Manuel Betancourt Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
61% Cinema Verite (2011) Just as Cinema Verite will show how the reality TV sausage is made, the film never forgets that is in itself a fictional recreation, one which plays with its own representational limits. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
100% Bixa Travesty ('Tranny Fag') (2018) This documentary is uninterested in making you feel comfortable with the images and ideas they're presenting, and confronts you head on about current issues.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990) Much like the quilt itself, the film is at once a personal and intimate memorial as well as a broader cultural symbol of the lives lost to the epidemic.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
100% Be Like Others: Transsexuals in Iran (2008) It's an eye-opening documentary on a very buzzy topic (with a decidedly dour ending) and one which tackles very tricky territory...‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) Every anecdote is colorfully animated so you get to experience what they're all describing in clearer detail.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
87% The Infiltrators (2020) As both document and chronicle of radical activism, Rivera and Ibarra's project is a call to action.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
96% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) Eerie and shot with a lurid formalism that makes it all the scarier (São Paulo's nights have looked more frightening), Good Manners delivers on its chills and thrills.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
100% Signature Move (2017) This multicultural film's exploration of relationships, cultural exchanges, and the mother-daughter dynamic will enthrall. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
No Score Yet Get the Weed (Misión No Oficial) (2017) What originated as a hidden camera bit in Uruguay turned into a full-blown feature mockumentary.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
50% Up in Smoke (1978) A stoner classic it would be the first of many Cheech and Chong collaborations over the years.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
88% LA Originals (2020) Giving a firsthand account of how that rose bloomed out of the concrete, Oriol's crackling (if oftentimes meandering) documentary feels deeply personal, a snapshot of a subculture that's since gone mainstream.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
86% Diamantino (2019) This dazzlingly original feature from longtime collaborators Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes skewers its subjects with loving cinematic gusto.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
60% Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (Videofilia: y otros síndromes virales) (2016) The film mirrors the increasingly warped vision of the world through Luz and Junior's eyes, with its pixelated and video-based visuals, offering the viewer a chance to experience this apocalyptic image of the modern world.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Set in Guanajuato, its fog-ridden imagery adds to the sense of danger and fear that lurks under this seemingly straightforward narrative that just gets wilder and, yes, more untamed as it unfolds.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet The Year of the Plague (El año de la plaga) (2019) The Year of the Plague keeps patients off screen, mere numbers to be displayed in televised graphs. This is a movie about what a lack of empathy can look like, both at the level of its plot as well as its form.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) A thrilling social parable for contemporary politics - in Brazil specifically but with enough universality to have it feel familiar enough abroad - Bacurau is the kind of non-English language film primed to find a devout audience in the United States‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
82% The Book of Life (2014) What follows is a fantastic tale that could only be rendered in gorgeous Catrinas-inspired animation.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
85% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) Tito and the Birds is brought to life through richly textured and vibrant images that add to the storytelling. It's like every background is its own character.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
No Score Yet Pachamama (2018) Every inch of Argentine director Juan Antin's movie feels personal, ready to conjure a sense of magic that comes only from that region, its culture, its sounds and its colors ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Issa Lopez's dark fantasy is a heartfelt genre film that surpasses all expectations.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
83% De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) (2012) In between the claustrophobic feel of the car and the long, lonely roads they travel through, this is a portrait of a family slowly breaking down and apart.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
50% Everything Else (Todo lo demás) (2016) Almada shows deep empathy for her main character, etching an unforgettable poetic portrait of one women finding herself anew.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
97% The Edge of Democracy (2019) With remarkably intimate access, The Edge of Democracy follows Brazil's embattled leaders as they grapple with a scandal born out of their country's fascist past and inflamed by a furious and ideologically divided nation.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
89% Nobody's Watching (Nadie nos mira) (2017) In a moving depiction of this vibrant city, director Julia Solomonoff's touching feature presents a portrait of immigrant solitude.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
100% Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016) Southwest of Salem is a fascinating true crime story that puts the trial of the San Antonio Four in context of their ongoing search for exoneration.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
100% Bellas de Noche (2016) Shot over eight years, María José Cuevas's documentary is a thrilling look at these exotic dancers who continue to search for the love and adoration they got on stage all those years ago.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
96% Zama (2018) Zama is that rarest of creative feats: a perfect coupling of literary source material and cinematic sensibility. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
86% Nine Days (2020) Supernatural, metaphysical, and packed with the deepest, most human emotions, this spiritual child of Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry will hit you in the head and the heart. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
40% The Quarry (2020) The Quarry is a tense and harrowing tale of sin and redemption, violence and grace, and the lengths to which men will go to outrun their evil deeds. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
No Score Yet The Last Rafter (El último balsero) (2020) Mining rich detail from their own experiences finding a footing in the United States... filmmakers Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega have crafted a powerful film that is at once personal and strikingly timely.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Paper Children (Unaccompanied Children) (2020) Paper Children goes beyond the traditional immigration narrative into a nuanced consideration of how the United States cares for the most vulnerable found in its embrace. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
20% Beneath Us (2020) Neither as thought-provoking as it thinks it is, nor as powerful a conversation-starter as it should be, Pachman's modern-day parable is not likely to change anyone's mind.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) This feature debut from writer-director David Zonana progresses like a quietly humming thriller, with each scene contributing to the film's gathering power. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
73% Us Kids (2020) With extended access to the young activists not only on stage but in their homes and among their friends, Us Kids allows us to see them through one another's eyes - as "normal-ass kids" bravely dealing with the weight of their traumas.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
90% The Mole Agent (2020) Maite Alberdi's The Mole Agent is a stylish combination of an observational documentary and a spy movie, with sleek camerawork and wonderfully watchable characters. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% La Llorona (2019) La Llorona has appeared in countless works of music, literature, and cinema - but she's never been re-imagined with the level of trenchancy found in the latest work from writer-director Jayro Bustamante.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
88% Charm City Kings (2020) Puerto Rican director Angel Manuel Soto directs an astonishingly talented cast to create a narrative bursting with pitch-perfect performances and intoxicating emotion. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
90% Boys State (2020) With cunning insight that will have audiences buzzing, Boys State holds a mirror up to our divided country. This is a film for the ages in every sense of the term.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Mucho Mucho Amor isn't merely a biographical doc. It is also a character study that aims to go beyond the capes, beyond the memes, beyond the flair. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
78% High Tide (2020) High Tide makes us keenly aware of these variously intersecting identities, using a beautifully constructed house as the setting for a miniature treatise on class warfare. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
80% Summer White (Blanco de Verano) (2020) Summer White paints a dour image of contemporary masculinity. But in centering its story on such toxicity, Summer White asphyxiates its viewer before they even get a chance to breathe.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
No Score Yet After the Raid (2019) Scenes at the church, in living rooms and outdoor cookouts ground the film not in lofty abstract ideas about immigration but in real-life concerns about absent fathers and co-workers. It's as illuminating and hopeful as it is enraging.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
100% Queen of Lapa (2020) Their cameras feel like visitors that have been allowed into a safe haven that would otherwise have excluded them.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
80% Holy Beasts (La Fiera y la Fiesta) (2019) A surreal trilingual ode.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
100% Decade of Fire (2019) The triumph of Decade of Fire is that among its very didactic moments where such sociohistorical issues are explained in lucid ways is a very personal story.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
90% Lina from Lima (Lina de Lima) (2019) A world so glittering and so lively that it's bewitching.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Ready for War (2019) Equally heart-stirring and terrifying...‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) It just feels so tone-deaf and tired and so unseemly. Even worse, so unnecessary.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
73% The Sleepwalkers (Los Sonámbulos) (2019) A rather claustrophobic experience. This is by design.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Seneca (2019) As much as David's world necessarily feels like it's pulling him in different directions, one wishes Seneca, which has its heart in the right place, had a clearer destination in mind.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019