Courtney Small

Courtney Small
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 No Score Yet Respeto (2017) a captivating look at the bonds that bring people together, and the dangerous politics that rip communities apart.‐ In The Seats
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
B- 69% Nappily Ever After (2018) Lathan convincingly brings a lot of depth to a role that could have easily been one-note in another performer's hands.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
C 64% Aquaman (2018) a serviceable entry that is worth dipping one's toes back into the DC cinematic waters‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
60% Gridlocked (2015) It is happy to simply be a crowd-pleasing action thrill ride that is far more entertaining than it should probably be.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
D 28% Night School (2018) Unlike Hart's other high-concept comedies, there is simply not enough laughs or character development to give Night School a passing grade.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
C- 64% Vice (2018) Vice's ambition, much like Cheney himself, needed to be reined in.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
B 92% Bumblebee (2018) As he proved in his brilliant directorial debut Kubo and the Two Strings, Knight has an ability to capture the way young people process grief in an engaging way.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
C- 81% Green Book (2018) Green Book lulls audiences into feeling as if they are opening their minds to topic of inequality without having to confront the issue in any meaningful way.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
C- 79% Ben is Back (2018) Hedge's script never seems willing to fully immerse itself into the darkness. It is content with simply dipping its toes in at various points.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is a masterful film that will have you rethinking the definition of family.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B 84% Monsters and Men (2018) Frequently showing that not all is as it appears to be on the surface...Monsters and Men is an impressive debut feature. ‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A+ 86% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Helena Howard gives one of the most electrifying debut performances to hit the screen in decades. ‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B- 90% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Float Like a Butterfly may not carry the sting of a bee, but it is worth stepping in the ring with.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 81% Freaks (2018) The first half of Freaks is a tense and claustrophobic exercise in paranoia.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
C 50% Kingsway (2018) While an enjoyable film, Kingsway frequently travels down familiar paths.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
D 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy also misses the opportunity to expand on the roles of the women in David's life during this time. ‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A- 89% Rafiki (2018) Kahiu still manages to offer a colourful ray of hope that love will find a way to break through the darkness.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 68% Kursk (2018) Kursk is a captivating and heartbreaking look at how a government let its people down.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B- 90% Working Woman (2018) Forcing the viewer to confront the subtle and systemic nature of harassment, Working Woman is a necessary conversation starter.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A- 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give packs an emotional punch‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 100% Lionheart (2018) Amusing and uplifting, without ever being sentimental, Nnaji clearly has a bright future in the director's chair.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
C- 43% Where Hands Touch (2018) While not hitting the heights it could have, Where Hands Touch is a reminder that there are plenty of stories from this era that have yet to be told.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
D+ 75% Sew the Winter to My Skin (2018) While Qubeka's visual aesthetic is strong...Sew the Winter to my Skin never feels as impactful as the man whose myth it is telling.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a solid portrait of a talented writer who lost sight of herself in the words of others.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A+ 96% Roma (2018) A powerful piece of cinema.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B- 91% The Weekend (2018) Meghie constructs a sharp comedic portrait of a woman learning to take charge of her own destiny.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 59% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux will likely go down as one of the year's most invigorating and perplexing films.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 86% Non-Fiction (2019) Non-Fiction may not change one's views on whether technology is bringing society together or ripping it apart, but it does offer some charming food for thought.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
C 80% The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) Patiently bathing in the excess of high society, director Alejandra Márquez Abella's camera often makes the audience feel like the silent fifth member of Sofía's inner circle.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A- 90% A Star Is Born (2018) One cannot help but be swept up both by the romance and the amount of talent on display.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
F 20% Bigger (2018) the film follows the biopic formula so closely that it loses its identity in the process.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Demons in Paradise (2017) The film is a stark reminder that it will take many decades before the wounds, and ripple effect, of the civil war can be healed.‐ In The Seats
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B+ 93% Lifechanger (2018) A surprising aspect of the film is the way McConnell's script makes one care for both the creature and Julia.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B+ 61% The Oath (2018) The Oath is one of the year's comedic gems.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 79% Halloween (2018) Paying homage to Carpenter's classic, this new version of Halloween is an entertaining ride. ‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
D 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) the film itself is not much to sing about.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
A 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It offers a taut and thrilling mystery that you will be talking about for days.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 98% Science Fair (2018) a true crowd-pleaser‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
C 63% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King is the type of epic that entertains despite not quite being fit for a king.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 38% Farming (2018) Equally powerful and uncomfortable, Farming is a stark reminder of the dangerous lengths that self-loathing can lead to.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
A 100% Firecrackers (2018) An intense and powerful work ‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
C- 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) It is too dark for younger audiences and lacks the levity and character depth for older audiences.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
B 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman raises some interesting questions about the cost of denying one's heritage and whether it is possible to change a flawed system from the inside out.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
C- 92% Mirai (2018) Though Hosoda's heart is in the right place, the repetitive nature of Kun's journey makes Mirai tiresome instead of magical.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B 100% Dead Pigs (2018) Yan's characters, regardless of which side of the social hierarchy they fall on, are layered and feel like real people rather than caricatures.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
A 93% Transit (2019) Offering a unique perspective on the refugee experience, Petzold effectively puts us in the shoes of individuals who are often invisible in plain sight to most of society.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B No Score Yet Finding Big Country (2018) The Grizzlies may have been forgotten by their former city, but Jayme ensures that the gentle giant Reeves surely won't be.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B- 88% What They Had (2018) What They Had does not break new ground from a narrative standpoint, but its honesty makes the film immensely relatable‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Level 16 (2019) Level 16 is a compelling thriller that serves as a powerful metaphor for the unnatural standards society places on women‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse creates a world that truly feels as if you are in a living comic book. One where each panel is an exciting mixture of different techniques.‐ Cinema Axis
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018