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
2/5 Held (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Unfortunately, movies like Held live and die by The Twist, and one can guess pretty early where this one is going. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
4.5/5 Nomadland (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo A stunning character piece that doubles as an indictment of America's forgotten peoples, Nomadland cuts deep. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
2/5 Cherry (2021) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Cherry is the most bizarre film to open this year. While it hits all the traditional addiction movie beats, the Russos' foray into drama takes the wrong turn at every intersection. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/5 Doors (2021) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The chapters have another thing in common beside the subject: each segment starts with promise and ends in disappointment. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
2.5/5 Death of a Ladies' Man (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Death of a Ladies' Man can't sustain any momentum and it loses a lot of steam after it ships its main character to Ireland midway through. That said it benefits from a committed performance by Gabriel Byrne. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
3.5/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The story is powerful enough, and is made even more compelling by a cast firing at all cylinders. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Well-rounded performances across the board make the film an awards season contender. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2.5/5 PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo It's nothing short of amazing that in spite of these serious issues, Psycho Goreman is heaps of fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo One has to applaud a film whose main message is to have faith in people in a year when it often feels like humans couldn't be any more disappointing. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
4/5 Another Round (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo No matter what side of the better-living-through-inebriation issue you find yourself on, Another Round is as absorbing as is thought-provoking and will probably make an appearance in my top 10 in this tragic, absurd year. Cheers. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4.5/5 Wolfwalkers (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Every single message in Wolfwalkers rings true. It's pro-environment, anti-populist and advocates for independent thinking. As children's movies go, this one is way ahead of the curve. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 The Kid Detective (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Kid Detective is well written and actually fun, never mind that the light comedy and noir vibes don't quite mesh. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 Fatman (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo [Walton Goggins's] intensity amps up the hilarity of the situation. Too bad the movie around him doesn't rise to the same level. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 Come Play (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Come Play is The Babadook-lite. But that's hardly a bad thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 Totally Under Control (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Odds are at this stage of the pandemic you're sick of hearing about COVID. Nevertheless, documentary powerhouse Alex Gibney asks us to revisit the early days of the epidemic one more time and, boy, is it ever worth it. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/5 Rebecca (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Turns out Wheatley is just at ease with a classy, star-studded affair as he is with down-and-dirty independent filmmaking. That's not to say Rebecca is without flaws, but for a good two-thirds, it's a delight. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/5 Percy Vs Goliath (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Overall, Percy is flawed, but that doesn't make the message any less true. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo [Brandon Cronenberg's] work is still very detached, but already shows more substance than most of his peers. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/4 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo I'm Thinking of Ending Things wouldn't work at all if it wasn't for Jessie Buckley. The excellent Irish actress provides the film with the warmth it sorely needs. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.5/4 Mulan (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Mulan, however, suffers of the same affliction as other Disney live-action remakes. It's profoundly risk-averse. So you get stunning productions with no narrative edge EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 Project Power (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo [The film's] potential is torpedoed by storytelling so hackneyed it's insulting. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
The Rental (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo As always with Reichardt, in First Cow, there's more than meets the eye. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
First Cow (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo As always with Reichardt, in First Cow, there's more than meets the eye. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
The Outpost (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Directed by Rob Lurie (The Contender, TV's Commander in Chief), The Outpost benefits from a politically engaged filmmaker with a military background. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 You Should Have Left (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo YSHL gets a lot of mileage from a classic horror troupe. Credit to David Koepp to keep things interesting by fleshing out the characters and writing sturdy dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
2.5/5 Becky (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Becky is unquestionably preposterous. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
2.5/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Apatow keeps making these pointless arrested-development comedies. He hires big-name cinematographers... so his films look a notch above. But in the end the purposelessness of his efforts becomes grating. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 Military Wives (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo While Military Wives may not be edgy, it has plenty of pathos. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
3.5/5 The Lodge (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo I recognize The Lodge is an odd recommendation when a good chunk of the population is battling cabin fever. But you can approach it as a cautionary tale. A little personal space goes a long way. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
3/5 The Assistant (2019) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Assistant unfolds in a deliberate manner. Yet the dense, hopeless atmosphere never dissipates. It's not an easy movie to watch, but it's so laser-focused on making an important point, it earns our attention. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
4/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The film is also an effective indictment of the anti-abortion movement and a society that will not protect children and teenagers from predatorial adults. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
2/5 Resistance (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Even though the events on which the film is based are compelling, director Jonathan Jakubowicz botches the execution by failing to provide the main character with a development arc. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
3.5/5 Vivarium (2020) Jorge Ignacio Castillo Vivarium is a rare surrealistic horror. More structured than a David Lynch film and darker than something by Terry Gilliam, it takes petite bourgeois goals (own a house, have a kid, become your own boss) and reveals them as nightmares. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
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