Sarah-Tai Black

Sarah-Tai Black
Sarah-Tai Black's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Globe and Mail
Publications: Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night In Miami feels squarely placed within well-crafted frameworks of the past, meant to succeed only within a wholly conservative future. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/4 98% Time (2020) It's a document of mutual care; a self-authored family archive magnified by the scope of its editor and platform; and a compassionately rendered adaptation of the ways in which we feel the tempo, intervals, duration and memory of time. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2.5/4 81% Charm City Kings (2020) Overall, it's a film that is not great but just fine. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2/4 68% The Glorias (2020) The Glorias, confronts this obstacle with a heavy hand that elides complexities in favour of an idealistic and, some might say, ironically depoliticized view of its focus - women's rights activist and trailblazer Gloria Steinem. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.4/4 93% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Another Round will prove to be a fruitful watch for those who are fans of the director's anxious social experiments; however, those who find his work to be a study in self-indulgent intellectualism should stay away. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 28% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum is a film that lives smugly within its final reveal - and what's worse, this reveal is more groan-inducing than anything else. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
2/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) While chock full of relatively good scares, campy effects and an ending that will tickle a very specific demographic of 1990s and 2000s thriller fans with glee, The Invisible Man doesn't deliver more than that. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
2/4 21% Like a Boss (2020) The film has an obvious deficit of story - instead of any sort of satisfying sense of development, the audience gets 83 minutes of the same problem repeated over and over. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/4 84% Waves (2019) That our culture and complexities can be so easily translated into cultural capital or crudely materialized decorative accessories for white "visionaries" without question or hesitation is really something else. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/4 97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) What Tailfeathers and Hepburn have shared... is a practice of filmmaking that grapples with these exact intricacies of embodiment and acknowledges them as wholly inextricable from Indigenous presents and futures. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
1.5/4 88% Freaks (2019) Likewise, the movie seems restrained by its budget, which is unfortunate because the imagination it shows its promising. It's only in materially realizing itself where it falls short. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Without treading into over-sentimentality or, worse, hollow signalling to the most well-trod tropes of female friendship on screen, Hustlers takes a more organic view of the mercurial intimacies between its lead women. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
1/4 24% The Kitchen (2019) More often than not, the story the film is trying to tell seems ... well, pointless, given the complete misuse of its fantastic roster and its inability to demonstrate even the basics of apt filmmaking. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/4 90% Luce (2019) Onah's lauded Sundance darling handles its hypotheticals of race and power with an emotional density that translates generously from its stage source, care of the film's playwright (and co-writer) J.C. Lee. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/4 55% Ma (2019) Unfortunately, more often than not, Ma settles into its lack of a refined generic vision and stalls out just before it's able to hit most of its horror talking points squarely on the head. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
1/4 20% This Is North Preston (2019) Above all, the documentary feels more akin to a vanity project meant to market Just Chase, his work and his background, rather than a nuanced or empathetic look at a community on the margins. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 42% What Men Want (2019) The concept of a woman being a "winner" and of being the best version of herself because she has a better understanding of "what men want"? That ain't it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) It's as if the film has boiled down every post-2000s action thriller into its own particularly unseasoned, overcooked and tasteless dish. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
0.5/4 30% Venom (2018) A horribly scripted film so bad as to be enjoyable, but not bad enough to be good. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 26% Night School (2018) Haddish is given little to work with - a fact that is almost criminal considering how her rising star power over the past year is almost entirely indebted to her charisma and disarming slapstick style. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
93% Rafiki (2019) It is fitting then that, with Rafiki, the director has produced a wholly new vision of African filmmaking that is vibrant, compassionate, and joyous. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Mercy of the Jungle (2018) Rather than a distanced narrative eye, the director's balance of interiority and interconnected flows of external, political conflict is refreshing in its commitment to a world-based subjectivity. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The still space between the soul of Baldwin and the vision of Jenkins-that poetic space which was so lushly considered in Moonlight -is here apparent, but abridged... Though it must be said, such a space is neither easily nor often reached. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 67% Splinters (2018) Splinters is, for better or for worse, content to focus its sights within a small scope. And there's far too much guitar. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
89% Emu Runner (2018) Perhaps the film's greatest fault is that it takes more than it gives back, leaving one to wonder how Emu Runner would have fared under the direction of an Indigenous filmmaker. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1.5/4 27% Breaking In (2018) There is a familiarity to its characters and story, which doesn't do much at all in terms of reinventing the genre, but very much meets its own expectations. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2/4 90% Lean on Pete (2018) There is a disquieting sense that the director has fallen prey to the poetics of space at the expense of the lives within it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018