Adriana Gomez-Weston

Adriana Gomez-Weston
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Georgia born, Carolina raised, and now California living, Adriana is a film critic, marketing coordinator, and food lover who migrates between San Diego and Los Angeles. She's a fashion school defector, Twitter junkie, and bargain enthusiast. And she likes writing too.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 100% Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (2021) Entirely shot in 16mm, Eyimofe provides an intimate look at a working class Nigeria, a country that is often not shown so authentically on screen to Western audiences. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
8/10 89% The Green Knight (2021) Birthed from the epic poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the film is a patient, visually pleasing heroic tale that blends Celtic mythology and Christian faith. It also provides a truly mythical, seductive spin on the familiar Camelot. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
7/100 97% Pig (2021) In one of his best performances in years, Nicolas Cage is compelling as the stoic Rob, who was a celebrated chef of yesteryear. Eager to leave his past in the past, Rob reemerges just to reclaim his pig, blazing through Portland with a fury. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
9.5/10 95% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is a film we're likely to continue talking about in the months (and years) to come. In other words, "The time has come!" - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
6/10 45% The Little Things (2021) Although The Little Things is well shot and well-acted, it isn't as amazing as it could be considering the caliber of talent involved. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4.5/10 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Among Netflix's fare, its sure to have its viewers, but it may not have much appeal outside of the cinephile community that it's aiming for. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
7/10 80% I'm Your Woman (2020) I'm Your Woman is more about the atmosphere of survival as opposed to tying up loose ends and answering your burning questions. It's one woman's journey to independence, and that's all that should matter. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
8.5/10 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) In her feature debut, Blank explores what it means to move on to the next stage of life, and how to stay true to yourself. Witty and relatable, The Forty-Year-Old Version is one of the best films this year. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
8/10 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) While escapism is welcome and often necessary in this day and age, sometimes visual media needs to be a defiant call to action. All In: The Fight For Democracy is perhaps the most defiant and urgent film this year. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
9/10 98% One Night in Miami (2020) A consummate actress, King is proof that actors can and should direct other actors. Her lens is one that brings out the best of all her leads and portrays them in a sympathetic light. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
9/10 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) "A bright spot in perhaps the bleakest summer film season of all time, The Broken Hearts Gallery reminds us of the positive aspects of humanity, and how art can be a tool for individual and collective healing." - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
6/10 73% Mulan (2020) Mulan's cast is filled with action powerhouses, but it doesn't quite utilize them in the way they should be. Yifei Liu is given a great spotlight as a leading talent, but her fellow cast members aren't afforded the same, which is bittersweet - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
7/10 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Overall, if you're looking for a sweet escape, The Personal History of David Copperfield will take you on a well-deserved trip. Hell, it may even inspire you to write your own story. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
7.5/10 No Score Yet The Secret Diary of a Mom to Be (2019) An honest look at an ambitious woman's changing lifestyle, Luk Yee-sum isn't afraid to shine a light on the uglier aspects of motherhood, and other aspects of pregnancy such as a couple's sexual needs, and the father's household role. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
7/10 94% Black Is King (2020) Black Is King is no exception to Beyonce's artistic ingenuity. A combination of song, art, poetry, and style, Black is King is a lyrical odyssey that aims to empower today's young Black kings and queens. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
8.5 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) The film shows that it's better to be authentic than to hide who you truly are. Yes, God, Yes encourages you to think for yourself and make your own decisions. Also, it's OK to rewind that one scene you like in that movie... - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
7/10 74% The Rental (2020) With a refined taste in film and a highly critical lens on his own acting work, Franco's script is well-planned, and the supplemental elements are highly refined. He shows great promise as a director. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
7/10 95% Palm Springs (2020) Real love doesn't just accept the best parts of a person, but also the many imperfections. Palm Springs is a story for anyone who has been through the ugly side of love and who has emerged all the better for it. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
8/10 81% The Beach House (2020) The Beach House offers a fresh perspective with its natural portrayal of an "environmental apocalypse." With its four-person cast and simple location, Brown's writing about survival and human fragility take center stage. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
8.5/10 97% Hamilton (2020) The filmed production was intended to release theatrically in 2021, but Disney decided to take its shot by releasing over a year early, causing one of the buzziest releases of the year. Because of this move, the musical couldn't be more timely. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
7/10 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Even though catiness and competition erupt throughout Miss Juneteenth, it doesn't take away from the core message of the story. It's a celebration of Black excellence, but it's also a celebration of the freedom of authenticity. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
4.5/10 65% The Lovebirds (2020) At times, it's hard to figure out exactly what's going on, as there's never enough time to take it all in or get to know the characters beyond a surface level. There's a lot of material that has more potential to be compelling here... - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
4/10 64% Clementine (2019) While Clementine isn't bad necessarily, it leaves a lot to be desired. There's a lot of room to "go there," but that never really happens. The film doesn't truly end, it simply just fizzles away. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
9/10 97% The Half of It (2020) The Half of It doesn't depend on love, or its characters to save each other. It allows them to make decisions for themselves, and become whole instead of waiting on the other half. That in itself is a bold stroke if there ever was one. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
8.5/10 89% Ema (2019) Ema is more of an immersive experience than a story with a simple beginning, middle, and end. For some, it may seem like style over substance, but its focus is its eponoymous character's handling of grief. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
6/10 82% To the Stars (2020) To the Stars is mainly a story about friendship, but at the same time, it shows that being able to live your truth isn't so black and white. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
6.5/10 86% Selah and the Spades (2020) Selah and the Spades is a standout in teen media due to its placement of a confident, cunning young Black woman as its lead. Selah is no angel, and pretty unlikeable at times. However, she demonstrates a complicated nature that needs to be seen. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
6.5/10 81% Tigertail (2020) Tigertail isn't perfect, but it has a lot of heart behind it. The story moves perhaps a bit too quickly, not allowing enough time to get to know Pin-Jui, or his past. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
5.5 75% The Other Lamb (2020) The Other Lamb is simple yet effective, opting to keep its focus on Selah and her sisters. Emotionally heavy and often solemn, the film isn't an easy watch. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
6.5/10 72% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is interesting enough to be refreshing in a time where we need more to watch if you don't mind being creeped out. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
6.5/10 68% Stargirl (2020) Stargirl tells you the importance of staying true to yourself, but it shies away from telling you the consequences if you don't. This is the biggest irony of all considering the source material. Despite its flaws, Stargirl is still a worthy watch. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
7.5/10 87% Swallow (2020) Despite the bizarre premise, Swallow is one of the most intriguing watches of 2020. It's worth a look. It may be an acquired tasted for some, but it will be a treat for others. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
6/10 75% The Photograph (2020) Sweet and sophisticated, The Photograph plays out like many romantic dramas do. The plot of the film is easy to follow, and predictable at times, but it's an enjoyable watch. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
7.5/10 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey emancipate itself from its predecessors, and exceeds them in every way. With a new director in Cathy Yan, and a new feminist vision, it makes a splash as a standalone film but gives hope for the future of DC and other comic book movies. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
6.5/10 84% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) It's a film both kids and adults can enjoy. The film is a heart-warming, and welcome change from Disney's other fare. It marks the beginning of a revival of Disney's creative storytelling that will hopefully be here to stay in the long run. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
70% Horse Girl (2020) A victim of genetics, Sarah follows in her grandmother's footsteps. Horse Girl's message is slightly muddled, but it allows Sarah to be a flawed hero in her own story. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
7.5/10 89% Black Bear (2020) Black Bear is a thrilling, but claustrophobic and stressful experience. It dives into the recesses of the show business, and how far artists are willing to go for the sake of their craft. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
9/10 92% The Assistant (2020) In conclusion, The Assistant isn't an easy watch, but it's a necessary one. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
9/10 88% Zola (2021) The best person suited to the task of directing #TheStory, Bravo maintains the authenticity of King's voice and adds a stylistic flair that's a match for King's larger than life tales. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
8.5/10 79% Summertime (2021) The most unique aspect of this is that the ownership of this film is shared, with little pieces of each writer infused into the story. While Estrada's distinct voice is present, he makes sure to elevate the voices of his many novice actors. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
7/10 89% Jezebel (2019) Jezebel doesn't treat sex work as a last resort. It treats it as a normal occupation, free of stigma and tragedy. In under 90 minutes, Perrier overturns negative tropes, and uses her personal story to overcome a collective shame that exists in sex work. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
95% Hotel by the River (2019) Hotel by the River is a masterwork in fostering relationships between its characters. It is a testament to the beauty of the bond between not only parents and their children, but the bond between friends. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
6.5/10 No Score Yet Read it and Weep (2006) It's completely unrealistic and silly at times, but it's still fun. It stands as a reminder after all these years, all check your email attachments. You never know what you're sending out into the universe. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
6/10 71% The Cheetah Girls (2003) In the long run, the music is more memorable than the movie itself, but it's a pleasant reminder of a simpler past. I'll still bump "Girl Power" every now and then. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
5/10 69% Knives and Skin (2019) The plot is hard to describe, as it isn't always easy to follow. It intertwines a multitude of storylines, not all of which have to do with the titular Carolyn. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
8/10 92% The Garden Left Behind (2020) The Garden Left Behind is authentic, placing transgender talent in front of the camera. It's a step in the right direction, but at the same time, it tells us that there is still so much more to do. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
6.5/10 100% Philophobia: Or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) The dating scene in Los Angeles can be hellish, but Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love takes kicks it up a notch. A stylish and intriguing debut, the film is a worthy watch as this holiday season takes off. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
9/10 94% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach's latest feature, Marriage Story is perhaps his best work. Once again, Baumbach draws on the personal to create a poignant story that gets into the heart of why lovers go their separate ways. - The Cinema Soloist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
2/4 23% Zeroville (2019) The screen adaptation itself is meant to pay tribute to classic stars and the art of filmmaking, but "Zeroville" is a eulogy to what could have been. While cinema is a beautiful thing, the book's adaptation is a sad reminder of a fickle industry. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 68% Joker (2019) Fueled by strong performances and a disturbing story, "Joker" is one of the most interesting movies this year. Regardless of the reactions to it, it will be something that's going to talked about for a long time. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019