Tomatometer-approved publication
Rating Title/Year Author
Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Manuel Betancourt The relentless dour tone of the film is counterbalanced by its gorgeous cinematography, which is aptly shaky and gritty. Equally arresting is the film's art direction, which portrays world that looks trapped in the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
() Monica Castillo On its own, Red 11 is a functioning B-movie, outfitted with strange characters, inexperienced actors, a busy plot and a DIY aesthetic that makes certain aspects look charmingly makeshift. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
We Are the Heat (2018) Monica Castillo Somos Calentura's strength lies in its ability to capture the raw frustrations and unleashed energy in its characters' dance moves. The men's performances develop as the drama in their lives escalate. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Manuel Betancourt Intoxicating for the way it manages to make a narco narrative feel new and visually stunning in how it turns La Guajira into a broad dreamlike canvas, Birds of Passage is a towering achievement. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Manuel Betancourt One wishes...that Alita's tale were able to rise above muddled storytelling and intermittently great action sequences. It all feels like too much setup, too much exposition, too much world-building. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
This is not Berlin (2019) Carlos Aguilar Not surprisingly, by delving into his intimate recollections, Sama, a director with several features to his name, has assembled his most laudable movie yet. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Monos (2019) Manuel Betancourt Landes keeps the story grounded away from sociopolitical rhetoric. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Pahokee (2019) Monica Castillo The pair filmed and worked in the community making shorts for years before entrenching themselves for this massive feat, and the casual acceptance of their presence helps Pahokee feel like something special. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Sea of Shadows (2019) Monica Castillo Sea of Shadows may still raise awareness about the plight of other sea creatures still under threat from illegal nets sweeping the bottom of the ocean, killing everything unfortunate enough to swim in its wake. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
The Sharks (2019) Carlos Aguilar Extremely subdued on all fronts, Garibaldi's The Sharks subverts the exuberance associated with coming-of-age storylines. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Beatrice Loayza It's evident that the new Miss Bala is an anglicized story, a mainstream narcoland action movie with an artificially empowered female lead as its selling point. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Midnight Family (2019) Manuel Betancourt [Director Luke] Lorentzen's filmmaking is unfussy and near-surgical in its precision. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kiko Martinez It won't do for Latinos what Black Panther did for the African-American community earlier this year from a cultural perspective, but the highly stylized animated film is a solid first step in making the mainstream superhero universe more inclusive. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Roma (2018) Claudia Puig An exhilarating masterpiece, Roma is at once quintessentially Mexican and profoundly universal. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
A- Roma (2018) Kiko Martinez It's as close to cinematic poetry as you can get and director Alfonso Cuarón, with an expert-level attention to detail, places us at the center of his story - watching, listening, waiting, and cherishing every delicate moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
D- Peppermint (2018) Kiko Martinez The people behind Peppermint need to hear the more uncomfortable discussions their movie provokes. They need to listen, take note and realize that in 2018 they should be better than this. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Monica Castillo Instead of taking the Sicario story in a new direction, the narrative doubles down on the worst aspects of the original, feeding into xenophobic stereotypes about people crossing the border. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Claudia Puig Where its predecessor, 2015's Sicario was intermittently thoughtful, this sequel is mindlessly mean-spirited. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
A- Coco (2017) Kiko Martinez A film that will become the standard-bearer of a positive example of what the Latino experience can look like on the big screen for years to come. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
Coco (2017) Claudia Puig Enchanting and dazzling, Coco is a resplendent love letter to Mexico. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2017