Kiko Martinez

Kiko Martinez
Tomatometer-approved critic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It won't do for Latinos what Black Panther did for the African-American community earlier this year from a cultural perspective, but the highly stylized animated film is a solid first step in making the mainstream superhero universe more inclusive.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B- 61% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Its sprawling storytelling about women in authoritative positions gives the picture its own sense of 16th-century political wokeness, which is notable in any era.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 61% Vox Lux (2018) Ambitious to a fault, Vox Lux feels otherworldly.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A- 94% The Favourite (2018) An acerbic and abrasively funny period piece featuring three of the best female performances of the year. The film is like a formal curtsy but with a sharp knee strike to the groin.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The fact that Mowgli can speak to the animals in the jungle but not to the villagers makes about as much sense as picking a prickly pear by the paw.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
A- 82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Director Julian Schnabel confronts van Gogh's mental instability with inventive style and philosophical reflection. He has given audiences one of the most creative and visually-striking cinematic compositions about an artist in recent memory.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
B- 59% The Front Runner (2018) Like all politicians, The Front Runner is flawed.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
C+ 83% Creed II (2018) Creed II misses a major opportunity to tell a great story about fathers and sons.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B+ 82% Green Book (2018) Director Peter Farrelly didn't produce a flawless film, but he hit an appropriately inspirational and life-affirming theme and tone with ease.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
A- 96% Roma (2018) It's as close to cinematic poetry as you can get and director Alfonso Cuarón, with an expert-level attention to detail, places us at the center of his story - watching, listening, waiting, and cherishing every delicate moment.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B+ 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) A unique and unpredictably screwy ride.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B 89% A Private War (2018) At a time when journalists are being labeled "the enemy of the people" from the highest levels of our own government, A Private War is here to remind everyone that they're really not.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
C 90% Widows (2018) Regrettably, Widows forgets that it is - first and foremost - supposed to be a believable heist flick.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B+ 94% Wildlife (2018) An intimate, low-key family affair that slowly gives way to a narrative where aggravation, pain and resentment simmer beneath the landscape ready to flare up.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B+ 81% Boy Erased (2018) A crucially important coming-of-age drama that will hopefully serve as a cautionary tale for those who believe that pseudoscientific treatment or spiritual intervention can actually "pray the gay away."‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
A- 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A cynical and clever combination of dark comedy and drama that builds on the narrative's stranger-than-fiction premise with a pitch-perfect tone.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
B 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) An insightful and uplifting father-son story where unconditional love is the real star of the film.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) With actor Rami Malek transforming into a larger-than-life legend like Freddie Mercury and delivering the best performance of his young career - and an Oscar-worthy one at that - he keeps the film from going completely out of tune.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
D+ 28% Hocus Pocus (1993) A movie perfectly matched for pre-Lizzie Maguire tweens looking for something to watch on cable around Halloween while their older siblings were in the basement watching Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees split heads.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
D 38% Silencio (2018) Shhh. Hear that sound? That's Silencio, an overambitious sci-fi melodrama written, produced and directed by Lorena Villarreal, landing with a gigantic thud. ‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B+ 76% Mid90s (2018) [Director Jonah] Hill proves he's operating from a place of purity, compassion and meaningful emotion.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
B 61% The Oath (2018) [Writer/director/star] Ike Barinholtz might lose focus during the second half of the movie, but the film lands a good amount of solid gut punches before flying off the rails.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Author Angie Thomas' frustration radiates off the page and screen, and Amandla Stenberg's Starr Carter is the ideal storyteller for that outrage. The Hate U Give is a primal scream.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B+ 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) In filmmaker David Lowery's hands, The Old Man & the Gun becomes more than just a biopic about an aging outlaw. It's a tribute to Robert Redford and the lasting effect he has left behind on the film industry. ‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B+ 88% First Man (2018) Like the best cinematic space odysseys that have come before, First Man brings with it a message of humanism and mortality that puts life into perspective. What better backdrop to experience an existential awakening than soaring across the cosmos?‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C+ 87% Colette (2018) In one scene, Colette is transfixed on a male mime singing soprano before [revealing] he is lip-syncing a song actually being sung by a woman standing behind him. If we didn't know any better, we might think [the film] was trying to say something.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper and Gaga have voices worth listening to, especially when they're harmonizing in front of a crowd of thousands. We just wish the narrative mixed in a few more sharps and flats to ensure a clearly distinct sound and experience.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) [It's] a wonderful testament to the services provided by [the nonprofit Guide Dogs for the Blind], which [has] changed thousands of lives since its inception in 1942. For that, Pick of the Litter certainly deserves its fair share of tummy rubs.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
C+ 73% The Children Act (2018) Although Emma Thompson is a gem, The Children Act minimizes its most interesting courtroom narrative with insignificant storylines during the first half before transforming into an entirely different - and less absorbing - picture in the second.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
D 13% Life Itself (2018) Wallowing in a cinematic abyss of tragedy, pain and victimization is better suited for fans of the Saw franchise.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
C+ 66% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie is more memorable for its foreboding atmosphere and believable performances by the film's top-billed actresses, Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, than its storytelling prowess.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
C- 65% American Chaos (2018) During his stops in states like West Virginia, Stern broods and frowns at the opinions of Trump voters so much, moviegoers might wonder if producers were standing by with smelling salts in case he fainted. ‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
D- 11% Peppermint (2018) The people behind Peppermint need to hear the more uncomfortable discussions their movie provokes. They need to listen, take note and realize that in 2018 they should be better than this.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
C- 55% The Bookshop (2018) Although it might be award-worthy in some circles, The Bookshop is a strangely generic and frustratingly paced story that never comes alive.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B- 84% The Wife (2018) When Close and Pryce share the screen, it's impossible to look away, even when things get a bit melodramatic.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
B+ 92% Searching (2018) Skeptical audiences might think a film like this would be limited by the method it chooses to tell its story, but with a smart script and a heartfelt father-daughter relationship at its core, Searching is an absorbing and unique achievement.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B+ 95% Blaze (2018) An ode to a highly-gifted, troubled legend who left the industry (and this earth) with his own distinct brand of folk and country music, which seemed to arise from the depths of his soul.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B 83% Puzzle (2018) Replace puzzles with just about any other activity you can think of - bread making, swing dancing, bird watching - and you'll likely have the same film as long as Macdonald and Khan are at the center of the narrative.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B+ 99% McQueen (2018) Like the cinematic equivalent of his couture pieces, McQueen is stunning and conspicuous. What it isn't, unfortunately, is unconventional.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
B 72% Christopher Robin (2018) The charm is never lost when Pooh is delivering one of his clever Poohisms ("People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day"). If anything is impossible, it's not being enchanted by the film's many adorable qualities.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
B+ 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's intent doesn't take away from the craftsmanship of his direction and the convincing tonal shifts that make BlacKkKlansman pivot from intriguing crime caper to biting contemporary satire so fluidly.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
A- 99% Eighth Grade (2018) OMG, Eighth Grade is, like, going to give you all the feels.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
C+ 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) A conventional biopic stifled by a screenplay that doesn't allow its main character to flourish or make meaningful relationships.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
C 51% Boundaries (2018) While some complex themes like abandonment and redemption are touched upon lightly, there's not much room for anything else to breathe with Farmiga's exaggeratedly neurotic character overshadowing some of the more interesting relationships."‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B- 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) It's one of the most original films you'll likely see all year, which, depending on your threshold for certifiably crazy storylines, could be a rewarding experience or one that frustrates you.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
A- 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The film rolls out...like a thriller. It's reminiscent of other unexpectedly peculiar documentaries in recent years like 2010's Catfish and 2012's The Imposter but manages to shift into an even more somber tone than anyone could've imagined.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
A- 100% Leave No Trace (2018) With top-tier performances by Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin McKenzie, director Debra Granik has captured an authentic dynamic between two characters who find themselves at an impasse.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
B- 53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) Watching adults complicate an already complicated situation is good theater, but what A Kid Like Jake needed more of was childlike wonderment. With it, it could have been a film with deeper impact, not just a conversation starter.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
C- 69% The Seagull (2018) A fleeting 98-minute stopover with a cast of particularly grating characters.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
B+ 88% American Animals (2018) Without the documentary components, the film would still be more enjoyable than a lot of movies where...a crack team of beautiful misfits...steal a bag of bling. With them, Layton has discovered a new and extraordinary way of storytelling.‐ San Antonio Current
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018