San Antonio Current

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
B The Mustang (2019) Kiko Martinez As a story of personal healing and redemption, The Mustang is a predictable ride, but one that will still stir the soul. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B- Hotel Mumbai (2018) Kiko Martinez Doesn't rise to the same level of some of the most dramatic and emotionally resonating hostage films like 2006's United 93 or 2013's Captain Phillips, but the heartlessness behind the attacks is palpable and enraging. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
B Gloria Bell (2018) Kiko Martinez The fact that not only was Gloria Bell greenlit, but also turns out to be a well-made character study starring one of the industry's most gifted working actresses, should be enough for everyone to seek it out at their nearest art-house theater. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
C+ Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Kiko Martinez Surprisingly not as fun as [filmmaker S. Craig Zahler's] prior contributions to the big screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
B- Climax (2018) Kiko Martinez Although it would be easy enough to define French-Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé's latest provocative picture Climax as "Step Up on acid," the description is a bit too precise since all the characters in the dance-horror hybrid are, well, on acid. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ Pájaros de verano (2018) Kiko Martinez Directing duo Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra transcend the familiar narrative by including unique elements and traditions of the characters' native tribe. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
C- The Iron Orchard (2018) Kiko Martinez It's obvious director Ty Roberts thinks he has an epic in his hands, but with underwritten characters and relationships, second-rate dialogue and an oil story that goes nowhere interesting, The Iron Orchard strikes nothing of substance. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
D Chasing Bullitt (2018) Kiko Martinez When you're a filmmaker and the only thing you really having going for your biopic on iconic actor and racecar driver Steve McQueen is the fact that your lead actor actually looks like Steve McQueen, you're in for a rude awakening. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B+ The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Kiko Martinez Oscar-nominated actor-turned-director Chiwetel Ejiofor creates a powerful sense of desperation for his beautifully-written characters to struggle and fight against. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B Never Look Away (2018) Kiko Martinez Never Look Away comes across as pretentious when exploring the art world in the second half of the film and goes into unnecessary tangents, but director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's overall vision is epic when it stays focused on its history. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
C The Changeover (2017) Kiko Martinez The Changeover might have an unnerving and memorable performance by English actor Timothy Spall, but it lacks the narrative horror chops to push the storytelling into a dimension that is truly compelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
C Bullitt County (2017) Kiko Martinez Bullitt County features some tense moments between characters who have everything to lose, but the overall tone of the picture doesn't end up registering on an emotional level. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
B Arctic (2018) Kiko Martinez Director/co-writer Joe Penna draws out an honest performance from actor Mads Mikkelsen and uses the quietest moments to allow moviegoers to feel the pain and exhaustion the film's protagonist is experiencing. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
B Fighting With My Family (2019) Kiko Martinez A charming, light-hearted dramedy and easily the best movie project that WWE Studios has ever had its hand in producing. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
C Patrick (2018) Kiko Martinez If you tossed Patrick a bone and deemed it adorable enough for the most easily-delighted dog lovers, it wouldn't be very fair to the countless pooch pictures that have actually cared about story or comedy or any of the human characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
C Donnybrook (2018) Kiko Martinez Without a solid script to support its darker themes, Donnybrook is simply a joyless exercise in toxic masculinity. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
A- Capernaum (2018) Kiko Martinez The raw and staggering performance Lebanese director/co-writer Nadine Labaki is able to pull from non-professional child actor Zain Al Rafeea in the Academy Award-nominated drama Capernaum is gut-wrenching. It's something that can't be taught. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
B- Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Kiko Martinez As short as the film falls narratively, the world-building and creativity that compose Alita: Battle Angel is glorious, and Alita is the perfect character to develop a fantastical story around. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
B- The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Kiko Martinez It's campy, but more reflective than a movie featuring Sasquatch should probably be. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
B+ Cold War (2018) Kiko Martinez The film is gorgeous, and [director Pawel] Pawlikowski creates a bleak atmosphere that injects itself into each pristine frame. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
B High Flying Bird (2019) Kiko Martinez The film's opening scene starts with a punchy, Aaron Sorkinesque conversation and from there it hits the court running. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
D 1 Percent (2017) Kiko Martinez An amateur attempt at making a gritty, testosterone-infused thriller that ultimately implodes because of how serious it wants to be considered. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
A- Free Solo (2018) Kiko Martinez One of the most exhilarating sports documentaries since 2004's Touching the Void. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 1 Billion Orgasms (2019) Kiko Martinez Orgasms is an unusual and honest exploration of human sexuality and can be enlightening, although [subject] Aaron [Headley], himself, projects a creeper vibe at times. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- Piercing (2018) Kiko Martinez [Director Nicolas] Pesce's picture takes a few bold risks, but ultimately doesn't add up to more than a morbid curiosity piece. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Kiko Martinez A testament to [filmmaker Rob] Stewart's spirit as an environmentalist and activist. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Kiko Martinez It's a weird horror hybrid that doesn't say anything unique or thought provoking about the field [director Dan] Gilroy is attempting to satirize. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- Manbiki kazoku (2018) Kiko Martinez The film runs counter to the idea that "you can't choose your family." It's a lovely concept Kore-eda explores with so much affection and joy, viewers will end up wanting to be a part of the Shibata family, too. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
C+ The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Kiko Martinez Give some credit to first-time screenwriter and director Henry Dunham on his attempt to make a steadily paced thriller reminiscent of 1992's Reservoir Dogs, without falling into some of the cliché trappings most novice filmmakers might deem enticing. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
C The Upside (2018) Kiko Martinez While Hart and Cranston produce a few sincere moments, Hartmere's script fails to build a strong enough emotional tie between the two to make audiences believe their friendship means much to either of them. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
C+ On the Basis of Sex (2018) Kiko Martinez Plays it as safe as possible and misses an opportunity to package Ginsburg's six decades of influence on the courts into an absorbing two-hour history lesson for mainstream audiences who only know her as the "Notorious RBG" or as a viral meme. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
B+ If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Kiko Martinez In the hands of writer/director Jenkins, Beale Street is adapted into an observant and touching story of young, requited love, but also one that shoots straight to the heart of how systemic racism has shattered black and brown lives for generations. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
A- Boyhood (2014) Kiko Martinez [A] soul-bearing, intimate and genuinely uplifting...once-in-a-lifetime coming-of-age film. Epic is an understatement. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Kiko Martinez This ambitious dark comedy featuring a noteworthy turn by actor Michael Keaton is guided by a whip-smart, witty and self-aware script. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- Selma (2014) Kiko Martinez From the intriguing backroom politics to the sacrifices made during the era, director Ava DuVernay and screenwriter Paul Webb turns a well-documented history lesson into essential cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- A Most Violent Year (2014) Kiko Martinez Atmospheric and intense, consider this a sort of anti-Goodfellas, but something Martin Scorsese would value wholeheartedly. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- Ida (2013) Kiko Martinez Sober in tone, but not without its moments of pure joy, the haunting black-and-white art-house film is brilliantly crafted. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
A- Wild (2014) Kiko Martinez Actress Reese Witherspoon, as a damaged and self-destructive woman, gives the most genuine and beautiful performance of her career, and Laura Dern epitomizes what it means to have a full heart but live a fragile life. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018