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Emanuel Levy

Emanuel Levy
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A No Score Yet Back Street (1941) The second and best of the three Hollywood versions of Fannie Hurst's popular novel, largely due to the superlative acting of Margaret Sullavan and Charles Boyer ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jan 8, 2013
C 31% Gangster Squad (2013) Too bad Fleischer's direction is impersonal and his style sleek but shallow; I can only imagine what a director like Lumet or Hanson would have done with such juicy material and glorious cast. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jan 7, 2013
B 82% Three Godfathers (1948) John Ford, who had shot this popular tale as a silent, remade it with John Wayne, emphasizing even more the religious symbolism. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jan 7, 2013
C+ 77% Take This Waltz (2012) Though nicely shot and well acted, especially by Michelle Williams, this is a minor, conventional work and a step down for Polley after her splashy directing debut, Away from Her. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jan 6, 2013
B+ 96% Animal Crackers (1930) The Marx Brothers' second film is creaky, stagy, and episodic, but it's also very funny. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jan 6, 2013
C 19% Texas Chainsaw (2013) Exploitative, gruesome, and trivial horror flick ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jan 4, 2013
B+ 100% Law of Desire (1987) This intriguing erotic melodrama is one of Almodovar's few explicitly gay films. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jan 1, 2013
B- 67% Maverick (1994) Facetious and cynical, Mel Gibson's star vehicle is glossy and superficially enteratining, but doesn't begin to approximate the charm of James Garner and the original TV series. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 30, 2012
B- 100% May Fools (1989) Though well acted by great French actors (Michel Piccoli), Malle's tale, set in 1968 in the countryside, is too light and trivial as family melodrama ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 29, 2012
B No Score Yet Journey for Margaret (1942) At age 5, Margaret P'Brien became a major Hollywood star after playing a war orphan in this fact-inspired melodrama, based on a best-selling book. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 19, 2012
C 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) From Yentl to Yenta: At 70, Streisand still commands the screen with ease and charisma, but this mother-son comedy is so lame and retro that it's embarrassing to watch. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 18, 2012
C 51% This is 40 (2012) Apatow's fourth directorial effort is sharply uneven, overextending its welcome by half an hour and suffering from a charmless performance by its leading lady. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 17, 2012
C+ 62% Jack Reacher (2012) Run, Tom, Run: Relying on the genre's thematic and visual cliches, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (Way of the Gun) has made a routine crime actioner. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 15, 2012
B- 67% Diamonds Are Forever (1971) After an hiatus, Sean Connery was lured back to the series with a huge paycheck but the end result is decidedly a mediocre feature. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 14, 2012
B+ 88% Django Unchained (2012) A companion piece to Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino's revenge tale is long, excessive, violent pulp Western, but it's well acted, sporadically humorous, and always entertaining. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
A- 91% Holy Motors (2012) Carax has always been an enfant terrible with taste for excess, but Holy Motors, which has just won the L.A. Critics for Best Foreign Film, is his most original, shocking, and entertaining work to date. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 10, 2012
B- 69% Les Misérables (2012) This dramatic musical contains some powerful moments, hovering between politics and art, theater and cinema, but not really successful as a whole. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 6, 2012
C+ 51% Promised Land (2013) Fruitful collaboration between director Van Sant and star Damon, which resulted in excellent (Good Will Hunting) and idiosyncratic films (Gerry), is now reaponsible for a simplistic message picture that wears its ideology on its sleeves. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 6, 2012
D 3% Playing for Keeps (2012) Wasting the talents of seveal charming actresses, this misogynistic romantic ccomedy is one of the silliest films of the year. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 5, 2012
B 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) The first chapter of Jackson's new trilogy is decent, if not enirely satisfying, bound to suffer from inevitable comparisons with the superior, Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 5, 2012
B+ 82% On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Artistically, Bond's sixth entry, the only one to star Aussie George Lazenby, is much better than given credit to, though commercially it was one of the weakest. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Dec 2, 2012
A 92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Riveting from first frame to last, Bigelow's brilliant thriller surpasses her Oscar-winner with a visceral yet rigorous, technically exciting yet politically detached account of capturing Bin Laden. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 26, 2012
B+ 81% The Impossible (2012) In his striking American debut, Bayona (Orphanage) achieves the almost impossible task of balancing a disaster movie of epic proportions with intimate family drama, anchored by Oscar-caliber turns from Watts and McGregor. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 24, 2012
B- 72% You Only Live Twice (1967) The fifth Bond film, with Agent 007 in the East, is not as good as the previous ones, but it still offers escapist entertainment. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 17, 2012
C 55% Jamaica Inn (1939) Mostly known as Hitchcock's last British fim before leaving for Hollywood, this period piece is weak, despite star performance from Charles Laughton. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 17, 2012
C 17% The Skin Game (1931) Stagy and verbose, this British play adaptation is one of the few weak movies Hitchcock had made in an otherwise brilliant career. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 17, 2012
B+ 93% Murder! (1930) Hitchcock's tenth feature, a crime drama set in the theater, is one of his best British films, featuring Herbert Marshall in his first speaking part and a new kind of villain. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 15, 2012
C 27% Juno and the Paycock (1949) It had nothing to do with cinema, Hitchcock himself had said of his adaptation of Sean O'Casey play, though it's well acted by Sara Allgood and the rest of the ensemble ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 14, 2012
B 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Bill Condon's final segment, is relatively speaking, the most eventful and engaging in a blockbuster series whose previous chapters were either below mediocre or really disappointing. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 14, 2012
C+ 67% Champagne (1928) For his eighth (silent) film, Hitchcock chose an intergenerational father-daughter melodrama about the moral education of a rich spoiled girl. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 13, 2012
B 89% The Farmer's Wife (1928) Hitchcock's seventh (silent) feature is a charming, well acted rustic comedy ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 12, 2012
B- 67% Easy Virtue (1927) Based on Noel Coward's play, this Hitchcock critique of the the upper class, centers on a disreputable woman, a heroine type that he would return to in later films, such as Notorious and Marnie. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 12, 2012
B- 80% Downhill (When Boys Leave Home) (1927) Though not one of Hitchcock's best silents, Downhill, based on theatrical sketches, intriduces themes and images, such as the shared guilt and the prominence of staircases, that would recur in his future, better films. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 12, 2012
A- 95% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928) Though the story has been remade many times, Hitchcock's silent version (his third work) holds up well, bearing the director's distinctive vision; he said his career relly began with that picture ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 10, 2012
C+ No Score Yet Mountain Eagle (1926) Hitchcock's second, silent film is one of weakest; even he did not like it. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 10, 2012
B 62% Hitchcock (2012) Though uneven, there's much to like about this entertaining portrait of a working marriage and marriage work, including Helen Mirren's Oscar-caliber performance as the unsung heroine, Hitchcock's devoted wife and crucial collaborator ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 10, 2012
A- 90% Lincoln (2012) Spielberg, always praised as storyteller and master of spectacle, is also a great actor's director, inspiring Daniel Day-Lewis to give a spellbinding performance, subtle, multi-shaded, devoid of thearicality or mannerisms; the entire cast is flawless. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Nov 4, 2012
C+ No Score Yet The Letter (1929) Jeanne Eagels received Oscar nomination for playing the leading part in this early, primitive talkie, based on Somerset Maugham's play; Bette Davis played the part in 1940. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 31, 2012
C+ 67% Dementia 13 (1963) There was no way to tell from the debut of Coppola, then 24, a low-budget horror flick produced by Roger Corman, that in a decade he would become the most influential director. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 31, 2012
B 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) The filmmakers deserve credit for creating different worlds, each with distinctive look, but like most road films, the tale is overly episodic, lacking the unified vision that has marked the genre's best works. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 29, 2012
B+ 86% Thunderball (1965) The fourth, most commercially successful Bond to date, is known for its pre-credits sequences, underwater battles, and escalating number of violent deaths. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 29, 2012
C 5% Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) The biggest mystery about this quicky exploitation horror flick is not its father-daughter tale, which is structurally messy and ineptly helmed, but how it got such talented actors. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 26, 2012
C+ 91% A Child Is Waiting (1963) John Cassavetes's attempt at commercial cinema is uncharacteristically conventional and sentimental melodrama, but it contains some emotional sequences between Judy Garland and the mentally challenged children. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 23, 2012
B+ 85% The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) Lavishly mounted with some of the same actors of The Red Shoes, this filmed operetta is more impressive in its production design (Oscar nominated) than emotional impact. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 21, 2012
C No Score Yet Onionhead (1958) Andy Griffith and the other actors are decent, but the film is verbose, overlong, and lacks sufficient humor to qualify as comedy. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 21, 2012
A- 100% The Man From Laramie (1955) This adult psychological Western represents one of the best collaborations between director Anthony Mann and star Jimmy Stewart. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 21, 2012
C+ No Score Yet Battle Circus (1953) Though not one of Bogart's strongest, this serviceable feature is one of few war (Korea) films in which he wears uniform, and his only MGM picture, co-starring with that studio's reliable performer, June Allyson. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 19, 2012
B- 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) Lavish, ambitious, and pretentious, this sharply uneven mental-physical trip displays all the strengths and weaknesses of its filmmakers, the Wachowskis (Matrix) and Twyker (Run Lola Run, Heaven). ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 18, 2012
B+ 93% The Sessions (2012) Inevitable comparison will be made with My Left Foot, but on its own terms, the fact-based drama is touching, frank, challenging (breaking Hollywood taboos), and superbly acted by Hawkes and Helen Hunt in Oscar-caliber turns ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 17, 2012
A- 96% From Russia With Love (1964) The second Bond is one of the best in the series, due to the intriguing plot, sinister villains, and fabulously staged fight aboard the Orient Express. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Oct 16, 2012