Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Nolan's Pop Culture Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michael A. Smith
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Michael A. Smith "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a smartly directed film that sits squarely on the shoulders of Andy Serkis. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2011
4/5 Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Michael A. Smith In fact, with this performance and his recurring role as James Bond, Craig may be the baddest man on the planet. To paraphrase a popular joke, Daniel Craig is so bad that Chuck Norris has his poster on his wall. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2011
4.5/5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Michael A. Smith ...the greatest showdown between good and evil since Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader mixed it up in "Return of the Jedi." EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2011
4/5 Horrible Bosses (2011) Michael A. Smith Day, who was the best thing about last years rom-com "Going the Distance," is hilarious here. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2011
4.5/5 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Michael A. Smith Bay has always been a visual director first and foremost and he doesn't disappoint here. Couple that keen eye with a script full of humor and, more important, characters you care about, and you've got the best "Transformers" film yet! EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2011
3/5 Bad Teacher (2011) Michael A. Smith Screenwriters Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg fare better here than with their first film, "Year One." But like I said in my review of that film, if these guys are truly penning "Ghostbusters III," they have a lot to learn. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2011
2.5/5 Green Lantern (2011) Michael A. Smith Faithful to the comics almost to its detriment, "Green Lantern" is a two hour film that would have been much better at ninety minutes. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2011
5/5 Super 8 (2011) Michael A. Smith I must confess that my anticipation for this film was up there on the same level I felt standing in line to see "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" or "The Empire Strikes Back." And I have to say that my anticipation was met in spades. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2011
4/5 X-Men: First Class (2011) Michael A. Smith Like Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale" or, staying in the genre', Hugh Jackman in the first "X-Men" film, Fassbender leaps off the screen in what is sure to be a star making role. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2011
5/5 The Hangover Part II (2011) Michael A. Smith If the first film was "The Godfather" of comedies I'd have to call this once "The Godfather Part II." EDIT
Posted May 25, 2011
4/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Michael A. Smith Played with the same menace he showed in HBO's "Deadwood" by the great Ian McShane, Blackbeard is to Jack Sparrow what Robert Shaw's Red Grant was to James Bond in "From Russia With Love:" the baddest mother in the movie. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2011
4.5/5 Bridesmaids (2011) Michael A. Smith I must take the time to single out Melissa McCarthy, who plays Lillian's future sister-in-law Megan. McCarthy, who stars in the current CBS television program "Mike and Molly," is a fireball and steals every scene she's in. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2011
4.5/5 Thor (2011) Michael A. Smith A family torn apart, war, betrayal...these are all things the Bard wrote about and who better then the classically trained Branagh to help bring the story to the screen. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2011
2.5/5 Fast Five (2011) Michael A. Smith The film gets much better in its second half when it becomes an "Ocean's Eleven" type adventure featuring many faces that will instantly be familiar to "Fast/Furious" fans. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2011
5/5 Water for Elephants (2011) Michael A. Smith ...one of the best films I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2011
4.5/5 Scream 4 (2011) Michael A. Smith Directed with the true eye of a horror master, with a smartly written script by the series' creator, Kevin Williamson, "Scream 4" is what a horror movie should be. Fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2011
1/5 Arthur (2011) Michael A. Smith I can honestly say that the loud whirring noise you're hearing may in fact be (original writer/director Steve) Gordon spinning in his grave. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2011
4/5 Source Code (2011) Michael A. Smith Gyllenhaal easily gives his best performance since "Brokeback Mountain." EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3.5/5 Sucker Punch (2011) Michael A. Smith Full of noise and scantily clad women, "Sucker Punch" is the film equivalent of the breath mint known as Certs. That's right, it's three...three...three films in one. Or better put, it's "300" meets "Moulin Rouge" on "Shutter Island." EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
3/5 Paul (2011) Michael A. Smith Let's just say that if you have any love for science fiction and fantasy films from the past 40 years you'll certainly enjoy the film. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2011
4/5 Rango (2011) Michael A. Smith "Rango" is proof that not all new animated films need to go the gimmicky way of 3-D. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2011
4/5 Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Michael A. Smith ...the bigger, badder brother to "Independence Day." EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2011
5/5 Hall Pass (2011) Michael A. Smith I laughed from beginning to end and to me that's the sign of a comedy classic. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2011
4/5 Unknown (2011) Michael A. Smith The film is smartly edited and the thrills one would expect are nicely delivered. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2011
5/5 Biutiful (2010) Michael A. Smith Bardem proves himself to be one of the finest actors now working in any language. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2011
2/5 Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) Michael A. Smith ...way this film is the "Mama Mia" of garden gnomes! EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2011
3/4 The Company Men (2010) Michael A. Smith A fine companion piece to last year's George Clooney film "Up In the Air" EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2011
2.5/4 The Green Hornet (2011) Michael A. Smith The fight scenes, filmed in what I'll call "Kato-Vision," are top shelf and rival anything you'd find in the "Matrix" world. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2011
3.5/4 True Grit (2010) Michael A. Smith And while Bridges is not the Duke, he IS the Dude, and he makes Rooster his own... EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2010
2.5/4 Tron: Legacy (2010) Michael A. Smith ...an entertaining film that tries to make up for its lack of substance with some pretty impressive action set pieces. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2010
2.5/4 The Tourist (2010) Michael A. Smith Enjoyable but light on substance... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2010
2/4 Due Date (2010) Michael A. Smith Let me say right off that I liked this movie the first time I saw it, when it was called "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
3.5/4 Megamind (2010) Michael A. Smith Full of fun and eye-popping images, "Megamind" is what they used to call in the old days of television "side-splittingly funny." EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
3.5/4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Michael A. Smith Kloves brings Rowling's world to life, engrossing you in the story and making your truly care about these characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
3.5/4 Conviction (2010) Michael A. Smith As single mom Betty Anne Waters, Swank is a marvel. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2010
4/4 Hereafter (2010) Michael A. Smith Filmed with a master's eye, "Hereafter" continues the streak of outstanding films directed by Clint Eastwood. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/4 Life as We Know It (2010) Michael A. Smith Imagine if Josh Brolin and Josh Hartnett joined these two on screen. It would be a virtual Josh-a-thon. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2010
3.5/4 Red (2010) Michael A. Smith "RED" is a smart, well directed action film that counts among its cast an incredible fourteen Academy Award nominations and four Awards. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2010
4/4 Let Me In (2010) Michael A. Smith ...easily one of the best horror films I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/4 The Town (2010) Michael A. Smith A tense thriller full of great performances, "The Town" is a heist film that rivals "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Heat." EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2010
1.5/4 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) Michael A. Smith But pretty pictures do not a good movie make (I'm looking at YOU, "Avatar.") And "Legends of the Guardians" is not a good movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2010
3/4 Machete (2010) Michael A. Smith Strong and mostly silent, Trejo brings to mind the late Charles Bronson, an underrated actor who made it big as an action star. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2010
3/4 The Switch (2010) Michael A. Smith ...the best romantic comedy to come down the pike in some time. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2.5/4 Eat Pray Love (2010) Michael A. Smith Roberts has taken a role that could have been played very stereotypically (lonely divorcee' searches for love and the secret of life) and breathes life into it. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2010
3.5/4 The Other Guys (2010) Michael A. Smith Easily the best comedy of the year... EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2010
4/4 The Kids Are All Right (2010) Michael A. Smith "A great drama that is sure to be remembered at Oscar time (note to the Academy – the last name is spelled B-E-N-I-N-G)..." EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2010
3/4 Salt (2010) Michael A. Smith I would be remiss if I didn't give mention to film editor Stuart Baird, who skillfully conveys the action on screen at a breakneck pace. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2010
3.5/4 Inception (2010) Michael A. Smith The visual effects are outstanding, including a fight scene that rivals any ever put on film. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/4 Predators (2010) Michael A. Smith The make- up effects, by maestros Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger, are well done and not over the top. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2010
2.5/4 Knight and Day (2010) Michael A. Smith Cruise has always come across as the kind of guy you'd like to hang out with and it's that charm that carries the film during the more, shall we say, unrealistic scenes. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2010