ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Redemption (2013)

"With 'Redemption,' Jason Statham has arrived at a fresh place in his career where the possibilities for entertainment and innovation are boundless. "

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

2 ——

The Chase (1946)

"Not so ingenious and engaging as other, Chandler-esque convolutions. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Donald J. Levit

3 86%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Some of the film scenes fall flat, but, after all, the American Dream is of a future in which one never loses hope. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Donald J. Levit

4 97%

Gravity (2013)

"The cliché 'edge of your seat' seems too mild for this exciting outer space thriller that combines technical magic with strong emotional pull. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Llewyn springs full blown and neither changes nor reaches self-awareness. He's a poor face in the crowd whose story's seldom told, has its moments, but seems no more engrossing than most. "

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Donald J. Levit

6 11%

Argento's Dracula 3D (2013)

"Through 3D glasses too darkly, the extra dimension is not taken advantage of -- and in fact appears detrimental."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Donald J. Levit

7 61%

The Summit (2013)

"Homage to 37-year-old McDonnell and the others who perished or were seriously injured in that worst day on the world's most dangerous mountain. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Donald J. Levit

8 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"Focuses on the playing off of two actors in the developing of rapport and empathy between two very different human beings. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Donald J. Levit

9 57%

Lion Ark (2013)

"This incredible documentary about rescuing 25 abused African lions and transporting them from Bolivia to Colorado is the feel-good movie of the year for me! "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

10 16%

The Colony (2013)

"This sci-fi thriller makes us almost feel the frosty cold in our bones, thanks to cinematographer Pierce Gill's magic touch."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

11 67%

Mr. Nobody (2013)

"'Mr. Nobody' jumps around in a rather haphazard way, so it seems too chaotic most of the time. It's creative, but quite perplexing. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

12 50%

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

"As the Sheriff of Nottingham, Alan Rickman lights up the screen with villainous charm."

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

13 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Although the ending of 'Prisoners' may leave some viewers cold, I think it's a clever way to make us keep talking about this thriller for a long time to come. "

Posted Sep 21, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

14 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Overall, 'Oblivion' steals from the very heart of science-fiction, becoming a betrayal of everything the genre stands for, including suspension of disbelief and the relevant mythologies. "

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

15 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

"At first glance hinting maybe condescension in the title, ' Good Ol' Freda' really does anything but, those three little words being the lads' fond reference to her."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Donald J. Levit

16 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Things tend to plod a bit in the middle and the father/son bond sinks into an unforgiving quicksand."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

17 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"These things run on faith, not reason, like the silly amateur exorcism that will have to be intoned when a priest is too far away and the silly scientific paraphernalia carted around. "

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Donald J. Levit

18 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"'Blue Caprice' sidesteps the easy path of sensational splatter, does not rest its case on video-game violence, and does not cheapen that case by playing any race, ethnicity or religion card."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Donald J. Levit

19 73%

Cop Land (1997)

"'Cop Land' has its mind in the right place, only its emotional core feels out of sync. "

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

20 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"The chemistry between Josh Pais and Allison Janney is something wonderful to behold in each of their scenes together here. Too bad they had so few of them. "

Posted Sep 8, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

21 35%

Passion (2013)

"Although both lead actresses deserve praise for their stunning performances in 'Passion,' the film itself doesn't do them justice."

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

22 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"The cinema confusion that persists here would be acceptable, for this is after all chop-socky with pretentions, but the deadpan solemnity makes for too weighty a load. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Donald J. Levit

23 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"Although emotionally wrenching and not recommend for young children, 'Blackfish' helps us re-think our relationship with nature. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Diana Saenger

24 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"The only one delivering any kind of intrigue here is Jim Broadbent. But one interesting character does not make a movie, and this one is a real yawner. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Diana Saenger

25 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"In its refusal to cram a point of view or crucify an easy target,'Our Nixon' is a variation from the tired current non-fiction format. "

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Donald J. Levit

26 58%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. "

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

27 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"The characters may seem real, yet they're not very interesting. And worst of all, the beer flows but the movie doesn't. "

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

28 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"This film has been dumbed down for a young audience. I believe that youngsters could be offended by the manner in which Shyamalan's screenplay treats their intelligence with disdain. "

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

29 49%

Blood (2013)

"Paul Bettany turns in a stellar performance as a modern day Raskolnikov in this gritty psychological drama about the downfall of a British police family."

Posted Aug 11, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

30 68%

Elysium (2013)

"'Elysium' goes overboard with loud, jerky, repetitive action sequences. "

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

31 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"'Lovelace' is significant for its portrayal of a battered, exploited woman and of the macho social attitudes which foster such situations. "

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Donald J. Levit

32 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"'The Act of Killing' is unsettling in drawing in the viewer, in almost humanizing its unrepentant vile inhuman men who in theory did not act for personal motives."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Donald J. Levit

33 63%

Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996)

"The one consistent through-line in the first two 'Tremors' movies has to be Michael Gross' uncanny ability to transform even the silliest dialogue into moments of genuine comic inspiration."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

34 72%

Forrest Gump (1994)

"Overall, there's hardly a dull moment to be found as well as quite a few transcendent themes in 'Forrest Gump.' "

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

35 98%

Vertigo (1958)

"'Vertigo' teases, befuddles and opens up the highway for Alfred Hitchcock's most expressive and imaginative storytelling."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

36 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"This Wolverine outing includes one of the most exciting sequences of the year -- a villain and Wolverine fighting on top of Japan's high-speed bullet train. How cool is that!"

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

37 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"By trying too hard to be profound about the evils of television, this implausible sci-fi morality tale stretches this theme beyond the breaking point."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

38 58%

Outland (1981)

"A very special, albeit overlooked science fiction drama."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

39 59%

Living Out Loud (1998)

"'Living Out Loud' presents the delightful surprise of Danny DeVito as a romantic lead. And he also sings! "

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

40 100%

Edge Codes.com: The Art of Motion Picture Editing (2005)

"It's difficult to endorse a documentary about film editing when many of the finest examples are missing and the overall philosophy states the obvious."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

41 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer project a humorous chemistry with each other while portraying Tonto and the Lone Ranger. But Silver runs away with this rollicking Western action comedy. "

Posted Jul 6, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

42 36%

The Hot Flashes (2013)

"With its suspenseful plot and a dream cast starring five fascinating actresses (plus Eric Roberts in a deliciously unsympathetic role), this unusual comedy is irresistible. "

Posted Jun 30, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

43 30%

Crazy in Alabama (1999)

"With its sluggish pace and awkward continuity, 'Crazy in Alabama' emerged as one of the most disappointing films released in 1999."

Posted Jun 22, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

44 72%

Wish You Were Here (2013)

"Kieran Darcy-Smiths first feature mixes past and present, some few of such shifts adding to our understanding or familiarity with the returnees and deepening the mystery. "

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Donald J. Levit

45 25%

The Guillotines (2013)

"Although a bit too gory for me and difficult to follow at times, the film also boasts some gorgeous visuals as well as intriguing characters played by Ethan Juan and Xiaoming Huang. "

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

46 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Our first look at the ugly ones in 'Jack the Giant Slayer' really sells the intricacy of modern digital effects. It's all downhill from there."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

47 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Sundance-premièred '20 Feet from Stardom' showcases those fantastic backing voices which come from largely unknown uncredited throats."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Donald J. Levit

48 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"In fifty years, there will be whole essays and books dedicated to the art of understanding and appreciating this modern work of art."

Posted Jun 8, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

49 13%

Hello Herman (2012)

"A timely and important movie...I've enjoyed Norman Reedus' excellent work in TV's THE WALKING DEAD, but I think he's even better here."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Betty Jo Tucker

50 92%

Traffic (2000)

"'Traffic' offers some priceless gems: meaty, brooding performances; highly original editing and imaginative screenwriting. "

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Richard Jack Smith

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