Daniel Nava


Daniel Nava
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm a Chicago-based Latino film critic that has been passionate about film for well over a decade. I'm also a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. I'm interested in prose above all and hope that my writing is valued for both its critical insight and wit.
Publications: Chicago Cinema Circuit

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
72% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows stands out as Farhadi's most interesting film to date. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) ... banally imagines death as a series of jump scares or pithy one-liners intended to yank out a laugh. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
86% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Israel possesses a formal acuity that's refreshing for a documentary filmmaker - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Even if Farhadi rarely leaves me impressed with his visual capacities, the depths of his dramatic intuition are second to none. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
No Score Yet Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story (2015) Cantu, as a figure, is magnetic enough to digest the film without much protest, but Schwartz' inability to discriminate between valuable content and its opposite fails its subject. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
98% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) The film is drained of any particular vitality - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
87% Christine (2016) This is my first experience with Campos and I'm completely taken aback by his formal IQ. Every frame is richly composed, informed by careful decisions that reflect the self-doubt of his characters - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) After the Storm, Kore-eda's latest, is his most accomplished work yet, possessing the sort of weary-eyed clarity into the fears and anxieties that plague dreamers who have failed to blossom from the promise of their youth. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Yet the material, with its narrative propelled by the trial's eventual verdict, never amounts to anything especially substantive. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
73% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Guiraudie's attempts to complicate the cliché by steeping his surrealist content through a realist lens are not quite as adventurous as it seems. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
92% Sieranevada (2016) You'll be immediately struck by Puiu's realism and capacity to replicate the exact lulls and tempo of conversation between the familial. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
92% Raising Bertie (2017) Byrne and DP/Producer Jon Stuyvesant capture Bertie with a tangible sense of what makes the community tick, punctuated by a tactile languor that is reminiscent of David Gordon Green's George Washington. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
92% Maquinaria Panamericana (2016) Paso, in his debut feature, displays an acute visual sensibility and a remarkable sense of sound - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
No Score Yet Malaria (2016) Set in Tehran, Parviz Shabbazi's Malaria offers a unique vision of Iranian culture that nestles between the middle ground of Jafar Pahani's metaphysical musings and Asghar Farhadi's decidedly grounded moral puzzles. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Fukada reigns in the performances for something more eerie and contained, relying on the cumulative effect of subtle gestures to create something so unexpectedly leveling and terrifying. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
91% Certain Women (2016) It's a tender film that understands adult behavior in a remarkably astute way. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
97% Aquarius (2016) The film is centered on Sonia Braga's unimpeachable performance, the best of the year, in a role that you'd imagine someone like Gena Rowlands' would've taken in the 70s and early 80s - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
94% Little Sister (2016) Clark's study on nostalgia is periphery to how his study on the cumulative contradictions that shape and define our worldviews. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
98% Moonlight (2016) Like with Linklater's film, the cumulative details figure into the Moonlight's indelible powers, inspiring some of the most richly composed imagery you'll find in contemporary American cinema. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
89% Loving (2016) It's exactly what you come to expect from an Oscar-primed social advocacy biopic: unchallenging and uncomplicated - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
69% Bleed For This (2016) ... with the release of Ben Younger's Bleed for This, we confront a heady reality of Great White Anxiety and rejuvenated hyper-individualism. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
43% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) You're unlikely to hear a less convincing sounding film this year, whereby actors are tasked with the impossible in a film that so often resembles an infomercial than any reflection of reality. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's vapid and trashy and yet so bewildering and crafted with such élan that it's (almost) respectable. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) What's so disarming about The Edge of Seventeen is how its superficiality lends itself to some particularly authentic moments. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
79% American Honey (2016) It's a contemporary canonical work - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
85% Lion (2016) Lion, for the scope of its narrative and breadth of its ambitions, is not something that could be adequately told in 120 minutes. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
76% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane's flashy yet witless repartee suggests profundity yet exposes nothing. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Edwards submits a distinct, though ultimately uneven work that never quite manages to become the spectacle or ensemble piece it hopes to be. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
93% Hidden Figures (2017) ... Hidden Figures considers the painful without the pain, aims for sincerity despite a motive, and engages without demanding. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
86% A Monster Calls (2017) Though not my preferred mode of filmmaking, I appreciate the sophistication of Bayona's vision in adapting Ness' work, with their complementary qualities working exceedingly well. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% Homo Sapiens (2016) ...possesses an astonishing beauty that overwhelms the senses - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
83% Silence (2017) I found Silence's examinations of Christian and Buddhist faiths to be astonishingly thoughtful. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
89% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women is as much an examination of the there and then as it is a tonic for the here and now. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) This is a delightfully human film, one that observes its characters with a sense of tranquil reverence. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) ... Stahelski crafts something that's all at once modern and timeless. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
No Score Yet Unbroken Glass (2016) ... too brief to gather a clearer sense of the emotional anxieties that the family really grapples with - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
90% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) ...this year's Animated Shorts nominees [make] up for the best the category has been in a decade. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
36% Untogether (2019) ... this script is so woefully pedestrian that it casts a pall on the whole exercise and takes everything down with it. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
88% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) There's not a filmmaker alive that produces more self-doubt in my critical capacities than Jean-Luc Godard. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
47% Escape Room (2019) Welcome to the cinematic dregs of January, this film would seem to announce. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) ...the Dardennes' perplexing and out-of-character obligation to plot denies what could've been another feather in the brothers' cap. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
66% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) While I could pass off the experience as merely another idiosyncratic exercise in Dumont's filmography, it's more transgressive qualities hover and rattle, inspiring greater consideration than its absurdity suggests. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
100% Shelley (2016) This notable debut from director Ali Abbasi will likely illicit comparisons to Rosemary's Baby, but it's the early films of David Cronenberg that most directly inform Shelley. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
No Score Yet It's Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál) (2016) The authenticity of the material is immediately felt, and its unfussiness affords the film with a particular rawness that similar-minded films so often strive for. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
87% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) How much you appreciate the film will very likely coincide with how funny you find the picture's morbidly dry humor. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
88% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) ...despite an exceedingly persuasive performance from Bejo, the film slogs to its inevitable conclusion. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
63% Before I Fall (2017) Gosh, this film made me feel old. Were teenagers always this terrible? I mean, they've always been the worst, but you say that (kinda) jokingly. Here's a film that means it. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Despair may be in vogue in our contemporary (political) culture, but it's to Personal Shopper's credit to proclaim that hopelessness is, indeed, not in fashion. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
43% Song to Song (2017) It's the great gift of Malick's cinema: no one viewing can adequately grapple with the scope of his vision. Those who suggest otherwise are just not paying attention. - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
67% Life (2017) I can't tell you anything about the coterie that makes up this Alien-knockoff that isn't some generalization bluntly emphasized by its lowest common denominator, by-committee screenplay - Chicago Cinema Circuit EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018