Monique Jones

Monique Jones
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Monique Jones is a freelance entertainment journalist and blogger. She has written for several outlets including SlashFilm, SyFy Wire/SyFy Fangrrls, The Huffington Post, Mediaversity Reviews, The Offing, and others. She also writes about race and culture in entertainment on her own website, JUST ADD COLOR (colorwebmag.com).

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 83% Parallel (2018) Slow-burn multiverse morality tale has violence, language. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
5/5 100% Minari (2020) Thoughtful, inspiring drama promotes family understanding. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Hello World (2020) Tech documentary gently tackles racial, gender inequality. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Powerful play-based drama focuses on iconic Black leaders. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
3/5 50% Recon (2020) Violent WWII drama makes existential plea against war. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
3/5 80% Boys vs. Girls (2019) Summer camp comedy has language, sexual humor. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
96% Soul (2020) In a year in which more attention has been paid to Black death than ever before, Soul's adherence to yet another unnecessary Black out-of-body experience becomes even more tonally dissonant than it was before. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 50% Elyse (2020) Interesting take on psychological drama; drinking, language. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) Sweet holiday romcom about coming out; drinking, language. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Megan Is Missing (2011) Internet-dangers horror relies heavily on torture, violence. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 88% Princess of the Row (2020) Heartfelt coming-of-age drama has heavy themes. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
92% Give or Take (2020) Overall, Give or Take will leave you feeling warm and contemplative about family, despite the film being set around a funeral. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 68% Embattled (2020) MMA drama has lots of heart, fighting, and swearing. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
3/5 47% Spell (2020) Gory horror has unclear ideas about Blackness, spirituality. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
5/5 86% Us Kids (2020) Powerful doc on Parkland activists has traumatic situations. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
100% Unprescribed (2020) Unprescribed gives viewers a different perspective on a substance they might have preconceived notions about. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) Overall, Mulan aims to be a sweeping, cinematic adaptation of an animated classic. But the film might miss that mark for adult audiences. Despite this, the film has a place in our discussions about positive representation. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
95% Black Is King (2020) In this visual album, you can see how Beyoncé has matured as a Black woman, a mother, and a representation of Black excellence. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
91% Uncorked (2020) Overall, Uncorked is a film that will test how you view the family drama. Perhaps it'll even expand how you view it, depending on how you like the unresolved ending. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) The Lovebirds fulfills its duty to the audience to be just sweet enough while providing an outlet for Rae and Nanjiani to play off of each other's comedic timing. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
71% Toss It (2019) If we speak in modern aesthetics, Toss It is the film for the Dark Academia-type of person, a person who is all about Dead Poets Society, Before Sunrise, and other films that ponder the nature of life. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
85% Soundwave (2018) If you like discovering new sci-fi films, give Soundwave a try; its focus on realism despite the fantastical, plus its focus on character, will keep you intrigued. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2020) Blood Quantum has bold statements about race, culture and a post-Westernized future, statements that sneak up on you as your covering your eyes from the gore and guts. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) Even though there are certain areas where The Dalai Lama-Scientist lacks some emotional punch, the film is still an achievement of compiling a little-known look at a spiritual leader who wants to be seen as a philosopher-scholar. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
81% Tigertail (2020) You will come away from the film having invested yourself in a story about the trials and tribulations of humanity, which can be as messy as it is inspiring. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
16% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) I expect more attention to detail. I expect standards, even with broad, guilty pleasure films. I like junky fast food like anyone else, but even while it's junk, I expect it to satisfy and be served to me with some competence. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
83% Queen & Slim (2019) The Blackness in Queen & Slim is limited, possibly because it was all performative to begin with. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) The characters needed room to grow as the story developed, and we didn't get that story development. Instead, the production seemed to rely on viewers having already seen the animated movie. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) If you're planning on working in the industry in any capacity, it's probably for the best that you learn about Guy-Blaché. Now that the documentary is out, you have no excuse not to know about the woman who launched the film industry as we know it. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) If the rest of Phase 4 stacks up to Far From Home, I'd be happy. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Purdah (2018) I recommend you give Purdah a watch. You'll come from it feeling closer to a family who has defied the odds after life throws them every possible curveball. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) As a whole, the film chalks up to being just fine. Would I watch it again? Sure. But I think the film's real gold comes from how children will receive it, especially children of a Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) background. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe is a cool film to watch on a weekend when you're ready to Netflix and chill. It's a rom-com that has rewatch potential if you can overlook certain ignorant spots regarding ableism. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Incredibly, the film completes a feat no one believed Marvel would be able to pull off 10 years ago-create a long-running arc of stories that spanned a catalog of films, and end it in a profoundly satisfying way. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
81% Fast Color (2019) Often, we see the meme-like statement "Trust Black women" espoused on social media. However, as Fast Color proves, trusting Black women means empowering them and believing in their abilities to make the world a better place. - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
100% Ekaj (2015) Ekaj is a film that will leave you thinking about its message and its characters. Hopefully, it propels viewers to act with kindness towards others, especially those who are different than them. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
76% Guava Island (2019) It's not as if I hate #GuavaIsland. But with all of that fun, I am left asking what the film's purpose is. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
93% Us (2019) More than just a horror movie, Us represents a multilayered experience that will leave your brain in knots...In short, you simply have to watch Us for yourself. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is a film you should be proud to let your children watch. It will inspire them to understand there should be no limits on what women can achieve - Shadow and Act EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The character deaths in Solo: A Star Wars Story will leave you feeling angry, as they are unearned and disproportionately affect women. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
85% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Women of color are either sexual objects or played off for laughs. Mantis, found by Ego and raised as his servant and 'pet', seems to be written explicitly for the film to indulge in submissive Asian stereotypes. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War highlights just how dude-centric the MCU has been for 10 years. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) "Pacific Rim: Uprising challenges the notion of a leading black man who must appear culturally blank in order to seem 'safe' for non-black audiences." - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The cross-racial team-up of Zimmerman and Stallworth allows BlacKkKlansman to become much more instructional for white viewers than it is for black ones, since we black Americans have lived with the realities of the race-based violence all our lives. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
43% Where Hands Touch (2018) With such a film as Where Hands Touch, and with the times we are living in, with the alt-right being validated by our current president, the film would have made a much stronger point if it focused on biracial Germans without a Nazi love interest. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
95% Roma (2018) I feel like Roma is a perfect example of how a director can re-examine aspects of their life and people who influenced their life without turning everything into a stereotypical mess. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Overall,"Mowgli" is a good first attempt. It's something that would be fine to watch as a diversion, especially if you are a"Jungle Book" completist. But it's also something that might lose your interest. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Having people of all racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds gives Star Wars the legitimacy it needs as both a contemporary film in a multicultural world and as a space opera itself. - Just Add Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The hype is real - Spider-Man: Homecoming is definitely the best Spider-Man movie made to date - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) Run, don't walk, to the theater to see Black Panther. This is not hyperbole. It's just that good. Heck, saying it's just "good" is underselling it. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018