Kirk Baird

Kirk Baird

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " A sequel as epic as it is overly ambitious and as sprawling as it is restless. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 91% Ex Machina (2015) " There's a lot happening in Ex Machina and we're never entirely sure what will happen next. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3.5/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) " Furious 7 is undeniably satisfying and mostly fun. More than pure escapism, however, it also serves as a fitting tribute to its costar Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident while on a break during filming. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/5 46% Home (2015) " It's not pixel-pushing artistry in DreamWorks Animation's latest that will win over audiences, rather it's the film's timeless traits of sincerity and originality. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) " Comedy needn't be PC. But being offensive isn't funny, either. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/5 31% Insurgent (2015) " Insurgent is better than its predecessor and really, for a mildly entertaining action film, Insurgent could have been much worse. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 20, 2015
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) " Star Trek director J.J. Abrams proves to be just what the franchise needed a jolt of life from someone unencumbered by the baggage that comes with more than 40 years of lore and legacy. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 17, 2015
1.5/5 84% Cinderella (2015) " If it weren't for the imaginative and eye-catching costumes by three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell, Cinderella could be mistaken for a typical Disney Channel special. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 30% Chappie (2015) " Blomkamp stages engaging action sequences, but his film's tone switches from violence to campy to drama with dizzying frequency, as the story bounces from interesting, to predictable, to highly illogical, to just plain dumb. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) " With Smith back in his element plus the timeless appeal of a well-executed con story, Focus is undeniably fun. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/5 79% McFarland USA (2015) " It's a true and simple story unencumbered by side plots, and with every character -- major and minor -- fitting neatly into place. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 20, 2015
1.5/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " Jupiter Ascending suffers from stupid. And deja vu. And a lack of discipline. And filmmakers who either can't make another good film -- let alone a great one -- or don't care to. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 6, 2015
1/5 37% Black or White (2015) " Binder's script is a big-screen soap opera, which he attempts to offset with often out-of-place humor. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 2, 2015
4/5 54% Spare Parts (2015) " It's these moments that elevate American Sniper beyond a jingoistic refrain and into a relevant reminder of the sacrifice of war, even to its biggest heroes. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 99% Selma (2015) " Selma is one of so many well-meaning historical dramas that fall prey to their overpowering stories. Gravitas abounds in every scene. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 9, 2015
98% Boyhood (2014) " It's a film you can't stop watching. Until it ends. And even then you wish Boyhood was only the beginning of an extraordinary work in progress. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) " Angelina Jolie directs her second film with a surprising amount of confidence considering the scale of this war epic. But there are some novice mistakes. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 24, 2014
4/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Marshall has always had grand visions for his musicals onscreen, and he fleshes out the stage production of Into the Woods to extraordinary lengths, particularly in the production design (Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock) of the titular mysterious woods. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 24, 2014
4/5 90% Wild (2014) " The powerful drama stars Reese Witherspoon in her strongest performance since her Oscar-winning turn as June Carter Cash in 2005's Walk the Line. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 19, 2014
1.5/5 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) " What began as a fun and unique high-concept comedy with 2006's Night at the Museum is by this third installment bereft of life and creativity. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3/5 92% Arthur Christmas (2011) " Without a loaded cast, or recognizable character name or brand, Arthur Christmas might be overlooked by audiences. Here's hoping that won't be the case. Some Christmas gifts are worth the extra effort. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 14, 2014
2/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " Frankly, there isn't anything in Exodus we haven't seen before by DeMille and on a grander and more stirring scale. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 11, 2014
90% Tangled (2010) " While Tangled isn't quite to the level of the elite Disney classics, this computer-animated gem does offer a rollicking good time for the holidays, for kids, and adults. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " There's some magic left in traditional animation after all. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 7, 2014
3.5/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " [The milm features] laugh-out-loud profane and edgy R-rated humor that isn't to everyone's taste, a cast having fun with it all, and the surprisingly potent comedic chemistry between Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 26, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Mockingjay - Part 1 is just big enough of a story that, even as a two-parter, the film feels substantial and justifiably halved. There's simply too much to digest as all the pieces are put into place and the real games are set to begin. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 21, 2014
5/5 93% Birdman (2014) " Regardless of his connection to the role, Keaton is transformative and mesmerizing, altering in moments almost every audience preconception. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 14, 2014
29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) " Dumb and Dumber To is comedy by committee, and the script plays like it; gags pile up, as if each subsequent draft merely added to the joke quotient. With so many attempts at laughs, however, the success ratio of the humor is surprisingly low. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 14, 2014
4/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) " Big Hero 6 doesn't set new animation standards, though it's easy to get lost gawking at the lively, colorful pastiche of sci-fi futures in San Fransokyo. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 7, 2014
5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " Interstellar is a marvel of congruency from the opening shot to the final frame. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 7, 2014
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Nightcrawler is a scathing Network-like satire dressed as a creepy thriller. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 31, 2014
5/5 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) " Frost/Nixon shouldn't be this entertaining. Or, at least, it shouldn't be entertaining enough to merit rapt attention for two hours. This is a film about an interview, after all. But it works. And it works remarkably well. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3.5/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) " St. Vincent is the very definition of a star vehicle, a movie conceived and constructed for a single box-office attraction, and Murray delivers a film-stealing performance as the familiar grumpy old man who's far more sinner than saint. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/5 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) " As such, Men, Women, and Children is a conversation worth having -- that is, if people are still talking. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Book of Life (2014) " The film's themes aren't original, but its presentation is. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is by no means a great comedy. It is, however, a comedy with laughs for everyone. And there's nothing terrible or horrible about that. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 10, 2014
5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " The cast is uniformly perfect. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/5 61% The Equalizer (2014) " As good as Washington is in everything he does -- including this run-of-the-mill actioner -- one wishes the talented actor would retire the action hero outfit as well. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " The film relies too much on the power of its mystery to keep us entertained. But the deeper we go with the Maze Runner, the less interesting his story becomes. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 35% The November Man (2014) " With The November Man Donaldson's got a good story, and he does his best not to get in the way of it. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 29, 2014
90% District 9 (2009) " A smart sci-fi about a group of alien refugees who come to Earth and are imprisoned in an internment camp. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " As much as we may love Woody, Buzz, and the other characters in this toy box, Toy Story 3 shows it's time for Pixar to put away these toys for good. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2.5/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Bridesmaids won't be the defining moment of Wiig's career, but it serves to prove that the actress has the potential to carry a movie. She just needs a comedy worth carrying. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 24, 2014
3.5/5 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " If you really like movies, chances are you like Tarantino. And if you like Tarantino, chances are you'll like Inglourious Basterds. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2.5/5 36% If I Stay (2014) " Not that this teen drama is a bad film. It's just difficult to connect with such artificial characters. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2.5/5 36% The Giver (2014) " It feels like there's so much more to this journey than what we're allowed to see. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is meant for fans of the turtles empire: the original comic books, the myriad animated series, the video games, and even the other films. But a film this stupid fun is sure to make believers out of others as well. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " While not all superhero films are created equal, this comic-book space adventure adaptation is just good enough. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 1, 2014
1.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Lucy is like a parody of pretentious filmmaking, only not as smart. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1.5/5 17% Sex Tape (2014) " As with most leaked sex videos, Sex Tape is more embarrassing to those involved than memorable to those who watch it. And the quicker it'‍s forgotten, the better for everyone. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 18, 2014
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