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
Halston (2019) Carla Renata Wonderfully concise tribute and recollection of a mid-western fashion icon who changed the face of fashion in America. Testimonials from family, business and fashion associates add intrigue around the rise and fall of Halston EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Black Godfather (2019) Carla Renata Imagine Janet Jackson's signature sound without the beats of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Imagine if Soul Train had been buried by a Dick Clark knockoff. Thanks to The Black Godfather- Clarence Avant we don't have to! Kudos to Netflix and Reggie Hudlin EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Emanuel (2019) Carla Renata Emanuel should be required viewing to consistently remind us that we should never become comfortable with mass shootings. That is not the America I grew up in and shouldn't be the America you want for your children. Thank you Viola, Steph and Mariska. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Carla Renata Was excited to this sequel for four reasons - Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani and Director F. Gary Gray. Comical, with scene stealing moments by Nanjiani, great chemistry with Thompson and Hemsworth. This was a little slow for me. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Carla Renata Loved that women were at the forefront of this X-Men installment and message about conquering over others fear of those who are different. Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Alexandra Shipp and Jennifer Lawrence slayed. That ending though? EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Carla Renata Vulnerable, Flirty, Bigger Than Life and The King of High C's is given a proper, emotional tribute by Oscar Winner Ron Howard. Pavarotti gives the illusion that you are witnessing the smooth tenor tones in concert one last time. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Late Night (2019) Carla Renata Smart, right on time and classic Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson as a comedic dynamic duo taking over the late night landscape one doll at a time. Sexism, racism, ageism are all on parade and I'm am there for every single solitary moment! EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Ma (2019) Carla Renata As MA, Octavia Spencer is pure campy comedy at its best mixed with a little creep-a-zoid factor. It doesn't take itself too seriously and is hilarious, talk back to the screen fun! EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Carla Renata Rocketman is giving me Moulin Rouge yumminess with Elton John at the forefront! Taron Egerton is fantabulous and splendidly singing all the Elton John hits you know and love! The outrageous costumes and musical narrative make it ripe for Broadway. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
See You Yesterday (2019) Carla Renata Back to the Future meets urban scientific teens on Netflix is the bomb.com. It' a refreshing spin on an old classic time travel tale with a really cute cameo by Michael J. Fox. It's fun, fresh and relevant with subtle police shooting thematics EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Carla Renata Jakob Dylan and Andrew Slater give us a nostalgic trip through the sounds of Laurel Canyon with a rich history shared through candid interviews with rock royalty. Musician and 60's music lover must see. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Carla Renata Will Smith stamps Genie infused with his unique brand of humor and charm. Naomi Scott and Men Massoud are STARS! Scott's rendition of Speechless will leave you just THAT! Aladdin has an awkward start, but is delightful, delicious and beautifully shot EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) Carla Renata Capital Punishment questioned and put on trial while revisiting the true life tragedy of Cameron Todd Willingham. Jack O'Connell king of true story tragedy is riveting EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Carla Renata Immigration, love, loss and realizing that forever is not promised to anyone are key elements of A Star is Also The Sun. Yara Shahidi and Charlie Melton have insane chemistry! Kudos to Nicola Yoon for a complete multi-cultural cast! EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Carla Renata Honor Swinton Byrne is a bona fide star who is the ultimate victim of of a toxic law affair in The Souvenir. With beautifully, choreographed cinematic angles, Joanna Hogg direction is brilliantly calculated and impactful. Must see and best of 2019! EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Carla Renata Olivia Wilde gets rich into heads of young teen girls with her directorial debut. Billie Lourd is outrageously gorgeous as Gigi and Bernie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever have a cinema sisterhood that will go down in history. Welcome back to H.S. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
All Is True (2018) Carla Renata Written, Directed and Starring the magnanimous Kenneth Branagh All is True wearily focuses on one a sordid, sad chapter of William Shakespeare after the death of his only son. If you like Shakespeare, you will be enthralled. If not, well... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Carla Renata This biopic tale of the Goddess of Good Sex, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is heartbreaking and unsurprisingly candid. It's a must see for a variety of reasons and will make you rethink the prudish manner in which female sexuality is viewed. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Carla Renata If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, you will be intrigued by Tolkien and the performances of Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult. Beautifully shot and acted. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Carla Renata The women of SNL bring a whole new meaning to milestone birthdays and shenenigans when wine is in the mix. Directed by Amy Poehler, Wine country is a perfect flick to watch on the couch chilling with your girlfriends. Snackable fun! EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Bolden (2019) Carla Renata With an original soundtrack by Wynton Marsalis, Bolden sheds light on the tragic, tortured life of The King of New Orleans Jazz...Buddy Bolden. Reno Wilson and Yaya DaCosta are revelations and totally worth the watch! EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
The Intruder (2019) Carla Renata Dennis Quaid is fabulous as the creepy, mysterious, widower who can't seem to part with his home or its new family. Full of thriller/horror cliches, but comical and enjoyable nonetheless EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
UglyDolls (2019) Carla Renata Ugly Dolls is a wonderful cinematic, animated lesson for kids to embrace what is different about themselves and others without judgement. A lesson everyone can learn at any age EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Carla Renata Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron are hilarious in this reimagined political Pretty Woman rom-com with a stellar supporting cast of Lisa Kudrow, Ravi Patel, O' Shea Jackson and June Diane Raphael. Get ready to double over from laughter. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Carla Renata The White Crow is a harshly beautiful tribute to one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time detailing the aloof dancer sexual preference, sexual abuse and defection from USSR during the Cold War for Paris. Will resonate & inspire dancers globally EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Carla Renata With a witty script, Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson uses heartbreak humor, friendship and a fantabulous RuPaul cameo complete with baby sharks to ease the breakup pain of letting go. Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield are electric! EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Carla Renata As I type through the tears, I can wholeheartedly report that the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not disappoint and providing fans with an endgame not soon to be forgotten. Kudos Russo Brothers and Marvel. Y'all did the damn thing!!! EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Carla Renata The Curse of La Llorna scared the crap out of me and the horror fans around me found the film amusing at best. But, why did Hollywood yet again forego casting someone other than Latina for the lead role? Disappointing EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Carla Renata Sophie Cookson steals the spy spotlight from Judi Dench in a half-baked yet brilliantly performed period spy drama based on the true story of Melita Norwood. Cookson commands every scene and every frame leaving you wanting more. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Grass is Greener (2019) Carla Renata Fab 5 Freddie sheds light on myths, political propaganda surrounding sales, legalization and myths of cannabis and how it has aided in financially incentivizing incarceration. Insightful, educational and infuriating at how this myth has thrived EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Carla Renata The indestructible love of parents for their children, the secret interracial relationship and the setup of Ruth, Bo and Lila as sci-fantastical super heroes in a world that is nearing demise are very intriguing and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
() Carla Renata Kudos to Beyonce' for her heartfelt love letter to the legacy of HBCU's and for making history at Coachella! You Can't Be What You Can't See ! Queen Bey's directional debut is fantabulous! EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Penguins (2019) Carla Renata Clocking in at 76 minutes, Penguins will be a complete treat for kids and adults alike as it is unexpectedly hilarious while warming your heart all at once. It will leave you with a lump in your throat and your heart skipping a beat or two. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Carla Renata Produced by Devon Franklin and Steph Curry and starring Chrissy Metz, who is spectacular. Her raw emotions will break your heart into a million pieces and leave you yearning for more. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Carla Renata No stranger to conversion subjects, Penny Lane leaves us asking the question is the Satanic Temple misunderstood? Are they the devil's spawn or simply conducting the Lord's work via another channel. You can judge for yourself. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Carla Renata I have to give it to Elle Fanning tackling a role that appeared demanding with speaking a foreign language, singing and dancing. Fanning does so very effectively, but it's not enough to save this film from being very extremely uneven and slowly paced. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Little (2019) Carla Renata If Big, Freaky Friday and Working Girl were rolled up into one flick the result would be LITTLE. It was great to see a young, up and coming blactress flexing her producing power and employing a mostly all black female cast. All Strong. All Hilarious. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
We Are Columbine (2018) Carla Renata We Are Columbine will remind you of what the best part of being American is all about. We are resilient. We are still here. We Are All Columbine. I hope that America never again has to offer "thoughts and prayers" to another family. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Carla Renata Mike Leigh uses the history of Peterloo while drawing subliminal parallels with governmental abuse against reformers. Much like the current day drama of Brexit and U.S. Immigration making this film more relevant than it was intended. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
The Public (2018) Carla Renata Emilio Estevez writes, stars and produces The Public based on a Chip Ward essay reminds us that as part of the human race we all deserve respect and dignity. Great performance and prolific message about the use of public libraries as shelters. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Carla Renata Do Hamer and Gault get vindicated in this version? Absolutely. Is it worth a look? Well, If you are fascinated with the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, you will be intrigued. Chemistry and pairing of Kevin Costner with Woody Harrelson is perfect EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Carla Renata Dumbo has Tim Burton written all over it and will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever contemplated life without their Mom. The pacing is a little disjointed, but that lovable elephant with the big blue eyes and floppy ears never get old. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Diane (2018) Carla Renata Mary Kay Place has been floating under the radar for decades and all of that will change with Diane. She is giving depression and a mother's undying devotion a different kind of face. It's fascinating, heartbreaking and riveting. A career best. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
The Brink (2019) Carla Renata The Brink exposes how Steve Bannon has used his power and privilege to promote "elitist" extreme right-wing racism globally. It's astounding, shocking and confusing as Bannon smiles like a familiar Uncle or Cousin while navigating like a wolf. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Carla Renata The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley is a fascinating and thought-provoking cautionary tale for the business sector. Once again Alex Gibney puts the spotlight Theranos and Holmes calling them out for their fraudulent and misleading medical claim EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Carla Renata Ash is The Purest White is a wonderfully crafted love story centered around survival and humor. Director Jian Zhang-Ke exemplifies humanizing love and family with a Chinese point of view with brilliant performances from Tao Zhao and Fan Liao. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
Princess of the Row (2019) Carla Renata Princess of the Row is a cautionary tale of how our country doesn't value veterans and makes you think twice the next time you drive or walk past a homeless camp. You never know where someone has come from to get where they are. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
() Carla Renata I Am Richard Pryor is a really raw, no sugar-coated view of Pryor's life through his comedy through the eyes of his peers and the love of his life Jennifer Lee Pryor chronicling the life and times of a comic legend we will never see again in my lifetime. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
() Carla Renata Jumpshot is a love letter from Steph Curry, the State of Wyoming and all those players yet to come who will now know the origin of the greatest move to ever be introduced to the game of basketball. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Carla Renata Lupita Nyong'o is Queen of Horror with Little Monsters and US. It's gory, gross, and complete absurd horror comedy that reads like Big Daddy meets The Walking Dead. Nyong'o and her ukulele version of a Neil Diamond tune is worth the price alone EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019