Prairie Dog Magazine

Prairie Dog Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jorge Castillo
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Jorge Castillo For all of Rose-Lynn's flaws, Jessie Buckley keeps us on her side. She gives us a textured character without shoving Rose-Lynn's complexity in our faces. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Jorge Castillo To make a bad situation worse, Linklater softens the edges of the novel, reducing the film to a laundry list of rich-white-people problems. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/5 Judy (2019) Jorge Castillo Judy contains well-crafted scenes and strong performances. But the film never comes together. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Jorge Castillo Ultimately, Ad Astra is about personal responsibility, both as an individual, and as a member of the broader human community. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Jorge Castillo There's no science to Good Boys: kids interacting with adult things they don't understand is always good for a laugh (and get a religious group or two riled-up). EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Jorge Castillo Never mind the lead's boneheaded decisions, the film's artsy pretentions and the grossly underused Tilda Swinton - the movie sticks with you. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 The Grizzlies (2018) Jorge Castillo The "white saviour" approach is awkward at best. It opens with a trigger-warning, signaling lack of confidence in the material (and the audience, too). EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jorge Castillo The reconstruction/glorification of L.A. in 1969 is evocative. Tarantino also succeeds at capturing the toxicity at the Spahn Movie Ranch where the Manson Family was holed up. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
3.5/5 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Jorge Castillo Ask Dr. Ruth doesn't reinvent the wheel or contain earth-shattering revelations, but it does a good job linking her harsh childhood with her drive to spread knowledge. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jorge Castillo It's all so much fun, I can already hear angry nerds complaining it's not as dark as Endgame. Nuts to that. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Jorge Castillo Aster's heroes start knocked off-balance by grief. This makes them more open to new experiences and ideas, but also susceptible to whatever evil lurks in the vicinity. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
2/5 High Life (2018) Jorge Castillo The film is deliberate obtuse to the point of being frustrating. Any good will towards Denis or the actors doing their best with underwritten parts vanishes after a while. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Jorge Castillo Aladdin can't fully avoid the specter of Robin Williams hovering over the film, but Will Smith makes the right choices, chief among them trading manic for laid-back. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Jorge Castillo We see the Chesters pivot constantly to maintain a prosperous biodiversity, but whether the project is profitable or not, we're never told. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Jorge Castillo There is nothing explicitly wrong with The Tomorrow Man. It's just flat like a day-old soda. Lithgow and Danner are old pros, but they are unable to develop any chemistry. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Jorge Castillo The film's ambitions are too lofty to be well served and Late Night is never as funny or clever as it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jorge Castillo Jarmusch has bent film conventions throughout his career to suit his whims, and this latest effort is no different. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Jorge Castillo Danny Boyle takes an outlandish premise and transforms it into a meditation on the creative process and the ways artists compromise to get their work to the public. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jorge Castillo The main takeaway of Avengers: Endgame is the presumption that the half that remained may listen to their better angels. Forget time travel, the real fairy-tale lays here. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 The Public (2018) Jorge Castillo The Public is overstuffed, but it's earnest and it tries to contribute to an important conversation. That nobility of purpose makes it worth watching. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 The Favourite (2018) Jorge Castillo Entertaining, garish and impeccably acted, The Favourite is a morality play on the double standard we use to measure men and women's ambitions, without being too pandering. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 Wonders of the Sea (2017) Jorge Castillo For every remarkable visual captured by Jean-Michel (son of Jacques) Cousteau, there's a trite line of dialogue that undercuts it. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 Sir (2018) Jorge Castillo For a moment, it seems Sir may break through. But the film falls into well-worn grooves and soap opera-level drama, wasting solid character work. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Green Book (2018) Jorge Castillo Green Book deserves to be watched. The film is straightforward, well-executed and often very funny. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 In Search of Greatness (2018) Jorge Castillo In Search of Greatness makes a strong case for intangibles as the decisive factor in sports excellence. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 Wonder Park (2019) Jorge Castillo Wonder Park is very traditional and not in a good way: The look is reminiscent of films from a decade ago, the dialogue is blah, and the humour is light and old-fashioned. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Jorge Castillo While noticeable out of their element, indie stalwarts Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck recognize the easy rapport between Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson is their best asset. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Cold War (2018) Jorge Castillo The dialogue is fascinating and the luscious black-and-white camera work complements it perfectly. And the framing! Oh, the framing! EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Jorge Castillo The film takes a rare approach: It focuses on Vincent's drive rather than his mental health. The signposts to tragedy are all there, but his miseries never hog the spotlight. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Jorge Castillo Shoplifters shines attention on two phenomena eroding Japan's social foundation: underemployment and gentrification. Most people have jobs, but they're menial and low-paying. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Jorge Castillo The Hidden World is a perfectly suitable conclusion to a saga that stayed true to itself and is leaving on its own terms. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Jorge Castillo Fighting with My Family is a sweet and uplifting comic biopic built on relatable pathos. Doesn't hurt to have the fantastic Florence Pugh at the film's centre. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 Mandy (2018) Jorge Castillo As good as Cosmatos is at atmosphere and nightmarish scenarios, he would benefit from working with someone who keeps his self-indulgent tendencies in check. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Jorge Castillo The film's hyperkinetic nature makes it impossible to be less than entertained. But because Aquaman is always go, go, go, there's not much room for character development. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jorge Castillo Even if one concedes the plots of films like Mary Poppins Returns exist to bridge musical numbers, you'd think the audience should be a little invested in the outcome. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 The Apology (2016) Jorge Castillo The Apology does a superb job depicting these women's lives and how are they coping. It's not as effective from a journalistic perspective. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/5 The Wife (2017) Jorge Castillo While Close is the show-stopper, Pryce is beat-by-beat as good as the man who buys into his own hype. The expertly calibrated duel remains anchored in reality throughout. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 Colette (2018) Jorge Castillo Impeccably written and acted, the movie transcends the message of female emancipation to deliver actual entertainment. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Jorge Castillo I haven't seen a movie that more closely approaches the feeling of reading a comic, while at the same time taking full advantage of continuous motion and changing perspective. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 Juliet, Naked (2018) Jorge Castillo Juliet, Naked as a movie works on the strength of the original material and excellent casting. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
3/5 Skate Kitchen (2018) Jorge Castillo Forget those glossy dystopias studios force on younger audiences. American indies are going directly to the source to portray adolescents. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 Suspiria (2018) Jorge Castillo Guadagnino's brand of horror isn't shock and awe, it's rooted in suspense. The magic aims to be "realistic". The film lives and dies by this approach. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Jorge Castillo While the film has its heart in the right place, and the target is unquestionably perverse, The movie has a big problem at the centre: The lead. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 Mid90s (2018) Jorge Castillo While the film's mise-en-scene is a joy and succeeds at establishing fully fleshed out characters, it doesn't know what to do with them. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Jorge Castillo While Beautiful Boy hits most of the same beats as other addiction movies, the main characters seem like actual people. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018