Clay Cane

Clay Cane
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications:, News One

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
22% Dark Phoenix (2019) The 'X-Men' franchise may need to retire. The ideas have been sucked dry and just like Dark Phoenix, they are no longer able to control themselves. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
A 70% Bolden (2019) Considering how so many Black biopics are botched and exploitative, this film was a proper salute to the late, great Buddy Bolden. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 81% Overlord (2018) 'Overlord' is clearly going for a thrill ride and not cinematic gold. Even with eye-rolling moments, there is enough redemptive gore and action that will satisfy fans of the genre. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The film is released with the crucial midterm election just next month. After watching, hopefully people will be inspired to vote to stop the hate that is currently being given to us every day by the Trump administration. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B+ 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) His latest movie is unapologetic and witty, but still accessible and relatable. 'BlacKkKlansman' is definitely a Spike Lee instant classic. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
C+ 56% The First Purge (2018) Damn near terrible, but Daniel from 'Insecure' saved the cinematic day. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
B- 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There is a fissure between critics and audiences, which I can admit. The movie is critic-proof. 'Avengers: Infinity War' is superhero porn, strictly for the fans, while 'Black Panther' was undeniably excellent, transcending the comic book fan base. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
B No Score Yet Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace (2018) An inspiring tale of how to find your personal strength, even when you are at your lowest. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
B 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A star is born in Storm Reid. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
B 84% The Final Year (2018) Intimate, revelatory and seriously important, 'The Final Year' is a time capsule of the dignity and grace that was once in The White House. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
A 96% Black Panther (2018) Innovative, intelligent and empowering. When I was younger, all we had was Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars. Black and brown children need a movie like Black Panther to boost their imagination and help them to dream the impossible. - News One EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
B+ 97% Mudbound (2017) If you had any doubts Mary J. Blige was an actress, 'Mudbound' proves you wrong. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
B 96% For Ahkeem (2017) The movie isn't explicitly message heavy but by telling the story of Daje without reality show-type finagling, there is a clear message to see people beyond their stats, voting demographics and segments on cable news. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B 60% Copwatch (2017) Not only timely, but important. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
D 86% It (2017) An overly CGI-ed killer clown who looks like a drag queen in need of a solid lace front just isn't scary in 2017. Many critics are praising 'It,' but I doubt audiences will feel the same punch. 'It' is one of the biggest disappointments of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
A 98% Whose Streets? (2017) Hearing their fears and hopes fleshed out their identity of 'activists' beyond clips on cable news channels. Frame after frame, Folayan and Davis aimed for the heart and hit the bullseye. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
B 35% Kidnap (2017) The movie is fitting for its genre: a nail-biting thriller that will certainly require a post-show cocktail to calm your nerves. Hold on to your wig, 'Kidnap' is a hell of a ride. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
D 79% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomically underwhelming. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
B 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Far from flawless, but 'Wonder Woman' is arguably the best DC comic book film since 'The Dark Knight.' So, bow down to the Princess. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
88% A Suitable Girl (2017) Regardless of your background, it's impossible to not be moved by A Suitable Girl. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
D 65% Alien: Covenant (2017) An intergalactic dud, but will loyal fans care? - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
B+ 82% Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) From Miles Davis to Janis Joplin to The Notorious B.I.G. to Whitney Houston, if you love music, you will love this documentary. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
B+ 98% Get Out (2017) The first must-see film of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
A 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Each frame is so relevant, it's terrifying. It's as if James Baldwin rose from the grave, warning us of the horrors we've ignored and the horrors that might be ahead. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
B+ 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) As we rebels prepare to fight the empire of Trump, the film is more pertinent than ever. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
B+ 93% Hidden Figures (2017) This is the movie America needs right now. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
C- 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The Tom Ford film is stylistic confusion with no payoff. After the final frame you'll ask yourself, "Is that it?" But hey, sometimes it's about style over substance. Right? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
B+ 92% Fences (2016) Give Viola Davis her Oscar! - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
B+ 88% Loving (2016) One of the best films of 2016. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
D 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) #GirlBye. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Not a complete disaster, but inexcusably mediocre. To be fair, the audience I saw the film with appeared to love every frame: big laughter, cheers for the action and clapping as the credits rolled. Is there a disconnect between critics and audiences? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
B- 86% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Is Beyond better than the previous two versions? Not at all. Is Beyond a solid action film with the franchise's signature wit and social relevance? Absolutely. Is Beyond terribly predictable? Without a doubt. Will anyone care? Nope! - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
D 74% Ghostbusters (2016) I appreciated the girl power element of the film, but Ghostbusters is a stellar cast in a bland movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
C+ 56% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Considering the possible horror of President Trump, terrorist attacks and mass shootings, The Purge: Election Year arrives at a complex time, requiring more wit and nuance than just bloodshed. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
C 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) While not the worst version of the X-Men franchise (I'm still wounded by X-Men: First Class), it certainly proves the apocalypse might be near for X-Men. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
B- 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Lower your expectations and enjoy the CGI ride with characters who can do no cinematic wrong. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
D 2% Nina (2016) Any solid acting moments from Saldana or David Oyelowo are ruined whenever a blotchy, darkened, clay-ish face pops on screen. Zoe Saldana looks more like an X-Men character than the High Priestess of Soul. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
A 96% Tangerine (2015) Raw, original and timely, please be sure to treat yourself to Tangerine. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
B- 95% Creed (2015) It's fascinating to see Stallone hand over his franchise to a Black director and Black lead, especially in an era where films are being whitewashed and movie studios still refusing to accept the buying power of African-American audiences. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
A 78% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) A nuanced, polished presentation of one of the hardest working women in her field - or any field. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
B+ 89% Straight Outta Compton (2015) A superb film despite the group's problematic history, but N.W.A's past cannot be rewritten, for better or for worse. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
D 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Fantastic Four will rest in the crowded grave of superhero films that sucked. I am sure we'll have a new crop next summer. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
A 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) Tightly executed, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is tragic but profound. Silver smartly presented both sides, highlighting America's epic war of cultural and ideology. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
A 88% Dope (2015) Without CGI, superheroes or recycled dinosaurs, thus far, Dope is the best film of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
C+ 71% Jurassic World (2015) The characters are secondary to the CGI dinosaurs, which is the root of Jurassic's problem. But if you enjoyed the CGI'ed wasteland of Godzilla and Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World will not disappoint. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
A 95% Amy (2015) We lost Amy four years ago next month. In 27 years, she, for better or for worse, became the jazz singers she worshiped, like Billie Holiday. The movie is a respectful homage to the late, great jazz diva and, thus far, the best doc of 2015. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2015
B 59% Run All Night (2015) The film may not be a critical favorite, but it will be an audience favorite. Run All Night is the first must-see action film of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
C- 32% Chappie (2015) Movies about human-like robots are plentiful and director Neill Blomkamp, who is known for his dystopian stories of the future, adds nothing new to the narrative - except a killer mullet from Hugh Jackman. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
D 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) The movie is simply a profitable pop culture movement with the only good thing coming out of it is Beyoncé's remix of 'Crazy in Love.' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
B 72% American Sniper (2015) Politics, commentators and nationalism aside, American Sniper is a damn good film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2015