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Rating Title/Year Author
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Lapacazo Sandoval There isn't a moment in this film that doesn't make you metaphorically hold your breath. It just reminds you that nothing has changed and makes you ponder (gulp) will it ever? EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Soul (2020) Lapacazo Sandoval Soul is a beautiful film blending together the best-of-the-best of Pixar magic. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Lapacazo Sandoval Make no mistake, Oscar-winner Davis fills the screen as Ma Rainey giving life to a complicated, proud, and immensely talented legend in the early 20th century. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Lapacazo Sandoval The triumph of this new version lies in the casting. Octavia Spencer as our hero's grandmother is lovable. Hathaway's strength (and there are many more) is that she doesn't allow the visual effects to upstage her performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
Time (2020) Lapacazo Sandoval I won't spoil the ending. It's heartbreaking and it should be experienced. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Lapacazo Sandoval Blank knows what the 40-year-old point of view looks and sounds like. As a director, she did it herself (kudos, applause, please) and as for her age (40) who cares, she did it and you can do it too. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
Charm City Kings (2020) Lapacazo Sandoval Angel Manuel Soto is a director to keep an eye on. He's sharp, passionate, skilled and fearless. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
The Photograph (2020) Lapacazo Sandoval Director/screenwriter Stella Meghie is a skilled storyteller who has delivered a modern love story that works. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Parasite (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Bong builds the smallest moments into something monumental. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Black Christmas (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Black Christmas is another remake of the 1974 cult classic but this time it's rooted in something contemporary and interesting. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Bombshell has enough to keep an audience riveted. It's filled with office politics, office backbiting and a ton of treachery. It's also widely suspenseful and deeply satisfying. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Waves (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Waves is a quiet movie, but moving. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval [Murphy] has stepped into one of the best roles in his entire career, and that's saying something. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Joker (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval In the end, we think we know how his story goes but the surprise is on us. [Arthur is] becoming (yikes, and gulp) likable, and maybe that's the most disturbing part of Joker. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval This is a very big Mob epic with a disturbing vision of the criminal underworld that is somewhat reminiscent of his previous films, but here [Scorsese] goes to new and disturbing places. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Abominable (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval The story gets a bit wonky, but the film is beautiful to look at with vivid colors of the rural countryside. In many ways the fight to protect Everest is to protect nature and all her mysterious and wonderful mysteries. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Did we as an audience get scammed? Perhaps. But it was an exciting, enticing, fun, informative and sexy time. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Along with the encouraging spirit that runs through the film, it's also very smart and very, very funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Luce (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Ingeniously subversive. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval This is great family entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Lapacazo Sandoval This isn't his finest performance, and I can't recommend this rehashing of tired material. The word "recycled" can best describe this piece, and I'm making an effort to stay positive. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Is Spider-Man: Far From Home worth your hard-earned money? Yes, yes it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval [It's been] nearly a quarter-century... since the original Toy Story and this fourth installment is just as good. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval The Last Black Man in San Francisco is brimming with life and love. It could become a new classic and it's most definitely a love letter to dreams. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
The Apollo (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval The creation of this vibrant multi-media stage show frames the way in which "The Apollo" explores the current struggle of Black lives in America. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Us (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval Peele is a clever social commentator. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Lapacazo Sandoval This prequel has a sturdy gaze, forward. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval Directed by Rob Marshall, this musical is a festive, feel-good film from frame to frame, complete with cobblestone streets of London and smooth dance numbers. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval It's all eye candy for the viewer. The production designers have outdone themselves. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval There is simply nothing not to like about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Amazing Grace (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval This film is a powerful documentary. It's a must-see. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Green Book (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval The performances and the chemistry between Mortensen and Ali is electrifying. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a solid choice during the holiday season. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Widows (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval The dialogue is strong and signature Gillian Flynn. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval James Baldwin, I think, would approve of the film adaption of his 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk that Moonlight writer-director Barry Jenkins has lovingly crafted. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Night School (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval To say that there is tension between Teddy and his teacher is an understatement. It's comedic war, to be frank, with an ensemble of students who all have their own brand of powerful comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Nappily Ever After (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval It's light and charming, an evergreen love story produced by an intelligent and thoughtful producer, Tracey Bing. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
I Am Not a Witch (2017) Lapacazo Sandoval There is a lot to say about how the world mistreats women-strong women-and Nyoni's approach might seem very flimsy when approaching such a large tapestry, but in the end, her film is invigorating and provocative. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval Lady Gaga can act, very well, and actor Bradley Cooper can direct -- even better. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
We're the Millers (2013) Lapacazo Sandoval Dramas are great, but good comedy is hard to find, and this isn't just good comedy -- this is great comedy. New York, it's Miller time! EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Lapacazo Sandoval What's impressive and effective is a look at a recent history through the eyes of a humble man just happy to provide for his family. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Savannah (2013) Lapacazo Sandoval Savannah is a great family movie choice... It stresses the value of friendship despite society's pressures. It's also directed with style and genuine affection, making every frame as unforgettable as the last. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Newlyweeds (2013) Lapacazo Sandoval It's a tragic comedy in which the absurdity of the stoners' bad choices will find your funny bone. You will laugh and shake your head in mock disgust, because addicts are truly funny until they aren't anymore. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Captain Phillips (2013) Lapacazo Sandoval Director Paul Greengrass is a masterful guide, delivering a taunt and exciting cinematic adventure while keeping the essence of the story intact. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Gravity (2013) Lapacazo Sandoval The searing action is never repetitive, and every frame is inspired. I'll pay to see this thrilling and wonderfully realized survival adventure again because the visual elements,... made the film taunt with breath-catching tension. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Black Nativity (2013) Lapacazo Sandoval I'm just going to describe the experience as Lemmons-esque, the result of a fearless and passionate dreamer whose deeper imaginative realms have become recognizable in her work. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Lapacazo Sandoval The visceral visuals that drove the first ferocious retelling of the ancient battle of Thermopylae -- have been ramped up, opening a new chapter in the bloody, epic saga of the proud and fragmented Greek nation's struggle for freedom. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Beyond the Lights (2014) Lapacazo Sandoval It might be a broad stereotype, but that side of the pond tends to produce very well-trained, versatile thespians. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Top Five (2014) Lapacazo Sandoval The film, like Rock, is impressive, gritty, real to the bone and sidesplittingly funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Magic Mike XXL (2015) Lapacazo Sandoval You get lost in the absurdity and joy of this seemingly hopeless endeavor. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018