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Michael Smith

Michael Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) The miracle of Dunkirk is that it's different from other war movies in the best ways, and it's exceptional in every technical sense, making it one of the most emotionally powerful films of 2017.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) High-concept and full of style, as well as brutal violence and hot cars, Baby Driver is the latest from writer-director Edgar Wright, and it's a welcome piece of original filmmaking in a summer of been-there, done-that franchises.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) I really like Holland's effort to mix true-blue "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man" heroism with a teen boy's natural immaturity and awkwardness, but he needs a better movie.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled is clever, surprising and less aggressive than your average wartime tale, and that seems appropriate for a story of survival told with a woman's touch.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
1.5/4 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The idea is interesting... But the execution is dreadful, unless you enjoy squirming in your seat and sighing loudly and blindly seeing your own beliefs either validated or attacked to a silly degree.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) After having seen five of these films, which equates to close to a day of my life that I'll never get back, I can say that Transformers 5 is on a level with Transformers 1.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) If you saw this on PBS, you'd consider it second-rate stuff and change the channel.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) The film creates authentic tension out of unanswered questions, and that works until you realize that none of the questions will be answered, and that is a frustrating disappointment.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
1.5/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales doesn't make much sense, and when it does, it's yo-ho-ho and a bottle of dumb.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Powerful, empowered and driven by purpose, Wonder Woman is the superhero movie we need right now. It's also a blast of summer-movie entertainment that should charm fangirls and fanboys alike -- along with anyone who likes having a good time.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3.5/4 86% The Lovers (2017) Those who appreciate intelligent films with mature themes about relationships, as well as remarkably measured, authentic performances, should fall hard for The Lovers.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/4 19% Baywatch (2017) Go into Baywatch with an open mind -- you might even consider leaving your brain in the car -- and you can enjoy watching Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac "The Abs" Efron get wet and be silly.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) There is fun to be had, despite the characters making the same dumb mistakes that were made in the last movie...and the one before that...and so on.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) There's never a dull moment in the latest film based on the Arthurian legend, and there aren't many moments that make much sense, either.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/4 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Don't walk, don't run....Walkman your way to this out-of-this-world blast of entertainment.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/4 80% Colossal (2017) We all have moments in life in which we feel like a monster... That high concept resonates in this fantasy-meets-black comedy gem, an art-house curiosity about personal failings, redemption and giant monsters that seems destined for cult status.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The Lost City of Z is one of the year's most ambitious films, and moviegoing adventurers will make some thought-provoking discoveries in this search through the jungle, as well as the conscience.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2.5/4 67% Free Fire (2017) Maybe everyone thought "We're making a Tarantino movie!" and that's what caused them to come up short: They didn't make their movie, and nobody else can make his movies.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) While it's not hitting on all cylinders the way the past three megahit films have, it's hardly going to disappoint most of the fans who love these all-you-can-enjoy buffets of macho men, muscle cars and mad action.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2.5/4 69% Gifted (2017) We've all seen this it-means-well movie before, and Gifted does have a pretty high sweetness factor, but if nothing else, it's an introduction to a young new talent to watch for -- if not an example of Evans as being able to broaden his path.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 46% Going in Style (2017) It is a sweet-but-average movie saved only by the sheer on-screen magic of its three Oscar-winning stars.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The intelligent choices of the director and the nuanced performance of Jessica Chastain make this important story one worth watching.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 67% Life (2017) There's not much that's original about Life -- almost nothing -- but there is some fun to be had in wondering whether a trip to Mars is worth all this trouble.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
1.5/4 16% CHIPS (2017) The worst crime that CHIPS commits: It's not funny.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Very solid and safe, but still sure to charm audiences of all ages, like those kids who fell in love with this story more than 25 years ago and who now will treat their own children.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island works on a pure-adrenaline level of excitement, fully aware that the audience isn't here for a story, or the actors, but for the monsters and the destruction.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/4 93% Logan (2017) While Logan finds a mature tone to carry this final chapter of Wolverine's story, it doesn't come to a conclusion with any more meaning to it than this: People, in general, don't change; more violence will be necessary.‐ Tulsa World
Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) The sense of dread is palpable throughout, but Peele leavens the fear with a great device in the comedic character of Rod, played by Lil Rey Howery.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/4 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The movie is mostly a wash-rinse-repeat cycle: There is a connection between them; then there is conflict; this is resolved by a trip to the bedroom. Or the shower with all their clothes on.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) Disappointment reigns when you consider the gifts of this filmmaker.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) There is real warmth that develops in these relationships, with a depth that is balanced by the rapid-fire humor mix.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/4 96% Paterson (2016) There is a calm to Paterson that we can all embrace.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 43% Gold (2017) I like this character, and Kenny is a "character" in every sense of the word. The trouble is that Kenny is the film's only character that is truly fleshed out.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 25% The Comedian (2017) The storyline is what's laughable because the filmmakers can't decide if they want the plot to be edgy or sentimental, so it's a messy mix of both.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/4 75% Split (2017) Shyamalan orchestrates all of this early dread beautifully, like an uncomfortable symphony, with McAvoy playing all of the parts while shifting in demeanor, posture, accent and more with each new personality.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/4 85% Silence (2017) Silence is purely for the faithful, including those believers in the cult of Scorsese as master filmmaker.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) What's intended to be poignant or profound is instead too precious, and what's meant to be insightful is often confusing.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 84% The Founder (2017) The Founder is a well-done look at how McDonald's was built and how the American dream can be served with a side of dark humor and reality.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1.5/4 34% Live By Night (2017) Live By Night is a handsome-looking film, but it's too often cold and clumsy and so rarely entertaining that it feels like Affleck might have made another film, much longer, and was given 24 hours to cut out one hour of running time.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/4 81% Patriots Day (2017) I'm conflicted about Patriots Day, a new drama based on the events of the Boston Marathon bombing, which I wanted to like more than I did.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is triumphant in a way that can restore your faith in the dreams we can achieve in this nation if we all are willing to work together as one.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) In showing us understanding with how to cope with the greatest loss, and how the human connection can continue, the filmmakers behind A Monster Calls have shown us one thing more than any other: the truth.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/4 85% Lion (2016) This is awards-season bait aimed straight at your sentimental side that loves a good tearjerker and one which earns most of the tears that it jerks.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are go-at-it, toe-to-toe heavyweight champions. They are incredible, and Fences is special.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/4 92% La La Land (2016) La La Land has the best opening scene of the year. It has the best closing scene of the year. What's in between those scenes is merely incredible entertainment and expert filmmaking.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/4 89% Jackie (2016) There's no denying Portman's depiction of class and grace under pressure, capturing the emotions of that time and showing people who were scared and confused a way to heal.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 73% Sing (2016) Sing isn't about much, and there are zero surprises, outside of just how many songs can be sandwiched into one movie.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The thing about a Kenneth Lonergan movie is that it feels like you're watching people, not actors. You're watching a world unfold, and not some form of fiction.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Nocturnal Animals is a gorgeous, dark art-house drama about our most destructive emotions and actions with regard to relationships, regret and revenge.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/4 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane is the kind of movie that sees itself as unpredictable, but which is predictable in almost every way.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016