San Antonio Current

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Underwater (2020) Kiko Martinez Viewers will be hard-pressed to find a single unique idea anywhere in the 95-minute runtime of Underwater, but the creature feature is brisk and adequate enough, especially for a horror movie released in January. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Kiko Martinez As far as legal dramas go, Just Mercy is about as conventional as you can get. That doesn't mean, however, that there isn't a compassionate narrative at the heart of it that does more right than wrong. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Kiko Martinez Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins have created one of the most visually stunning war movies in modern cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Kiko Martinez The classic whodunit mystery is reinvigorated in extraordinary style in writer-director Rian Johnson's Knives Out. It's the best film of its kind since 2001's Gosford Park. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Kiko Martinez The Safdies deliver another shot of adrenaline straight to the heart with Uncut Gems. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Kiko Martinez Would be a lot more fun if ... screenwriters realized that the hijinks between a young, genius inventor and a secret agent would have worked just fine without having its coolest character transform into a lame, talking pigeon for an hour. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Little Women (2019) Kiko Martinez The overall narrative suffers because its structure becomes unnecessarily convoluted and messy. Still, [filmmaker Greta] Gerwig is able to capture the essence of the classic literature and give it some extra feminist flare. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 The Two Popes (2019) Kiko Martinez Witnessing a pair of veteran actors like Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins exchange dialogue during scenes where they're the only two on the screen is nothing short of brilliant. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Kiko Martinez A powerful and poetic tale of martyrdom and easily [director Terrence] Malik's best since his 2011 masterpiece Tree of Life. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Kiko Martinez Directed by Jay Roach, the ensemble cast of [Nicole] Kidman, [Charlize] Theron, John Lithgow as [Roger] Ailes and Margot Robbie as a fictional Fox News employee in search of fame is the real reason to tune in. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Kiko Martinez The Aeronauts may have enough material to deliver a visual feast, but the period piece's beauty and spirit, while undeniable when soaring thousands of feet above the earth, hits some waves of stale air along the way. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/5 Honey Boy (2019) Kiko Martinez The emotional weight of [actor/writer Shia LaBeouf's] personal story drives Honey Boy into places that are heartbreaking and deeply honest. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.5/5 Dark Waters (2019) Kiko Martinez Dark Waters doesn't feel as urgent as one might like from a film featuring a familiar scene where a character looks over his shoulder in a dark parking garage. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/5 Waves (2019) Kiko Martinez [Trey] Shults' script is profound ... as he finds a way to seamlessly transition from the first hour of the film into a second that is completely distinct in tone. The familiar messages of tragedy, faith and redemption are not lost on either side. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Kiko Martinez What surges out of [Noah Baumbach's] screenplay is a heart-wrenching story about what is essentially the slow and untimely death of a once-loving relationship. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Kiko Martinez Although it might feel familiar, The Irishman is unlike any of [Martin] Scorsese's other high-profile mobster pictures. It benefits from a deliberate pacing and less-violent approach in comparison to films like Goodfellas and Casino. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Kiko Martinez As safe and insulated as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is, it's almost impossible not to be entranced by its charms. It's innocuous, yes, but it's also as comforting as a warm cardigan sweater. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/5 Noelle (2019) Kiko Martinez [The] script relies too much on Christmas-themed puns ... and a narrative that is predictable and dimwitted. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 Lady and the Tramp (2019) Kiko Martinez Whether we're talking live-action or 2D animation, once the Tramp pushes that last meatball with his snout to Lady's side of the plate, your heart is sure to flutter. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/5 The Report (2019) Kiko Martinez For those moviegoers who are also political junkies, if you can sit and watch eight hours of impeachment testimony, The Report should be a walk in the park. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Kiko Martinez Once the technical aspects of the story unravel, Doctor Sleep becomes thoughtful and fresh, even when it awakens familiar beasts. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Kiko Martinez Pain & Glory is a beautifully realized picture in a remarkable body of work that continues to inspire. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 Parasite (2019) Kiko Martinez A meticulously crafted, satirical thriller that proves to be [Bong Joon] Ho's most thematically rich project to date. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/5 Adopt a Highway (2019) Kiko Martinez Actor-turned-first-time-writer and director Logan Marshall-Green gives his debut film an indie-inspired vibe that could transform into something special one day, but as it is now, Adopt a Highway is only a draft of a draft of an idea. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Kiko Martinez It's still ultimately defined by [Taika] Waititi's absurdist humor, but it's also surprisingly moving. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 Harriet (2019) Kiko Martinez Sadly, Harriet is destined to fall under the same category as other inadequate biopics like Cesar Chavez or Hyde Park on the Hudson. Simply put: They're all films that can't live up to their subjects' extraordinary lives. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/5 First Love (2019) Kiko Martinez There's a twist that arrives late in the game, which helps liven up First Love and catapult it into an extreme third act. But by that point, the overcomplicated screenplay has already caused the film more damage than a samurai sword to the throat. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Kiko Martinez The Lighthouse may not register with those turned off by the bizarre or in need of a more conventional storyline, but [writer-director Robert] Eggers ... continues to redefine the horror genre and inject it with an arthouse flair. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Kiko Martinez It's a fascinating notion, but one that {screenwriters] Brown, DiGuiseppi and first-time feature director Noah Hawley aren't able to sustain in more than a superficial way. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 Sanitarium (2013) Kiko Martinez Sanitarium strains to find the right sinister storytelling devices and allow each theme to make a real statement. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/5 Little Monsters (2019) Kiko Martinez The film might benefit from having Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o in the lead role, but aside from her presence and total dedication, Forsythe's script lacks creativity. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Kiko Martinez [Actors] Denis O'Hare and Anna Kendrick [play] two law enforcement officers who would've made a perfect fit working alongside the CIA agents in the Coen's brother's 2008 black comedy Burn After Reading. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 In the Tall Grass (2019) Kiko Martinez By the time we hack our way out, all the yelling into the abyss feels like a lost cause for everyone involved. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 Joker (2019) Kiko Martinez The most audacious comic-book-inspired film ever made; one that doubles-down on its depravity with no remorse. That said, it's impossible not to become hypnotized by its external beauty and indiscriminate brutality. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Kiko Martinez The Death of Dick Long is a warped Alabama backwoods narrative that is earnest in its depiction of depravity and anguish. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 Abominable (2019) Kiko Martinez Abominable is a colorful, creative and culturally-competent delight. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
2.5/5 Depraved (2019) Kiko Martinez While Fessenden's take on Frankenstein explores a handful of interesting ideas in the first hour about technology, mortality, morality and man's natural ability to cause destruction, Depraved backpedals into cliché storytelling in the third act. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Kiko Martinez If there's something specific director Rupert Goold and screenwriter Tom Edge want audiences to understand about actress and screen icon Judy Garland, it's that there was a tremendous amount of pain behind those big, beautiful brown eyes. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 Corporate Animals (2019) Kiko Martinez Screenwriter Sam Bain's random gags feel like a desperate attempt to be shocking. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 Auggie (2019) Kiko Martinez [The] script isn't groundbreaking, but first-time feature director and co-writer Matt Kane and co-writer Marc Underhill present some compelling enough questions for audiences to ponder about the ethics of AI. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/5 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Kiko Martinez It's a good thing Netflix provides an option on your phone to fast forward in 10-second increments. Just keep tapping on the button until you see misspelled celebrity names ... and two ferns on each side of your cell. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Kiko Martinez [Keira] Knightley is top-notch in the lead role and humanizes Katharine in a way that is natural and enlightening. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Kiko Martinez [Co-directors Rob] Epstein and [Jeffrey] Friedman are good conventional storytellers, but this is the kind of music doc where the music can simply speak for itself. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Kiko Martinez Miracle of Miracles feeds the soul and explains in depth why a play like Fiddler on the Roof will always be a theatrical treasure. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Kiko Martinez A toothless crime drama that doesn't take advantage of its shady plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Kiko Martinez Comedian and TV host John Oliver called attention to the same issue during a 2015 episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight, but in film form, [director Morgan] Spurlock has more free range to fool around and make things fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Kiko Martinez [Jillian] Bell dominates Brittany Runs a Marathon with an honest performance. Audiences will feel those endorphins kick in just in time to hail [it] an undisputed winner. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
0/5 The Fanatic (2019) Kiko Martinez Someone should start polishing up those Razzies for the Worst Film, Director, Screenplay and Actor of 2019. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Kiko Martinez Filled with beautiful magic realism throughout the film, [Issa] Lopez's Tigers is a powerful piece of cinematic art that will move audiences and allow them to see the hellish conditions presented through the eyes of the children who are suffering. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Kiko Martinez A high-spirited tribute to a consummate professional who could deliver a Texas-sized rattlesnake bite you'd never forget. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019