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David Elliott

David Elliott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Maturing performances are a bonus, but the show's the thing, and by now it seems much richer than any theme park that could ever be made from it. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Nov 14, 2016
3/5 100% Waste Land (2010) With Walker and cinematographer Dudu Miranda, Muniz has a hawk's eye for the weird beauty of bulldozed hillocks of trash and the catador faces that he chose to star in photographic portraits. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/5 33% Wild Target (2010) A few tart, amusing lines echo the fabled Kind Hearts and Coronets, yet this British movie based on a French farce falls into morbid silliness. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/5 86% Kings of Pastry (2010) The makers are left, finally, a few cookies short. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Nov 14, 2016
72% Prometheus (2012) The story is a lurching carnival of budget blasts. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/4 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Devout fans will have to go. For the rest of us, the best rewards of this show were long ago, in a galaxy that now seems far, far away.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 16, 2015
3/5 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Strong effects, good design, and an exciting use of nature help to empower Stewart and Theron, who inject a rich, double dose of feminism. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/4 90% Crime After Crime (2011) Despite its plodding tactics, the movie is an alarming witness. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 92% Children of Men (2006) Here is your post-holiday depression pill: Children of Men. Not to relieve depression. To cause it.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2015
4/5 95% The King's Speech (2010) The film is richly rooted, with splendid trappings, including pea-soup fogs. For all the pomp and protocol, it's an intimate story about a scared man who must find his voice if he is to rise, in regal stature, above his epaulets. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 97% The Artist (2011) Through it all, Dujardin has great dignity, is hugely likeable, and pulls off touches of comic poignancy not far from Chaplin's. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Feb 17, 2015
3/4 71% Carnage (2011) The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2015
95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) It's very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/4 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) Like Tiepolo, Miyazaki is a winged artist who flies in his own space, taking gravity with him. He can put us into a childish stupor of anticipation, then satisfaction. His vision is so free that it captivates.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) The grand finish, if not always inspired, feels necessary. In a sustained, imaginative way, this is the best of any movie series.‐ San Diego Reader
Posted Nov 18, 2014
4/4 94% Moneyball (2011) Brad Pitt is at the top of his own game as Beane. Cocky and often nonchalant, he is gnawed by doubts that he tries to cover by grabbing a snack or pitching a grin. ‐ San Diego Reader
Posted May 6, 2014
6% Underclassman (2005) The finish, a rush of climaxes, can make you feel zoned at 3 a.m., trying to decide between TV and the wallpaper.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/4 96% Persepolis (2007) Persepolis feels abstract, never deeply personal, because Satrapi offers only surfaces and push-pin thoughts while sharing here sincere but glib sisterhood with Iranian history.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3.5/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) Anderson is a gambler who likes wild cards.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 22% Mad Money (2008) What's not to believe? A lot. But asking for bolted logic and dramatic structure in such a movie is about like asking former Fed chief Alan Greenspan to open a mosh pit in Miami. Anyway, the money in the bank here is Keaton.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
1/4 41% 27 Dresses (2008) The film 27 Dresses only seems like a lobotomy. In fact, this is public surgery to install a new vacuum tube for airheads into the generic chick flick, model 2008.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 98% Diva (1981) Had Wile E. Coyote chased Jean-Luc Godard, the result might have been Diva.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 11, 2008
3/5 40% The Bucket List (2007) The Bucket List gets through its list while rarely seeming a chore. Its two great stars invite us into their company, often amusingly, always humanly.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 11, 2008
2/4 87% The Orphanage (2007) The truly disturbing element is the heavy reliance on childhood loneliness, fear and sickness.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 4, 2008
2/4 94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) It would be inhuman not to empathize with the actual man's plight, but the movie is a sophisticated prod, pushing us inside its own Bauby.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/4 66% The Kite Runner (2007) Afghanistan is a nation tortured by history, but the core feeling in The Kite Runner is heartburning love of the place, its proud people and dusty, rugged beauty.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 89% The Savages (2007) The movie greedily uses its rich cast.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/4 30% Youth Without Youth (2007) Coppola has conviction even with the airiest elements. The churn and sweep of time, memory, karma, the whole enchilada of fate, give the story a weirdly compulsive charm.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3.5/4 82% Charlie Wilson's War (2007) The movie's energizing strength is intelligence. It is so entertainingly adult.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/4 83% Atonement (2007) Atonement, a triumph of adulthood, atones for a lot of shoddy stuff at the movies in 2007.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2/4 27% Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) It's a free-fall into total plastic. Kids deserve better. Alvin, Simon and Theodore deserve better. But 'tis the season to take what you get.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/4 57% What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) An amiable but also angry documentary.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 13, 2007
3.5/4 94% Juno (2007) Not since Election has a female star talent hit the screen with such a sting of arrival.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 13, 2007
1.5/4 16% The Perfect Holiday (2007) The cast is game, the script is watered nog, the kids push their charm hard, Murphy is often excruciating, Union is pleasant in a sitcom mommy way, and Lance Rivera is a zero stylist.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 11, 2007
2/4 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) It's a movie in which everyone wants answers without being able to formulate the questions.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/4 42% The Golden Compass (2007) There may be box-office gold from The Golden Compass, but panning for it while viewing is a real day at the mine.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 6, 2007
2/4 26% Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) What is missing is the novel, its strange time shifts and lusciously compiled details and playful, god-like viewpoint.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 16, 2007
3/4 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) Get into the right and light holiday spirit, and you should be pleased.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 16, 2007
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Old fox Lumet deals out some flash cutting and time frame back-and-forths that, if not the Tarantino tango, are fairly adventurous.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2007
27% Lions for Lambs (2007) This jabbering, photographed pamphlet might spark some discussion, but as a movie it suffocates on gas.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/4 65% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) It's a soaper about a doper and a classy widow. Keep that in mind, even if you give way to seduction.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 47% Rendition (2007) A movie that has only two major scenes for Streep and one for Arkin has talent to spare.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 36% Reservation Road (2007) There is the squishy tension of a problem drama gone soft.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) Finally even Thornton finds his inner softie, at which point the film, after some OK gags, dies with a mechanical squish.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3.5/4 89% Eastern Promises (2007) As steeped in Russian flavors as a hot samovar, this fast, compelling story is also oddly Dickensian in its shadowy corners and twists.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 14, 2007
2.5/4 51% Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) Atkinson is tireless, and a bit tiring. His facial contortions, weird grunts and malaprop moves almost never rest, and his holiday trip to Cannes from Paris is a twit's marathon.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 24, 2007
2.5/4 30% Goya's Ghosts (2007) What Forman doesn't give us is drama of sure coherence or credibility, but the trappings entrance.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2/4 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) Rush Hour 3 is a traffic jam of clichés that doesn't achieve gridlock mainly because the stars, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, are too tireless to quit.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2/4 76% Stardust (2007) Stardust staggers with end-of-summer excess, seldom winning more than a weary gasp.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2/4 93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Ultimatum tries to stir sympathy for its indestructible hero. But Jason Bourne has all the charm of a howitzer. He needs some time with the Harry Potter bunch.‐ San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 3, 2007