• The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    THE GREEN KNIGHT is one of the BEST films of the year. Hypnotic, methodical, & visually stunning, it plays like an elevated cross between LORD OF THE RINGS & BLADE RUNNER 2049 with a BRILLIANT finale that will make you question the trajectory of your entire life establishes Lowery as a true visionary at the top of his craft. A24 is BACK!

    Thanks to A24 for the press screening invite!

    (and yes, the two hour delay after the press screening was supposed…

  • Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    ★★★

    JUNGLE CRUISE  is the epitome of mindless fun! With engaging action sequences, idiosyncratic characters, & an expansive narrative throughline, it’ll please families & all looking for a light escape, but it’s generic beats & jumbled story result in an ultimately forgettable film!

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★

    ANNETTE is one of the WILDEST films of the year. An unforgettable cinematic experience powered by a satirically absurd script that is elevated by Leos Carax’s strangely profound direction, it’s an undeniable mess that still manages to stand out as an ambitiously visceral work of art.

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    OLD plays like M. Night Shyamalan’s TENET: a director operating at his absolute MOST. Powered by his best and worst tendencies at their extremes, it’s hurt by a distractingly off-kilter atmosphere but is saved by its uniquely bold structure and an ambitiously twisted script!

    Fans of his will LOVE it, while those who aren’t will hate it or emerge somewhat mixed... expect this to be one of the most divisive films of the year!

  • Loop

    Loop

    ★★★★

    An impressively constructed sci-fi short that lightly teases an interesting concept. Langfield’s Mise-en-scene  is brilliant, and I hope his directorial talents can be paired with a more expansive feature length screenplay sooner rather than later— he is indubitably a new voice to look out for in the coming years,

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★

    I don’t think this needed to be made. A middle-of-the-road, unimpressive blockbuster that only shines in fleeting moments of what seems like creative innovation but in reality is just the employment of standard filmmaking techniques that haven’t been used in the MCU. This film would feel right at home in the early years of the franchise. Not only because that’s when it would’ve held some sort of relevance, but because it plays like the type of unambitiously rote origin film that was prevalent in that era. Simply put, it’s the definition of passable.

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War  is one of the first surprise hits of the summer! With superb action & striking creature design it embraces well-trodden sci-fi blockbuster elements by remixing them through a cleverly subversive structure that imbues bombastic spectacle with character!

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Workforce

    Workforce

    ★★★★

    Great Mexican film. Plays like a subtler version of PARASITE through the eyes of Michael Haneke’s direction in CACHE. It could’ve benefitted from a more focused narrative drive as well as a stronger third act to exacerbate the full extent of the protagonist’s negatively driven arc, but still a stupendous social critique nonetheless. Go watch it on HBOMax and support Latinx filmmakers!

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★

    Framed through the song and dance musical approach that was present in Lin Manuel Miranda’s original production intended for the stage, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) expands IN THE HEIGHTS’ scope for the big screen to perfection. Brilliantly staging musical sequences with hundreds of extras, Chu’s vision along with Alice Brook’s cinematography dances throughout the iconographic neighborhood with a uniquely passionate energy. Free from the limitations of stage-bound theater, his expansion of scope is accentuated with the innovative…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    LUCA is a solid animated offering that fails to live up to Pixar’s best work. Largely enjoyable but lacking the ambition, thematic depth, & maturity present in Pixar’s finest films, it’s saved by an emotionally compelling finale that results in a joyfully adequate watch!

    [Thanks to Disney for the early screener! Rating Embargoed until 6/17]

  • New Order

    New Order

    ★★★★★

    Had to see it in theaters one last time before it concluded its theatrical run... an absolute masterpiece.

    I’ve posted much about my thoughts, but here are two reviews from other Latinx writers that perfectly capture how I feel about it:

    ‘New Order’: Unflinching Mexican Dystopian Film Shocks With Blistering Purpose - by Carlos Aguilar for The Playlist 

    ‘New Order’: A Brutal Work Of Art - by Dolores Quintana for Nightmarish Conjurings