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Michael Smith

Michael Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 66% 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 64% 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 45% 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 58% 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 68% 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
77% 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 92% 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 9% 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 95% Paterson (2016) There is a calm to Paterson that we can all embrace.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 42% 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 88% 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 80% 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 93% 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 86% 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 93% 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 73% 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 71% 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
3/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Steinfeld's presence, and great writing, make this a movie in which most of us can see our own teen experiences relived.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 96% Moana (2016) If you don't walk out of Moana feeling a little better about the world in general, check your pulse. You might be dead inside.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2.5/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) [It's] is the very definition of a movie that "has its moments," not that they necessarily add up to something that makes sense. But Beatty has for a half-century been an exception to many rules, and even when he misses, it's still sort of interesting.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
1.5/4 61% Allied (2016) Allied just might be the most disappointing film of the year. It's certainly one of the most boring.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) The two lead performances are this good: They made the Lovings real people to me, and this couple, and their abiding affection, may have been the perfect case to prove that all love is created equal.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) One of the year's most provocative and sensitive films. And one of the best.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It's enchanting, romantic, dark and retains that Potter-like spirit.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 49% Almost Christmas (2016) While lacking in surprises, it's full of charm, thanks to an ensemble that makes it look like they had a blast making this movie.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is a first-rate story about first contact because it meets that great science-fiction movie test: It's less about who they are and more about who we are.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge is beautiful and brutal, and that's a potent combination for a movie about a man determined to serve his country, as well as his soul.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
1/4 74% Trolls (2016) "Trolls" is a rainbow-sprinkled nightmare.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/4 92% Certain Women (2016) It's difficult to grade a film when the subject matter, and the subjects, feel so incomplete.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
1.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) Do they catch Langdon here? Please. Langdon's historical knowledge allows him to know a secret passageway to take. Every. Single. Time.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back isn't the worst movie of the year. But it might be the most unnecessary, for multiple reasons.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 79% American Honey (2016) American Honey is a beautifully crafted film, and a good film, that possibly could have been a great film with the right editing.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 52% The Accountant (2016) If you've ever seen his regular-guy nonchalance as a liability, forget it: Affleck is controlled, coiled, ready-to-strike brilliance here.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/4 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) Emily Blunt... is wonderful in a mediocre movie.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016