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      Phil Villarreal

      Phil Villarreal

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      Biography:

      Phil Villarreal has been a film critic since 2001. He wrote for the Arizona Daily Star from 2001 to 2009, where he won several Arizona Press Club awards. He then wrote for OK! Magazine and Coed.com. Then he moved to television and now reviews movies for KWBA and KGUN9.com in Tucson. His reviews are syndicated nationally to Scripps station websites.

      Favorites:

      Waking Life, Swingers, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, Rocky, True Romance

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      Location:

      Tucson

      Official Website:

      http://becauseitoldyouso.com

      Movies reviews only

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      2.5/4
      The Protector (2005) The Protector is all spectacle and invention. Jaa is Fred Astaire strutting atop throngs of clueless enemies with grace and vigor. The film falls short not because they story is weak, but because the story is there at all. - Arizona Daily Star
      Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2023
      3/4
      Chang Can Dunk (2023) An excellent film to set the tone for March Madness. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2023
      1.5/4
      Children of the Corn (2020) Just as with the characters, there is little reason for hope and nothing to do but stare blankly into the ether. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Mar 01, 2023
      3.5/4
      Linoleum (2022) Director Colin West proves to be something of a sci-fi visionary, operating with the less-is-more mindset. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2023
      2/4
      Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2023) Fails to live up to the standard of his first two Ant-Man films. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2023
      3/4
      Somebody I Used To Know (2023) An impressive, ceaselessly entertaining movie with something to say. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 09, 2023
      3/4
      She Is Love (2022) A thoughtful exploration of complicated feelings. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 02, 2023
      2/4
      Maybe I Do (2023) This is the sort of date movie you'll only wish for if you don't want there to be a second date. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2023
      3/4
      Alice, Darling (2022) Kendrick leads the way on the harrowing but ultimately hopeful journey. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2023
      2.5/4
      Dog Gone (2023) A harder edge and tougher read on the material might have conjured more of an emotional connection. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2023
      3/4
      White Noise (2022) What it lacks is a cohesive story, which makes an otherwise satisfying film seem like a glass half-empty by the end. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2022
      3/4
      Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2022) A step in the right direction for the flagging franchise. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Dec 02, 2022
      3/4
      Mickey: The Story of a Mouse (2022) It's enough of a peek behind the curtain to intrigue, if not satisfy, your curiosity about the mouse's winding path. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2022
      2/4
      Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) Even with a new Black Panther, Wakanda still feels lost and hollow. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2022
      3.5/4
      I'm Totally Fine (2022) It thrives as a cinematic simulation of the grieving process. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Nov 01, 2022
      2.5/4
      Wendell & Wild (2022) Key and Peele recapture some of the magic of their sketch series, but their humor fails to connect with the movie's ever-shifting emotional core. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2022
      3/4
      Rosaline (2022) Makes for a light, entertaining Hulu-and-chill evening in Verona. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2022
      3/4
      Werewolf by Night (2022) Director Michael Giacchino makes a stylish and confident debut, opting for black-and-white to give his film a timeless feel. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Oct 06, 2022
      3/4
      Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) Like any effective nostalgia trip, the film seizes the moment and recaptures the same wacky wavelength as the original. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2022
      3/4
      Don't Worry Darling (2022) I enjoyed my time with the movie — which is sumptuously shot and well acted — and would watch it again to see how my knowledge of the outcome would shape my appreciation of it. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2022
      3/4
      Catherine Called Birdy (2022) As a protofeminist surrogate for Dunham, Birdy is a deep, well-developed character played with aplomb by Ramsey. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2022
      4/4
      Clerks III (2022) It's the sort of movie that happens when a talented filmmaker rediscovers his old voice. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2022
      2.5/4
      Pinocchio (2022) It doesn't take a Blue Fairy to look into his hollow eyes and realize that he has a long way to go before becoming a real boy. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Sep 08, 2022
      3/4
      Day Shift (2022) With enough laughs and excitement to fuel your hunger, Day Shift is well worth clocking in. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2022
      3/4
      Bullet Train (2022) On this ride, you punch your ticket and the ticket punches back. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Aug 05, 2022
      2/4
      The Gray Man (2022) Apathy is the most severe emotion the movie sparks. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2022
      3/4
      Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) This is a film wrapped in seductive mysteries, just like the marsh in which it's set. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2022
      3/4
      Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) It may not make a heck of a lot of sense, but don't be surprised if you're smiling too much to notice. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jul 08, 2022
      3/4
      The Princess (2022) The film is a breezy summer distraction that sings like the swing of an unsheathed blade. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jul 01, 2022
      4/4
      Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down (2022) It's a beautiful film about a beautiful soul. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2022
      2/4
      Murder at Yellowstone City (2022) There's not enough suspense to the twist to make this horse go. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2022
      2/4
      Lightyear (2022) Turns out Tim Allen didn't miss much. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2022
      3/4
      Jurassic World Dominion (2022) It inspires the feeling of awe you might have felt when you first saw dinosaurs romp and stomp on screen way back when. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2022
      2.5/4
      The Sound of Violet (2022) Maybe it's a little too brave. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2022
      3/4
      The Bad Guys (2022) Flows with overpworing positivity. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2022
      3/4
      Mothering Sunday (2021) The film is a well-crafted gem in the rough worth pursuing and admiring. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Apr 07, 2022
      2/4
      Morbius (2022) As disappointing as the movie may be, its post-credit sequence is even worse. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Apr 01, 2022
      2/4
      Deep Water (2022) The audience is left hung out to dry. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2022
      2/4
      Turning Red (2022) Feels like a B-team Pixar effort that will be quickly relegated to the bottom of your app queue. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Mar 09, 2022
      3/4
      The Batman (2022) A rock-solid building block that re-establishes the hero for its next decade or so of direction. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Mar 04, 2022
      1.5/4
      Big Gold Brick (2022) The only real suspense is how long it will take to get to the end of the zany-for-the-sake-of-zany misadventure. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2022
      3/4
      Dog (2022) The film is a pure passion project by Channing Tatum, who not only stars but steps into the director's chair for the first time, working with Reid Carolin to deliver a heartfelt and funny road trip film. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2022
      3.5/4
      I Want You Back (2022) It's just right for whatever emotional rollercoaster awaits you this Valentine's Day. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 09, 2022
      2/4
      Book of Love (2022) At a cumbersome 105 minutes, it sputters and stumbles rather than gliding along like better films of its ilk. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Feb 04, 2022
      2/4
      Rifkin's Festival (2020) The weak plot strains to carry even the slim 91-minute running time. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2022
      2/4
      Redeeming Love (2022) The scattershot story slips away like gold flakes from a prospector's pan, eluding redemption of a squandered opportunity. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2022
      2/4
      Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022) It seems Sandler got out at the right time. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2022
      2.5/4
      The 355 (2022) The 355 stands out as - not a must-see - a may-as-well see... - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Jan 06, 2022
      3/4
      The Lost Daughter (2021) The film is imperfect and obstinate, and in that is just what makes it so effective as high art. Gyllenhal is a filmmaking voice to watch. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2021
      3/4
      Sing 2 (2021) This is a movie you enjoy as though it was a concert, because that's what it pretty much is. - ABC Tucson
      Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2021
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