Jonita Davis

Jonita Davis
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Jonita Davis is a freelance film and television critic who writes for various outlets, including Black Girl Nerds, The Fix, The Washington Post, Syfy Wire, and so many others. Davis holds a masters degree in English from Purdue University, where she also lectures occasionally. Those academic skills and her experience as a mother, and pop culture fan are used in studying and writing about television and film through the lens of culture, race, gender, and family. You can see some of Jonita Davis's work at www.jonitadavis.com/clips.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% Jacinta (2021) Jacinta is a biting look at the human side of the opioid epidemic and the toll it takes on a family. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2021
5 of 5 63% Bingo Hell (2021) In 'Bingo Hell', Guerrero uses social themes from her own experience to create a complex fear that is more terrifying than the "monster" itself. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
5/5 60% Madres (2021) The genius of Madres is that the film takes all of the politics and problems out of the issue of women rights to reproductive health. It provides both a stealth lesson and an education about the topic. - Mama's Geeky EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3.5 61% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) There is so much to enjoy in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. It is a great film to waste a few hours and some concession money on. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
C 18% All Eyez on Me (2017) All Eyez on Me attempts to reconcile an iconic figure with his very complex life. Its important commentary on race, however, gets overshadowed by technical problems. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
B- 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot openly acknowledges racial bias using a tone that edges toward satire. However, there is no real attempt at a remedy. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
5/5 89% A Brixton Tale (2021) A Brixton Tale is an education for some, and a confirmation of lived experience for others. - MulDiversity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
4 of 5 96% Alone Together (2021) Some audiences may be distracted by the way Bell and Jones-Soler created the narrative for 'Alone Together.' This style of storytelling does describe the mental illness in a way that is more expressive for her and representative for the audience. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3.5 of 5 64% The End of Us (2021) 'The End of Us' is quirky while making some important commentary. For some people, the limited scenery and Nick may come off as very annoying. The narrative is still strong and will keep their interests or curiosity until the end. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
4.5/5 No Score Yet Red Pill (2021) 'Red Pill' proves that the trauma of racism, and sexism as it pertains to Black women, are well suited for the horror treatment. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3.5 No Score Yet The Family Tree (2020) 'A Family Tree' is set in Panama and features three people who, over the course of a handful of holidays, redefine not only tradition but what it means to call someone, "family." - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
5/5 100% Writing with Fire (2021) The film is about some of the most courageous women going up against the patriarchy to ensure that the voices of the least in their society is heard. If that don't inspire, then nothing will. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
4.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) What 'Judas and the Black Messiah' brings to this story is a closer look at William O'Neal, played by Lakeith Stanfield, from the moment he got set up with the FBI to the night of the murder. The film humanizes the man while offering us the truth. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) 'A Glitch in the Matrix' takes on the task of explaining "simulation theory", where it comes from, what it is, and how so many have used the theory to describe some pretty disturbing behavior. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
4.5/5 93% Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Tan's family, like many other families of color held some pretty big secrets that, when uncovered, create a story that is much darker, yet much richer than she told in 'The Joy Luck Club'. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
5/5 95% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) It is her visual memoir, complete with photos, video of performances, and the colorful, engaging storytelling that we love from the actress. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
5/5 89% Ailey (2021) 'Ailey' works to chronicle the rise off a legend while also documenting the hardships of performing in the US from the 1950s onward. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 73% Jungleland (2020) 'Jungleland' isn't your ordinary story of siblings finding their way to one another. It's the tale of two roughnecks, hard-living brothers falling apart. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 84% Let Him Go (2020) 'Let Him Go' is a story about motherhood and loss couched in a 60's slow-burn western. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 45% Fatman (2020) 'Fatman' is a nontraditional holiday film that will appease those who always want to put Die Hard on the holiday watch list alongside the animated classics and vintage films. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet American Thief (2020) For all audiences, 'American Thief' the film that will define an era. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet One Royal Holiday (2020) These viewers will open the holiday season with 'One Royal Holiday' and an injection of "seasoning" to the films-diverse characters, erased tropes, and new narrative opportunities that Hallmark Christmas movie fans will enjoy. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 62% Bad Hair (2020) 'Bad Hair' posits hair as this magical monster that will take over a Black woman's body and mind if it's not stopped. This whole film is a metaphor for the Black hair struggle and so are the characters. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
5/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) With Radha's humorous and relatable bars, 40 Year Old Version 'The Forty Year Old Version' becomes the film of the year for the (aging) awkward Black women like me. We still have dreams and now we just need the confidence to chase them. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
3/5 94% Faith Based (2020) 'Faith Based' has an over-the-top, campy, docu-film feel that makes it a bit funnier than it probably should be. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
4/5 17% 2 Hearts (2020) The tropical views throughout 'Two Hearts' are a breathtaking respite from my COVID shut-in environment. It made the mushy, gushy romance just that much easier to lean into. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
3/5 23% Sno Babies (2020) As Paolo Andino says in the film, the only way to combat the opioid epidemic is to face it, to talk about it. 'Sno Babies' operates as a vehicle for doing just that. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Broken Hearts Gallery is proof that inclusion and diversity can be comedic, romantic, and also very entertaining. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4.5 of 5 98% The Swerve (2020) After watching 'The Swerve,' you will have a whole new reason to remember Azura Skye and by her real name, not the character she plays. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 98% The Paper Tigers (2021) 'The Paper Tigers' begins like one of those "making up for lost time" films but you quickly find it turning into a very, very tardy coming of age story. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 47% Arkansas (2020) Like most dark comedies in the same vein as Fargo, trouble in 'Arkansas' starts with one body and goes downhill until Frog himself has to step in to deal with things. And, no one wants that. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2 of 5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) The nostalgia of the Bill and Ted series may save 'Bill and Ted Face the Music'. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 50% Monday (2021) 'Monday' picks up at the place where most romances end, right after the moment that true love is confirmed, and the couple commits themselves to be together. Here, reality begins. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4.5 of 5 84% Akilla's Escape (2021) 'Akilla's Escape' is listed as a noir story of drug dealers and gangsters but it is actually a commentary on multigenerational violence and toxic masculinity. An education we all need. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) 'Penguin Bloom', despite being a true story, closely treads the dangerous boundary between a feel-good drama and a corny Hallmark movie. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) In 'One Night in Miami', Regina King pulls these four great men off their pedestals and drops them into a night of reflection that is reminiscent of the 'Big Chill'. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
2 of 5 36% The New Mutants (2020) In 2016, 'New Mutants' it would've been the film to see. It may have passed in January this year. Today, audiences are different, and most are better off waiting for streaming. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5 of 5 56% Random Acts of Violence (2020) 'Random Acts of Violence' is a horror film your brain won't want to let go of. - Blerd Galaxy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4.5 of 5 67% Emperor (2020) 'Emperor' is an action-packed film that recognizes the value of Black America's traumatic past and uses that past to embolden us today. - Blerd Galaxy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 69% Cut Throat City (2020) 'Cut Throat City' has the feel of an epic journey bolstered by the lyrical dialogue and the gothic scenery of New Orleans 9th Ward post-Katrina. - Blerd Galaxy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3.5 81% The Beach House (2020) For new fans of horror, 'The Beach House' is a good introduction. The gore is minimal, the gross factor is low, and the jump scares are not too terrifying. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
4.5 of 5 80% The Old Guard (2020) 'Old Guard' offers up a fresh look at an action film where women are respected and the tropes that usually weigh them down are left behind. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
2.5 of 5 58% Mighty Oak (2020) 'A Mighty Oak' is a light and entertaining family film that is mature enough for older kids. It will not bore the adults who are used to family content. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
4.5 of 5 87% The Infiltrators (2020) There are real people involved and 'The Infiltrators' is a film that never lets that the viewers forget. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4.5 of 5 100% Finding Yingying (2020) 'Finding Yingying proves that centering the lives lost and the loved ones left behind can make for an intriguing a true-crime documentary. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
4.5 of 5 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) 'Trolls World Tour' shows kids that coming together as a community does NOT mean making everyone look and act like alike. And, it's all done with colorful dance numbers and some great music. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
4.5 of 5 86% I'll Meet You There (2021) 'I'll Meet You There' will take audiences to a place where everything is an identity attack, and there's no avoidance, quitting, or denial. It's all life. They aren't white enough for an escape. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Revival! (2018) Revival offers a mixed pot of the Black traditions--Easter stage plays, theater, and gospel music--to bring audiences a story that could finally replace Charlton Heston's Moses at the feature film to watch in the weeks leading up to Easter. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
4.5 of 5 92% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man forces us to ask if we are so quick to type #believewomen, if held to those words in a real-life Cece v. Adrian situation? - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
2.5 of 5 30% Bloodshot (2020) It is a shame that 'Bloodshot' doesn't work, because all the elements the fans want are there. Too bad the story couldn't hold up its end of things. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020