Angelica Jade Bastién

Angelica Jade Bastién
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
71% Nappily Ever After (2018) Unfortunately, instead of coming across as a warm throwback, Nappily Ever After is a romantic comedy saddled with a reductive understanding of black womanhood without enough cast chemistry or beauty to distract us. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) [Margot] Robbie's screen presence makes her seem, at first blush, more suited to play Kerrigan. But just a few minutes into I, Tonya, I found myself captivated by the anger and blunt physicality that define Robbie's performance. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
80% Marshall (2017) In ignoring the lived reality of colorism, Marshall creates a circumscribed version of blackness that's easy for white audiences to consume, lacks any sort of challenging narrative, and bypasses the more fascinating wrinkles in its characters' lives. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Watching Ford and Gosling onscreen together suggests an evolution of masculinity within the films, one that exists along a continuum of noir leading men, from those failing to hide their tenderhearted nature to the solemn figures who make stoicism an art. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/4 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit was directed, written, produced, shot, and edited by white creatives who do not understand the weight of the images they hone in on with an unflinching gaze. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
1/4 45% The Bad Batch (2017) A film with neither engaging emotional threads nor the kind of panache that makes such cinematic mayhem worth it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) A Wonder Woman film that is inspiring, hopeful, blistering, and compassionate, in ways that honor what has made this character an icon. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1/4 17% Queen of the Desert (2017) An emotionally empty, thematically ill-defined, and listless affair. It is never able to communicate the complexity of the woman at its center. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/4 36% Live Cargo (2017) A film that confuses silence with great insight, beautiful imagery with emotion and the empty with the profound. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/4 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) At times, Ghost in the Shell is beautiful, even stunning. But these visual pleasures can't mask the narrative emptiness. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3.5/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick: Chapter Two demonstrates what film as an art form is all about: it awes and delights, challenges and provokes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2.5/4 89% Doctor Strange (2016) For all of its wondrous world-building and trippy effects, Doctor Strange isn't the evolutionary step forward for Marvel that it needs to be storytelling-wise. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 88% Morris from America (2016) The palpable yearning of its characters and the strength of the lead performances find grace and power where the rest of the film can't. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/4 38% How He Fell in Love (2016) Despite how much these characters go on and on about their lives and loves, the film itself has nothing to say. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/4 77% Keanu (2016) "Keanu" is a pure pop confection that delights even as it proves to be wildly uneven. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Ultimately Kawase is more interested in charting emotional and sensory landscapes than in thinking through any narrative thread, yet there's something to be said for the movie's sincerity and simple beauty. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle's performance is pure elegant vulgarity. He curses as if he is speaking poetry. He carries himself like a man who has lived a thousand lives. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016