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
4/10 Coming 2 America (2021) Jennifer Heaton I can't call Coming 2 America a lazy or unnecessary sequel, but it is a fundamentally misguided one. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
8.5/10 Mank (2020) Jennifer Heaton Trust David Fincher to turn a movie about the creation of Citizen Kane into a film just as inventive, witty and culturally biting as the movie it is about. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...The performance here by the late Chadwick Boseman here is truly the film's shining achievement. Not just because it's his final role, but because it is easily his best. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/10 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Jennifer Heaton This new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic is yet another example of how a film can end up being so much less than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7.5/10 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Jennifer Heaton The lovable caveman family that is not The Flintstones returns in this breezy and imaginative animated adventure... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5.5/10 An American Pickle (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...It's easy to see why this one ended up being chucked onto HBO Max. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 Feels Good Man (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...A stark reminder of how easily media can be taken out of context and warped into something evil. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
9.5/10 Soul (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...Easily Pixar's most adult film to date, and one that is likely to make you ponder and even question your own life choices. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
6/10 Godmothered (2020) Jennifer Heaton Godmothered is the very definition of an inoffensive film, never particularly surprising or amazing you but delivering decent laughs and charm nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/10 Antebellum (2020) Jennifer Heaton Antebellum ends up feeling like the Green Book of horror movies, and in a year that brought racial inequality to the forefront, that makes it feel extra insulting. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 Trolls World Tour (2020) Jennifer Heaton It's still a film aimed at very young kids and can be annoyingly twee at times, but there's a sense of spectacle and cleverness here that was rarely present in its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
6/10 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...Sponge on the Run is a chuckle-worthy adventure that unfortunately falls short of its superior predecessors. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5.5/10 The Prom (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...This adaptation of the Broadway show is like a supermarket celebrating Pride with a rainbow cake or your straight work colleague throwing around drag slang they don't understand. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 The Boys in the Band (2020) Jennifer Heaton The language may be dated and the story a bit meandering, but this seminal piece of queer theatre has received a new cinematic adaptation worthy of its legacy. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Jennifer Heaton This psychological horror from Brandon Cronenberg (yes, son of David) is a gruesomely kaleidoscopic trip that explores identity, morality and empathy through a murky sci-fi lens. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8.5/10 Ammonite (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...Though its historical accuracy remains up for debate, its emotional resonance is far from questionable. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...Jingle Jangle is a bold and imaginative throwback to the classic Christmas tales of our childhood with a modern perspective... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 Happiest Season (2020) Jennifer Heaton Though Happiest Season isn't quite the gay Christmas classic all the Ls, Gs, Bs, Ts and beyond deserve, it's regardless a heart-warming and hilarious step in the right direction. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7.5/10 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Jennifer Heaton Though on a skeletal level a rehash of the first film, Legacy is at its best when it is exploring contemporary topics through the lens of its female power fantasy. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8.5/10 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...This belated follow-up to the infamous 2006 mockumentary is perhaps the first comedy sequel that arguably surpasses its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Jennifer Heaton Aaron Sorkin's sophomore effort as a director takes a humorous but honest look at one of America's most publicized trials... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
6/10 Hubie Halloween (2020) Jennifer Heaton Now this is a rare sight: a Happy Madison production that is not entirely terrible? EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 Vampires vs. The Bronx (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...Vampires vs. The Bronx is both an entertaining horror-comedy and a clever commentary on whitewashing and gentrification. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 Saint Maud (2019) Jennifer Heaton As a directorial debut from Rose Glass, this is a fantastic example of what low-budget British filmmaking can do when it plays outside the box... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/10 SCOOB! (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...A pretty forgettable animated flick that wouldn't be out of place with the dozens of straight-to-DVD Scooby movies pumped out every year. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
1.5/10 Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020) Jennifer Heaton The film's premise is basically a haphazard combo of The Princess Diaries and X-Men with half the charm and an eighth of the budget... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 Enola Holmes (2020) Jennifer Heaton Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill make great turns as Mycroft and Sherlock respectively, but the film's success lies entirely with [Millie Bobbie] Brown... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8.5/10 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...This is the kind of heart-warming fun we needed in 2020, and perfectly caps of a most excellent trilogy of adventures. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/10 Dolittle (2020) Jennifer Heaton The story is barely comprehensible, clearly patched together after extensive reshoots, and the final result is a bloated, expensive mess. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5.5/10 Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story (2020) Jennifer Heaton Pretending I'm a Superman ends up feeling like a few disposable DVD featurettes stapled together. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 The King of Staten Island (2020) Jennifer Heaton It ends up as a middling entry in Apatow's filmography, but is easily his most earnest. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
6.5/10 Project Power (2020) Jennifer Heaton The premise of a drug that gives you superpowers is absolute dynamite, and although Project Power does have some fun with the idea, it ultimately feels unfocused. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8.5/10 The Old Guard (2020) Jennifer Heaton Charlize Theron again shows herself to be a stellar action heroine, and the John Wick-meets-Highlander action is a lot of brutal genre movie fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
9.5/10 Hamilton (2020) Jennifer Heaton Even without the magic only a live performance can illicit, this is an astounding piece of theatrical art that is now more accessible than ever. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Jennifer Heaton This is an inherently stupid movie, but it's a Will Ferrell comedy about Eurovision, so you really shouldn't be too surprised. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8.5/10 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Jennifer Heaton Spike Lee hits it out of the park again with this time-hopping Vietnam War drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
10/10 Disclosure (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...A perfect encapsulation of every problem with representations of the marginalised in popular culture. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
6/10 The Lovebirds (2020) Jennifer Heaton The plot is scattered and unfortunately predictable, whilst the jokes often strain to hold the whole enterprise together. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/10 Bloodshot (2020) Jennifer Heaton Yet another attempt to start a new cinematic universe, this feels like a comic book movie from at least ten years ago, and even the stoic charisma of Vin Diesel can't save it. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
7/10 The Hunt (2020) Jennifer Heaton ...This politically-charged horror-thriller-satire is some solid B-movie fun, anchored by a brilliantly understated performance by Betty Gilpin. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 EMMA. (2020) Jennifer Heaton Considering this is a feature film debut from director Autumn de Wilde, it's a truly extraordinary bit of filmmaking on an aesthetic level. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Jennifer Heaton It successfully humanises Swift without trying to convince you she is "just like you", giving you a glimpse of the pressure and impact of fame on a celebrity's health and voice. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
6/10 The Gentlemen (2020) Jennifer Heaton Guy Ritchie returns to his British crime caper roots with this fun but disposable bit of malarky. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
8/10 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jennifer Heaton It's bigger, bolder and brighter than the first film, but it lacks the verisimilitude that made its predecessor transcend the genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
8/10 Mulan (2020) Jennifer Heaton It is a fantastic companion piece to the animated film, but also stands up as a great action movie on its own. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
6/10 The New Mutants (2020) Jennifer Heaton Compared to many of the big budget X-Men films with their bombastic scale and lack of respect for the source material, The New Mutants is competently made by comparison. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
7/10 Tenet (2020) Jennifer Heaton Tenet is a unique and often stunning film about the nature of time and fate, but it's ultimately a little too smart for its own good. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/10 Artemis Fowl (2020) Jennifer Heaton Artemis Fowl is perhaps the worst film of its kind since The Last Airbender; a rushed and incoherent insult to its source material that will anger fans and confuse newcomers. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
8/10 Bit (2019) Jennifer Heaton Bit couldn't have been made at a more perfect time and, whilst it has noticeable flaws, it is regardless a unique genre movie that deserves to become a cult classic. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
7.5/10 Onward (2020) Jennifer Heaton Onward is a solid return to original storytelling for Pixar, though it ultimately plays it a little too safe to be anything other than pretty damn good. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020