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
6/10 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Jennifer Heaton It's a flawed but endearing film with a naïve energy and wry self-awareness, occasionally hitting sparks of genius in the midst of its humdrum narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
8.5/10 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jennifer Heaton Birds of Prey is a divine blend of superheroics and chaotic catharsis, perfectly embodying Harley's titular emancipation from not only The Joker but the past sins of the DCEU. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
6.5/10 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Jennifer Heaton People often defend Michael Bay movies by saying you need to turn off your brain to enjoy them. You can do that with Bad Boys for Life, but thankfully you don't have to. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
10/10 1917 (2019) Jennifer Heaton Sam Mendes. World War I. Roger Deakins. All in one shot. If you love cinema, you are already hooked, but 1917 is worthy of those selling points and then some. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
6/10 Bombshell (2019) Jennifer Heaton Jay Roach and Charles Randolph clearly have a handle on the political satire, but when it comes to discussing women's issues they both still have a lot to learn. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
9.5/10 Little Women (2019) Jennifer Heaton This is the kind of literary recontextualisation I absolutely love to see. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 Weathering With You (2019) Jennifer Heaton It may not be as emotionally resonating as Your Name, but this is a prescient and uplifting film about learning to find the silver lining in a bleak climate. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
6/10 Stuber (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...Ultimately held together by the fantastic chemistry between stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
9/10 Promare (2019) Jennifer Heaton If you are looking for a film unlike anything you've ever seen before, this is it. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
5/10 6 Underground (2019) Jennifer Heaton 6 Underground is Mountain Dew in cinema form, bursting with energy and ridiculous ideas that is occasionally entertaining but mostly just exhausting. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/10 The Hustle (2019) Jennifer Heaton Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson are clearly trying but completely flounder with a terrible screenplay that meanders from set piece to set piece... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
5.5/10 Black Christmas (2019) Jennifer Heaton We need more feminist genre cinema, but that doesn't mean we have to accept half-baked films like this. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 Honey Boy (2019) Jennifer Heaton If you still think [Shia LaBoeuf] is worthy of a punch line, give this a watch and have your perspective shifted. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
8/10 The Irishman (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...This is a gargantuan piece of cinema that would be a fitting conclusion to the master filmmaker's career if he was ready to stop here. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
7/10 Queen & Slim (2019) Jennifer Heaton Queen & Slim can be very simply described as Bonnie & Clyde for the Black Lives Matter generation, and the film is very aware of that comparison. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/10 Last Christmas (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's likely to become a Christmas classic, but for all the wrong reasons. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
5.5/10 The Addams Family (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...The film's simplistic and episodic plot put a major dampener on what could have been a welcome breath of fresh air for family animation. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
5/10 The Aeronauts (2019) Jennifer Heaton There's always a few Oscar bait movies that completely fail to get any notices every year, and this might as well be the poster child of that sub-genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
9/10 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Jennifer Heaton This slick and hilarious biopic of the infamous Rudy Ray Moore and the production of his underground hit Dolemite is the best film of its kind since Ed Wood... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 Judy (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...A sobering portrayal of a star on the decline and an insight into the toll sexism, sexual abuse and the celebrity machine can have on someone's mental health. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
8/10 Ready or Not (2019) Jennifer Heaton Be prepared to have a new favourite to add to your midnight movie collection. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
8/10 The Farewell (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...The Farewell is an equally hilarious and heartbreaking examination of grief, family and tradition. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
6.5/10 Crawl (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...The imagination of the film's set pieces are more than enough to make this a worthy piece of Friday night entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
5.5/10 Escape Room (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...It had enough interesting ideas and an underlying commentary on classism to help it stay afloat, but it was ultimately too forgettable to leave an impact. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
10/10 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jennifer Heaton It is an excellent ridiculing of both the depravity and the machismo of the Nazi Party, and ultimately is a feel-good triumph about love overcoming hatred. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
2.5/10 Cats (2019) Jennifer Heaton A cat introduces themselves, sings about their one thing, Macavity shows up to be evil, rise and repeat for nearly two hours. That...that's honestly all there is to say. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
5.5/10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jennifer Heaton It tries to be everything to every kind of Star Wars fan, hurriedly wrapping up the saga in a convenient bow, but it instead often comes off as trite and sycophantic. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
6/10 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jennifer Heaton Jumanji: The Next Level is the definition of disposable entertainment; fun while it lasts, but nothing you're particularly going to remember in a few days. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
6.5/10 Charlie's Angels (2019) Jennifer Heaton There's a great Charlie's Angels movie inside of this one, and its heart is certainly in the right place, but no film can coast on good intentions alone. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
10/10 Knives Out (2019) Jennifer Heaton This is a classic murder mystery caper with a facetious postmodern point of view; it looks and feels timeless and yet its voice is quintessentially 2019. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
8/10 Frozen II (2019) Jennifer Heaton Frozen II is an ambitious and challenging animated film that tries to evolve not only its own story but also the expectations for all of Disney animation. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
9.5/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's a captivating and perennial tale of stamina and standing your ground in a fast-paced world, bolstered by yet another career-best performance from Christian Bale. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
8/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jennifer Heaton Doctor Sleep dares to directly compare itself to The Shining and comes out unscathed as it aptly buries the hatchet between King and Kubrick. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
7.5/10 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's nothing fresh from a plot perspective, but in terms of character and theme it's the only film since Judgement Day that seems to understand the franchise's core appeal. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
7/10 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jennifer Heaton It absolutely has no right to be, but Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a solid Disney blockbuster and a massive improvement over its problematic predecessor. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
7/10 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's less a sequel and more a reunion tour, content to play the same hits for the most part, but when originality does strike it reminds you why people fell in love with the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/10 Gemini Man (2019) Jennifer Heaton Gemini Man is the exact kind of overcooked mess you'd expect from a project that's been in the kitchen for over twenty years. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/10 Joker (2019) Jennifer Heaton Joker is to Martin Scorsese what Battleship was to Michael Bay; an empty attempt at imitation that confuses aesthetics and homage for quality and flattery. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
9.5/10 Ad Astra (2019) Jennifer Heaton Ad Astra is a kind of movie you rarely see anymore, using blockbuster assets to tell an arthouse story, but it's a superb original blend that we need more of in our increasingly homogenous film landscape. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
9/10 Hustlers (2019) Jennifer Heaton Its sex-positive feminist perspective is a breath of fresh air amongst typically macho crime dramas, and shines a much-needed spotlight on an often-disparaged community. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
7/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jennifer Heaton It Chapter Two does an admirable job of elevating its subpar inspiration into something engaging, but it can't help but pale in comparison to its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/10 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Jennifer Heaton What you're left with is an egocentric and juvenile piece of revisionist fan fiction that is completely oblivious to its own contemplative possibilities. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
7/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jennifer Heaton The best Fast & Furious movies know they're stupid but try not to act like it. Hobbs & Shaw admits its stupidity early on, and your mileage with its tone may vary from there. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
5.5/10 The Lion King (2019) Jennifer Heaton 2019's The Lion King is basically just a feature-length tech demo that tells its story competently but without any of the magic traditional animation allows. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
8/10 Blinded by the Light (2019) Jennifer Heaton Its reflection upon Thatcher's Britain feels raw and more relevant than ever, and uses Springsteen's words to deftly dispute the conservative mindset of the era. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/10 Midsommar (2019) Jennifer Heaton All in all, Midsommar is less akin to the classic Wicker Man and more like the Nicolas Cage remake, and not just because both of them feature a bear costume. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
7/10 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Jennifer Heaton Parodies of the romantic comedy genre are nothing new, but Isn't It Romantic? does more than just point out the obvious clichés [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
7/10 The Wandering Earth (2019) Jennifer Heaton [...] It matches the insanity and spectacle of a good Roland Emmerich movie and is far more consistently imaginative with its bizarre premise. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
6.5/10 Ma (2019) Jennifer Heaton Octavia Spencer once again proves she's more versatile than most give her credit for in this unnerving and fiendish psychological horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
7/10 Knock Down the House (2019) Jennifer Heaton An inspiring portrait of how to fight back against an unfair political system [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019