Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 69% Ammonite (2020) There's something so "complete" about Ammonite, with a resonant ending that is poetic in its refusal to give us what we want. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
79% Late Night (2019) All the while, Molly doesn't grow much at all. Her dream job simply falls in her lap, forgoing the possibly compelling journey that it would take to get it in the real world. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
73% The Scary of Sixty-First (2021) A shallow provocation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
95% Test Pattern (2021) A dazzling, devastating feature debut. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) It's strange how something written in 2017 and shot in 2019 can fully encapsulate so many of the feelings brought on by the pandemic of 2020. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Rainey's relationship to the narrative is a great example of the way Black male writers portray Black mothers - watching from the sidelines, only intervening when needed. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
84% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) A tender and intimate teenage journey. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
88% Strawberry Mansion (2021) It's a candy-colored storybook that wants nothing more than to put you at ease. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
No Score Yet Her Socialist Smile (2020) John Gianvito's new documentary Her Socialist Smile aims to change that image, giving us a full portrait of Keller as a dedicated scholar of socialism. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
78% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Moretz is incredible as Maude, using vulnerability as her greatest weapon. With a strikingly emotive face, a cathartic scream, and the steely eyes of a much older performer, Moretz gives the performance of her career. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) In the end, the only thing that Pieces of a Woman shows us is that Kirby is a tremendous actress and Martha was merely an exercise. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
90% Pink Skies Ahead (2020) A refreshing spin on Mumblecore tropes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
No Score Yet Materna (2020) A thought-provoking debut. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night in Miami forgoes a traditional plot to create what is essentially a feature-length ideological debate regarding the future of Black people in America. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
99% MLK/FBI (2021) Tough and to the point. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
89% Holler (2021) Riegel seems to still be hung up on Winter's Bone, making a slavishly imitative film with few flourishes that allow it to stand on its own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
100% Vision Portraits (2019) There's a sense of poetry, light, and movement in Vision Portraits, a full sensual experience. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
95% Black Is King (2020) Though produced in collaboration with creatives from around the globe, there's an unmistakable feeling that the film is meant more for Black Americans than the wider African diaspora. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow is a crowning achievement of cinematic self-reflection. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
29% Antebellum (2020) In the end, Antebellum is undone by a lack of empathy and emotion. It has no real perspective on the past and thus fails to make any real impact on the present. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) What they find is short-lived, but riveting to watch. Despite the absence of men, their relationship is far from equal; but their bond still feels like a profound meeting of the minds. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
99% Saint Frances (2020) Saint Frances feels like the beginning of a trend where lesbians of color can be portrayed as matriarchs of an average American family, with mundane and universal marital woes. - Autostraddle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
89% Zola (2021) Zola, while fun, fails at interrogating why we consume these stories as entertainment without examining the gray areas that these events tend to live in. - okayplayer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
62% Bad Hair (2020) Films like Bad Hair reveal how much Black men don't seem to know about Black women. - okayplayer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) The film serves as a compelling reminder of what Black women lose when we put Black men before our own safety. - okayplayer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Moments like these are reminders of the urgency of the text, and of how rewarding it can be for a contemporary audience to re-examine the classic stories we read in our childhood. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Ultimately, Queen & Slim seems to bolster a belief-women should be quiet and support their men-that's both inherently conservative and especially frustrating given the nature of the lovers-on-the-run genre. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) It's easy to get lost in the visceral joy that comes with watching women move this way. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
77% Spiral (2019) To see a story like this was a breath of fresh air. - Autostraddle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
68% Joker (2019) It's a ripoff of the highest order, borrowing from greater filmmakers without the nuance or intelligence to make the entire enterprise worthwhile. - okayplayer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain & Glory made me feel even more than I thought I would, opening the floodgates for a classic New York subway cryfest. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
80% Instinct (2019) Instinct is a fascinating study of control that examines the very nature of consent. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) Much more than a love story, Atlantics weaves together a narrative of class tension, highlighting the entitlement of the rich and how their immoral actions are bolstered by government corruption. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
89% Flatland (2019) It's a film that knows love doesn't always conquer all, but it would be nice if it won out every once in a while. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
93% Saint Maud (2020) We learn nothing about Maud beyond her madness, making her less of a character and more of a thinly outlined acting exercise. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
87% Sea Fever (2020) Despite its winning cast and genuinely interesting meditation on family versus isolation, Sea Fever falls short of its potential. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
24% The Kitchen (2019) As it turns out, a more straightforward adaptation of The Kitchen would have made for a better film. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place (1989) A thoughtful meditation on solidarity and the way that oppression can make us tear ourselves apart, but empathy and shared goals can bring us back together. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
56% School Daze (1988) School Daze is a college musical comedy with a conscience; beneath the hijinks lies a bleeding heart for those suffering under apartheid in South Africa. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
74% Guava Island (2019) Guava Island's most damning sin is that it's unconvincing -- both aesthetically and in its assertion of Deni as a selfless, romantic, revolutionary hero. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is deft at displaying the ways colonialism affects varying cultural and minority groups differently. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
90% Luce (2019) "...Luce is one of the most thoughtful explorations of race, identity, and power in cinema right now." - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) There is a way to marry horror with real experience and emotion, but Aster has yet to crack that formula. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
96% Booksmart (2019) Walking out of Booksmart, I knew two things: Beanie Feldstein is going to be a star, and Booksmart has effortlessly earned its place in the classic teen film canon. I can't wait to watch it again. - Fishnet Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Us (2019) The real genius at work in Us is Nyong'o, who anchors the story with underlying rage as well as the protective qualities usually reserved for male leads. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) Bell lets her past eat her alive without taking the time to fully understand it-so we can't either. That is ultimately her, and the film's, downfall. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) In the end, The Favourite is a haunting reminder of the limits of control. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) I simply cannot endorse a film that excuses and glorifies the abusive behavior of a rich and powerful man with a victim complex. - Affinity Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A hilarious, intelligent, and socially relevant satire of American business and capitalism, and hands-down one of the best films of 2018. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
62% Vox Lux (2018) Interesting to watch, but fall short as full studies of complicated women. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019