Riot Material

Riot Material is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alci Rengifo, Kristy Puchko
Rating Title/Year Author
A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Kristy Puchko A Quiet Place Part II is a stupendous sequel. Krasinski and company masterfully built on the world, story, and themes of the first film, doing right by its characters and their fans. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2021
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Kristy Puchko [Ree] delivers a raw yet rich exploration of the messiness of human relationships, their beauty and depravity. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
After Midnight (2019) Kristy Puchko The film derails slowly but surely. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
The Turning (2020) Kristy Puchko All the goodwill earned by a crackerjack cast, elegantly elegiac visuals, and a thought-provoking subtext is scuttled by a clumsy and confounding conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
The Wave (2019) Kristy Puchko he Wave feels like a fresh, fun, and funky episode of The Twilight Zone. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Kristy Puchko As striking as the performances within The Lighthouse are, Egger's technique is even more astounding as he musters an atmosphere that sucks audiences into the muck and madness of his movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Vast of Night (2019) Kristy Puchko The Vast of Night is an ode to The Twilight Zone series that is fittingly riveting, exhilaratingly daring, and a whiz-bang technical marvel. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
The Platform (2019) Kristy Puchko The Platform will chew you up and spit you out, yet leave you hungry for more. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Parasite (2019) Kristy Puchko Bong Joon-ho's pitch-black comedy Parasite might his masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Kristy Puchko Waititi maintains his signature sweetness and zany brand of humor, making punch lines of Nazis and an unlikely hero of another "bad egg." EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Color Out of Space (2019) Kristy Puchko Color of Space is a positively insane film EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018) Alci Rengifo It is a wondrous little discovery to make at your local arthouse venue... it is a story about how not only the surreal, but many works of profound meaning are borne out of experience bridging our world with that of dreams. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Villains (2019) Kristy Puchko For all their clever ideas and casting brilliance, Berk and Olsen fell short of giving their horror-comedy the edge it needed to make Villains as exciting as its potential. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Kristy Puchko The Nightingale is both riveting and ruthless, yet also achingly tender. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Firecrackers (2018) Kristy Puchko Mozaffari has delivered a film bold, bittersweet, beautiful, and undeniably brilliant. That she's down this fresh out the gate is even more remarkable. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
The Deeper You Dig (2019) Kristy Puchko Poser and Adams crafted a film uniquely their own, which is richly engaging, thrillingly fresh, and sensationally creepy. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Kristy Puchko It's a strange journey that is savagely funny, sophisticated and unnerving. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Alci Rengifo Long Day's Journey Into Night becomes one of those special films that transcends the idea of mere entertainment. It seeks to immerse the viewer in a particular reverie. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Kristy Puchko [Allison Williams and Logan Browning] play together with raw emotion and savage wrath that scratches at the legacy of such camp horror divas as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Kristy Puchko With a voice of fire and stardust, Buckley sings of shiny hopes, hidden heartaches and rawest revelations, creating a journey that's heartwarming, pulse racing and toe-tapping. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Non-Fiction (2018) Alci Rengifo Non-Fiction charmingly ponders the future, while celebrating the subversive idea that books are here to stay. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Kristy Puchko In Fabric is a moody and darkly amusing film that borrows from an array of horror influences to create something familiar yet refreshingly unexpected. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Georgetown (2019) Kristy Puchko Georgetown is an exhilarating dance, where partners Waltz, Bening and Redgrave radiate with love, regret, and rage. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Kristy Puchko Reeder didn't make a film, but a fireworks display. Bursts of style and emotion streak across a cold, dark backdrop of mortality. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Kristy Puchko Teen Spirit totally rocks. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Wind (2018) Kristy Puchko Like The Babadook, this is more than a frightening tale of things that go bump in the night. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Transit (2018) Kristy Puchko To a world gone mad, it's a whispered call to compassion. Yet its message comes across loud and clear. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Us (2019) Kristy Puchko Peele's a showman and madman, bringing together savage spectacle and blistering satire with ferocious fervor. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Kristy Puchko By rejecting exploitative spectacle or a histrionic tone, Poulter and Savage invite audiences to reconsider an oft-maligned group, adding a complexity to the conversation. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Kristy Puchko Little Monsters is a wild ride, a twisted crowd-pleaser, and a total blast. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Greta (2018) Kristy Puchko [Huppert] is a whirling dervish of grief and madness. Greta is worth seeing for Huppert alone. Which is a good thing, because Moretz lets her down as a dance partner. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Climax (2018) Kristy Puchko Climax feels as emotionally hollow as a middle-schooler spouting curse words for shock value, and just as juvenile. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Birds of Passage (2018) Kristy Puchko With an unhurried pace, Guerra and Gallego usher us through a wondrous world on the brink of change, making us witness to its glories and horrors. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) Alci Rengifo Alea peppers the narrative with references to poverty in the world, the old U.S.-backed regime and its decadence, but isn't making a propaganda piece. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Everybody Knows (2018) Kristy Puchko Farhadi has never been a filmmaker interested in giving his audience easy answers. I admire that. Still, he makes missteps. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Kristy Puchko Velvet Buzzsaw is at its best when reveling in its trashiest excesses: shade, sex, and slaughter. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Tito and the Birds (2018) Kristy Puchko Tito and The Birds is a moving and magical adventure that boasts a big heart, laudable message, and extraordinary splendor. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Alci Rengifo This documentary is both a nostalgic trip back in time and a revelation. Things which one simply accepted as a child gain a new relevance here. It is impressive to see just how socially radical Rogers' show was. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Alci Rengifo Set over 30 years ago, the potent relevancy of this film is in how the language it mocks is now part of the national discourse, emanating out of the White House itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) Alci Rengifo Because he originally hails from the world of comedy, Burnham is perfectly in tune with the painful absurdities of adolescence, when simply walking out into a pool can feel like a walk of shame. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Alci Rengifo With a masterful use of close-ups and editing that takes on a poetic cadence, Jenkins produces the sensation of what it feels like to look upon a face you realize you are in love with. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Death of Stalin (2017) Alci Rengifo This film plays like a chess game where everyone wants to the throne, and only the most cunning will survive. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Alci Rengifo Lanthimos remains true to his Dadaist exuberances, but here applies them with a fresh refinement. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Vice (2018) Alci Rengifo This is politics elevated to a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kristy Puchko Freed from the constraints of a photo-real look, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse took the opportunity to return this genre to its comic roots, where anything was possible. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Kristy Puchko While Brady Corbet 's sophomore effort is wildly ambitious, it's more confounding than captivating, and ultimately underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
Clara's Ghost (2018) Kristy Puchko Bridey Elliott has made a slippery psychological horror-comedy that begins with family and showbiz, then slides into an empathetic journey into female hysteria. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Kristy Puchko Though wonky, Mary Queen of Scots awed me. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Roma (2018) Alci Rengifo Cuaron is holding on to the memory of what such a time felt like in a Latin America of death squads. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Shoplifters (2018) Kristy Puchko Kore-eda has sculpted a breathtakingly delicate exploration of what it means to find your tribe. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018