Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

1900, Ace in the Hole, Come and See
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Online Film Critics Society
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Showing 51 - 100 of 3806
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " [VIDEO ESSAY] There's a strong subtext of socio-political resistance at play in "The Lego Movie." It may be the first mainstream animated resistance film ever made by a Hollywood studio. " —
Posted Feb 3, 2014
D 33% Labor Day (2014) " [VIDEO ESSAY] There are so many weird strains of tone-deaf subtext running through "Labor Day" that you have to accept the movie for what it is, a poorly written movie based on a poorly written novel." —
Posted Jan 27, 2014
A+ 95% Germania Anno Zero (Germany Year Zero) (1949) " [VIDEO ESSAY] In war, Rossellini seems to say, it is the innocent that suffer most. " —
Posted Jan 21, 2014
B- 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " [VIDEO ESSAY] For a no frills spy thriller, Kenneth Branagh directs a respectable rendering of Tom Clancy's well-worn Jack Ryan superspy character. Still, Branagh is no action-film director, and it shows. " —
Posted Jan 20, 2014
A+ 93% Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi) (1956) " [VIDEO ESSAY] However much associated as a classic film noir, Jules Dassin's adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's pulp novel serves more accurately as the premiere caper film. " —
Posted Jan 14, 2014
C+ 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " [VIDEO ESSAY] All films are political. All film is propaganda. Conscious awareness that Peter Berg's seemingly straight-ahead war picture is a two-hour recruitment commercial designed for the U.S. military to seduce testosterone-filled American males..." —
Posted Jan 13, 2014
D 17% Open Grave (2014) " Stock characters in a poorly plotted zombie-apocalypse storyline jabbed with a ham-fisted musical score, "Open Grave" is an elementary horror movie geared to set the genre back 30 years. " —
Posted Jan 12, 2014
A —— Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (2001) " Perhaps the most sophisticated student film you'll ever see "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" is a provocative study in how much a gifted filmmaker can do with limited resources. " —
Posted Jan 10, 2014
A- 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " For as much as Ralph Fiennes's predictably charismatic portrayal of Dickens anchors the film, it is Jones's subtle but dynamic performance that resonates. " —
Posted Jan 7, 2014
A 98% Blackfish (2013) " Perhaps the documentary form does have the potential to effect sweeping social change. Only time will tell. " —
Posted Jan 5, 2014
0 76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] There is no reason to see Martin Scorsese's latest picture. It doesn't even deserve a grade. " —
Posted Dec 31, 2013
A- 64% August: Osage County (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play loses an hour-and-a-half from its original running time, but none of its dramatic impact in the playwright's own screenplay adaptation. " —
Posted Dec 13, 2013
A- 94% The Past (2013) " Like life, the story is messy; the characters are complicated; there are no easy answers. " —
Posted Dec 13, 2013
C 94% Her (2013) " All concept and style, "Her" floats around like a clinical bubble that pops. " —
Posted Dec 11, 2013
A+ 100% The Leopard (1963) " Lancaster's every movement and facial expression transmits the text and subtext of his Italian character with a sense of regional authenticity that is beguiling. " —
Posted Dec 10, 2013
B- 93% American Hustle (2013) " If awards were handed out for the sloppiest movies, "American Hustle" would be a dead ringer for just such a booby prize. " —
Posted Dec 4, 2013
B 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " "Out of the Furnace" is a straightforward revenge thriller with plenty of atmosphere, character development, and plot twists to make the experience matter. " —
Posted Dec 3, 2013
A 98% Sweet Smell of Success (1957) " [VIDEO ESSAY] Here lies the defective foundation of the American Dream as viewed from an implicitly American viewpoint - Bert Lancaster's company produced the film. " —
Posted Dec 2, 2013
C- 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Rather than consider how someone like Terry Gilliam [think "Brazil"] might approach Thurber's socially ripe source material, they have merely imposed a formulaic script that still doesn't hit its marks. " —
Posted Nov 27, 2013
C- 42% Oldboy (2013) " [VIDEO COLUMN] By no means should anyone squander the time they would spend watching Chan-wook Park's "Oldboy" on Spike Lee's deflated rendering." —
Posted Nov 26, 2013
B 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " A tailor-made Hollywood crowd-pleaser, "Saving Mr. Banks" is as much fantasy as fact in the telling of Walt Disney's tenacious efforts to transform "Mary Poppins" into a movie, with necessary approval from the popular children's book author. " —
Posted Nov 25, 2013
B+ 86% Narco Cultura (2013) " Shaul Schwarz's cinema vérité style pulls no punches. There is much to be taken away from this disturbing documentary. Nightmares may follow." —
Posted Nov 21, 2013
A 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " [VIDEO COLUMN] As moving a documentary as you are likely to see in your lifetime Sini Anderson's filmic telling of Kathleen Hanna's story as the voice of Olympia, Washington's groundbreaking punk band Bikini Kill, really packs a punch. " —
Posted Nov 18, 2013
A 83% 5 Fingers of Death (Tian xia di yi quan) (2003) " Before Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon" set a new standard for the American public's newfound obsession with martial arts movies in 1973, another, more traditional, Chinese Kung Fu movie had already set the stage for its success. " —
Posted Nov 18, 2013
C- 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Writer-director Ken Scott does the same thing twice in repurposing his 2011 French-language film "Starbuck" into a Hollywood movie that predictably loses something in translation." —
Posted Nov 15, 2013
A 74% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " "Bettie Page Reveals All!" contributes heartily to her rich tradition as a feminist rebel with a cause. " —
Posted Nov 14, 2013
C+ 71% The Motel Life (2013) " More of an actors' showcase for Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch to get in some sharp practice than a cogent drama, "The Motel Life" is a warts-and-all indie effort that comes up short. " —
Posted Nov 13, 2013
A+ 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " A virtuosic cinematic achievement of epic proportions, Paolo Sorrentino's formalized comment on modern-day Rome is a visual and satirical feast. " —
Posted Nov 13, 2013
A+ 92% Nebraska (2013) " "Nebraska" strikes at a distinctly American mindset of jealousy, greed, and betrayal that undermines its citizens' equally persistent sense of optimism, integrity, and familial connection." —
Posted Nov 11, 2013
B- 43% Sal (2013) " James Franco's lovingly crafted, if minimalistic, cinematic ode to Sal Mineo - the actor most famous for his Oscar-nominated role opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" - succeeds due in large part to Val Lauren's thoughtful portrayal. " —
Posted Nov 10, 2013
B 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Anyone holding a strong opinion about Lance Armstrong's dramatic rise to the top of competitive cycling and sour fall from grace should see Alex Gibney's from-the-horse's-mouth documentary. " —
Posted Nov 5, 2013
C- 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " However flawed, "Go for Sisters" is worth seeing for diehard John Sayles fans. Sadly, it is not likely to win over any new members to that knowing community of filmgoers. " —
Posted Nov 4, 2013
A 100% Nóz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water) (1962) " [VIDEO ESSAY} For his debut feature film - after graduating from Poland's famed National Film School in Lodz - Roman Polanski set out to break several golden rules of academic filmmaking." —
Posted Oct 28, 2013
B+ 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " For his directorial debut, Keanu Reeves crafts an exquisitely entertaining martial arts picture aimed at the international market. " —
Posted Oct 27, 2013
B+ 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Equal parts character-study and social commentary, Dumont's film weighs the soul and promise of an artist who was sold down the river by her mentor and by her family members. " —
Posted Oct 24, 2013
B+ 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The film is a sad reminder of how far from such freedoms the country has come, in favor of a thoroughly monitored military state that inspires public shootings more than humanist actions. " —
Posted Oct 22, 2013
A 64% Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] "Enzo Avitabile, Music Life" is a music lover's dream." —
Posted Oct 17, 2013
A+ 100% Paris, Texas (1984) " Written by Sam Shepherd, and adapted by L.M. Kit Carson, the linear story for "Paris, Texas" contains the hallmarks of Shepherd's characteristic dramatic themes..." —
Posted Oct 16, 2013
A+ 93% All Is Lost (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] Robert Redford gives the finest performance of his career in writer-director J.C. Chandor's literal and metaphorical tale of one man's attempts to survive on the high seas. " —
Posted Oct 16, 2013
B- 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] You owe it to yourself to see the movie if only to see what a Hollywood hatchet job looks like. " —
Posted Oct 14, 2013
D- 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] If Steve McQueen would fully commit to his calling as an exploitation director, he might eventually achieve his desired effects through that more direct approach." —
Posted Oct 14, 2013
A 93% Le Mépris (Contempt) (2008) " Instinctively self-reflexive, "Contempt" ("Le Mepris") is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's brightest achievements" —
Posted Oct 7, 2013
A+ 97% Gravity (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] "Gravity" leaves the viewer with indelible memories that traverse between fantasy and nightmare flashbacks like an energizing pattern between positive and negative polarities. " —
Posted Oct 4, 2013
C- 8% CBGB (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] If you're a punk fan then you're - at best - on the dark side of your '40s. Nonetheless, you will be drawn to see "CBGB" for yourself regardless of how disappointed you will be. " —
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B+ 100% Boy Meets Girl (1984) (1984) " [VIDEO ESSAY] "Boy Meets Girl" is a passionate cinematic work that echoes the brilliant dramatic effects Leos Carax has achieved with his other films ("The Night is Young," "The Lovers on the Bridge," "Pola X," and "Holy Motors")." —
Posted Oct 1, 2013
A 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] The filmmakers' gift for making the audience feel like welcomed members of an elite club has never seemed more focused." —
Posted Oct 1, 2013
A- 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] The grueling 2009 kidnapping ordeal suffered by U.S. cargo-ship captain Richard Phillips comes to tangible life in Paul Greengrass's nonstop nail-biter. Nerves will be rattled." —
Posted Sep 30, 2013
C+ 89% Rush (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] Ron Howard's fast-paced portrait of one of Formula One's fiercest rivalries is a hyper-compartmentalized affair. " —
Posted Sep 17, 2013
B 82% Prisoners (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] "Prisoners" demonstrates an uncomfortable connection between criminals and their victims, whose lives take on dark aspects of their suffering. There's nothing morally comfortable. " —
Posted Sep 17, 2013
A 91% The Breakfast Club (1985) " [VIDEO ESSAY] The movie captures teenagers' innate ability to defeat authority figures, and their own misconceptions about themselves." —
Posted Sep 16, 2013
A+ 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " [VIDEO ESSAY] "Blue is the Warmest Color" is a monumental cinematic achievement that must be experienced by anyone passionate about film. " —
Posted Sep 15, 2013
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