Joelle Monique

Joelle Monique
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T-Meter Title | Year
64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home mixes aspects of the babysitter slasher genre with a haunted house theme to interesting effects. - Geeks of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
8.5/10 97% Booksmart (2019) A perfect balance between sexualized/gross-out humor and sincere admiration for one of the wildest emotional periods of a human being's life, Booksmart screens like a love letter to that best friend who was closer to a life partner than a school chum. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
7.7/10 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) While there [are] ample missteps, the film manages to be a hell of a lot of fun, capturing the spirit of its source material as effectively as a well-aimed Poké Ball. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
4.7/5 43% Thriller (2018) Thriller at best qualifies as an interesting attempt at bringing additional perspectives to horror. Given the potential of this particular niche of the horror genre, that also makes it quite the wasted opportunity. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
78% Guava Island (2019) Its tight runtime and straightforward message, mixed with infectious music, makes the film an enjoyable weekend-morning stream. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
68% 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) 10 Things I Hate About You captures a moment of teen drama, fear, and exploration in a perfect time capsule. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us truly feels like another FUBU moment. Like Beyoncé dropping a visual album unannounced, Kaepernick making the NFL pay him, and mourning the loss of Prince, Us could be unifying zeitgeist moment. - Geeks of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet provides a fun, family-friendly time at the movies. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
91% Widows (2018) Widows is a gritty masterpiece seething with revenge, political cover-ups, and the struggles of modern womanhood. I'm already eager for this duo to team up again. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Executed to near perfection, this movie serves as a nostalgic time capsule of Mexico in the early '70s. Every performance is alive and intriguing. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) This is not a film that allows you, for even a moment, to hope that children will be unaffected by the hate that surrounds them. It faces that issue head-on and challenges audiences to do something about it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The story If Beale Street Could Talk has to tell wears no rose-colored glasses. It's a stiff drink of truth. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Batman: Bad Blood (2016) It's fun, well cast, and has some of the best fight scenes in Batman's animated history. There's some great homages for old fans and tons of new character for those just entering the Batman mythos. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet 9 Rides (2016) 9 Rides is an excellent adventure about a man trying to become a better person. There isn't a character in the film you can't relate to, don't want to save, or punch in the face. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
83% Sausage Party (2016) When this picture reaches it's audience, there won't be any stopping it. Fans of American animation and lowbrow humor are in for a real treat. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
75% Jean of the Joneses (2016) The greatest treat of Jean of the Joneses is the immigrant heritage of the films plays right on the surface. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It manages to capture the super hero team as its only ever been done in animated series. It's next to impossible to get this kind of emotional connectedness in a few hours. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory lives up to the standers Dory has set. Cute, sweet and well put together, you'll enjoy this day at the theater. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
75% Trolls (2016) I was instantly enthralled with the look, story, and performances within the film. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Margot Robbie's performance as Jane Porter is fine. Not inspirational, but she gets the job done. The writing, on the other hand, clings to the worst possible cliche. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
86% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Familial relationships, nail-biting escapes, and a well-rounded villain bring back elements life-long fans complained were missing from Executive Producer, J.J. Abram's time captaining the ship. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% Southside With You (2016) Southside With You is a rare love story. One that doesn't put on rose tinted glasses and magic moments. Instead, the film focuses on real, obtainable love. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
30% In Dubious Battle (2017) Whether there are fights breaking out, children on fire, or sweeping passionate speeches there isn't a lot of time left for subtle human moments. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 83% Divines (2016) Divines weaves together first love, religious identity, youth poverty, and then pure rage into a haunting story. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 96% Moana (2016) The look, performances, and music make for a full film experience. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Taika Waititi is the visionary director that Marvel needed to bring a new and better Thor to fans... This is a good thing because Thor has consistently been considered the weak link of the Avengers. Not so anymore. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
64% The Foreigner (2017) Beautifully shot and excellently scored, there is a lot to enjoy in this movie. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4.5/5 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an excellent adventure story that fans and non-fans alike can enjoy. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4.5/5 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Great battle scenes, heartfelt characters, and the knowledge that there can only ever be one make this a real gem amongst stones that have, at times, struggled to shine. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 80% Marshall (2017) It's not a biopic about Marshall. The scope is too wide and too narrow at the same time, completely missing the mark. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2 No Score Yet Little Bitches (2018) Little Bitches is a fun watch, but not as strong as many of its genre's contemporaries. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 51% 12 Strong (2018) It was nice to see a full spectrum of American heroes, even if some might interpret it as revisionist history. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Played by Letitia Wright, Shuri is a revelation. Wright steals every scene with her bright smile and perfect comedic timing. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018