Michael A. Smith

Michael A. Smith
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I started doing film reviews while a student at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. I got a great deal of help from Tampa Times movie guru Steve Otto. I moved to Baltimore in 1982 and, on a whim, purchased a chance to attend a movie with then Baltimore Sun film critic Stephen Hunter from a PBS sponsored auction. The movie was "Beastmaster." Not the best, but the lunch and discussion afterwards was more then memorable. More then 20 years later, I'm proud to still think of Stephen as a friend and mentor. He is currently reviewing films for the Washington Post and recently won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism!
Favorites:
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Location: Lee's Summit, MO
Official Websites: mediamikes.com/film-reviews/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) ... the new crime drama "Motherless Brooklyn" is a triumph of cinematic art and deserves to be an Oscar contender in multiple categories. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Throw in plenty of race footage and you've got a film that takes the checkered flag. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) If a frog had wings it wouldn't bump its ass. And if Eddie Murphy made better career choices he'd already have an Oscar. He may have that opportunity soon thanks to his performance as Rudy Ray Moore in "Dolemite is My Name." - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Pitt mentions in the film that his journey has covered 2 billion miles. Believe me, it feels like you were along for every last one. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) ...this film serves as a time capsule of her greatest moments and a reminder of how great music was before auto-tune! - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 67% Rapid Response (2019) If you're a fan of auto racing, this is a film I highly recommend. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) If you're a fan of Crosby, or just the music of the period, this film is a must see! - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) An entertaining film that's light on plot points, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is the kind of film Walt Disney would make in the late 1950's and early 1960's... - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Even if you've never enjoyed the music of Bruce Springsteen (I guess there may be a few people out there that feel this way), you will be swept up in the way that music is celebrated here. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 15% A Score to Settle (2019) An entertaining and well-paced film, "A Score to Settle" is Nicolas Cage at his best - deeply intense with a little bit of crazy mixed in for good measure. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 46% Ode to Joy (2019) Inspired by a true story - yes, cataplexy is very real - from events in co-writer Chris Higgins' life, "Ode to Joy" is held together by an amazing performance by Freeman. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Good, the Bad, the Hungry (2019) A very in-depth behind the scenes look at an event that draws 30,000 people annually, "The Good, the Bad, the Hungry" is another excellent film in ESPN's 30 for 30 canon. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The film also packs an emotion punch with a scene that had many in the audience, myself including, tearing up. Boyle's direction is brisk and screenwriter Curtis is at the top of his game. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 75% Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) A particularly poignant sequence examines the relationship between golfer and caddie. Living as I do in Kansas City, I was happy to see local boy made good Tom Watson talk about the two-plus decades he spent with his caddie, Bruce Edwards. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Like the other films, the two best things going are the chemistry between the leads and the amazing creature effects. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Cleverly written and fast paced, "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is the ideal early summer film. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Full of great music and fantastical spectacle, "Rocketman" appears to be what everyone who found "Bohemian Rhapsody" lacking (I didn't - I thought it was one of the best films of the year) - wanted it to be. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A love letter to the Hollywood he grew up watching, "Once Upon a Time..." is quite possibly the least "Tarantino" film the two-time Oscar winner has ever created. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sadly, our rating system only goes up to five, because otherwise I'd give "Avengers: Endgame" six! - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) The musical numbers are immaculately staged, like you just wandered into a "Bollywood" production. And while this film is about 40-minutes longer than it's animated predecessor, it doesn't suffer under the crush of added time like the recent "Dumbo." - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) A beautifully shot (over an almost three year period) film that manages to be both heart-warming and thrilling, "Penguins" gives the audience the "birds-eye" view of life in Antarctica. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
2.5/5 19% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Eventually you become numb to the violence being inflicted, taking away from the horror of the situation. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It is so nice to see Eisenberg in a role that he can inhabit. While I thought he was OK as Lex Luthor in the recent "Justice League" themed films, it's been a long time since I've seen the "The Social Network" Eisenberg... - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
5/5 93% Us (2019) In this reviewer's humble opinion, Peele has created a new horror masterpiece. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 52% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Based on a true story, "Finding Steve McQueen" is one of the smaller films that often get overshadowed by the latest offerings from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 52% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) The film is both clever and, if you're a fan of the 1970s, nostalgic. - Moviehole EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) With two of the "Pitch Perfect" films behind them, Wilson and Adam Divine have built an amazing rapport, and it shows on the screen. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Going the "no makeup" route here, Kidman is almost unrecognizable. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 48% In Like Flynn (2019) The cast is first rate. As Flynn, Cocquerel has the good looks that made the Tazmanian Devil a star. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) If I'm going to throw out kudos to this film, and I already have with the actors, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the amazing make-up work presented. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/5 41% The Upside (2019) Director Burger keeps the story flowing nicely, hitting all of the right emotional notes. A fine way to enter the new year! - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A film that makes you think, like the perfect diamond, is rare. "IfBeale Street Could Talk" is flawless. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 66% Vice (2018) Dick Cheney has been with us for over four decades. Like cockroaches and Keith Richards, he may never go away. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) The performances are smartly delivered, with Gyllenhaal at his most hang-dogged at times and Mulligan her beautiful but unsure self. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
5/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) Awards season is coming and "Boy Erased" has easily put itself in the running for some end of the year gold. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Clyde Cooper (2018) The script, by director Daskaloff, gives Cooper some nice throw-away lines and it's a credit to Vilasuso's talent that he comes off as a well intentioned wise ass instead of a boor. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) A fun combination of live-action and puppets, "The Happytime Murders" is an outrageously raunchy look at what life may have been like on a certain "Street" if that show had taken place in the worse part of the worse town ever. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 14% Life Itself (2018) If only all movies could begin like "Life Itself." A single camera shot but one that is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson in all his glory! You can't help but laugh during the first five minutes of this film. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) At age 80, Jane Fonda is still going strong. Here's to act number six! - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A familiar story with enough new twists and turns to keep it fresh, "A Star Is Born" is a triumph. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) But you go to these films to see the boogeyman get his comeuppance. So, what are you waiting for? - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Full of the music you will fondly remember and featuring one of the most immersive performances by an actor EVER, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a musical masterpiece. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Powerful and pertinent, "Blackkklansman" is a film that deals with both the past and the present. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) To steal (and paraphrase) from Woody Allen in "Annie Hall," a film is like a shark. It has to keep on moving or it will die. And what we're dealing with here...is a dead shark. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
4/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) A film that melts your heart in its first five minutes, "Christopher Robin" follows the title character (McGregor) into young adulthood, where he goes off to school, falls in love, goes to war and then settles down to raise a family. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Not only the best of the "Mission: Impossible" films, "FALLOUT" is also one of the best films of the year - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
4/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) Full of some amazing set-pieces and some serious "jump in your seat" moments, "Skyscraper" is a film that rides capably on the back of Dwayne Johnson. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) All in all, King Cohen is one of the best documentaries about Hollywood to come down the pike in a very long time. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3.5/5 61% Uncle Drew (2018) But the film is about more than basketball. It's about family and friendship, and when those values are discussed the film jumps to another level. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) ...makes this film pale against Clooney's "Ocean" trilogy. Heck, even the great 60s version with Frank Sinatra was more fun. The difference is that those films had set characters that did not act the same - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018