Lonita Cook

Lonita Cook
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Lonita Cook is a Kansas City-based film critic. She contributes to KCTV5 (CBS), L Women?s Lifestyle Magazine, IN Kansas City Magazine and blackbeebuzz.com She?s a Board Member at Kansas City Film Critic Circle and Member at Critics Choice Association. Find Lonita @LonitaCook
Favorites:
David Lynch's Dune, Princess Bride, Space is the Place and the Matrix

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Summer of Soul is music, fashion, togetherness and Questlove is a time-traveler restoring it to its rightful place. - Black Bee Buzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
87% Hustlers (2019) The problem is you don't know whose point of view the story is told from. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) This movie is very low energy, unfortunately.... It's interesting but there is no inherent conflict. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
52% Black and Blue (2019) I think that people right now feel that there needs to be some serious conversation about what we can do for reconciliation between the police and the community... This movie just doesn't contribute to that. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
82% Judy (2019) It's all about Renée Zellweger... This movie kind of puts [child stars] into a little bit of perspective. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
82% Abominable (2019) It's so brilliant... a restorative experience. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
93% The Favourite (2018) I have to say [Rachel Weisz] is fantastic in the role. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
26% Mortal Engines (2018) It's actually a little bit more soulful than it lets on. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
83% Next Gen (2018) A little long for me... but I would watch it again. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
37% Hunter Killer (2018) [Gerard Butler's] in uniform again on screen and he does a wonderful job. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
97% The Hate U Give (2018) [Has] an important impact to experience as a movie-goer, but artistically it's missing a little something for me.... the [book] is great and important. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) [Cynthia Erivo's] talent is completely mismanaged by this movie. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
87% First Man (2018) I loved how they chose to contextualize the first man on the moon in a very deep and personal journey for him. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
94% Klaus (2019) A great holiday tale for the whole family. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
71% Trolls World Tour (2020) A strange, fun and layered elegy to music. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
83% The Maestro (2019) Upbeat... with great attention to details. - KCTV5 News at 9 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
2.75/5 84% Akilla's Escape (2021) Intertwine. That's what stories do. Take pieces of the world and the self and twist them into one. The new digest on interpersonal war, starring do-o-o-pe lyrical artist Saul Williams, "Akilla's Escape" is a strong act of intertwining. - Black Bee Buzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) A single cold open a movie does not make. - Black Bee Buzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
90% The Outside Story (2020) Henry's tender performance and his buttered beauty mixed with clever dialogue to mask the cracks in the overall execution. - Black Bee Buzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
4.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) This whole movie is as bold as the title character who has been elevated to near superhero status and the melodramatic performances are just as heightened. - Black Bee Buzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
58% Valley Girl (2020) Tender performances and attempts at narrative depth keep this revisit more thoughtful than it appears to be at first glance. - INKansas City Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
40% Irresistible (2020) Though at times the narrative opposition is uneven, and the tension sometimes feels forced, the intent is solid. - INKansas City Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
79% The 24th (2020) With gorgeous performances from this rich cast, the ensemble functions to represent interactions of romance, comradery, transformation, and, ultimately, personhood. - INKansas City Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
4/4 89% 1917 (2020) With an almost supernatural attention to detail, Mendes fuses the viewer with a heroic adventure that's so grand the heart is gripped by every beat, every danger, every grief. This war epic is destined to be a global masterwork. - INKansas City Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
71% All Creatures Here Below (2019) Creatures is a provocative analysis on the destructive nature of hope. Hope is a potent drug and when overdosed keeps users hanging onto dreams and desires far too long. - INKansas City Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
36% Snatched (2017) They will be pleasantly mortified by the outrageous distances the movie travels to tickle its viewers, but in the end the audience will be left asking: is this all there is? - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
16% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy is a big budget endeavor meant to bring Universal into the comic book era. All those multi-genre elements exist, but the joy of going to the movies, the wonder of being touched by human elements does not. - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Coolly self-aware and irreverent, Homecoming, pits a hero in danger against a boy in school, a boy in trouble with his aunt, in an academic decathlon, a boy in love. - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The Avengers creative team has taken a huge risk and it pays off. By the end, the emotional takeaway is so beyond previous experiences, there's no choice but to be completely in. When is the next one? - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
58% Hotel Artemis (2018) The key element to making an action thriller linger is the oomph, the octane, and the 'yea'! But Artemis skims right over it in favor of showy, it-thinks-it's-so-clever details. - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Here, though the movie is easily interpreted as a commentary on "real women" loving their bodies, the "Pretty" team offers a palatable lesson on acceptance, the truest gift. - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
72% Ready Player One (2018) It's not just electronic. It's expressive. It's deep. - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The devil is in the trying too hard. The other installments in the Ocean's franchise were a light mix of crime, glamour, and self-aware humor. - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Like the PG dance numbers that have no bounce, Hustlers lacks excitement, bite. It wastes its soul and cultural responsibility in the name of "girl power". - act.land EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019