Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Jorge Ignacio Castillo
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) A note to parents: Peter Rabbit 2 is absurdist enough to be tolerable. Who knew foxes doing CrossFit would be so funny? - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3/5 86% Werewolves Within (2021) If nothing else, the film could have survived riskier twists and turns, but as a piece of disposable entertainment, it doesn't get any better than this. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3/5 67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) Amazingly, Peter Rabbit 2 turns the franchise around by acknowledging the criticisms and addressing the main character's flaws. - The Canadian Crew EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
3/5 39% Here Are the Young Men (2021) The talented lead performers keep the characters watchable even at their worst. The conclusion works as a moral litmus test, but it's not as compelling as everything that preceded it. - The Canadian Crew EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
3/5 81% Black Widow (2021) While this sounds like your standard Marvel solo outing (the hero must reckon with the past to defeat a villain they had a hand in creating), Black Widow benefits from the family dynamics. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
2.5/5 92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) The overall outcome with all the filler early on feels sanctioned and official. Tony Bourdain was anything but. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
2.5/5 59% F9 (2021) The saga is starting to poke fun at itself, breaking the unspoken contract with the fans. Roman (Tyrese Gibson) even threatens to go full Rosencrantz and Guildenstern mid-movie. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
4/5 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) The combination of a great subject and a filmmaker who enhances their story is hard to beat. The Spark Brothers has both, in spades. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) Too bad the movie is obsessed with giving every element in 101 Dalmatians an origin story, including the car. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Sure, the Warren files are unlimited. But my interest is waning. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/5 88% Censor (2021) Ostensibly a love letter to video nasties, Censor is a lean-and-mean homage (too lean, perhaps) with a clever setup that stumbles midway through and fails to recover. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
4.5/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) It combines Thomas Jensen's offbeat sense of humor with unsettling levels of violence and none of it feels out of place (think Bong Joon-Ho's Parasite). His draws complex characters with a few simple strokes. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) The Killing of Two Lovers is a deluge of raw emotion. It's the kind of movie that both engages you, and leaves you unsettled by refusing to unfold the way you expect. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) For a movie that requires minimal investment from the viewer, The Woman in the Window delivers all the soft thrills someone lying on the couch on a Friday night can take. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/5 66% Crisis (2021) While we've seen Hammer and Lilly's character arcs before, writer/director Nicolas Jarecki peppers their storylines with enough factoids to keep things interesting, if not quite gripping. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
2/5 37% Held (2021) Unfortunately, movies like Held live and die by The Twist, and one can guess pretty early where this one is going. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
4.5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) A stunning character piece that doubles as an indictment of America's forgotten peoples, Nomadland cuts deep. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
2/5 37% Cherry (2021) Cherry is the most bizarre film to open this year. While it hits all the traditional addiction movie beats, the Russos' foray into drama takes the wrong turn at every intersection. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/5 42% Doors (2021) The chapters have another thing in common beside the subject: each segment starts with promise and ends in disappointment. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
2.5/5 87% Death of a Ladies' Man (2020) Death of a Ladies' Man can't sustain any momentum and it loses a lot of steam after it ships its main character to Ireland midway through. That said it benefits from a committed performance by Gabriel Byrne. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) The story is powerful enough, and is made even more compelling by a cast firing at all cylinders. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/5 45% The Little Things (2021) The similarities with Se7en can't possibly be accidental. But then The Little Things does something more interesting than pin the blame on Kevin Spacey: it rips the 'social contract' thrillers have with the audience. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Well-rounded performances across the board make the film an awards season contender. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
2.5/5 91% PG: Psycho Goreman (2021) It's nothing short of amazing that in spite of these serious issues, Psycho Goreman is heaps of fun. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) One has to applaud a film whose main message is to have faith in people in a year when it often feels like humans couldn't be any more disappointing. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
4/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) No matter what side of the better-living-through-inebriation issue you find yourself on, Another Round is as absorbing as is thought-provoking and will probably make an appearance in my top 10 in this tragic, absurd year. Cheers. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4.5/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Every single message in Wolfwalkers rings true. It's pro-environment, anti-populist and advocates for independent thinking. As children's movies go, this one is way ahead of the curve. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 84% The Kid Detective (2020) The Kid Detective is well written and actually fun, never mind that the light comedy and noir vibes don't quite mesh. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 62% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) The resolution is mildly clever, but by the time it unfolds, you probably have bailed, or fell asleep. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/5 76% The Boys of Baraka (2005) The Boys of Baraka succeeds in breaking some stereotypes on kids living in the projects, particularly by introducing young men with the will, but not the means, to twist destiny's arm. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 45% Fatman (2020) [Walton Goggins's] intensity amps up the hilarity of the situation. Too bad the movie around him doesn't rise to the same level. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 56% Come Play (2020) Come Play is The Babadook-lite. But that's hardly a bad thing. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 99% Totally Under Control (2020) Odds are at this stage of the pandemic you're sick of hearing about COVID. Nevertheless, documentary powerhouse Alex Gibney asks us to revisit the early days of the epidemic one more time and, boy, is it ever worth it. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/5 39% Rebecca (2020) Turns out Wheatley is just at ease with a classy, star-studded affair as he is with down-and-dirty independent filmmaking. That's not to say Rebecca is without flaws, but for a good two-thirds, it's a delight. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/5 75% Percy vs Goliath (2020) Overall, Percy is flawed, but that doesn't make the message any less true. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) [Brandon Cronenberg's] work is still very detached, but already shows more substance than most of his peers. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 83% Tailgate (Bumperkleef) (2021) Even when scrambling, Tailgate resembles the Swedish comedy Force Majeure: Stripped of his bravado and toxic masculinity, Hans reveals himself a pathetic figure. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/4 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) I'm Thinking of Ending Things wouldn't work at all if it wasn't for Jessie Buckley. The excellent Irish actress provides the film with the warmth it sorely needs. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.5/4 73% Mulan (2020) Mulan, however, suffers of the same affliction as other Disney live-action remakes. It's profoundly risk-averse. So you get stunning productions with no narrative edge - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 40% Centigrade (2020) Allegedly inspired by real events, Centigrade portrays some decidedly uncinematic aspects of the ordeal, like tedium, yet it doesn't go as far as to become unsavoury. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/5 61% Project Power (2020) [The film's] potential is torpedoed by storytelling so hackneyed it's insulting. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 93% Working Man (2020) Working Man has the markings of a first-time filmmaker. The film, however, is elevated by Gerety, who gives his all in his first lead role in forty years. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) As always with Reichardt, in First Cow, there's more than meets the eye. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/10 73% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) There are, however, a few diamonds in the mud that make Disappearance at Clifton Hill watchable. Chief among them, a rare appearance in front of the camera by David Cronenberg. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) As always with Reichardt, in First Cow, there's more than meets the eye. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
93% The Outpost (2020) Directed by Rob Lurie (The Contender, TV's Commander in Chief), The Outpost benefits from a politically engaged filmmaker with a military background. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 41% You Should Have Left (2020) YSHL gets a lot of mileage from a classic horror troupe. Credit to David Koepp to keep things interesting by fleshing out the characters and writing sturdy dialogue. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2.5/5 72% Becky (2020) Becky is unquestionably preposterous. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2.5/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Apatow keeps making these pointless arrested-development comedies. He hires big-name cinematographers... so his films look a notch above. But in the end the purposelessness of his efforts becomes grating. - Planet S Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Jeune Juliette (2019) With a batting average higher than most of her French-Canadian counterparts, supporters of Canadian cinema would be well served by paying more attention to Anne Emond. - Prairie Dog Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020