The Black Cape

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Writing with Fire (2021) Jonita Davis The film is about some of the most courageous women going up against the patriarchy to ensure that the voices of the least in their society is heard. If that don't inspire, then nothing will. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
4.5/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Jonita Davis What 'Judas and the Black Messiah' brings to this story is a closer look at William O'Neal, played by Lakeith Stanfield, from the moment he got set up with the FBI to the night of the murder. The film humanizes the man while offering us the truth. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Jonita Davis 'A Glitch in the Matrix' takes on the task of explaining "simulation theory", where it comes from, what it is, and how so many have used the theory to describe some pretty disturbing behavior. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
4.5/5 Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Jonita Davis Tan's family, like many other families of color held some pretty big secrets that, when uncovered, create a story that is much darker, yet much richer than she told in 'The Joy Luck Club'. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
5/5 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Jonita Davis It is her visual memoir, complete with photos, video of performances, and the colorful, engaging storytelling that we love from the actress. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
5/5 Ailey (2021) Jonita Davis 'Ailey' works to chronicle the rise off a legend while also documenting the hardships of performing in the US from the 1950s onward. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 Jungleland (2019) Jonita Davis 'Jungleland' isn't your ordinary story of siblings finding their way to one another. It's the tale of two roughnecks, hard-living brothers falling apart. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) Jonita Davis 'Let Him Go' is a story about motherhood and loss couched in a 60's slow-burn western. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 Fatman (2020) Jonita Davis 'Fatman' is a nontraditional holiday film that will appease those who always want to put Die Hard on the holiday watch list alongside the animated classics and vintage films. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 American Thief (2020) Jonita Davis For all audiences, 'American Thief' the film that will define an era. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 One Royal Holiday (2020) Jonita Davis These viewers will open the holiday season with 'One Royal Holiday' and an injection of "seasoning" to the films-diverse characters, erased tropes, and new narrative opportunities that Hallmark Christmas movie fans will enjoy. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 Bad Hair (2020) Jonita Davis 'Bad Hair' posits hair as this magical monster that will take over a Black woman's body and mind if it's not stopped. This whole film is a metaphor for the Black hair struggle and so are the characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
5/5 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Jonita Davis With Radha's humorous and relatable bars, 40 Year Old Version 'The Forty Year Old Version' becomes the film of the year for the (aging) awkward Black women like me. We still have dreams and now we just need the confidence to chase them. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
3/5 Faith Based (2020) Jonita Davis 'Faith Based' has an over-the-top, campy, docu-film feel that makes it a bit funnier than it probably should be. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
4/5 2 Hearts (2020) Jonita Davis The tropical views throughout 'Two Hearts' are a breathtaking respite from my COVID shut-in environment. It made the mushy, gushy romance just that much easier to lean into. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
3/5 Sno Babies (2020) Jonita Davis As Paolo Andino says in the film, the only way to combat the opioid epidemic is to face it, to talk about it. 'Sno Babies' operates as a vehicle for doing just that. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Jonita Davis Broken Hearts Gallery is proof that inclusion and diversity can be comedic, romantic, and also very entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
4.5 of 5 The Swerve (2018) Jonita Davis After watching 'The Swerve,' you will have a whole new reason to remember Azura Skye and by her real name, not the character she plays. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 The Paper Tigers (2021) Jonita Davis 'The Paper Tigers' begins like one of those "making up for lost time" films but you quickly find it turning into a very, very tardy coming of age story. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 Arkansas (2020) Jonita Davis Like most dark comedies in the same vein as Fargo, trouble in 'Arkansas' starts with one body and goes downhill until Frog himself has to step in to deal with things. And, no one wants that. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
2 of 5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Jonita Davis The nostalgia of the Bill and Ted series may save 'Bill and Ted Face the Music'. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 Monday (2020) Jonita Davis 'Monday' picks up at the place where most romances end, right after the moment that true love is confirmed, and the couple commits themselves to be together. Here, reality begins. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
4.5 of 5 Akilla's Escape (2020) Jonita Davis 'Akilla's Escape' is listed as a noir story of drug dealers and gangsters but it is actually a commentary on multigenerational violence and toxic masculinity. An education we all need. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 Penguin Bloom (2020) Jonita Davis 'Penguin Bloom', despite being a true story, closely treads the dangerous boundary between a feel-good drama and a corny Hallmark movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Jonita Davis In 'One Night in Miami', Regina King pulls these four great men off their pedestals and drops them into a night of reflection that is reminiscent of the 'Big Chill'. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
2 of 5 The New Mutants (2020) Jonita Davis In 2016, 'New Mutants' it would've been the film to see. It may have passed in January this year. Today, audiences are different, and most are better off waiting for streaming. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5 The Beach House (2019) Jonita Davis For new fans of horror, 'The Beach House' is a good introduction. The gore is minimal, the gross factor is low, and the jump scares are not too terrifying. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4.5 of 5 The Old Guard (2020) Jonita Davis 'Old Guard' offers up a fresh look at an action film where women are respected and the tropes that usually weigh them down are left behind. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
2.5 of 5 Mighty Oak (2020) Jonita Davis 'A Mighty Oak' is a light and entertaining family film that is mature enough for older kids. It will not bore the adults who are used to family content. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
4.5 of 5 The Infiltrators (2019) Jonita Davis There are real people involved and 'The Infiltrators' is a film that never lets that the viewers forget. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
4.5 of 5 Finding Yingying (2020) Jonita Davis 'Finding Yingying proves that centering the lives lost and the loved ones left behind can make for an intriguing a true-crime documentary. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
4.5 of 5 Trolls World Tour (2020) Jonita Davis 'Trolls World Tour' shows kids that coming together as a community does NOT mean making everyone look and act like alike. And, it's all done with colorful dance numbers and some great music. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
4.5 of 5 I'll Meet You There (2020) Jonita Davis 'I'll Meet You There' will take audiences to a place where everything is an identity attack, and there's no avoidance, quitting, or denial. It's all life. They aren't white enough for an escape. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/5 Revival! The Experience (2018) Jonita Davis Revival offers a mixed pot of the Black traditions--Easter stage plays, theater, and gospel music--to bring audiences a story that could finally replace Charlton Heston's Moses at the feature film to watch in the weeks leading up to Easter. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
4.5 of 5 The Invisible Man (2020) Jonita Davis The Invisible Man forces us to ask if we are so quick to type #believewomen, if held to those words in a real-life Cece v. Adrian situation? EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
4.5/5 Premature (2019) Jonita Davis In 'Premature', Green weaves the city, the summer atmosphere, and the urgency of young love into a story that will remind you of your first love. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 The Photograph (2020) Jonita Davis 'The Photograph' is unapologetic, unproblematic, and imperfect in all the ways that Black folk were often not allowed to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) Jonita Davis 'Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made' strikes the right family comedy blend of adventure, imagination, and an underlying dramatic thread that ties the whole thing together. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
4.5 of 5 Residue (2020) Jonita Davis 'Residue' channels Merawi Gerima's helplessness and frustration at his dying neighborhood and disappearing community into a format that can help other gentrification survivors do the same. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Jonita Davis 'The Killing of Two Lovers' is like Baumbach's 'A Marriage Story', but dipped in whiskey and dried to the tune of Miranda Lambert's song "Famous in a Small Town". EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
4.5 of 5 Zola (2020) Jonita Davis Zola is messy, and ratchet, and it will be hilarious to Black women who loved those 90s "hood-girl" movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/5 Like a Boss (2020) Jonita Davis While it's not an award-winning film, 'Like a Boss' is good entertainment for anyone looking for a funny movie that you don't have to think really hard about. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5 of 5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jonita Davis 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' made a lot of strange turns overlooked details in order to force this narrative to a predetermined ending EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
5/5 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Jonita Davis "The Garden Left Behind" is the cinematic embodiment of the protest slogan "Trans Rights are Human Rights". EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Jonita Davis 'Queen and Slim' tells how two good people have one bad date and end up legendary symbols for the rage urban Black America feels toward police brutality. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4.5 of 5 Atlantics (2019) Jonita Davis 'Atlantics' a haunting story that takes place on the other side of the globe and in a culture that the western world often ignores. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5 of 5 Burning Cane (2019) Jonita Davis 'Burning Cane' is a portrait of the overburdened church lady whose blind faith in her Bible and her men has failed her completely, as it is destined to do. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Jonita Davis 'Frozen 2' is one more Disney film this year that has taken on some huge social topics and masked them in a story that rivets audiences. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4.5 of 5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jonita Davis 'Ford v. Ferrari' is a thrilling look an automobile design and racing history. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jonita Davis The sequel to 'The Shining', 'Doctor Sleep', is a terrifying return to the realm of gifted kids and the predators who prey upon them. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019