Miami New Times

Miami New Times is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alan Scherstuhl, Juan Barquin, Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Ren Jender
Rating Title/Year Author
Monster Hunter (2020) Juan Barquin There is no greater pleasure in this world than watching Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich team up to deliver a spectacle of action. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
No Ordinary Man (2020) Juan Barquin What's most interesting about the doc is how it navigates transmasculine history and weaves the stories of others into Tipton's story. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Juan Barquin As if some kind of pared-down amalgamation between Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and a Douglas Sirk melodrama, the film investigates the collision of obsession and perception. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Woman of the Photographs (2020) Juan Barquin From eroticism and body horror to subtle drama and offbeat humor, Kushida's work here is something of a direct descendent to David Cronenberg. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Shiva Baby (2020) Juan Barquin Every ounce of Shiva Baby is designed to make one dread what comes next while laughing about it. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Undine (2020) Juan Barquin Undine feels as fresh as it does familiar for the filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Black Bear (2020) Juan Barquin Black Bear exists as both a thriller and a dark comedy, as a piece of fiction as well as its own metafiction. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
() Juan Barquin It's as much of an erotic feature as it is a studied one, with pornographic sequences as erection-generating as they are clearly referencing the works of gay adult film directors from the past. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Stage Mother (2020) Juan Barquin Stage Mother is charming enough to make you forget the flaws as it rolls along. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Freaky (2020) Juan Barquin Freaky could have been an even more unabashedly queer, camp, and entertaining film if it'd tried a little harder, but it's enjoyable enough as it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Juan Barquin The film doesn't manage to capture any of the childish wonders that come with one of the author's most playfully scary works. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Juan Barquin Kajillionaire dives into the inherent loneliness that comes with being treated as an adult your entire life and how family dynamics can affect so much of the people we become. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Tenet (2020) Juan Barquin Amid all the nonsensical writing, messy action, and blank characters, Tenet is a display of the pure, unfiltered blockbuster-filmmaking sensibilities that Nolan always delivers. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Random Acts of Violence (2019) Juan Barquin It's trying too hard to say something, it doesn't have much violence at all, and the only thing evil about it is how boring it is at under 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Juan Barquin It's a mood piece more than anything else, sometimes unsettling, sometimes hilarious, and always intriguing. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The Rental (2020) Juan Barquin The Rental could have been a lean, mean horror film that took after any one of the thrillers it seems desperate to imitate and subvert. It's a shame it ended up just being dull. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Juan Barquin Wonder Woman 1984 is the kind of lifeless blockbuster you fear having to sit through: pointless and completely uninterested in exploring its characters in any meaningful capacity. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Disclosure (2020) Juan Barquin A whiplash-inducing movie that never allows any of its interviewees to reflect on any given film or subject beyond surface level. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Juan Barquin Therein lies the problem with The King of Staten Island: At its best and its worst, it always feels derivative of something else. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Ema (2019) Juan Barquin Pablo Larraín's Ema is the most unhinged piece of bisexual cinema since Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
Zombi Child (2019) Juan Barquin Zombi Child fits neatly in with the rest of Bonello's oeuvre and is unashamed of exploring distinctly political narratives while being critical of the actions of his characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
Wendy (2020) Juan Barquin The script takes more time making vapid proclamations about aging than it does indulging in the fantastic elements or gorgeous landscape that's ripe for cinematic magic. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
The Truth (2019) Juan Barquin Much of The Truth plays out casually, pleasantly void of the annoying spectacle and shouting matches that many family dramas offer. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Juan Barquin Sciamma knows there's beauty to be found within a stifling environment. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Parasite (2019) Juan Barquin Parasite navigates human morality in an interesting way that is not dissimilar to Patricia Highsmith's stories. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
By the Grace of God (2018) Juan Barquin It's fascinating to watch this filmmaker, who often trades in sensationalism, turn down his voice to amplify those of sexual assault survivors. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Pain and Glory (2019) Juan Barquin Almodóvar strips down his aesthetic to its barest bones and explores his themes with a calm demeanor that contrasts with the high melodrama that many observers associate with his career. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Vita & Virginia (2018) Juan Barquin Button prefers to create a more traditional romance between the two women, one that fits within the safe comforts of a BBC TV movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Dykes, Camera, Action! (1970) Juan Barquin An ideal introduction to a world of lesbian cinema that was as bold and unique in its creation as it was deeply interested in representation. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Sister Aimee (2019) Juan Barquin The narrative shifts between the ridiculous and the bland, the camp and the straight-faced, never quite knowing what tone to strike for a story that's admittedly absurd. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Juan Barquin Every moment of Wild Nights With Emily screams a true love for the poet. But more important, the film demonstrates a genuine interest in understanding her beyond her seemingly tragic life. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Juan Barquin Moore does what she can with this character, but it's a lackluster performance due to Lelio's avoidance of any characterization other than martyrdom. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Us (2019) Juan Barquin Us exists to show us what a damn fine director Jordan Peele is, and how much love for horror there is deep in its bones. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Climax (2018) Juan Barquin With Climax, Noé lands somewhere between a deeply frustrating experience and the closest thing to a crowd pleaser you'd expect from him. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Five Feet Apart (2019) Juan Barquin Five Feet Apart is an exhausting experience, one that relies on the shameless manipulation of the audience more often than not. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Juan Barquin It's hard not to find Happy Death Day 2U a little exhausting and empty. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Juan Barquin Bodies that are made up of and exist as weapons flow on screen beautifully, but no special effect is greater than the performance at its very core. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Juan Barquin A film so willing to explore the limitations of masculinity, the limitations of heterosexuality, and the limitations of what fantasy looks like for a man who has none, is a decidedly interesting, and queer, work with which to end one's filmmaking career. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Juan Barquin Yann Gonzalez has made a queer film that understands that representation isn't, and shouldn't be, clean-cut, allowing its characters to feel, fight, and fuck, even when the world is telling them they shouldn't. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Diamantino (2018) Juan Barquin Imagine a Roger Moore-era James Bond film where the Bond girl takes the lead role. In fact, she isn't a girl at all, but rather a vapid yet sweet, gorgeous male soccer player whose life is upended by global conspiracies and familial trauma. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Sorry Angel (2018) Juan Barquin Honoré hones in on how men navigated relationships in the 1990s, when queer men were still dealing with the illnesses and hardships that came with AIDS. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Divine Love (2019) Juan Barquin Mascaro is ultimately updating the story of Mary and Joseph for a futuristic world, one with fewer virgins and more exhaustive government control over the bodies of women. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Greta (2018) Juan Barquin Neil Jordan's Greta is the best kind of b-movie: a knowingly funny thriller that allows the actress at its core to go ham EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Holiday (2018) Juan Barquin At its most riveting, Holiday forces the viewer to experience some dicey situations, questioning the limits of consent between two parties EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Juan Barquin An onslaught of bad action set pieces, noticeable editing that doesn't allow any of its laughable dialogue to land, and a brand of pop feminism that tries to be about "girl power" without ever exploring the woman at its core EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Glass (2019) Juan Barquin Glass is more interested in constant conversation and questioning, exploiting and milking Shyamalan's fascination with the stories we tell, how we tell them, and who gets to tell them, for all its worth EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Public Image Is Rotten (2017) Ren Jender [The Public Image is Rotten] makes one wonder: Does anyone still care? EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Alan Scherstuhl At its worst, Zemeckis' Marwen isn't an exploration of the limits of the imaginations of Zemeckis' generation of moviemakers - it's an example of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Alan Scherstuhl [Aquaman[ has seven seas' worth of the simpler kind of wonder, the razzle-dazzle imaginative kind. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Alan Scherstuhl Newsie dancing and performing bicycle tricks. Those spoonfuls of sugar help the plotty, predictable lows go down. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018