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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D 70% The Science of Sleep (2006) Navel-gazing director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") wears his developmentally arrested heart on his sleeve, on his pants, and on his forehead in the most self-indulgent movie of 2006.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2006
A+ 98% Brazil (1985) If anyone ever doubts the visionary significance of Terry Gilliam's once bright genius as a filmmaker of enormous depth and cynical humor, you need only to visit upon his career-topping 1985 masterpiece of surreal satire.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2006
B- 75% Catch a Fire (2006) "Catch a Fire" is an incendiary movie about an individual's desperate decision to battle a corrupt government system after being mentally and psychically abused.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2006
A 73% Flags of Our Fathers (2006) "Flags of Our Fathers" is a tremendous film about the very beginning of celebrity worship, and our need to invent and memorialize brave men.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2006
A 90% The Departed (2006) Martin Scorsese is a master director in every sense of the word and with the help of his ensemble has made a masterpiece of modern cinema, complete with a triple climax ending.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2006
C+ 25% School for Scoundrels (2006) "School For Scoundrels" relies on Thornton's hovering performance to drive the film, and the formula nearly succeeds in the face of Jon Heder's narrow comic range and inability to develop his character over the course of the story.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2006
A- 74% Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006) Significantly, the movie breaks the standard revenge model of the martial arts film genre to embrace the grace and restraint that underlines the philosophy of wushu (the comprehensive term for martial arts that means 'avert fighting' or 'stop war').‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2006
C- 32% The Black Dahlia (2006) Excessive exposition, subplots, and secondary characters distract from the title story about the barbaric 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, a striving 22-year-old actress at odds with the treacherous streets of Los Angeles.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2006
B+ 68% Hollywoodland (2006) The genius of the movie is the way in which it explores possible explanations for Reeve's death before providing the audience with a bit of Reeves' silent home footage that Louis Simo carefully watches for telling subtext.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2006
B- 61% Crank (2006) Relying upon an abbreviated and accelerated plotline informed by Rudolph Mate's 1949 film noir classic D.O.A., Crank is a hard-R-rated chase-and-smash movie fixed around Euro action movie magnet Jason Statham.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2006
B+ 73% The Illusionist (2006) There is a formal reverence for the unspoken loyalty between Eisenheim and Sophie that elegantly expounds on the period aspects of the story to create an atmosphere of timeless devotion and uncommon humility.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2006
C 37% Accepted (2006) "Accepted" falls short of mining "National Lampoon's Animal House" brand of humor because it doesn't relate the relationships of its characters to their kooky behaviors.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2006
C- 68% World Trade Center (2006) Oliver Stone has gone against his famous character to make a syrupy and gruelingly flat cinematic ode to two brave policemen (John McLoughlin and William Jimeno)...‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2006
C- 19% Step Up (2006) The dubious concept of blending ballet with hip-hop dancing is explored only as far as line dance choreography will allow in this cliché-riddled romance that coasts on the strength of its charismatic leads...‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2006
B+ 85% The Descent (2006) "The Descent" succeeds thoroughly as a horror film, based on the filmmakers' diligent attention to fundamental genre elements.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2006
C 40% Scoop (2006) As writer, director and actor Allen borrows so liberally from himself that anyone familiar with his movies will experience twinges of déjà vu in nearly every other scene.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2006
D+ 25% Lady in the Water (2006) Apologists for the categorically inadequate M. Night Shyamalan have their work cut out defending yet another cinematic killjoy from the 'auteur' whose high box office receipts do not reflect the ineptitude of his filmmaking skills.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2006
C 20% You, Me and Dupree (2006) You, Me and Dupree is a situation comedy that subsists purely on vibe, namely Owen Wilson's ever-boyish vibe of an innocence that has overstayed its welcome long into adulthood.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2006
B- 68% A Scanner Darkly (2006) Richard Linklater sticks to the narrative flow of Philip K. Dick's novel without embellishing it with current sociopolitical realities that the book foreshadowed.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2006
A- 75% Superman Returns (2006) "Superman Returns" is a sumptuous cinematic experience where its necessary spectacle never takes a front seat to the drama's emotional core...‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2006
C- 35% The Lake House (2006) While the movie isn't as bad as its dubious trailer portends, it suffers terribly from a truncated narrative puzzle device that connects two lovers from different eras via an old-fashioned mailbox at a lake house.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2006
C+ 37% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Padded with relatively unknown actors, "Tokyo Drift" is more of an actors' showcase than fully fleshed-out movie.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2006
C- 81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) "A Prairie Home Companion" is a cringe-worthy Robert Altman movie because it lacks all traces of the director's former glory. You could blame Garrison Keillor but that would be giving him too much credit.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2006
A 93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Director Davis Guggenheim expands Gore's highly polished multimedia lecture into dramatic form with personal footage of Gore that exemplifies his 40-year commitment to a subject that is consuming our Earth.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2006
B 58% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) "X-Men: The Last Stand" is a comic book movie that crams in a stunning number of characters while still managing to map out significant emotional underpinnings.‐
Read More | Posted May 24, 2006
B- 75% Over the Hedge (2006) The metaphoric subtext is as clear as the apocalyptic destruction that befalls Gladys' treasured suburban home. All of the humans have gone nuts.‐
Read More | Posted May 21, 2006
A- 33% Poseidon (2006) From Wolfgang Petersen's majestic 360-degree pan of the enormous modern-day luxury cruise ship that will be capsized by a 150-foot tidal wave to his deliberately caliginous closing shot, "Poseidon" is a nerve-wracking thrill ride.‐
Read More | Posted May 9, 2006
B+ 70% Mission: Impossible III (2006) "Mission Impossible: III" is a perfect summer blockbuster movie.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2006
C- 90% United 93 (2006) Ultimately, United 93 is a regurgitation of suspicious media-fueled speculation about events on an airplane that we know very little about.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2006
B- 84% Akeelah and the Bee (2006) "Akeelah And The Bee" is a movie that parents should be happy to let their kids go see on their own; they just might start reading the dictionary.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2006
B+ 20% The Wild (2006) Obvious plot similarities to Dreamworks animated kid's movie "Madagascar" haunts this superior Disney produced CG animated story about a group of New York Zoo animals that go for an unexpected boat trip to an African jungle.‐
Posted Apr 11, 2006
C- 35% Ask the Dust (2006) No one gets away unscathed in Robert Towne's overblown attempt at transfiguring John Fante's novel to film.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2006
A 79% Why We Fight (2006) Entertaining, informative and thought provoking "Why We Fight" clearly exposes the enemy within. Don't miss it.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2006
C- 44% Take the Lead (2006) As a dance movie "Take The Lead" is downright incompetent, and as a feel-good teen drama/comedy it has no pathos or humor. It's a throwaway movie.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2006
B- 51% Lucky Number Slevin (2006) Josh Hartnett ("Sin City") indulges in a snappy tongue-in-cheek puzzle of a thriller that's akin to eating ten flavors of ice cream at once.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2006
C 86% Thank You for Smoking (2006) Reitman's inability to pay off on any of the film's skeletal sub-plots leaves Aaron Eckhart holding the narrative bag even if the capable actor carries the movie on his brawny shoulders like an obsolete Atlas.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2006
B+ 73% V for Vendetta (2006) V For Vendetta is a glorious piece of pop culture subversive cinema that operates on manifold levels.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2006
C+ 50% The Hills Have Eyes (2006) "The Hills Have Eyes" is an intense horror movie that should send more than a few viewers with weak stomachs running for the restroom.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2006
C+ 56% 16 Blocks (2006) Mos Def doesn't so much steal scenes as palm them away from the action around him to create an oasis of naturalism.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2006
B 25% Madea's Family Reunion (2006) Domestic violence, incest and greed are some of the issues that boil over in this sweet and sour comedy that adheres to theatrical guidelines that are seldom politically correct.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2006
D+ 49% The White Countess (2005) James Ivory would have done well to take his from "Casablanca" since that similarly themed film achieves everything that this film aspires to but ultimately fails at.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2006
A+ 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) "Do the Right Thing" is a film whose ability to entertain, provoke, and question has not diminished in the least.‐
Posted Feb 13, 2006
B- 72% Eight Below (2006) The dogs' remarkable acting abilities admirably serve the bulk of the movie...‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2006
B 82% The World's Fastest Indian (2005) Hopkins transports a simple story about an aging man with an ageless dream into the stuff of legend.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2006
B 43% Final Destination 3 (2006) Whether conscious or not on the part of the filmmakers, the gory logic follows America's understandable desire to rationalize the effects of such physical violence that its invisible soldiers are suffering in Afghanistan and Iraq.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2006
C- 61% Something New (2006) "Something New" is a tentative baby step toward a hopefully improving cinematic dialogue about the fact of interracial relations and their acceptance in our society.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2006
C- 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) The movie is hampered by production designer Michael Howell's garish neon color palate contrasted against clownish costumes by Nic Ede...‐
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2006
B- 56% Glory Road (2006) Debut director James Gartner struggles with solidifying the film's socially explosive period aspects against the exacting demands of recreating a season's worth of hair raising basketball games surging toward the 1966 NCAA tournament.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2006
B+ 47% Hoodwinked (2005) With or without the 3-D, "Hoodwinked!" is a clever screwball take on the Little Red Riding Hood fable that speaks to the kid in all of us.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2006
C+ 50% The Producers (2005) The play may be lousy, but the actors are great.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2006