Roxana Hadadi


Roxana Hadadi
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) For a film that is meant to be about a female character growing into herself, Alita: Battle Angel consistently denies her agency, resorting to men to shape her narrative. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
20% Berlin, I Love You (2019) If the 'Cities of Love' franchise has to resort to a weird incest storyline to fill time in Berlin, I Love You, maybe the time has come to end the whole endeavor? - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Rebel Wilson is consistently funny and earnest in Isn't It Romantic, leaning into doubtfulness without being hurtful to her friends who do appreciate the romantic comedies she hates. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Movies about women shouldn't only be retreads of male stories, but Taraji P. Henson and Tina Gordon's script make What Men Want nuanced enough to resonate with female viewers. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) There's a thin line between heaven and here, and High Flying Bird is about finding it and trespassing over it, about building something equitable out of something oppressive. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The Kid Who Would Be King is a revelation without being a relic, a throwback to a time when family films weren't overloaded with pop culture references or pop music. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) Arctic is a one-man showcase for the acting that we know Mads Mikkelsen is capable of. The film's power comes from his performance. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part sets itself apart with zany touches but an acknowledgment that its audience has grown up. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/5 40% The Upside (2019) The Upside has all the elements of a heartwarming film and sometimes arranges them in compelling ways, but the film overall lacks warmth for its characters or passion for its plot. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is immediately immersive, a colorful and adventurous cinematic experience that invites viewers along for the ride. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is a goofy, fun time if you don't think too hard. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) For first-time Mary Poppins viewers, especially young ones, the messages in Mary Poppins Returns about seeing the world through curious eyes will be refreshing and fun. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/5 14% Robin Hood (2018) This latest derivative, uninspired spin on the Robin Hood story feels like a version of Batman with a bow and arrow instead of a utility belt. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Certain characters spend all of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald barely doing anything, and the wide-open nature of the ending in particular cheapens the preceding film. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 57% The Grinch (2018) The Grinch is bright and colorful, but the narrative feels a bit off from the anti-consumerist message that Dr. Seuss may have originally intended. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Disney's pretty-looking The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is immediately forgettable. The disparate elements of the story barely fit together. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Hereditary (2018) Toni Collette delivers a soul-shattering performance in Hereditary that reminds us how much sacrifice parenthood is and how deeply parents can scar their children, utterly beyond repair. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
26% Polar (2019) Polar is an astonishingly flaccid film, a movie that prioritizes blood splatter and bouncing butts over literally all else, including plot and character development. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
38% Close (2019) Noomi Rapace is a badass bodyguard in Netflix's Close, but the movie's low-key racism counteracts its 'Yay, strong women!' message. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex is another example of our cultural fascination with Ruth Bader Ginburg's identity and legacy, a film that values her more as a hero than as a person. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
11% Replicas (2019) Does the Keanu Reeves vehicle Replicas do anything new or different in the sci-fi genre, or offer up any impressive action sequences, or any unique CGI? No, no, and no. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) With Welcome to Marwen, director Robert Zemeckis, as he has so often in this stage of career, focuses more on the visuals of a story instead of the why of it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
45% Second Act (2018) As the movie of choice after a boozy brunch or as a way to decompress after holiday stress, Second Act-goofy and cliched, but not offensively either-will do fine. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
62% Bird Box (2018) Bird Box, led by a strong Sandra Bullock, does a solid job of telling a story that compares the desire to destroy oneself with the constantly challenging nature of being a parent. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) The Mule's greatest flaws are its expectedly racist and sexist undertones, but Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort is also just extremely boring. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Few movies make a better case for reexamining the patriarchal historical truths we've come to accept than the impassioned, intricate Mary Queen of Scots. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
59% Vox Lux (2018) Imagine a Wes Anderson movie soaked in pop-star excess and with a heavy dose of gun violence and you get Brady Corbet's Vox Lux, a movie that feels simultaneously precious and pretentious. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
91% Widows (2018) There can be power in kindness and in camaraderie alongside crime and corruption, and that is the nuance, the depth, and the politics Widows provides. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
80% Green Book (2018) Green Book feels like a movie lost in time, and we have to do better. We demand better. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's disappointing that the Coens don't even try to upend any classic Western clichés in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - they apply some grim humor to various situations, but that's about it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rami Malek is a revelation, but his performance feels wasted in Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie that can't decide if it wants to honor Queen frontman Freddie Mercury or punish him. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Do you need a life pick-me-up? The dames are here for you. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) It's worth seeing on the biggest screen you can find. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3.5/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) For what it is, Outlaw King is effective, if not exactly thrilling... - Punch Drunk Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born foregrounds all of the ways Jackson and Ally are enamored with each other, the intimacy that enhanced their bond and the affection that inspired their songs. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Man is precise, patriotic, immersive, gorgeous, and flawed. Can people stop complaining about the flag now? - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) Documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. makes a case for our own self-reflection: What do we owe the 'Paper Planes' pop star? - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford is an American legend, full stop, and he uses all of his tricks in The Old Man & the Gun to win you over and to sweep you up and to break your heart. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s uses a super-uncomfortable sex scene to make its young protagonist cool, because of course it does. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is bleak, grotesque, overly complicated, and unforgettable, a depiction of women's anger turned to rot. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will amuse young kids, but overall it isn't as lively or exciting as its predecessor, and less screentime for Jack Black is a bummer. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The honesty of The Hate U Give makes for a gripping viewing experience that reminds you that we have to be involved, engaged, and aware of the world around us. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom is intentionally gross and unintentionally funny, a film that careens all over the place but is sometimes enjoyable in its bizarreness. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot is brightly animated, with a gently encouraging message about curiosity, but the film's fun voice cast can't redeem its totally unnecessary songs. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
87% Colette (2018) Keira Knightley's Colette is yet another period piece for the actress, but yeah, a woman battling a controlling husband for her art feels timely as hell. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
72% The Children Act (2018) Emma Thompson is quietly devastating in The Children Act, an Ian McEwan film that is only kind of emotionally manipulative. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) The attempt by Life Itself to pretend it's anything other than another piece of "Nice men have feelings too, love us for being so nice!" propaganda is just exhausting. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 99% Selma (2015) Selma is an always-gripping, often-bruising film, with fantastic performances and a solidly written script that contextualizes King's work in an effectively impactful way. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 32% Kin (2018) The sci-fi film Kin has a potentially interesting central relationship between two brothers, but how it positions a gun as something that gives a boy confidence is less than ideal. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 91% Searching (2018) Searching follows Eighth Grade as another thought-provoking film about the intersection between teens' lives and their presence-and reliance-on social media. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018