Courtney Small

Courtney Small
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Courtney Small has been sharing his thoughts on film online since 2006. The founder of Cinema Axis, he can frequently be heard discussing film as co-host of Frameline on Radio Regent. Courtney has contributed to several publications including Leonard Maltin, In the Seats, Black Girl Nerds, and Comix Asylum. He also celebrates diversity in cinema as co-host of the Changing Reels podcast and is a member of the Online Film Critics Society.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% Cruella (2021) As if an unspoken, but important, character in the film, Jenny Beavan's costume designs are sensational. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
No Score Yet A.rtificial I.mmortality (2021) One walks away reflecting on the nature of immortality and what we would give to have extra time with the ones we love. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
100% Subjects of Desire (2021) An expansive and effective exploration of the social constructs that govern beauty and marginalize Black women. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B 86% The Courier (2020) While Cumberbatch brings us into the world of espionage, it is Ninidze's riveting turn as Penkovsky who proves to be the heart of the film. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
42% Doors (2021) By attempting to cram so much information into a brisk running time, Doors never quite gets to the heart of the overall story it is trying to tell. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
93% Daughters of the Dust (1991) [Julie] Dash eloquently, and successfully, shows that where one comes from is equally as important as where one is going. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
70% Land (2021) Land is an emotionally rich examination of the way love and grief are intertwined. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
No Score Yet Boost (2017) Rajo and French, whose undeniable chemistry is endlessly charming, are the pulsing beat of Boost's youthful heart. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon is a thrilling action-packed adventure that will entertain all ages. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
95% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) Anne at 13,000 ft. succeeds in painting a complex and mesmerizing portrait of a woman struggling to connect with a world she no longer recognizes. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
91% Cowboys (2021) Cowboys is a touching tale of the bumpy road to acceptance that some must travel. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
No Score Yet Unapologetic (2020) What makes Bonsu and Gambrell's resolve so rousing is that they openly embrace the steep uphill battle they face. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
C 84% Freaky (2020) Freaky might not live up to its full potential, but there is enough here to satisfy those who like their comedy a little bloody. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) A stirring reminder of the unpredictable nature of life, Two of Us reinforces the importance of living and loving to the fullest. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
84% Let Him Go (2020) Let Him Go wears the mask of a revenge tale, but underneath is an intriguing tale about loss and grief. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) The White Tiger may lack a truly ferocious roar, but that does not make its political claws any less sharp. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2021
90% Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013) Dripping with confidence and visual flare, Kitty Green's debut film Ukraine is Not a Brothel is as bold as its subject matter. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) In emphasizing that there is no one size fits all pathway to achieving racial equality, One Night in Miami reminds viewers that everyone has an important role to play. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
A 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is one of the more astonishing debuts in recent memory, a film filled with confidence, style and a devilishly intoxicating edge. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
95% Lupin III: The First (2020) Newcomers and hardcore fans alike will enjoy the mix of humor and adventure that fills every corner of the film. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
98% The Dissident (2020) In unravelling the complicated political ball of yarn that surrounded Khashoggi's death, Fogel ensures one walks away aware of who was truly pulling the deadly strings. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
A+ 98% Time (2020) An insightful and heartbreakingly beautiful testament to the unwavering power of love, Time is a necessary conversation starter. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
C 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 is a rather underwhelming affair. It loses sight of the woman behind the inspiring sense of wonder. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
A 95% Soul (2020) Filled with the right amount of humour and heart, Soul makes one feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
C 80% Safety (2020) Reinforcing the importance of family and community, Hudlin reminds us that sometimes it takes a village to help people through difficult periods in their lives. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
No Score Yet Upside-Down Magic (2020) Its familiar tropes will keep the ten and under crowd occupied for a few hours. However, older audiences will struggle to find the magic in this formulaic tale. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
C 89% Black Bear (2020) Plaza is such a revelation that one wishes that the rest of the film matched her ferocity. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
97% Rocks (2020) Rocks is an exceptional film that is equally beautiful and heart-wrenching without ever feeling manipulative. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
A 97% Sound of Metal (2020) An engulfing sensory experience, Sound of Metal is an astonishing work that only gets richer on repeat viewings. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
96% Mogul Mowgli (2020) A vibrant and complex exploration of identity, Mogul Mowgli is yet another reminder that Riz Ahmed is having one fantastic year. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
C 72% Mulan (2020) Mulan is a film that entertains, but does not completely satisfy. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
A- 84% The Kid Detective (2020) Using humour to ease one into a complex set of emotions, The Kid Detective is one of the year's hidden gems. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
57% Come Play (2020) Playing it too safe for adults and not creepy enough for teens, it is unclear who Come Play's intended audience is. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
B+ 100% No Ordinary Man (2020) No Ordinary Man succeeds in re-establishing Tipton's legacy and the path he helped pave for future generations. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
83% Akilla's Escape (2021) Akilla's Escape is a richly layered neo-noir that packs a thrilling punch. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
100% Underplayed (2020) Stacey Lee's film will have one pumping your fist in solidarity with these insanely talented women while simultaneously bopping your head to their infectious beats. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
C 78% Eternal Beauty (2019) While Roberts constructs a film that overflows with style and creativity, the uneven tone keeps Eternal Beauty from reaching the ambitious heights it aims for. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
C 64% The Last Shift (2020) The Last Shift raises some intriguing questions that are ripe for exploration. Unfortunately, Cohn's film does not dive as deep as the topics warrant. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
C 84% The Way I See It (2020) The Way I See It is a celebration of a time when change in America, as captured by Souza's lens, was about lifting up a country rather than ripping it apart. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
A 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Utilizing Byrne's minimalist staging to maximum effect, Lee constructs a film that is as visually striking and infectious as the music itself. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
C- 60% I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight (2020) Despite the uneven nature of the narrative, Garrity's film benefits from the solid performances of its two leads. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
B- 95% Feels Good Man (2020) Feels Good Man is a cautionary tale of the dangers that come with online culture co-opting the narrative. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
88% Clapboard Jungle (2020) Clapboard Jungle is a testament to holding onto to one's dreams, even when those dreams are forced to take unexpected shapes. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
79% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) The Columnist is a sharp horror satire that satisfies on multiple levels. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
100% Morgana (2019) Morgana is an empowering and touching film that confidently asserts that female sexuality does not come with an expiry date. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
C- 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The Burnt Orange Heresy is so consumed with skewing the world of art that it gets lost in its own artistic ambitions. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
B 54% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Peninsula is not quite on par with Train to Busan, but it proves that this zombie filled franchise is far from dead. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
B 96% Mr. SOUL! (2020) Mr. SOUL! is an empowering reminder of just how much visionaries like Ellis Haizlip paved the way for generations of successful black artists. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
B 93% Working Man (2020) Gerety and Brown's layered performances allows the film to evolve into something more nuanced. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
100% White Riot (2019) Shah's film crackles with a raucous energy. Weaving together music, politics, animation and history, White Riot carries a punk infused swagger that is infectious. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020