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      The Cinema Soloist is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adriana Gomez-Weston.

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      Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Entirely shot in 16mm, Eyimofe provides an intimate look at a working class Nigeria, a country that is often not shown so authentically on screen to Western audiences.
      Posted Jul 29, 2021
      The Green Knight (2021) Adriana Gomez-Weston Birthed from the epic poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the film is a patient, visually pleasing heroic tale that blends Celtic mythology and Christian faith. It also provides a truly mythical, seductive spin on the familiar Camelot.
      Posted Jul 29, 2021
      Pig (2021) Adriana Gomez-Weston In one of his best performances in years, Nicolas Cage is compelling as the stoic Rob, who was a celebrated chef of yesteryear. Eager to leave his past in the past, Rob reemerges just to reclaim his pig, blazing through Portland with a fury.
      Posted Jul 16, 2021
      The Little Things (2021) Adriana Gomez-Weston Although The Little Things is well shot and well-acted, it isn't as amazing as it could be considering the caliber of talent involved.
      Posted Jan 27, 2021
      Malcolm & Marie (2021) Adriana Gomez-Weston Among Netflix's fare, its sure to have its viewers, but it may not have much appeal outside of the cinephile community that it's aiming for.
      Posted Jan 24, 2021
      The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston "A bright spot in perhaps the bleakest summer film season of all time, The Broken Hearts Gallery reminds us of the positive aspects of humanity, and how art can be a tool for individual and collective healing."
      Posted Sep 09, 2020
      Mulan (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Mulan's cast is filled with action powerhouses, but it doesn't quite utilize them in the way they should be. Yifei Liu is given a great spotlight as a leading talent, but her fellow cast members aren't afforded the same, which is bittersweet
      Posted Sep 03, 2020
      The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Overall, if you're looking for a sweet escape, The Personal History of David Copperfield will take you on a well-deserved trip. Hell, it may even inspire you to write your own story.
      Posted Aug 27, 2020
      Black Is King (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Black Is King is no exception to Beyonce's artistic ingenuity. A combination of song, art, poetry, and style, Black is King is a lyrical odyssey that aims to empower today's young Black kings and queens.
      Posted Aug 04, 2020
      Yes, God, Yes (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The film shows that it's better to be authentic than to hide who you truly are. Yes, God, Yes encourages you to think for yourself and make your own decisions. Also, it's OK to rewind that one scene you like in that movie...
      Posted Jul 25, 2020
      The Rental (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston With a refined taste in film and a highly critical lens on his own acting work, Franco's script is well-planned, and the supplemental elements are highly refined. He shows great promise as a director.
      Posted Jul 20, 2020
      Palm Springs (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Real love doesn't just accept the best parts of a person, but also the many imperfections. Palm Springs is a story for anyone who has been through the ugly side of love and who has emerged all the better for it.
      Posted Jul 12, 2020
      The Beach House (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Beach House offers a fresh perspective with its natural portrayal of an "environmental apocalypse." With its four-person cast and simple location, Brown's writing about survival and human fragility take center stage.
      Posted Jul 07, 2020
      Hamilton (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The filmed production was intended to release theatrically in 2021, but Disney decided to take its shot by releasing over a year early, causing one of the buzziest releases of the year. Because of this move, the musical couldn't be more timely.
      Posted Jul 06, 2020
      Miss Juneteenth (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Even though catiness and competition erupt throughout Miss Juneteenth, it doesn't take away from the core message of the story. It's a celebration of Black excellence, but it's also a celebration of the freedom of authenticity.
      Posted Jun 19, 2020
      The Lovebirds (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston At times, it's hard to figure out exactly what's going on, as there's never enough time to take it all in or get to know the characters beyond a surface level. There's a lot of material that has more potential to be compelling here...
      Posted May 23, 2020
      Clementine (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston While Clementine isn't bad necessarily, it leaves a lot to be desired. There's a lot of room to "go there," but that never really happens. The film doesn't truly end, it simply just fizzles away.
      Posted May 19, 2020
      The Half of It (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Half of It doesn't depend on love, or its characters to save each other. It allows them to make decisions for themselves, and become whole instead of waiting on the other half. That in itself is a bold stroke if there ever was one.
      Posted May 19, 2020
      Ema (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Ema is more of an immersive experience than a story with a simple beginning, middle, and end. For some, it may seem like style over substance, but its focus is its eponoymous character's handling of grief.
      Posted May 04, 2020
      To the Stars (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston To the Stars is mainly a story about friendship, but at the same time, it shows that being able to live your truth isn't so black and white.
      Posted Apr 28, 2020
      Selah and the Spades (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Selah and the Spades is a standout in teen media due to its placement of a confident, cunning young Black woman as its lead. Selah is no angel, and pretty unlikeable at times. However, she demonstrates a complicated nature that needs to be seen.
      Posted Apr 20, 2020
      Tigertail (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Tigertail isn't perfect, but it has a lot of heart behind it. The story moves perhaps a bit too quickly, not allowing enough time to get to know Pin-Jui, or his past.
      Posted Apr 15, 2020
      The Other Lamb (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Other Lamb is simple yet effective, opting to keep its focus on Selah and her sisters. Emotionally heavy and often solemn, the film isn't an easy watch.
      Posted Apr 04, 2020
      Vivarium (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Vivarium is interesting enough to be refreshing in a time where we need more to watch if you don't mind being creeped out.
      Posted Mar 28, 2020
      Stargirl (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Stargirl tells you the importance of staying true to yourself, but it shies away from telling you the consequences if you don't. This is the biggest irony of all considering the source material. Despite its flaws, Stargirl is still a worthy watch.
      Posted Mar 14, 2020
      Swallow (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Despite the bizarre premise, Swallow is one of the most intriguing watches of 2020. It's worth a look. It may be an acquired tasted for some, but it will be a treat for others.
      Posted Mar 06, 2020
      The Photograph (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Sweet and sophisticated, The Photograph plays out like many romantic dramas do. The plot of the film is easy to follow, and predictable at times, but it's an enjoyable watch.
      Posted Feb 20, 2020
      Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Birds of Prey emancipate itself from its predecessors, and exceeds them in every way. With a new director in Cathy Yan, and a new feminist vision, it makes a splash as a standalone film but gives hope for the future of DC and other comic book movies.
      Posted Feb 13, 2020
      Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston It's a film both kids and adults can enjoy. The film is a heart-warming, and welcome change from Disney's other fare. It marks the beginning of a revival of Disney's creative storytelling that will hopefully be here to stay in the long run.
      Posted Feb 07, 2020
      Horse Girl (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston A victim of genetics, Sarah follows in her grandmother's footsteps. Horse Girl's message is slightly muddled, but it allows Sarah to be a flawed hero in her own story.
      Posted Feb 06, 2020
      Black Bear (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Black Bear is a thrilling, but claustrophobic and stressful experience. It dives into the recesses of the show business, and how far artists are willing to go for the sake of their craft.
      Posted Feb 01, 2020
      The Assistant (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston In conclusion, The Assistant isn't an easy watch, but it's a necessary one.
      Posted Jan 27, 2020
      Zola (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The best person suited to the task of directing #TheStory, Bravo maintains the authenticity of King's voice and adds a stylistic flair that's a match for King's larger than life tales.
      Posted Jan 26, 2020
      Summertime (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The most unique aspect of this is that the ownership of this film is shared, with little pieces of each writer infused into the story. While Estrada's distinct voice is present, he makes sure to elevate the voices of his many novice actors.
      Posted Jan 25, 2020
      Jezebel (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Jezebel doesn't treat sex work as a last resort. It treats it as a normal occupation, free of stigma and tragedy. In under 90 minutes, Perrier overturns negative tropes, and uses her personal story to overcome a collective shame that exists in sex work.
      Posted Jan 22, 2020
      Read It and Weep (2006) Adriana Gomez-Weston It's completely unrealistic and silly at times, but it's still fun. It stands as a reminder after all these years, all check your email attachments. You never know what you're sending out into the universe.
      Posted Nov 26, 2019
      The Cheetah Girls (2003) Adriana Gomez-Weston In the long run, the music is more memorable than the movie itself, but it's a pleasant reminder of a simpler past. I'll still bump "Girl Power" every now and then.
      Posted Nov 25, 2019
      Knives and Skin (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The plot is hard to describe, as it isn't always easy to follow. It intertwines a multitude of storylines, not all of which have to do with the titular Carolyn.
      Posted Nov 20, 2019
      The Garden Left Behind (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Garden Left Behind is authentic, placing transgender talent in front of the camera. It's a step in the right direction, but at the same time, it tells us that there is still so much more to do.
      Posted Nov 20, 2019
      Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The dating scene in Los Angeles can be hellish, but Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love takes kicks it up a notch. A stylish and intriguing debut, the film is a worthy watch as this holiday season takes off.
      Posted Nov 11, 2019
      Marriage Story (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Baumbach's latest feature, Marriage Story is perhaps his best work. Once again, Baumbach draws on the personal to create a poignant story that gets into the heart of why lovers go their separate ways.
      Posted Oct 30, 2019
      Parasite (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston What Parasite does best is highlight the symbiotic relationship between the rich and the poor. Joon-ho has constantly shown the contrast between the social classes in his work, but Parasite takes the commentary a step further.
      Posted Sep 12, 2019
      The Lighthouse (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Robert Eggers' film The Lighthouse is one of those projects that leaves you pondering if you're sick for liking it, but at the same time, you might feel bad if you don't.
      Posted Sep 07, 2019
      Ready or Not (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston To some, money is the root of all happiness, and simultaneously, the root of all evil. In a world overrun by the rich and powerful, "Ready or Not" serves up a slice of supernatural justice.
      Posted Aug 21, 2019
      Them That Follow (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Its core message is one that shows the audience what happens when you place faith above all else, especially the well-being of those in your community.
      Posted Aug 16, 2019
      Midsommar (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Midsommar dives headfirst into the psychological terrors of codependency and the fear of being alone. The film is not scary in the traditional sense, but it's frightening in the fact that it sheds a light on the darkness of the human mind.
      Posted Jul 04, 2019
      Adolescence (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston While the ending of Adolescence is no fairy tale, it's optimistic and sobering. It teaches us that you can turn your life back around, and that love is something that doesn't allow the other to suffer.
      Posted Jun 28, 2019
      High Life (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston The beauty of High Life is that it doesn't try to uncover the mysteries of the universe, but it does destigmatize the mysteries surrounding the human body. The existence of space is a miracle, but human life is something special to behold.
      Posted Apr 28, 2019
      Elephants (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston Elephants is an authentic film that channels the emotions of pain, love, and nostalgia. Drawn from the experiences of the writers Alex Hanno and Luca Malacrino, Elephants is an honest look at what happens to young love when you grow older.
      Posted Feb 07, 2019
      Disobedience (2017) Adriana Gomez-Weston Disobedience is not a flashy film by any means, but it makes up for it with pure, raw emotion.
      Posted Dec 21, 2018
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