Courtney Small

Critic

Canada

Film writer at Cinema Axis and co-host of Changing Reels podcast. Courtney Small is also a member of Canadian Association of Online Film Critics. He is also a freelance writer at Comix Asylum Magazine.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Date: 08 Sep 2017 Category: TV/Film
5.0 Rating
After looking at the decline of a relationship in his previous film, Road to Yesterday, Nigerian director Ishaya Bako lightens the mood this time around with The Royal Hibiscus Hotel. The film is everything you would expect from a romantic comedy, which carries its fair share of pros and cons depending on your viewpoint. At the centre of Bako’s tale is Ope (Zainab Balogun), a talented chef in London who dreams of opening her own fusion restaura ...

Okafors Law

Date: 31 Mar 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
Terminator (Blossom Chukwujekwu) is a man who has left a trail of broken hearts a mile long. The envy of his friends Fox (Ken Erics) and Baptist (Gabriel Afolayan), Terminator lives his life according to the principles of “Okafor’s Law.” A myth that proclaims once a man has bedded a woman, he is allowed to sleep with her again guilt-free regardless of what situation the woman’s life may be in at the time (e.g. married, in a relationship, ...

Dry

Date: 14 Aug 2015 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
Dry, the latest directorial work from noted Nollywood actress Stéphanie Linus, aims to shed some light on a serious condition, obstetric fistula, impacting many women in Africa. Using her film as a call to action, Linus’ drama follows two individuals, from seemingly different worlds, whose lives intersect in an expected way. Zara (played by Linus) worked hard to become a successful doctor in Wales, and the last thing she ever wanted to do w ...

Price of Love

Date: 03 Mar 2015 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
Teddy (Eskindir Tameru) is a cab driver whose life finally seems to be on the right track. Giving up his vices of gambling, drinking alcohol, and chewing khat, he spends his days working towards paying off his taxi licence. While waiting for fares outside a local nightclub, Teddy inadvertently gets involved in a dispute between the beautiful Fere (Fereweni Gebregergs) and Abba (Solomon Teka). Similar to Teddy’s deceased mother, who was lured to ...

The Wedding Party

Date: 01 Jan 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
Kemi Adetiba’s film The Wedding Party is one of those romantic comedies that has cross-generational appeal. It is a film that takes a well-travelled trope, of two different families attempting to find common ground during a wedding, and infuses just the right amount of humour and charm. Dunni (Adesua Etomi) has done what no other has been able to do, capture the heart of former playboy Dozie (Banky Wellington). Now with their weddi ...