Roxana Hadadi

Roxana Hadadi
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 29% UglyDolls (2019) The animation style of UglyDolls is so off-putting that it may be more worthwhile to watch any other children's film that offers the same messages about self-acceptance instead. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
3/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The central mystery of Detective Pikachu is lackluster-and sends a slightly problematic message about people with disabilities-but the production design is an impressive achievement. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) The gender-swapped Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake The Hustle may be born out of a lazy idea, but its misandrist energy carries it along nicely. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) A twisty and delirious fever dream, a movie that explores the extreme weirdness of Los Angeles and our obsession with conspiracy theories with dashes of David Lynch and Paul Thomas Anderson. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
83% High Life (2019) Denis strings together a series of alternately gorgeous and horrifying images that simultaneously communicate the smallness of our lives and the vastness of the universe. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B- 52% Tell It to the Bees (2019) Paquin and Grainger are likable together, and the film's exploration of womanhood as an identity often dictated by men is handled effectively. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It would be nearly unfathomable to have spent more than 20 preceding films with these characters and not feel anything at the end of the sometimes tedious, mostly satisfying Avengers: Endgame. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Mary Magdalene presents a feminist defense of Mary and more shading to Jesus's other apostles, but its particular method of world-building does little in terms of impact. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Beyoncé's Coachella concert film Homecoming is peak self-mythologization, an astonishing accomplishment that centers the personal as political. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
83% Someone Great (2019) Netflix's romantic comedy Someone Great is extremely of this time, a sugar rush that adds a millennial gloss to genre tropes. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
80% Fast Color (2019) The quietly confident Fast Color focuses on generational change in the face of relentless bureaucratic evil and the power of children and young adults to change the world. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) The film excels when it considers ideas of forgiveness and resentment - in the grey areas between those dualities is where The Mustang finds the most human of truths. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) Western horror The Wind uses isolation and barrenness to spin a spooky tale about hysteria, patriarchy, and religious fervor. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) With its nuanced narrative and astonishing visuals, Missing Link -- meticulously detailed and thematically dense -- is another delightful offering from Laika. - Punch Drunk Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
B 43% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Girls Of The Sun prioritizes that feeling of female unity against male oppression, a through-line that alternately limits and expands its narrative. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) The stakes in Shazam! aren't quite world-endingly high but are resonant for their universality, and the film bounces well between kid-focused humor and suitably scary action sequences. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Gloria Bell smashes the Bechdel test, and that's mostly because filmmaker Sebastián Lelio just lets these scenes of everyday life unfold, and lets Julianne Moore react in them -- masterfully so. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Although Dumbo redeems some of the now-problematic elements of the 1941 film-including a realization that animals shouldn't be abused-it is also curiously wooden. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
42% Faster (2010) Revenge films bank on the audience's desire for the bad guys to get what they deserve, but the lack of any emotion in Faster invalidates that. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
95% Transit (2019) Transit becomes more disconcerting because of its tight grip on realism, more memorable because of its use of the absurd to highlight the ease with which fascism operates. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
68% Them That Follow (2019) Questions about second chances and personal choice come up often in Them That Follow, and the film doesn't judge those looking for the former or yearning for the latter. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Mickey and the Bear explores failed ambition, familial guilt, and adolescent rebellion, and its precise execution ensures this story is one of female resilience and self-will. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 65% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a pleasing return to the kind of storytelling captured in those books, in which a mystery is tidily solved through logic and cleverness. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
71% Triple Frontier (2019) This very good analysis of American imperialism and its devastatingly insidious effects on the individuals it ensnares into its web is frustratingly only about half of Triple Frontier. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
89% Saint Frances (2019) Saint Frances, from Alex Thompson and Kelly O'Sullivan, will take you through an entire journey of emotion, it's so insightful and eloquent and respectful and painful and affirming. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 32% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park hammers home feelings of abandonment to underline a message about creativity that didn't need such emotionally downbeat elements to have resonance. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Strong performances from Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse can't redeem a plot that encourages sacrifice as love-an idea so many teen-focused romances can't seem to advance past. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
42% The Wedding Guest (2019) The Wedding Guest feels quite invigorating: A genre work that honors the established conventions of neo-noir but adds diversity to the genre's trigger men and femme fatales. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
75% Olympic Dreams (2019) Olympic Dreams is most compelling in its suggestion that we're all plagued by doubt, by regret, by wondering whether a certain infinitesimal change in our lives would alter everything. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, and a declaration. This is a movie that knows exactly what it is, created by a group of women who know exactly what they want to say. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel succeeds not only as an introduction to a new Marvel hero but as a time at the movies that is consistently interested in what it feels like to be a girl and a woman. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
59% Greta (2019) Greta gets people riled up, and that's entirely thanks to Isabelle Huppert's bonkers energy. She is feisty and fiery, playing her character with self-awareness and verve. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The Hidden World's animation is gorgeous and the story is gently mature, and the film is a perfect ending to a franchise that has explored relationships with insight and nuance. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) For a film that is meant to be about a female character growing into herself, Alita: Battle Angel consistently denies her agency, resorting to men to shape her narrative. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
13% Berlin, I Love You (2019) If the 'Cities of Love' franchise has to resort to a weird incest storyline to fill time in Berlin, I Love You, maybe the time has come to end the whole endeavor? - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Rebel Wilson is consistently funny and earnest in Isn't It Romantic, leaning into doubtfulness without being hurtful to her friends who do appreciate the romantic comedies she hates. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Movies about women shouldn't only be retreads of male stories, but Taraji P. Henson and Tina Gordon's script make What Men Want nuanced enough to resonate with female viewers. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) There's a thin line between heaven and here, and High Flying Bird is about finding it and trespassing over it, about building something equitable out of something oppressive. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The Kid Who Would Be King is a revelation without being a relic, a throwback to a time when family films weren't overloaded with pop culture references or pop music. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) Arctic is a one-man showcase for the acting that we know Mads Mikkelsen is capable of. The film's power comes from his performance. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part sets itself apart with zany touches but an acknowledgment that its audience has grown up. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/5 40% The Upside (2019) The Upside has all the elements of a heartwarming film and sometimes arranges them in compelling ways, but the film overall lacks warmth for its characters or passion for its plot. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is immediately immersive, a colorful and adventurous cinematic experience that invites viewers along for the ride. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is a goofy, fun time if you don't think too hard. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) For first-time Mary Poppins viewers, especially young ones, the messages in Mary Poppins Returns about seeing the world through curious eyes will be refreshing and fun. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) This latest derivative, uninspired spin on the Robin Hood story feels like a version of Batman with a bow and arrow instead of a utility belt. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Certain characters spend all of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald barely doing anything, and the wide-open nature of the ending in particular cheapens the preceding film. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 59% The Grinch (2018) The Grinch is bright and colorful, but the narrative feels a bit off from the anti-consumerist message that Dr. Seuss may have originally intended. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Disney's pretty-looking The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is immediately forgettable. The disparate elements of the story barely fit together. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Hereditary (2018) Toni Collette delivers a soul-shattering performance in Hereditary that reminds us how much sacrifice parenthood is and how deeply parents can scar their children, utterly beyond repair. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019