2 Best Releases Starring Aaron Domínguez

The Spool Staff

Sitting in Bars with Cake

Watch afterBarbie (2023) Blue Beetle (2023), Elemental (2023), The Marvels (2023),
MPAA RatingPG-13
StudioMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer,

(Editor's note: A previous version of this review included the full name of the presumptive real-life inspiration for the film; upon a subsequent request to maintain their privacy, we have removed that sentence.) Continue Reading →

The Inspection

GenreDrama
SimilarRope (1948),
Watch afterElemental (2023),
MPAA RatingR

The Inspection, the narrative feature debut of writer-director Elegance Bratton, aims to be a fictionalized treatment of Bratton’s own real-life experiences as a young gay Black man attempting to turn his life around by, of all things, joining the Marines. As dramatic hooks go, that’s a compelling one, but the finished film seems strangely unwilling to grapple with it in any meaningful way. Instead, what could have been a unique, deeply personal narrative is eventually reduced to a well-meaning but largely undistinguished military melodrama that is ultimately too familiar for its own good.  Continue Reading →