Michelle Alexandria

Michelle Alexandria
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Eclipse Magazine
Location: Washington, DC
Official Websites: eclipsemagazine.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's not a beat in this film that doesn't land and isn't flawlessly executed, the climatic fight sequence is something that I never thought I'd see on the big screen and it was a glorious thing to experience - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
C- 91% Shazam! (2019) Take away the comedic moments from the trailer and I was left a depressingly bland movie. Shazam! was kind of a douchebag and Levi's serious face made him look like he was taking a giant dump. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
C- 44% Captive State (2019) There's nothing in this movie to hang your hat onto, the characters are bland, the story isn't balanced or nuanced and the direction is drab and uninspired. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Usually Marvel origin films have trouble sticking the landing, but Captain Marvel is just the opposite, it feels like it takes off in the 3rd act and becomes a near flawless action movie that kicks Phase IV into overdrive. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
C 60% Greta (2019) You can almost forgive some of the draw dropping dumb things the characters do in the 3rd act because Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert give strong performances. Almost forgive. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
B- 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) A fun sequel that is marred a bit by the expectations set by a very misleading trailer. The movie rises and falls on the slender shoulders of its star Jessica Rothe who is more than up to the task. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
A- 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) I'm sure fans of the source material will nitpik and find fault with everything but as someone who doesn't have any preconceived notions I loved this film. This is the first great movie of 2019. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
B- 10% Replicas (2019) The pseudo-science is intriguing and the solution ends up being overly simplistic, but logical. I never once felt like the science couldn't be real and wouldn't work. Does a nice job of building tension even if it ultimately doesn't payoff. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
A 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The musical numbers is where this movie shines. You feel every heartache in every note played, every lyric sung, there's a gravitas and a sense of love and care that went into the staging of every frame of this movie. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
B- 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) I came away thinking, "this could have been so much more," but I don't quite know how. I really didn't want a movie that solely focused on Mercury's tragedies. Malek's knockout performance is reason enough to see this. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
B 15% Robin Hood (2018) Robin Hood doesn't strive to be anything more than it is, a nice little popcorn movie that you don't have to take seriously and serves as a distraction to life's outside worries, on that level it largely succeeds. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
D 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Suffers from both trying too hard and not hard enough to be quirky and I understand this is a kid's movie but it's not a very sophisticated one and is ruined by a laughably bad 3rd act. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
D 32% The Predator (2018) Today's block buster wannabes can't tell a simple straight forward story anymore. Everything has to be about building a mythology for future films, instead of focusing on the film you are currently making. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
A+ 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Without a doubt, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the summer's best action movie! - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
C 72% Ready Player One (2018) The movie cares more about all the nostalgia and easter eggs than and actual story. It beats you over the head and forces you to look at it. All the visual flair in the world can't disguise an empty experience - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
A 97% Black Panther (2018) Michael B. Jordan gives a hell of a performance. Maybe people will stop blaming him for FF and give him his due. Killmonger is one of the best characters Marvel has ever created. Stop using the Race card to promote this film. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
B 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Director Taika Waititi delivers a fast paced, quip filled movie that has a rainbow of cotton candy colors and riotous set design work that still left me feeling a bit let down. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
D 26% All I See Is You (2017) An impressionistic art piece that tries and fails to be a compelling movie that's worth watching. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
D 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Everything wrong with sequels. There's not one original, awe inspiring moment in this film. It's cold, emotionally inert, uninspired and ultimately an empty experience. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
A- 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The movie is over the top, frenetic, and at times funny as hell. If you asked me, and the studio did, I would have said it's one of my favorite films of 2017. The problem occurs when you overthink it and try and nitpick it to death. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2017
B 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) It's a fun ride, but it seemed like the Director loved Peter Parker more than Spider-Man. The more I think about it, the more the movie bugs me. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
B- 93% Logan (2017) The action scenes are visceral and raw, however those are few, far between and spoiled by the trailers. The movie is too small, insular and grim to be completely enjoyable. Worth a watch once, but won't hold up on repeat viewings. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
C- 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Starts off great with solid humor but somewhere along the line it becomes stale, repetitive and annoying. Batman isn't some emo, wannabe beat boxer who is in love with Barbara Gordon. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
C 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Just once I'd like to see a Star Wars film and be wowed by seeing something completely new and fresh. I didn't hate it, however it commits the crime of being underwhelming and unoriginal. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
D 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Everything is flat & grim, there's hardly no color in this depressing world at all. Anytime the brightest thing is Harley Quinn a psychotic killer & all round annoying character, something is seriously wrong. Actors & audiences deserve better. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
D 75% The BFG (2016) Unoriginal, bland and not a good return to form for Steven Spielberg. The film lacked whimsy, warmth and awe. However, there is plenty of fart humor. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
C 90% The Witch (2016) If you aren't a fan of Witchcraft based horror films, this isn't going to change your mind. At times confusing, creepy, and has brief spurts of over the top bloodletting. I left wondering, what did I just watch? - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
B- 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Let's give credit where it's due. The first X-Men film launched the modern era of Superhero films. Unfortunately the latest installment is a mixed bag. Takes 1 step forward and 2 steps back. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
A 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) A near perfect Superhero film! All that destruction in the previous films have real world consequences and those chickens come home to roost. There's no hugging it out this time. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
A 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) One of the greatest Super-Hero Slobberknockers ever filmed! Not Batman v Superman, that fight sucked. The stars of this movie are Doomsday and Wonder Woman! Movie falls just shy of Greatness & hit me in all my fangirl parts! . - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
C- 97% Spotlight (2015) For such an intense story Spotlight ultimately fails because it's so caught up in the process of news gathering that it stops being a compelling movie. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
B 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino is in love with Westerns because he can get away with using the N word in every sentence. He is an auteur who is in full command of his craft and has a clear, uncompromising vision of what he wants. It's always worth a visit to his world. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
B 83% Ant-Man (2015) This movie proves that fans should wait until a movie is released before passing judgment. Based on the behind the scenes drama this should have been a disaster, instead the little movie that could Triumphs! - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
A- 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) A near perfect Star Wars film that regular fans and fanatics alike have been waiting for, but it suffers by slavishly sticking to the tropes from the original and doesn't strive to go off script. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
F 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) A four year, nearly 9-hour journey and THIS is what it all amounted to? Are you kidding me? No really, is this some sort of joke on the movie going public? - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
A 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) This really isn't a movie, it's a collection of The Peanuts greatest hits strung together into an 80 minute "narrative." It was everything that I hoped it would be. However, it may be a little too sweet and innocent for today's jaded, modern, young'ns. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
B 63% Spectre (2015) Spectre at times feels more like a travelogue of stunning photography than an actual movie. It's one of the most gorgeous looking films I've seen all year. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
C 73% Black Mass (2015) I'm sure the filmmakers weren't trying to make a mind numbingly boring film about the banality of evil, but that's what Black Mass is. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
B No Score Yet Amka And The Three Golden Rules (2014) Amka was a surprising heartfelt journey that was worth the trip. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2015
D 9% Fantastic Four (2015) FF is bland, joyless, lifeless, claustrophobic, and created by a bunch of idiots who had zero interest in making a Super Hero film much less the Fantastic Four. The entire affair looks lazy and cheap. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
B 59% Southpaw (2015) If you saw any boxing film in the last 30 years, you'll see some of the well-worn plot turns coming a mile away, however it's worth stepping into the ring for all the fine performances. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
B 36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) Now that we know what to expect from this franchise Sharknado 3 isn't as fun as the original, but still worth one more trip on the crazy train. I desperately want to spoil the amazing, ridiculous ending, - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
B 90% Black Souls (2015) A quiet, contemplative film that shows how one small act of rebellion and violence can escalate and destroy a family. Great performances and cinematography work hampered by an unnecessary twist ending. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
A 81% Furious 7 (2015) I'm not ashamed to say (ok, maybe a little) that I cried like a baby at the end - but I didn't ugly cry. A perfect ending to this 7 film ride and they should just stop now and leave on a high note. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2015
B 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) My mind screams Noooooooo! This movie sucks and is offensive on so many different levels, but damn my lady parts....Jamie Dornan's abs beat me into submission. Every time I think about them any common sense I have goes out the window. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
B 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Director Matthew Vaughn brings his unique sensibilities and breathes a breath of fresh air to the stagnate Spy Genre. You can't go wrong with Samuel Jackson as a mean mugging, villain who speaks with an hysterically bad lisp. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
C 91% Birdman (2014) Makes you question what's real and not, but doesn't follow through. Two thirds of a absolutely brilliant film that in the end made me want to throw a brick through the screen. Goes completely off the rails. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2014
C 72% Interstellar (2014) Big on ideas and concepts but falls apart in the 3rd act. - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2014
D 68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Spends an inordinate amount of time teaching Katniss the importance of propaganda. Really? If I wanted to learn about propaganda film-making I'd watch a documentary on Leni Riefenstahl - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2014
B+ 59% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) Sharknado 2: The Second One is the same as the first and that's all fans of the series should want and expect. It delivers bite! - Eclipse Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014