ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

Citizenfour (2014)

"Fingers on keyboards, monitors, real-time chatting and facial beard follicles do not make for scintillating viewing."

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Donald J. Levit

2 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"To see Woodley and Elgort waltz through the different stages of a relationship, in which every interaction feels unpredictable makes the film an unbridled pleasure."

Posted Oct 19, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

3 54%

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

"Too slow-moving for a thriller, but the film's shocking twist ending makes it almost worth waiting for. "

Posted Oct 19, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

4 85%

Listen Up Philip (2014)

"This romantic egotist is not romantic at all but so shallow that his tearjerker bed story of the accident that deprived him in one blow of parents and unborn sibling rings tasteless and false."

Posted Oct 17, 2014

Donald J. Levit

5 71%

Inherent Vice (2014)

"The confusion on the ground, in the air, and in the mind is so thick with smoke and mirrors that reality and illusion are not different the one from the other in the foggy smoggy purple haze."

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Donald J. Levit

6 97%

Mr. Turner (2014)

"Slow period piece 'Mr. Turner' is an actors', filmmaker's, photographer's, and costume and set designers' delight."

Posted Oct 9, 2014

Donald J. Levit

7 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"In a picture so dramatically unmemorable, the highlights end up being few and far between."

Posted Oct 7, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

8 88%

Timbuktu ()

"Although the interlocking tales end in technical tragedy, there is yet a feeling that spirit will win out, like nature and the cycle of a gazelle that opens and closes. "

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Donald J. Levit

9 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"Some suspense builds to a point but collapses into improbable silliness piled on top of impossible silliness."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Donald J. Levit

10 50%

Pasolini ()

"Abel Ferrara's European 'Pasolini' is as much a jumble as the subject's own brand of philosophical-mystical-contrarian Freudian-Marxist-religiosity. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Donald J. Levit

11 67%

The Decent One (2014)

"Sailing an unusual tack in the flood of Holocaust films, 'The Decent One' centers, not on post-war trials or traumas, but on the evil that ordinary men are capable of. "

Posted Oct 1, 2014

Donald J. Levit

12 No Score Yet

La Sapienza ()

"Although a love-fiction crossed with documentary lecture and superb Raphael O'Byrne cinematography, 'La Sapienza' is as close as celluloid can approach to architecture. "

Posted Sep 28, 2014

Donald J. Levit

13 81%

The Two Faces of January (2014)

"Without even one fast-paced car chase or explosive special effects scene, this elegant thriller fills the screen with exquisite suspense."

Posted Sep 27, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

14 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Crazy, colorful costumes and art direction plus some exciting special effects make a few scenes notable, but too much of the movie seems repetitive and ultra-confusing. "

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

15 71%

Jayuui Eondeok (Hill of Freedom) ()

"Final resolution and wrap-up are hurried, facile and non-cinematic, in today's common cop-out of a few seconds' offscreen voice telling viewers the future."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Donald J. Levit

16 86%

Goodbye to Language 3D (2014)

"The helter-skelter non-story does not stay long on anyone or anything but tackles a range of topics obliquely."

Posted Sep 26, 2014

Donald J. Levit

17 100%

Salesman (1968)

"Aside from sales spiel, dialogue is spontaneous, nothing staged or repeated, no one looks at the camera or seems aware of it. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Donald J. Levit

18 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Approximately half-way through the on-screen antics, the movie morphs into a fantasy. At that point, one's suspended disbelief rapidly loses most of its suspension. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Geoff Roberts

19 80%

Pink Flamingos (1972)

"It will take patience and a strong stomach to sit through, to 'take,' the whole. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Donald J. Levit

20 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"For shooting blanks and finishing off any chance at emotional involvement, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' puts the law of diminishing returns into frightening perspective. "

Posted Sep 13, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

21 63%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"The three takes of this film add up to a single okay but not outstanding movie, the two companions of each of them no more than the others with out-takes spliced in. "

Posted Sep 13, 2014

Donald J. Levit

22 58%

My Old Lady (2014)

"Just like Kevin Kline's recent 'The Last of Robin Hood,' this well-made dramedy boasts a perfect acting trifecta."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

23 58%

My Old Lady (2014)

"Not objectionable but nowhere near the magic spell that such a promising cast ought to have been enabled to cast. "

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Donald J. Levit

24 No Score Yet

Waking The Green Tiger ()

"Highlights include previously unreleased archival footage of Mao's ill-conceived Great Leap Forward, or 1958 Second Five-Year Plan, and the 1966 Cultural Revolution 'War Against Nature' in the name of Progress."

Posted Sep 6, 2014

Donald J. Levit

25 22%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"The film's complicating force and conflict undeniably real, its thrust is defeated by clichéd treatment and uninspired performances. "

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Donald J. Levit

26 No Score Yet

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

27 29%

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

28 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

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

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

29 53%

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

30 33%

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

31 94%

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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 49%

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

38 17%

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

39 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

40 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

41 49%

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

42 92%

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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 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