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
C 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) An extremely dark comedy, The Art of Self-Defense's twisted blend of humour and biting social commentary makes for a truly unique exploration of toxic masculinity - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
C- 55% The Lion King (2019) This film is filled with beautifully rendered creatures whose eyes are devoid of a soul. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Watts does a wonderful job of visualizing the chaos and nightmarish paranoia that Mysterio's antics cause Spider-Man. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
A- 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) What Morrison conveys is a tale of struggle, perseverance, and an unwavering defiance that will have you looking at her career in a whole new light. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
A 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It is this complicated love/hate relationship with the place he calls home that makes Talbot's love letter to the city so riveting and rewarding. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday may carry The Beatles sentiment that "all you need is love", but its flaccid central romance does not justify the "ticket to ride." - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
C 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) In making Bo Peep such an engaging character, director Josh Cooley pulls one's attention away from the disjointed nature of the story. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
B- 94% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) Ngo provides each set piece with an exhilarating energy. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
D+ 22% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International is akin to looking into a neuralyzer as its blandness makes the film utterly forgettable. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- 90% Rocketman (2019) The result is a magical experience that is as vivacious and fearless as Elton John himself. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
A 86% Mouthpiece (2019) Mouthpiece is an absorbing, complex and vibrant portrait of the female mind that refuses to be placed into any one box. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
89% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's cinematic canvass is filled with intimate and languid brush strokes. Creating a coming of age portrait that is fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
B 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Frankly, the entire ensemble is a treat to watch. It is the performances that elevate the material and provide several laugh out loud moments. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
100% nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019) Using Boushie's murder as a jumping off point, Hubbard's film opens a greater conversation about how the roots of racism are dug deep into the soil of Canadian history. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B- 73% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection is a symphony of revenge that is brazen, bizarre and oddly satisfying because of its imperfections. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B 92% Before You Know It (2019) Utt and Tullock display wonderful chemistry and are a treat to watch. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A fitting finale to an exceptional trilogy - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Stahelski pushes the boundaries of action to exciting new heights. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
C 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a fun romp that will delight young kids and Pokémon fans. However, those seeking more substance in their films might want to look elsewhere. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
60% War on Everyone (2017) McDonagh succeeds in crafting an unabashed black comedy that refuses to apologize for its actions. It is a film that will no doubt offend many, but will also have audiences laughing despite themselves. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) The result is a work that is filled with interesting moments, but ultimately succumbs to conventional plot devices that the real Tolkien would have scoffed at. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A- 95% Shadow (2019) Shadow is a gorgeous and inventive martial arts epic which permanently leaves one's jaw on the floor. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C- 44% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want is a comedy that is bursting with untapped potential. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
B 100% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Birth of the Cool is most riveting when documenting the boundary pushing sounds that Davis created - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C- 63% I'll Take Your Dead (2018) Unfortunately, the script is where I'll Take Your Dead stumbles. The film treads in character architypes that feel extremely dated. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B+ 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Regardless of one's political affiliations, Knock Down the House is a rallying call for why we all need to demand more from our politicians. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
A- 100% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project is a cautionary reminder that, now more than ever, we need to be scrutinizing who is shaping the breaking news we consume. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is as much a trip down MCU memory lane as it is the final chapter to a story that changed cinema forever. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 100% Honeyland (2019) Equally captivating and heartbreaking Honeyland is a bittersweet film. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
A 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Midnight Traveler is an unforgettable portrait of the refugee experience that should be required viewing. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 80% Inside Lehman Brothers (2018) Inside Lehman Brothers spins a disturbing web of corruption, greed and intimidation. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
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- 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link is a charming romp. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B 91% 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
97% 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 92% 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- 99% 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- 58% 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+ 85% 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 81% 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