Aramide Tinubu

Aramide Tinubu
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T-Meter Title | Year
98% Apollo 11 (2019) The Apollo is sprinkled with gems. Williams places his film within the context of Black history in this country while providing anecdotes about the theater itself. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
93% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) What's My Name showcases Ali's gorgeous arrogance. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Boss: The Black Experience In Business (2019) Chronicling three centuries Boss: The Black Experience in Business acts as a zippy history lesson. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B 63% Native Son (2019) Native Son is heartbreaking and painfully relevant, proving that in the nearly 80 years since Wright published his novel, little has changed. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace might not be the movie that Aretha Franklin expected, but it's the film that music lovers, believers, and everyone else desperately needs to see. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
88% Hummus! The Movie (2019) Overall, Hummus! The Movie was informative and well-framed. - A Word with Aramide EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
92% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monsters is a brilliant contrast between the grotesque and the magical, which in many ways is precisely what a room full of kindergarteners is. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
100% Selah and the Spades (2019) More than the sheer delight of watching a powerful Black girl, Selah and the Spades is an earnest celebration of youth and power -something long-reserved for white teens while excluding young people of color. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Pahokee (2019) Though the responsibilities of the real world are looming, Pahokee is distinctive because it allows these teens to be children, to cling to their last carefree days without crucifying them for it. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Premature (2019) Authentically raw - almost to the point where it was painful to watch certain scenes in the film, Green does not ease his audience into Ayanna's world. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Most intriguing here is that unlike most subjects of documentaries who are long gone before their life's work is categorized and placed on display, there is no speculation about Morrison's journey. She tells it as it was and how it remains to be. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) With the one true horror element unseen and mostly unheard, we are left with a ton of gore and little of the suspense that the film's trailer promised. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) Arresting and heart-stopping, Number 37 is a fiercely acted and directed tale of the intense mayhem that can be born out of anger, desperation, and sheer entitlement. The buildup alone is worth the ride. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
93% The Weekend (2018) Luckily, Meghie and the cast's ability to tap into a great deal of humor with a whole lot of energy helps to minimize the cringeworthy aspect of some of the unfortunate circumstances the characters find themselves in. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) With the quippy dialogue and stunning cinematography from Sean Porter, Green Book is a charming and shockingly uplifting feat not just about race and friendship. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
72% Assassination Nation (2018) An ambitious but somewhat chaotic film, Levinson invites his audience into Salem-an American suburb where real horrors lie in everyone's cell phone histories, downloads, and clouds. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Much more than a simple commentary on race, class and police brutality, The Hate U Give is a standout film because it focuses on black female empowerment. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls works well, not just because of Hall who helps bring dignity to what could very well be a very degrading world and job, but also because of the humor and heart sprinkled throughout the narrative. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) While much of the film is dark and triggering, moments of happiness and humor sprinkled throughout the narrative help keep the audience focused and entertained. Most importantly [it] puts a spotlight on Ron Stallworth's astounding story. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Though the film asks its audience to open their minds well past what we understand as traditional storytelling, Riley never leaves us to flounder in confusion. His writing is witty and spot-on, and the brilliant cast packs a punch. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
89% Whitney (2018) Whitney offers little when it comes to revelations for those who know Houston's story, but it does cast a sharper lens on a woman who gave the world her voice and got very little in return. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
No Score Yet Phantom Cowboys (2018) [Phantom Cowboys] is a commentary on the barriers that confine us in our society and the walls that we build for ourselves despite our best intentions. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
96% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is a story we don't often see told from a black woman's lens, especially not in this particular setting. It's a story of sisters who band together and fight against every complication. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
67% Come Sunday (2018) As Come Sunday comes to a close, you'll undoubtedly have more questions than answers, but that is why the film works so beautifully. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
19% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) The film's mangled final act does not mean that Acrimony is without merit. The acting is fantastic, the idea is solid, and there are undoubtedly various themes surrounding relationships and mental health to be discussed and considered. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
95% Jinn (2018) The mother-daughter relationship is central here, as we watch two very different women come to terms with who they are and who they are desperate to become. This juxtaposition was one of the most profound aspects Jinn. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
18% Jinn (2014) More than anything the film shines because it isn't about the trauma or pain that Black women experience. Jinn is about identity, those beautiful, carefree days of youth, and how in a split second, one thing that is so deeply important can be replaced. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle In Time was made not just with kids in mind, but with 8-12-year-olds as the film's intended audience. It is DuVernay's love letter to children and the wonder and magic of childhood. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Hale Country works best in its quietest moments, when Ross allows his audience just to sit and engage with the subjects. When he zooms in, forcing us to take in one particular frame instead of everything around us, the poetry of the film is elevated. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Night Comes On is about loss, pain, revenge and what women (Black women in particular) are forced to endure. However, at its core, the film is about sisterhood and all of the joys and aches that come with it. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
85% Monsters and Men (2018) Superbly acted and impactful, Monsters and Men is a film about having the difficult conversations even when the answers to our questions might not be readily available. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) Its dialogue is what's most brilliant about Blindspotting. Casal and Diggs use raps and rhymes interspersed with traditional discourse. It's not a straightforward story about present-day race relations, toxic masculinity, and immaturity by any means. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
91% Crime + Punishment (2018) What Crime + Punishment does reveal is that when you begin to view people as numbers and quotes to be filled, everyone involved becomes monstrous. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
25% Bright (2017) Bright has some merit, especially if you're into magic wands, explosions, gun fights and Will Smith, but perhaps the most disappointing thing about the film is that it could have been so much more. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Roman J. Isreal, Esq. isn't just a narrative about how three weeks can dramatically change your life, it's a tale about the things we tell ourselves and how desire and excess can seduce even the most humble among us. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
97% Mudbound (2017) "The film is sweeping, but the payoff - though violent, painful, and desperate is worth every single minute." - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
96% Félicité (2017) Félicité is a work of art. It is also the anguish in everyday day survival when you are losing your will to live that makes the film largely captivating. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
80% Marshall (2017) Marshall isn't exactly a marvel, but it's very good. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) The film moves quickly. The eerie race film footage and music like Dinah Washington's "This Bitter Earth" tie together giving the documentary a tone that is prevalent in horror films. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) If you were searching for a survival wilderness thriller with a touch of romance that will impact you to your core-this just isn't it. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) n his well-honed and rapidly paced documentary Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me, filmmaker Sam Pollard dives deep into the six-decade long career of Davis. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
100% Gideon's Army (2013) Gideon's Army is a straightforward, eye-opening snapshot at the uncelebrated, but incredibly crucial work done by a relatively invisible population comprised of government employees. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
No Score Yet Serenade For Haiti (2016) Owsley Brown's Serenade For Haiti, though just skimming the surface of the history of Sainte Trinité Music School and the island Haiti, provides a timely and much-needed message. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
93% Saturday Church (2018) Though unwieldy at times, the film never loses sight of Luka Kain's vibrant but vulnerable performance as the meek Ulysses who is the anchor that keeps the film on beat. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
56% Copwatch (2017) More of a stream of consciousness film than an eye-opening piece filled with revelations about police behavior and citizens rights, Copwatch left me wanting more. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
96% Step (2017) Step gets the magic and pain of being a Black girl right. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
91% Girls Trip (2017) Hall, Queen Latifah, and Pinkett Smith are sensational, but it's Tiffany Haddish's performance as Dina that will solidify [Girls Trip] as one the best comedies of the summer. - Ebony EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming is the perfect superhero flick for millennials (or anyone who lives for a really good movie). Like Peter Parker, we're all just trying to figure things out. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
69% Cars 3 (2017) Though this third installment in the Cars franchise isn't quite perfect, the gorgeous animation displayed here will leave you astonished. - Jet Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
No Score Yet Romeo Is Bleeding (2017) Though moving and compelling, there are just as many moments in the film that will gut you. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017