Kiko Martinez

Kiko Martinez
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 27% Into the Ashes (2019) Revenge flicks can't get much staler than this. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
.5/5 33% Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) Call it mindless schlock if that makes you feel better about liking it, but campy movies are supposed to be ridiculous and entertaining. Iron Sky: The Coming Race is light years from the latter. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2.5/5 50% Supervized (2019) Supervized is mostly harmless and features a nasty streak and a darkly humorous edge that is enjoyable in small doses. But the senior citizen tropes diminish the script. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 92% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is a heavily improvised and sharply written dark dramedy that comes up short in the homestretch, but not before delivering a handful of funny and memorable moments. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The weird tone might placate fans of films like last year's Sorry to Bother You ... but [director Riley] Stearns can't quite assemble his ideas consistently enough to come out victorious. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 72% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Unstoppable's message of fearlessness is palpable. But as a storyteller, director Aaron Lieber is straightforward, which doesn't leave any room for a more profound examination of Bethany as an athlete or person. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 94% Wild Rose (2019) When a film as authentic albeit familiar as Wild Rose comes along, fans of dramas like Tender Mercies, The Coal Miner's Daughter and whichever version of A Star is Born is their favorite, should immediately pull up a seat and take notice. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) With some movies, it's possible to be more than satisfied by suspending disbelief and letting the earnestness, wonderment and nostalgic vibe wash over you. Yesterday is that kind of crowd pleaser. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The twist in the story turns out to be more convoluted than it needs to be, but when returning director Jon Watts keeps the focus on Peter and his classmates, Spider-Man Far from Home proves to be a good time in the MCU. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 59% Ophelia (2019) If revisionist literature is something you find compelling, Ophelia will satisfy those viewers with its empowering revelations and its elegant style. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Premature (2019) Co-writer and director Rashaad Ernesto Green's mature filmmaking style is elegant and awe-inspiring. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Building the American Dream (2019) The kind of film that can drive change if enough eyes see it. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Co-writer and director Flavio Alves tells Tina's story with compassion and writes every underrepresented trans character - all portrayed by trans actors - with ample heart. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 86% The Infiltrators (2019) The Infiltrators is unflinching yet entertaining storytelling and couldn't be timelier in this oppressive age of Trumpism. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 82% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is far from perfect and isn't even the most twisted film of the year ... but there's something about [writer/director Ari] Aster allowing so much misery to take place in broad daylight that makes his film tough to behold. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) A film that examines the subject of cultural identity with style, grace and heartache ... A love letter to San Francisco and a cautionary tale to residents of other rapidly growing cities that may leave them behind. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) The Chambermaid is a story of idealism centered on a character who is stuck in perpetual limbo. It's easy to root for someone like [her] because deep down, we sense that if she can survive the demanding nature of her work, we can, too. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 18% Perfect (2019) First-time feature director Eddie Alcazar has created an ambitious, trippy and ultimately hollow sci-fi flick that looks like a TV commercial for Giorgio Armani. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 64% Child's Play (2019) In the past, Chucky was frightening because there was a human element to him. Having [him] go on a killing spree because an algorithm told him to makes this Child's Play feel less depraved than his other bloodlettings. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Solidifies Toy Story's place as the best franchise in cinematic history. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 76% Nightmare Cinema (2019) As far as gory horror anthologies go, Nightmare Cinema is a mixed bag of body parts. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 93% Echo In the Canyon (2019) The captivating archive footage and interviews with the men and women who reinvented the rock genre forever make it a must-see (and must-hear) rockumentary, especially for those who consider the music of the '60s part of their own life's soundtrack. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 100% Pause (2019) [First-time feature filmmaker Tonia] Mishiali's confident direction and [Stella] Fyrogeni's subtle and genuine performance are impressive. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 45% Murder Mystery (2019) The whodunit comedy doesn't do [Adam] Sandler or co-star Jennifer Aniston too many favors. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) [Chris] Hemsworth and [Tessa] Thompson's lead characters are wasted through dull action scenes, below-average special effects and an obvious twist in the third act that confirms the movie's overall banality. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) [Mindy] Kaling's screenplay charms its way out of most of its flubs and receives high marks for confronting an industry-wide issue (the lack of female representation in certain areas of the entertainment world) in such an insightful and funny way. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ 83% Marighella (2019) There is a lot to unpack in Marighella's 155-minute runtime, but the pacing never lags and the overall production is impressive. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/5 45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Despite the chemistry between [John] Lithgow and [Blythe] Danner, debut writer/director Nobel Jones' screenplay is hokey and emotionally unsatisfying. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 90% Rocketman (2019) The biopic blueprint isn't overhauled in any major way, but with [Taron] Edgerton's confident performance and [Dexter] Fletcher's ability to weave a story from Elton's own beloved lyrics, Rocketman is a cosmic celebration of an unmatched talent. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 91% I Am Mother (2019) Beautifully shot and convincingly designed, especially for a low-budget, high-concept project, I Am Mother is a blend of classic sci-fi tension and uncomfortably quiet moments. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 63% Changeland (2019) A woebegone dramedy that is painfully short on laughs and overdone on the mopes. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 89% Non-Fiction (2019) Maybe it's true - as one of the characters presumes - that someday the written word will be generated via algorithms, but until then, moviegoers should know that Non-Fiction is an intelligent and clever delight. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 71% All Is True (2019) The film's sincere appreciation for Shakespeare not as just a writer, but as a human being, is palpable. It proves that the world really is a stage and that [filmmaker/actor Kenneth] Branagh deserves to be under the brightest spotlight. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B 93% Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola) (2018) By refusing to take the easy way out, [Spanish writer/director Arantxa Echevarría] transforms Carmen y Lola into a less cliché, forbidden love story with real consequences. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe isn't entirely original and at times settles for a few easy tropes, but Park and Wong are a charming pair on screen and have written a script that is funny and culturally noteworthy. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) By the time Godzilla literally gets charged up with nuclear energy in the final act, moviegoers who decided not to check their brains at the door still might find themselves in a cinematic coma. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Delivers a unique look at writer Emily Dickinson's life through extremely dry, absurdist humor. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 10% The Professor (2019) None of the relationships ... register as more than surface level drivel. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/5 73% The Perfection (2019) The gimmicky, gory thriller wears out its welcome once the film's three co-writers makes some ridiculous narrative choices that transform The Perfection from a strange, sick and campy revenge flick into something more lowbrow and less entertaining. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart makes the grade, but needs a curve. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 56% Aladdin (2019) With the exception of the magnificent "A Whole New World" sequence where title character Aladdin and Princess Jasmine ride a magic carpet across the fictional city of Agrabah, Disney's Aladdin is a CGI-heavy bore. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/5 66% The White Crow (2019) [Ukrainian dancer Oleg] Ivenko is inanimate - a poster boy for ballet, perhaps, but a poster board for drama. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 78% Photograph (2019) Although it's not quite as charismatic in character and tone as [writer/director Ritesh Batras'] feel-good foodie film [The Lunchbox], it does have a gentle approach that is difficult to dislike. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/5 67% Wine Country (2019) With this much comedic talent on the screen, it's disappointing that Wine Country isn't a whole lot funnier. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 51% Tolkien (2019) For someone who shared his vast imagination with the world, Tolkien the man deserves so much more artistry and originality than Tolkien the film can even begin to envision. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 38% The Professor and the Madman (2019) Despite not being happy with the final product, [Mel] Gibson doesn't hold back and proves he still has the dramatic chops to deliver a memorable performance if studios would give him a chance. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 100% The River and the Wall (2019) Where The River and the Wall truly excels is in the photography of the picture. Every scene shot under the sky is breathtaking. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) [Zac] Efron does a serviceable job as the charming and sadistic Bundy...but [director Joe] Berlinger and first-time screenwriter Michael Werwie keep audiences at arm's length at all times. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 48% Clara (2019) If [co-writer/director Akash Sherman and co-writer James Ewasiuk] would've...really embraced the idea of love beyond the cosmos instead of force feeding us science fiction mumbo jumbo, it might have registered on a more meaningful level. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 35% El Chicano (2019) If you're hoping El Chicano might do for the Latino community what Black Panther did for African-American(s) last year by making a positive cultural impact and celebrating representation at the highest levels of Hollywood - don't hold your breath. - San Antonio Current EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019