ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 100%

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

6 ——

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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 93%

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

11 55%

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

12 35%

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

13 ——

Femme (2013)

"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

14 87%

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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 80%

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

19 94%

Her (2013)

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

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

20 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

21 78%

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

22 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

23 74%

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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Craft, care, and the cast keep predictable sentimentality mostly at arm's length in this affectionate picture of life, accepting it and its end drawing near. "

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Donald J. Levit

28 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Leonardo DiCaprio is wrong as Jay Gatsby but right when, momentarily embarrassed for once, he stammers that 'this is a terrible mistake.' "

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Donald J. Levit

29 42%

Twentynine Palms (2004)

"Mutterings and short clipped dialogues in ellipses may convey reality but are hard on a movie audience."

Posted Nov 28, 2013

Donald J. Levit

30 ——

K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2014)

"From festivals at worldwide locations, 'K2: Siren of the Himalayas' came to a Film Society of Lincoln Center 'weekend of outstanding adventure films.' "

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Donald J. Levit

31 76%

Pola X (2000)

"As one expects from this filmmaker, 'Pola X' is offbeat in the extreme."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Donald J. Levit

32 49%

Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001)

"Much in a Denis work depends on players' silences instead of monologues or dialogues."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Donald J. Levit

33 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"Thanks to director Jon Turtletaub, 'Last Vegas' moves along briskly and to writer Don Fogelman for an amusing screenplay that challenges those dreadful 'senior citizen' stereotypes. "

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

34 ——

Sombre (1998)

"Technique in 'Sombre' becomes annoying rather than extreme or unsettling. "

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Donald J. Levit

35 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Idris Elba uses his screen time to excellent effect here, pulling off a speech which will surely ignite the passions of even the most sedate audience member."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

36 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"From start to agonising finish, there's little humour and even the best examples border on desperation. "

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

37 100%

This Sporting Life (1963)

"Leagues above the sanitized picture of organized professional athletics exemplified by '42,' 'This Sporting Life' wallows in the mud of the moral dirt that surrounds and runs the whole."

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Donald J. Levit

38 61%

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

"This Golden Razzie Award-winner for Worst Screen Couple arrives dead and unmoving. And, mortal sin for the genre, it is not scary or campy. "

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Donald J. Levit

39 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"Not a single character in 'Now You See Me' holds a definable personality trait. However, director Louis Leterrier succeeds in holding our interest with an array of dazzling red herrings."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

40 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"'The Armstrong Lie' gives a good enough summary of the sport and its shenanigans (and by implication those of others."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Donald J. Levit

41 21%

Paradise (2013)

"To me, a film about Las Vegas should never be boring. And that's what disappoints me most about 'Paradise.' "

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

42 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"I hope people see 'Before Midnight' for its emotional honesty. "

Posted Nov 2, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

43 100%

The Square (2013)

"It is her and our good luck that Jehane Noujaim happened to be on the spot, on familiar home turf, and to her credit in so well taking advantage."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Donald J. Levit

44 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Pretentiously half-justified by a quotation from Sartre, facial close-ups are incessant and unwittingly humorous in this overlong dramatic love story. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Donald J. Levit

45 30%

Last Love (2013)

"A poignant drama about loss, friendship, family and true love. It's a slow-moving -- but beautiful -- film with performances that go straight to your heart. "

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

46 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Apart from caricatures-as-characters reasons, the cinematography in '12 Years a Slave' is over-prettified and distracting. "

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Donald J. Levit

47 27%

Sweetwater (2013)

"An excellent cast and the film's authentic period look help transport us back to 1880s New Mexico while watching a very angry woman out for revenge. "

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

48 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Offers a fine cast in period costume and setting, a quiet subtle score, and careful Victorian cultural references though not the broader lit-crit jokes of, say, colorful 'Shakespeare in Love.' "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Donald J. Levit

49 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"In the tradition of Crane, London and Hemingway, 'All Is Lost' is unsermonized Man against Nature at the same time as Man against Himself."

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Donald J. Levit

50 69%

Disconnect (2013)

"This film works exceedingly well during the build-ups, riding a similar wave to ensemble offerings such as 'Crash' and 'Syriana.' "

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

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