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
Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) Carla Renata There's nothing better than a life well lived and documented for us all to celebrate. Mary Wharton lovingly brings Tom Petty's journey full circle and has picked up a new fan in the process EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (2021) Carla Renata Danielle Brooks and Joaquina Kalukango make you wanna download the whole Mahalia Jackson catalog...yesterday. Spectacular performances, direction and production design all around!!! EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) Carla Renata Selma Blair is fearless during the biggest race for adversity of her life. She takes the veil off the good, bad and ugly truth that encapsulates MS, stem cell treatment without apology. Her candor and bravery are awe-inspiring EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2021
The Father (2020) Carla Renata Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman give performances full of dignity and heart while tackling the emotional complexities of dementia. Get several boxes of tissues ready. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Carla Renata Godzilla vs Kong reminded me that I have been rooting for King Kong for decades! Loved that he was able to understand sign language and that the woman in his life this time was a little girl instead of a grown vixen. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Carla Renata Do superheroes need love while saving the world? Are they vulnerable deep down? Well, Zack Snyder's Justice League brings it all to the surface along with epic action sequences for the ages EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Tina (2021) Carla Renata Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin gingerly assist this legend as she takes one more trip through ghosts and trauma to inspire others with her journey of survival. TINA really is Simply the Best!!! EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
I'M FINE (Thanks for Asking) (2021) Carla Renata Kelley Kali, Angelique Molina and Roma Kong eloquently take the challenges of a houseless single mother and craft a story full of heart, humor and COVID realness while creating a maternal superhero. I was there for ALL of it! EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
The Courier (2020) Carla Renata Benedict Cumberbatch and Merab Ninidze eloquently convey the complicated, historical tale of espionage that ultimately prevent nuclear war. Great directing from Dominic Cooke and cinematography from Sean Bobbit EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
The End Of Us (2021) Carla Renata Covid Realness captured with humor, heart resonates with all the feels related to the stress and complications of being in quarantine from the creative minds of Steven Kanter and Henry Loevner EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
Women is Losers (2021) Carla Renata Lissette Feliciano pays homage to the women's movement with aa creative coming of age tale once again solidifying why women should never be dissed or dismissed. Wonderfully rooted performances from Lorenza Izzo, Bryan Craig and Steven Bauer. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
The Little Things (2021) Carla Renata This Oscar trifecta had me wrecked with their John Lee Hancock psychological thriller. A little slow in pacing doesn't negate the fact that these performances are totally worth the watch EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
Woman in Motion (2019) Carla Renata Nichelle Nichols was much more than the beautiful Communications Officer on Star Trek. She was a groundbreaking liaison for NASA that changed the space program forever. Todd Thompson's doc is fascinatingly informative, yet inspiring EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
Herself (2020) Carla Renata Clare Dunne tackles with grit and heart the injustices of being a battered mother under the most stressful circumstances ever providing a performance that is unforgettable EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
Rush (2013) Carla Renata Ron Howard directs a high octane, in your face film about two racers at the height of the Formula One racing era. Hemsworth and Bruhl give the performances of their career EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Carla Renata Raya and The Last Dragon provide spectacular performances from Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina, but will encourage conversations about trust, forgiveness, courage and fear,. Global leaders could take notes form this animated lesson for sure EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
Coming 2 America (2021) Carla Renata All your favorites from the franchise are back cutting up with Akeem and Semmi with a spotlight for empowering women of all ages to be uniquely themselves! Family fun for all! EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Cherry (2021) Carla Renata Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo deliver powerhouse performances in a film from the Russo Brothers that blows the lid off opiate addiction and the devaluation of our military after being physically and mentally traumatized. Bravo! EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Carla Renata RJ Cutler eloquently breaks down the raw and real emotions that permeate while navigating being a teenage girl in an industry that can be pressurized and unforgiving. Billie Eilish just got a new fan! EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
Tom & Jerry (2021) Carla Renata Watching an 80 year old franchise be reinvented for a whole new generation to revel in doing these times brings a smile to face. Tim Story's live action Tom & Jerry is family fun at it finest EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Carla Renata This story and subject matter couldn't be more timely and only enhanced by the heart stopping performances of Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Carla Renata One reason and one reason only to see this film - Andra Day who gives us a grittier, dirtier Lady Day in her cinematic debut. Lee Daniels direction is uncompromising and uncomfortable, but so is the life of Billie Holiday EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Flora and Ulysses (2020) Carla Renata Furry Superhero Squirrels left me with hope and joy while being elated over Hollywood's newest little leading lady - Matilda Lawler. So much fun for adults and kids alike. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Carla Renata Zendaya and John David Washington in the best verbal cinematic sparring session since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf give career best performances enhanced by razor sharp script and direction from Sam Levinson EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
R#J (2021) Carla Renata Like Baz Luhrmann did 25 years ago, Carey Williams reinvigorated the classic star-crossed lover tale taking it to Instagram with a twisty surprise in R#J EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
Ailey (2021) Carla Renata Alvin Ailey sacrificed the pain, joy, and memorable moments of his life as a tapestry for his dance genius that lives with us always captured in a layered, emotional doc by Jamila Wignot EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
Passing (2021) Carla Renata Rebecca Hall exqusitely adapts Nella Larsen's novel into a black and white cinematic buffet. Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson simply glow with fantabulously complicated characters making this film unforgettable EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Carla Renata Street Gang is a loving, emotional tribute to a global brand that tackled racism, education and more with puppets, music through a street that everyone wanted to live on - Sesame Street... EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
CODA (2021) Carla Renata You may not know Emilia Jones now, but after screening CODA you will never forget her or the pitch perfect direction of Sian Heder EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Carla Renata Stevie Wonder once said, I never wanted fear to put my dreams asleep and sleep is the last thing you will want or need after watching Summer of Soul. Mavis Staples and Mahalia Jackson are worth the ticket price alone EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Carla Renata Rita Moreno is the original "branding guru" proven repeatedly by her well deserved EGOT status. She really is just a girl who decided to go for it and I couldn't be more elated. This film is a must see for those on the verge of giving up. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
American Skin (2019) Carla Renata Nate Parker takes ongoing conflict between the boys in blue and the Black community blowing it apart cinematically with a compelling narrative that is long winded, but necessary EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
Be Water (2020) Carla Renata Director Bao Nguyen elegantly weaves Lee's personal struggle for visibility and reminds up that Bruce Lee's star burned so brightly we still see it today. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Sylvie's Love (2020) Carla Renata Eugene Ashe did this thang with this classic black love story with exquisite performances from Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha. Yes Yes and Yes for ALL of that! EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
All My Life (2020) Carla Renata Real Life. True Love are awe inspiring through the performances of Jessica Rothe and Harry Shum. Jr. in tear jerker romance All My Life EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
Soul (2020) Carla Renata It's a wonderful life for Joe Gardner and whose love for jazz is animated for posterity through the words of Kemp Power and music of Jon Baptiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
Fatale (2020) Carla Renata Michael Ealy is the hunted. Hillary Swank is pure unadulterated evil as the hunter in this popcorn thriller EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Monster Hunter (2020) Carla Renata Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaaa's chemistry are fun in this video game adaptation, but not enough to keep those sand creatures from taking an easy mark. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Giving Voice (2020) Carla Renata August Wilson's work takes centerstage was the audience gains a lesson in tenacity, hope and the first gaze at some brilliantly talented thespians on the cusp of brilliant theatrical careers. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Carla Renata Kristen Wiig and Gal Gadot are perfect sparring partners, Pedro Pascal perfect villain and lessons on humanity, greed vs power encapsulate Wonder Woman 1984 form the highest grossing female director Patty Jenkins EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020) Carla Renata Carey Mulligan is an acting beast and Emerald Fennell is giving us revenge as a dish best served female with Promising Young Woman EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Carla Renata While the entire production and cast is A+, Chadwick. Boseman gives a career best performance. His performance as Levee is transcendently captivating EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Collective (2019) Carla Renata Eerily reminiscent of what happens when government puts their own personal interests ahead of the people who have elected them to have their back. Collective is an in your face documentation of how the Romanian gov't crumbled at the seams. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Safety (2020) Carla Renata Sacrifice is selfless and it h ave never been more resilient than in the life of Ray-Ray McElrathbey in Safety on Disney Plus. Emotionally poignant and inspirational. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Carla Renata Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are acting heavyweights that blaze the screen in a queer love story proving that love can penetrate even the hardest of hearts. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
Between the World and Me (2020) Carla Renata In a world struggling with systemic racism, Between The World and Me breaks it all the way down shy providing a loving tribute to The Mecca - Howard University. Racism turned us into a race - Black people have refined us as flesh and blood human beings EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Carla Renata Amy Adams and Glenn Close are acting their buns off in a story of rescue and survival illustrating how one person in a family can change the trajectory of your life in a positive or negative way. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
The Croods: A New Age (2020) Carla Renata The Croods A New Age is light, fluffy family fun that will make you giggle your buns off EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
The Life Ahead (2020) Carla Renata The Life Ahead is a beautifully, poignant film perfectly illustrating the power of humanity versus class and race with an award winning performances from Sophia Loren EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Carla Renata Forest Whitaker is singing and dancing! Anika Noni Rose, Madalen Mills. Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad & Lisa Davina Phillip make Jingle Jangle a new holiday classic. I was there for every bit of melanin on that screen giving up excellence! EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020