Jonita Davis

Jonita Davis
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Jonita Davis is a freelance film and television critic who writes for various outlets, including Black Girl Nerds, The Fix, The Washington Post, Syfy Wire, and so many others. Davis holds a masters degree in English from Purdue University, where she also lectures occasionally. Those academic skills and her experience as a mother, and pop culture fan are used in studying and writing about television and film through the lens of culture, race, gender, and family. You can see some of Jonita Davis's work at www.jonitadavis.com/clips.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) In 'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool', Director Stanley Nelson frames Davis' return to a reality in which he was not wanted but his music was as the catalyst for his addiction. - The Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.5 of 5 95% Atlantics (2019) 'Atlantics' a haunting story that takes place on the other side of the globe and in a culture that the western world often ignores. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5 of 5 90% Burning Cane (2019) '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. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 78% Frozen II (2019) '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. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4.5 of 5 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) 'Ford v. Ferrari' is a thrilling look an automobile design and racing history. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The sequel to 'The Shining', 'Doctor Sleep', is a terrifying return to the realm of gifted kids and the predators who prey upon them. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/5 48% American Son (2019) 'American Son' is a film that will leave parents with questions about their own effectiveness, and also with an uncontrollable urge to find out where the teenagers are right now. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
2.5 of 5 47% Last Christmas (2019) 'Last Christmas' will keep you in the holiday spirit at least. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 73% Harriet (2019) 'Harriet' is a portrait of a Black woman that so relatable and so real that only a Black woman could've told this story. Kasi Lemmons did that and more. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
5/5 98% Clemency (2019) 'Clemency' presents us with not just a film, but a look into a system that is so rotten it must be dismantled. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
3.5/5 83% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Girl on the Third Floor is so much more than a haunting film. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) 'Joker' is a slow-burn psychological thriller that often feels like it's hitting a little too close to home. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The MCU and director Jon Watts did an excellent job reminding the audience of Peter's humanity and boyhood without sacrificing the thrills and action scenes. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
3.5/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) 'The Kitchen' is not awful onscreen, and the actresses were not terrible. They are just too feminine for the 70s mobster genre, that is according to most mainstream critics today. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
5/5 94% Beats (2019) The music prodigy storyline keeps the viewers entertained. The education comes in seeing how gun violence touches so many people, not just the body on the ground in a pool of his own blood. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) These big themes and rich ideas are perfect for the transition to wherever Disney Pixar intends to go after Toy Story 4. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Let Once Upon a Time in Hollywood be a reminder that Hollywood is still a playground for white men and their fantasies. The rest of us can only get in where we fit in or keep on fighting that good fight. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday blends comedy, romance, and science fiction to create a fun time that Beatles fans and rom-com aficionados will enjoy. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 89% Beats (2019) Beats is a Netflix film that should be a part of any conversation about gun violence in America. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Despite its flaws, the film is one that parents should see with their kids (maybe over the age of 3). This is Lion King for their generation, one that is more diverse, more Black, and more authentic than ours ever was. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora and the Lost City of Gold has so much to say about Latin culture (they even explore an ancient Inca city), and about the realities of assimilating. - The Black Cape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 100% Pahokee (2019) 'Pahokee' will have audiences laughing and crying as the directors and the editors do an excellent job of drawing viewers into the lives of the students. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) 'Fighting with My Family' is a family film that will deliver laughs, a little education on the WWE, and a lesson in the realities of chasing a dream and learning to fail. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) While previous books and films made Miles Davis look like a magical character, Nelson's 'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool' depicts the musician as what he was - a man who was driven by his art and chained by the racist society he was born into. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) 'The Mustang' is not the "prison movie," although it may not seem that way from the trailers and previews. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Last Tree (2019) 'The Last Tree' is a stunning and important narrative. It just has a little issue of trying too hard to be an 'If Beale Street Could Talk' when it should be content with being a 'Crooklyn'. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 73% Troop Zero (2019) 'Troop Zero' is a bit campy and oftentimes silly, but the film never claims to anything more. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
5/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Morrison uses 'The Pieces I Am;' to bring up all the little known and the widely received information only to drop it all at the audiences' feet. Her responsibility ends there. She then moves on to the next bit. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4.5/5 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' is a closer look at the African famine, the government breakdown, and the traditionalist attitudes that forced families to break long-held traditions and embrace technology. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2.5/5 62% Native Son (2019) 'Native Son' is an adaptation of Wright's words (although modernized) comes out just as gangly as the original literary behemoth of a novel. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
81% Overlord (2018) he only thing that disappointed me about the film is that Paramount didn't spend the big bucks to advertise it. Overlord is the type of film that becomes a cult classic. One that you can watch over and over again without growing tired. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Although it has its faults, you will find 'Bad Times at the El Royale' to be a good piece of storytelling so full of "oh, sh*t!" moments that will not leave you bored in your seat. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/5 29% Venom (2018) The entire first half of 'Venom', the story tries very hard to build Tom Hardy's character Eddie up to be a great reporter. But, Hardy looks uncomfortable and ill-suited to this Clark-Kentian treatment. That's just one of several problems in this film. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 82% Quincy (2018) In 'Quincy', a legend is able to climb down from the pedestal he's been on for so long and gather us all around him for a story about a man who loved music. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) 'If Beale Street Could Talk' is a visual love story that also forces people outside the Black experience to feel-through the ever-looming presence of time in the narrative-just how hard it is to love and live #WhileBlack in America then and now. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
5/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) 'The Hate U Give' is wholesome and heartbreaking. It's visceral and at the same time makes so much sense. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) As 'Halloween' begins to play out onscreen, it quickly becomes obvious that this story was not about Myers and Strode-it was a much more important look at how surviving isn't living, and trauma can poison a family for several generations. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
1/5 32% The Predator (2018) This is not 'The Predator' we were promised, nor is it one we ever needed in the franchise. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) I wasn't ready for the level of storytelling that was this complex and a deliciously riveting addition to the A Star is Born legacy. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1.5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) 'The Happytime Murders' is a long, drawn-out 'Robot Chicken' episode written by Beavis and Butthead that was meant to be an important commentary on racism in America. It failed. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Through humor, violence, and drama,'BlacKkKlansman'paints a line of white supremacy from the Civil War to Charlottesville rallies last year. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 86% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) From the open cityscapes to the closed confines of the rideshare, Basir packs plenty of material for audiences to digest. His use of such a turbulent time is unique and thought-provoking. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) Although it was entertaining at times, 'Skyscraper' is not a film that one should go see if there are better options available. The feeling of déjà vu is just too unshakeable. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
4.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Like the last installment, this Ant-Man film does indeed deliver all of the things we look for in an MCU filler, while also staking a small place for itself. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2.5/5 18% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) In Acrimony, Tyler Perry works the female character up to those stereotypical roles, educating the audience on just how they are made. This is not enough to save the film from its own cliché and culturally damaging ending, however. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a nostalgic thriller for fans of the older franchises, and a great introduction into the story world for newcomers. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/5 26% Breaking In (2018) Gabrielle Union plays a mother named Shaun in a role that finally allows the actress to attack all the Black women stereotypes that have suffocated almost every role she's taken since 1993. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 55% The Forgiven (2018) The Forgiven plunges us into the heart of post-apartheid chaos, where we see and feel the hurt, fear, and rage that had to be aired before the healing could begin. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 63% The Boy Downstairs (2018) The Boy Downstairs expertly veers away from the hurtful break-up tropes and ex-girlfriend stereotypes to bring a story that could have happened to any introverted, unsure kid falling in love the very first time - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
1.5/5 14% Winchester (2018) Winchester misses the opportunity to contribute to an important social conversation about gun violence and, furthermore, to tell a story that scares the hell out of filmgoers like its haunted house predecessors did. - Black Girl Nerds EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018