Kiko Martinez

Kiko Martinez
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 34% Patrick (2019) If you tossed Patrick a bone and deemed it adorable enough for the most easily-delighted dog lovers, it wouldn't be very fair to the countless pooch pictures that have actually cared about story or comedy or any of the human characters. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C 43% Donnybrook (2019) Without a solid script to support its darker themes, Donnybrook is simply a joyless exercise in toxic masculinity. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
A- 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The raw and staggering performance Lebanese director/co-writer Nadine Labaki is able to pull from non-professional child actor Zain Al Rafeea in the Academy Award-nominated drama Capernaum is gut-wrenching. It's something that can't be taught. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B- 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) As short as the film falls narratively, the world-building and creativity that compose Alita: Battle Angel is glorious, and Alita is the perfect character to develop a fantastical story around. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B- 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) It's campy, but more reflective than a movie featuring Sasquatch should probably be. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B+ 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The film is gorgeous, and [director Pawel] Pawlikowski creates a bleak atmosphere that injects itself into each pristine frame. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B 93% High Flying Bird (2019) The film's opening scene starts with a punchy, Aaron Sorkinesque conversation and from there it hits the court running. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
D 14% Outlaws (2019) An amateur attempt at making a gritty, testosterone-infused thriller that ultimately implodes because of how serious it wants to be considered. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A- 98% Free Solo (2018) One of the most exhilarating sports documentaries since 2004's Touching the Void. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- No Score Yet 1 Billion Orgasms (2019) Orgasms is an unusual and honest exploration of human sexuality and can be enlightening, although [subject] Aaron [Headley], himself, projects a creeper vibe at times. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- 71% Piercing (2019) [Director Nicolas] Pesce's picture takes a few bold risks, but ultimately doesn't add up to more than a morbid curiosity piece. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) A testament to [filmmaker Rob] Stewart's spirit as an environmentalist and activist. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It's a weird horror hybrid that doesn't say anything unique or thought provoking about the field [director Dan] Gilroy is attempting to satirize. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The film runs counter to the idea that "you can't choose your family." It's a lovely concept Kore-eda explores with so much affection and joy, viewers will end up wanting to be a part of the Shibata family, too. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
C+ 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) Give some credit to first-time screenwriter and director Henry Dunham on his attempt to make a steadily paced thriller reminiscent of 1992's Reservoir Dogs, without falling into some of the cliché trappings most novice filmmakers might deem enticing. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
C 40% The Upside (2019) While Hart and Cranston produce a few sincere moments, Hartmere's script fails to build a strong enough emotional tie between the two to make audiences believe their friendship means much to either of them. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
C+ 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Plays it as safe as possible and misses an opportunity to package Ginsburg's six decades of influence on the courts into an absorbing two-hour history lesson for mainstream audiences who only know her as the "Notorious RBG" or as a viral meme. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
B+ 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) In the hands of writer/director Jenkins, Beale Street is adapted into an observant and touching story of young, requited love, but also one that shoots straight to the heart of how systemic racism has shattered black and brown lives for generations. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
A- 97% Boyhood (2014) [A] soul-bearing, intimate and genuinely uplifting...once-in-a-lifetime coming-of-age film. Epic is an understatement. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 91% Birdman (2014) This ambitious dark comedy featuring a noteworthy turn by actor Michael Keaton is guided by a whip-smart, witty and self-aware script. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 99% Selma (2015) From the intriguing backroom politics to the sacrifices made during the era, director Ava DuVernay and screenwriter Paul Webb turns a well-documented history lesson into essential cinema. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Atmospheric and intense, consider this a sort of anti-Goodfellas, but something Martin Scorsese would value wholeheartedly. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 96% Ida (2014) Sober in tone, but not without its moments of pure joy, the haunting black-and-white art-house film is brilliantly crafted. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 90% Wild (2014) Actress Reese Witherspoon, as a damaged and self-destructive woman, gives the most genuine and beautiful performance of her career, and Laura Dern epitomizes what it means to have a full heart but live a fragile life. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 97% Citizenfour (2014) Watching this real-time whistleblowing is nothing short of unbelievable. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Point a camera at actress Marion Cotillard for the duration of a feature drama and remarkable things are bound to happen, especially with such an engaging script by Belgian filmmakers the Dardenne brothers. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 86% A Most Wanted Man (2014) For audiences who are patient with meticulously paced narratives, the spy story is an intelligent, mature and riveting piece of filmmaking anchored with subtly by actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, an amazing talent lost far too soon. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) First-class visual effects aside, these CGI simians offered a startling look at the complex ideologies of waging war. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 95% The Artist (2011) From its pitch-perfect performances by actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo to the snappy and sentimental score by Ludovic Bource, when all is said and done The Artist will be as admired as Charlie Chaplin's City Lights and F.W. Murnau's Sunrise. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 89% The Descendants (2011) Much more dramatic than his previous films, writer/director Alexander Payne still finds a way to fuse the dark comedic moments of his script with the tragic ones and make it flourish. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 93% Hugo (2011) Martin Scorsese's family fantasy blend[s] a beautifully imagined treasure hunt with a tribute to cinema's early pioneers. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 99% A Separation (2011) Writer/director Asghar Farhadi delivers a complex and honest portrayal of two families in modern-day Tehran. It is a challenging and heartbreaking film that deserves an audience. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 83% Tyrannosaur (2011) With a story of redemption at the center of its cold, black heart, this independent drama from the U.K. introduces us to the most unlikely hero in a film this year. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 85% The Tree of Life (2011) There is no denying the stunning work of art visionary director Terrence Malick has created on a sprawling and ambitious timeline that begins with a lyrical take on the creation of life. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 95% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) Contrary to popular belief, The Muppets wasn't the best Muppet movie this year. That distinction goes to this 80-minute doc on puppeteer Kevin Clash, who has given voice and life to Sesame Street's widely popular character Elmo for almost 30 years. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 93% Carlos (2010) Edgar Ramírez epitomizes fearlessness and sophistication all while ruling with an iron fist and shedding innocent blood for his political cause. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 90% Lebanon (Levanon) (2010) An aesthetic and poetic combat piece that places us in the confines of the most nightmarish of scenarios. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 85% Black Swan (2010) Natalie Portman has never been better than in this stunning and unnerving film that examines destructive ambition and what someone will sacrifice to reach perfection. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) Filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko gives so much depth and realism to this modern-day-family dramedy, you can feel the love pouring out of her for each one of these unconventionally authentic characters. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 94% Winter's Bone (2010) Beautifully shot across the vast, bleak landscapes of the Missouri Ozarks, Debra Granik's minimalistic tale of strength and determination is a deeply moving experience, propelled by the amazing performances of Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 93% 127 Hours (2010) James Franco is compelling through an emotionally charged performance and shows what an actor can do with an intense screenplay and so little physical room to operate. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 96% True Grit (2010) Without comparing the film to John Wayne's original of 1969, the Coen's version stands on its own with noteworthy performances by Jeff Bridges and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 98% Toy Story 3 (2010) From moments of pure delight to one of the most heartbreaking goodbyes in recent movie memory, the trilogy wraps up in a masterful way and once again proves Pixar is on a level all its own. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A 95% The Social Network (2010) David Fincher's internet epic is an incisively written and impressively controlled biopic where captivating legal drama meets new-media ambition. Jesse Eisenberg exudes a scary confidence and insensitivity in this relentless character study. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- 93% Private Life (2018) Director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tamara Jenkins has crafted a genuinely touching and humorous human narrative about a husband and wife desperate for a family. Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn have never been better. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
A 66% Vice (2018) Director Adam McKay's foray into political theater is captivating, outrageous, satirical gold. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
C 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The blurred lines between reality and imagination make for a tonal dilemma the film is unable to solve. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B+ 93% Bumblebee (2018) As the first spinoff to come out of the Transformers movie franchise, Oscar-nominated director Travis Knight has managed to distinguish Bumblebee from the cinematic trash heap of spare parts that director Michael Bay has produced for the past decade. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
C- 62% Bird Box (2018) Bird Box doesn't allow viewers to invest much in its cast. In this case, an ominous atmosphere just isn't enough. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B- 80% Ben is Back (2018) A satisfying albeit slight story about a drug-addicted teenager who returns unexpectedly to his family. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018