Planet S Magazine

Planet S 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): Jon Popick, Jorge Castillo
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Jorge Castillo There's something sickly refreshing about a feature that hasn't endured three rounds of sanitization by the way of focus groups and executive notes. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Jorge Castillo There are a lot of characters to keep track of, plenty of plot points to digest and a fair amount of psycho-babble. Eventually, it all becomes too much and interest wanes. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Jorge Castillo The film has a couple of opportunities to take the road less travelled, but ends up sticking with the tried and true (actual line from the movie: "Sing! From your heart!"). EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Jorge Castillo Birds of Passage's best moments are when it confronts the impact of drug money. Traditional structures and systems that let the Waayu survive for centuries are obliterated. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Jorge Castillo Unlike Paulina García's less scrutable character in the original, Julianne Moore is a luminous, open presence - every emotion and epiphany is reflected on her face. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Jorge Castillo I'd give Shazam! a pass on "you can choose your own family", even though it hammers at it like a Fast and Furious movie. That said, it's an unassuming breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 Giant Little Ones (2018) Jorge Castillo Giant Little Ones is a step forward in the Canadian coming-of-age movie. It tackles teen sexual fluidity in a sensitive way, without taking place at a cottage in the summer. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Jorge Castillo Making a documentary can be as simple as finding the right subject and getting out of the way. Carmine Street Guitars is that kind of doc. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Jorge Castillo The film's wokeness is not limited to Darwinism vs. intelligent design. There is a love interest in the film whose independent streak never yields. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 Never Look Away (2018) Jorge Castillo Terrific German drama that examines totalitarianism from a seldom explored perspective: the artist who captures it for posterity. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Capernaum (2018) Jorge Castillo One could argue Capernaum comes dangerously close to poverty porn. Another might respond that the film's grim situations are drawn from real-life situations. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 A Private War (2018) Jorge Castillo It's clear Marie Colvin deserves a biopic, but this first dramatic feature by documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman feels too by-the-numbers to do her justice. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Trouble in the Garden (2018) Jorge Castillo In classic first feature fashion, the film, at times, is too precious and the dialogue stilted. But it taps into the righteous anger of Indigenous people over broken promises. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) Jorge Castillo Greta is a seriously flawed film - tone-deaf dialogue, characters that don't behave like real human beings - but in Huppert's hands it becomes a guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Jorge Castillo For all the trust director Mimi Leder places in the audience to digest the legal fireworks, every other aspect of RBG's life is treated broadly. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jorge Castillo I'm reluctant to call it a triumph as it's way too precious to tap into the raw emotionality of the source material. This is Jenkins buying into his own hype. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 Mirai no Mirai (2018) Jorge Castillo Mirai's gentleness is the movie's strongest feature. There's lots of comedy but it's all organic to the story and never steals attention from the film's main concerns. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Jorge Castillo Director Julian Schnabel succeeds at capturing the drive that kept Van Gogh going, despite the scorn of the general public and indifference of his peers. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/5 Border (2018) Jorge Castillo With minimal but perfectly placed special effects, this superb film oozes despair but it also shares hope. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/5 Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Jorge Castillo We're treated to the illusion of intimacy and some witty rapport (mostly by Maggie Smith), but one leaves the theatre thinking the movie only scratched the surface. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
3/5 The Front Runner (2018) Jorge Castillo Because Hart is the hero and is played by Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner softens the character's edges. It feels like Reitman believes audiences can't handle complexity. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/5 That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations (2017) Jorge Castillo In the rare instances where That Never Happened personalizes the consequences of the internment camps the film soars. Unfortunately, those moments are few and far in between. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 The Happy Prince (2018) Jorge Castillo The Happy Prince is an unapologetic character study, one that breaks through Wilde's façade to reveal a man in turmoil, aware of his flaws, but unable to help himself. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 Bel Canto (2018) Jorge Castillo Director Paul Weitz forgoes the tension of a hostage situation entirely, mutes any antagonism between terrorists and captives, and only unleashes the villain at the very end. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
7/10 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Jon Popick This comedy thing isn't supposed to be as easy as these guys make it seem. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2008
6/10 Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? (2008) Jon Popick You're being short-changed. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2008
2/10 88 Minutes (2007) Jon Popick Even a viewer with incredibly low expectations will be staggered by its badness. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2008
2/10 Fool's Gold (2008) Jon Popick It's like Raiders of the Lost Ark, only for retards. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
9/10 There Will Be Blood (2007) Jon Popick Simultaneously exhilarating and disturbing while leading me to a place I wasn't sure I wanted to go. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2007
3/10 The Bucket List (2007) Jon Popick It's like a cross between My Name Is Earl and The Amazing Race, only with two guys dying from cancer. And without the soul, heart, or brains. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2007
7/10 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) Jon Popick John C. Reilly is not anyone's idea of a leading man (which is part of the spoof, people). EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2007
6/10 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Jon Popick Two hours of singing is going to bore the pants off of gore-starved viewers, and the last-reel gore is going to scare the pants of the foofy Broadway types. And that means a theatre full of people without pants. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2007
7/10 Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Jon Popick A scene-stealing performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2007
3/10 Youth Without Youth (2007) Jon Popick This is the work of a man who has truly lost his marbles. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2007
5/10 Grace Is Gone (2007) Jon Popick The perfect maudlin holiday entertainment. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2007
7/10 Atonement (2007) Jon Popick Sightly better than average, unless you count Keira Knightley's lack of screen time as a positive (note: it is). EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2007
5/10 The Kite Runner (2007) Jon Popick Tepid at best. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2007
5/10 The Golden Compass (2007) Jon Popick Like every other story that pits the Haves against the Have-Nots. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2007
7/10 I Am Legend (2007) Jon Popick A tidy post-apocalyptic thriller starring the increasingly impressive Will Smith. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2007
9/10 Juno (2007) Jon Popick I can't remember the last time I was pulled into a film this quickly and this deeply. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2007
6/10 The Savages (2007) Jon Popick Exactly like I thought it would be for about 96 of its 113-minute running time. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
5/10 August Rush (2007) Jon Popick Think of it as a fairytale only with more of a ... oh, who am I kidding? I can't defend this. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
7/10 The Mist (2007) Jon Popick Deeply upsetting enough for me to recommend it to only the heartiest viewers. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/10 Fred Claus (2007) Jon Popick There is absolutely no way writers were involved in the process that pooped out this holiday turkey. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2007
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Jon Popick Everyone who pretended to love Aquatic because they were afraid of hopping off the Anderson bandwagon because deep down they hoped it was just a little career hiccup? Don't lock your knees when you jump because you'll wreck 'em. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) Jon Popick Things We Lost in the Fire: Any sense of rhythm or pace, and an ending that won't make you groan. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
Gone Baby Gone (2007) Jon Popick Affleck's non-acting effort is dark, scuzzy, and authentic. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) Jon Popick Little else we've not been exposed to in the last handful of years. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
American Gangster (2007) Jon Popick Heat, Part II EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
5/10 We Own the Night (2007) Jon Popick Instead of playing to the strength of its leads, the script almost seems to highlight their weaknesses (in other words, you don't see Wahlberg's abs once). EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2007