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Movie Parables

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"The Italian Stallion and the Raging Bull in the same film...is 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 29%

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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 95%

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

11 79%

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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 22%

Son Of God (2014)

"It remains the greatest story ever told."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Michael Elliott

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 94%

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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 92%

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

29 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

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

Posted Jan 20, 2014

Michael Elliott

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

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

Posted Jan 4, 2014

Michael Elliott

35 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

36 30%

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

37 49%

Parkland (2013)

"An intelligent treatment of an epochal moment in U.S. history."

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Michael Elliott

38 68%

Elysium (2013)

"The plot holes are plentiful and the two-dimensional characterizations have a tendency to fall into them."

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Michael Elliott

39 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"When all is said and done, this is really a two- character film and it helps that the two characters are themselves played by two very accomplished actors."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Michael Elliott

40 67%

Turbo (2013)

"While it may not be original in tone or matter, [it] is certainly not without charm."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Michael Elliott

41 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"The sense of fun and quirky humor of the original film stays intact."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Michael Elliott

42 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"Keanu Reeves has often been criticized for his wooden acting skills and in Tiger Hu Chen he has found a protégé to mold in his image. "

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Michael Elliott

43 65%

The Heat (2013)

"Bullock and McCarthy are fully committed to their characters and, to their credit, manage to elicit genuine warmth despite the shock humor and crudity of the characters."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Michael Elliott

44 51%

White House Down (2013)

"Emmerich keeps the energy high, the banter light, the explosions huge and the logic immaterial. This is popcorn entertainment and it doesn't disappoint. "

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Michael Elliott

45 11%

After Earth (2013)

"After Earth does allow for an opportunity to discuss fear in some detail from a spiritual perspective. "

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Michael Elliott

46 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Director Zack Snyder has thrown a lot of frenetic action upon the screen and has made some different choices that manage to put an unexpected spin on a familiar tale. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Michael Elliott

47 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"The Apocalypse is no joke. That is, unless, you're looking at it through the eyes of today's most popular comedic actors."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Michael Elliott

48 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Those who stay with it will find themselves connecting with the story and characters in a real and rewarding way. "

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Michael Elliott

49 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Del Toro somehow makes this homage to the cheesy monster movies of a past era seem fresh and relevant."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Michael Elliott

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