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: GeekRex, The Beat

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
59% 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
95% 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
83% 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
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is the humanist kind of blockbuster we see all too rarely nowadays - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
94% Us (2019) For those who are willing to meet it on its own terms, you'll find an even more rewarding experience, one catered by Peele's lovely shot compositions and a tremendously frightening double-edged performance by Nyong'o. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
71% Climax (2019) Once the film enters its inevitable Lord of the Flies territory... and the shock value enters its most absurd - we begin to wonder what we really learned at all - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) This time around, everything is just okay. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
83% Silence (2017) Silence is a wonder of a film...acting as an important piece of religious history and an engaging personal odyssey. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
96% Paterson (2016) Like in real life, the smaller moments sometimes click and resonate long after its running time has past. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) For a film that makes its enigmas so paramount, it's strange to see [A Cure For Wellness] treat its audience so disdainfully. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick: Chapter 2 is all about confidence, confidence in its concept, its own internal universe, and its lead. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
87% It Comes At Night (2017) Probably the closest we'll ever get to a filmed version of The Last of Us. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) [Holland} is just as funny and wise-cracking as you'd hope he'd be...he has a sort of earnestness ala Marty McFly that someone like Andrew Garfield could never quite capture. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
96% The Florida Project (2017) A sumptuously shot, 35-mm experience that feels utterly lived-in and real, but never loses its cinematic verve; it's a film that will stay with you. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
28% Suburbicon (2017) Surburbicon proves that sometimes scripts are shelved for a reason. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Minor Haynes is still an interesting curio, particularly given the stylistic acumen on display, but it's easily his least effective film thus far. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
32% The Predator (2018) You can see in the bones of this thing that there could be a solid, even subversive, effort, but what we got simply isn't it. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
85% The Square (2017) This is a finely honed machine that hits a perfect blend of thoughtful and intellectual commentary, while also being impossible to pry your eyes away from, minute by minute. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
84% Darkest Hour (2017) It's Churchill that keeps Darkest Hour just above par through Oldman's absolutely heavyweight performance - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The finest film about Hollywood foibles since Ed Wood - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
92% The Shape of Water (2017) While it still falls short of his earlier triumphs, it's a step in the right direction for the Hollywood expansion of del Toro's unique vision - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's a perfect mix of, and tribute to, Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza and Joe Kelly. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
93% Logan (2017) This presumed final trip for Jackman has more in common with Unforgiven than anything that's appeared between the covers of a Wolverine comic. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It's a movie about people talking, and caring for one another - filling each other's respective emotional void - just as much as it is about laser guns and punching. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
16% The Mummy (2017) It's 9 am, on Wednesday June 7th, and I'm calling it on the Dark Universe, dear readers. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes is exhilarating and melds together an expert level of craft and performance that shores itself up as one of the delights of this Summer - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk is the masterwork Christopher Nolan's career has been building towards. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
16% The Dark Tower (2017) If there are other worlds than these, I hope they got a better movie than The Dark Tower. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
82% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear is a love letter to fandom. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Working my way through this one, it was becoming clear pretty quickly to me that Vaughn and his ongoing writing partner Jane Goldman really didn't have another story to tell. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) This is as challenging a blockbuster as has been made in the modern era, and it's all the better for it. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
40% Justice League (2017) It's the funniest DC movie, with my favorite Superman in action moment on film maybe ever, and paints an exciting way forward for the entries that will follow in its wake. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) When it works, it really works, but the fat overwhelms it all too often. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
46% Red Sparrow (2018) The film's moments of deeper introspection are really just all gloss. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It's a film filled with good ideas, and with just a little more judicious work, could have had something special and memorable. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis would have been a fascinating short, but even at 90 minutes, it wears out its welcome far too quickly. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
46% The Meg (2018) It's clear The Meg has no idea what kind of movie it wanted to be, other than one that tried to appeal to a bunch of different demographics. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
80% Mid90s (2018) You can tell Hill could craft an entertaining film in a mode he's comfortable with, but aiming for profundity finds his reach exceeding his grasp. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
92% Searching (2018) As its run-time rolls on, it grows so head-smackingly stupid and trite, you'll wonder why you wasted the time at all. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
14% Life Itself (2018) If you like This Is Us...just go watch that. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
87% Colette (2018) Don't expect a reinvention within the genre, but it's a strikingly fascinating story and told pretty darn well. - GeekRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
97% Black Panther (2018) This is a piece of history you really want to be a part of. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
72% Ready Player One (2018) It's a movie with a storytelling approach that feels as old and cliched as some of the inspirations it's trying to evoke. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
89% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) I'm not sure even Thomas Pynchon could have crafted this kind of fever dream scenario. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) A sort of My Neighbor Totoro to Devilman's Grave of the Fireflies. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) In short, it's clearly a movie made by committee with many hands on deck. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The biggest struggle the sequel finds is that it really doesn't have anything new to say that wasn't present in the first film. - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The first big failure of Marvel's Phase 3 - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Ideally, this is the kind of theatrical experience you'd have at a drive-in, or one of those hipster theaters that serve popcorn in white and red striped generic containers - The Beat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019