View From The Dark

View From The Dark is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Carolyn Mauricette
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 The Planters (2019) Carolyn Mauricette The Planters sounds absurd and defies genre, but it's incredibly charming. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
3.5/5 12 Hour Shift (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Life in a small town can be mundane, and this caper spices up the overnight shift in a kooky way. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 The Antenna (2019) Carolyn Mauricette We must consider where the message is coming from and what it conveys in The Antenna. What Behram says is important and outshines the length of the film or any nitpicking. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 Books of Blood (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Books of Blood is pulpy fun, and the gore effects are perfect for a Friday night horror fest. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 Spontaneous (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Spontaneous lets us know that regardless of the side of the fence we're on, that mortal clock is ticking, and we need to make the best of our time here. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016) Carolyn Mauricette Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl is a slow-burn story, but it's worth the wait. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
2/5 Shortcut (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Shortcut has the makings of a really good horror adventure film, but it sadly becomes one of look and no substance. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/5 Night of the Kings (2020) Carolyn Mauricette I generally don't like prison films because they can be degrading and stereotypical, especially with BIPOC, but here, we have a society within a society that has created a system of mythology and ceremony to keep order. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 The Water Man (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Actor David Oyelowo's love for 80s cinema like The Goonies and representation inspired his choice for his feature directorial debut. In The Water Man, he takes us on a heartfelt journey with a boy, legend, and renewed faith in family. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Carolyn Mauricette With a tongue in cheek approach, Shadow in the Cloud takes on many faces in the hour and twenty-six minutes we spend with Maude and the crew. It's part radio play, part creature feature, part action film, and all feminist manifesto. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 Underplayed (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Directed by Stacey Lee, the in-depth Underplayed looks at how women have risen to take up space in the male-dominated music production world. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 Enemies of the State (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Questions and conspiracies arise from one young man's story of persecution in the intriguing documentary Enemies of the State. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
2.5/5 Concrete Cowboy (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Concrete Cowboy has the feel of a crunchier afterschool special, but there are some worthwhile emotional moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 Violation (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Violation is extreme because of the intense emotion that doesn't exactly assault you full-on. It's more of an insidious stain that grows on the fabric of gender and sexual politics. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 Akilla's Escape (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Officer and Brathwaite bring Black men and boys' trauma to light with skill and finesse to make Akilla's Escape a guaranteed classic in Canadian Black cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 The Way I See It (2020) Carolyn Mauricette If you've seen Dawn Porter's John Lewis documentary, you'll fall in love with this candid look behind the scenes with a former White House photographer in her new documentary The Way I See It. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 () Carolyn Mauricette When mental health, family bonds, and grief get side-swept with the supernatural, you get Bryan Bertino's The Dark and the Wicked. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
4/5 () Carolyn Mauricette This was a big step out of the formulaic ghost story, instead, giving us a fascinating and subversive film with a nightmarish situation. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/5 Detention (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Detention is a unique way of subverting strict laws and speaking out against injustice by blending historical facts with genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 The Columnist (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Van Aart brings us a snapshot of how awful and powerful this thing called social media can be. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 Lapsis (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Even though the film has a humorous and satirical edge, adding the unbeatable competition of automation gives a sobering look at what's around the corner for the working masses. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
3/5 Useless Humans (2020) Carolyn Mauricette You'll find an abundance of LOL silliness with Stephen Ohl's first feature, Useless Humans. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
5/5 Coded Bias (2020) Carolyn Mauricette Coded Bias shows us an intriguing and frightening path of systemic and racial/gender bias in an artificial device meant to be neutral. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2020
4/5 She Never Died (2019) Carolyn Mauricette She Never Died is brimming with female power. Cummings creates an environment where her cast makes the characters shine in this dangerous world. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
4/5 Fast Color (2018) Carolyn Mauricette Fast Color is a story from the heart. Each actor makes the characters their own, bringing dimension and emotion to every scene. We witness three black women harnessing their power as people and as supernatural beings. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/5 Code 8 (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Jeff Chan's futuristic CODE 8 hits hard with the struggle of fringe dwellers with supernatural powers in a harsh society. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
5/5 Atlantics (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Mati Diop's Atlantics (Atlantique) is a tale of loss, eternal love and a vibrant vision of modern African storytelling very much needed to expose filmgoers to new representations of genre film. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 Black and Blue (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Although some may find Black and Blue to be a touch melodramatic, you can't deny the social commentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 Sweetheart (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Watch this film. Tell your friends and spread the word about this great indie horror with a black female character done right. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 Empathy, Inc. (2018) Carolyn Mauricette Empathy, Inc. is a bleak sci-fi film noir that brings dangerous technology closer to our current time EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Seeds (2018) Carolyn Mauricette Urges and family ties create an unnerving experience in Owen Long's Seeds. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Carolyn Mauricette While he's been writing screenplays, Color Out of Space is the first film Stanley has directed since 2013, and guess what? It's fabulously strange, creepy and, yes, colorful for so many reasons. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Carolyn Mauricette I was not ready for Ready or Not, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. The film was all action, all suspense, gorier than you'd think, and a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Carolyn Mauricette It's possible to have a white director and a black cast using their own voices instead of a white writer assuming the actions of character of color. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3 Nightmare Cinema (2018) Carolyn Mauricette Definitely check out Nightmare Cinema. It's got schlock, scares and scads of fun for all the anthology enthusiasts out there. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3 Child's Play (2019) Carolyn Mauricette The Child's Play reboot is a fun update to the slasher doll who won't quit. See it for Hamill's doll gone mad performance, creepy janitors, nods to classic horror and a surprising comment on our obsession with artificial intelligence and consumerism. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5 Men in Black: International (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Take the kids to see Men In Black International for a bit of fun, but they haven't reinvented the galactic wheel with this one. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Carolyn Mauricette See Godzilla King of the Monsters for, well, the monsters. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
Ma (2019) Carolyn Mauricette If you're set on seeing Ma, go for Spencer's menacing performance and what I hope is her gateway in more starring roles in more genre films. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Carolyn Mauricette If you're thirsting for an Asian horror-inspired, stylized roller coaster ride with buckets of tension, look no further than Richard Shepard's The Perfection. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Carolyn Mauricette In John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Reeves transports us to perhaps the strongest film set in his assassin universe. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
See You Yesterday (2019) Carolyn Mauricette It gives us a wonderful black female character, the message of both despair and hope, and a story that could easily be continued as a popular Netflix series. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Carolyn Mauricette Horror Noire (as both a documentary and book) needs to be added to every film studies syllabus. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
The Tokoloshe (2018) Carolyn Mauricette I think a lot of movie-goers will resonate with the characters and themes of The Tokoloshe. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Hounds of Love (2016) Carolyn Mauricette Hounds of Love is not only a terrifying psychological thriller, but an in depth look at how women who step out of prescribed roles overcome criticism, sexism and brutality with inner strength. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
mother! (2017) Carolyn Mauricette There is so much to say about Mother! and so many layers to explore that I imagine theology, psychology, film and sociology PhD students will have at it for decades. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Personal Shopper (2016) Carolyn Mauricette Personal Shopper is an artistic take on a ghost story and focuses on one woman's uncertainty when mortality comes into question. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Ek Thi Daayan (2013) Carolyn Mauricette Ek Thi Dayaan is a supernatural crowd pleaser that bypasses the usual Bollywood melodramatic themes and gives you lots of witchy chills. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Get Out (2017) Carolyn Mauricette Jordan Peele succeeds in giving us a smart, well-written thriller/horror filled with a great balance of tongue-in-cheek humour and a viscerally intense uneasiness. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Carolyn Mauricette If you haven't seen Escape Room yet, don't miss out on it, not only because it's a perfect Saturday night at the movies, but also for some fun, sustained suspense, people of colour in solid roles... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019