Cinema Axis

Cinema Axis is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ashlee Blackwell, Carolyn Mauricette, Courtney Small
Rating Title/Year Author
Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013) Courtney Small Dripping with confidence and visual flare, Kitty Green's debut film Ukraine is Not a Brothel is as bold as its subject matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Courtney Small In emphasizing that there is no one size fits all pathway to achieving racial equality, One Night in Miami reminds viewers that everyone has an important role to play. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
A Promising Young Woman (2020) Courtney Small Promising Young Woman is one of the more astonishing debuts in recent memory, a film filled with confidence, style and a devilishly intoxicating edge. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Lupin III: The First (2019) Courtney Small Newcomers and hardcore fans alike will enjoy the mix of humor and adventure that fills every corner of the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
A+ Time (2020) Courtney Small An insightful and heartbreakingly beautiful testament to the unwavering power of love, Time is a necessary conversation starter. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
C Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Courtney Small Wonder Woman 1984 is a rather underwhelming affair. It loses sight of the woman behind the inspiring sense of wonder. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
A Soul (2020) Courtney Small Filled with the right amount of humour and heart, Soul makes one feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
C Safety (2020) Courtney Small Reinforcing the importance of family and community, Hudlin reminds us that sometimes it takes a village to help people through difficult periods in their lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Upside-Down Magic (2020) Courtney Small Its familiar tropes will keep the ten and under crowd occupied for a few hours. However, older audiences will struggle to find the magic in this formulaic tale. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
C Black Bear (2020) Courtney Small Plaza is such a revelation that one wishes that the rest of the film matched her ferocity. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
A Sound of Metal (2019) Courtney Small An engulfing sensory experience, Sound of Metal is an astonishing work that only gets richer on repeat viewings. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Carolyn Mauricette While there may be some rehashing of information, there is an overall intimate, in-depth reflection on the iconic film you can't find anywhere else. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
C Mulan (2020) Courtney Small Mulan is a film that entertains, but does not completely satisfy. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
A- The Kid Detective (2020) Courtney Small Using humour to ease one into a complex set of emotions, The Kid Detective is one of the year's hidden gems. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2020
4/5 Delirious (2006) Carolyn Mauricette DiCillo's extended cut of Delirious holds up a microscope to the celebrity circus that still carries on. He dissects egos as fragile as glass and the pettiness that comes with fame. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
Come Play (2020) Courtney Small Playing it too safe for adults and not creepy enough for teens, it is unclear who Come Play's intended audience is. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
B+ No Ordinary Man (2020) Courtney Small No Ordinary Man succeeds in re-establishing Tipton's legacy and the path he helped pave for future generations. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
C Eternal Beauty (2019) Courtney Small While Roberts constructs a film that overflows with style and creativity, the uneven tone keeps Eternal Beauty from reaching the ambitious heights it aims for. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
C The Last Shift (2020) Courtney Small The Last Shift raises some intriguing questions that are ripe for exploration. Unfortunately, Cohn's film does not dive as deep as the topics warrant. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
C The Way I See It (2020) Courtney Small The Way I See It is a celebration of a time when change in America, as captured by Souza's lens, was about lifting up a country rather than ripping it apart. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
A David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Courtney Small Utilizing Byrne's minimalist staging to maximum effect, Lee constructs a film that is as visually striking and infectious as the music itself. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
C- I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight (2020) Courtney Small Despite the uneven nature of the narrative, Garrity's film benefits from the solid performances of its two leads. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
B- Feels Good Man (2020) Courtney Small Feels Good Man is a cautionary tale of the dangers that come with online culture co-opting the narrative. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
The Columnist (2020) Courtney Small The Columnist is a sharp horror satire that satisfies on multiple levels. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
C- The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Courtney Small The Burnt Orange Heresy is so consumed with skewing the world of art that it gets lost in its own artistic ambitions. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
B Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Courtney Small Peninsula is not quite on par with Train to Busan, but it proves that this zombie filled franchise is far from dead. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
B Mr. Soul! (2018) Courtney Small Mr. SOUL! is an empowering reminder of just how much visionaries like Ellis Haizlip paved the way for generations of successful black artists. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
B Working Man (2019) Courtney Small Gerety and Brown's layered performances allows the film to evolve into something more nuanced. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
B The High Note (2020) Courtney Small The High Note sings a charming tune that, while familiar, will satisfy on a breezy summer night. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
C Irresistible (2020) Courtney Small Stewart's film takes a lot of big swings but does not always land its punches. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
A Da 5 Bloods (2020) Courtney Small A sprawling and mesmerizing work...Lee highlights how black bodies are often used to protect America despite not being treated as equals in the eyes of the country. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020
3.5/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Director Mirrah Foulkes takes the traditionally violent slapstick of the Punch and Judy puppet play and turns it on its head in a female-driven, darkly funny fable Judy & Punch. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Made in Bangladesh (2019) Courtney Small Made in Bangladesh finds urgency and compassion in its plea for basic human rights for all in the workplace. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Mayor (2020) Courtney Small Presenting a ground level view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mayor is an astounding and enthralling film. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Courtney Small Dripping in vibrant colours, everything from the lush art direction to elegant costume design pops off the screen. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
PACmen (2017) Courtney Small Regardless of one's political views, PACmen is essential viewing. It provides insight into a campaign truly out of touch with the people it claimed to be serving. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
B Spaceship Earth (2020) Courtney Small Spaceship Earth brings earnest humanity to its stranger-than-fiction story. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Sour Grapes (2016) Courtney Small Swirling with the rich colour of intrigue and displaying the strong legs of investigative journalism, Sour Grapes is a film that one savors. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
A The Assistant (2019) Courtney Small The Assistant is an intoxicating exploration of abuse of power and the systems that cultivate it. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
B She Never Died (2019) Courtney Small Just as she did with her previous film Darken, Cummings manages to take a high concept story and tell it in an accessible and entertaining way. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Tammy's Always Dying (2019) Courtney Small Huffman exquisitely captures the vice-like grip addiction can have over an individual. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Tigertail (2020) Courtney Small Alan Yang's Tigertail finds rich beauty in a sea of regret. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
C Trolls World Tour (2020) Courtney Small In a time when society longs for connection and any semblance of pre-pandemic life, Trolls World Tour offers a fitting blend of music, nostalgia and hope. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2020
Uncorked (2020) Courtney Small Like a fine glass of wine, Uncorked is a film that is worth savouring. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2020
James vs. His Future Self (2019) Courtney Small James vs. His Future Self is a fun romp worthy of your time. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
A- Extra Ordinary (2019) Courtney Small A hilarious romp from beginning to end, Extra Ordinary will delight those who love films such as Ghostbusters and Shaun of the Dead. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
The Jesus Rolls (2019) Courtney Small The Jesus Rolls travels down a bumpy road, using bland sex jokes as a bandage for every pothole it hits. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
C Seberg (2019) Courtney Small Kristen Stewart carries the film on her back with her sensational performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
Guns Akimbo (2019) Courtney Small Guns Akimbo takes aim at toxic online culture but ends up firing blanks. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
Evangeline (2013) Ashlee Blackwell It's wholly complex; all depressing, intriguing, carnal, seductive, and prompting. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020