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 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Although very funny, this movie also has a darkness that derives from the understanding that its humor is only possible thanks to the ugliness of the very real people it portrays. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) A reminder that when Pixar gets it right, there are not many who can truly compete with the brilliance of its artists. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
5/5 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) The fact Brazil is in a moral and social collapse is reflected in the difference between Kleber's previous films and this new one: they used to have anger as subtext; now, it's its discourse. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
5/5 97% The Edge of Democracy (2019) A poet interprets and communicates the world through metaphors and allegories found in everyday life in order to express not only what she sees, but how she feels about what she sees - and Petra Costa has the soul of a poet. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
1/5 82% Judy (2019) A bomb that achieves the feat of being a hagiography that makes the protagonist unbearable. - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson bring a complexity out of their characters that the screenplay itself sometimes lacks. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 89% 1917 (2020) It's a technically impressive movie, but also an empty and trivial one. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 69% Bombshell (2019) Roach explores his experience with comedy to bring a certain lightness to the narrative, which does not prevent him from focusing on the dramatic aspects when necessary. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig avoids the common mistake of ending up creating an anachronistic and artificial tone by bringing a modern sensibility to a period piece. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) If it makes us cry (and it certainly made me), it's not because it shows us tragedies and conflicts, but just because it illustrates Mr. Rogers' generosity and compassion. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Watching The Lighthouse is like being stuck in a nightmare without understanding how nor why. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
1/5 20% Cats (2019) The movie IS bad - but not enough to be interesting (Hooper is incompetent even in his incompetence). The result is a stupid and aesthetically heinous bore. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Its two first acts are a touching and engaging experience. But the third becomes sublime thanks to a magic called Fernanda Montenegro. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) A plot that keeps twisting over itself without ever losing control of its goals. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
5/5 95% It Must Be Heaven (2019) It's fascinating how the own nature of the gags change according to the country the scenes are set in. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) This is what happens when an artist lends his voice to the pre-approved, sanitized discourses of big corporations that, in order to not 'offend' anyone, fails on emotionally engaging anybody. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) When a great filmmaker is in charge, a character study can also become a social treatise; a comedy can discuss celebrity worship and a gangster movie can be a reflection on the sunset of life. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 100% Bixa Travesty ('Tranny Fag') (2018) If transexuality was, say, an Arab ethnicity, Brazil would be the Gaza Strip - and the documentary exposes that. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It manages to be more emotional than The Shining (something that picture never intended to be) while keeping Kubrick's perfect aesthetic rigidity. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The decision to change the identity of the series' main villain from Skynet to Legion may seem a minor one, but it's essential: instead of speaking about destiny like in parts 3, 4 and 5, the franchise once again talks about human nature. - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Its structure reflects Jesse's psychological journey by recognizing that recovering and facing his past is the only way he can free himself and move on. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) The hyperrealism resulting from the high frame rate paradoxically highlights the production's artificialism. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) If there's any danger related to Joker, that would be a result not of a supposedly "incel" apology (which it's not), but of how attractive it makes nihilism look. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two fails in what should be its most important aspect: it's just not scary. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 91% 1922 (2017) 1922 works well as a physical representation of the guilt that consumes the protagonist. [Full Review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino is getting sentimental in his middle-age - and, at least here, this is a very welcomed change. [Full review in Portuguese] - Cinema em Cena EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 97% 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 97% 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 97% 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 22% 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 88% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) 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 93% 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 79% 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 92% 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 97% 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 83% 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 36% 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 33% 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 96% 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