Alternative Lens

Alternative Lens is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jennifer Heaton
Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jennifer Heaton Jumanji: The Next Level is the definition of disposable entertainment; fun while it lasts, but nothing you're particularly going to remember in a few days. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
6.5/10 Charlie's Angels (2019) Jennifer Heaton There's a great Charlie's Angels movie inside of this one, and its heart is certainly in the right place, but no film can coast on good intentions alone. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
10/10 Knives Out (2019) Jennifer Heaton This is a classic murder mystery caper with a facetious postmodern point of view; it looks and feels timeless and yet its voice is quintessentially 2019. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
8/10 Frozen II (2019) Jennifer Heaton Frozen II is an ambitious and challenging animated film that tries to evolve not only its own story but also the expectations for all of Disney animation. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
9.5/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's a captivating and perennial tale of stamina and standing your ground in a fast-paced world, bolstered by yet another career-best performance from Christian Bale. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
8/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jennifer Heaton Doctor Sleep dares to directly compare itself to The Shining and comes out unscathed as it aptly buries the hatchet between King and Kubrick. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
7.5/10 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's nothing fresh from a plot perspective, but in terms of character and theme it's the only film since Judgement Day that seems to understand the franchise's core appeal. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
7/10 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jennifer Heaton It absolutely has no right to be, but Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a solid Disney blockbuster and a massive improvement over its problematic predecessor. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
7/10 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's less a sequel and more a reunion tour, content to play the same hits for the most part, but when originality does strike it reminds you why people fell in love with the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/10 Gemini Man (2019) Jennifer Heaton Gemini Man is the exact kind of overcooked mess you'd expect from a project that's been in the kitchen for over twenty years. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/10 Joker (2019) Jennifer Heaton Joker is to Martin Scorsese what Battleship was to Michael Bay; an empty attempt at imitation that confuses aesthetics and homage for quality and flattery. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
9.5/10 Ad Astra (2019) Jennifer Heaton Ad Astra is a kind of movie you rarely see anymore, using blockbuster assets to tell an arthouse story, but it's a superb original blend that we need more of in our increasingly homogenous film landscape. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
9/10 Hustlers (2019) Jennifer Heaton Its sex-positive feminist perspective is a breath of fresh air amongst typically macho crime dramas, and shines a much-needed spotlight on an often-disparaged community. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
7/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jennifer Heaton It Chapter Two does an admirable job of elevating its subpar inspiration into something engaging, but it can't help but pale in comparison to its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/10 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Jennifer Heaton What you're left with is an egocentric and juvenile piece of revisionist fan fiction that is completely oblivious to its own contemplative possibilities. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
7/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jennifer Heaton The best Fast & Furious movies know they're stupid but try not to act like it. Hobbs & Shaw admits its stupidity early on, and your mileage with its tone may vary from there. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
5.5/10 The Lion King (2019) Jennifer Heaton 2019's The Lion King is basically just a feature-length tech demo that tells its story competently but without any of the magic traditional animation allows. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
8/10 Blinded by the Light (2019) Jennifer Heaton Its reflection upon Thatcher's Britain feels raw and more relevant than ever, and uses Springsteen's words to deftly dispute the conservative mindset of the era. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/10 Midsommar (2019) Jennifer Heaton All in all, Midsommar is less akin to the classic Wicker Man and more like the Nicolas Cage remake, and not just because both of them feature a bear costume. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
7/10 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Jennifer Heaton Parodies of the romantic comedy genre are nothing new, but Isn't It Romantic? does more than just point out the obvious clichés [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
7/10 The Wandering Earth (2019) Jennifer Heaton [...] It matches the insanity and spectacle of a good Roland Emmerich movie and is far more consistently imaginative with its bizarre premise. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
6.5/10 Ma (2019) Jennifer Heaton Octavia Spencer once again proves she's more versatile than most give her credit for in this unnerving and fiendish psychological horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
7/10 Knock Down the House (2019) Jennifer Heaton An inspiring portrait of how to fight back against an unfair political system [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
8.5/10 High Life (2018) Jennifer Heaton The film's retro aesthetic intentionally evokes 70s genre classics like Silent Running but with a modern sense of existential dread [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
8/10 Fighting With My Family (2019) Jennifer Heaton Florence Pugh once again cements her status as one of cinema's rising stars playing the underdog wrestler [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
6/10 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Jennifer Heaton Film fans have waited eight years for Joe Cornish to make his follow-up to Attack the Block, but The Kid Who Would Be King is unfortunately a tad underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
6.5/10 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Jennifer Heaton This sequel doubles down hard on the comedy and delves deeper into the mythology of the time loop, rendering it less a horror movie and more of an outright sci-fi caper [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
8/10 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Jennifer Heaton This is a psychedelic horror movie that takes inspiration from the works of Henry Darger and turns it into a gory and bitingly satirical examination of art itself. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
7/10 Fyre Fraud (2019) Jennifer Heaton Fyre Fraud works better as a companion piece to Fyre than a full documentary in its own right. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
8.5/10 Fyre (2019) Jennifer Heaton A raw unmasking of a social media blitz gone horribly wrong [...] EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
9/10 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jennifer Heaton It's not as quintessential as Spider-Man 2 or as imaginative as Into the Spider-Verse, but it makes a strong case for itself as the most fun Spidey adventure yet. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
6.5/10 Yesterday (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...Whilst there are individual elements of Yesterday that shine, the final product is a cinematic trifle with conflicting flavours. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
7/10 Child's Play (2019) Jennifer Heaton ...The new Child's Play is essentially Joe Dante's Small Soldiers with an R rating and a more vicious comedic edge, but that's not necessarily a mark against it. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
10/10 Toy Story 4 (2019) Jennifer Heaton Though on the surface it may seem like another trip back to the well, it is acutely aware of its own age and doesn't try to retcon anything that hasn't already been perfectly resolved. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 Men in Black: International (2019) Jennifer Heaton Men in Black: International is that exact kind of blockbuster that's fun while you're watching it, but quickly shows its flaws once you actually think about it. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
5/10 Brightburn (2019) Jennifer Heaton Brightburn has a solid pitch: Man of Steel meets The Omen. Unfortunately, it's a concept that ends up making for a much better trailer than a feature film. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
8.5/10 Late Night (2019) Jennifer Heaton Late Night is absolutely the workplace comedy we need in 2019, bringing to light not only the pervading problems in our entertainment but in society at large. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/10 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jennifer Heaton X-Men: Dark Phoenix is an unmitigated disaster of a final entry to a tumultuous franchise that somehow laps The Last Stand's dire attempt at the storyline. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
8/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jennifer Heaton Whilst the 2014 film was merely a tribute to the 1954 original, King of the Monsters celebrates every incarnation of the monster in a haphazard but awe-inspiring way. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
6/10 Aladdin (2019) Jennifer Heaton This new Aladdin is like seeing a new production of your favourite stage musical. The show on paper is still great, but you know you've seen a better version of it before. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
7.5/10 Rocketman (2019) Jennifer Heaton The spirit of Elton John oozes from every frame of this candid journey through his tumultuous career, even when it regrettably bows to tired genre conventions. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
8.5/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jennifer Heaton Parabellum does not disappoint in offering yet another dose of ultraviolent goodness. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
7/10 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Jennifer Heaton The filmmakers clearly love the property and know how to tell jokes about it that will resonate with fans whilst also addressing the absurdity of it... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
8.5/10 Booksmart (2019) Jennifer Heaton Booksmart is an unapologetically bawdy but smart and touching reflection of what female adolescence means today; it's like if Lady Bird was written by Sarah Silverman. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
9/10 Long Shot (2019) Jennifer Heaton Long Shot is a breath of fresh air for both genres it represents, bringing a brazen fearlessness to political commentary and progressive class to the stoner comedy. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
10/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jennifer Heaton No film has quite made me feel so emotionally in awe since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/10 Hellboy (2019) Jennifer Heaton Hellboy wants to be Deadpool, but in execution it's much closer to Suicide Squad. It's cynical and unfocused, and clearly thrown together from a production amidst chaos. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
9.5/10 Wild Rose (2018) Jennifer Heaton Wild Rose is the best film of its kind since Billy Elliot, and a prime example of what British cinema can be when it stops being so self-important. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 Pet Sematary (2019) Jennifer Heaton The story builds strong tension and a looming atmosphere as it ponders its themes of death and grief, but its culmination feels underdeveloped. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 Missing Link (2019) Jennifer Heaton Laika's gorgeous animation is the real showstopper, pushing the limits of the form in constantly jaw dropping ways. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019