A Reel of One's Own

A Reel of One's Own is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrea Thompson
Rating Title/Year Author
Miss Juneteenth (2020) Andrea Thompson In essence, "Miss Juneteenth" is an ode to black mothers in all their imperfect glory. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Ironbark (2020) Andrea Thompson Ironbark pulls no punches when it details just what they're up against, or the consequences if their activities are discovered. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
D Bad Hair (2020) Andrea Thompson The truly ironic twist is this puts black women in the same kind of sexist situation white women typically occupy in cinema... That could be a twisted kind of progress I suppose, but nothing resembling a real solution. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Advantageous (2015) Andrea Thompson The credit goes not only to director Jennifer Phang, but lead Jacqueline Kim, who also co-wrote the screenplay in addition to giving an incredible performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B+ Like a Boss (2020) Andrea Thompson Their opposition may be cartoonish, but it's representative of a more traditional approach that involves catering to male expectations and covering up everything they perceive as a flaw. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Andrea Thompson Watching the passionate 18th century French romance "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is an experience, and not just because it's such a beautifully told love story. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
C+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Andrea Thompson Throughout Star Wars:The Rise of Skywalker, you'll keep waiting for that moment. But that lump in your throat, that ache in your heart that could only result from such beloved fictions becoming something more real, it never comes. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C- Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Andrea Thompson Despite a few fun set pieces that come before, the action and fun arrive too late to make Jumanji: The Next Level anything other than another forgettable action comedy that's kinda short on conflict and laughs throughout its two hour runtime. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
A- Little Women (2019) Andrea Thompson May the cinematic gods forever bless writer-director Greta Gerwig, who grasps this dichotomy from the first, kicking off 2019's [Little Women] with a quote from [May] Alcott herself: "I've had lots of troubles, so I write jolly tales." EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Andrea Thompson Too bad Frozen 2 doesn't so much chart a new path as echo the one previously laid out. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
D The Mountain (2018) Andrea Thompson [The Mountain] doesn't allow its characters to make much of an impression. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
A+ Parasite (2019) Andrea Thompson Parasite conjures up images of a creature which takes from a victimized host without a thought of giving or the consequences thereof, but as Joon-ho Bong's latest bit of brilliance unfolds, it's unclear just whom is feeding on whom. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
A- The Lighthouse (2019) Andrea Thompson You'll never really figure out just what the hell is going on in The Lighthouse, but it's one of the few cases where a lot of confusion isn't too much of a bad thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Andrea Thompson Knives Out is enjoyable not just due to performance from the likes of Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, and Jamie Lee Curtis, but for the way others play against type. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
D The Nightingale (2018) Andrea Thompson Anytime Nightingale focuses on Clare's personal story, it's a tale that still resonates today to a despairing degree, but the wider world needs that the same respect, rather than being painted with the same blood-soaked brush. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
B+ Ready or Not (2019) Andrea Thompson Ready or Not will make you shed a tear for the company once known as Fox Searchlight. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
A- One Child Nation (2019) Andrea Thompson 85 minutes is a relatively short time to bring such a wide range of stories to light, but it can't be said that "One Child Nation" doesn't make the most out of what it chooses to focus on. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
A- () Andrea Thompson Such an environment is rarely depicted with any kind of nuance, but [Numa] Perrier disdains the hysterics and melodrama which so often accompany such depictions to deliver a deeply complex portrait of sex workers and the industry. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
C- Brian Banks (2018) Andrea Thompson Yes, Brian Banks suffered a terrible injustice... but it shouldn't have to come at the expense of so many other victims. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
B- Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Andrea Thompson The Pieces I Am does an excellent job of reminding us that before [Toni] Morrison, few, if any, novels discussed slavery from a female perspective, took Black girls seriously as characters, or focused so much on female friendships. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
D The Lion King (2019) Andrea Thompson Director Jon Favreau clearly knows how to put real soul into potentially soulless technological marvels, but even he can't inject some passion into a film that could never be anything but a lifeless husk. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ Midsommar (2019) Andrea Thompson What makes [Midsommar] so enjoyable is Ari Aster's awareness of just how much our most beloved fairy tales have in common with our darkest nightmares. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Andrea Thompson One thing that's kept the Toy Story franchise so solid after so many installments is its commitment to whatever emotional crisis its beloved gang of sentient toys is facing. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B+ Men in Black: International (2019) Andrea Thompson While Men In Black International hardly charts new ground, at least it forges enough of its own path to keep things fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
D Dark Phoenix (2019) Andrea Thompson In the end, Dark Phoenix gives women permission to be emotional, as long as their emotions are properly directed towards the family. Yay? EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
A- Rocketman (2019) Andrea Thompson [Taron] Egerton swirls in the beautiful rhythms of Rocketman, complementing its unapologetic embrace of everything that made Reggie Dwight become the beloved Elton John in the first place. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
B+ Ma (2019) Andrea Thompson Octavia Butler is gleefully selling the hell out of this. Black women rarely get substantial roles in horror, let alone the chance to lead them as a villain who is as sympathetic as she is terrifying. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
A+ Luce (2019) Andrea Thompson Octavia Spencer gives what might be the best performance of her career, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. embodies Luce as a young man who may be capable of great or terrible things. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
A- Monos (2019) Andrea Thompson Even if Monos refuses to tie up its own loose ends, the human nature it portrays is terrifyingly real, as everyone proves capable of dizzying levels of kindness, compassion, and most frightening of all, cruelty. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
B- Light From Light (2019) Andrea Thompson Everything may end, but at least Light From Light is able to embrace the value of connection in the meantime. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
B+ Booksmart (2019) Andrea Thompson I enjoyed so many things about "Booksmart." There was the fun script, the easy way it incorporated progressive values, the friendship it depicts, the skilled cast, which ensured all the jokes not only landed, but landed spectacularly. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
B+ Brightburn (2019) Andrea Thompson Elizabeth Banks gives an incredible standout performance as the cool artistic mom who must grapple with the son she's raised becoming more and more unrecognizable to her. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B- In Fabric (2018) Andrea Thompson In Fabric is very much a midnight movie, fully embracing its 70s aesthetic without bothering to explain any of the very weird shit that occurs. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
C+ Saint Frances (2019) Andrea Thompson [Kelly] O'Sullivan shows incredible promise in not only slowly building her characters, but humanizing them. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
B+ Greener Grass (2019) Andrea Thompson If you're a fan of midnight movies, you'll mostly enjoy the ride as a new female-centric cult classic is born before your eyes. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
D- The Perfection (2018) Andrea Thompson [Allison] Williams and [Logan] Browning are an incredible pair as they try to sell the hell out of this, but the material just isn't worth the effort. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
A- The Garden Left Behind (2019) Andrea Thompson Director and co-writer Flavio Alves manages to bring Tina to life in all her complexity and concerns. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
A- Avengers: Endgame (2019) Andrea Thompson The film may be slightly overstuffed, but the movie uses its epic runtime to keep its numerous characters not only busy, but done justice, occasionally even in ways that will surprise you. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
B+ Hotel Mumbai (2018) Andrea Thompson The real reason Hotel Mumbai feels different is that unlike other films where the horror takes place in foreign countries, Hotel Mumbai puts more effort into the people who actually reside in the country where the bloodshed takes place. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
C- Dumbo (2019) Andrea Thompson It's rather ironic that a film that's trying to criticize conformity would conform so strictly and safely to conventions. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
B+ The Mustang (2019) Andrea Thompson The fact that [Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's ] does get so much right and gets us to empathize with Roman in her feature debut is a mark of what will hopefully be a long career. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
A+ Well Groomed (2019) Andrea Thompson Well Groomed may be lighter fare, but unlike other docs that explored into similar worlds, Stern's directorial debut skips the condescension for a genuinely engaging experience that feels equal parts adorable, emotional, and even triumphant. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
D The Aftermath (2019) Andrea Thompson Many movies have not only done what The Aftermath is trying to do, but done it with a courage and conviction this one obviously lacks. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
B- Us (2019) Andrea Thompson Peele's miss is a lot more enjoyable than most hits, but Us still ends up being a concept in service of blood, not the other way around. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ Human Nature (2019) Andrea Thompson The topic is actually surprisingly dull as Human Nature insists on going into detail about how this process works, but things liven up considerably once it gets to all the implications. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
A- () Andrea Thompson In the hands of Josephine Mackerras and lead Emilie Piponnier, what could be soap opera melodrama or another hooker with a heart of gold story becomes a complex drama about a woman who refuses to remain victimized and takes her life into her own hands. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
D Five Feet Apart (2019) Andrea Thompson There are many baffling things about the new teen weepie Five Feet Apart, but the most mind-boggling is how little it resembles itself in its unintentionally hilarious third act, when it completely comes apart at the seams. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Andrea Thompson There's a tremendous amount of skill here, but how enjoyable it is depends at least partly on how willing you are to suspend your sense of artistic democracy, shall we say. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ Captain Marvel (2019) Andrea Thompson It's damn fun to see Larson as a hero coming into her own, complete with 90s staples that includes a great soundtrack and references to Blockbuster, but it's hard to get truly invested since we know so little about Carol. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ Greta (2018) Andrea Thompson The film really shines in this buildup, as we see the painful effects stalking can have on a victim. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019