Kiko Martinez

Kiko Martinez
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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 87% Us Kids (2020) Us Kids is proof that being an advocate for something as polarizing as gun control is a difficult job. Now, imagine being one of the most recognizable torchbearers for a movement that is becoming revolutionary. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
1.5/5 57% Come Play (2020) It's evident [writer/director Jacob] Chase saw 2014's The Babadook a few hundred times, but the execution feels more like Slender Man. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/5 49% The Craft: Legacy (2020) If you're one of those hardcore fans of the original who has a wiccan altar assembled every Halloween in honor of Fairuza Balk, the sequel will only spell disaster. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The sequel may not have as many laughs and will not deliver the same cultural impact as its predecessor, but [Sacha Baron] Cohen has turned his brand of tomfoolery into an artform. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/5 87% On The Rocks (2020) [Bill] Murray and [Rashida] Jones paired together offers enough entertaining content to enjoy before you have to close out your tab. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/5 81% Over the Moon (2020) [Glen] Keane's animation is an imaginative and colorful space adventure filled with touching family moments and a soundtrack of memorable songs. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/5 39% Rebecca (2020) Rebecca retreats into something that is dreary and dull and sorely lacking in creativity or emotion. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 99% Totally Under Control (2020) [It's] is such a well-packaged, strong investigative piece of journalism. When someone 100 years from now asks what happened in the U.S. back in 2020, [Alex] Gibney's documentary should be the first thing they unearth to get a solid explanation. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) This is top-tier storytelling, and [Aaron] Sorkin presents the narrative with thrilling court-room drama, maddening realism and moments of levity that keep the film steadily paced and engaging throughout. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/5 49% The Witches (2020) Little kids are bound to have nightmares when the witches' mouths contort into something that looks like Pennywise from the It franchise, but it's also too silly by half for tweens who might enjoy the darker side of Halloween cinema. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 87% White Noise (2020) It's courageous filmmaking when you produce something so timely and critical to the greater good and actually do it from the belly of the beast. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 87% Yellow Rose (2020) Yellow Rose blooms bright and [Eva] Noblezada is the reason. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
2/5 30% The War with Grandpa (2020) Unfortunately, The War with Grandpa doesn't do itself any favors with unfunny physical humor and jokes about adult diapers. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3.5/5 60% Siempre, Luis (2020) [Luis Miranda's] work ethic is both inspiring and exhausting, and Siempre, Luis, only proves that Act Three will be his strongest yet. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 89% The Nest (2020) An unflinching domestic drama that picks at the scabs of a marriage in peril. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Anytime [Evan Rachel] Wood is on the screen, you'll wish someone would make another Ocean's 11 heist movie featuring Old Dolio hitchhiking across the country alone stealing FedEx boxes off people's porches. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) It's not always a fulfilling experience, but like that sharp elbow you might've received from your mother if you fell asleep during a church sermon, [filmmaker Antonio] Campos isn't shy about jolting viewers awake - aggressively if necessary. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/5 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) No matter who wins this November, the soul of this nation is going to change drastically. It's up to everyone to decide what kind of country they want to live in - All In advocates for one that is not tainted by totalitarianism. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
1.5/5 28% Antebellum (2020) If anyone tells you Antebellum is like Get Out (and they will because it's the laziest comparison to make), tell them to get out of the Sunken Place before recommending any more movies. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/5 87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) This is a thought-provoking cautionary tale. Little girls need to stay little girls for as long as possible. No one is arguing otherwise. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/5 86% The Social Dilemma (2020) The exposé only feels significant and authentic when it plays as a conventional, talking-head doc featuring defectors from Silicon Valley. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
2/5 70% Tenet (2020) As stellar as Tenet is for the senses, it is not something most moviegoers will want to revisit - unless, of course, they believe Nolan's brand of storytelling really doesn't add up until the third or fourth viewing. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3.5/5 96% Feels Good Man (2020) The true story is bizarre, funny and terrifying, and [director Arthur] Jones manages to take all these elements and form something wholly entertaining. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.5/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) "It's good to remind yourself, the world's larger than the inside of your own head." For better or worse, nothing could be farther from the truth if said head belongs to director and Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 89% Robin's Wish (2020) Robin's Wish will not be the definitive documentary on [Robin] Williams' remarkable life and career, but its message is clear, and [director Tylor] Norwood delivers it with insight and compassion. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 73% Mulan (2020) Of the 12 live-action remakes that Disney has produced over the last decade, Mulan is easily the least Disneyesque of the bunch. That's not to say the reimagining of the 1998 animated feature is not a beautiful spectacle to behold. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5/5 89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) One of the most gratifying young-adult-novels-turned-films since 2014's The Fault in Our Stars. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) First-time director Dan Partland paints a pretty profound picture of the five years since Trump first announced his candidacy and explores some interesting reasons about why the Goldwater Rule should be dismissed. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) There's a surprisingly good amount of fun to be had here, especially if you can respect someone like [filmmaker Armando] Iannucci who is brave enough to take the subtler parts of a story and amplify them to exaggerated levels. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 87% Get Duked! (2020) The humor hits some nice strides when its nods to classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail are evident. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
2.5/5 41% Centigrade (2020) First-time director/co-writer Brendan Walsh keeps the drama intense enough for the first half of the film, but then the storytelling loses momentum and feels as stuck as [the characters] in their icy grave. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
2.5/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) If you glean anything from Face the Music, it's that we now really need to round out the Wayne's World trilogy. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
2.5/5 48% Unhinged (2020) [Russell] Crowe's maniacal character is more entertaining that it has any right to be, mostly because his commitment to the role is evident and he avoids hamming it up for the cameras. Still, what's the point? - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
2.5/5 58% Tesla (2020) Tesla feels like a film adapted from a Wikipedia page. All the greatest hits are there, but it's all very static and dull. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
2.5/5 71% The One and Only Ivan (2020) The One and Only Ivan delivers nothing that hasn't been seen in countless family-friendly movies about animals searching for freedom - from Fly Away Home to Dumbo. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
2.5/5 60% Chemical Hearts (2020) A bit too melodramatic. If anything, Chemical Hearts will remind those viewers, who didn't end up marrying their high school sweetheart, how painful young love can be. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3/5 94% Boys State (2020) Boys State is a strong doc because it always feels authentic - a perfect example of what the phrase "out of the mouths of babes" really means, for better or worse. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/5 60% Project Power (2020) By the third act ... the film falls prey to some action flick clichés. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/5 89% Sputnik (2020) The movie hits a lot of the same conventional beats as its predecessors, but its rethinking of certain aspects of the narrative ... keeps it from fading into the shadows of the better movies it borrows from. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/5 72% An American Pickle (2020) A sweet yet only slightly satisfying comedy that doesn't let its nonsensical ideas get in the way of a few smile-worthy gags. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 97% La Llorona (2020) [Filmmaker Jayro] Bustamante has tapped into something that brims with cultural significance and dread. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
1/5 20% The Tax Collector (2020) A tacky and unintelligent narrative that exists only to puff its chest and prove that not all Latino roles in Hollywood are created equally. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.5/5 94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) The kind of raw, indie gem that is easy to overlook. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 77% Summerland (2020) [Gemma] Arterton's performance is devilishly charismatic. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 29% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Its sincerity is admirable. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Pokes fun at the constructs of religion, but is not sharp enough to pierce skin. Nonetheless, [Karen] Maine proves herself to be a capable director and [Natalia] Dyer gives a charming performance that never becomes caricaturesque. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 80% Retaliation (Romans) (2020) British drama Retaliation does not reinvent the wheel, but it should be commended for its measured pacing and a staggering, career-best performance by Orlando Bloom. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2.5/5 75% The Rental (2020) When inconspicuous indie horror productions do it right, they become films like House of the Devil or Creep and Creep 2. Franco might get there one day, but his directorial debut is far from an opening salvo. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 62% Radioactive (2020) [Rosamund] Pike ... inhabits her character - a brilliant woman who was equal parts ambitious, passionate and headstrong - with magnetism. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 92% Showbiz Kids (2020) A conventional but important doc, especially for those families who dream of fame for their talented tots. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020