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
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
Saint Frances (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
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016) Daniel Nava The film is drained of any particular vitality EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Christine (2016) Daniel Nava This is my first experience with Campos and I'm completely taken aback by his formal IQ. Every frame is richly composed, informed by careful decisions that reflect the self-doubt of his characters EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
After the Storm (2016) Daniel Nava After the Storm, Kore-eda's latest, is his most accomplished work yet, possessing the sort of weary-eyed clarity into the fears and anxieties that plague dreamers who have failed to blossom from the promise of their youth. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) Daniel Nava Yet the material, with its narrative propelled by the trial's eventual verdict, never amounts to anything especially substantive. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Rester vertical (2016) Daniel Nava Guiraudie's attempts to complicate the cliché by steeping his surrealist content through a realist lens are not quite as adventurous as it seems. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Sieranevada (2016) Daniel Nava You'll be immediately struck by Puiu's realism and capacity to replicate the exact lulls and tempo of conversation between the familial. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Raising Bertie (2016) Daniel Nava Byrne and DP/Producer Jon Stuyvesant capture Bertie with a tangible sense of what makes the community tick, punctuated by a tactile languor that is reminiscent of David Gordon Green's George Washington. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Maquinaria panamericana (2016) Daniel Nava Paso, in his debut feature, displays an acute visual sensibility and a remarkable sense of sound EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Malaria (2016) Daniel Nava Set in Tehran, Parviz Shabbazi's Malaria offers a unique vision of Iranian culture that nestles between the middle ground of Jafar Pahani's metaphysical musings and Asghar Farhadi's decidedly grounded moral puzzles. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Harmonium (2016) Daniel Nava Fukada reigns in the performances for something more eerie and contained, relying on the cumulative effect of subtle gestures to create something so unexpectedly leveling and terrifying. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Certain Women (2016) Daniel Nava It's a tender film that understands adult behavior in a remarkably astute way. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Aquarius (2016) Daniel Nava The film is centered on Sonia Braga's unimpeachable performance, the best of the year, in a role that you'd imagine someone like Gena Rowlands' would've taken in the 70s and early 80s EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Little Sister (2016) Daniel Nava Clark's study on nostalgia is periphery to how his study on the cumulative contradictions that shape and define our worldviews. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Moonlight (2016) Daniel Nava Like with Linklater's film, the cumulative details figure into the Moonlight's indelible powers, inspiring some of the most richly composed imagery you'll find in contemporary American cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Loving (2016) Daniel Nava It's exactly what you come to expect from an Oscar-primed social advocacy biopic: unchallenging and uncomplicated EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Bleed for This (2016) Daniel Nava ... with the release of Ben Younger's Bleed for This, we confront a heady reality of Great White Anxiety and rejuvenated hyper-individualism. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Daniel Nava You're unlikely to hear a less convincing sounding film this year, whereby actors are tasked with the impossible in a film that so often resembles an infomercial than any reflection of reality. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Nocturnal Animals (2016) Daniel Nava It's vapid and trashy and yet so bewildering and crafted with such élan that it's (almost) respectable. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Daniel Nava What's so disarming about The Edge of Seventeen is how its superficiality lends itself to some particularly authentic moments. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
American Honey (2016) Daniel Nava It's a contemporary canonical work EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Lion (2016) Daniel Nava Lion, for the scope of its narrative and breadth of its ambitions, is not something that could be adequately told in 120 minutes. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Miss Sloane (2016) Daniel Nava Miss Sloane's flashy yet witless repartee suggests profundity yet exposes nothing. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Daniel Nava Edwards submits a distinct, though ultimately uneven work that never quite manages to become the spectacle or ensemble piece it hopes to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Hidden Figures (2016) Daniel Nava ... Hidden Figures considers the painful without the pain, aims for sincerity despite a motive, and engages without demanding. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
A Monster Calls (2016) Daniel Nava Though not my preferred mode of filmmaking, I appreciate the sophistication of Bayona's vision in adapting Ness' work, with their complementary qualities working exceedingly well. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Homo sapiens (2016) Daniel Nava ...possesses an astonishing beauty that overwhelms the senses EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Silence (2016) Daniel Nava I found Silence's examinations of Christian and Buddhist faiths to be astonishingly thoughtful. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
20th Century Women (2016) Daniel Nava 20th Century Women is as much an examination of the there and then as it is a tonic for the here and now. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Happy Hour (2015) Daniel Nava This is a delightfully human film, one that observes its characters with a sense of tranquil reverence. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Daniel Nava ... Stahelski crafts something that's all at once modern and timeless. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019