Citizen Dame

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Lauren Humphries-Brooks This is a small film that deeply deserves an audience, as accomplished and thematically vibrant as any big budget horror you can find today, and far more conversant with the thin divide between spirituality and the supernatural than most. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
() Lauren Humphries-Brooks Nakata finds some tension and horror, but this latest film feels too much like a retread of Ringu and even, in places, Dark Water. Dare I say that the poor wraith deserved a little better than this? EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Kristen Lopez With hype so high the only way is down and Midsommar (that's mid-so-MAR) hits the wall with a fizzle, not a bang. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Decline of Western Civilization remains an essential documentary and one fantastically weird slice of life. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Kristen Lopez [Claire] McCarthey and screenwriter Semi Chellas go above and beyond, crafting a true feminist interpretation of Ophelia that provokes your thoughts. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Kristen Lopez This goes up there with the reboot of Poltergeist and Pet Sematary as features you won't remember were remade in a few years. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Late Night (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Late Night posits that inclusivity and diversity make the world, and comedy, a better, funnier place for everyone. The butt of the joke is not men, but patriarchy, and in mocking patriarchal norms it rejects any "us vs. them" mentality. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The film's tension stems not from whether or not Julia will ultimately believe the lies, but how she will manage to extricate herself from her situation. Far from a passive waif, she remains in control of herself throughout. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Craig's Wife (1936) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Harriet Craig is not formed by her past but by her culture, fulfilling the requisite role of the housewife to a degree that turns her into a monster of patriarchy's own making. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Premature (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Premature is an intense and lyrical film, as much in love with the images of Harlem as it is with the music that Isaiah produces and the poetry Ayanna writes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Farewell exhibits a well-balanced combination of humor and sorrow, of family gatherings with plenteous food, joy, and old animosities that ebb and flow and sometimes pass by the younger generation. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
The Vampire Lovers (1970) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Vampire Lovers has within it a sense of freedom and transgression in its frank depiction of female desire outside of male control. That the film finally reigns in that desire doesn't make it any the less potent. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Ladies in Black (2018) Kristen Lopez It's a film whose cast is utterly sweet and lovely to look at even if the movie feels incredibly thin. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Kristen Lopez Echo in the Canyon truly sings! EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Ask for Jane (2018) Kristen Lopez The story demands to be told and seen by the widest audiences possible. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Kristen Lopez Charlie Says is a difficult movie that strips away the Hollywood veneer to a well-worn true crime story. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
() Lauren Humphries-Brooks Much like its lead characters, American Woman is a fascinating, problematic, difficult-to-comprehend film. But when it works, it's something special. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
() Lauren Humphries-Brooks Martha: A Picture Story presents a multifaceted view of a woman who moves at the edges of society to find the beauty of humanity, in their art and in their daily lives. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks An essential documentary...[that] provides a catharsis for those who have been hurt, valuing them both for their strength in coming forward while acknowledging that they never should have had to be strong at all. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks It's almost fitting that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a strange, meandering film, unable to find focus or cohesion, and with an undercurrent of bitterness. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Kristen Lopez Lorraine Toussaint is the film's MVP, giving a bravura performance. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) Kristen Lopez The Boy Band Con is a strong crash course in learning about the boy band world, but it feels like much is left unspoken. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Kristen Lopez The Haunting of Sharon Tate is certainly never boring and is a cathartic tale of revenge that doesn't feel as exploitative as you feared it might. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Kristen Lopez Maras' unflinching portrait of a city under siege will leave you shaken. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Above all, Captain Marvel moves with a confidence that proclaims it has nothing to prove. The future of Marvel is female, and you can either accept that or get out of the way. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Time for Ilhan (2018) Kristen Lopez Norah Shapiro captures a slice of life that's as commanding as it is heartening. Time for Ilhan will restore your faith in the political system, small as it may be, and show you the revolution that's being started and continues today! EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Greta (2018) Kristen Lopez Greta is about 15 years too late to be progressive. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Jenna Dorsi [The film was] clearly made by people who love the genre. Its satire is self-aware but not mean-spirited. It doesn't ridicule its audience for wanting to watch rom-coms, it simply demonstrates how one can love something yet still recognizes its faults. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Da Sweet Blood of Jesus takes the basic plot of Ganja & Hess, its concerns about addiction, racial identity, and religiosity, and shifts the conversation to focus on the relationship between race, classism, and gender. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Blood Couple (1973) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Whether by accident or design, [Gunn's} creating a new kind of artistic expression out of imagery that had been used to titillate and exploit, a sort of pushback against the producers who wanted him to make a "black vampire movie." EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Kristen Lopez Anna and her friends come to understand the most frightening aspect of adulthood, realizing that friends and parents won't always be there to help you, and that the biggest fear is having to stand on your own two feet. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Kristen Lopez Horror Noire is essential viewing for any cinema fan. A documentary that isn't afraid to have the subjects praise, and just as often damn, the features that have inspired countless people to pursue horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Kristen Lopez It's a movie that revels in being standoffish while simultaneously using that as an excuse to all those who don't like it. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Hitler's Hollywood (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Hitler's Hollywood is an essential critical work, not least because it shows just how apparently safe propaganda appears. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Karen M. Peterson "On the Basis of Sex" is an essential film to cap off what has been a banner year for films by and about women. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks What this film is really about is trying to use cinema to approximate the experience of being Vincent Van Gogh. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Kristen Lopez Another great entry by the Coen brothers -Lauren Humphries-Brooks EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2018
Venom (2018) Kristen Lopez A waste of a perfectly good Tom Hardy. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks [The ending] was a very romanticized view of what a toxic relationship is, and I wasn't here for it. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Kristen Lopez Paul Feig is a modern-day George Cukor. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2018
The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Kristen Lopez At times the whole affair plays like the best film school EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018) Kristen Lopez We Have Always Lived in the Castle shows off Stacie Passon's directorial flair, and both Farmiga and Daddario are exemplary in roles that would be difficult to translate off the page. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Kristen Lopez The movie is akin to sitting down with your friends and having a great chat. I'd easily have watched a longer cut of this. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 The Disaster Artist (2017) Kimberly Pierce The Disaster Artist is a love letter to The Room. The painstaking recreations of certain shots are fascinating to watch. Be sure to stay through the credits. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Woman Walks Ahead (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Woman Walks Ahead doesn't accomplish all that it could, but it's far from a bad film, or even a mediocre one. It avoids over-romanticizing the American West, even as it trades on romance. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Egg (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks As a chamber piece brimming with vicious humor and barely contained fury, Egg is enduring, frightening, and deeply troubling. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Mary Shelley (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks This is a CW version of 19th Century Britain, more interested in mediocre aesthetics than in any real exploration of these characters or their age. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Disobedience (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks There are moments of exceptional beauty in this film, warmth and affection piercing through repression, love interacting with faith, the need to expand beyond the bounds of an orthodox world. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The question is not do we like the art, but whether or not that art should be censored and its creator fined and imprisoned for producing it. Can we excuse an attack on First Amendment rights because the art is personally repellant to us? EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
The Vanished (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The Vanished is a twisty South Korean psychological thriller, a clever amalgam of classical cinematic influences - especially Diabolique-filtered through a powerful narrative about the nature of perception and guilt. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018