The Curvy Film Critic

The Curvy Film Critic is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Carla Renata
Rating Title/Year Author
Invisible Life (2019) Carla Renata Ever feel invisible in plain sight navigating through life with no one really noticing your existence? Invisible Life beautifully captures the love and life of two sisters and the strength of women under the most dire of circumstances. Loved it!!! EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
Disneynature: Dolphin Reef (2020) Carla Renata Dolphins, Whales and Mantis frolic and cut up in Dolphin Reef, which is gorgeously shot while providing humor and drama under the ocean floor. Informational and Educational for all ages EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Swallow (2019) Carla Renata Ever feel ignored while in plain sight? Would you consume objects for attention? Hayley Bennett does with the face and voice of a troubled angel in this disturbing psychological thriller EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2020
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest (2020) Carla Renata This HBO doc from Mahershala Ali an Amy Schatz is the perfect positive shot in the arm proving that words and their power uttered from children is the biggest gift of all EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2020
Blow the Man Down (2019) Carla Renata Margo Martindale is giving me my entire life as the Eastern Seaboard Don Corleone in this Coen Brother-esque murder, mystery directed by Bridget Savage Cole and well worth the watch! EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2020
The Banker (2020) Carla Renata Did you know brothas were owning massive real estate & banks in the 1950's America ? I didn't either. Thanks to Anthony Mackie and Apple TV Plus we get to know all about with a bonus of strong performances from Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Nia Long EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Carla Renata Get that tissue ready for you will truly be in a puddle of tears rooting for Buck in The Call of The Wild. Man's best friend is giving love and hope to a scruffy Harrison Ford and I was there for all of it. Plus performances of Omar Sy and Cara Gee!!! EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Carla Renata Two reasons to check out why should you go see yet another adaptation of EMMA are AnnaTaylor-Joy and Mia Got, who straddle the line of comedy and drama with exquisite perfection. Only enhanced by the legendary Bill Nighy and Myra McFadyen. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Premature (2019) Carla Renata Do you remember the first time you had your heart broken? Zora Howard does and captures it beautifully as leading lady and Rashaad Ernesto Green's co-writer. Black love in it purest, richest form bound to become a classic right up with Love Jones EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Buffaloed (2019) Carla Renata Zoey Deutsch's hustling, feminine anti-hero with dreams of grandeur is pure unadulterated joy. Judy Greer flips her comedy prowess upside down while tackling a more serious role with verve and power. Loved interracial storyline and love Buffaloed EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
Downhill (2020) Carla Renata Would your love shift when the man of your dreams bounced in the face of danger? Force Majeure remake might make you ponder that question. Great dramatic showcase for Ferrell & Julia Louis Dreyfus, but did we need this remake. Probably not. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Photograph (2020) Carla Renata Ever met someone who feels more like a soul mate than one who leaves you soulless making your heart sing? Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae are THAT couple in The Photograph with well crafted directing and storytelling by Stella Meghie. Black Love Baby!!! EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Carla Renata Margot Robbie doing backflips in roller-skates...YUP! I'm there for all of it in Birds of Prey and you will be too! Jurnee Smolett, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez and Ella jay Basco are giving female empowerment a fantabulous, delicious twist! EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
Lost Girls (2020) Carla Renata When you are black or poor and white there are a different set of rules regarding missing persons. Documentarian turned feature director Liz Garbus passion and Amy Ryan' fiery performance make this film a must see! EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Siempre, Luis (2020) Carla Renata ‪Luis Miranda is not just the Dad of Hamilton and In The Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda , but an immigrant who became a NYC political powerhouse. John James lovingly captures his legacy in Siempre, Luis EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Carla Renata Julia Garner's performance should and will make you uncomfortable as she wades through the political harassment of men in the workplace. Effective, Haunting and Powerful filmmaking by Kitty Green EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
The Glorias (2020) Carla Renata I love me some Julie Taymor for numerous reasons and she has given me one more reason with The Glorias journaling the life and legacy of journalist feminist Gloria Steinem. There were tear, cheers and encouragement from a legend! EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Zola (2020) Carla Renata What happens when 144 tweets from go viral? You get a stripper field trip that will make you heard spin like a top in Zola making you think twice about who to trust. Janicza Bravo...BRAVO! Riley Keough, Taylour Paige, ColmanDomingo, Nicolas Braun slay EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Carla Renata This is an excruciatingly, intense, in your face look at teen pregnancy, the right to choose or not coupled with the pain, anguish and pressure that go along with it. Director Eliza Hittman is a brave badass ! EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Come Away (2020) Carla Renata Loved the merging worlds of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland though a live-action format and that the cast was multi-cultural. Feels more geared toward adults than kids, but enjoyable and beautifully shot and directed by Brave's Brenda Chapman EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Bad Hair (2020) Carla Renata Bad Hair will give every woman with a weave nightmares with his latest satirical horror. Not without its flaws, the film places a glaring spotlight on the importance of hair in the black community and the quest for beauty and power by any means necessary EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Crip Camp (2020) Carla Renata Loved that former President Barack and Michelle Obama put the spotlight on disabled revolutionists who changed the course of history with Crip Camp for Netflix. Heartfelt and inspiring. Thx Jmi LeBrecht for sharing your life's passion EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Tyler Perry's A Fall From Grace (2020) Carla Renata Love or hate Tyler Perry. The man knows how to tap into, engage and entertain Black audiences. This time he's doing it with Netflix and his fans will lose their minds being able to stream their fav repeatedly. Bresha Webb and Crystal Fox crush it! EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Troop Zero (2019) Carla Renata Troop Zero is a Delightful Spin on Bad News Bears for Misfits in the form of a new kind of Girl Scout troop that is LGBTQ inclusive. Nice -Nasty chemistry with Viola Davis and Allison Janney is the icing on the Amazon Prime cake EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Carla Renata Love talking animal movies, but even the charismatic Robert Downey, Jr. can't save this film from cinema oblivion. Doolittle loses the charm of the franchise which made audiences fall in love in the first place EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Carla Renata This time capsule adrenaline rush is unequivocally Hasta El Fuego thanks to the comedic chemistry of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. DJ Kahled and Sheila E.'s score contribution provide the perfect flavor for Miami's favorite franchise. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Like a Boss (2020) Carla Renata Like A Boss is fluffy foul-mouthed fun holding up the struggles and joys of female friendship in business. You will laugh you @ss off. Billy Porter and Jennifer Coolidge are the perfect sidekicks EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
Three Christs (2017) Carla Renata Eye-opening story about humanity vs power struggle with a star studded cast led by Richard Gere. Pacing is a little slow, but the message is strong on the disproportionate power struggle in the mental health institutions EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
Underwater (2020) Carla Renata Underwater is an adrenaline shot to the body and soul with a serious message from Mother Nature that never really rises above sea level. Even Kristen Stewart and that fierce haircut can't save it. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
Western Stars (2019) Carla Renata Bruce Springsteen is THE BOSS, but this Western Stars documentary makes him a legend. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
1917 (2019) Carla Renata 1917 is a hauntingly realistic recap of WWI through the eyes of two soldiers desperately attempting to prevent more tragedy in an already intense war. Hands down Best Picture contender for 2020! EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
Spies in Disguise (2019) Carla Renata Ever notice how there are pigeons literally everywhere you turn? What if they were really fowl feathers spies? I know hysterical, right? So are Will Smith, Tom Holland and Masi Oka in Spies In Disguise. Great Holiday Family Fun! EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
Little Women (2019) Carla Renata How did Louisa May Alcott's timeless generational classic hold up across the decades? It's breathtakingly relevant with magnificent performances from Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet and Florence Pugh. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
Cats (2019) Carla Renata Cats has beautiful production design, a few great performances by James Corden. Taylor Swift and Ian McClellan and spectacular choreography by Andy Blankenbueller. But it left me just as confused as the Broadway show did regardless of its hit status. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Carla Renata Is the final saga of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerworth the ride? Hell yeah baby!!! With cameos from OG's and a new focus where the past meets the present is the perfect way to send Star Wars into cinematic history! You did THAT JJ Abrams! EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Carla Renata Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkinsare giving an actors masterclass while giving audiences an inside peek into the how the pontiff's are selected. Wonderfully informative and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Carla Renata Body swapping shenanigans make way too much fun. Love Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart together in comedies plus those Glover and DeVito impersonations... EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Carla Renata When does fact become speculation and lives get turned inside out? Richard Jewell was the poster child for that question. Paul Walter Hauser and Kathy Bates are spectacular and heartbreaking. Slow moving narrative by Clint Eastwood, but important one. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Carla Renata Uncut Gems provides Adam Sandler with the performance of a lifetime coupled with anxiety, stress driven spot on filmmaking by Benny and Josh Safdie. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Atlantics (2019) Carla Renata Zombies, Workers vs wages, loves story all make Atlantics an interesting fresh take on Senegalese issues disguised as a love story. Mati Diop is a cinematic enigma with an inventive, untraditional storytelling vibe EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Carla Renata @Marriage Story @netflix will break your heart leaving you hopeful at the same time with career shattering performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Carla Renata Bombshell literally drops the bomb on #cancelculture origins making it clear when women in the workplace got mad as hell! Charlize Theron slays as Megyn Kelly supported by an equally impressive cast with Nicole Kidman and Margo Robbie. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Carla Renata Smart, timely social commentary from Lena Waithe with spot on performances from Jodie-Thomas Smith, Daniel Kaluuya, Bokeem Woodbine and Indya Moore. Melina Matsoukas' gorgeous cinematography and direction makes this film creatively fresh chocolaticity! EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Carla Renata Mark Ruffaloand Anne Hathaway turn in career best performances while exposing corporate greed in Dark Waters. You will never want to use a teflon pan EVER again in your life after screening this one. Kudos Todd Haynes and Focus Features! EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Carla Renata Anna and Elsa are back with new songs and new adventures into the unknown. Not as strong as the original, but who cares. We can all use a little love, light and holiday magic. Thanks Disney! EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Carla Renata Devika Bhise brings royal Indian freedom fighter life with dignity and respect with spectacularly costumes. Mind-boggling how issues with women being treated with common decency and respect are still problematic even in this era EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Carla Renata Old franchise. New faces and this time the director and screenwriter is Elizabeth Banks. Loved the strong women message while rocking killer bodies and brains. Especially love Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scot . EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Report (2019) Carla Renata Adam Driver turns in a tortured, nuanced performance as Daniel Jones while bring the CIA to its knees. The Report is a perfect example of how white men with power will lie at no cost of their own while placing the country they claim to love in jeopardy EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Waves (2019) Carla Renata Featuring one of the strongest ensemble casts of 2019, WAVES is will strike a chord and a nerve. This African-American family proves that all that glitters is not gold. Kelvin Harrison, Jr is stupendous followed by an exquisite Taylor Russell . EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Carla Renata Fascinating doc centered on the personal and political career of former Philippine First Lady - Imelda Marcos. As many jokes as there were about her shoes, I assure you this doll is as savvy and treacherous as they come. A must see for sure EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019