Chicago Cinema Circuit

Chicago Cinema Circuit is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Daniel Nava
Rating Title/Year Author
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Daniel Nava ... this by-committee, director-for-hire sequel doubles down on its predecessor's more classical (read: conservative) elements, emphasizing a gender dynamic that could best be described as old-fashioned. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Daniel Nava I think what you make of these films of the new trilogy mostly has to do with how willing you are to accommodate revisions of the past, suggestions that what has been can never be the same again. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Daniel Nava The Irishman is profound in all the ways you'd expect a Scorsese film to be. It's thoughtful, exciting, and possesses all the signs of a master filmmaker challenging himself and his audience EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Waves (2019) Daniel Nava Whatever intended lyricism Shults aims for gets lost in a cacophony of despair that rarely feels genuine. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Deerskin (2019) Daniel Nava You almost want to give it credit for merely existing or for even having the bravado to suggest that a sequel is possible. But some ideas are best left as theoretical and Deerskin is clearly one of them. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Daniel Nava ...come[s] across as a WWE-studios version of Darren Aronofsky's mother! EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
The Whistlers (2019) Daniel Nava ...something as astonishingly cool as his new film, The Whistlers, would seemingly go against the very tenets of what makes a Romanian New Wave film a Romanian New Wave film. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
() Daniel Nava ... this story of a shoe-sniffing bureaucrat with a particular knack for seal clubbing, is simultaneously new and familiar. Much like the best of Guy Maddin. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Truth (2019) Daniel Nava The Truth is at its most persuasive when Kore-eda observes the scintillating rapport between Binoche and Deneuve. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Daniel Nava Concealed beneath the surface is a lyricism that can swell with truth. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Mother (2019) Daniel Nava As touching as Mother can be, its two-prong narrative seems like a compromise, with Bilsen never fully developing either story to the heights of their inherent dramaturgy. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
() Daniel Nava Fire Will Come may be described as glacial in pacing, but the film is rich in textures, in what feels like an intensely muscular effort that demands its audience pay attention to all its ephemeral details. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Clemency (2019) Daniel Nava Chukwu's capacity of addressing an issue as unsexy as death penalty reform in both a lyrical and clinical context affords Clemency a palpable sense of urgency. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Mister America (2019) Daniel Nava As a self-contained piece of satire, it's a modest accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Daniel Nava It becomes an examination of characters who gravitate toward thoughts of what's missing and lost... EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Daniel Nava What you do get out of the film is a denial of closure, a refusal to provide the answers... EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Daniel Nava It's easy to ridicule, sure, but it ends up becoming surprisingly more complex than its Nickleback-laced soundtrack would suggest. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Daniel Nava There's freedom in the kind of honesty that Gray expresses and as a result Ad Astra sings. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Daniel Nava The likability of the ensemble does much of the heavy lifting here... EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Daniel Nava ... a film not cerebral enough to be interesting nor thoughtful enough to be emotionally moving. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Daniel Nava I really like what It Two is about, I just hate how it goes about it. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Daniel Nava Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! is another example of the quote unquote documentary filmmaker peddling his brand of Gen-X whining as cultural and critical complaint. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
American Factory (2019) Daniel Nava It's here where American Factory is at its most riveting, where Fuyao's Chinese upper-management attempts to suppress a union vote. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Daniel Nava [Brittany Runs a Marathon] possesses some notable virtues worth unpacking. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Skin (2018) Daniel Nava Skin ends up paying lip service, skimming past the messy mechanics and symptoms of hate. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Daniel Nava As you'd imagine, [Toy Story 4 will] mean a lot of things to different people, but most vitally, it just plain means something. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Daniel Nava Jarmusch is speaking the language of the disenchanted; the language of a generation prone to skimming over specifics. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Total Recall (1990) Daniel Nava Adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story, Verhoeven's backdrop of competing alien factions.... and ruthless capitalists informs something even more broad: when every waking moment is a nightmare, sometimes it's best to retreat to our dreams. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The Last to See Them (2019) Daniel Nava I found Summa's stylism to lend itself to evocation over provocation. The Last to See Them is thoughtful in a way that could not be anticipated. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Daniel Nava On a purely visual level, it's incomprehensible and meaningless with every scene involving these kaijus set to Biblical on the rain scale. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Daniel Nava The good will that Wilde and her coterie of writers build, along with the integrity and commitment of all the film's performers, manages to steer the film through its rockiest passages. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
() Daniel Nava ... if the creases show, it's [Ramona Edith] Williams' doe-eyed, aw-shucks performance that will likely iron this out for audiences. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Pink Wall (2019) Daniel Nava ...while there were several passages throughout that I nodded in recognition, there's simply a self-consciousness to its design that makes most of Pink Wall a disingenuous disappointment. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Olympic Dreams (2019) Daniel Nava ... the kind of American independent film that captures your attention at its moment and then quickly fades out of your memory after its end credits scroll. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Daniel Nava There aren't many films that can suggest John Ford and D.W. Griffith in one scene and follow that up with a sequence involving a knife thrown directly to the groin, but Parabellum impossibly does. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Daniel Nava No human of a certain age, even with the credentials that (Bill) Nighy possesses, can utter the word "Pokémon" without it sounding a little embarrassing. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Daniel Nava It's sloppy, embarrassingly indulgent, and operates more like a music video than a feature film. And for those reasons I, irrationally, really enjoyed [Teen Spirit]. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Daniel Nava Leigh's mammoth ambitions limit the creative will of his filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Daniel Nava Mike Wallace is Here is so compulsively watchable that it's easy to forget that you've seen a dozen documentary films like it before. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Infiltrators (2019) Daniel Nava ...a shallow film on a group's activism that doesn't seem to understand that true horror does not need reenacting - we're living it. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Daniel Nava ...an uneven film, one that seems to value the puckishness of the Satanic Temple's leaders rather than the intricacies by which the religion (hopes to) operate as a true oppositional force. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Daniel Nava For better or worse (mostly better), AOC ends up hijacking Knock Down the House. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Daniel Nava Shazam! ended up being exactly what I needed when I needed it. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Us (2019) Daniel Nava Us is most persuasive when compressed, when we're observing its concerns through the retina of Nyong'o performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Daniel Nava .... intended for generic uplift that sacrifices specifics for something safe and anodyne. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Daniel Nava Everybody Knows stands out as Farhadi's most interesting film to date. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Daniel Nava ... banally imagines death as a series of jump scares or pithy one-liners intended to yank out a laugh. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Don't Blink -- Robert Frank (2015) Daniel Nava Israel possesses a formal acuity that's refreshing for a documentary filmmaker EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Forushande (2016) Daniel Nava Even if Farhadi rarely leaves me impressed with his visual capacities, the depths of his dramatic intuition are second to none. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story (2016) Daniel Nava Cantu, as a figure, is magnetic enough to digest the film without much protest, but Schwartz' inability to discriminate between valuable content and its opposite fails its subject. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019