Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
Tomatometer-approved critic
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Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Manhattan
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T-Meter Title | Year
B 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This goofy cinematic vantage on the petty jealousies, backstabbing, and political maneuvering of Russia's Central Committee gives its audience a not so unrealistic sense of how politicians operate regardless of their country of origin. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
A 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) "Double Lover" is an ideal Valentine's Day movie for the adventurous. It gets you in the head, heart, and loins. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
D+ 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [VIDEO ESSAY] All spectacle and no substance describes Denis Villeneuve's predictably overwrought yet lightweight sci-fi snoozefest. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
A 82% The Trip to Spain (2017) The "Trip" films have the appeal of watching two comic masters riffing as you might experience while watching a Jazz duo (Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass, for example). - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
A- 28% Suburbicon (2017) "Suburbicon" references the McCarthy era American Dream where diversity meant white people infiltrating formerly rural areas in bland suburban sprawls of brainwashed conformity where right-wing racists could live in safe little echo chambers of their own. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
D 37% I Love You, Daddy (2017) "I Love You Daddy" will go down in history as an ugly reminder of men in power who abuse and harass those [especially women] who come into their sphere of influence. There isn't anything funny about that. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
A 69% mother! (2017) Here is Darren Aronofsky's most powerful film to date, and the same goes for Jennifer Lawrence. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
B+ 57% The Yakuza (1975) "The Yakuza" is a beautifully flawed film that nonetheless catches you off guard when you least expect it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B- 97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Frederick Wiseman's longing, and overlong, documentary homage to New York City's great public library system has the power to charm and exhaust its viewer. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
B 78% Going Places (Les valseuses) (1974) Here is an unapologetic, if infuriating, cinematic provocation that dares its audience to rationalize the orgiastic behavior on display. Governments, politicians, soldiers, and police are busy committing far greater crimes as you read these words. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
C- 70% Happy End (2017) Michael Haneke's run of making increasingly better films has come to an abrupt halt. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Andrea Riseborough is this film's secret weapon. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
D+ 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The only just desert that this film deserves is being ignored with a vengeance by audiences who know better than waste their time. Pay your respects to Von Trier, Haneke, and Seidl rather than to this third-rate hack. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
B+ 96% The Florida Project (2017) Sean Baker's dramatically infused [ethnographic] study of poverty in Kissimmee, "The Florida Project" remains a moving encapsulation of an escalating human crisis in America. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C+ 88% The Post (2018) In the words of John Wesley Harding, "you don't get to read the news in U.S.A. Today." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C- 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Everything about this film is a disappointment. It is, by far, Todd Haynes's weakest effort to date. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
B- 89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) The center has not held, but Joan Didion is still with us as of this writing. Cheers to that. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C- 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A few impressive set pieces and scene study fodder for acting students, this "Murder on the Orient Express" is a paper-dry mystery at best. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C+ 99% Lady Bird (2017) [VIDEO ESSAY] I suspect that many audiences who return to "Lady Bird" will be disappointed as to how the movie stands up. It's a much worse movie the second time around, I promise you. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
B 86% Okja (2017) "Okja" is an effective piece of filmic political satire that can now only be viewed in the context of the pressures mounted against it. As is life, it's good to know who your enemies are. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
F 93% Logan (2017) If indoctrinating child audiences into accepting, and enjoying, brutal deadly violence was the intent of the filmmakers responsible for making "Logan," then their mission is accomplished. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
A+ 100% Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) (Without Roof or Rule) (1985) Agnes Varda's sturdy neo-realistic social study of a fiercely individualistic young woman, who happily lives a hobo's life on the road in France, is nothing short of a masterpiece. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
A+ 100% Victim (1961) "Victim" is an essential addition to the LGBT cannon that has the ability to put its audience in a cold sweat. The sense of fear on the screen is palpable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
A- 80% Maîtresse (Mistress) (1976) Released in 1976, Schroeder's exploration of a behind-the-scenes life of a professional dominatrix features one of Gerard Depardieu's debut film performances. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
C- 85% It (2017) "It" just doesn't cut it. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Frank Darabont's "The Mist," based on Stephen King's novel, and enjoy a genuinely creepy movie that will give you nightmares. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
C- 93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright seems to be taking notes from Quentin Tarantino for his use of pop music to provide an aural bed of energy for the story to glide on. The problem is that Edgar Wright isn't anywhere near as gifted as Tarantino... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
A 87% Wind River (2017) Where does Wind River end, and real life begin? This could well be the most important American film of 2017. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
D 85% The Square (2017) Here is a lazy satire unworthy of a sneeze from such masters of the form as Lars von Trier. Perhaps one day Ruben Östlund will make a competent film; don't hold your breath. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
B 88% Arthur (1981) That song will be stuck in your head for days, but "Arthur" is worth the torture. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
F 92% Dunkirk (2017) [VIDEO ESSAY] "Dunkirk" seems to say that there are no heroes in war, only victims, suckers, survivors, and assholes. Perhaps Christopher Nolan's movie has a point after all. This movie sucks. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
B- 74% The Anderson Tapes (1971) Although one of Sidney Lumet's minor efforts, "The Anderson Tapes" functions as a cool retro caper movie full of nostalgic details. The film's car chase climax is no joke. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
B- No Score Yet Clash - Rude Boy (1980) Joe Strummer had the goods, and the perfect band to back him up. See the proof, and ignore the film's spackled on political subtext. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
B- No Score Yet The Next Man (1976) Here is a terribly flawed movie that earns its value via the style and grace of Cornelia Sharpe and Sean Connery. The twist at the end is a good thing too. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
A- 98% Trophy (2017) You will come away from this well researched film with a more informed understanding of wild animal conservation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
D No Score Yet Ghoulies (1985) Mariska Hargitay makes an inauspicious feature film debut in this trashy little horror picture. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
B- 70% Rumble Fish (1983) (PODCAST) Although too stagy to stand the test of time, "Rumble Fish" retains the charm of its impossibly young cast that includes Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
A+ 83% Tess (1979) (PODCAST) The greatest filmic literary adaptation any filmmaker has produced. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B+ 87% 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) "84 Charing Cross Road" is a valuable film for all of the right reasons of theatrical balance and narrative truth. It is a movie that hits you like a live play. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
C- 50% The House on 92nd Street (1945) "The House On 92nd Street" stands as a noxious example of patriotic pap disguised as faux docu film noir. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
A- 96% Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) (PODCAST)Steven Soderbergh's debut film of bad people doing bad things beats with a perverse heart. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
A 91% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Every course on American music should necessarily include "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
A+ 95% Command and Control (2016) (PODCAST) This well researched and expertly executed documentary is essential viewing for understanding a potentially world-ending pervasive threat facing America. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 82% Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (PODCAST) Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley is a gay cop out to solve the murder of an ex-lover. 20 years of hindsight shows Axel Foley to be a great gay icon of '80s pop culture. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B+ 79% The Beguiled (2017) "The Beguiled" is problematic inasmuch as it plays against clichés as much as it embraces the necessary lusts of its horny female characters. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
A+ 68% American Psycho (2000) Like all great films, "American Psycho" is one you can discover something new in regardless of how many times you've seen it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
C+ 29% Bitch Slap (2010) For all of its potentially 3D-appropriate use of flying objects and big boobies, "Bitch Slap" doesn't hold a candle to Russ Meyer's truly transgressive "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" - an obvious inspiration for this gutty little action film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
A+ 65% Swept Away (Travolti da un Insolito Destino nell'Azzurro Mare d'Agosto) (1975) "Swept Away" is as relevant today as it was when it was made. The power that lovers wield is as psychologically transient as any political ideology of the day, and just as predictable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
B+ 93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) "I've sold my devil to the soul." "Life does not have meaning, you have to live it!" Alejandro Jodorowsky is the most euphoric filmmaker of our time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
A- 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Part character study and social expose, "The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography" examines the artistic process of a woman whose divinely quirky personality informs her formerly overlooked career. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
B 100% Stalker (1979) Jean Paul Sartre's 'No Exit' meets 'Waiting For Godot" in Chernobyl in this influential filmic think piece from visionary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017