Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Jorge Ignacio Castillo
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet Because We Are Girls (2019) In the end, Because We Are Girls is about overcoming trauma with others' help and ending traditions that enable predators. All messages worth your attention. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds Of Prey feels like posturing - woke for woke sake. It's cynical and insincere as well as weak filmmaking. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) It's not like Sonic is now a masterpiece. But as mid-budget, video-game inspired kids movies go, it's amusing, at times very funny, certainly less full of itself than Detective Pikachu. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/5 76% Halston (2019) Particularly thrilling is the testimony of Halston's later-days handler, a Brooklynite with little patience for absurd expense accounts... - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
2.5/5 88% The Third Wife (2019) The Third Wife can be effective if you have never seen a movie about arranged marriages and women treated as trade goods before. Otherwise, it has little to add to the conversation. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell reminds us that callous statements of the "go back to wherever you came from" nature are not only racist but demonstrate a pernicious lack of empathy. Nobody leaves home without a good reason. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Before We Vanish doesn't take a pro-alien or human stance (both sides deserve to lose at any point in time), but stands by karma as the ultimate universal law. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) As the first movie of a would-be franchise, the film does a good job sticking to the story at hand and not overloading in mythology, so often the kiss of death of origin stories. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) For brief moments, the film becomes tactile, relatable. Makes you wonder what could it have been... with a better script. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Overall, this is a profoundly satisfying episode without apparent weak spots (it's a notch disjointed, but nothing unbearable): You'll laugh, cry and be in awe... - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/5 57% Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) Olaf's Frozen Adventure feels like an excuse to cram four more tunes into the Frozen songbook, none of them nearly as good as the original ones. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Road Forward (2017) The score is strong and the tune "Indian Man" is rousing enough to transcend the film. Unfortunately, The Road Forward as a whole is far from cohesive. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 97% Coco (2017) Coco may be run-of-the-mill Pixar, but any movie that sticks it to certain notorious anti-Mexican deserves my respect. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton hasn't lost his touch and Dumbo is an amiable family flick. Just be aware they both can do better. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? has plenty of good points to make, like comparing the 80's and 90's witch hunts that got metalheads and goth kids disenfranchised and sent the West Memphis three to jail... - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The first coda is a beauty. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) While an undoubtedly compelling story, the film is broad and relies heavily in sentimentality, coming short more often than not. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/5 87% Belmonte (2018) The resolution is thoroughly unearned (the cinematic equivalent of "sleeping on it"), which at 75 minutes-length feels straight-up lazy. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 83% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) ...not entirely successful, but doesn't feel out of place either. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 56% Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin (2018) There is a lot to like about the film: Bold ideas about monogamy, a protagonist whose capacity to compartmentalize and drive combine into some kind of pathos... - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) While the dissection of family values in Chinese culture goes beyond the stereotypes, Crazy Rich Asians is not a film willing to sacrifice a good time for depth. Go for the luxury, stay for the killer one-liners. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
1.5/5 45% Kingsway (2018) Midway through, Kingsway changes directions from aimless comedy to psychological drama, and I'm still enduring the whiplash. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 83% The Most Beautiful Couple (2018) The denouement feels chaotic and bit far-fetched for such an expertly calibrated drama, but the pluses outweigh the minuses. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
90% A Star Is Born (2018) More like A Star Is Bored. Am I right? No? I'm the only one who isn't gaga for Gaga? Fine, then. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Michael Moore returns to the self-mythologizing and fact fudging. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Much attention with this one: A fierce, almost unbearably intense recreation of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2018. The characters don't get much development, but the story is as compelling as it gets. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
84% Dogman (2019) Italians do social realism like no one else. The story of a put-upon dog groomer standing up to his bully gets more tracking than anybody could imagine. A must. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
40% Nekrotronic (2019) Monica Bellucci turns the internet a portal for demons. Goofy and inventive. Unfortunately gets lost in the minutia. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
74% Destroyer (2018) Nicole Kidman goes through the procedural motions in a bad wig. Gritty, well executed, but nothing else there. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot believes in a community's ability to choose its destiny, as opposed to be kept in the dark for its own good. Good on you, movie. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 80% My Generation (2017) ...this is a movie you can listen, as well as watch. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 gets an easy pass on character strength alone. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
1.5/5 96% Oh Lucy! (2018) If nothing else, Terajima's performance keeps the film watchable, but the low stakes and even lower production values hurt the overall experience. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 7% The Snowman (2017) Deeply idiosyncratic characters and potent images can be found here and there, but The Snowman never seems under his control... - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Far and away the best movie about the God of Thunder and the funniest comedy of the year not involving Stalin, the third Thor movie benefits greatly from having Taika Waititi at the helm. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Overall, Thank You for Your Service is a healthier take on the costs of war, which reverberate long after the conflict has ended. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 98% God's Own Country (2017) If you like your romantic dramas with a side of social critique, look no further. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 86% Novitiate (2017) One wishes Novitiate had tackled the matter head on as opposed to through low-impact drama... - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) Overdoing it with CGI is not the right approach, let alone using the proverbial death ray in the sky. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) One can certainly appreciate the effort put into the making of Loving Vincent, but film is a different medium and requires a more holistic approach than just pretty pictures. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Long-standing feuds and petty squabbles often ring true and when they don't, they are entertaining enough to keep the audience invested. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 86% Okja (2017) You may not turn into a vegetarian after watching Okja, but it should give you pause. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 32% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) From the Land of the Moon is not without merit -Cotillard's expressive face is compulsively watchable- but be prepared for some significant suspension of disbelief. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4.5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) There is nothing clinical about it, just good old-fashioned elbow grease filmmaking. Sometimes, it's all it takes. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 70% Cars 3 (2017) Cars 3 offers a rare twist ending for a Pixar movie, one I failed to see coming. I guess old cars can learn new tricks. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) There is a sweetness and honesty to the proceedings that elevate the movie above what the genre has us expecting. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) At least, finally the DCCU seems willing to learn from its mistakes and improve over previous entries. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) There are only so many directions the franchise can go, and it has already used every PG pirate storyline at least twice. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 61% War on Everyone (2017) War on Everyone provides the most bang for your back next to recent entries in the genre. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
3.5/5 100% KONELINE: Our Land Beautiful (2016) Without a decisive victory for one or the other side, it seems the conflict will go on, nature losing ground one transmission tower at the time. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020