Jordan Calhoun

Jordan Calhoun
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Jordan Calhoun is a writer and Editor for Black Nerd Problems. His writing has been published in The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Electric Literature, Vulture, and other publications. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, and an M.P.A. in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy. He might solve a mystery, or rewrite history. Follow him on Twitter @JordanMCalhoun
Publications: Black Nerd Problems

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
29% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park is easily enjoyable for the whole family, with a powerful lesson for the youngest to the oldest. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
88% Social Animals (2018) Social Animals offers us a personal look into the reality of the fantasy if we're bold enough for the task. No matter how you feel, Facebook is betting you play the game...whether you like to or not. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
62% Bird Box (2018) Films like this work to the extent their characters represent decision-making that stretches the sharpness of the audience (without overdoing it with Macgyver-esque antics) or suffer the opposite problem of insulting them with idiots. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% The American Meme (2018) Whether the crash is worth the ride, though - The American Meme trusts you to find the same answer in all four of its stories. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
100% Liyana (2018) It's that collective experience that carries the emotional heft of Liyana as she becomes a kaleidoscopic mirror of the storytellers' experiences with challenges that make them unsafe. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
81% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family operates in a level of self-awareness by discussing the white savior narrative and looking some of its challenges in the eye. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
No Score Yet Viral Beauty (2018) Whether the film is for you depends on your relationship to cringe humor and your familiarity with, and interest in, internet celebrity culture. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
28% Night School (2018) Hart and Haddish have comedic chemistry though, easily seen (and laughed at) when the two cap on each other through the first act of Night School, before Teddy embraced hard work under her tutelage. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) Overall, A Star Is Born is melodrama at its best, an emotional manipulation that works even if you're not normally a sucker for that type of thing. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
No Score Yet An American In Paris - The Musical (2018) An American In Paris captures Paris' transition into joy. That transition, the finding of hope and beauty both from and through art, is one of the most resonant and meaningful themes of the production. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
64% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) Sierra Burgess is a Loser will make you wonder whether every girl is made to be a mean one, while you also ask yourself just how deep beauty is to you. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is a sequence of jump scares that starts strong, but whose horrors rapidly dwindle with each passing encounter. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
31% Kin (2018) Overall, KIN views like a 2-hour prequel meant to whet your appetite, but instead is a foul-smelling warning to stay away from whatever comes next. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) This generation is lucky to have To All the Boys I've Ever Loved Before as the teen romance comedy of their generation. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) Watching it is like watching the spectacle of a class clown at their best: you laugh at their jokes, instigate their defiance, and "ooooh" when they get in trouble. The Meg is the class clown of Hollywood. Every shark movie is at this point. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is full of irreverent humor, self-deprecating punchlines, and a silliness that feels reminiscent of when you laughed at Animaniacs as a child. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
66% Permission (2018) Ultimately, under the guise of maturity, Permission turns a promising premise into a juvenile and destructive display of emotionally immature people. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
59% Please Stand By (2018) Please Stand By sets you up to fear and cheer for a girl outside her element, and with some suspension of disbelief in its portrayal of autism, is a heart-warming success. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
41% Den of Thieves (2018) Would I recommend the film? Not for a movie theater price tag. When it arrives on your favorite cable or streaming service though, turn off your brain and indulge guilt-free. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
26% Proud Mary (2018) A silly plot made worse in its bizarre exposition, Proud Mary is full of clichés that almost begin to feel deliberate, so hacky that you almost chance to believe the movie is self-aware, a parody of itself. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Can you root for a woman who despite having most of her advantages given to her, spirals into a world of illegal gambling, drugs, and "destroying lives"? By the end, if your answer is "yes" then Sorkin has expertly done his job. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
88% The Post (2018) The message was meant to remind us all: the press is meant to "serve the governed, not the governors." And to that end, The Post is wonderfully successful. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
49% Downsizing (2017) Overall, Downsizing feigns at many themes and embraces none, a sampler platter of personal growth, consumerism, climate change, fresh starts, and apocalypse survival. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Ultimately, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a revenge film of a new kind, a hard twist at the subgenre otherwise led by men whose violence spearheads their campaign. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) With no one to hold onto, Murder on the Orient Express stands as little more than a cliché mystery, and ultimately falls flat. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) You cannot help but root for Caesar as much as you cannot shake the feeling that in the gamut of life and evolution humans may not deserve to be saved. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) How good is Spider-Man: Homecoming? The short answer: the most fun superhero film you have seen in a long time. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) No fuss, no muss, all ridiculous brilliance by removing the distractions of convoluted plots and allowing you to focus instead on one problem and limitless solutions because there can be miracles when you believe and have nitrous oxide. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
68% Life (2017) A sci-fi drama that succeeds in capturing the long-prescribed design for survival flicks and thus accordingly succeeds at contrived, unimaginative drama as well. Whether you watch Life or not, you have seen Life before. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty seemingly aspires to be blatant grief voyeurism, the kind to which, if a film is lucky, finds a cult following from teenagers who find it beautifully deep as the rest of us do our best not to sleep, seethe, or vomit. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
50% Hardcore Henry (2016) Writing a faithful synopsis for Hardcore Henry would be like writing a plot summary for a Jackson Pollack painting. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Its strength is reminding of an experience that we forgot, but one to which we can all relate, even if you weren't a kid like Kayla. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Yes, Won't You Be My Neighbor? offers the chance to better understand and appreciate the work of a father figure who helped raise many of us through television, but he's never been the point himself. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
76% Miss Sloane (2016) A serviceable political drama carried by its strong cast performances and undone by its attempt to do too much. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
97% Zootopia (2016) Zootopia is actually a thinly-veiled look at diversity... and it's glorious. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
95% Creed (2015) Well-crafted, exciting, funny, and inspiring, and it's successful in being original by not trying too hard to be original. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
38% Gringo (2018) There's a charm to Gringo's moral question though, brought to life by Oyelowo's Harold. Are good people rewarding? Do bad people get what they deserve? Or is the universe total chaos? - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider is full of random danger with random solutions, mostly unearned or poorly foreshadowed, but it's almost difficult to hold it against the film once you know what you're watching. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
85% Tully (2018) Tully is a funny, raw look at motherhood we too rarely see, and one that we'll likely remember for a long time. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) Their relationship statuses and attitudes towards sex and dating offer a choose-your-own-adventure for identifying yourself in the group, selecting an avatar for your personality type the way you might with Sex and the City. - Black Nerd Problems EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018