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Carla Hay

Carla Hay
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% Summerland (2020) Summerland has some moments that blatantly pull at people's heartstrings, but if people look beyond the film's sappy moments, there's an impactful message about being open to change and finding love in unexpected places.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
98% Black Is King (2020) Black Is King is a perfect example of why Beyoncé is a superb entertainer who's a major influence on pop culture while speaking out on issues that are important to her.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
100% The Fight (2020) The Fight probably won't change a lot of people's political opinions. However, for anyone interested in what politically liberal attorneys at the ACLU are doing behind the scenes ... The Fight offers an insightful peek into this process.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) There's nothing necessarily wrong with being weird, but when you create a story that is extremely boring, then people will feel like they wasted their time paying attention ... The movie is only 84 minutes long, but it feels like longer.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
33% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) A movie doesn't have to be Oscar-worthy to be enjoyable ... The Secret: Dare to Dream sticks to a certain formula that people can expect, especially in how the story ends, but the movie's positive message makes it an uplifting ride along the way.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) [Director Ron] Howard respectfully lets the survivors express their feelings and open up about what they are going through, without trying to exploit them or manipulate any outcomes.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
100% Shine Your Eyes (Cidade Pássaro) (2020) The greatest strength of Shine Your Eyes is in how the movie goes beyond a typical 'missing person' story and effectively conveys that people who try to run away from their families are often trying to run away from themselves.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
33% A Deadly Legend (2020) A Deadly Legend commits the worst sin of all for a horror movie: There is absolutely nothing scary about this terrible film.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
60% Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison (2020) Underneath the foul-mouthed jokes, Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison has a hopeful message about ex-cons deserving a chance to turn their lives around if they have the motivation to do it. (However, some scenes in the movie do tend to get repetitive.)‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
40% The Big Ugly (2020) The Big Ugly isn't an unwatchable film. It's just a very forgettable and derivative film that tries to be very lofty and serious-minded, as if it's pretending that it's not a substandard B-movie.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2020
60% Radioactive (2020) All of [Marie Curie's] accomplishments and intellectual prowess are devalued by the way Radioactive reduces her story to a melodrama. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
65% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) Was he sexist? Was he racist? Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful doesn't seem to want to answer those questions, but there's enough of a compelling story, so people can judge for themselves whether or not they want to separate the man from his art.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
100% Days of the Whale (Los días de la ballena) (2020) The unflinching drama Days of the Whale (written and directed by Catalina Arroyave) takes a realistic look at what can happen to young love and artistic expression when crime and violence threaten to destroy them.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
66% Most Wanted (2020) Written and directed in a choppy and disjointed manner by Daniel Roby, Most Wanted ... is so hell-bent on making Victor [Malarek] look like the only hero ... that it cheapens the story by giving an unrealistic portrayal of the legal process.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
79% Retaliation (Romans) (2020) Retaliation (which was formerly titled Romans) isn't a simple revenge film. It's also a scathing commentary on institutions and people who cover up or deny abuse, thereby allowing the abuse to be inflicted on more people, with no real accountability.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
68% Amulet (2020) Amulet certainly deserves a lot of credit for having some twist-filled elements that add intrigue to the story. It's too bad that these plot twists arrive so late in the film ... The weak links are the movie's screenplay, editing, and overall direction. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
69% Babysplitters (2020) The movie -- which has an appealing and talented cast --- starts out very strong, if a bit far-fetched, and then becomes an outlandish soap-opera train wreck ... before trying to salvage the story with a very formulaic and cop-out ending.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) The Rental doesn't have an original concept ... Because the dialogue is realistic ... and the acting is better than what's in an average horror movie, it's worth the wait to get to the scenes in the movie where the characters are in real danger.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
100% We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) [The movie] doesn't try to hide that it's heavily biased toward liberal causes ... Putting party politics aside, this documentary is a fascinating look at how girls are speaking out and taking action for human-rights issues that matter deeply to them.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
65% Carmilla (2020) It was a bold and ultimately wise choice for writer/director [Emily] Harris not to make this movie version of Carmilla a vampire story ... which would have cheapened the message of this movie ... Carmilla presents a mesmerizing Gothic atmosphere.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
11% A Nice Girl Like You (2020) There are too many poorly written and contrived 'sitcom-ish' elements in A Nice Girl Like You that are quite dull and lack creativity. It's not a good sign when a comedy about sex is so boring that it will put viewers to sleep.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
29% Easy Does It (2020) The movie ends up dragging because the silly action scenes become too repetitive ... Easy Does It is actually not that easy to watch because it's like watching a headless chicken running around in circles until everything mercifully comes to an end.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
100% Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On (2019) It has a lot of great archival footage that's very well-edited with the interviews ... [Kaye] Ballard has a very engaging way to her storytelling ... Because [it doesn't] show Ballard's life off-stage, the film looks like a feature-length 'sizzle reel.'‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
36% The Sunlit Night (2019) It's a lot duller than it should be ... Another thing about the movie that's a missed opportunity is how little of Norwegian culture it shows, except for over-the-top Viking stereotypes that are played for laughs. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
90% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) The clips of Freestyle Love Supreme performing on stage, especially on Broadway, are absolutely electric and elevate this documentary, which plays it very safe overall.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
100% Ask No Questions (2020) Ask No Questions has some compelling interviews, but the documentary does not present anything new that hasn't already been reported ... If the main purpose ... is to make more people aware of the conspiracy theory, then [it] succeeds in that goal.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
18% Fatal Affair (2020) Fatal Affair looks like it could have been made for Lifetime, but the movie ended up on Netflix because Netflix pays more ... but that doesn't guarantee that the quality of this type of 'woman in peril' movie is going to be any better.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
No Score Yet A Girl from Mogadishu (2019) Despite its flaws, A Girl From Mogadishu has emotional authenticity and respect for the traumatic subject matter ... considering that FGM is rarely acknowledged in narrative feature films.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
95% Showbiz Kids (2020) Showbiz Kids takes the interviews it has and weaves them together into a concise narrative ... People certainly won't get bored watching this documentary, but people will certainly wonder about all the information that wasn't revealed.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
56% Game of Death (2020) Game of Death ... is essentially a repetitive, mindless bloodbath. The only heads that might explode for Game of Death are when viewers get bored or frustrated with this bottom-of-the-barrel horror flick.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
No Score Yet The Swing of Things (2020) The Swing of Things (sloppily directed by Matt Shapira) is ... [a] stinker of a movie, where most of the acting is so bad that you might experience some brain rot if you keep watching.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
46% Never Too Late (2020) [The] plot for this insipid movie ... obliterates common sense in order to make almost every character look as moronic as possible ... and nursing homes look like prisons. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) The Tobacconist is an effective coming-of-age story that shows how a 17-year-old boy learns about some of life's harsh realities while working at a tobacco shop and befriending Sigmund Freud in Nazi-occupied Vienna.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
38% Guest of Honour (2020) Ultimately, the movie could have benefited from a better screenplay and tighter editing. The father and daughter at the center of this story are written as a series of unfortunate events instead of people with emotionally rich and full lives.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
92% Relic (2020) Relic is the type of movie that creeps up on viewers in the type of slowly rotting way that's similar to the mysterious dark mold that malignantly spreads throughout the haunted house in this movie.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) For people who might be intrigued by a story about warriors who are still trying to figure out their lives after living and fighting battles for centuries, The Old Guard offers an immersive experience into that world.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
91% Widow of Silence (2020) Writer/director [Praveen] Morchhale gives a brutally honest depiction of what countless half-widows endure when their husbands are taken away by the government, and what can happen when that pain is allowed to fester and is pushed to the brink.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
85% Olympia (2019) The documentary Olympia is a lot like the Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis herself -- opinionated, funny, candid, foul-mouthed, sometimes rambling, but never boring. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) Parts of Palm Springs seem like a more adult-language version of a Saturday Night Live sketch that's worn out its welcome ... Huge stretches of Palm Springs drag on for too long. And even the movie's visual effects look cheap and clunky.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) It's just a very disappointing and trite film ... far inferior to other World War II movies ... It elevates [Tom] Hanks' Captain Krause character to such a lofty and squeaky-clean level that it scrubs all of the personality out of him.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) The documentary is a true reflection of its subject, by accomplishing the intended goal of making people feel uplifted and entertained.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
20% Browse (2020) The incoherent drama Browse tries to look like a suspenseful horror movie, but there's nothing scary or thrilling about this rambling dud of a film.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
65% Mighty Oak (2020) The music-oriented drama Mighty Oak takes some heavy issues, such as drug addiction and mental illness, and throws them into an overly saccharine story that's supposed to be uplifting but ends up being pandering and grossly unrealistic. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
80% Black Magic for White Boys (2020) Black Magic for White Boys tries to be funny, but most of the jokes don't really land very well. Any of the dialogue that's deliberately politically incorrect just seems too self-aware to be genuinely funny.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
88% Denise Ho: Becoming the Song (2020) The movie doesn't portray her as a martyr but as someone who understands that her political activism has come with a cost to a lot of comforts that she previously had. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
95% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) What saves this movie from completely one-sided banality is that it does present an excellent historical view of the obstacles and brutal struggles that John Lewis has faced to fight for the causes that he believes in and passionately advocates. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
92% The Outpost (2020) The effective drama The Outpost recreates the Afghanistan War's Battle of Kamdesh ... in such brutal and realistic detail, that some viewers watching it might feel as if they've gone through an emotional war zone just by seeing this movie. ‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) It's not a movie that's going to change the world, but it's one that will make people think about the emotional toll that comes from holding grudges against family members and whether or not refusing to forgive is worth the cost.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
15% Desperados (2020) Desperados wants to pretend that it's feminist and edgy, when it's really not ... At its core, the film's message about how women should act and how women should be rewarded when looking for love is as old-fashioned as a Doris Day movie.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
63% Skyman (2020) It's a movie that's stuck on an irritating and boring repeat loop of the main character preparing and talking about something that doesn't happen until the last 10 minutes of this 92-minute snoozefest.‐ Culture Mix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020