Mekeisha Madden Toby

Mekeisha Madden Toby
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Detroit News staff writer.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) [It]gradually but deliberately rewards fans who have waited 13 years to find out what happened to our favorite foul-mouthed ne'er-do-wells. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
58% Made in America (2014) Seriously, no one should sleep on the wisdom Jay-Z has to offer. This guy isn't one of the richest dudes in the music business on a fluke. He knows how to talk the talk and it is fun to watch him do it. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
83% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic (2013) If fans want more, they'll have to read the eye-opening autobiography, "Pryor Convictions." In the meantime, consider "Omit the Logic" a very hearty and worthwhile aperitif. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet Low Winter Sun (2013) Detroit is a character in this murderous tale much the way Baltimore was in "The Wire" - a drama it very much resembles. With a little luck and strong ratings, "Low Winter Sun" could be the hit it has all the promise to be. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
71% Generation Startup (2016) Just keep in mind, this is a revealing but upbeat documentary about new Detroiters made by non-Detroiters. If you want a more homegrown take, you'll have to see a different movie. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
47% Whitney (2015) Either change the name of the movie to Whitney and Bobby or give viewers more than a few hits, wigs and giggles. Give us more Whitney Houston. - Essence EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B- 71% Generation Startup (2016) Just keep in mind this is a revealing but upbeat documentary of new Detroiters made by non-Detroiters. If you want a more homegrown take you'll have to see a different movie. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) Despite a handful of great performances, this small-screen drama is a forgettable, overly publicized splash in the pan unworthy of the woman it earnestly but clumsily attempts to honor. What a shame. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Adventures in Babysitting (2016) When it comes to small-screen choices the whole family can watch this summer, you'd be hard pressed to find anything more exciting, funnier, sweeter and more racially diverse than "Adventures in Babysitting." What a worthwhile reboot. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
15% Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016) A joke might be funny the first time, but by the fourth time you hear it, the punchline gets tired. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
27% Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014) In a crowded landscape full of pine-tree scented TV options, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever needs to be much better or much worse than it is. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/5 89% Whitney (2018) Macdonald places some of the blame for Houston's death on fans' shoulders too. Like Brown, her brothers, her father, and mother, some of us fans are a part of the "they who killed her" equation. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
69% Paterno (2018) Unfortunately, no amount of makeup or prosthetic noses can hold [Al] Pacino back for long, and his growl is so loud sometimes that it overpowers the vision of the wounded god Paterno became. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
B- 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) All in all, Long Way North is an ocularly gratifying film with a feminist message that is easy to embrace. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
C- 16% The Perfect Holiday (2007) The sparks that [Union and Chestnut] ignite onscreen cannot save the disjointed mess of a film that is The Perfect Holiday. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2007