jorge Castillo
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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 30% 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 79% 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 79% 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 54% 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 91% 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 79% 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 85% 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 88% 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 70% 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 89% 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 72% 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
4/5 86% Let Me Fall (2018) The film steers clear from becoming misery porn by giving each major character considerable depth. Let Me Fall is a dark journey of the soul but one worth taken. - The Canadian Crew EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) While the film has its heart in the right place, and the target is unquestionably perverse, The movie has a big problem at the centre: The lead. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 78% Mid90s (2018) While the film's mise-en-scene is a joy and succeeds at establishing fully fleshed out characters, it doesn't know what to do with them. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) While Beautiful Boy hits most of the same beats as other addiction movies, the main characters seem like actual people. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 63% Bel Canto (2018) Director Paul Weitz forgoes the tension of a hostage situation entirely, mutes any antagonism between terrorists and captives, and only unleashes the villain at the very end. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018