Carlos Aguilar Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Shirley (2020) A concoction of fact and magical realism, which may frame the film as a radically more exciting cousin to Stephen Daldry's Virginia Woolf-centered, triptych drama The Hours.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% Kajillionaire (2020) The cleverly formulated observations on family ties and interpersonal conflicts that characterize July's style are at hand, though ultimately not in optimal shape.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Blast Beat (2020) A terrific bilingual debut that keenly scrutinizes the American Dream, those who pursue it vehemently, and the ones who reject it as the sole avenue to fulfillment.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor (2020) A tribute as inspired and jubilant as its majestic subject, a true original.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
100% The Good Intentions (Las Buenas Intenciones) (2019) Home videos from Argentine director Ana García Blaya's childhood furnish her autobiographical first feature with an invaluable component that makes her memories tangible.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
67% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Assesses the transition from childhood to adolescence by pointing its lens at an 11-year-old girl at the crossroads of tradition and personal discovery. It's the type of first feature that heralds an indelible directorial voice.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
88% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) [A] meditative banquet of ideas that's distinctly one part ensemble millennial drama and one part agricultural documentary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) As if allergic to pursuing any sort of distinguishable style, the characters exude a refurbished quality. What drives the design here are repackaged versions of other figures we've seen in countless, second-rate CG features over the years.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) What's indelible in this visceral chronicle is that more than profiting from human suffering, the Ochoas fill the gaps of economic inequality while doing good without reservation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
100% Spider (Araña) (2019) Polished in a serviceable manner, Spider has a studio feel.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
100% Colewell (2019) Occasionally a tad too reflective, Quinn's pacing and controlled conflict requires an adjustment for viewers, but as "Colewell" sinks in, it reveals itself as the cinematic equivalent of a deep exhale after having attained peace within.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
92% Weathering with You (2020) As irresistibly romantic as it is awe-inspiringly gorgeous.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Though earnest in its full embrace of whodunit tropes and unabashed tonal excesses, the hilarious ensemble piece capitalizes on its many qualities that will garner mass appeal.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
No Score Yet Ximbi Xombix (2019) Hardly good enough to show friends in private as a "cool" enthusiast effort, "Ximbi Xombix" fails to warrant commercial exhibition.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
82% The Report (2019) "The Report" diligently abides by the logical proposition that no end justifies premeditated immoral means as it scrutinizes how the CIA succumbed to post-9/11 paranoia and authorized sadistic abuses in the name of freedom.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
74% White Snake (2019) Glistens as a finely cut and polished CG gem.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
No Score Yet Gabriel (2019) In his feature debut "Gabriel," seasoned TV director Nuno Bernardo follows suit throwing a series of ordinary narrative jabs with the distinction of also denouncing pervasive anti-black racism in Portugal.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
No Score Yet Such a Funny Life (2019) Mann, an emerging Latino filmmaker, exhibits signs of vocation for the craft that could lead to a more fruitful product some day. For now, what he serves is a tortuous trick with a confusingly dark punch line for an ending.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Unlikely (2019) More digestible than a thick academic study, "Unlikely" was obviously designed as an issue-driven program without cinematic aspirations. That's likely for the best.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet Prescience (2019) James Helsing's trite "Prescience" only warrants notoriety for turning a baffling screenplay into a poorly acted melodrama via a misused cast composed of rising talents and respected veterans such as Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
53% Farming (2019) Dishearteningly, Enitan's transition from lost soul to a scholar and now an artist gets shoved into the final minutes left over after all the bleakness. Akinnuoye-Agbaje's admirable life story gets reduced to its most sensational chapter.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) One of Ozon's finest efforts to date and one of 2019's must-see releases.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% On the President's Orders (2019) A shockingly alarming investigation produced with the sensibilities of a social realist drama, Sarbil and Jones' nonfiction warning should petrify U.S. viewers immeasurably.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% Gift (2019) Ideal as follow-up to a meditation session, McKenna's feature turns less gratifying as the sharp light of reality trickles into its philosophical cracks.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas (2019) [A] mostly hackneyed lesson on racial biases desperately stumbling to appear provocative.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) Photorealistic backgrounds consistently stun as they clash with the more low-res CG characters, which emulate designs from early 21st century video games rather than fully accomplished animated characters for a production made this decade.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
52% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) Although psychological substance runs slim, Akin renders most mainstream depictions of degenerate minds lighthearted.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
78% Collisions (2019) Levien's humbly made film doesn't achieve the sentimental impact it's after due to implausible story beats and missed opportunities for consequential tension but is far from being a complete disservice to a cause in need of urgent attention.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Lake Vampire (2019) Its narrative fangs may not be fully sharpened, but enough to pique one's morbid interest.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
17% Groupers (2019) It has an intriguingly radical and gung-ho core concept, but shallow implementation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
0% Imprisoned (2019) "Imprisoned" doesn't claim it's based on a true story, but it also doesn't dissuade anyone from thinking that it might be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
85% Ema (2019) Incendiary and remarkably bold, in the same manner that a fire is terrifying and fascinating, Larraín's Ema boasts top-notch acting from a cast that comprehends there are no schematic evildoers or virtuous saviors in his domain.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% La Llorona (2019) A purposefully somber cry for amends and acknowledgement permeated in phantasmagoric allure.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
93% Monos (2019) A towering filmic achievement, "Monos" pulsates like an inescapable vivid trance, cosmic and terrestrial at once, fantastical and violently stark, about victims and victimizers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
71% Haunt (2019) Convincingly creepy while also slightly thought-provoking, it warns about deceiving facades, because what hides underneath masks is possibly much worse.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) A master class in endless narrative inventiveness and an ode to the resourceful and collaborative spirit of hands-on filmmaking, "One Cut of the Dead" amounts to an explosively hilarious rarity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
67% I'm Leaving Now (Ya me voy) (2019) A timely and sensitive portrait of a man that speaks loudly for the anguish of many. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) In answering the call, the film proposes that only concrete actions make a dent in apathy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
26% Killerman (2019) A movie made by men to entice other men aching for those manly outdated movies "they don't make anymore," where distorted alpha masculinity was solely portrayed through vicious violence, gratuitous sex, and impenetrable coldness.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
50% Overcomer (2019) Scene after rambling scene, everyone in front of the camera spells out the script's messaging with verbose, bold-faced statements that do nothing to improve the overall quality of the cast's efforts. Overacting runs rampant. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
74% Adam (2019) Though 2006 might not seem too far removed from our present, in terms of LGBTQ visibility the distance between then and now is considerable. "Adam" reminds us how much, thankfully, society has slowly changed and yet how far we still are from real change.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Issa López's poetically haunting fairy-tale Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) addresses Mexico's ongoing drug-related violence with an unblinking brand of social realism.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) The 2D animated rendering of the master filmmaker is more graphic interpretation than faithful portrait, perfect to cruise between reality and the anxiety-fueled nightmares that besiege his sleep.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
96% End of the Century (2019) The gay equivalent of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy, distilled into a single film.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
100% De Lo Mio (2019) A delicate drama that wears its heart on its sleeve, with subtle outbursts of nostalgic joy.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
81% Light of My life (2019) Bedtime stories and straightforward conversations on morality and death, including a poignant opening long take revisiting the biblical tale of Noah's ark, exhibit the screenplay's tremendous emotional depth and nuanced humanity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
83% Socrates (2019) [T]he blistering sincerity in "Socrates" is not fabricated but channeled from its authentic source. Sugarcoating was not allowed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
95% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) In the superbly calibrated new feature from Austrian writer-director Marie Kreutzer, the clash between these opposite approaches to life and work is interpreted as an ambivalent psychological thriller enriched with searing social commentary.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
83% Exit (2019) Vertigo-inducing set pieces help shape Korean disaster movie "Exit" and its distinctive threat into a simplistically digestible and ultimately predictable big-budget outing with a slight edge.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
82% Jirga (2019) A remarkable truthfulness shepherds Benjamin Gilmour's tightly written and conscientiously produced drama "Jirga" as it renders an image of Afghanistan not as a ravaged battleground but as an arrestingly rich land.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019