Noelle has more going for it than just being one of the easiest ways for Disney+ to make a good first impression.
Monica Castillo is a freelance writer and University of Southern California Annenberg graduate film critic fellow. Although she originally went to Boston University for biochemistry and molecular biology before landing in the sociology department, she went on to review films for The Boston Phoenix, WBUR, Dig Boston, The Boston Globe, and co-hosted the podcast “Cinema Fix.” After a stint as an Entertainment Reporter for International Business Times, she’s back to freelancing for RogerEbert.com, NPR, Village Voice, Tribeca Film, Paste Magazine, Remezcla, among others. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Women Film Critics Circle, and served as a co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. Monica has traveled to a few film festivals, met a couple of living legends, and has some great stories about hitchhiking to red carpet premieres. She can usually be found online talking about the film she just watched.
Monica Castillo on our pick for the 8th best film of the 2010s, Alfonso Cuaron's Roma.
The Toronto International Film Festival had no shortages of movies where facts won out over fictional narratives.
On three films from TIFF, including dramas starring Liam Neeson and Susan Sarandon.
An interview with director Pablo Larraín and star Mariana Di Girolamo about their new film, Ema.
On three films from TIFF, including the latest by Ken Loach and Celine Sciamma.
On three docs from SXSW.
On three premieres from Austin, including a new comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista.
An interview with Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre about her animal therapy drama, The Mustang.
A dispatch on four films from Sundance 2019.
A review of a new box set from pioneering female filmmakers.