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 Ignacio Castillo
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo [A]n accurate and devastating depiction of the gig economy. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/5 EMMA. (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Credit to Jane Austen's writing that despite the director's aesthetic fixations, the film still succeeds at reaching a stirring climax... to quickly return to inconsequentially pleasant. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
2/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Birds Of Prey feels like posturing - woke for woke sake. It's cynical and insincere as well as weak filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo It's not like Sonic is now a masterpiece. But as mid-budget, video-game inspired kids movies go, it's amusing, at times very funny, certainly less full of itself than Detective Pikachu. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/5 Halston (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Particularly thrilling is the testimony of Halston's later-days handler, a Brooklynite with little patience for absurd expense accounts... EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2.5/5 The Third Wife (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Third Wife can be effective if you have never seen a movie about arranged marriages and women treated as trade goods before. Otherwise, it has little to add to the conversation. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 The Farewell (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Farewell reminds us that callous statements of the "go back to wherever you came from" nature are not only racist but demonstrate a pernicious lack of empathy. Nobody leaves home without a good reason. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 Before We Vanish (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Before We Vanish doesn't take a pro-alien or human stance (both sides deserve to lose at any point in time), but stands by karma as the ultimate universal law. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 Tomb Raider (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo As the first movie of a would-be franchise, the film does a good job sticking to the story at hand and not overloading in mythology, so often the kiss of death of origin stories. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/5 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo For brief moments, the film becomes tactile, relatable. Makes you wonder what could it have been... with a better script. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Overall, this is a profoundly satisfying episode without apparent weak spots (it's a notch disjointed, but nothing unbearable): You'll laugh, cry and be in awe... EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/5 Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Olaf's Frozen Adventure feels like an excuse to cram four more tunes into the Frozen songbook, none of them nearly as good as the original ones. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2.5/5 The Road Forward (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The score is strong and the tune "Indian Man" is rousing enough to transcend the film. Unfortunately, The Road Forward as a whole is far from cohesive. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 Coco (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Coco may be run-of-the-mill Pixar, but any movie that sticks it to certain notorious anti-Mexican deserves my respect. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Burton hasn't lost his touch and Dumbo is an amiable family flick. Just be aware they both can do better. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Hail Satan? has plenty of good points to make, like comparing the 80's and 90's witch hunts that got metalheads and goth kids disenfranchised and sent the West Memphis three to jail... EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The first coda is a beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 Girls of the Sun (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo While an undoubtedly compelling story, the film is broad and relies heavily in sentimentality, coming short more often than not. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/5 Belmonte (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The resolution is thoroughly unearned (the cinematic equivalent of "sleeping on it"), which at 75 minutes-length feels straight-up lazy. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 Endzeit (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo ...not entirely successful, but doesn't feel out of place either. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo There is a lot to like about the film: Bold ideas about monogamy, a protagonist whose capacity to compartmentalize and drive combine into some kind of pathos... EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo While the dissection of family values in Chinese culture goes beyond the stereotypes, Crazy Rich Asians is not a film willing to sacrifice a good time for depth. Go for the luxury, stay for the killer one-liners. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
1.5/5 Kingsway (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Midway through, Kingsway changes directions from aimless comedy to psychological drama, and I'm still enduring the whiplash. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 The Most Beautiful Couple (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The denouement feels chaotic and bit far-fetched for such an expertly calibrated drama, but the pluses outweigh the minuses. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
A Star Is Born (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo More like A Star Is Bored. Am I right? No? I'm the only one who isn't gaga for Gaga? Fine, then. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Michael Moore returns to the self-mythologizing and fact fudging. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Much attention with this one: A fierce, almost unbearably intense recreation of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2018. The characters don't get much development, but the story is as compelling as it gets. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Dogman (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Italians do social realism like no one else. The story of a put-upon dog groomer standing up to his bully gets more tracking than anybody could imagine. A must. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Nekrotronic (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Monica Bellucci turns the internet a portal for demons. Goofy and inventive. Unfortunately gets lost in the minutia. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Destroyer (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Nicole Kidman goes through the procedural motions in a bad wig. Gritty, well executed, but nothing else there. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 Smallfoot (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Smallfoot believes in a community's ability to choose its destiny, as opposed to be kept in the dark for its own good. Good on you, movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 My Generation (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo ...this is a movie you can listen, as well as watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Incredibles 2 gets an easy pass on character strength alone. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
1.5/5 Oh Lucy! (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo If nothing else, Terajima's performance keeps the film watchable, but the low stakes and even lower production values hurt the overall experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 The Snowman (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Deeply idiosyncratic characters and potent images can be found here and there, but The Snowman never seems under his control... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Far and away the best movie about the God of Thunder and the funniest comedy of the year not involving Stalin, the third Thor movie benefits greatly from having Taika Waititi at the helm. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 Thank You for Your Service (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Overall, Thank You for Your Service is a healthier take on the costs of war, which reverberate long after the conflict has ended. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 God's Own Country (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo If you like your romantic dramas with a side of social critique, look no further. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 Novitiate (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo One wishes Novitiate had tackled the matter head on as opposed to through low-impact drama... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 Justice League (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Overdoing it with CGI is not the right approach, let alone using the proverbial death ray in the sky. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 Loving Vincent (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo One can certainly appreciate the effort put into the making of Loving Vincent, but film is a different medium and requires a more holistic approach than just pretty pictures. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Long-standing feuds and petty squabbles often ring true and when they don't, they are entertaining enough to keep the audience invested. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Okja (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo You may not turn into a vegetarian after watching Okja, but it should give you pause. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 Mal de pierres (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo From the Land of the Moon is not without merit -Cotillard's expressive face is compulsively watchable- but be prepared for some significant suspension of disbelief. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4.5/5 Dunkirk (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo There is nothing clinical about it, just good old-fashioned elbow grease filmmaking. Sometimes, it's all it takes. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 Cars 3 (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Cars 3 offers a rare twist ending for a Pixar movie, one I failed to see coming. I guess old cars can learn new tricks. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 Laavor et hakir (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo There is a sweetness and honesty to the proceedings that elevate the movie above what the genre has us expecting. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 Wonder Woman (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo At least, finally the DCCU seems willing to learn from its mistakes and improve over previous entries. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Jorge Ignacio Castillo There are only so many directions the franchise can go, and it has already used every PG pirate storyline at least twice. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 War on Everyone (2016) Jorge Ignacio Castillo War on Everyone provides the most bang for your back next to recent entries in the genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020