ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

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

2 50%

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

3 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

4 54%

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

5 86%

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

6 83%

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

7 100%

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

8 60%

13 Sins (2014)

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

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

9 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

10 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

11 ——

La Selva Tranquila ()

"At fifty-two minutes the documentary is too short for theatrical release and better suited for the school circuit or the television screen on which it will unfortunately lose the sense of boundless horizon. "

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Donald J. Levit

12 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

13 84%

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

14 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

15 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Geoff Roberts

16 78%

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

17 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

18 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

19 44%

The Face of Love (2014)

"Thanks to director Arie Posin and cinematographer Antonio Riestra, the camera lingers on Annette Bening's expressive face, which draws viewers into her character's emotional journey. "

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

20 81%

Grand Piano (2014)

"For a suspenseful action picture, 'Grand Piano' barely moves."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

21 76%

Invictus (2009)

"The attraction of the film lies not in any surprise but in Morgan Freeman as Mandela -- so pitch perfect that the line between actor and archival is thin. "

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Donald J. Levit

22 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"'Non-Stop' demonstrates that casting the right actor can make any scenario believable. Liam Neeson belongs in the blockbuster realm, fighting for what's right against formidable odds."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

23 85%

Wandâfuru raifu (After Life) (1998)

"To its own amateur band, this film's whimsical dance of death zeroes in on what is wonderful in life and the people who live it and, in death, stay on in memory. "

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Donald J. Levit

24 94%

Gojira (1956)

"Godzilla moves slower than an iceberg, while the inhabitants simply marvel at the destruction he causes to miniaturised sets. "

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

25 89%

Frozen (2013)

"With its wonderful songs, spectacular animation, and heartwarming story, 'Frozen' ranks right up there with 'Beauty and the Beast and 'The Little Mermaid' in the Disney pantheon. "

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

26 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"This documentary is at least in theory non-political and not intended as overview of the past thirteen years. Instead, the filmmakers insist, it captures a moment in time on a downward spiral. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Donald J. Levit

27 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"'Winter's Tale' may not be the easiest film to follow, but it's one of the most visually stunning. "

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

28 100%

The Loving Story (2012)

"Not to take away from the film's importance, the whole is like Richard Loving, stolid and admirable but not inspiring. "

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Donald J. Levit

29 ——

La ville des pirates (City of Pirates) (1984)

"There is lots of furious energy here and arresting visuals signifying an arguable nothing, but also lots of fun for some. "

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Donald J. Levit

30 33%

A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014)

"With such a promising theme and a funny lead actor like Simon Pegg, this movie should be a big hit. So what went wrong? I think the film just got out of control. "

Posted Feb 8, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

31 85%

Kuroi Ame (Black Rain) (1989)

"About normal citizens, one small family standing for many, 'Black Rain' won awards as well as censure in presenting the catastrophic dislocation of August 6, 1945, and subsequent suffering. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Donald J. Levit

32 91%

The Saragossa Manuscript (1999)

"Derived from a hundred-sixty-year-old novel written in French, Wojciech Has's 1965 Edinburgh and San Sebastián prize-winning 'The Saragossa Manuscript' is in beautiful black and white"

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Donald J. Levit

33 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"What raises the film above simple smile-through-your-fear-and-sorrow schmaltz it might have been, are performances from two male leads, McConaughey and Leto. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Donald J. Levit

34 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Both Chris Pine and Kevin Costner shine in their interaction scenes as mentor and mentee. The initial meeting of their characters is especially well done."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

35 36%

Summer in February (2014)

"Gorgeous scenes along the Cornish coast are impressive, but the film lacks the dynamic chemistry between lovers that's so important in a romance-themed movie. "

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

36 ——

Femme ()

"An inspiring and powerful documentary urging women to 'accept the rise of feminine energy' in to order solve the many crises facing our modern world."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

37 86%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"The élan vital of life and love wins out, but so blatant is the story that that outcome was not ever in doubt. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Donald J. Levit

38 11%

After Earth (2013)

"Does not enhance reputations or entrance audiences despite, or because of, pretentions to being larger than pure adventure. "

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Donald J. Levit

39 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"In 'The Rocket' the children and outcasts triumph because they are innocent enough to believe and act as though the impossible is possible. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Donald J. Levit

40 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"'Red 2' goes beyond the confines of an origin tale, becoming a meaty middle act so the players can relax into the story better. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

41 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Like Disney's 'Mary Poppins,' 'Saving Mr. Banks' is pure movie magic. It's the most captivating film of 2013 for me. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

42 94%

Her (2014)

"'Her' offers a mind-bending look at love and loneliness in the near future. "

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

43 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"A very long three hours of scenery-chewing performances plus repetitive sequences emphasizing drugs, sex and greed."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

44 75%

Gertrud (1964)

"The director's trademarks are present: symmetrical compositions in stripped black and white; long unmoving-camera takes; abrupt cuts without dissolves or fades among relatively few separate scenes."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Donald J. Levit

45 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Game and not a self-promoting booster, always slightly outside the loop, the title character accepts what is dealt without complaint or anger. "

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Donald J. Levit

46 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"If ever a picture was hijacked by overblown ambition,'The Desolation of Smaug' becomes a classic example. "

Posted Dec 14, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

47 97%

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

"Those acquainted only with Claire Denis' more frenetic work will be surprised, and moved, by her contemplative '35 Shots of Rum/35 Rhums.' "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Donald J. Levit

48 97%

Gravity (2013)

"After 90 minutes of 'Gravity,' I was more than happy to see familiar surroundings again. "

Posted Dec 7, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

49 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"Free from ranting or raving, this quiet celebration of joy of the spirit is one first step towards righting centuries of repressive wrong. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Donald J. Levit

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