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, ScreenRex

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% 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. - ScreenRex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
52% 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. - ScreenRex 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
63% 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
91% 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
58% 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 - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% 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
70% 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 - Screen Rex 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. - Screen Rex 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. - Screen Rex 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. - Screen Rex 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. - Screen Rex 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. - Screen Rex 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. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
28% Suburbicon (2017) Surburbicon proves that sometimes scripts are shelved for a reason. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
68% 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. - Screen Rex 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. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
85% Darkest Hour (2017) It's Churchill that keeps Darkest Hour just above par through Oldman's absolutely heavyweight performance - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The finest film about Hollywood foibles since Ed Wood - Screen Rex 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 - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
84% 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
85% 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
94% 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
93% 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
45% Red Sparrow (2018) The film's moments of deeper introspection are really just all gloss. - Screen Rex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019