ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

The Gold Diggers (1983)

"Abrupt shifts do not differentiate 'reality' from dreams or illusions, the whole as much resembling Dalí or Genet as the silent and Hollywood golden era cinema it also calls up."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Donald J. Levit

2 33%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"Kevin Kline doesn't just play Errol Flynn here. He becomes Flynn. Not the early heartthrob, but Flynn in his later years after the booze and legendary philandering have taken their toll. "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

3 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Ultimately, 'Into the Storm' becomes a high-profile advertisement for dangerous weather."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

4 57%

The Calling (2014)

"Susan Sarandon delivers a splendid performance as a world-weary detective in this mysterious, suspenseful thriller. "

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

5 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Overall, 'The Expendables 3' offers fast-paced action, several tip-top performances and numerous highlights. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

6 95%

The Dog (2014)

"Whatever parts truth or delusion or braggadocio, 'The Dog' is an irresistible picture of the man, the place and the times."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Donald J. Levit

7 17%

Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014)

"Despite too much jerky camera work, 'Ironclad 2' boasts lots of action and a stirring background score. Plus, its cup runneth over with medieval blood and gore. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

8 40%

Beneath (2014)

"Although the actors and setting seem believable here, 'Beneath' ends up being much too predictable for a horror movie. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

9 92%

The Big Combo (1955)

"The film's architecture serves only one master: John Alton. A cinematographer with a gift for black and white, he leaves his fingerprints all over 'The Big Combo.'"

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

10 14%

Rage (2014)

"'Rage' ends up as a bloody cautionary tale about how revenge served hot can backfire. It also reminds us that violence breeds violence. Not a bad message in today's world. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

11 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"An extraordinary documentary about a man of great talent and courage who used his love of movies and way with words to become one of our most beloved and influential film critics."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

12 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"A wonderfully re-imagined take on good versus evil, revenge, the inevitability of time and love's enduring power. "

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

13 18%

Tarzan (2014)

"Although Reinhard Klooss has the technology to bring this concept to life, the result exposes a level of storytelling short on ideas and inspiration. "

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

14 7%

Authors Anonymous (2014)

"Each of the players comes across as a one-note stereotype with the same kind of behavior going on in practically every scene."

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

15 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"If genius can be measured by laughter or innovation, then filmmaker Wes Anderson has arrived at a perfect style to suit his blossoming talents. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

16 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"The most impressive thing about this wonderful film involves its creative presentation. Practically every scene comes across like an intriguing work of art."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

17 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Wolverine gets lots of camera time, visual effects look stunning, the time-travel theme is intriguing -- though sometimes confusing - and HOPE emerges as the film's appealing message. "

Posted May 25, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

18 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"This Justin Chadwick biopic offers no surprises in technique or script (by William Nicholson) but is nevertheless a notch above average."

Posted May 23, 2014

Donald J. Levit

19 42%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"The story wants its hero to be a nice guy with problems, but he comes across as irresponsible, obnoxious, pedantic, a boor and a bore. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Donald J. Levit

20 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"This new Godzilla is definitely worth waiting for! His looks, roars and stomps seem incredibly real, which helps make 'Godzilla' (2014) a thrilling film ride. "

Posted May 17, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

21 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Brings together old school practitioners (Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh) as well as contemporary movie stars (Chris Pine, Keira Knightley) in order to craft a sure-fire blockbuster. "

Posted May 14, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

22 18%

Gambit (2014)

"Firth demonstrates flawless comic timing and a knack for gentle slapstick during many sequences that might have bombed with another actor playing Harry Deane. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

23 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Marcus D'Arcy's editing contains some brilliant montages, which rank as the best of 2014 so far. "

Posted May 9, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

24 89%

Frozen (2013)

"The fairy-tale ending promises not only marriage but adds the didactic twist that 'the only fixer-upper' true love is not restricted to coming exclusively from a lover. "

Posted May 9, 2014

Donald J. Levit

25 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"The films pacing seems incredibly slow."

Posted May 9, 2014

Geoff Roberts

26 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Fisticuffs fly and guns ignite, but we don't care as much this time."

Posted May 4, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

27 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"As in many films of this genre, fiction or fact, finesse gives way to firepower force, and though the real-life outcome is fixed in advance, the voyage is exhilarating. "

Posted May 1, 2014

Donald J. Levit

28 50%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"Kristen Wiig delivers a splendid dramatic performance here. She simply becomes a plain, unobtrusive woman with immense inner strength. "

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

29 89%

Locke (2014)

"Tom Hardy gives a spot on performance and Welsh accent, using no more than words accompanied by some few facial expressions in the near dark, in unpeeling the layers of one man's life. "

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Donald J. Levit

30 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Although slow-moving and confusing at times, 'Transcendence' impressed me as a haunting, thought-provoking film."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

31 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"I never bought Stallone and De Niro as arch enemies harboring a 30-year grudge, let alone as former professional boxers."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Geoff Roberts

32 100%

Manakamana (2014)

"'Manakamana' will reward those lucky few who still possess the patient tranquility to observe and absorb which is being so sadly lost. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Donald J. Levit

33 33%

Stage Fright (2014)

"Predictability stands out as the most horrific thing about 'Stage Fright.' Still, there's lots of blood for horror fans and a couple of musical numbers that are fun to watch. "

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

34 77%

Noah (2014)

"Despite going overboard with his graphic art approach for The Seven Days of Creation, director Darren Aronofsky makes a film where acting counts more than visual effects. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

35 51%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"The movie's bright colors are attractive, but the plot is unexceptional and the jokes TV-thin."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Donald J. Levit

36 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Not merely tweaking the vampire tradition, the film pays homage to, and plays on, it in subtle, possibly half- or un-conscious details that one's antenna may quiver at."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Donald J. Levit

37 75%

Jews Of Egypt (2014)

"Through sometimes repeated archival footage and stills, Egyptian Jewry's first-half-of-the-last-century's Golden Age is imaged, in business, finance, industry, culture and politics."

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Donald J. Levit

38 100%

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)

"Director Hara does not intrude; he merely records as sixty-two-year-old Kenzo Okuzaki relentlessly pursues his campaign to expose dark secrets and discredit the Emperor. "

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Donald J. Levit

39 59%

13 Sins (2014)

"Full of clever surprises, '13 Sins' entertains and horrifies. Well-done!"

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

40 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Several self-photos (not to be confused with selfies), the stills included in 'Finding Vivian Maier' are indeed electric. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Donald J. Levit

41 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"Whether or not true to the original, Michael Peña's Arizona-born title hero is constantly center focus but too low-key to sustain ninety-eight minutes of viewer interest."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Donald J. Levit

42 ——

La Selva Tranquila ()

"Youthful and enthusiastic, 'La Selva Tranquila' nicely hints at the cleft stick of ecology vs. economics rather than belaboring it. "

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Donald J. Levit

43 67%

Leave The World Behind (2014)

"At first glance about a latter-day Beatlemania on steroids and without the Liverpudlians' humor, the film is actually like modern culture at large, suffering from ADD/ADHD. "

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Donald J. Levit

44 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"One of the few films I regret seeing. But it definitely lives up to the title -- and gives viewers an ending we'll never forget. "

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

45 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"This latest Muppet movie comes across as one of the best. Happily, that special Muppet magic is still going strong! "

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

46 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Smart, funny, and engaging from start to finish."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Geoff Roberts

47 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Director Rob Minkoff, perhaps best known for his adaptation of 'Stuart Little,' provides solid and fast-paced direction throughout 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman.'"

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Geoff Roberts

48 88%

Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld) (1936)

"Gabin did not attain the international status of American counterparts or later countryman Belmondo, though his Pepel here is a thing of beauty. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Donald J. Levit

49 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Writer-director-coeditor Rithy Panh's 'The Missing Picturs/L'image manquante' is unusual in its documentary recreation method and, beyond the medium of film, in its theme. "

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Donald J. Levit

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