CC2K

CC2K 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, Fiona Underhill, Kimberly Pierce, Kristen Lopez, Lauren Humphries-Brooks, Nguyen Le, Valerie Kalfrin
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Charlie Says (2018) Fiona Underhill Offers a different perspective on what has become a well-worn topic from a fascinating filmmaker. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Circus of Books (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Circus of Books is a complicated family portrait, illuminating its subjects with love and understanding but also with the mixed emotions to be expected from any family. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do (2009) Lauren Humphries-Brooks An at times tragic, at times uplifting, and very human story about the complex interplay between familial love, acceptance, and faith, and how those elements inform American families and American society at large EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
1.5/5 Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Fiona Underhill If you're going to write a film in which the audience is alone with the protagonist for the majority of the run-time, you have give us a reason to invest that time and unfortunately, it's just not here. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Flesh Out (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Flesh Out is strongest when it delves into the complexity of female relationships, weakest when it attempts to provide more narrative arc to a satisfying conclusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
American Factory (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks American Factory represents a powerful argument against the capitalist structure by presenting the essential, common humanity of the workers, Chinese and American, against those who would prefer that they simply work until they drop dead. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
3.5/5 If the Dancer Dances (2018) Fiona Underhill A rare privilege - to have this level of access to the creation of new work which is attempting to honor the legacy of such a legendary choreographer. An important document of an artistic process. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Valerie Kalfrin a flight worth taking that ends on a beautiful note EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Ekaj (2015) Adriana Gomez-Weston In her debut film Ekaj, Gonzalez was able to use her background to create a moving portrait of friendship, loss, and survival in New York City. While New York is often portrayed as a paradise for wayward dreams, the reality is often the opposite EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Female Human Animal (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston Female Human Animal is an intimate experience that follows its leading lady on her quest for fulfillment. Outside its documentary segments, Female Human Animal feels like dream. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston In his feature debut, director and long-time San Franciscan Joe Talbot and his friend Jimmie Fails have co-written a moving story of friendship, loss, and home in the Golden City. The film is based on the experiences of Fails (who plays himself). EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Paradise Hills taps into the imagination and proves that you can be the hero of your own story. A magical fairy tale, Paradise Hills embraces femininity and allows young women to be their own saviors at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Divine Love (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston In Gabriel Mascaro's latest feature Divine Love (Divino Amor), he finds a creative and engaging way to capture the essence of pure devotion on screen. Divine Love also creates a covenant between the ethereal and the erotic. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Adam (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Along with screenwriter and novel author Ariel Schrag, Ernst manages to create a balance between the raunchy and charming at the same time. It's a feel good film, but in the most unexpected way. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Native Son (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Brimming with a distinct, bold style, the imagery of Native Son wows. Every frame, every closeup shot pushes the narrative of the film's leads. The look and feel of Native Son flows like Richard Wright's words, and lingers in the mind. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Fiona Underhill A teen rom-com success for Netflix. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Fiona Underhill A delicious mouthful - if you enjoyed 'Their Finest', you will lap this up. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 Searching (2018) Fiona Underhill Searching for a smart take on the internet? Look no further. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 An L.A. Minute (2018) Fiona Underhill An outrageous modern morality play. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 Madeline's Madeline (2018) Fiona Underhill Helena Howard is a sensational find. Decker is one-to-watch for the future. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) Fiona Underhill A fresh and original take on a LA love story. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Fiona Underhill A fascinating exploration, but not of the man himself. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
3.5/5 Summer '03 (2018) Fiona Underhill A welcome addition to films exploring complex teen girl protagonists. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 Bel Canto (2018) Fiona Underhill A well-acted, involving story. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 Little Woods (2018) Fiona Underhill It is the performances which really make Little Woods work, particularly Tessa Thompson's. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Adult Life Skills (2016) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The film takes on a sometimes clichéd narrative with refreshing frankness, producing a minor but charming comedy that deals with the problems of grief and finally growing up. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
In Reality (1970) Adriana Gomez-Weston Nursing a broken heart from an unrequited romance, Ann Lupo channeled her emotions into a film which inspires the imagination and warms the heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
B+ Creed II (2018) Valerie Kalfrin the film explores well enough how much of the past shapes who we become, and with Jordan, Thompson, and Stallone, it creates an endearing onscreen family. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
B+ A Star Is Born (2018) Valerie Kalfrin "The third remake of this decades-old Hollywood tale has a lot on its mind about art and fame in the modern age. Yet it also crafts an old-fashioned, touchingly tragic love story." EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Fiona Underhill A well-directed, risk-taking, unusual period film which makes some bold choices and mostly pulls them off. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Fiona Underhill If you were not already full of respect and admiration for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this film will make you truly appreciate her. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
9/10 Assassination Nation (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston In his latest film Assassination Nation, director and writer Sam Levinson taps into the nightmares of the Instagram and Snapchat generation. As the film opens, audiences are greeted with a trigger warning, which prefaces an hour and a half of pure chaos. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Under the Silver Lake (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston This film could be best described as beautifully bizarre, a flavor of film for viewers with a very specific taste. Under the Silver Lake is a trippy experience through a mystical Los Angeles that I wish existed...minus the murder. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
The Mercy (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Mercy is a limited pleasure, unfortunately, given the cast, the subject, and the director. It's trying to be three different films in three different genres, all of them attempting to follow the same narrative at the same time. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Whatever you may feel about Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria - whether you love it or hate it, find bits of it dull and other bits illuminating - you really have never seen anything like it. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Roma (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Roma is about memory, not fragmented and venerated, but realized with all its imperfections. As well as being an essential viewing experience, this is probably Cuarón's greatest film to date. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks There is undoubted power and entertainment in these stories, a harkening back to the quintessential American genre that manages to also play with and undercut its own myth-making power. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
1.5/5 Venom (2018) Kimberly Pierce Parts of this movie should appeal to Venom fans, but it's difficult to argue this as a solid feature. Unless you're dying to see this, skip it until its available to stream. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
A- BlacKkKlansman (2018) Nguyen Le While BlacKkKlansman may unfold as a triptych of rage, fun and pride, what it is is a call to fly at full-staff the willingness to preserve good. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D Kin (2018) Nguyen Le Kin lays out a lot of half-baked baggage and outright fog instead of the promised artful understatement. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D- The Nun (2018) Nguyen Le The deeper The Nun proceeds to its plotted heart of evil the less it conducts itself as a genre entry. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Colette (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Colette is ultimately a mixed bag, a film that needs a cohesive narrative arc and a deeper engagement with the concepts it introduces but fails to entirely tease out. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Love, Gilda (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Love, Gilda is a wonderfully intimate and generous film, a love letter to a woman whose persona and comedy made the world a little lighter. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Wildlife (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Based on the novel by Richard Ford, the film is an ambitious project for Dano and co-screenwriter Zoe Kazan, as they attempt to craft a quiet and intense chamber drama about a family eking out an existence in 1960s Montana. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks "We don't talk about the film," says Huston, biting on a ubiquitous cigar. Maybe The Other Side of the Wind is the film that we never should have talked about. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Cold War (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Cold War is an imperfect work, evoking a sublime beauty despite its clichés, and cliched despite its sublime beauty. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/5 The Happy Prince (2018) Kristen Lopez Everett is a massive Wilde fan, and knowing his appreciation for the material makes up for its deficiencies in style. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks An adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins creates a film that mimics Baldwin's prose in its imagery and cadence without sacrificing one iota of cinematic meaning. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Favourite is Lanthimos's most accessible film, shaped by aesthetics but driven by plot and character. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/5 Operation Finale (2018) Kristen Lopez Operation Finale is a film perfectly suited for the beginning of September. It'll keep you engaged in the moment, yet will disappear completely by the time the real awards contenders pop up in a few weeks. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018