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.
On three films from TIFF, including the latest by Ken Loach and Celine Sciamma.
On three docs from SXSW.
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.
Staff writer Monica Castillo reflects on her adventure in Key West, Florida while in town for the film festival.