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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Pause (2018) Kiko Martinez [First-time feature filmmaker Tonia] Mishiali's confident direction and [Stella] Fyrogeni's subtle and genuine performance are impressive. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 () Kiko Martinez The whodunit comedy doesn't do [Adam] Sandler or co-star Jennifer Aniston too many favors. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Kiko Martinez [Chris] Hemsworth and [Tessa] Thompson's lead characters are wasted through dull action scenes, below-average special effects and an obvious twist in the third act that confirms the movie's overall banality. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Kiko Martinez [Mindy] Kaling's screenplay charms its way out of most of its flubs and receives high marks for confronting an industry-wide issue (the lack of female representation in certain areas of the entertainment world) in such an insightful and funny way. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Kiko Martinez Despite the chemistry between [John] Lithgow and [Blythe] Danner, debut writer/director Nobel Jones' screenplay is hokey and emotionally unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Kiko Martinez The biopic blueprint isn't overhauled in any major way, but with [Taron] Edgerton's confident performance and [Dexter] Fletcher's ability to weave a story from Elton's own beloved lyrics, Rocketman is a cosmic celebration of an unmatched talent. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 I Am Mother (2019) Kiko Martinez Beautifully shot and convincingly designed, especially for a low-budget, high-concept project, I Am Mother is a blend of classic sci-fi tension and uncomfortably quiet moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 Changeland (2019) Kiko Martinez A woebegone dramedy that is painfully short on laughs and overdone on the mopes. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 Double Lives (2018) Kiko Martinez Maybe it's true - as one of the characters presumes - that someday the written word will be generated via algorithms, but until then, moviegoers should know that Non-Fiction is an intelligent and clever delight. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 All Is True (2018) Kiko Martinez The film's sincere appreciation for Shakespeare not as just a writer, but as a human being, is palpable. It proves that the world really is a stage and that [filmmaker/actor Kenneth] Branagh deserves to be under the brightest spotlight. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Kiko Martinez Always Be My Maybe isn't entirely original and at times settles for a few easy tropes, but Park and Wong are a charming pair on screen and have written a script that is funny and culturally noteworthy. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Kiko Martinez By the time Godzilla literally gets charged up with nuclear energy in the final act, moviegoers who decided not to check their brains at the door still might find themselves in a cinematic coma. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Kiko Martinez Delivers a unique look at writer Emily Dickinson's life through extremely dry, absurdist humor. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 Richard Says Goodbye (2018) Kiko Martinez None of the relationships ... register as more than surface level drivel. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/5 The Perfection (2018) Kiko Martinez The gimmicky, gory thriller wears out its welcome once the film's three co-writers makes some ridiculous narrative choices that transform The Perfection from a strange, sick and campy revenge flick into something more lowbrow and less entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Kiko Martinez Booksmart makes the grade, but needs a curve. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Kiko Martinez With the exception of the magnificent "A Whole New World" sequence where title character Aladdin and Princess Jasmine ride a magic carpet across the fictional city of Agrabah, Disney's Aladdin is a CGI-heavy bore. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/5 The White Crow (2018) Kiko Martinez [Ukrainian dancer Oleg] Ivenko is inanimate - a poster boy for ballet, perhaps, but a poster board for drama. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Kiko Martinez Although it's not quite as charismatic in character and tone as [writer/director Ritesh Batras'] feel-good foodie film [The Lunchbox], it does have a gentle approach that is difficult to dislike. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/5 Wine Country (2019) Kiko Martinez With this much comedic talent on the screen, it's disappointing that Wine Country isn't a whole lot funnier. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 Tolkien (2019) Kiko Martinez For someone who shared his vast imagination with the world, Tolkien the man deserves so much more artistry and originality than Tolkien the film can even begin to envision. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 The Professor and the Madman (2019) Kiko Martinez Despite not being happy with the final product, [Mel] Gibson doesn't hold back and proves he still has the dramatic chops to deliver a memorable performance if studios would give him a chance. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 The River and the Wall (2019) Kiko Martinez Where The River and the Wall truly excels is in the photography of the picture. Every scene shot under the sky is breathtaking. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Kiko Martinez [Zac] Efron does a serviceable job as the charming and sadistic Bundy...but [director Joe] Berlinger and first-time screenwriter Michael Werwie keep audiences at arm's length at all times. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 Clara (2018) Kiko Martinez If [co-writer/director Akash Sherman and co-writer James Ewasiuk] would've...really embraced the idea of love beyond the cosmos instead of force feeding us science fiction mumbo jumbo, it might have registered on a more meaningful level. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 El Chicano (2018) Kiko Martinez If you're hoping El Chicano might do for the Latino community what Black Panther did for African-American(s) last year by making a positive cultural impact and celebrating representation at the highest levels of Hollywood - don't hold your breath. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Kiko Martinez If a film like Knock Down the House can inspire the next AOC to run for office, maybe the face of American politics can really change sooner than later. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Family (2018) Kiko Martinez [Taylor] Schilling's turn as a hellcat in a pantsuit is amusing albeit trite. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Kiko Martinez A somewhat effective feature film debut by writer/director Roxanne Benjamin that is helped and hurt by its slow pace and minimalist take on the white-knuckle thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kiko Martinez Talk about a curtain call. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 I Trapped the Devil (2019) Kiko Martinez None of it really matters when the script doesn't explore some of its deeper themes (autonomy, for example) or simply embark on a creepy and fun-filled evening with a deranged family member. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Kiko Martinez [Kristen] Stewart plays to her strengths as the awkward and androgynous title character...but it's [Laura] Dern's double-duty endeavor as the carefree and conniving Laura and JT's overprotective manager who gives the film its true identity. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Kiko Martinez A mostly satisfying albeit recognizable musical drama that also feels like a satire on the current state and overabundance of TV reality show competitions. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
3.5/5 Little Woods (2018) Kiko Martinez Storytelling like the kind found in Little Woods, no matter how many times a narrative is reinvented, can always feel fresh when it's nurtured by the right hands. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
3.5/5 Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Kiko Martinez An art-house nightmare that will linger in your head long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2.5/5 Breaking Habits (2018) Kiko Martinez [Writer/director Robert] Ryan has difficulty pulling the narrative together into one cohesive concept. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
3.5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Kiko Martinez A magnificent concert film that captures the pure talent and raw emotional power of [Aretha] Franklin's music. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
1.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Kiko Martinez [Screenwriters] Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis reduce [la Llorona] to another generic monster-in-the-closet character who relies on dull CGI effects and jump scares to force its audience to flinch on command. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 The Perfect Date (2019) Kiko Martinez The script...is overwritten and forces its heavy-handed quirkiness on audiences through far-fetched scenarios that make no real attempt to feel like something logical characters would actually do. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 Missing Link (2019) Kiko Martinez The youngest moviegoers will benefit from Missing Link's safe storytelling while older Laika fans will suffer from it since they've grown accustomed to expecting something more extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/5 The Silence (2019) Kiko Martinez Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto do their best to keep the tension high, but The Silence ultimately doesn't end up being much more than a garden-variety creature feature. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 Mary Magdalene (2018) Kiko Martinez Mary Magdalene is a beautifully shot and sincere arthouse drama that far exceeds the mainstream, faith-based movies believers are flocking to these days. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 The Public (2018) Kiko Martinez An admirable but unsubstantial piece of social commentary that packs little punch. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/5 The Unicorn Store (2017) Kiko Martinez Unicorn Store, with as much charm and glitter as it tries to dispense, is the cinematic equivalent of an empty Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Kiko Martinez It doesn't reinvent the genre in any way, but the most unsettling scenes will definitely find a way to seep under the skin. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
1.5/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Kiko Martinez [Director Terry] Gilliam can finally check Don Quixote off his bucket list (remake, anyone?), but the original Spanish literature deserved much better. Forget turning in his grave, De Cervantes is doing somersaults. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
B- White Tide: The Legend of Culebra (2018) Kiko Martinez Director Theo Love ratchets up the storytelling by creating a hybrid type of exaggerated fairytale with meta-style re-enactments. Call this one Narcos for Dummies. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
C The Highwaymen (2019) Kiko Martinez Costner and Harrelson serve their well-aged characters appropriately and the film exhibits some adequate table setting, but the formulaic screenplay by John Fusco leaves much to be desired, especially since there are no real unexpected surprises. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
C Dumbo (2019) Kiko Martinez Director Tim Burton uses his gothic style to darken the mood and screenwriter Ehren Kruger takes the narrative into unfamiliar places...but when the titular pachyderm is not front and center, Dumbo feels like it's gliding, not soaring. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B Diane (2018) Kiko Martinez It's an incredibly intimate performance that hinges on how much Diane is willing to handle and how well [Mary Kay] Place is able to convey those fears and regrets. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019