Alternative Lens

Alternative Lens is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jennifer Heaton
Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Jennifer Heaton It embraces its female empowerment narrative without needing to belabour it, putting forward an entertaining story first and lacing in its timely subtext as a bonus. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
10/10 Roma (2018) Jennifer Heaton It's a piece of cinema that, whilst mostly grounded in the mundane, finds the grandeur and cinematic potential in every conceivable moment. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
9.5/10 Searching (2018) Jennifer Heaton Searching uses the [screenwatch] style as more than just a gimmick, telling a simple but gripping thriller mystery with nothing but webcams and Google searches. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 The Hate U Give (2018) Jennifer Heaton ...The Hate U Give skips the allegories and fights the real corruption in this hard-hitting but thoroughly digestible drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Jennifer Heaton A character-driven, non-linear multi-strand period neo-noir thriller with an all-star cast and a cavalcade of snappy duologues? It's practically a film buff's fantasy. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Jennifer Heaton Every chase, every fistfight, every daring stunt; all of them shot and directed to as near to perfection you can get. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Jennifer Heaton BlacKkKlansman is exactly the kind of movie we need in our racially-fraught climate. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Jennifer Heaton Can You Ever Forgive Me? balances comedy and crime expertly and McCarthy's pathetic yet relatable performance as Lee Israel is a career-best. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
9/10 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Jennifer Heaton Crazy Rich Asians is a classic romantic comedy done right... EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Jennifer Heaton Sorry to Bother You mixes biting socio-political satire and excellent performances from a varied cast with outlandish imagery and imaginative direction. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 The Favourite (2018) Jennifer Heaton Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz all deliver career-best performances in this quirky look back at the politics of yesteryear... EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 Isle of Dogs (2018) Jennifer Heaton Probably the most accessible film in [Wes] Anderson's catalogue to date... EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 A Star Is Born (2018) Jennifer Heaton A Star is Born will tug at the heartstrings of even those who have seen this story play out time and time again. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 Revenge (2017) Jennifer Heaton Coralie Fargeat ... directs with style and grit, painting a visceral picture that never shies away from being bloody or racy, but manages to avoid falling into exploitation. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 Leave No Trace (2018) Jennifer Heaton Leave No Trace is the perfect antidote for those wanting something other than multi-million dollar blockbusters and flashy awards bait. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jennifer Heaton If Beale Street Could Talk somehow manages to find beauty and heart in the unjust tragedy of two lovers kept apart by prejudice. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 The Night Comes for Us (2018) Jennifer Heaton [The Night Comes For Us] is one lovers of dark, bloody action extravaganzas should not miss out on. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 Boy Erased (2018) Jennifer Heaton [A] harrowing but necessary reflection of the bigotry still present in our society... EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
8.5/10 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Jennifer Heaton Luckily, even acknowledging that we've already seen the trick, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part still has plenty up its sleeve and delivers the laughs and heart in ample form. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
7.5/10 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Jennifer Heaton A gloriously entertaining, sincere and often bordering on brilliant mess that is probably going to flop financially but gain a devoted cult following in the process ... EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
8.5/10 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Jennifer Heaton How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is neither as surprising as the first or as gamechanging as the second, but it delivers where it counts. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/10 Glass (2019) Jennifer Heaton I wish Glass were either much better or much worse than it is. It is neither a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy, nor an entertainingly bad disaster. It's just kind of dull. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
6.5/10 Vice (2018) Jennifer Heaton I agree with McKay's take on Dick Cheney in principle, but as a movie Vice only barely passes muster because of the flaws in its execution. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
5.5/10 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jennifer Heaton ... 'Predictable and expected' are exactly the wrong words I should be using to describe a Mary Poppins film. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
8.5/10 Bumblebee (2018) Jennifer Heaton It does everything the Bay movies wouldn't, embracing what's made Transformers endure for three decades, and infusing it with a much-needed dose of heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
5/10 Mortal Engines (2018) Jennifer Heaton There's nothing in Mortal Engines that flat-out doesn't work, but not being bad doesn't equal being good. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
7.5/10 Aquaman (2018) Jennifer Heaton It avoids being sheepish about its more preposterous concepts, instead revelling in its comic book goofiness for a rollicking B movie adventure. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
10/10 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Jennifer Heaton It demonstrates an undeniable passion for Spider-Man, and it uses those building blocks to tell a story that reminds you why he's been a beloved character for over fifty years EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
8/10 Creed II (2018) Jennifer Heaton More than anything, it deserves kudos for managing to make Rocky IV relevant and impactful again, rather than just using it to take easy pot shots at Cold War jingoism. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
7/10 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Jennifer Heaton There are brilliant individual moments of inspiration here that surpass anything done in Wreck-It Ralph, but for the most part it's just a remastering of the first film. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/10 Robin Hood (2018) Jennifer Heaton It plays like a fan fiction written by an edgelord teen who's seen The Dark Knight too many times and who knows what Anonymous is but doesn't understand it. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/10 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Jennifer Heaton The Girl in the Spider's Web is like a passable but unremarkable episode of a TV show long past its prime. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/10 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Jennifer Heaton This movie is the cinematic equivalent to reading Rowling's tiresome retcon tweets: trite, laboured, unnecessary, and sometimes even offensive. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
9/10 Assassination Nation (2018) Jennifer Heaton If you want to see a troupe of badass intersectional feminists fight back against the toxicity of online culture, this is the movie you have been waiting for. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
7.5/10 American Made (2017) Jennifer Heaton Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman tell an interesting true story that plays like Goodfellas mixed with Top Gun ... EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
8.5/10 Logan Lucky (2017) Jennifer Heaton A witty script and fantastic performances, particularly from a nearly-unrecognisable Daniel Craig, make this more than just another crime caper. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
5.5/10 Death Note (2017) Jennifer Heaton Adam Wingard's stylish direction and the solid casting do make it more than watchable, but the story and pacing are hampered by an overstuffed plot ... EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
8/10 Detroit (2017) Jennifer Heaton The documentary-style cinematography really plants you in the drama, and the performances from Will Poulter and Algee Smith are spot-on. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
5/10 The Dark Tower (2017) Jennifer Heaton A mundane and trite action-fantasy film that ... ends up feeling more like yet another bad YA adaptation rather than a grand fantasy epic. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Jennifer Heaton Silly but harmless buddy action movie that wishes it was as witty as a Shane Black script. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
7.5/10 Annabelle: Creation (2017) Jennifer Heaton It fixes the problems of its predecessor without making the first film irrelevant ... EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
7.5/10 Atomic Blonde (2017) Jennifer Heaton Atomic Blonde is certainly more than just John Wick in high heels, but for what it adds in depth it loses in fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
7/10 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Jennifer Heaton This spiritual sequel to The Fifth Element may be bloated and highly unfocused, but it compensates for it with a relentless sense of imagination and childlike wonder. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
10/10 The Big Sick (2017) Jennifer Heaton It may seem like an incredibly simple romantic comedy on paper, but The Big Sick succeeds by avoiding all the usual rom com traps and hones in on the emotional content. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Jennifer Heaton The absent-minded plot and paper-thin themes do often make the film feel more like several episodes of a cartoon show stuck together rather than a feature film ... EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
8.5/10 Dunkirk (2017) Jennifer Heaton Dunkirk depicts World War II with barely an ounce of jingoism for maximum emotional effect. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
6.5/10 Cars 3 (2017) Jennifer Heaton The story and characters are fairly stock and predictable, but the new flairs it adds are much welcomed and give its final moments something approaching brilliant. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
8/10 It Comes at Night (2017) Jennifer Heaton It Comes at Night combines the post-apocalyptic interpersonal conflict of the late George Romero with haunting imagery and an unrelenting sense of fear. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
6/10 The House (2017) Jennifer Heaton [The House] has just about enough worthwhile gags to hold your attention. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/10 The Circle (2017) Jennifer Heaton The Circle posits an interesting and timely premise about identity and privacy in the social media age, but shows no real insight on the subject. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018