Joi Childs

Joi Childs
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T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The Sun Is Also A Star is a sweet (sometimes bland) film that while has missed story opportunities still has potential as potent as the love story they try to sell. - MTR Network EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
9/10 100% Jezebel (2019) Jezebel is, at its core, a coming-of-age film that jumps head first into this sensual world - all without being voyeuristic. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
7.5/10 82% Go Back to China (2019) With a simple, but effective, script from Emily Ting, Go Back To China is a character-driven film that's full of drama but very personable. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
7.5/10 73% Olympic Dreams (2019) Olympic Dreams 's goal isn't to inundate you with complex themes or ideas. The film's key is simplicity paired with the gorgeous Olympic environment. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
9/10 100% Booksmart (2019) In a genre that is generally dominated by similar white nerdy male protagonists, Booksmart is an experience that's more queer, more diverse and more female-centered than anything remotely comparable. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
9/10 94% Us (2019) The bloody violence, the tears, the screams, the jump scares - all familiar, but still done in a fresh way. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) There's no escaping Davidson's public identity while watching him play a stoner... Big Time Adolescence proves Davidson also has range. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
100% Selah and the Spades (2019) Selah and The Spades centers on a teen scrambling to keep any semblance of power and by any means necessary. In that desperation comes betrayal, violence and mistrust - and it's a joy to watch. - Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
76% Late Night (2019) There are few writer-performers out there like Kaling, who can turn a difficult subject into a hilarious, relatable scene for other people of color who've been tokenized. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
7/10 100% Premature (2019) Premature, if nothing else, successfully treads similar waters as Love Jones and Mo Better Blues before it while keeping the story relevant to its own time. - Nerds of Prey EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
93% Rafiki (2019) Kahiu's film reinforces that being who you are and loving in spite of the opinions of others is still a revolutionary act. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
40% Where Hands Touch (2018) Where Hands Touch is a waste of solid acting by Amandla Stenberg, and time for its viewers. Asante's attempt to make Nazi characters appear sympathetic is a perfect example of not reading the room, especially in this contentious time in our country. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows truly gives Viola Davis the leading film venue worthy of her talents and gives female characters the space to play a dirty game. The story is very ambitious with its twists and turns, but McQueen rises to the occasion and executes with flare. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
8/10 85% Monsters and Men (2018) While some perspectives were more valuable than others, seeing the viewpoints of tragedy from people who are typically undervalued is a gift. And we shouldn't ignore it. - Nerds of Prey EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Having the ability to tell this love story and take the time needed is such a gift, If Beale Street Could Talk makes it known that this is a Black film about Black love set in Black America. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
7/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This absurd story works well under the Spike Lee Joint umbrella. As a director, Lee is known to subvert reality in his films and provide fantastical elements to otherwise realistic moments. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
7/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) It does not exist to stretch your mind (it does stretch your time, running a bit too long in the third act) but like the OASIS, it's a wonderful piece of escapism. Sometimes, a vacation from anything meaningful does make for an interesting ride. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
4/5 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) The Light of the Moon is lived-in, in every sense of the word. It's able to provide a point of view of how life continues after something as serious as sexual assault with sensitive but impactful micro-moments. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
2.5/5 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) In the end, The Catcher Was A Spy was much more catcher and not enough spy. What we end up with is a film that's the opposite of how fascinating its lead subject is. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/5 86% White Rabbit (2018) White Rabbit is a whirlwind of expression and feelings. With quirkiness at its center, the story itself can feel aimless and without a purpose. But truly, it reflects its lead's journey towards meaning. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry To Bother You proudly marries reality and fantasy and lets its weird flag fly. And it's a better film because of it. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
2.5/5 65% Tyrel (2018) Tyrel attempts to tell this story of a Black friend's weekend with white drunken cohorts. Unfortunately, the Sebastián Silva-directed film feels aimless and doesn't really go anywhere with its story. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
4/5 99% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair is a joyous documentary that follows some of the best and brightest teens as they navigate life on their journey to compete at an international science fair. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher is a wild exploration of what happens when a teacher fostering her student's talent goes too far, making for an intense, creepy and uncomfortable film that examines how art can fuel unhealthy passions. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
3/5 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is a simple, but captivating thriller. However, it is difficult to get on board with the lead as a tragic hero due to his murderous actions. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
4.5/5 97% The Rider (2018) The Rider is art imitating life in one of the best ways. Because the main characters are not trained actors, the film benefits and it produces a story that is heart-wrenching, unfiltered and intimate. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3.5/5 26% Proud Mary (2018) Proud Mary is a solid addition to the female-led action film lexicon. While not perfect, the film still shines despite the odds (and A&M budget) stacked against it. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
2.5/5 30% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) 'Pitch Perfect 3' may not recreate the quirky charm of the original film, but the Bellas are in prime form and remind you why you followed them on their journey three movies later. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) That is where the success of the film lies: it's cast commitment. Because the real-life people and events of this story are so odd, it lends to over the top performances that work. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3.5/5 96% Félicité (2017) Félicité is a slow-simmer movie that allows the affliction of the lead to shine through--and it's that affliction that makes this watch painful in all the best ways. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet The Carter Effect (2017) Through the pressure, responsibility, the injuries, and the eventual trade, Menard makes one thing certain: This is the house that Vince built. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/5 89% Bodied (2018) In a sea of TIFF winners and losers, Bodied is a certified win. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is sexy, bold, and surprising from start to finish. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
5/5 96% Step (2017) Following the young ladies through their day-to-day lives is an unfiltered, hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking experience. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017