Rene Rodriguez has been The Miami Herald’s movie critic since 1995. Before then, he was a general assignment arts writer and worked on the paper’s city desk. He has also written about film for Variety, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the New York Post and Hispanic magazine, and is part of Entertainment Weekly‘s Critical Mass movie review roundup chart. He has won several awards for his film criticism, including a Green Eyeshade Award and a Sunshine State Award. At the age of 15, he landed his first job working as an usher at the long-defunct Plitt Gables Theater, where he saw E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial more than 20 times and a lifelong obsession with movies was born.