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Kirk Baird

Kirk Baird
Kirk Baird's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toledo Blade

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A darkly sweet tale about an outcast and the monster who heals him. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 95% Fences (2016) What carries this screen version of Wilson's work is the ability of these actors to keep our attention hostage for two-plus hours and make us feel for these characters, even when we don't always believe the words they say. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 29, 2016
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) La La Land is a Christmas miracle for these coldhearted times: a vibrant and emotive present that warms the soul with good cheer as a celebration of a film genre and the indefatigable human spirit. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 29, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) Save for the on-screen coupling of Lawrence and Pratt, Passengers is a quick trip just as quickly forgotten. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It ranks among the series' best -- just below A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back (Episodes IV and V), and just above The Force Awakens. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain is so good at the steely-eye determinism of Sloane, in the believability of what she does, and in making us understand why she does it, that the character is likable and even relatable despite her repugnant win-at-all-cost methods. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 9, 2016
2.5/5 95% Moana (2016) As an animated film, Moana isn't close to ranking among Disney's best. But as a tropical postcard on the big screen, the animation couldn't be more spectacular and inviting. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 23, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Words have meaning, Arrival reminds us, and communication is the way forward for humanity, especially in times of great uncertainty when the world seems to be at a crisis point. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) A mind-bending, exciting, funny, and, yes, strange adventure, that ranks among Marvel's best, and as a superhero introduction film is second to only 2008's Iron Man. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2.5/5 19% Inferno (2016) It's less intrusive and gimmicky [as The Da Vinci Code], but it's also not as enjoyable -- particularly since so much of the movie is familiar, as they go from museum to museum, dodging bad guys and trying to solve the mystery. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) [The franchise struggles] to balance its heroes and villains; even Knepper, a character actor known for playing bad men, fails to make an impression, not unlike Werner Herzog's turn as the main bad guy in the first Jack Reacher. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Reflecting its conventional storytelling, The Birth of a Nation relies heavily on Civil War-era stereotypes and stock characters, limiting its cast to little to no nuance in their roles. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Unfortunately for those looking for a different kind of hero, The Accountant's promising premise is subverted by hackneyed genre conventions and third-act silliness that set up the character for more big-screen adventures. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Perhaps the biggest twist to The Girl on the Train is that this menagerie of bleak souls doesn't vitiate the film, but redeems it, amid a flurry of surprises that provide, if nothing else, empathy for their cause. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Despite the film's flaws, the peculiarity of it all holds interests and carries through, until that rushed third act -- as if Burton simply lost focus and wanted it all to be over. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Fuqua isn't interested in the contemporary Western. His Magnificent Seven is a throwback to those decades-old films that informed him as an impressionable and young filmmaker. But to live in history invites comparisons to what was. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) Relying on the same technique, however well done, is like a plate of warmed-up leftovers from last night's wonderful meal. It's never as good the second time. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Pete's Dragon is delightfully low key and delicate... It's a film about characters, story, and emotions that also happens to have a CGI dragon in it -- one that is effectively brought to life through the animation. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Even Smith's smart-aleck charm comes up short, with Deadshot's lines either not very funny or out of place to what's happening in the film. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Fortunately for Greengrass, the likability of Damon in this role can carry the film through almost any detours. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Star Trek Beyond is a mea culpa to fans who felt the new film series abandoned the franchise's network TV roots. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 22, 2016
2.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Ghostbusters wants to be its own comedy, but it won't let go of the past, including various cameos from the former Ghostbusters cast that stick out like Halloween decor at Christmas. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) An adorable and occasionally quite funny computer-animated film about what domesticated animals are up to when their masters aren't around that never ingratiates the heart. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3.5/5 75% The BFG (2016) It's Oscar winner Rylance's warm-hearted motion-capture performance -- his BFG moves with human-like fluidity and grace -- along with John Williams' familiar and sweet score, that gives The BFG its soul. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 1, 2016
86% Inception (2010) This is a brainy, brawny popcorn pleaser at its best. And one not easily forgotten. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 27, 2016
3.5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Just when it appears Finding Dory is the latest in a long line of sequel casualties, the deliriously fun and witty third act arrives to mount a revival, as everything comes together and the setups finally deliver laugh-out-loud payoffs. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 17, 2016
2/5 28% Warcraft (2016) At its best, Warcraft is a passable and occasionally mildly entertaining fantasy film. Unfortunately, the rest of the time it's a slog of an epic by a director struggling to condense an unwieldy fantasy not of his own making. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 10, 2016
1/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Watching a 7-year-old boy with an overactive imagination play with his four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures would be more enjoyable and more coherent than what Green and company managed with this film. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) A sleek sports car of a summer blockbuster junked up by too many aftermarket accessories. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 27, 2016
3.5/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Despite its plot's mechanical issues, The Nice Guys has all the makings of must-see DVD and Blu-ray, when its long-winded story can be offset by the ability to rewind and rewatch some truly funny moments. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 20, 2016
2/5 57% Money Monster (2016) Money Monster's timing couldn't be much better. But this Wall Street satire could be and should be, with a promising setup betrayed by absurd twists and a conventional resolution so tidy it wreaks of studio meddling. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 13, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The latest Marvel movie to build on the series' past while setting up its future, Captain America: Civil War is also the most ambitious film yet in that comic-book cinematic universe. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 6, 2016
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) The computer-made anamorphic animals -- Mowgli's wolf family and best friends bear and black panther, and his enemies the tiger and python -- are astonishingly fur-and-blood real. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3.5/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) The ride is worth it for the uniformly terrific cast and for the aspirations of this throwback science-fiction vehicle, when brainy stories drove films rather than Star Wars-style eye candy. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2.5/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) A dark and moody comic-book film with noble ambitions but the fizz of a week-old glass of Coke. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3.5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) While the "Merc with a Mouth" is a novel and undeniably funny superhero film, like a relentless case of the runs, Deadpool's torrent of inappropriate/​smart-aleck jokes and pop culture references can be exhausting. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Like most of the Coens' work, Hail, Caesar! has multiple levels to nod at and appreciate -- like the cigarette metaphor and the loving recreations of film genres: westerns, musicals, biblical epics. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 5, 2016
5/5 94% Room (2015) Room is a most extraordinary achievement, finding light and love and hope in even the darkest of places. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 81% The Revenant (2015) A maddening meditation on vengeance: its high toll and the fleeting satisfaction it yields. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3.5/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight isn't a masterpiece and it's not Tarantino's best film, but it is his most complete effort in a long while. It's sloppy but riveting. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) The cast is uniformly excellent... and The Big Short's rapid pace and momentum keep the film and its subject matter light and breezy, even as the heavy story speeds to disaster. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2/5 60% Concussion (2015) With the mounting evidence and increasing concern of the potential hazards of playing football, the National Football League has much to be concerned about. The new film Concussion isn't one of them. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The dialogue is punchy. The actors are engaged and human. The action sequences and special effects complement the plot rather than make up for it. The story rockets along. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/5 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) The Good Dinosaur, as it turns out, is merely adequate by the great standards of Pixar's family-friendly library: a stunning piece of artistry let down by a familiar story of a journey against all odds that fails to inspire and connect. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 25, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) Spotlight might very well be the best film of the year. It's an intense and well-crafted ensemble drama that has and will receive near-universal accolades and repeated mentions as an Oscar frontrunner. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) [Mockingjay delivers] an ultimately satisfying conclusion to the adventures of Katniss Everdeen. But as with most heroic tales, the best stories are not necessarily the longest. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Only a blockhead won't enjoy Charlie Brown and Co.'s return to the big screen. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2/5 65% Spectre (2015) After soaring to new heights in Skyfall, James Bond comes crashing down in the hotly anticipated Spectre. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 6, 2015
4.5/5 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) This Bond for the 21st century is scarred physically and emotionally from his almost super-human efforts for country and Queen, and you believe there are layers to his psyche that will continue to define him in the movies to come. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Rare are the filmmakers such as Spielberg with the knowledge and capability to wed thought-provoking artistry with thoroughly entertaining cinematic appeal. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 16, 2015