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
91% Uncorked (2020) Like a fine glass of wine, Uncorked is a film that is worth savouring. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
100% James VS His Future Self (2019) James vs. His Future Self is a fun romp worthy of your time. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
B+ 97% Extra Ordinary (2020) A hilarious romp from beginning to end, Extra Ordinary will delight those who love films such as Ghostbusters and Shaun of the Dead. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
87% Onward (2020) One walks away from Onward unexpectedly reflecting on the cruel nature of death and those who help us move pass it. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
24% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The Jesus Rolls travels down a bumpy road, using bland sex jokes as a bandage for every pothole it hits. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
C 34% Seberg (2020) Kristen Stewart carries the film on her back with her sensational performance. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
54% Guns Akimbo (2020) Guns Akimbo takes aim at toxic online culture but ends up firing blanks. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
37% The Night Clerk (2020) Part of the problem is that Cristofer's film is never clear on what it wants to be...its fascination with Asperger's never gets past surface-level stereotypes. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Channelling the brand of physical humour that catapulted his career to stardom in the '90s, Carrey devours every scene he is in. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
88% Nose to Tail (2019) Zigelstein's film serves up a dish that is full of bitter truths, which its protagonist is reluctant to swallow. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
No Score Yet There Are No Fakes (2019) There Are No Fakes is a haunting portrait of greed, class and the horrors that can arise when art is only viewed through a monetary lens. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
A- 98% Rosie (2019) Rosie does not provide easy answers but finds hope in the family bonds that offer glimmers of light in our darkest moments. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Born in Evin (2019) As Zaree slowly chips away at the wall of silence that has become an inherent part of Iranian culture, an intriguing tale of perseverance unfolds. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
A- 89% My Name is Myeisha (2020) Giving a voice to the victims who can no longer speak for themselves, the film is a mesmerizing mix of drama, music, dreamlike atmosphere and biting social commentary. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
B+ 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Adil & Bilall give the men far more dimension...these are characters who must now confront their mortality, notions of faith and the ramifications of past actions. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
C- 84% Les Misérables (2020) It is one thing to show the gasoline that ignites the fire, but Les Misérables also needs to make us care for those who ultimately are burned by the flames. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
A 95% Little Women (2019) Little Women is a delightful tale of family and self-discovery that reminds us why we love cinema. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
D 36% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground believes in a more is more philosophy. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
A 89% 1917 (2020) The taut and chilling imagery in 1917 grab viewers by the throat and releases them just long enough to gasp for air. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C- 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker is a complicated blend of contradictions. It lacks the balance it desperately seeks as it entertains and disappoints with equal measure. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B+ 94% Klaus (2019) Destined to be added to the yearly holiday viewing rotation, Klaus is worth writing to Santa about. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) For a film all about finding oneself, Jumanji: The Next Level seems to have left its heart back in the jungle. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
C- 82% Queen & Slim (2019) A scattered portrait of black life that is content with wallowing in the waters of hopelessness. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
A 96% Atlantics (2019) A hypnotic and richly constructed love story, Atlantics is a stunning debut that defies convention in the best possible way. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
B 100% Happy Face (2019) Never going where the audience expects it to, Happy Face weaves several genres together to create a unique tale of grief and acceptance. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
D 36% The Divine Fury (2019) The Divine Fury is filled with ideas and themes it has no real Intention of exploring. Not even divine intervention can save this film. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
C 77% Frozen II (2019) While the film provides several environmentally conscious nuggets to think about, its voyage into the unknown still travels the safe path. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B 86% Ms. Purple (2019) It is this mix of beauty and sadness that makes Chon's vision of Los Angeles' Koreatown so captivating. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
A 97% The Cave (2019) A powerful tale of bravery, compassion and resilience, The Cave is a remarkable film. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Erivo's performance is the breath of fresh air that keeps Harriet from suffocating under the burden of expectation. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) While Norton's slick noir crackles with intrigue it also feels unnecessarily bloated. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory does not quite reach the heights of Almodóvar's best works. However, there is still plenty to enjoy here. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B 82% Homewrecker (2019) Homewrecker is a delightfully twisted tale of obsession that is full of surprises. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
89% Imitation of Life (1934) A fascinating exploration of family bonds in the face of societal prejudices. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon's film is both a scathing commentary and a tale of bravery and compassion. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) Offering a fascinating look into the past, watching Lime Kiln Club Field Day in the way it was originally intended was truly a magical experience. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) There is enough humour in this cute comedy to have even the most jaded individual snapping their fingers in harmony with The Addams Family. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
B 100% MS Slavic 7 (2019) MS Slavic 7 is a work of art that one absorbs and meditates on. Bohdanowicz plays with the cinematic medium in ways that subvert typical conventions. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
C- 37% In the Tall Grass (2019) Deep in the dense grass that surrounds the plot of Vincenzo Natali's In the Tall Grass is a spectacular horror film. Unfortunately, one gets lost trying to find it. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) Sometimes Always Never may take its title from the rules a man must follow when buttoning up a suit jacket, but the rules of grief are not so clear. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
A- 95% Human Nature (2020) An engaging and thought-provoking film, Human Nature is a necessary conversation starter. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
A- 92% Monos (2019) A tension filled experience that grabs viewers by the throat and does not let go. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
A 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Sandler delivers a tour de force performance in one of the year's best films. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) Offering a blisteringly honest portrayal of the stress and pain divorce causes, Baumbach masterfully forces us to wallow in the couple's uncomfortableness. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
A 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit skillfully walks a tightrope that few films can. It is both a hilarious World War II satire and a deeply moving coming-of-age drama. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B 90% 1982 (2019) Mouaness effectively captures the slow erosion of innocence. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B 83% Just Mercy (2020) Cretton's biopic succeeds in giving deep emotional weight to its portrait of the earlier years in Stevenson's accomplished career. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
A 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood effectively captures the goodness that Rogers saw in everyone. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
A 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is a fun and intelligent whodunnit that will keep you guessing to the very end. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
B+ 80% Blood Quantum (2019) Blood Quantum is proof that the zombie genre still has plenty of unique stories to tell. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019