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Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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- 82% 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+ 90% 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
A 77% Munich (2005) "Munich" is at once a deeply disturbing and ardently effective film that operates successfully as a political thriller and as a cautionary tale.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2005
B+ 84% King Kong (2005) "King Kong" is a rare film that would be improved with a "director's cut" that excised rather than added.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2005
B- 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ang Lee creates a compelling atmospheric film in spite of the story's obedient propagation of Hollywood's cliché myth that gay people must eventually be punished with lethal violence.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2005
B+ 76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a weighty children's story about how children make the transition into young adults during a time of crisis.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2005
A- 72% Syriana (2005) The thematic temperature of "Syriana" runs hot and doesn't waste a single second of film time.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
C- 46% Rent (2005) "Rent" is a wet blanket musical compared to the likes of "West Side Story" or "Cabaret."‐
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
6/10 46% The Ice Harvest (2005) It's an anti-Christmas black comedy for every card-carrying Grinch.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2005
A 83% Walk the Line (2005) Joaquin's trademark stiff shoulders morph into those of country music legend Johnny Cash even if Cash never carried himself with such defensiveness.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2005
D 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is an endurance test for its audience.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2005
B 67% The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) ...a document of social revolt that still bristles with a timely, and timeless, impression of righteousness and intelligence.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
A 93% Young Frankenstein (1974) Mel Brooks caught comic lightning in a bottle in 1974 with his appropriately black-and-white spoof of James Whale's 1931 classic horror film.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
C- 75% Zathura (2005) Zathura: A Space Adventure is a mediocre children's movie based on the reworking of an already faulty formula (see Jumanji) generated by the same author.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
A 90% Capote (2005) Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a tour de force performance as Truman Capote in a film that matches Hoffman's authentic representation...‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2005
A- 61% Jarhead (2005) Jarhead is the most unconventional anti-war film ever made...‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2005
B- 37% Saw II (2005) One-part "Silence Of The Lambs," one-part "Ten Little Indians" and still carrying a lasting dosage of "Se7en," "Saw II" reveals a horror franchise to be reckoned with.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2005
D+ 60% Shopgirl (2005) Steve Martin makes his personal dysfunctional romantic proclivities the subject of a brittle romantic comedy that affords painfully little romance or humor.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2005
A+ 93% Full Metal Jacket (1987) ...uses a full range of cinematic language to comment on an institution that "eats its own guts" as it destroys foreign cultures.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) George Clooney knocks the ball out of the park with his second directorial effort...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 69% North Country (2005) Charlize Theron gives an excellently modulated performance as Josey Aimes.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005