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.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 84% Her Smell (2019) A dizzying and unforgettable portrait of addiction, Perry's film captures how the path to redemption is rarely clear. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
46% Little (2019) Marsai Martin is wonderful as the pint-sized Jordan; confidently carrying the swagger of adulthood and the vulnerability that comes with youth. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B- 90% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link is a charming romp. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B 90% Shazam! (2019) Bursting with humour, both silly and at times risqué, David F. Sandberg's film is a pure delight. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
94% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Whether it is the engaging conversations or the delicate performances, Mann's film is as enchanting as the guitar themselves. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
A 91% Giant Little Ones (2019) Behrman's film ponders how teens navigate their evolving identities within environments that were once familiar but now seem foreign. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B+ 100% Falls Around Her (2018) Anchored by Tantoo Cardinal's captivating performance, Falls Around Her is a nuanced and empowering story of a woman reclaiming control of her life and land. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
B 100% Invisible Essence: The Little Prince (2018) It is in the deconstruction of the various layers of the book that Officer's film becomes its own unique telling of the story. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
A- 94% Us (2019) A chilling and thought-provoking horror, Us gives plenty of reasons to be afraid of our own shadow. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
A- 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Jia crafts an entrancing look at how the cycles we often find ourselves in are just part of the universe's design. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
C- 51% The Hummingbird Project (2019) The Hummingbird Project is scattered with engaging moments, but there is not enough to warrant investing in. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
C 78% Captain Marvel (2019) As Marvel's first female led film, Captain Marvel is equally empowering and frustrating. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B 98% 3 Faces (2019) 3 Faces may not crackle with the sense of urgency that its premise would suggest, but it is in the digging for answers that allows greater questions to blossom. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
B 100% Kati Kati (2016) The intimate nature of the world building in the film, where everything including the food on your plate has a time limit, is wonderful. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B+ 81% Instant Family (2018) Anders' semi-autobiographical comedy is the perfect blend of humour and heart. The strong chemistry among the cast allows this makeshift family to feel authentic. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B+ 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) While the environmental commentary carries a sense of urgency, at its core, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a moving tale of resilience. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
B 100% Supa Modo (2018) Enchanting and inspiring, Supa Modo does not wallow in sadness, it encourages us to find the strength to overcome it. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
B 80% Overlord (2018) Beneath its tense action and creative creature designs is an interesting metaphor for the way war changes people. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- No Score Yet Needing You (Goo naam gwa neui) (2000) The comedic beats, as ridiculous as they may be at times, are so entertaining that they add an extra layer of charm to the central romance at play. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
A 98% Wings of Desire (1987) The film's pacing and ethereal camera movements only help to magnify the angelic tranquility...Wenders is challenging us to rethink how we view our place in the world. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
A 95% Jinn (2018) Demonstrating that identity is multifaceted and not as singular as society or religion paints it to be, Jinn is a wonderfully layered coming-of-age tale. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
A 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Liu challenges us to not only reflect on how the sins of the father impact the next generation, but also how society forces young men into boxes they often don't belong in. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
A- 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Horror Noire is more than a mere exploration of the horror genre, it is a necessary and sobering look at America's complicated relationship with race. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C 24% Nobody's Fool (2018) Nobody's Fool does not veer from the Perry formula, but Haddish and Goldberg show that the right cast can elevate even the most predictable material. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
C 58% The Grinch (2018) Fortunately for Cheney and Mosier, the film is charming enough that young kids will eat it up. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
C- 39% Close (2019) Hopefully Vicky Jewson and Noomi Rapace will reteam again for a sequel as this character is worthy of a franchise. One just hopes the plot will be as killer as Sam herself. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
A- 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a captivating film that forces us to reflect on the representation of blackness in a whole new light. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A- 94% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) While the ethics of Derki's decision to falsify himself to gain access to family can be debated, it all makes for a stunning work. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
C 23% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Parker's performance allows the film to resonate longer than expected. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
B 74% Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) A tale so unbelievable that it leaves one's jaw permanently on the floor - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
A 100% Bao (2018) Domee Shi's short film Bao is a sight to behold - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
C- 37% Glass (2019) While not as strong as its predecessors, even shattered glass has interesting pieces. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3.5 100% Inventing Tomorrow (2018) Nix's film does a better job of raising the environmental stakes and overall sense of urgency. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Respeto (2017) a captivating look at the bonds that bring people together, and the dangerous politics that rip communities apart. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
B- 71% Nappily Ever After (2018) Lathan convincingly brings a lot of depth to a role that could have easily been one-note in another performer's hands. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
C 65% Aquaman (2018) a serviceable entry that is worth dipping one's toes back into the DC cinematic waters - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
60% Gridlocked (2015) It is happy to simply be a crowd-pleasing action thrill ride that is far more entertaining than it should probably be. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
D 27% Night School (2018) Unlike Hart's other high-concept comedies, there is simply not enough laughs or character development to give Night School a passing grade. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
C- 66% Vice (2018) Vice's ambition, much like Cheney himself, needed to be reined in. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
B 92% Bumblebee (2018) As he proved in his brilliant directorial debut Kubo and the Two Strings, Knight has an ability to capture the way young people process grief in an engaging way. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
C- 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book lulls audiences into feeling as if they are opening their minds to topic of inequality without having to confront the issue in any meaningful way. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
C- 81% Ben is Back (2018) Hedge's script never seems willing to fully immerse itself into the darkness. It is content with simply dipping its toes in at various points. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is a masterful film that will have you rethinking the definition of family. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B 85% Monsters and Men (2018) Frequently showing that not all is as it appears to be on the surface...Monsters and Men is an impressive debut feature. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A+ 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Helena Howard gives one of the most electrifying debut performances to hit the screen in decades. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B- 90% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Float Like a Butterfly may not carry the sting of a bee, but it is worth stepping in the ring with. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 85% Freaks (2019) The first half of Freaks is a tense and claustrophobic exercise in paranoia. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
C 50% Kingsway (2018) While an enjoyable film, Kingsway frequently travels down familiar paths. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
D 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy also misses the opportunity to expand on the roles of the women in David's life during this time. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A- 91% Rafiki (2019) Kahiu still manages to offer a colourful ray of hope that love will find a way to break through the darkness. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018