Monica Castillo Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 63% Juliet, Naked (2018) The story's predictable arc doesn't leave enough to the imagination, and like Annie, we might start hoping for change just to shake things up in this sleepy plot.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2/4 90% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Madeline's Madeline lacks the self-reflection needed to answer its own questions about authorship-its story doesn't quite belong to its protagonist.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
1.5/4 18% The Darkest Minds (2018) The environment in which stories like The Hunger Games or Divergent gained followings has changed, and The Darkest Minds has not adapted to survive it.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) The film's empathetic lens instills the feeling that the places on screen may already be gone by now, turning Blindspotting into a kind of documentary of the area that also shares its story: one of survival in the face of trauma.‐ Polygon
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) In all its madness - both in anger and absurdity - Sorry to Bother You develops into a journey that defies classification.‐ Polygon
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Instead of taking the Sicario story in a new direction, the narrative doubles down on the worst aspects of the original, feeding into xenophobic stereotypes about people crossing the border.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
90% Set It Up (2018) It's a feel-good throwback to Nineties romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail that left me warm and nostalgic for the simple pleasure of falling in love.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) McKay captures a genuine sense of the bittersweet reality of the American dream and the people who give up their only weekly day of rest just to keep it alive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2/4 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) For all its self-seriousness, "Hotel Artemis" is ultimately a silly story of bad guys, big egos and one good fight sequence.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
1.5/4 21% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) Taraji P. Henson deserves better.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
8% Game Over, Man! (2018) "Boys will be boys," says their boss in an early scene, laughing off their unprofessional behavior. But their conduct does not improve, and neither does this action comedy riddled with pop culture references.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/5 29% PARADOX (2018) Paradox is choppy and directionless, better seen as an experimental concert film that attempted to do something more ambitious than the average music video.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) While the movie is visually whimsical with its design and neon colors, the weakness of the source material still pokes out.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 83% Blockers (2018) Despite an element of gross bodily fluid-laden gags, Blockers manages to be heartfelt and endearing -- even if the film's message is sometimes heavy handed.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
65% Our New President (2018) However impressive the collection, there's little beyond shock value in watching Russians on vlogs and TV shows praising Trump.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
70% Lizzie (2018) Unfortunately, the film never quite crosses that line into campy territory, merely teasing what a less serious treatment of Lizzie's story might look like.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) The life of this visionary entrepreneur is far bigger than a single film, but director Lorna Tucker does a decent job of compacting Westwood's iconoclastic legacy.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
97% Mandy (2018) Mandy might not be everyone's idea of a satisfying nightcap, but this surrealistic revenge flick will likely earn a loyal following of its own.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
82% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) [Desiree] Akhavan is a master at balancing the highs and lows of Post's story.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
42% Ophelia (2018) These former damsels are given agency to change their stories, but the result is a lukewarm fanfiction tale with different costumes. There is much to be desired underneath the pretty surface.‐ Mashable
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
91% Dim the Fluorescents (2018) Mr. Warth, who wrote the screenplay with Miles Barstead, creates a flawed tale of female friendship and the artist's everlasting struggle. Unfortunately, "Dim the Fluorescents" can't keep its story together.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
62% Hollow in the Land (2017) The movie mirrors Alison's desperation through dimly lit dead-end clues and hectic chase sequences through town.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet Rosa Chumbe (2017) The movie, messily constructed, seems more fascinated with the tragedy of these two women's parallel struggles than it does with the characters themselves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
86% Santa & Andrés (2017) "Santa & Andrés" begins as a film about separation and pain, but becomes a movie about reconciliation and healing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
83% Dream Boat (2017) Mr. Milewski does not directly address race and ethnic background, but clearly has some serious issues in mind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
54% Crash Pad (2017) While Mr. Tent's direction is serviceable, it's safe. His movie lacks any stylish risks that would make this trio's bad romance memorable, leaving "Crash Pad" to feel like a warm-up act.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
95% Dealt (2017) The card magician Richard Turner reveals that he has more than just a few tricks up his sleeve in Luke Korem's captivating documentary "Dealt."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
No Score Yet Different Flowers (2017) For her Midwestern-set story, Ms. Dameron uses direct shots to give the cinematography a plain-spoken feel.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
88% In Search of Fellini (2017) The movie can shift unevenly from effusive love letter to travel lust to sentimental moment, but that doesn't break the fantasy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
42% The Good Catholic (2017) Mr. Spicer's earnest performance bolsters many of the weaker spots in Mr. Shoulberg's script.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
56% Hazlo Como Hombre (2017) Of course, there are intolerant people everywhere, but Nicolás López's movie isn't clever enough to make its lead character sympathetic or multidimensional, only more insufferable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
57% Tales Of An Immoral Couple (La Vida Inmoral De La Pareja Ideal) (2017) A sweet and affecting story, one that forgoes the awkward moments of teenage romance and offers the possibility of reliving a bit of our youthful amor - if just for the film's 90-minute running time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
13% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) The jokes are thin, the computer animation is wanting and the inane plot is a series of set pieces strung together.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
47% Brave New Jersey (2017) The film's narrative simplicity can be charming or frustrating, depending on your feelings about awkward dialogue and overreacting actors.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
88% Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) While zine-style animated sequences and VHS taped interviews enliven the pace, the documentary is burdened by too much minutiae. Not every scar earned at a concert deserves to be immortalized in a documentary.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) Although this film's style is soft and colorful, it does not rub out the emotional sharpness of a story dealing with betrayal, suicide and death.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
0% Darkness Rising (2017) Although the script is stuffed with eerie objects and happenings, there is a sense of restraint that keeps "Darkness Rising" from becoming frightening.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
86% bwoy (2017) Mr. Young, who also wrote the script, teases out the story in bits of coy hints and half-truths about a tragic accident, leaving too many questions unanswered.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
83% Handsome Devil (2017) "Handsome Devil" studies formulaic coming-of-age movies a little too closely.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) Like flipping through misplaced leaves in a photo book, the documentary maintains a free-flowing tone as it uncovers the work that went into creating some of the indelible scenes in Hollywood history.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
43% The Paperboy (2012) The Paperboy is not all bad, but it isn't all good either. I'm not quite sure what Daniels wanted his audience to walk away with.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) There are personal glimpses into the home lives of activists that left many in my theater wiping their tears on their coat sleeve.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
100% We Were Here (2011) We Were Here does not move behind the scope of San Francisco, which I considered a benefit. It allows the viewer to fully immerse themselves in the story.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
92% Skyfall (2012) Britain is quite diverse right now, feel free to reflect that anytime, Mr. Bond.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Wreck-It Ralph is one of those rare movies that's fun for a revisit yet is peppered with enough hidden references to make the rewatch worthwhile. After a second viewing this weekend, I still walked away impressed.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
No Score Yet Fully Loaded (2012) This is a movie about living past both the walk of shame and the drag of divorce, and for that, I salute it.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
67% Spring Breakers (2013) Behind the film's vacuous candy-colored outer shell are ambiguous and morally challenging concepts.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
61% Evil Dead (2013) The current reboot feels uncreative. Watching the new film just made me miss Bruce Campbell's chin and shots of Raimi running insane through the woods.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
49% Black Rock (2013) Black Rock is much more complex than your average run-of-the-mill "run from danger, pretty lady" kind of movie.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016