Kirk Baird Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
3.5/5 39% Justice League (2017) Justice League is one of those superhero films that you can't help but cheer on. Those smiles and laughs by these heroes, as it turns out, are as contagious as their frowns.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Even when the plot and pacing slow considerably in the middle of Murder on the Orient Express, during what's mainly busy work for the detective, Branagh as Poirot still makes this train trip worthwhile.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The balance of humor and action has become so one-sided that Thor: Ragnarok could use a laugh track.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
26% Suburbicon (2017) In a drama and thriller that struggles to be anything more than passable, the absence of such gallows humor is sorely needed and missed. As are the Coens.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) As to the those big questions ... Blade Runner 2049 is conclusive about most things, but also asserts its own set of questions. And that's not a spoiler.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) King fought for better pay for women's professional tennis players ... Battle of the Sexes captures that zeitgeist. Just not in the way you expect.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 40 years after the film's release, the only thing that's aged is me.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
85% It (2017) It has been a long time since a Stephen King adaptation could be called fun.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
5/5 83% Detroit (2017) Detroit is an important and thoughtful history reminder. And in these times of Black Lives Matter and videos of police killing black men, it feels sadly prescient.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) It's not often that a summer film is hampered by running short on time, but The Dark Tower rushes through like it's the last two hours on a Friday before a weeklong vacation and there's still packing to be done.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's a harrowing, moving, and minimalist epic that haunts the soul while satisfying those fleshy urges with spectacular and unforgettable action alongside an unrelenting hum of anxious intensity. It's about people, not war.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes triumphantly caps this Apes trilogy. Equally remarkable, it leaves you wanting more.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming is light, quick and never too serious, bounding with a playful sense of humor lacking in the increasingly angsty and no longer fun franchise.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/5 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) The fun and charm of the familiar humor and feel-good moments still haven't worn off, though the end is surely in sight.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2.5/5 16% The Mummy (2017) The action, as with most everything about The Mummy, is fine, rarely impressive, and never inventive.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) After her long struggle to the big screen, Wonder Woman makes the most of her first solo effort.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
1.5/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Indeed, the only appreciation for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a damning one: It somehow manages to be worse than the already low expectations set for it.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
37% Snatched (2017) Snatched director Jonathan Levine (50/​50) either has little faith in screenwriter Katie Dippold's (2016's Ghostbusters) final act in the script, or created a mess of his own, as the story bounces between sequences with no enthusiasm for coherence.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It hurtles past at dizzying speed with a slew of new characters, soap opera-like motivations and confrontations, and goofy-ridiculous adventures, tasking audiences to keep up with it all.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/5 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) By carrying such little significance to the movie - no one watches a Fast and Furious film for its literate script - the plot can stand to be as illogical as it is under-developed. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The songs are still lovely. The story still timeless. And when Beauty and the Beast is good, it's joyful and fun. But even in its best moments, this remake only reminds you of why you fell in love with Disney's animated take on this tale to begin with.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It may be Beauty who killed the Beast in the original King Kong, but in Kong: Skull Island it's the lackluster screenplay that takes down this not-so-great ape.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan (2017) For those who want to see their superheroes grow up, Logan is a satisfying vision of what that real-world mutant would be.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Personal history is an enchanting muse, particularly in the hands of a skilled and thoughtful filmmaker whose story is worth sharing.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A darkly sweet tale about an outcast and the monster who heals him.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
5/5 92% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
2/5 30% Passengers (2016) Save for the on-screen coupling of Lawrence and Pratt, Passengers is a quick trip just as quickly forgotten.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/5 76% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
2.5/5 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 89% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2.5/5 22% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/5 38% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/5 52% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/5 44% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/5 63% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 35% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/5 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
2.5/5 74% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
86% Inception (2010) This is a brainy, brawny popcorn pleaser at its best. And one not easily forgotten.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016