Keyword: film critic rick romancito
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Lightning rarely strikes twice in animated movies, and now with the “Disney Princess Movie” imprint to uphold, the motive to electrify audiences for the new “Frozen II” movie is even more imperative ... more
While we may not have been “psychedelized” as the Chambers Brothers suggested, the past can be tricky and so can the future. That’s why remembering ... more
Will Smith actually plays his age, 51, in director Ang Lee’s action thriller “Gemini Man,” but given the level of CGI and stunt double agility exhibited by his character, you’re probably supposed to think, “Dang, he looks pretty good for an old guy.” more
Julian Fellowes has created quite a little industry cataloguing the manners and accoutrement of British aristocracy circa 1920s via his popular television show, “Downton Abbey.” more
Horror author Stephen King knows what scares us because he knows what hurts. It's the key to his success. He makes horror a personal experience ... more
I hate movies about dogs. Not because I think they’re intrinsically all bad. I just know dogs and for all the love and attention we give them, fate more
The filthy rich Le Domas family likes to play games. In fact their wealth is derived from the board games and other amusements in which their patriarch invested generations ago ... more
A big budget feature like “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” might not have played as well if it was adapted from the book series back in the 1980s when they came out ... more
The year 1969 was when the hippie-free-love-Age of Aquarius came to a horrifying end with the vicious Tate-LaBianca murders, all by a group of violent hippies known as the Charles Manson Family. It actually was the capper. more
Writer-director Ari Aster has made quite a name for himself in a short amount of time for twisting the horror genre on its head. First with the unnerving “Hereditary” ... more
Epic. That’s about all I can say about the new “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” With the sound cranked up high enough to jiggle your synapses, the movie is a visual and aural experience unlike many in cinemas since the Sensurround in 1974’s “Earthquake.” more
Ok, ok, "Brightburn" is the anti-Superman, the Bizarro World-ish version of the Man of Steel. There, I said it. But, “Brightburn” is more than that. In fact, it has bigger fish to fry. more
Charlize Theron doesn't make many mistakes when picking movies in which to star, but once in a while she ends up in a real stinker.  more
When you can fly faster than an X-15, crush boulders with your little finger and manipulate matter on a molecular level, sweating the small stuff might seem a bit out of character. But, the success … more
It's no joke. A lot people still believe in La Llorona, the wailing woman said to haunt the streams and acequias searching for the souls of children to replace her own that she herself drowned. more
Why? Was it really necessary to reboot “Hellboy”? more
I'm a great admirer of author Stephen King, but am always a little puzzled by the way some people come up with knee-jerk comments like, "I hate his movies." more
Woven through the layers of paralyzing terror in writer-producer-director Jordan Peele's "Us" are the kind of enigmatic visual symbols ... more
The movie's centerpiece is a wildly crazy-cool amusement park with gravity- and sanity-defying rides imagined by a little girl named June (voiced by Sofia Mali) and her mom (Jennifer Garner). more
If you don’t know who WWE female wrestler Paige is, don’t worry. I didn’t either until I saw this movie based on the rise of Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) ... more
There’s a reason manga works best on the printed page. As a 2-D image brought to life by talented Asian illustrators who unleash a vivid combination of dynamic action ... more
Alphonso Cuarón has said his film, “Roma,” is made up of 90 percent memories, his memories, of when he was growing up in the early 1970s in Mexico City ... more
There is a very dark “what if” at the root of writer-director Adam McKay’s comedy-drama “Vice.” What it suggests we’ll address in a moment, but it is a nagging … more
When Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) first meets Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), after the latter applies for a job as his driver, Tony makes an assumption about the doctor title ... more
Imagine being in a roller coaster car clicking and clacking up and up into the sky. The anticipation and sheer suspense is so strong you can taste it in the back of your throat. You can see the crazy twists and turns of the tracks beyond and just know this is going to be a ride of epic proportions. more
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