Yolanda Machado

Yolanda Machado
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% To Dust (2019) First time feature film writer-director Shawn Snyder dives right into the nitty gritty of science, loss ,and faith, and delivers a charming, quirky, human and, at times, macabre, film. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
23% Miss Bala (2019) While Dunnet-Alcocer tries to give Lino some humanity, with a backstory to explain why he chose the cartel life, the script forgets to give Gloria the same consideration. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
44% Relive (2019) Never touches on the contrast of a black cop with an ex-con brother, despite the cultural discussion and deeper exploration of the relationship of the two brothers that could have been provoked. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
94% Fighting with My Family (2019) Brings to life both Paige's outward image of strength and her deep connection to her roots - particularly her ability to see the strength within her brother, even though it takes her longer to fully appreciate her own. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Expands on the original's premise, adding new worlds and characters to the growing LEGO universe, while also crafting a story that is timely, inventive, hilarious and perfect for all ages. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) "A Dog's Way Home" is a joyless jaunt that offers an adorable canine star and not much else. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
45% Second Act (2018) Through each storyline pivot, the focus is lost, and it never reclaims any footing it may have had in the first place. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
54% Maleficent (2014) Overall - a fantastic fairy tale for today's new family. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
63% Tyrel (2018) Rather than go all-in on exploring heavy issues regarding race, appropriation, depression, and anxiety, Silva chooses to teeter on the edge before letting the thought dissolve into nothing. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) While some Wizarding World fanatics will delight in the expanded universe of new characters, spells, and beasts to cuddle, others will wonder why this story even exists when it literally does nothing but give us way too much Johnny Depp. - Cosmopolitan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) Reboots and remakes are meant to introduce a new audience to a classic tale with fresh ideas and storylines that make the story relevant to modern audiences. "Robin Hood" doesn't even try. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuarón has composed some of the most stunning shots and sequences in film history, and it would be a sin not to see this on the big screen, if possible. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Acknowledges both the struggles of women and the fact that people of color have always been part of society, even during the Renaissance and Age of Discovery. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) We all hope that we're raising smart, strong kids while also allowing them to experience the joys of childhood; it's that innate understanding of parenthood that makes Bullock's performance feel real. It's equally fascinating and terrifying to watch. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Though the film does play it safe, and falls to a formulaic narrative, the flaws are less within the film itself than in our expectation of what we want it to tell us. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
D 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Oh, this film is definitely, different, from all the Nutcrackers you know, but that doesn't really make it a good thing. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
A 65% Suspiria (2018) A feminine and feminist horror experience that isn't for the faint of heart. - Cosmopolitan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Hollywood has been churning out remakes and reboots at breakneck speed, but A Star Is Born is in a class of its own. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B 76% Smallfoot (2018) Though not an animated technological marvel, it is a humorous delight for all ages with a great message that encourages thought and challenging the status quo. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
66% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) OK, so Sierra Burgess Is a Loser isn't perfect. But, let's face it, most rom-coms typically aren't. - Cosmopolitan EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
A 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Thrilling and action packed, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have set the platinum standard by which every action film that comes after Fallout will be measured. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
B 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Finally- a video game movie that works! Based on the 2013 video game reboot, this Lara Croft origin story is gritty, grounded and a roadmap to what heroines should be. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time has given children the gift of inclusivity, where nothing-not their gender, not their family history, not their hometown, and not their skin color-is a limitation to who they can become. - Marie Claire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
A- 97% Black Panther (2018) With gorgeous visuals from Wakanda to South Korea and back, vivid and bold Afrocentric costumes, and the support of some pretty bad-ass women, Black Panther is progressive, exciting, enveloping, and exactly what we all need in our lives right now. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
A 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Nothing can prepare you for what Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivers and that's exactly what makes so damn near perfect. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
A 97% Coco (2017) Coco is here, and it is astoundingly beautiful. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017