Lapacazo Sandoval

Lapacazo Sandoval
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T-Meter Title | Year
96% Soul (2020) Soul is a beautiful film blending together the best-of-the-best of Pixar magic. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Make no mistake, Oscar-winner Davis fills the screen as Ma Rainey giving life to a complicated, proud, and immensely talented legend in the early 20th century. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
49% The Witches (2020) The triumph of this new version lies in the casting. Octavia Spencer as our hero's grandmother is lovable. Hathaway's strength (and there are many more) is that she doesn't allow the visual effects to upstage her performance. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
98% Time (2020) I won't spoil the ending. It's heartbreaking and it should be experienced. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Blank knows what the 40-year-old point of view looks and sounds like. As a director, she did it herself (kudos, applause, please) and as for her age (40) who cares, she did it and you can do it too. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
81% Charm City Kings (2020) Angel Manuel Soto is a director to keep an eye on. He's sharp, passionate, skilled and fearless. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) The screenplay is written by Greg Rucka opens the story for sequels and the fact the story deals with immortals opens the creative team to all kinds of developments. Here's hoping that Gina Prince-Bythewood stays for the long haul. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) There is great promise in Peoples' ability and desire to share stories about the heroes that live in our ordinary world and I salute the filmmaker for doing just that. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
100% Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America (2019) It also lets Americans understand how horrible things are for others... - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
90% Bull (2020) "Bull" is not a perfect film but it's smart and made with tenderness. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
No Score Yet Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier (2020) Is "Black In Space: Breaking the Color Barrier" a doc filled with what could've and should've been antidotes-yup-but there is a feeling of hope and respect. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) Director/screenwriter Stella Meghie is a skilled storyteller who has delivered a modern love story that works. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong builds the smallest moments into something monumental. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
38% Black Christmas (2019) Black Christmas is another remake of the 1974 cult classic but this time it's rooted in something contemporary and interesting. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
69% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell has enough to keep an audience riveted. It's filled with office politics, office backbiting and a ton of treachery. It's also widely suspenseful and deeply satisfying. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
No Score Yet Scared of Revolution (2019) Scared of Revolution is an excellent film about one man's journey to find himself. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) The film is extraordinary just like Harriet Tubman. The film is brave just like Harriet Tubman. The film is beautiful, just like Harriet Tubman. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
80% 16 Bars (2019) 16 Bars is engaging for a myriad of reasons but its Speech sharing the oral histories along with the making of the album that sets this documentary apart. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) There is a lot of cramming of a message with a very thin plot. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
84% Waves (2019) Waves is a quiet movie, but moving. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) [Murphy] has stepped into one of the best roles in his entire career, and that's saying something. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
68% Joker (2019) In the end, we think we know how his story goes but the surprise is on us. [Arthur is] becoming (yikes, and gulp) likable, and maybe that's the most disturbing part of Joker. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) This is a very big Mob epic with a disturbing vision of the criminal underworld that is somewhat reminiscent of his previous films, but here [Scorsese] goes to new and disturbing places. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) The story gets a bit wonky, but the film is beautiful to look at with vivid colors of the rural countryside. In many ways the fight to protect Everest is to protect nature and all her mysterious and wonderful mysteries. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Did we as an audience get scammed? Perhaps. But it was an exciting, enticing, fun, informative and sexy time. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Along with the encouraging spirit that runs through the film, it's also very smart and very, very funny. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
90% Luce (2019) Ingeniously subversive. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
85% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) This is great family entertainment. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown (2014) This isn't his finest performance, and I can't recommend this rehashing of tired material. The word "recycled" can best describe this piece, and I'm making an effort to stay positive. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Is Spider-Man: Far From Home worth your hard-earned money? Yes, yes it is. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) [It's been] nearly a quarter-century... since the original Toy Story and this fourth installment is just as good. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
92% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is brimming with life and love. It could become a new classic and it's most definitely a love letter to dreams. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
62% Native Son (2019) There are many things that make Park's work remarkable... - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
94% Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) What really makes this documentary soar high above others that focus on a specific musical style is that, in this, it provides a peek into the intimate lives of the legendary personalities which create it. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
100% Devil's Pie - D'Angelo (2019) An intimate portrait of an artist that many consider mysterious. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet St. Louis Superman (2019) Thank you Mr. Mundhra. The film is powerful and simple. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
95% The Apollo (2019) The creation of this vibrant multi-media stage show frames the way in which "The Apollo" explores the current struggle of Black lives in America. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
93% Us (2019) Peele is a clever social commentator. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) This prequel has a sturdy gaze, forward. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Directed by Rob Marshall, this musical is a festive, feel-good film from frame to frame, complete with cobblestone streets of London and smooth dance numbers. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) It's all eye candy for the viewer. The production designers have outdone themselves. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
100% Vaya (2018) Director Akin Omotoso is a gifted storyteller. In this wicked and unforgiving city, he finds little pockets where we witness redeeming moments of honesty and trust. - Los Angeles Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) There is simply nothing not to like about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
99% Amazing Grace (2019) This film is a powerful documentary. It's a must-see. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
77% Green Book (2018) The performances and the chemistry between Mortensen and Ali is electrifying. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a solid choice during the holiday season. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The dialogue is strong and signature Gillian Flynn. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) James Baldwin, I think, would approve of the film adaption of his 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk that Moonlight writer-director Barry Jenkins has lovingly crafted. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
26% Night School (2018) To say that there is tension between Teddy and his teacher is an understatement. It's comedic war, to be frank, with an ensemble of students who all have their own brand of powerful comedy. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
71% Nappily Ever After (2018) It's light and charming, an evergreen love story produced by an intelligent and thoughtful producer, Tracey Bing. - New York Amsterdam News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018