Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex
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T-Meter Title | Year
95% Promare (2019) "Promare" checks all the conventional anime boxes - post-apocalyptic setting, mecha suits and plenty of fan service - but it's still an exciting watch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/5 81% Just Mercy (2019) Just Mercy is a no-frills film that's not meant to entertain, but act as a wake-up call, and a call to action. - Pride.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) This movie is a full cinematic experience and deserves to be viewed on the big screen so an audience can immerse themselves in the sublime. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Reeves is committed to this role. He excels in this genre because of his willingness to push his body to the limit in the name of authenticity. - io9.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 96% Atlantics (2019) A rousing third act brings all the story elements together concisely, making the viewing experience extremely rewarding. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 60% Lux Æterna (2019) You have to laugh at the absurdity of it all. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 83% Port Authority (2019) This story and plot ring 100% false. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 96% Little Woods (2019) "Little Woods" is a neo-western film that serves as a full deconstruction of what ails the United States of America through the eyes of women. - HN Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 82% Fast Color (2019) At the core, this compelling cast of women holds the film together with their empathetic, earnest performances. - The Mary Sue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 100% Pahokee (2019) This isn't the perfect documentary... None of this should keep the audience from rooting for this remarkable group of young people who want to contribute to their community and the world. - The Mary Sue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 100% Jezebel (2019) There are no cheap movie tricks or special effects, just impressive cinematography and lighting to evoke sexual tension, and a solid story to carry the film from one plot beat to the next. - The Mary Sue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Molly and Amy's performances are what make Booksmart tick. There is no superficiality, as these two actresses are comfortable and feed off of one another's energy. - The Mary Sue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) Us isn't a film for everyone. It's disturbing, violent, and unapologetic -- a horror story where humanity is a real villain unto itself. - The Mary Sue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
C+ 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is a hallmark in cinematic filmmaking, and still worth a watch, but the narrative prevents it from living up to its full potential. - GeekTyrant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
C 56% Hotel Artemis (2018) Maybe there is potential for more from this universe in the future, but for now, this 3-star hotel is in need of a serious renovation. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
72% The Rachel Divide (2018) There is something sick, twisted and insulting about America's fixation with Rachel Dolezal and the way her lies have given her a platform, albeit a negative one, that most Black people don't have. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
D 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) A Blumhouse addition that's so boring it may induce bouts of narcolepsy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Lakeith Standfield has a prestigious and varied body of work that spans television and film. There is no role he can't tackle. - Odyssey EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2.5/5 72% Piercing (2019) While Nicolas Pesce aims to do something different with the story, he ends up leaving out all the elements that make Ryu Murakami's novel so revolutionary. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
2 92% And Breathe Normally (2018) The plot presents a set of circumstances that rely on dangerous tropes to further its narrative, and making it impossible for me to suspend disbelief. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
2 66% Lizzie (2018) If you want a film with intrigue, murder, and women in love, skip Lizzie and watch Park Chan Wook's "The Handmaiden." - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
2 91% Beast (2018) Beast is more difficult than it needs to be, and takes too long and gives too little. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) One of the strongest aspects of The Last Jedi is its writing. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, he shakes the foundations of The Force and puts everything we think we know to the test. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 92% Thelma (2017) If you've ever held something deep down that nearly ruined you, then you'll relate to Thelma's plight. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Frances Mcdormand delivers a brave, unapologetic performance that commands the screen. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3 stars 68% Wonderstruck (2017) All the pieces are in the right place-the marketing is brilliant, the cast is talented, and director Todd Haynes is a treasure. So how could something set up so perfectly be so tonally uneven? - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) The problem lies in the execution and artistic vision of the director, which makes this film nearly impossible to watch in one sitting. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
2.5/5 78% Cult of Chucky (2017) It's a gore fest that contains surprisingly suspenseful moments which bode well until the third act where things fall apart. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) While Baker's previous movie, Tangerine, is a milestone in LGBTQ filmmaking, The Florida Project doesn't ring as true to life. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
1.5 55% Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde) (2018) Madame Hyde has a simple premise that is complicated by pretentious storytelling and sold as high art. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
91% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip is the breakout comedy of 2017. Do not let the summer end without going to see this movie. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
96% Step (2017) Rest assured audience members will be thinking about Step long after it's over. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1.5/5 38% Kidnap (2017) For an entire 84 minutes, I sat in the theater wondering why she decided to participate in this. I guess if for nothing else, it was good to see the actress doing something. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
3.5/5 52% The Glass Castle (2017) The screenwriters approach Walls' life of family dysfunction and balance that with the power of forgiveness. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The multiverse King created looks good on paper, but I'm worried that's the only way it will remain enjoyable. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
C 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) There is no one more deserving than Charlize Theron to be crowned Hollywood's next action hero. The story needs work, though. - Hypable EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
3/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Each scene is shot with intensity and precision by cinematographer Ari Wegner, and the dynamic editing helps to build tension in this dank environment. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
C 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes is the most ambitious out of the three Apes prequels. Director Matt Reeves (who co-wrote the screenplay with Mark Bomback) has created a bleak saga that is as beautiful as it is dull. - Hypable EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
C- 79% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled has a strong story to tell. Unfortunately, it's too wrapped up in Sofia Coppola's naïveté and hubris to be anything more. - Odyssey EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
D- 16% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy is everything wrong with the current state of cinema. Hollywood is giving movie fans content they didn't ask for, and are expecting them to accept it with applause. - Hypable EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) What is scary is how seamlessly the film transitions between the racially charged tragedies of today and the tragedies of the civil rights movement. It paints a picture that race relations have not changed in since the 1960s. - Affinity Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
2/5 67% Life (2017) When compared to the cast of Alien, the ISS team isn't well-textured, developed, or likable. - Affinity Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
2/5 63% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The film could have been an excellent introduction to a relatively unknown historical figure, but it doesn't eloquently capture the essence of their real life struggle. - Affinity Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
3/5 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Sure, there's more blood, and guts, to appease fans, but at what cost? - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2.5/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell manages to capture the spirit of the source material with stunning visuals but the major problems lie in the tonality and pacing of the film from which are the film's demise. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/5 86% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) Shows like The Walking Dead reign over The Girl With All The Gifts because the breakdown of society, how people fully function within it is the core of the story. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) I asked myself, why nominate a film like My Life As A Zucchini for an Academy Award? After viewing the film, it is a step above the rest for me, as it's unafraid to tackle themes where the other films just scratch the surface. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The movie moves along pretty quickly because it isn't bogged down by pointless human side stories the audience won't care about. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
0.5/5 8% Rings (2017) The characters are grossly incompetent, in addition to being vapid, and devoid of common sense. They each deserved what they get because each death meant the film was closer to ending. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 78% Justice League Dark (2017) Justice League Dark characters are grounded, flawed, dysfunctional, and fun. They don't pretend to be altruistic or pretend to get along. However, they know when its time to get down to business. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017