Alci Rengifo


Alci Rengifo
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It can't be said "Happy Death Day 2U" is a great movie, but it's better than it should be. It knows it's a gag and basks in its sense of fun. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) "Alita: Battle Angel" clocks in at 2 hours and 22 minutes, yet feels devoid of story. It has a lot of big vistas, a couple of fun action scenes, but is as cold as a robot's touch. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
91% Memories of Underdevelopment (1973) Alea peppers the narrative with references to poverty in the world, the old U.S.-backed regime and its decadence, but isn't making a propaganda piece. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
73% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Purely as a thriller, "Everybody Knows" engages the viewer with an intelligence and craft sorely missed in most American factory product. It takes us to a specific place, with specific personalities. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Visually it's a thrilling buffet full of endless references to other films as well. You can just sit back and drink in what's on screen - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
23% Miss Bala (2019) Many rounds are spent in this film, a few cars explode, and Gina Rodriguez becomes a version of The Punisher by the end, which feels like a set-up for an even more absurd sequel. Do yourself a favor and stream or rent the original. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
86% Shooting the Mafia (2019) While "To the Stars" can make you feel that you know everyone in Wakita intimately, it beautifully makes the point that there are always some things about them that you can't. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
37% Glass (2019) "Glass" suffers from the kind of wrap up syndrome that affects most trilogies. It wants to find enough space to cram in everything fans can recognize from the last two movies while attempting to mold some kind of dramatically fulfilling, coherent story. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
57% The Last Laugh (2019) With Chase and Dreyfuss's classic talents, this could have been quite the romp. Instead we get poor jokes delivered by two masters. It's too less of a good thing. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
47% Escape Room (2019) "Escape Room" ends with the obvious signs of a sequel being planned. Where else it could go is hard to guess, but for now this concept is trapped by its own tricks, inspiring us to prefer escaping to a better distraction. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The performances make the material work because the talent is so high it elevates even the script's romanticized tone to something more engaging. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) "Welcome to Marwen" is a great-looking mess. It demands you practice a yin-yang where we are expected to laugh and cheer at the Nazi-killing CGI dolls, then feel immense sorrow or pathos for a traumatized Hogancamp. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) With the world the way it's going, it's not surprising people would rather watch a buffed guy swim with dolphins. But with so many resources spent on it, this is one underwater adventure that dries out fast. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This documentary is both a nostalgic trip back in time and a revelation. Things which one simply accepted as a child gain a new relevance here. It is impressive to see just how socially radical Rogers' show was. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Set over 30 years ago, the potent relevancy of this film is in how the language it mocks is now part of the national discourse, emanating out of the White House itself. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Because he originally hails from the world of comedy, Burnham is perfectly in tune with the painful absurdities of adolescence, when simply walking out into a pool can feel like a walk of shame. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) With a masterful use of close-ups and editing that takes on a poetic cadence, Jenkins produces the sensation of what it feels like to look upon a face you realize you are in love with. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This film plays like a chess game where everyone wants to the throne, and only the most cunning will survive. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos remains true to his Dadaist exuberances, but here applies them with a fresh refinement. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
66% Vice (2018) This is politics elevated to a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) Most of the time "Relatable" has the feeling of catching up with DeGeneres. She's been through some lows, and is now high on the perch of success, but we have a good time listening to her share all about it. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is a web worth getting caught up with. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) "The Mule" treats its true story with just enough humor to capture the oddity of it all then arrives at a surprisingly moving climax. Life always trumps fiction. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) There is a magnificent command of tone and language in this film. Jenkins delivers expanded scenes where we get to know everyone and dialogue reveals hidden conflicts or stories. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
60% Vox Lux (2018) "Vox Lux" has the makings of a great movie, but it ends as just a very good one. Corbet is still finding his voice, the first act goes on too long and Portman's Celeste is the only character that feels truly fleshed out. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) This is also the kind of horror film where you scratch your head often, questioning some of its supernatural logic. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuaron is holding on to the memory of what such a time felt like in a Latin America of death squads. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
70% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) A lot of "The Christmas Chronicles" feels like a first draft that was slapped together when executives figured they needed some kind of holiday movie to stream. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos has widened his palette, while keeping his unique, strange and acidic humor intact. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) If what you seek is a good "Rocky" movie then "Creed II" delivers the goods. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
96% Roma (2018) This is cinema that breathes with life and all its losses and discoveries. It is as enrapturing as a good story, and when it's over you think about it in the way you remember a dream. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
91% Widows (2018) "Widows" has such rich layers that it's easy to forget to mention the more traditional, enjoyable thriller elements. McQueen has fun with the details of planning a robbery as the women train on the details. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Those who like slick exercises in action filmmaking might enjoy "The Girl in the Spider's Web" as just that. The twists are right out of the spy handbook, with more than one double cross being inevitable. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) The Grinch" succeeds in capturing Dr. Seuss' world via digital animation, but as a holiday revival of a classic story it may succeed in inspiring viewers to seek the original 1966 version. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Groundbreaking it is not, but it is always a fascinating train wreck to behold. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) There is not much of a smooth flow to this film, which is after all assembled from what Welles left behind. But it is a glorious mess that captures the sheer stress and madness of trying to make a movie. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" is most enjoyable during its grand concert scenes where Malek does an uncanny job capturing the style and mannerisms of the great vocalist. The raw energy, burning charisma and general likeability of Mercury come across brilliantly. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Grandmother (1970) A series of images giving form to our fears about ourselves. It is one thing to feel threatened from the outside, quite another to feel life has dealt you tortures you didn't ask for. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
65% Suspiria (2018) The new Suspiria reaches back into the era of the Argento original, but only keeps the barest outline of its story. What it achieves more as a work on its own than as a remake is that it speaks so directly to the feeling of the age. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Director David Gordon Green has made a strong thriller using a villain engrained in our pop culture consciousness while updating the premise, and winking constantly at its predecessor. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Hill's screenplay does something interesting with the dialogue. It's engaging yet also revealing in how it captures the way people talked in a more pre-politically correct moment. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
87% First Man (2018) The most special thing about this story is that it is not science fiction, it was real, it happened, and it asks us to dream again. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) A great young adult drama, unique in how it deals with a specific social issue. It is challenging, as it should be, because cinema should deal with what's happening in the world. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) For an actor of Redford's caliber to retire by playing an outlaw is fitting, because being an artist is almost the same fate. No matter where life takes you, that fire in the gut remains. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) There is a lot of blood in Mandy, as well as chainsaws, burning buildings, drugs and even animation, but it's never shallow or stale. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
95% Blaze (2018) With "Blaze" Hawke has taken one of country's underground misfits and turned him into a figure of pathos. His Blaze Foley is endearing, because everyone who stumbles can see a little bit of themselves in him. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) It's that rare crime film where the characters become interesting because there's nothing exaggerated about them. They are poor souls trying to make a buck in a cruel economy, which is a reality relatable even to those not living the life of the hustle. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) Life itself can be a mess, this movie didn't have to be. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Prototype (2018) Williams's project is far from a political statement, at least in the explicit sense. Instead his vision is grander and all encompassing. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Kusama: Infinity is an endlessly fascinating documentary about an inspiring life, but it is also a universal story. - Entertainment Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018