ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 15%

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

3 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

4 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

5 19%

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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 58%

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

11 43%

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

12 74%

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

13 56%

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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"The films pacing seems incredibly slow."

Posted May 9, 2014

Geoff Roberts

18 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

19 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

20 51%

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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 100%

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

25 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

26 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

27 52%

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

28 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

29 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

30 100%

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

31 59%

13 Sins (2014)

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

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Betty Jo Tucker

32 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

33 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

34 ——

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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Geoff Roberts

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 42%

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

43 82%

Grand Piano (2014)

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

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Richard Jack Smith

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 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

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