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      Aja Romano

      Aja Romano's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Daily Dot Vox

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      Thanksgiving (2023) You can’t have well-done social satire without follow-through, and Roth ultimately isn’t aiming his darts where he should be. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2023
      Hidden Blade (2023) As much as Tony Leung was made for subtle but heady roles like this, Hidden Blade belongs to Wang Yibo, and so does this review. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2023
      Purple Hearts (2022) The entire script is a bingo card full of politicized stereotypes. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2022
      Ricky Gervais: SuperNature (2022) If trans people are to be thrown to the wolves of comedy, one would hope the wolves would at least be funnier. - Vox
      Read More | Posted May 26, 2022
      Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (2022) Carmichael’s approach to his coming-out is to turn his comedy stage into a place of healing and acceptance, in which the audience becomes his confessors. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Apr 08, 2022
      Saint Maud (2019) St. Maud marks a stunning feature film debut for writer-director Rose Glass. Understated yet opulent, measured, and intensely creepy, it's a tour de force in balancing uncomfortable levels of tension and suspense with deep pathos. - Vox
      Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
      Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya herself is a wonderful protagonist, easily one of my favorite Disney princesses by a mile... By the time I was near the end, however, the film's innumerable borrowed tropes really began to get to me. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Mar 06, 2021
      Earwig and the Witch (2020) Earwig's themes are so disjointed that it's not quite clear what the takeaway is. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Feb 04, 2021
      Housebound (2014) Housebound is writer-director Gerard Johnstone's only feature film, but its unique tone has the confidence of an established, more experienced screenwriter - Vox
      Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
      Death to 2020 (2020) Death to 2020 is ultimately just more of the same painfully humorless noise that's made up most of the year. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
      The Prom (2020) The jokes land, the cast is superb, the score is still charming, and fans of the show will have little to complain about. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
      American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) Crucially, the documentary doesn't concern itself with digging deeper into Chris Watts's persona, with mythologizing him or probing for underlying motives in his behavior. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 07, 2020
      Dave Chappelle: 8:46 (2020) Even unrefined and exhausted - or perhaps because it is both of those things - Chappelle's perspective on being black in America is still searing, powerful, and worth hearing. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
      It: Chapter Two (2019) While Chapter Two works perfectly fine as a complement to Chapter One, it still falls short in that the closer our heroes come to triumphing over "It," the further they get from a satisfying conclusion. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Sep 06, 2019
      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Given that I was mainly expecting monsters with a side of more monsters, I can't complain too much. I got what I came for, and this is certainly not the first horror film to serve a sloppy social allegory along with its chills. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Aug 09, 2019
      Child's Play (2019) It's silly, even nigh nonsensical, full of flat stock characters, plot non sequiturs, and a hand-wave-y take on technological dystopia that never manages to get above eye roll levels of sincerity. But it's also fun and funny. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
      The Perfection (2018) In essence, the movie looks like it should be a slick, thrilling emotional arc that speaks to women. But beneath the surface, it's something more regressive. - Vox
      Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
      Aladdin (2019) The terrible musical sequences, the lackluster CGI, and the strange creative and emotional restraint that permeates the film frequently flatten Disney's original Aladdin into a cardboard version of itself. - Vox
      Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
      Rent Live (2019) But to make all of this even weirder, there was a live performance of Rent happening onstage - and it was awesome! - Vox
      Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
      The Conformist (1970) It's easy to overlook how stark The Conformist's political and allegorical message is because it's just so damn beautiful. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Dec 03, 2018
      Tomorrow May Never Come (2003) KHNH drips with color and cheer. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
      Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is a movie that consciously tries to position a gay man at its center while strategically disengaging with the "gay" part as much as it can... - Vox
      Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
      Cam (2018) Ultimately as cheeky as it is scary, Cam is a seduction disguised as a sermon, and it's all the better for it. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
      Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Stay away unless you like kitschy early internet nostalgia and lots of blurry found-footage trickery. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) H20 is far more character-driven than any of its predecessors. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      Halloween (2007) Because it's still about Michael Myers, it all feels epic and larger than life in a way few of those other films do. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      Halloween II (2009) Extends this interest in psychology to Laurie Strode (played this time by Scout Taylor-Compton), plumbing the emotional and psychological connection between her and Michael. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      Halloween II (1981) As films go, however, Halloween 2 isn't very good. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) This movie is a dirty trick on all Halloween fans. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) I need to state for the record that Donald Pleasence is a truly great actor... But he also loved to chew the scenery, and the middle period of the Halloween franchise gave him plenty to sink his teeth into. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      Halloween (1978) Still creepy as hell. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
      The Little Stranger (2018) A deft exploration of controlling and entitled masculinity. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Sep 06, 2018
      Searching (2018) Searching is also a powerful conversation starter. It's worth watching just for the questions it raises about who we are in a digital world, and how real our virtual connections really are. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
      Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) It's a powerful rejection of comedy itself. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Jul 05, 2018
      The Carmilla Movie (2017) As someone who wants queer narratives to feature happy romantic relationships and be charming and have serious characterizations with meaningfully substantive development and plots, I can't help but find it disappointing. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
      Gerald's Game (2017) One of the best things about this movie is its smallness - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 03, 2017
      It (2017) Yet for all its dark social relevance, It is also moving, emotional, and even optimistic. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Sep 06, 2017
      The Dark Tower (2017) Arcel's film is fun, loving, scary, and often as genuinely compelling as it is wildly misguided. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Aug 03, 2017
      It Comes at Night (2017) Harrowing, visually striking, and almost too on the nose for the current sociopolitical moment, It Comes at Night is one of the best films of the year. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Jun 08, 2017
      Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) The film's interweaving of past and present creates a visually unsettling tapestry of disbelief. - Vox
      Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
      Rings (2017) In conceptualizing how it feels to be inescapably pursued by something that's embedded in your culture, 2015's It Follows is a much better sequel to The Ring. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Feb 07, 2017
      Beware the Slenderman (2016) Beware the Slenderman... goes deeper than a typical true crime doc in fascinating ways. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
      Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) [It's] a largely silly, disjointed construction of run-of-the-mill scares and awkward priest jokes, but at least director Mike Flanagan gives it his best shot, which is more than we can say of his predecessor. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
      Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Like the original Mad Max trilogy, Miller's dystopia is drenched in political commentary, but while the film's feminism has recently taken center stage, its environmentalism is far more strident. - The Daily Dot
      Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
      Earth to Echo (2014) Earth to Echo will appeal to the nostalgia of older kids who appreciate a good coming-of-age romp, parents looking for movies that eschew most of the usual stereotypes of teens on film, and the average YouTuber and tween. - The Daily Dot
      Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
      Blair Witch (2016) A movie that contributes nothing new to either the Blair Witch mythos or the vast landscape of found-footage horror. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
      Don't Breathe (2016) [A] taut, appropriately breath-stealing new movie that galvanizes the tired home invasion subgenre of horror the way films like The Witch and It Follows have done for the coven and slasher subgenres. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Sep 06, 2016
      Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The stellar achievement of Kubo is the animation itself. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
      The Purge: Election Year (2016) The Purge takes far too much glee in presenting its violence like a beautiful fever dream, undermining and muddling its solemn political messages at every possible turn. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Aug 08, 2016
      The Wailing (2016) The Wailing succeeds at combining a mood of deep unease with visceral gore, buddy cop comedy, and a hallucinogenic mix of horror tropes - a recipe that yields, among other things, an atypical exorcism helmed by an intense Korean shaman. - Vox
      Read More | Posted Aug 08, 2016
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