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
Double Lives (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
() 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
Pájaros de verano (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
Todos lo saben (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
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Kristy Puchko Kore-eda has sculpted a breathtakingly delicate exploration of what it means to find your tribe. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Alci Rengifo There is not much of a smooth flow to this film, which is after all assembled from what Welles left behind. But it is a glorious mess that captures the sheer stress and madness of trying to make a movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
The Grandmother (1970) Alci Rengifo A series of images giving form to our fears about ourselves. It is one thing to feel threatened from the outside, quite another to feel life has dealt you tortures you didn't ask for. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Border (2018) Kristy Puchko Border is so dark, bizarre, and yet sentimental that its very existence feels like a miracle. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Alci Rengifo The new Suspiria reaches back into the era of the Argento original, but only keeps the barest outline of its story. What it achieves more as a work on its own than as a remake is that it speaks so directly to the feeling of the age. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Kristy Puchko Remarkably, Kusama has crafted a compelling crime-drama that plays as a sharply comical yet scathing commentary on the glorification of rogue cop. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Fugue (2018) Kristy Puchko Like The Lure, Fugue is brilliant. Smoczynska...gives us complicated female characters who smirk, fuck, and f*ck sh*t up. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Kristy Puchko While it's stuffed with charming stars, colorful characters, and tales of life in the Wild West, this cowboy collection is clunky, indulgent, and ultimately underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2018
Mandy (2018) Alci Rengifo There is a lot of blood in Mandy, as well as chainsaws, burning buildings, drugs and even animation, but it's never shallow or stale. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Prototype (2017) Alci Rengifo Williams's project is far from a political statement, at least in the explicit sense. Instead his vision is grander and all encompassing. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
Colette (2018) Kristy Puchko Westmoreland has made a beautiful film that is not only a radiant tribute to its subject, but also to his late husband. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Kristy Puchko Through The Sisters Brothers, Audiard poses to his audience the question: What kind of man do you want to be? EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Freaks (2018) Kristy Puchko Freaks is sharp, suspenseful, and emotionally electrifying. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
The Shape of Water (2017) Alci Rengifo The Shape of Water is subversive without meaning to be political. It invites us to consider the strange, romantic pairing of its two main characters, and in challenging us with this vision, it challenges us to consider how we view each other. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2018
November (2017) Alci Rengifo In the darkened woods of November, a narrative tradition is kept alive going back to the great Medieval poets. Sarnet links us, the audience, to characters from a distant time through universal sufferings and desires. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2018
Alpha (2018) Alci Rengifo Hughes again demonstrates a striking eye, but he should have gone further. Still, it's an interesting film, best viewed on the biggest screen you can find. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Thelma (2017) Alci Rengifo In Thelma, Trier transforms the environment of Thelma's college campus into an almost mystical battleground between faith and modernity. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Hitler's Hollywood (2017) Alci Rengifo Suchsland is exploring the past while challenging us to apply his method to the present. He is implying that we will better understand who we are, and where we are going, if we awaken from our trances and look upon our own dreams and nightmares. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
First Reformed (2017) Alci Rengifo Beautifully composed, it is a film that reaches well beyond the surface of its story. It is about the very condition and mood of our times, and the palpable sense of some oncoming cataclysm. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Alci Rengifo Blade Runner 2049 is all experience, sound and rain, but that may be fitting for an age defined by artificial living, electric dreams and lonely desires. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Loving Vincent (2017) Alci Rengifo No film biography is perfect, because we can never truly know the inner most private self of another, but the way in which the film conjures Van Gogh is a beautiful experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018