Sesali Bowen

Sesali Bowen
Sesali Bowen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Refinery29
Publications: Refinery29

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% Overlord (2018) Even though Overlord's action isn't super scary, it takes the viewer on one hell of a ride. If it was a video game, I'd give it a try. Overlord is not this year's Get Out, but it'll do. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) It's wildly entertaining, and in a moment where Black Lives Matter has been occasionally overcooked in pop culture, the movie still feels timely and extremely relevant. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
49% Superfly (2018) Like a story from your drunk uncle, you strap in for a ride that is familiar, adventurous, and likely not headed to a conclusion that feels impactful. But dammit, it's a good time. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
84% First Match (2018) The movie's take on Black girl magic doesn't sparkle with glitter, but it honors our experiences nonetheless, daring you not to look away, even when you want to. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
19% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) [Tyler] Perry is up to his old (and profitable) tricks, and unfortunately, it's neither inspiring nor relatable. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
70% Roxanne Roxanne (2018) The film isn't just an account of one woman in hip-hop. It's about how the lived experiences of Black and brown people, including women, were always the heartbeat of rap. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) But it's Marina's resilience - the essence of her being that inspired the name of the film - in loving Orlando in both life and death is the most endearing and touching thing you'll see. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
22% Step Sisters (2018) There are other stories to tell about being Black on a PWI campus that don't involve racial injustice and trauma... Jamilah brought that narrative to life in Step Sisters, and honestly, that's good enough for me. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
91% Girls Trip (2017) It's a beautiful tribute to Black womanhood, friendship, and joy in a hilarious package. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) And despite how corny the execution was, the 2017 updates in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, were well-done. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
98% Get Out (2017) With his over-the-top plot, [Jordan] Peele takes several racial themes to the extreme in Get Out. But what stood out to me the most was his take on white women's role in racism. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
88% Burning Sands (2017) The film doesn't feel like an indictment of Black greek organizations, but rather, a call for reform. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
27% Unforgettable (2017) Unforgettable fell short in more ways than one - despite staring two amazing actresses as lead characters - because it failed to realize most people don't get to live in a vacuum where their identities don't affect their lives. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
100% Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn! (2017) [Sacha] Jenkins' project feels less like an opportunistic grab at a controversial topic, and more like a case study in the source of the waves that keep crashing over America. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
45% Everything, Everything (2017) The soundtrack is lit and the color schemes are really beautiful. It's also pretty cool to have a Black girl cast as the leading lady for a young adult motion picture not specifically marketed to Black people. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) The documentary, completely unmasks the pop star who has dominated her genre for the last decade. That person is no superhero. She is very much a mortal. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
37% Kidnap (2017) Black women are being called upon to be the savior in stories, and it's about time. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) Instead of prompting me to consider the divide between two groups of people - or even the prejudices of a few particularly sinister police officers - Detroit had me thinking a lot more about notions of institutional power itself. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) While Patti can certainly makes some words rhyme, she has no flow. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
100% Strong Island (2017) When we say Black lives matter, it is often with precision focus on someone who has lost their life. We don't often consider the crippling impact on the lives of the people who love them. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
96% Step (2017) It's the ease with which Step captures Black joy, even in the midst of such high levels of personal and communal stress, that makes it special. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
88% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) It's a familiar story about a 20-something millennial woman in New York who is angsty about her ex and the fact that her career isn't exactly where she wants it to be. But there were a few subtle nuances that made this film a game-changer - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
81% Kiki (2017) If for no other reason, you should see Kiki to understand the complexity of subcultures in America and how they are extracted from consistently. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
91% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) Good movies and TV series are able to capture the complexities of being marginalized in America. I think DALRAT did a great job. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017