Kyle Pinion

Kyle Pinion
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I've been a professional film critic since 2012, and have served as the Entertainment Editor at The Beat since 2014. My reviews are found there and on the outlet I founded, GeekRex. I'm a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, The Atlanta Film Critics Circle, and the Georgia Film Critics Association.
Publications: Screen Rex, The Beat

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% The Green Knight (2021) The finest fantasy film in decades. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
91% For Madmen Only (2020) The need to serve too many masters ends up creating just an okay attempt at capturing what made Close such a giant in comedy. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) It sacrifices depth for breadth, but is a solid introductory document for newcomers - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) In all, it's a recipe for a different kind of throwback, The Conjuring by way of direct to video sequel. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) At its core, Cruella is really just the chewed-up leftovers of other popular fare. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Just today I saw an interview where Joe Taslim indicated he was signed up for four sequels to this film. I can't think of anything sadder. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) It's just hard to escape the feeling that the filmmakers sat down with a premise..."wouldn't it be funny if the Better Call Saul guy was John Wick?" and just never developed much of anything beyond that. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) It's perhaps the best DC film of the current cycle, and certainly the one that most embodies the inherent thrill of that publisher's canon. It's also one hell of a redemption story. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Most importantly, it serves as a fine balm for parents who have seen Frozen and Moana 200 times and need something new to throw into the rotation. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Judas' flaws start at the conception stage, and a script that just needed better focus or more care for both of its titular figures. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) Why Hancock decided to film with what was lining his desk drawer is a mystery far more interesting than anything The Little Things has to offer. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) Not every award winning actor can make the jump behind the camera with equal success, but King gets this new evolution of her career off to a very solid, if not always spectacular, start. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is cinematic alchemy, and without a doubt this year's first truly essential film. Chloé Zhao is a miracle. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
82% Mank (2020) Mank is an excellent evocation of an era, history lesson, and dispelling of a popular myth in its first viewing, it may very well prove absolutely essential in subsequent ones. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
90% The Climb (2020) A collection of mundane 1917s - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) Freaky is just empty calories of the Doritos variety: largely fine in the immediate sense, but ever so tiresome as you keep eating - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) I'd be shocked if we don't end up seeing a few headlines about what happens in the last 15 minutes of this film. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) A great idea that looks good, but the question becomes "what is the end thesis?" - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
43% The Lie (2020) The Lie has all the creative juice of something like The Snowman, but without even unintentional hilarity to keep things moving - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
71% Black Box (2020) For much of its proceedings, the film is a compelling study of memory and self - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The best film that the barren 2020 cinematic landscape has given way to, and certainly the best original feature in Netflix's continually strengthening lineup. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) It's as if you're trying to solve a math problem while cars crash around you and there's a variable you're constantly missing. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Another masterpiece of miserabalism from one of its chief purveyors - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
54% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Peninsula is a rather large cinematic disappointment in a year when the bar for entertainment is painfully low. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) We all know what a legend Deneuve is, but to be reminded so forcefully is welcome enough reason for The Truth to exist. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) The best Apatow film in over a decade. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Shirley grabs this moribund genre by the throat - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is an exercise in sheer exhaustion, and is far too in love with its words as written - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) There's a core idea within Bloodshot that could make for a really poignant sci-fi tale, it just gets drowned by literally everything else. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) Though her nascent talents are honed towards the visual end, de Wilde's storytelling sensibilities are not quite up to par. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) It just leads you to wonder if this filmmaking duo only has one idea in their approach to horror. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out Of Space takes a bit of time to ramp up its energy, but once its there, it explodes with a rare vibrancy until it turns outright sublime. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) The details will evaporate almost as quickly as you leave the theater, but it's a finely tuned enough screamer while you're in it. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) While its flaws are evident, it never quite derails, and the high points pull it back from the brink that it's continually threatening to careen off of... - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) The Up Series is meticulously rendered time capsule of the Baby Boom generation, and one of the most important endeavors in film history, with 63 Up its most poignant chapter. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) Almost every frame of 1917 is something you could blow-up and put on your wall, it's such a beautifully lit and lensed picture. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) After Logan, it's hard to not wish for just a little more from Mangold. I'm sure your dad will love it though. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) A descent into madness worth taking. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Packs a hell of a wallop just when it needs to, and acts as a killer epilogue to what is arguably the greatest longform narrative in television history - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) That it tells this triumphant story in such a lush and vibrant way, and that it acts as a vehicle for Murphy's continually bottomless charisma, makes it easy to recommend - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker is basically an idiot's version of a thinking man's film. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) Some poor choices and an overly bloated running time aside, the film is able to dodge its repeated self-critique just barely, as there is more to recommend with It Chapter Two than not. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) While some of its arguments towards youth culture feel like the apotheosis of Tarantino's nostalgic predilections, ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD gives viewers perhaps the best showcase of his id committed to celluloid yet. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It's hard to topple Thor: Ragnarok as the best film of the MCU, but this sure comes close. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) An existential rumination on feeling unwanted and finding new purpose in life, while also being a blast. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) While so many similar films get lost in their subject's importance... Rocketman hangs onto its humanity by highlighting Elton's journey to self-discovery. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Once Aladdin finds its groove, it slots itself firmly as fun, escapist entertainment, but it never really addresses the emphatic nature by which it needed to exist in the first place. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) For much of the experience, Endgame feels like you're reading a really good graphic novel. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
82% High Life (2019) I'm so glad this movie exists. I only hope I'm so daring when I'm 72 years old. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) As a character says at one point, "sometimes dead is better". I wish Paramount had heeded that advice. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019