Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex
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T-Meter Title | Year
C- 78% Undergods (2021) Undergods' is an interesting concept about capitalism, but that does not make for a good movie. - The Nerds of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
86% Bloodthirsty (2021) Bloodthirsty does well to build tension and mystery around exactly what Grey is turning into. Her transformation is gradual, well paced, and will leave you on the edge of your seat. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
C- 55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Billie Holiday is a mixed-at-best effort with a strong lead performance, but one that ultimately cannot honor the legendary song (or singer's life) it takes most of its emotional and spiritual cues from. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
C- 86% Come True (2021) Come True does a great job masquerading as something intelligent and it almost succeeds. - The Nerds of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
C+ 75% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Yeah, there are flaws and lots of them--but the film is still a wild ride worth taking. - www.valeriecomplex.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B- 87% Violation (2021) Violation makes the audience sit through every brutally uncomfortable minute right until the end. - www.valeriecomplex.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ 98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) The film succeeds in this measure by giving every single performer a distinct personality no matter the screen time. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
B- 74% The World to Come (2020) The shaky script is leveled out by the performances of its lead actresses, and Fastvold's intoxicating direction. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
B 85% Passing (2021) Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson complement one another by portraying characters who exist at opposite ends of the same spectrum. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
B 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Director Shaka King doesn't employ cheap camera tricks or choppy edits to explain how this all went down. He lets the rawness of the story speak for itself. - The Nerds of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B+ 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk will take you on a journey of visual ecstasy with narrative beats that create a solid adaptation of James Baldwin's emotional material. (pub date: Sept 2018) - The Nerds of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
B 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) If Robbie explores more films like this, she could have a legit future as an action superstar. (pub. date Feb 2020) - The Nerds of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
C+ 79% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) By the end of the movie, the revenge schtick sputters out, but nonetheless the film is still entertaining (pub. date: Sept 2020) - The Nerds of Color EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
D 45% The Little Things (2021) With Oscar winners like Washington, Malek, and Jared Leto, The Little Things shouldn't be this indolent and unimaginative--but alas, here we are... - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
100% Giving Voice (2020) This isn't a film about winners and losers. The coaches and judges instill in the contestants that trying your best is still a great achievement. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3.5/5 100% His House (2020) The third act stifles the narrative ever so slightly, which prevents this good movie from becoming a great one. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
B+ 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) The characters guide the story from one plot point to another. Each character is strong and plays an intricate part of the ensemble no matter how big or how minimal the role. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
1.5/5 29% Antebellum (2020) Not every horror film with a social message can be Get Out, and they shouldn't be striving to imitate that. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2020
3.5/5 97% La Llorona (2020) The cast has an unprecedented chemistry that is held together by actress Maria Mercedes Coroy and her incredible on screen presence. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
100% Coded Bias (2020) "Coded Bias" serves as both a wake-up call (to invasive practices the public doesn't yet realize are being implemented) and a call to action. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
96% I Carry You with Me (2021) The love story of Ivan and Gerardo is an important one, and by sharing it, Ewing brings attention to the challenges facing LGBTQ people in Mexico, encouraging empathy for those who feel compelled to flee to the U.S. in order to live openly. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
A- 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Miss Juneteenth is written with hope in mind, and the audience will root for Turquoise because she's not a tropey caricature that Hollywood likes to box Black actresses into. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Although the writing isn't always solid, Fennell's script is clear on where it stands and never waivers from it. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
62% Bad Hair (2020) Unfortunately Bad Hair never makes a clear stance on whether or not the movie is about how the achievement of those aesthetics divide the community, or if this is a fight against the status quo. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
69% Knives and Skin (2019) The positive qualities lie in the surrealistic film's bold cinematography, distinctive use of music, and diversity of cast, though that's not enough to redeem this tedious viewing experience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
97% 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 85% Just Mercy (2020) 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) (2020) 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 89% 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 50% 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 95% 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 81% 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 (2020) 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 89% 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 96% 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 58% 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 73% 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 93% 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 92% 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 90% 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 93% 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