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Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Halloween (2018) It's the kind of movie where if someone says he'd rather have dance lessons than shooting practice, he'll soon be corrected.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
78% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s thinks it's about resilience. Actually it's about stupidity.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) With all the clashing of styles and moods, Buster Scruggs is like a digest of the Coen brothers' entire opus, currently in its fourth decade of excitedly exploring one genre after another. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
67% The Oath (2018) If anything, the movie is even more tiresome and frustrating than the most fraught Thanksgiving gathering, and I spent the early scenes longing to be somewhere, anywhere, else. Then the movie gets even worse.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
99% Roma (2018) Roma is a film that relegates politics to its proper place. Cuarón's women understand that what matters most is what happens in your family, not this week's march in the streets. It's a useful insight, maybe now more than ever.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Man is why we go to the movies.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born has little insight into where stars come from and even less into how they disappear.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
89% King Lear (2018) In short, Eyre's style is a superb way to approach the Bard in the age of the Shard.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Despite some appealing qualities, it is in the end a stylish misfire.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) Frustration is not an emotion I seek out when I go to the movies. For all of the heartache going on in Private Life, as a narrative journey it winds up traveling approximately a quarter of an inch.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) It's not a sophisticated view but a reductionist one.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
95% The Favourite (2018) What [his] tools primarily do is create a fantastic sense of suspense, to have us begging to know how he could possibly wrap it all up. The answer is, he can't, not in a way that satisfies. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
96% The Hate U Give (2018) For black people to put aside their disputes with police and work with them to clean up crime in the black community turns out to be the only solution. Makes sense to me. But I sure didn't expect to hear it in a Hollywood movie.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
84% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Surely there must be more here, right? No, there really isn't. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore's style isn't inflammatory, it's just tedious. To the extent the film is an attempt to make conservatives angry, all I can say is, nice try, Michael. You should have called your movie Fahrenheit: Room Temperature.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
93% Mandy (2018) Mandy is, like that weird little goblin, a thing of demon energy and murderous concentration, eager to get on with the business of messing with you. It's one of the wildest, weirdest, most exciting movies of the year.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) It's just a choppy, lackluster, thinly written monster action flick peppered with the kinds of gags you thought were funny in puberty.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Whether Rick deserves to serve ten years or 30 isn't a compelling enough question around which to build the climax of a movie.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
92% Hal (2018) Makes a vigorous but somewhat unconvincing case for Ashby's importance.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
95% Lenny (1974) Few films before Lenny are so ingeniously edited, and yet because the jumpy style has become so familiar in film and television, we no longer appreciate how innovative the approach of Fosse and his film editor, Alan Heim, was.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
94% RBG (2018) The film relies heavily on pop-culture imagery (Ginsburg's face grafted onto Wonder Woman, Kate McKinnon doing a ridiculously extroverted Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live) to make a case for Ginsburg as icon.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's a luxury-lifestyle catalogue on a 40-foot screen. How many other movies can say that?... We go to movies for escape, and Crazy Rich Asians provides it by letting viewers revel in limitless lucre guilt-free.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
94% Andrei Rublev (1973) Draining as it is to endure, Andrei Rublev is an intensely devoted act of respect for the artists whose brilliance and courage were equally essential to keeping the Christian flame burning through the darkest hours.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee has turned in a pro-cop film has to be counted one of the stranger cultural developments of 2018, but Lee seems to have accidentally aligned with cops in the course of issuing an anti-Trump broadside. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) For the most part it's just a dumb whodunnit that has as many twists and turns as a toothpick, along with inappropriate-behavior gags that lack imagination and get tiresome quickly.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Both Hawke and Byrne give deeply felt performances.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
95% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) The film contains plenty of revealing moments... and as a fan I was transfixed. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) I'm sorry I bothered. The comedy is not just lame, it's ringing with lameness, wearing out trite gags that were stale to begin with.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
89% Far From the Tree (2018) The film is stirringly humane.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Let it not be said that the director, Oliver Parker, is less than fully committed to this material.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
84% Heartbreak Ridge (1986) What elevates the film are its dead-on verisimilitude about 1980s military culture, its lightly-worn insights into the larger issues at stake, and its precision-lathed dialogue, which is smart but never smarmy.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) So Ant-Man and the Wasp is worthwhile, if not a must-see, appealing less for its thundering action than for its throwaway gags.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The M:I franchise is now 22 years old, but it isn't folding anytime soon.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
34% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Alas, as directed by Lewin and written by Robert Rodat, the biopic has the feel and the trappings of a thrown-together made-for-TV item: overbearing music, flat declarative dialogue, and surprisingly broad acting from its supporting players‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) That's where the brilliance of the film clicks in: What these characters are facing isn't all that different from the human prospect in general.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Fisher is completely wrong for her role, Hamm isn't a natural comic, and Johnson is unable to do anything with his trite, woefully underwritten stoner character. But worse than any of these is Jeremy Renner.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Offended as I am by the Ocean's franchise's suggestion that women are only eight-elevenths as interesting as men, Ocean's Eight turns out to be breezy summer fun, a larkish and adroit heist movie with some well-executed tweaks to [the] formula.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The sequel to the hugely enjoyable Jurassic World has very little going for it beyond the usual special-effects wizardry.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) If McCain might have been a poor president, though, he is surely a great man and a great character‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
91% The Elephant Man (1980) The theme is something of a self-pitying cliché, and yet Lynch takes such a novel path to it that the film has a hypnotic, transcendent force.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
34% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) To be so obviously off-base as Fahrenheit 451 looks right now takes some doing.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Things fall into place too easily. Intensity is in short supply. I dub this movie Soso.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) It's an exacting film, substantial and suspenseful, one of the best of the year so far.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
86% Tully (2018) Tully may have its discomfiting aspects, but it's also a clever and entertaining engagement with common workaday weariness. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) My default feeling throughout was numbness bordering on fatigue.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
74% Little Pink House (2018) The writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker is painstaking about the various tricks government uses to adapt the rule of law to its own desires.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
94% Andre the Giant (2018) Director Jason Hehir finds the humanity in this superficially bestial figure.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) So this isn't a great tennis film but rather a beguiling character study, a rumination on two Shakespearean types.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) As awe-inspiring as 2001 is in its own terms, it's only when you measure it against its peers that you can appreciate how much Kubrick achieved. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Some speculation is unavoidable in the screenplay, but what is known is damning, indeed infuriating, and seeing these events play out on screen lends them the capacity to shock us all over again.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018