Pablo Villaça

Pablo Villaça
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Atuando como crítico de cinema desde 1994, é criador e editor do portal Cinema em Cena, um dos mais antigos da Internet brasileira sobre o assunto, funcionando desde 1997. Também foi roteirista e apresentador do programa Cinema em Cena durante dois anos. Além disso, fez parte do júri do Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de BH durante quatro anos consecutivos e se tornou o primeiro membro latino-americano e de língua portuguesa da OFCS, em junho de 2002. Em 2005, lançou seu primeiro livro, "O Cinema Além das Montanhas", uma biografia do cineasta Helvécio Ratton.
Publications: Cinema em Cena
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Belo Horizonte, Brasil
Official Websites: cinemaemcena.com.br

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Like its predecessors, Toy Story 4's characters frequently question their own nature, their role in the universe, what they wish for their lives and how those wishes fare against reality. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Unremember (Deslembro) (2018) An essential film in a time in which we are reaping the consequences of seeds we never planted. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
4/5 90% Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) (2019) Antonio Banderas gives one of the best performances of his career. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 100% Midnight Family (2019) A complex portrait of individuals trapped in a tense, anguishing and ungrateful reality that results from a systematic omission by the State. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) An anticlimatic ending to an otherwise brilliant franchise. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) The documentary does a crucial job in presenting the work of such a fundamental figure to a new generation in a period in which the concept of criticism is quickly expanding - for good and evil. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Its action sequences are among the best of the trilogy; the only problem is the screenplay and its insistence on expanding the mythology more than it was necessary. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) After threatening to go full Walk Hard (one of the best film criticisms in movie form), it deviates enough from the formula to become interesting enough to deserve a recommendation. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's revealing that after 22 movies packed with action and fantasy, the franchise chose to end its narrative with a small moment of intimacy and sweetness. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) A movie that points out how the so-called "American dream" is in fact a nightmare when you're on the wrong side of the mirror. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's perfectly possible to point out the narrative hiccups of the movie and, at the same time, to stress how important its existence and success are. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Glass is the proof we really should be careful what we wish for - something I stupidly ignored when I wrote about Unbreakable, 19 years ago, and wished for a sequel. - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Not only it's surprisingly fun, but also visually ambitious. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 100% Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta) (2018) It ends in one of the best shots that Cinema created in 2018. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) After 90 minutes following Mr. Rogers' trajectory, I realized I wanted to be part of that sweet and generous man's neighborhood. Or, at least, not to see it shrinking so much in our sad society. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
4/5 80% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) There's no stronger argument against guns than the image of a child dead besides her phone - which rings with the calls of a mother that doesn't know her daughter can't answer anymore. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
5/5 79% Leto (2019) A film that illustrates how Art still frightens the powerful. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It may be more problematic than its predecessor, but it's also as ambitious. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
1/5 32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) A lot of smoke, but no fire at all. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The movie's light tone of an uncompromising and humorous adventure may reflect the fact this is the first film in the series to be completely free of the drama of the most problematic family in the galaxy. - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 88% Annihilation (2018) A science fiction that combines aliens and monsters to discuss depression, suicide and self-transformation. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) It's difficult to measure the importance of a film like this - and it's a relief that, besides being so relevant, this is such a great movie. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) The film is a mix of chamber narrative and character study, leading the viewer to gradually understand how the oscillation between vulnerability and force is an essential part of the main couple's dynamics. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/5 90% Stronger (2017) It oscillates between moments of incredible authenticity and others of embarrassing artificiality. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
1/5 20% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) When the movie is not being obvious, it's being absurd. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) This beautiful fable could be a Disney animation - if it wasn't for the sex and all the graphic violence. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
5/5 89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) A love story between a man who gave up on living them and a woman who never even thought she would. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
3/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Not event Oldman's brilliant performance can save the awful screenplay - and the scene in the subway is a perfect summation of the script's many flaws. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
5/5 85% The Square (2017) The movie makes the audience laugh while looking covering its eyes in embarrassment for the characters. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) It deals with a dense and important subject without forgetting its characters have lives of their own and are capable of laughing and loving (otherwise, what's the point in fighting?). [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The movie employs its nihilism not as a gratuitous shock, but to tell us something about human nature - even if it repels us in the process. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi brings to the audience something much more complicated for a movie to cause than tears: chills. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4/5 91% Homicide (1991) The police plot is only a tool for the protagonist to embark on an agonizing journey of self-discovery, leading to an outcome that, like so many others in Mamet's work, is a source of irony. [Full Review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
5/5 90% A Ghost Story (2017) This is a nightmare that revolves around a ghost - not because he's a threat, but rather because he experiences the worst kind of pain: watching your loved one go away while your remain stuck in what you've built together. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 96% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) It could easily turn into a self-aggrandizing fest with Carrey explaining how brillant he is (and he IS); instead, it offers illuminating and humble insights about him and his performance. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
4/5 40% Justice League (2017) Even though its main villain is terrible, the heroes are well delineated and the pace keeps the movie entertaining. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 90% Gerald's Game (2017) Alongside IT, this movie helps turning 2017 into The Year of King. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
5/5 82% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2018) Moving and tragic, it still celebrates the life of its (real) protagonist. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 87% Wind River (2017) Although it collapses in the third act, what comes before it is gripping and complex. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
5/5 90% Blade Runner (1982) Probably the best and the richest film by Ridley Scott. But what makes it so powerful? Well, here we go. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/5 30% Rodin (2018) An irregular yet effective movie. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
5/5 69% mother! (2017) mother! is an unpleasant experience. Frequently distressing and gloomy, the movie has a first act that unsettles us, a second one that bothers us and a third one that comes close to being unbearable. I loved it. - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) Its force resides in the universality of the horror it portrays. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/5 46% The Dinner (2017) Not even the great cast can make these characters minimally palatable. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
5/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) This beautiful movie and its fabulous actress expose the kind of subtle and poisonous intolerance that can sound almost innocent at first. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) It's better than Siegel's film in many aspects, not only moral ones. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It's a movie that chooses to focus on its characters instead of on explosive action sequences. [Full review on Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is a musical in its purest form; it doesn't matter if the characters don't sing or dance - the movie does it for them. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
4/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's more admirable for its technical virtuosity than for anything else. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The biggest neuron killer since tertiary syphilis. [Full review in Portuguese.] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017