Kyle Kizu

Kyle Kizu
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Kyle Kizu is a film studies graduate from UC Berkeley, now working as a freelance entertainment writer out of Los Angeles. As obsessed with the IMAX spectacle as he is with the tiny independent, Kyle lives at the movie theater and loves to write both reviews and thought pieces. He has bylines in The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, Crooked Marquee, and Film Inquiry.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
72% The Wandering Earth (2019) Director Frant Gwo shoots these scenes with utter confidence and clarity, as well as something simple that is often forgotten with stories in fantastical worlds: awe. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) They Shall Not Grow Old is such an apt title because the experiences of these soldiers are made entirely immediate, through both technical and narrative care. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
A+ 87% First Man (2018) It's odd for such a film, one of a momentous historical moment, to end up as an artful poem with the spirit of Dylan Thomas. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
A+ 92% Dunkirk (2017) There's a method here more polished than in any of Nolan's previous work. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 97% Columbus (2017) The story centers heavily around architecture, and Kogonada and cinematographer Elisha Christian, craft still-frames ... that feel like pieces of architecture themselves. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A 96% The Florida Project (2017) The film never exploits its characters' lives, but simply understands them and, in turn, portrays them both sensitively and candidly. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's tough to hate Thor: Ragnarok, as the film is beautiful to look at and one of the funnier entries in the MCU. But it's more difficult to love it. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
D+ 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League, seemingly a continuation of Batman v Superman, a third film in this trilogy, is jarringly hollow in comparison. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Delbonnel's cinematography is particularly striking ... there's a persistent haze that's as equally eerie as it is strangely invigorating. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 97% Coco (2017) The intricacies of its culture are deeply felt on a visual, auditory and thematic level. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 91% Good Time (2017) Good Time represents a shift for [Pattinson], who turns in his best and most singular performance in this gritty underbelly thriller from the Safdie brothers. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C+ 51% The Glass Castle (2017) The story is about imperfection, in person and in family, so if the film is imperfect, it can be forgiven. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B- 90% Gerald's Game (2017) Despite being set almost entirely in one room, Gerald's Game turns out to be a deeply visual and physical film. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C+ 86% American Made (2017) Cruise, sporting a Southern accent, is magnetic, a presence with gravity, one that drives the energy of each scene. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 90% Our Souls at Night (2017) Neustadter and Weber's dialogue is simultaneously a showcase of naturalism and of calculated specificity. Nothing is over-explained or overstated. Nothing seems written. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Emma Stone and Steve Carell are both absolutely dynamic as King and Riggs. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
F 38% Death Note (2017) [Death Note] shamefully uses Japan and Japanese people at its convenience. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi breathes urgent purpose into the new trilogy, purpose it had yet to prove. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 88% The Post (2018) The Post wants to make sure viewers confront its themes directly and explicitly rather than allow the subtlety of the progressing narrative to seep into them. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 71% Hostiles (2018) So much of Hostiles works, and sticks with us long after we've left the theater, because of how quiet and subtle it all is. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The visuals are stunning ... but those visuals are even more memorable because of the tone of empathy that del Toro injects into it all. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C- 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The music never really plants itself in viewers' minds as each piece feels overdone and jarringly anachronistic. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 82% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain manages the tricky balancing act of channeling the spark of Sorkin's dialogue while also shaping a character that feels naturally lived in. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A 91% Phantom Thread (2018) [Phantom Thread] is deliciously hilarious in its nastiness, especially when blurted with full pompous force by Daniel Day-Lewis. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 95% A Quiet Place (2018) While Krasinski is undoubtedly rather strong, with his performance's emotion sitting right under the surface, his most assured role on this film is as the director - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) [Chappaquiddick] undoubtedly rests on the shoulders of Jason Clarke, and Clarke turns in one of his finest performances. - MovieMinis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap is a harrowing portrait of trauma and abuse, and a hypnotic rumination on what it means to film, be filmed, and see yourself in film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
94% Calibre (2018) While the first two acts are, more or less, standard yet entertaining fare in the genre, they also do subtle work so that the film can end as it does. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) The structure crafts a view of class and sex that's inquisitive and thorough, but its ambitious reach exceeds its grasp, and it certainly makes it clear that it was helmed and written by men. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) That's what's so beautiful about the film - that it's not only so empathetic to both of their situations, but that it reaches deep into those mental states as well. And what it pulls out, the music that they share, is often mesmerizing. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018