ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 61%

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

6 61%

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

7 61%

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

8 ——

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

9 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

10 ——

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

11 30%

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

12 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

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

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

13 50%

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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"The films pacing seems incredibly slow."

Posted May 9, 2014

Geoff Roberts

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 100%

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

42 34%

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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 100%

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

48 59%

13 Sins (2014)

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

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

49 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

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