Film Reviews



Sicario. translated to English as “hitman ” in this action driven drama written by Taylor Sheridan captures your attention within the first few moments all the way to last image of kids playing soccer with a hail of bullets being heard in the background.

Baby, let me tell you this film is destined to be one of the first to get major Oscar-worthy buzz for director, producer, film, writing and all the majority top acting categories.

Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay is off the chain!!!  You don’t have a clue what is about to go down from one moment to the next, yet you can’t wait to find out.  Director Dennis Vileneuve hit the bulls-eye with this one, the same way he did a few years ago with Prisoners, where I raved about a non-recognizable Melissa Leo (check out my review Prisoners Review for Carla Renata’s Corner).

Benicio del Toro plays the bad guy better than anyone I know and the power is not so much in what his character Alejandro says, but in the awkward silence of him not speaking that makes him compelling to watch! This is not new territory for the actor as he won a Best Supporting Actor for Traffic and received a nomination for 21 Grams.  My boy embraces his brand and brings it on home every time!!!  You gotta love and respect that!

Shortly after giving birth,  Emily Blunt took on the Kate Macer with vigor, realism and a humanity that is often not displayed on film in these types of roles.  However, Blunt forces you to have empathy for Kate, while understanding why she continues to pursue such bad choices in her quest to bring down the cartel.  Her final moment in the film is one of many moments that leave you breathless  – seriously!!!

Josh Brolin is simply “da’ bomb”!  It doesn’t matter what role he plays in what movie…he always just kills it to the tenth power!!!  As the leader of the CIA task force, he is slick, charming, slimy, yet  he is absolute perfection!!!

The images (thanks to DP – Roger Deakins)  are astounding from the mutilated bodies hanging in the street to the hit on an entire family at the dinner table.  In fact, the most chilling image is one of Alejandro emerging in the shadows moments before he completes another hit.

The war on crime and drugs is real and Sicario brings it to your face in a realistic, action-packed way that left me breathless.  I spent a good deal of this movie with my mouth open from shock and pure delight of the pleasure to finally see a film that will make this awards season very exciting!!!

I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY,, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Mondays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'


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