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Elias Savada

Elias Savada
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% Cop Car (2015) The best way to enjoy Cop Car is with the windows all the way down. Nice and breezy.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2015
3.5/5 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) ...a personal fever dream...‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2015
3/5 88% A Fuller Life (2014) Cinephiles and history (especially WWII) enthusiasts will find a lot to like in the film. Fans of Fuller (we are legion) will have their appetites lightly whetted.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
2/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) For all its visual snap, there's no crackle to the story or pop to the characters.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
3.5/5 100% They Came to Play (2010) The only thing amateur about the film are the players, though they are all winners. Meanwhile, They Came to Play inspires in the best documentary fashion.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
5/5 91% Up in the Air (2009) vibrantly witty and exceptionally delivered‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
3.5/5 38% Nine (2009) It's an over-the-top, eye-popping musical that doesn't completely satisfy, especially compared to it's original source classic.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
3/5 70% Brothers at War (2009) A nicely done piece for such a personal story: harrowing, heroic, and occasionally gripping.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 11, 2015
4/5 85% Easy A (2010) (WIll Gluck) captures today's high school soul with the same resourcefulness as (John) Hughes did in Ferris Beuller's Day Off. It's not quite as endearing, but it's a helluva good start.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
1/5 20% Gulliver's Travels (2010) The pitch to remake this was probably four words: Gulliver's Travels Jack Black. No adjectives, no adverbs, and, most of all, no imagination. Fox took the bait, and this Christmas there's something smelling rotten under the tree.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Heavy Metal Picnic (2010) What makes Heavy Metal Picnic zip by is how Krulik has taken the original footage and juxtaposed his new material featuring the same characters 20+ years on in their lives.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
4/5 92% Into The Abyss (2011) As it winds to its inevitable conclusion, viewers are left to ponder right and wrong, and most will have the same mixed feelings they had before they took their first bite of popcorn. This looks to be on the short list for Oscar contenders.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) There's a reason why Woody Allen's screenplays have been nominated for 15 Academy Awards (R). Comic genius, dramatic wit, sharp observation, great characters. With Blue Jasmine, he has taken effete snobbery to glorious heights.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
4/5 78% Brave (2012) With all its spunk and determination, it's easy to see how close Brave gets to the bull's eye of Pixar perfection.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
3/5 92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011) First time feature director Alex Stapleton does an admirable job educating her viewers on the man who seemingly launched a thousand faces.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
1.5/5 41% Rock of Ages (2012) ...the two hours watching such a tepid and lip-synched effort is not a pleasant experience.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
2/5 57% Hysteria (2012) It's the writing that sinks Hysteria, and there's no machine that can alleviate that.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
2/5 41% Red Tails (2012) George Lucas's last big hurrah is a hackneyed ode to a group of heroes-the Tuskegee Airmen-who deserve better treatment than this cliché interrupted by dazzling, FX-laden dogfights, smoke-filled explosions, boring subplots, and oxygen-depleting dialogue.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Showfolk (2014) Showfolk is best described as an extended public service announcement, and that's probably what the Motion Picture & Television Fund wanted. Something straight arrow and talking head.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Mamaliga Blues (2015) It's not often that a self-narrated film has a lasting impression, but Cassio Tolpolar's homegrown and low-key storytelling skills in his documentary Mamaliga Blues offers up an enchanting tale of search and discovery.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Blood, Sweat, And Beer (2015) Hiden and Irvin make a great statement about how America is enjoying the great craft beer revolution. Drink up!‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/5 36% Hunting Elephants (2015) ... despite the best efforts of its cast, Hunting Elephants is a tame comedic excursion into a flimsy world of social lechery and geriatric dysfunction, albeit one that garnered seven Israeli Film Academy Awards nominations.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/5 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) ... (a) quirky, whimsical life-spanning comedy...‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/5 63% The Water Diviner (2015) Russell Crowe's command as a debut director may not be as strong as Clooney's was, but The Water Diviner is a very sincere, inspired-by-true-events effort filled with compassionate performances.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Uncertain (2017) ...a marvelous, absorbing, and somewhat intoxicating whole.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Radical Grace (2015) An unwavering optimism infuses Radical Grace. It's an inspirational p.s.a promoting faith, hope, and equality, whether you believe in Christ or not.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
4/5 100% Peace Officer (2015) Depressing as Peace Officer may be, if we can turn Lawrence's belief that a police officer should be a trusted friend and qualified, trained peacemaker, hope might be waiting around the corner for a country filled with trigger-happy authorities.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
4/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) It's a first-class primer on how political news commentary had its true start. Long before it became something to ridicule on Comedy Central.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/5 66% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) In the Alien films, the primal, violence of Giger's bio-mechanical creations cause people to run from the darkness. Dark Star: HR Giger's World beckons you to embrace it, in its own darkly entrancing way.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/5 77% Big Game (2015) There's an specious, death-defying maniacal glee afoot in this outlandish outdoors thriller. Big Game is a foreigner's vision of American conspiracy theory run amok. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/5 93% Slow West (2015) Slow West ambles to its inevitable bloody conclusion, a beautifully orchestrated ballet cast with heroes, fools, unwelcomed guests, and lovers, assembled in the fields of the Lord. Welcome back to the West.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
4.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) It's hard to say what the imagination maestros might be thinking up down their long road of animated development, but they've outdone themselves with the latest mega-hit Inside Out, another in a non-stop parade of successes.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/5 85% The Wolfpack (2015) Crystal Moselle's unsettling debut documentary feature.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet The Three Hikers (2015) The Three Hikers has a by-the-numbers look and feel. It wants to tell an urgent story ... but there aren't enough smarts to truly mimic the prison horrors that the three captives endured.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/5 40% Strangerland (2015) Unlike The Lord of the Rings films shot in nearby New Zealand, there are no wizards in Strangerland, but there is plenty of demonstrative pain and threatening darkness. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
4/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) There's no oasis to be found in this film's arid landscape. Peaceful co-existence is just a mirage.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
2/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Frankly, after watching the film, I felt ambivalent. The film's not exhausting, at least. It's not quite fifty shades of dreck.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2015
3.5/5 88% Still Alice (2015) Thank god Julianne Moore got an Oscar nod for her new film Still Alice.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 64% Still Life (2015) Still Life offers up much bittersweet comfort and joy as it reaches a most unexpected close.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2015
2.5/5 84% Predestination (2015) An ambitious, slow-to-reveal, and overly meditative failure.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2015
4.5/5 99% Selma (2015) Selma, the latest in a long string of strong biopics out over the last year, deserves your undivided attention.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
1.5/5 33% The Brass Teapot (2013) I'm left wondering: Doesn't a teapot have better things to do than force its demonic will on others, including an innocent, naive couple? Actually, I'm not wondering about that at all. I prefer coffee.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2014
4/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) ...a strange, wondrous brew...‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2014
4.5/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) It's a lovely year end present. Near perfect, and damn entertaining with moments of thrills, triumph, and sadness...‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2014
4.5/5 97% Housebound (2014) Housebound" is terrifyingly funny. If it's playing at a theatre near you (it's already on VOD), it's worth a ticket to share the communal terror and laughter.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2014
4.5/5 96% Citizenfour (2014) While I consider the phrase "reality television" an oxymoron, there's nothing wrong with a good-make that great-piece of fly-on-the-wall cinéma vérité to open your eyes and leave you wondering-what if "he" had stayed quiet.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
.5/5 39% Two Night Stand (2014) Two Night Stand takes place between Christmas and New Year's, but there's no holiday mirth to cheer about here.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
3.5/5 100% Mysteries Of The Unseen World (2013) ...an educational wonder, hopefully opening minds, young and old alike, to the world around us.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
4/5 14% Not Cool (2014) Brazen, shameless, romantic, and broadly funny. With good music. Not Cool is way cool.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/5 75% Hollidaysburg (2014) The hormones run hot in Pennsylvania. The weather, cold. The talk is constant. The marijuana plentiful. The action minimal.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2014