Movie Parables

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"A far-fetched idea stretched beyond credulity but Costner makes his character's dilemma surprisingly amusing."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Michael Elliott

2 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"A disturbing and unflinching film."

Posted Jun 1, 2014

Michael Elliott

3 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"The animated children's movie, The Nut Job, may be interesting to look at but it is sadly uninteresting to watch."

Posted May 28, 2014

Michael Elliott

4 94%

Her (2013)

"A sad and telling commentary on loneliness, isolation, and the false comfort we derive from an overdependence on technology."

Posted May 24, 2014

Michael Elliott

5 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"There may not be a lot of depth or substance but style and special effects are in abundance."

Posted May 24, 2014

Michael Elliott

6 79%

Grand Piano (2014)

"The premise does not allow for a credible solution and the filmmakers must bend the laws of logic in order to bring their story to an end."

Posted May 22, 2014

Michael Elliott

7 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails to be anything special. All we can do is imagine the kind of film it could have been."

Posted May 14, 2014

Michael Elliott

8 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Is art worth dying for? It is a question repeatedly asked of the characters that are putting their lives on the line for this very reason."

Posted May 10, 2014

Michael Elliott

9 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"The language and sexual references aside, the film does ask a pertinent question: what exactly is a family?"

Posted May 9, 2014

Michael Elliott

10 44%

The Art of the Steal (2014)

"This comic caper has its fair share of amusing moments."

Posted May 8, 2014

Michael Elliott

11 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"The Book Thief benefits from a pair of winning performances from two young actors. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Michael Elliott

12 92%

Philomena (2013)

"It is a riveting story of loss, forgiveness and the resilience of the human spirit."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Michael Elliott

13 56%

Snitch (2013)

"In both the true version and the fictionalized version, the underlying message is the same. A father will move heaven and earth if it means saving or helping his son. "

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Michael Elliott

14 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"After stripping away the idiotic behavior of the characters, the questionable taste of the filmmakers, and the puerile nature of the jokes, there is a substantive message at the heart of it all for those willing to consider it."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Michael Elliott

15 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"The Italian Stallion and the Raging Bull in the same the stuff from which boxing dreams are made. It is just a shame that the film arrived about twenty years too late."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Michael Elliott

16 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"It really isn't fair to call the featured artists of 20 Feet From Stardom "unsung" heroes, because they can all sing their hearts out"

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Michael Elliott

17 45%

Home Run (2013)

"A life-affirming story of addiction, forgiveness, recovery, and deliverance that will resonate with many people"

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Elliott

18 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Scorcese and his team were content to tell and show the story without including the moral compass necessary to put Belfort's life and actions into context."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Michael Elliott

19 28%

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

"An almost magical experience that will leave audiences with a feel good sensation."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Michael Elliott

20 69%

About Time (2013)

"Richard Curtis and an ensemble cast convey a sweet tenderness to this romantic comedy that washes over us and leaves us smiling in its wake."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Michael Elliott

21 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"The costumes and the hair (oh, the hair) add a dimension of absurdity that elevates the humor even when the events depicted aren't all that comedic. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Michael Elliott

22 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"An exceedingly violent film with buckets of stylized gore and guts thrown up on the screen."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Michael Elliott

23 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Oscar Isaac pulls off the near impossible, somehow making his character appealing while simultaneously displaying a multitude of unappealing characteristics."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Michael Elliott

24 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The stories that tell the stories behind the familiar tales we all know are sometimes the most interesting ones to hear."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Michael Elliott

25 89%

Frozen (2013)

"It would come as no surprise to me to learn that millions of little girls have switched their allegiance to make these wintery princesses their personal Disney favorites. I'm pretty sure their moms already have."

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Michael Elliott

26 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"The luminous Cate Blanchett takes center stage and holds it throughout the running time of the film."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Elliott

27 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"These 60-somethings show us that they still know how to kick up their heels... even if their legs don't go as high as they used to."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Michael Elliott

28 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"The hedonism, pretentiousness, and debauchery shown on the screen evoke a sad and empty feeling."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Michael Elliott

29 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Winning the games means never being able to say, "it's over.""

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Michael Elliott

30 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

""Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." "

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Michael Elliott

31 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Inconceivably billed as a comedy, this film is as depressing as it gets - through no fault of the actors. The characters they portray are just mean-spirited, embittered personalities possessing little to no grace for one another."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Michael Elliott

32 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"We see and feel, through Solomon's experience, what it means to be thought of as property. "

Posted Mar 1, 2014

Michael Elliott

33 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"It remains the greatest story ever told."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Michael Elliott

34 89%

Rush (2013)

"What kind of person risks life and limb in an attempt to drive around in circles faster than someone else trying to do the same thing? "

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Michael Elliott

35 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"What makes Ender "special" is his ability and willingness to get to know his enemy as well as his enemy knows his own self."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Michael Elliott

36 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Utilizing an extremely high level of technical wizardry, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron has crafted the most exciting, nail-biting suspense thriller to come along in quite some time."

Posted Feb 16, 2014

Michael Elliott

37 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"The film does address a truth that often gets overlooked in our politically correct world. "

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Michael Elliott

38 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"Director Mikael Hafstrom not only doesn't break any new ground with this film... he tramples over ground oft traveled before."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Michael Elliott

39 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"While he captures the self-assurance and commanding presence of an authoritative man, it is [Hanks'] characterization of Phillips' emotional breakdown in the aftermath of his experience that will become seared into the audience's memory."

Posted Feb 2, 2014

Michael Elliott

40 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"It is a brave concept for a film. Largely consisting of little to no dialogue with a single actor playing a character we don't know and don't learn much about, All Is Lost is a riveting tale of survival"

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Michael Elliott

41 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"This is an honest look at adolescence in today's world and doesn't sidestep the thorny issues of sex, alcohol use, and the consequences that come from poor decisions."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Michael Elliott

42 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"Demigods aren't what they used to be."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Michael Elliott

43 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"The film is a lovely showpiece for both Dreyfus and Gandolfini who give sweetly honest and brave performances"

Posted Jan 19, 2014

Michael Elliott

44 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"The film may not be a laugh-fest but it sure is a smile-fest and enjoyable to sit through because the humor and situations are instantly relatable."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Michael Elliott

45 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Production values are still high and the characterizations are solid but there just isn't that much of a story to hang onto."

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Michael Elliott

46 34%

Battleship (2012)

"The line "You sunk my battleship" is never uttered but you can be sure it was on the minds of the older members of the audience."

Posted Jan 5, 2014

Michael Elliott

47 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Lee Daniels' The Butler deserved to be a great movie. "

Posted Jan 4, 2014

Michael Elliott

48 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"Cars. Fast cars. Cars that fly, spin, careen, explode, crash, and defy gravity. Fast & Furious 6 does not disappoint in this department."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Michael Elliott

49 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Perhaps had the filmmakers shown more respect and appreciation for the source material, the outcome would have had greater appeal."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Michael Elliott

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