Malik Adán

Malik Adán
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
100% Wrestle (2019) In its sobering conclusions, Wrestle has us question how much we undervalue poor children's lives, circumstances and education in this country. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) Where LaBeouf's deeply personal story provides the framework, Alma Har'el's direction ensures the film has a classic, empathic quality that rises above simple tearjerker status. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
62% Native Son (2019) Johnson's debut-buoyed by Parks' interpolation between adaption and rewriting Bigger's life-is a new direction to present story and emotion in their most visceral and affecting forms. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
100% Selah and the Spades (2019) Selah and The Spades powerfully gives voice to a form of unlikeable black girlhood, allowing Selah and her peers to be human, even if that means being shitty. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
89% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) What I've seen, and what I'm pretty sure will come to other viewers, is a film whose brightest moments do the unforgiving work of carrying its weakest elements. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
94% Sweetheart (2019) Sweetheart is almost akin to traditional sushi; by paring down the monster movie to its best elements, viewers will find the film to be as refreshing as it is momentary. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
93% Time For Ilhan (2018) Despite all these thematic overtures, and a late-act scandal that could've been pulled directly from, well, Scandal, Time for Ilhan is peculiar in that it's underwhelming. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
29% Venom (2018) If nothing else, it's a mostly fun monster movie that proves Tom Hardy can put on any mask and shine through. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) By refusing to excise Baldwin's vision from the script, Jenkins & co have built a dialogue with an ancestor, proving the resonance of his words in a modern world while affirming the value and future of a black love everlasting, evermore. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) If Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers pursued the 'lost, and then found child' narrative for general heartwarming effect, Shoplifters pivots into darker, more subtle territory. - REELYDOPE EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's the kind of pure storytelling that's often lost in a maelstrom of special effects, villains, hype and hoopla. But clearly, when it's done right, it can be as enjoyable as it is truthful, to reality and the comic book canon. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
7/10 71% Monster Party (2018) While it's not engrossing in some well-heeled, Oscar-winning vote way, Monster Party knows its playbook and delivers in record time. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
10/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? is truly a tribute to the complexity, depth and bittersweet hues of humanity, as understood from the position of two older, queer people. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
10/10 91% Widows (2018) Widows reinvigorates a story form with a new telling, modern context, and culturally relevant moments that prove the immediacy of these narratives, without pathologizing sisterhood to some terminal end. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
10/10 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Like a brooding nightmare, Burning washes over audiences with passing visions of multiple lives, secrets and betrayals, all leading to no single, clean-cut or simple explanation. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
9/10 100% The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) The Man Who Feels No Pain has enough timely, culturally relevant one-liners to fill an Easter egg basket. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) Black's latest addition to the franchise cashes in on high-octane action scenes, comedy, self-referential moments and pathological mapping that draws you into the Loonies' psychology, questions of ability and the mission at hand. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
8/10 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The beauty of Sorry to Bother You is the juggling act. It balances direct, in-your-face Mel Brooksian satire with more hyperlocal, Oakland (and Bay Area) centric moments that reward various levels of well-worn cultural sommeliers. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
No Score Yet G-Funk (2017) Now, more than ever, it's crucial that we chronicle and discuss black cultural icons and products, from the good to the bad. And when it comes to something as influential as G-funk and the people behind it, "G-Funk" does just that. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/5 73% The Misandrists (2018) The Misandrists reveals itself to be a dread carnival where discussions of gender and bodily autonomy are corrupted and contorted solely for the ringmaster's own enjoyment. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3.8/5 83% Virginia Minnesota (2019) While this is surely the stuff of romcom boilerplate narratives, Virginia Minnesota prefers to wade into darker waters for the sake of more compelling, everyday drama. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Devil's Whisper (2017) Like any good spooky story, Devil's Whisper roots some of its terrors in real-life darkness that is as ubiquitous as it is often invisible to those who could help. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Sophie Gold, the Diary of a Gold Digger (2017) Sophie Gold snuffs its own light out by failing to be both a competent film and a story that has an ounce of the impact it intended to have in the first place. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3.5/5 47% Red Christmas (2017) Red Christmas is a solid, goofy and disturbing slasher that'll have you wary of unannounced visitors during the holidays. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Rift: Dark Side of the Moon (2016) Ultimately, The Rift is an enjoyable and strange tale that's worth a watch when you've got time to kill. Just so long as you don't look too long into the rift itself. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/5 No Score Yet Alien: Reign of Man (2017) Much like the flicks it's riffing off of, Reign of Man is an interesting installment to sci-fi on the surface that lacks any coherent substance as you dig into its runtime. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/5 93% Shadowman (2017) From critics to historians to past lovers, we become acquainted with a flagrant artist who was at once in love with himself and the images he feverishly created. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3/5 75% The Price (2017) The Price is best when it lets the characters breathe and exist in space, often with little to no dialogue... Sadly, there's a rhetorical hammer to be swung in The Price, and at times Onah doesn't pull back enough. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4.5/5 100% California Typewriter (2017) The questions this documentary raises, in between all the human stories and history it teaches, will definitely haunt you as the credits roll. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Coffin 2 (2017) Why belabor yourself with critiques that will only ruin your viewing? Sometimes you just have to save your breath, press play, and pray you make it through without laughing until you cry. Which, honestly may be the best way to watch this movie. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017