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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Straight Outta Compton (2015) Lapacazo Sandoval To the directors' credit, this film works for those deeply knowledgable about he hip-hop world and the novices alike. The movie works because it's about human nature, and therefore human fragility and the spirits' desire to forgive. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Creed (2015) Lapacazo Sandoval Creed is a filmmaker's film and, at the same time, a well crafted everyman story and audience pleaser. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
The Hateful Eight (2015) Lapacazo Sandoval The Hateful Eight doesn't drag because Tarantino has stacked the deck with characters so wild and dangerously exciting that you almost want to slap your own hands for cheering these grimy characters in their violent pursuits. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
The BFG (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval The sophisticated all-digital makeover of Oscar winner Mark Rylance, which transforms him into the non-flesh-eating, big-hearted giant BFG, has made this film a new family classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Action lovers will be smiling throughout because it follows the successful template and Beyond brings the climactic sequences that involve explosive destruction and a brutal hand-to-hand fight between the main villain and the stoic good guy. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Nine Lives (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval The film seems recycled but strangely missing any sustainable humor, even by kids' standards, which are pretty loose because laugher is an easy reach for them. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Queen of Katwe (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Director Nair shows more than her skill, which is impressive. It's the love for the country and Phiona's story that sets the film apart. Visually it's rich. [It's] structure is solid with a few twists that separates it from superficially similar movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Shot over 27 fast-moving days on location, in Savannah,... this cinematography could help land a Best Picture nomination come Oscar season. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Moonlight (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Moonlight is awash with both beauty and dignity. I know many of these people, and I suspect most African-Americans do as well. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Loving (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Loving is Negga's movie, and she leads us into the complicated life of Mildred, with just a simple glance. Her eyes are expressive and hypnotizing and her voice-measured and melodic-delivers a knockout punch. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Moana (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Moana keeps the very best of the tradition that has made Disney the leader in animated fairy and folk tales, and yet, it has a terrific modern touch. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval She expands into a mystical, magical world using some existing storylines to dip into its past for an intelligent, gripping and fully entertaining prequel that only deepens the Potter universe... and its characters into a fresh and bold direction. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Fences (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Wilson's dialogue is superlative -- soulful, authentic and timely and almost musical, sharing a cadence that's part of most urban cities. Under Washington's direction and Christensen's cinematography, there is no wasted moment, no empty frame. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Hidden Figures (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval The movie is beautiful to watch in part because of the tremendous work of cinematographer Mandy Walker, who captures a feeling of a time long gone. The music elevates the true story. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Chapter & Verse (2015) Lapacazo Sandoval The theme of the drama is familiar and from the very first frame, viewers will understand that this film is a powerful story wrapped so tightly in truth. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
A United Kingdom (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval This story is great filmmaking, and director Asante makes the end result look and feel effortless. Her eye for detail elevates every frame, and her gentle way with actors leaves them room to do what they do best. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Ghost in the Shell (2017) Lapacazo Sandoval The real star of this film is the brilliant storytellers that have mastered VFX. They get it, and every frame of the film's composite enforces that simple but vital fact. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Sleight (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval In Dillard's Sleight, the use of magic tricks is transformed into a rather clever metaphor for personal power and life-altering transformation that makes this film an exciting thriller with just the right touch of drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Lapacazo Sandoval For better and for worse, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is average. And yet, to my great indignation, it still managed to move me to laughter and a few tears. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Lapacazo Sandoval Everything about the film is created to make it have that wow impact. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Alien: Covenant (2017) Lapacazo Sandoval Everything about Scott's Alien: Covenant speaks to a tremendous hit and perhaps is the making of a new horror classic. There is gloom and shadows of the creepy planet, Origae-6,... all of which makes for a perfect horror-movie environment. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Wonder Woman (2017) Lapacazo Sandoval It's told very well sans clumsy clutter and the pacing is perfect. Jenkin gets high marks for humor and for the delicate handling the romance between Gadot and the charismatic Pine who,... almost has you rooting for him to win. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Despicable Me 3 (2017) Lapacazo Sandoval As silly and delightful as Despicable Me 3 is, there are sentimental and warm-fuzzy family moments delivered with genuine sincerity. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Ballerina (2016) Lapacazo Sandoval Dreams of being a famous ballet dancer dressed in bright pink tutus and a life filled with dazzling pirouettes, all viewed under the spotlights is what makes this sweet new animated story Leap! such a charming cinematic family viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Lapacazo Sandoval Under Ryan Coogler's sturdy direction, the nuances and details of the Black Panther storyline are impeccable. Structure firmly in place, there isn't a stereotype on the screen. It's a game changer. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018