The Cinema Soloist

The Cinema Soloist 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
Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston "A bright spot in perhaps the bleakest summer film season of all time, The Broken Hearts Gallery reminds us of the positive aspects of humanity, and how art can be a tool for individual and collective healing." EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
6/10 Mulan (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Mulan's cast is filled with action powerhouses, but it doesn't quite utilize them in the way they should be. Yifei Liu is given a great spotlight as a leading talent, but her fellow cast members aren't afforded the same, which is bittersweet EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
7/10 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Overall, if you're looking for a sweet escape, The Personal History of David Copperfield will take you on a well-deserved trip. Hell, it may even inspire you to write your own story. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
7.5/10 () Adriana Gomez-Weston An honest look at an ambitious woman's changing lifestyle, Luk Yee-sum isn't afraid to shine a light on the uglier aspects of motherhood, and other aspects of pregnancy such as a couple's sexual needs, and the father's household role. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
7/10 Black Is King (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Black Is King is no exception to Beyonce's artistic ingenuity. A combination of song, art, poetry, and style, Black is King is a lyrical odyssey that aims to empower today's young Black kings and queens. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
8.5 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The film shows that it's better to be authentic than to hide who you truly are. Yes, God, Yes encourages you to think for yourself and make your own decisions. Also, it's OK to rewind that one scene you like in that movie... EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
7/10 The Rental (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston With a refined taste in film and a highly critical lens on his own acting work, Franco's script is well-planned, and the supplemental elements are highly refined. He shows great promise as a director. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
7/10 Palm Springs (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Real love doesn't just accept the best parts of a person, but also the many imperfections. Palm Springs is a story for anyone who has been through the ugly side of love and who has emerged all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2020
8/10 The Beach House (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Beach House offers a fresh perspective with its natural portrayal of an "environmental apocalypse." With its four-person cast and simple location, Brown's writing about survival and human fragility take center stage. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
8.5/10 Hamilton (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The filmed production was intended to release theatrically in 2021, but Disney decided to take its shot by releasing over a year early, causing one of the buzziest releases of the year. Because of this move, the musical couldn't be more timely. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
7/10 Miss Juneteenth (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Even though catiness and competition erupt throughout Miss Juneteenth, it doesn't take away from the core message of the story. It's a celebration of Black excellence, but it's also a celebration of the freedom of authenticity. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
4.5/10 The Lovebirds (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston At times, it's hard to figure out exactly what's going on, as there's never enough time to take it all in or get to know the characters beyond a surface level. There's a lot of material that has more potential to be compelling here... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
4/10 Clementine (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston While Clementine isn't bad necessarily, it leaves a lot to be desired. There's a lot of room to "go there," but that never really happens. The film doesn't truly end, it simply just fizzles away. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
9/10 The Half of It (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Half of It doesn't depend on love, or its characters to save each other. It allows them to make decisions for themselves, and become whole instead of waiting on the other half. That in itself is a bold stroke if there ever was one. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
8.5/10 Ema (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Ema is more of an immersive experience than a story with a simple beginning, middle, and end. For some, it may seem like style over substance, but its focus is its eponoymous character's handling of grief. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
6/10 To the Stars (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston To the Stars is mainly a story about friendship, but at the same time, it shows that being able to live your truth isn't so black and white. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2020
6.5/10 Selah and the Spades (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Selah and the Spades is a standout in teen media due to its placement of a confident, cunning young Black woman as its lead. Selah is no angel, and pretty unlikeable at times. However, she demonstrates a complicated nature that needs to be seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
6.5/10 Tigertail (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Tigertail isn't perfect, but it has a lot of heart behind it. The story moves perhaps a bit too quickly, not allowing enough time to get to know Pin-Jui, or his past. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
5.5 The Other Lamb (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Other Lamb is simple yet effective, opting to keep its focus on Selah and her sisters. Emotionally heavy and often solemn, the film isn't an easy watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
6.5/10 Vivarium (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Vivarium is interesting enough to be refreshing in a time where we need more to watch if you don't mind being creeped out. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
6.5/10 Stargirl (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Stargirl tells you the importance of staying true to yourself, but it shies away from telling you the consequences if you don't. This is the biggest irony of all considering the source material. Despite its flaws, Stargirl is still a worthy watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
7.5/10 Swallow (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Despite the bizarre premise, Swallow is one of the most intriguing watches of 2020. It's worth a look. It may be an acquired tasted for some, but it will be a treat for others. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
6/10 The Photograph (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Sweet and sophisticated, The Photograph plays out like many romantic dramas do. The plot of the film is easy to follow, and predictable at times, but it's an enjoyable watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
7.5/10 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Birds of Prey emancipate itself from its predecessors, and exceeds them in every way. With a new director in Cathy Yan, and a new feminist vision, it makes a splash as a standalone film but gives hope for the future of DC and other comic book movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
6.5/10 Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston It's a film both kids and adults can enjoy. The film is a heart-warming, and welcome change from Disney's other fare. It marks the beginning of a revival of Disney's creative storytelling that will hopefully be here to stay in the long run. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Horse Girl (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston A victim of genetics, Sarah follows in her grandmother's footsteps. Horse Girl's message is slightly muddled, but it allows Sarah to be a flawed hero in her own story. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7.5/10 Black Bear (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston Black Bear is a thrilling, but claustrophobic and stressful experience. It dives into the recesses of the show business, and how far artists are willing to go for the sake of their craft. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
9/10 The Assistant (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston In conclusion, The Assistant isn't an easy watch, but it's a necessary one. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
9/10 Zola (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The best person suited to the task of directing #TheStory, Bravo maintains the authenticity of King's voice and adds a stylistic flair that's a match for King's larger than life tales. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
8.5/10 Summertime (2020) Adriana Gomez-Weston The most unique aspect of this is that the ownership of this film is shared, with little pieces of each writer infused into the story. While Estrada's distinct voice is present, he makes sure to elevate the voices of his many novice actors. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
7/10 Jezebel (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Jezebel doesn't treat sex work as a last resort. It treats it as a normal occupation, free of stigma and tragedy. In under 90 minutes, Perrier overturns negative tropes, and uses her personal story to overcome a collective shame that exists in sex work. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
6.5/10 Read It and Weep (2006) Adriana Gomez-Weston It's completely unrealistic and silly at times, but it's still fun. It stands as a reminder after all these years, all check your email attachments. You never know what you're sending out into the universe. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
6/10 The Cheetah Girls (2003) Adriana Gomez-Weston In the long run, the music is more memorable than the movie itself, but it's a pleasant reminder of a simpler past. I'll still bump "Girl Power" every now and then. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
5/10 Knives and Skin (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The plot is hard to describe, as it isn't always easy to follow. It intertwines a multitude of storylines, not all of which have to do with the titular Carolyn. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
8/10 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The Garden Left Behind is authentic, placing transgender talent in front of the camera. It's a step in the right direction, but at the same time, it tells us that there is still so much more to do. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
6.5/10 Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston The dating scene in Los Angeles can be hellish, but Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love takes kicks it up a notch. A stylish and intriguing debut, the film is a worthy watch as this holiday season takes off. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
9/10 Marriage Story (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Baumbach's latest feature, Marriage Story is perhaps his best work. Once again, Baumbach draws on the personal to create a poignant story that gets into the heart of why lovers go their separate ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
9.5/10 Parasite (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston What Parasite does best is highlight the symbiotic relationship between the rich and the poor. Joon-ho has constantly shown the contrast between the social classes in his work, but Parasite takes the commentary a step further. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
7/10 The Lighthouse (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Robert Eggers' film The Lighthouse is one of those projects that leaves you pondering if you're sick for liking it, but at the same time, you might feel bad if you don't. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
8.5/10 Ready or Not (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston To some, money is the root of all happiness, and simultaneously, the root of all evil. In a world overrun by the rich and powerful, "Ready or Not" serves up a slice of supernatural justice. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
6.5/10 Them That Follow (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Its core message is one that shows the audience what happens when you place faith above all else, especially the well-being of those in your community. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Adriana Gomez-Weston Midsommar dives headfirst into the psychological terrors of codependency and the fear of being alone. The film is not scary in the traditional sense, but it's frightening in the fact that it sheds a light on the darkness of the human mind. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
3.5/5 Adolescence (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston While the ending of Adolescence is no fairy tale, it's optimistic and sobering. It teaches us that you can turn your life back around, and that love is something that doesn't allow the other to suffer. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 High Life (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston The beauty of High Life is that it doesn't try to uncover the mysteries of the universe, but it does destigmatize the mysteries surrounding the human body. The existence of space is a miracle, but human life is something special to behold. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
() Adriana Gomez-Weston A story of friendship, betrayal, and the desire for popularity, A Million Hits is a cautionary tale for those who don't choose their friends wisely, and keep the cameras rolling during the wrong time. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
Elephants (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston Elephants is an authentic film that channels the emotions of pain, love, and nostalgia. Drawn from the experiences of the writers Alex Hanno and Luca Malacrino, Elephants is an honest look at what happens to young love when you grow older. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Disobedience (2017) Adriana Gomez-Weston Disobedience is not a flashy film by any means, but it makes up for it with pure, raw emotion. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Set It Up (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston Set It Up is one of Netflix's latest original films, and one of its best attempts. A tribute to the romantic comedies of yesteryear, Set it Up is filled with some modern twists, but it remains simple and sweet enough for a wide audience to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Storyteller (2017) Adriana Gomez-Weston In his first narrative feature, Emmy-nominated director Joe Crump shows that you can depict magic without the ostentatious use of special effects to tell a story. You can use the power of storytelling, music, as well as the right actors. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Adriana Gomez-Weston If Beale Street Could Talk is mostly comprised of pleasant memories between present instances of hardship. Between the experiences of a young couple in love, lies the tale of family coming together to beat the odds. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018