Elliot V. Kotek

Elliot V. Kotek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures, Kotek has also contributed to MovieMaker, Movies.com, Little White Lies, Fade In, Inside Film and The Hollywood Reporter, and has served on the juries of the Palm Springs International, Middle East International, Bahamas International, Cinequest, Newport Beach, BendFilm, Hatch and other film festivals. A co-host of Film Independent's Spirit Awards pre-show, and film expert for Reelzchannel, he is also the host of "Moving Pictures Live!" and ABC Radio's entertainment correspondent.
Publications:
Little White Lies , MovieMaker Magazine , Movies.com , Moving Pictures Magazine , Paste Magazine
Total Reviews:
46
Total QuickRatings:
1

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 46 of 46
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
7.8/10 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " More than a mere laugh-fest, Lee Toland Krieger delivers a portrait of a relationship rife with contemporary uncertainties." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2012
9/10 85% The Yellow Sea (2011) " A seriously exciting film, a pulse-checking visceral experience that will have you questioning when, if ever, you saw car chases and butchering skills quite this inventive." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2011
8/10 —— How to Cheat " How to Cheat commits the viewer to the emotional rollercoaster of the characters in one of the most relevant and eloquent portraits of modern marriage to date" — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2011
6.5/10 —— Renée " The lasting effect of Renée is undeniable, and the sharing of her story is not only earnest but salient and meaningful." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2011
9.5/10 —— Hot Coffee (2011) " Saladoff's potentially game-changing documentary will knock you backwards and change your perception of what you thought you knew about your civil rights" — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2011
7.8/10 —— To Be Heard (2010) " The verite style of the filmmaking refuses to massage the footage and over time reveals the subjects' true realities, egos, compulsions and confidences." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2011
7.0 63% Just Like Us (2011) " Just Like Us certainly provides the right look at a region undergoing change. The hope is that Ahmed's laughter tour breeds some levity in a location in which reality is often a little too 'real.'" — MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2011
9.8/10 90% Hunger (2009) " The film's beauty and brutality appoints McQueen and his leading charge to all must-watch lists. The most deserved work of 2008, it simply must be experienced by any for whom the cinema is a purveyor of discourse." — MovieMaker Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
7.4/10 88% Fubar: Balls to the Wall (2011) " The sheer madness that is Fubar II will only cement the cult status the Fubar franchise holds over our Northern neighbors. " — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
6.8/10 56% Septien (2011) " The limited information that beckons us into the film is finessed with a sort-of mastery. This reviewer was willing to ride into the trauma, wondering if the emotional weather would clear." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
7/10 58% Scream 4 (2011) " Scream 4 knows what it is and doesn't create pretense around its efforts. The opening elicits laughter sure to summon the start of summer with a sense of playful slicing." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
8.4/10 98% The Loved Ones (2012) " Delivering what is sure to be a cult favorite, Byrne paces the film's plot points with the poise of a professional, and the result is a brilliant balance of horror, humor, schlock and shtick." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
6/10 68% Defendor (2009) " Despite the film's simplicities and the stereotypes inherent in any superhero flick, the pure intentions of the characters enable the audience to rally around the child-like vigilante." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
3.8/10 43% Dorian Gray (2009) " Dorian Gray doesn't move the audience to empathize with any of its characters and, therefore, lacks the emotional investment necessary to engage." — MovieMaker Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 100% Balibo (2009) " The immediate impact the film has had on a case that's been languishing beneath bureaucracy since the mid 1970s is nothing short of a miracle. " — MovieMaker Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.5/10 85% Blessed (2009) " The film is gut-wrenching in its honesty, and, while its score might be a touch overwrought, the performances secure the picture's absolute integrity as a work of art." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.2/10 —— 12th & Delaware " Ewing and Grady keep their opinions, personalities and presence absolutely absent from the documentary, allowing the voices of the subjects to represent both sides of the issues at hand." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
9.5/10 89% Waiting for Superman (2010) " Superman seems set to start schooling audiences nationwide. Just as The Cove began its Oscar run at Sundance, Guggenheim's tour de force demands similar grades." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
9.8 85% Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) " This poignant commentary reveals much about Basquiat's persona that hasn't before been witnessed. By landing us in the times his life was led, Davis has crafted a masterpiece." — MovieMaker Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
9/10 100% Enemies of the People (2010) " The slow, painful truth is fully revealed in this burning documentary crafted courageously by Sambath and his co-director Lemkin. " — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
6.2/10 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) " Even as Bran Nue Dae raises serious indigenous issues - deaths in police custody, land grabs, alcoholism - it never becomes inaccessible to the audience." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.4/10 100% Precious Life (2011) " As a personal story about a fundamentalist family finding strength to accept help from an adversary who challenges their preconceptions, the film is a stirring success." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.4/10 79% Small Town Murder Songs (2011) " Gass-Donnelly displays such consummate confidence with the pacing of the film and the first-class performances of his cast that we must keep watch for whatever the helmer delivers next." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " Tamara Drewe jovially exploits the premise of a former ugly duckling returning to the bucolic town of her adolescence." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) " Showing much of the timing and realism that's made him one of the most watchable actors of our generation, Hoffman has crafted a slow-burning, cinematic sojourn in which each of his actors finds the space to stand out." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
6.8/10 55% Shake Hands with the Devil (2010) " The film has an ability to step back from the mess and investigate the characters' mores by deftly cutting between the story and a room in which their consciences are caged." — MovieMaker Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.6/10 —— The Space Between (2011) " Fine manages to skillfully capture the ashen confusion of the time with understated hopefulness rather than the hysteria that often accompanies cinema's coverage of 9/11." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
8.2/10 83% Caught Inside (2012) " Catches you on the edge of your seat and holds you there. That you fully believe one man can effectively intimidate an entire crew is a testament to its success." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
9/10 91% The Fighter (2010) " With these heartfelt characters and the conflict they impart on their world and each other, Paramount has picked a film that could bruise the box office. Bale is mesmerizing." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
8.6/10 29% Atletu (The Athlete) " As Bikila, Lakew is a force of nature, so natural in the role that he seems to have been born to play it. " — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
6.5/10 —— Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life (2010) " Ruffner's work is beautiful and has been captured with stunning clarity, supported by an innovative website at which more of her art can be experienced. " — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
8.4/10 88% The Desert Of Forbidden Art (2011) " The documentary is as much about Soviet identity in the 1930s as it is about the museum in Nukus, and creates awareness for a legacy largely unknown and not fully appreciated." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.7/10 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) " Cunningham is an outgoing introvert in a world of extroverted exhibitionism.To say the film, or rather Bill himself, is endearing, is to say Marcel Marceau was kind of quiet." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.7/10 66% Insidious (2011) " From minute one of the opening credits, you know you're in for an old-fashioned scare. This is the very sort of genre film that should be made by indie filmmakers." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
8.2/10 98% Born To Be Wild (2011) " The use of IMAX raises educational content to a level of marvel and wonder, and the über-adorable animals make Born to Be Wild 3D worth babysitting your sister's kids." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 73% Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (2011) " Corben's formula for finding fun in documentary form is matched by a limited number of filmmakers. Square Grouper is sure to plant wide smiles on many festival faces." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
8.6/10 92% Incendies (2011) " The performances are honest and engaging, and the unveiling of the story's scorching truths will keep audiences gasping for air." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.8/10 44% The Perfect Host (2011) " A surprising indie film that offers a lot more than it asks, it will certainly exceed expectations... Hyde Pierce is deliciously devilish." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.8/10 100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011) " Fascinating and informative, Everyday Sunshine is a declarative account of a band whose ability to remain undefined led to their unresolved status today." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.1/10 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " The filmmaker adapted the project without the usual pretense... This is a film for the masses, a little taste of the big top played out with a sense of the fantastic." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
7.5/10 96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff (2011) " McCall deftly captures the cinematographer who made his mark on cinema's landscape for 70 years... if necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps Cardiff is the father." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 71% Somewhere (2010) " Sofia Coppola's fourth, curiously and unfortunately, seems destined to be quickly forgotten." — Little White Lies
Posted Dec 10, 2010
2/5 12% Jonah Hex (2010) " At least it's relatively short." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 2, 2010
76% Captain Abu Raed (2007) " Matalqa has succeeded in adding color to previously gray lives, but the soulful characters who helped him craft this story, and the soft-toned cinematography provided by his lensman, commandingly embrace us into his world and engage us." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2009
37% August Rush (2007) " If you've ever questioned the impact of music on emotion, August Rush is a must-see that will bury any doubt for all time." — Moving Pictures Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2007
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