Matt Kelemen

Matt Kelemen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
AlterNet , AspectRatio.us , Las Vegas CityLife
Critics' Group:
Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
289
Total QuickRatings:
9

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " If Evans goes back to a 90-minute thrill ride for the three-quel, it may be worth forgiving his excesses this time around." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Apr 12, 2014
2 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Jenison projects humility, but he can barely hide his need to be perceived as the smartest kid in the room. In the end, the film leans harder towards vanity project than earth-shattering documentary" — AspectRatio.us
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Miyazaki's fascination with creative inspiration comes through in every frame of he film. Rather than a fantasy film that strives for realism, this is realism that segues smoothly into fantasy" — AspectRatio.us
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Dreams die gentle deaths as characters adjust and adapt, and try to find humanity in a world in which the problems of a few little people don't amount to a hill of beans - except to them, and their world is our world." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2 45% In Secret (2014) " ... the gang of family friends that often visits enable some light to break through the darkness. Not enough though. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5 99% Gloria (2014) " We are with Gloria throughout the film, in every scene, as if we are her guardian angels. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Feb 14, 2014
5 94% The Past (2013) " Farhadi is as much of a natural storyteller as he is a neo-realist filmmaker, making cinematic novels where others would create soap operas. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Something just rings hollow. The Monuments Men comes off as more of a vehicle for Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov, an idea that came before good ideas for how to pull it off. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2 33% Labor Day (2014) " Maybe Reitman felt the flashbacks gave Labor Day art-house or Oscar cred, but it falls somewhere in between. Heavy atmospherics do not a picture make, and brooding can't mask ambiguity." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4.5 94% Her (2014) " ... poetic processions of images wash over the viewer, warmly enveloping and immersing as Jonze sidesteps easy paths, going deep into his characters. And we relate, simultaneously and unguardedly, ... perhaps discovering truths and insights. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " ... a nail-biting, visceral narrative that falls off a little toward the end only because it is a chronologically faithful to Luttrell's story. Berg's enthusiasm is felt throughout ..." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4.5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Llewyn is a beautiful loser, the everyman artist who contributes to the evolution of music and helps set the stage for a Dylan but never reaps the final reward, punched out by a world ready to swoop in on his scene and leave him behind." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jan 8, 2014
1.5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " With the accolades it received, August: Osage County must work better on stage. As a production timed specifically for awards-season, it is lacking." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 29, 2013
3 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " the fondest farewell to the wonder of waiting for that perfect shot with that last roll of film, before digital cameras turned images into bits and bytes and flash drives with 5,000 photos for an editor to pore through." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " ... it's a good film, not a great one. Considering the source material and a protagonist that any actor would have a hard time making likeable, though, it's as great as it can be." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 25, 2013
3.5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " The synchronicity among the creators led to effective depictions of Mandela's transformation into a national leader" — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 25, 2013
2.5 93% American Hustle (2013) " ... [Russell] bullshits his way through the narrative, basically, giving his stellar cast plenty of room to improvise at length but in the end coming off as an indulgent storyteller unable to self-edit." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 18, 2013
4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " ... addresses themes of redemption and the importance of imagination that perhaps didn't save the real Mrs. P.L. Travers, but the millions who will watch Emma Thompson embody her can come away ready to forgive themselves " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 18, 2013
5 92% Nebraska (2013) " ... more than a gift of a gorgeous film with an unforgettable ensemble cast. Through Woody and David, [Payne] opened a door to relationship redemption that anyone who sees Nebraska can walk through. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2.5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " He feels for his subject matter, no doubt, but every once in a while it feels like he falls short on imagination and takes a short cut to move his story forward. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " ... had Armstrong never been accused of doping would Gibney's film still have its original title? " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " ... takes the myth out of the mythology that surrounds Ginsberg and company, but its fun and insightful, and Beat aficionados will not be disappointed." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Nov 24, 2013
4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " atthew McConaughey haters may finally have to admit defeat ... a jarring reminder of the universal reaction to AIDS in 1985. It also speaks to how far we've come. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Nov 24, 2013
5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Extraordinary and devastating" — AspectRatio.us
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4.5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " Let's just say seeing the film is the next best thing to the horror and beauty of being lost in space. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " ... one of Howard's best. Maybe it was going back to the era of his directing debut, 1976's Eat My Dust, and revisiting its subject matter (fast cars) that kicked Howard's aesthetic drive into gear." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " ... the ensemble cast is stellar and in the end is what makes the film work, but any indie filmmaker can aspire to make a film like this. It's all about the story, and the sensitivity with which it's realized. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3 35% Salinger (2013) " If you really want to keep your relationship to Catcher in the Rye sacred, don't see this film." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5 82% Prisoners (2013) " ... when Dover's efforts reach a sadistic level the film's flaws become more noticeable. It feels like Villeneuve stretches out nearly every scene ..." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) " ... the audience has been pummeled by scenes of excessive violence that aren't convincingly farcical. They're just violent. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2.75 30% Austenland (2013) " Hess establishes a playful, light tone that comes as an effective antidote to the bombastic and in-your-face fare of the summer. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3.5 93% Still Mine (2013) " Hopefully, [James] Cromwell will have more highlights in the December of his years, but Still Mine is one to be proud of. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2.5 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " lovingly photographed, disjointed meditation of a life, an era in martial arts and a legacy, but its appeal beyond audience members with an appreciation Ip Man or the director may be limited." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3.5 89% The World's End (2013) " the film starts off with the best of intentions and ends like an epic pub crawl usually does. No hangover, though - it's a good time in retrospect." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " It's just a good small film made by people who share a goal of trying to create real characters rather than their spin on stereotypes." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " If only it could have been Spike Lee's The Butler " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2 47% We're The Millers (2013) " There are a few inspired scenes strung together by miles of filler on this road trip, and a pretty bull---- resolution ending." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Aug 10, 2013
3 68% Elysium (2013) " ... despite the noble intentions, Elysium suffers from second-act meandering that prevents it from becoming the sci-fi classic it was intended to be. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Aug 10, 2013
1.5 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " It's farcical, but not funny; sexualized but not sexy. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " after seeing Fruitvale Station you should come away with the impulse to muse on the life behind the next tragic homicide in the news that sparks debate ..." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Faxon and Nash, who won an Oscar for The Descendants, wrote the screenplay based on their own childhood memories of water park anarchy and substitute fathers, and probably were inspired more than a little by classic summer camp comedy Meatballs (1978). " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jul 17, 2013
4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " ... the grace of movement established goes a long way in showing what is so wrong about the hyperkinetic animation employed in every Marvel Universe film. The Kaiju universe deserved and received more reverence than that ... " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jul 10, 2013
2 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " the anarchic, over-the-top third act feels pretty forced ... not surprising for a Pirates sequel dressed up in western wear. " — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jul 3, 2013
2.5/3 65% The Heat (2013) " ... barely disguised plagiarism conjuring ghosts of buddy-cop movies past, but in the end [Melissa] McCarthy saves the day" — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3 67% World War Z (2013) " Although released in a climate oversaturated with apocalyptic visions and walking dead, [Marc] Forster's film carves a niche as a smart and thoughtfully stylized adaptation ..." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2 74% The East (2013) " Things just happen far too conveniently for a viewer not seduced by Marling to easily suspend disbelief." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jun 19, 2013
2.5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Lyne's tragic depiction of latch-key L.A. teens in 1980's Foxes, but Coppola's characters don't draw the sympathy ... nor does it feel as intrinsic of a representation of its time" — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2.75 56% Man of Steel (2013) " WORTH SEEING, BUT BARELY: Man of Steel is the nearly the best movie it could have been, save for the giant single-bound CGI leaps during the scenes in which Kal-El harnesses his super powers." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " ... everyone who saw Before Sunrise in a theater has closely guarded secrets and lies barely covered beneath the surface. Before Midnight dissects the moment when, under the right conditions, those subterranean flammables combust ..." — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3.5 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " The question isn't whether the two people at the heart of Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need will get together, but how ... Bier demonstrates excellence in a genre where excellence isn't expected" — AspectRatio.us
Posted Jun 7, 2013
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