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
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 (2010) 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+ () 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+ () 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
A- Never Look Away (2018) Andrea Thompson The message of Never Look Away isn't exactly defeatist, and even more astoundingly, it never feels long even at three frigging hours. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- Little Monsters (2019) Andrea Thompson As their situation becomes more desperate, the film's saving grace becomes its humor, which shines in its quieter moments as well as the most dangerous ones. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
C+ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Andrea Thompson The ending is far more mature than kids' movies are typically allowed to be, but so much is left out beforehand that it can't help but feel like somewhat of an unnecessary sacrifice. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
B- Native Son (2019) Andrea Thompson It's understandable why the filmmakers wanted to avoid the worst of what we are capable... but it also makes the story become something far more common, and thus less than [Novelist Richard] Wright's vision. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) Andrea Thompson It's light fare without feeling dumbed down or pretentious. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- Among Wolves (2016) Andrea Thompson Even amidst the trauma the movie discusses from a quiet distance, Lija makes it clear that none of his humanitarian work is due to the war. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
B+ This Is Personal (2019) Andrea Thompson It's a whole lot of ground "This Is Personal" covers, and occasionally its ambitions exceed its many accomplishments. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Andrea Thompson "Extremely Wicked" may play on our common fascination with violence, especially when it's committed by a charming, attractive (male) sociopath. But the film mostly avoids becoming another clichéd horror story by a less than common perspective. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A+ Southside With You (2016) Andrea Thompson Much like the smooth-talking man who would become President, Southside makes balancing many expectations look easy. Topics such as race, class, and especially gender, are touched upon with amazing ease. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Don't Breathe (2016) Andrea Thompson It's been called Hitchcock on steroids, but Hitchcock was actually Hitchcock on steroids. His influence is clear, but "Don't Breathe" has no problem standing on its own. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- The Light Between Oceans (2016) Andrea Thompson Strip away all the marks of prestige, and it's about as deep and as realistic as a Lifetime movie, reduced to just another predictable homage to the power of forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- Life, Animated (2016) Andrea Thompson Some movies have an irresistible pull. "Life, Animated" certainly does, and not just because of its feel-good message. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- Under the Shadow (2016) Andrea Thompson [Babak Anvari] makes masterful use of a time and place that is a hotbed of extreme self-righteousness, where something as basic as a woman's education and choice of clothing are under the microscope. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Neither Heaven Nor Earth (2015) Andrea Thompson [Captain Antarès] Bonassieu may be a familiar hero, the kind of strong silent warrior who is nevertheless passionately devoted to his men, but his increasingly desperate attempts to find his absent comrades is genuinely heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- Christopher Darling (2015) Andrea Thompson The movie Christopher Darling, much like its eponymous protagonist, is lost in the usual sea of ennui that's even less sympathetic for its dullness. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- Milwaukee 53206 (2016) Andrea Thompson The personal stories are incredibly moving, as we see how being imprisoned affects a person's chances of being reintegrated into the community, but a bigger picture is needed. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019