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Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) So many elements in Episode VIII are recycled that it could have been called Rerun of the Jedi.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2017) "Feel-good" is not the sensation Anderson seeks to induce; more like, "Feel inclined to burn down the movie theater."‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
85% The Post (2017) But Streep is sublime. At the core of her genius as a performer - and she has earned the right to be called the greatest actress in Hollywood history - is that she keeps finding another approach, keeps surprising us.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
94% The Shape of Water (2017) ...the nicest way I can describe it is E.T., phone Harlequin.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
84% Darkest Hour (2017) Now it's Churchill's turn to be shrunken down to a more manageable size.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate is mostly an open-minded consideration of the devotion that makes some women choose a life of limits, as well as a useful illustration of why inherently conservative institutions are wise to be skeptical about change.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) They don't make 'em like Murder on the Orient Express any more, but when they do, by chance, make 'em, they should cut 'em into tiny pieces, place 'em in a hole, and set 'em on fire, possibly with a sign warning everyone not to sift through the ashes.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) We've seen bad DC movies and bad Marvel movies. But Justice League is something new: It's a bad DC movie and a bad Marvel movie at the same time.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The film gradually gets bored with its own grandstanding and winds up saying not much of anything.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney's sixth film as a director ... is Suburbicon, a misbegotten mashup of camp, satire, noir, and social commentary based on a Joel and Ethan Coen script from last century. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) As much fun as it is, Ragnarok, by treating everything as an opportunity for a goof, forfeits any chance of taking root in your imagination. Nothing matters here.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) Harrelson gets close to the essence of this dynamic, irascible, essential figure, making the film a fine introduction to a president far more consequential than the man he succeeded.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Sacred Deer winds up being a horror film without a satisfying payoff, a morality play without a lesson, a comedy with maybe four laughs. It's a think piece of a movie, but the more I think about it, the less I like it.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is the rare teen movie that vindicates the world's exasperating moms.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
93% Spielberg (2017) The new documentary makes a strong case that at the peak of his powers, Spielberg may have had many colleagues, but he had no peer.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 may be breathtaking cinema, but it isn't great storytelling.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Noah Baumbach's latest movie is touching, hilarious, and boisterous.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
95% The Florida Project (2017) Written and directed with rich texture by Sean Baker, The Florida Project, which just debuted at the New York Film Festival ahead of its release this week in theaters, is the latest in a vivid, intensely naturalistic new subgenre of white-trash cinema. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
73% Last Flag Flying (2017) Richard Linklater's latest avoids the propagandistic traps that doom so many other recent left-wing war films by evincing real respect for the troops.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
87% American Made (2017) If trafficking in cliché were a federal offense, everyone involved with this movie would be looking at prison time.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Like a Bill Clinton-style Democrat, though, a film such as this one that would have been a huge success in the 1990s today simply reminds us that the species to which it belongs is vanishing.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The movie's implied contention that women's tennis offers the same quality of play as men's simply doesn't withstand acquaintance with the facts.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
94% Stronger (2017) We should use the occasion of this expertly crafted microcosm to look closely at one agonizing example of what Islamist fanaticism is doing to people all over the globe. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
68% mother! (2017) Mother, an exercise in torture porn, may be the vilest movie ever released by a major Hollywood studio.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status is a thoughtful and autumnal indie.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) Flourishes that may work fine when they're confined to the page seem laughable on-screen, and the visual effects are uniformly unconvincing.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Viewers who watch with a curious mind rather than a hushed awe for His Goreness might have a few questions.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) As magnificently well crafted as Dunkirk is, it is a film destined to be respected more than it is loved, and given Nolan's record -- I credit him with five great movies -- I call this a highly honorable achievement that nonetheless slightly disappoints.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It's fitting that a movie that features both crossbows and laser-guided rifles, tanks as well as horseback riding feels classic and contemporary at the same time.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) With its sunny warmth and its hilarious script by Watts and five other writers, Spider-Man: Homecoming is breezy fun, one of the most enjoyable superhero epics yet.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
78% The Reagan Show (2017) Consisting entirely of archival footage from the Reagan era and before, the remainder of The Reagan Show is an exercise in snark that seems aimed at Baby Boomers still pining for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) There are some sweet early scenes establishing the characters' rapport... but Gordon and Nanjiani are so enamored of the standup-comedy world that it takes nearly 40 minutes for an actual conflict to be brought up.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) The director, Alex Kurtzman, jolly well keeps things moving, so that even when nothing in the film made much sense, I was reasonably caught up in the ridiculousness.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman is a top-notch blockbuster, fun and fast and carrying quite a lot of the thematic heft that characterizes the dramatic ambition of the better DC Comics movies as against the more light-hearted Marvel efforts.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) The film's big lesson, which Brody learns at great length, is that there is no I in team. True enough, but in Baywatch, there is contained a question: Y Watch?‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Does The Commune amount to shooting fish in a barrel? I don't think so. It isn't just a rebuke to shaggy Seventies ideals of shared living and free love.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Legend of the Sword, then, is the first adequately rousing Arthurian epic since 1981's Excalibur, which remains the most satisfying treatment the Good King A. has received onscreen, if you don't count Monty Python and the Holy Grail.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
90% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Amusing if also dispiriting film.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) It's a brilliant, harrowing, emotionally potent documentary by a director with unimpeachable liberal credentials - a Kennedy, no less.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) I suppose there's a kind of genius in Gunn's ability to remember what made him laugh in fourth grade, but if your sense of what's funny hasn't grown a tad more sophisticated since you were in primary school, then...‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is an overwhelming success, the best film of the year so far.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) This strange update on Joseph Conrad is in essence an epic of virtue-signaling.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
51% The Boss Baby (2017) The plot is so senseless it could have been written up by bleary, sleep-deprived parents. It's all just a pretext for a pitiful one-joke movie.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
70% American Anarchist (2017) Unnerving ...‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
42% Song to Song (2017) The passion! The anguish! "Can't you see I hurt?" Malick cries out from the darkness. It's hard not to reply, "Can't you see you suck?"‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
1.5/4 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) For all its promise to be a wry commentary on the savagery of office politics, "The Belko Experiment" is more like an experiment in how many cracked-open skulls can be crammed into one movie.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2/4 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) "T2" is utterly bereft of ideas about aging, taking responsibility or the virtues of a life more ordinary.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The monster battles have enough wow to keep the movie rolling along, but the connective tissue is so thin that it scarcely matters who lives and who gets stomped, eaten, blown up, ripped to shreds or impaled.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
1/4 25% Table 19 (2017) This comedy about the random losers stuck together at a wedding reception actually, uncannily, creates an experience as dull, awkward and excruciating as the thing it mocks.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/4 93% Logan (2017) The superhero category has gotten more boring as it's gotten more popular, but "Logan" suggests an escape from escapism, a restoration of the human element in blockbusters, a stripped-down return to the feel of 1970s Clint Eastwood pictures.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017