Eric Melin

Eric Melin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Kansas City Star , Lawrence.com , Scene-Stealers.com
Critics' Group:
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
843
Total QuickRatings:
83

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 843
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 100% Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama) (1958) " Modern audiences may find it difficult to adjust to its laconic pace, but it is a stirring tale, full of dignity and sorrow, and worth checking out for sure." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
.5/4 —— Dead In France (2013) " Neither funny nor thrilling, and it is frustratingly, singlemindedly bent on cheap thrills and faux-clever dialogue and situations that are so contrived and hackneyed that Troy Duffy probably threw them out while making Boondock Saints II." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/4 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " Rust and Bone is a tough, emotionally raw movie, but its not a difficult watch, and its a very skillfully rendered piece of neo-realism." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/4 84% Smashed (2012) " Smashed is a non-judgmental snapshot of the small world surrounding this couple, and is filled with insightful moments and really great low-key performances." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
2.5/4 62% Hitchcock (2012) " The Cook/Reville subplot is pretty standard stuff, so the movie is pretty lopsided, but the behind-the-scenes stuff surrounding Psycho is very compelling, even if it's not 100 percent true. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
2/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Everything that happens after it lets its abrasive character off the hook is completely predictable, but movies with this kind of pervasive silliness don't exist for their unpredictable plot lines-in fact they rely on predictability. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/4 100% Ivanovo detstvo (Ivan's Childhood)(My Name Is Ivan)(The Youngest Spy) (1962) " Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 11, 2013
1.5/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Flat and uninspired... the latest in the steady stream of films that takes old, familiar fairy tales and updates their antiquated social mores with a modern sensibility." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 11, 2013
3/4 97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " The Dardennes have once again crafted a lean, efficient film that is plotted with singular purpose without hitting a false note." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 11, 2013
2/4 72% Chicken with Plums (2012) " ...an admirable trip down the rabbit hole of a lonely man's mind and inspiration, but it loses its way about halfway through the movie and feels like a series of inspired, lovely short films, held together by the barest of threads." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 11, 2013
2/4 33% Small Apartments (2013) " Åkerlund seems distracted by all the inherent quirkiness of the personalities and uses it as a crutch." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 11, 2013
2.5/4 62% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) " The film is mostly surface-value kicks, relaying the basic parts of the story (poor guy battling drug and alcohol addiction suddenly makes it big) without being particularly probing or revealing too many shades of gray. " — Lawrence.com
Posted Mar 11, 2013
3/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " It has the wow factor that big, Hollywood event movies demand. Raimi was the right person to elevate some pretty standard material, though Franco and Kunis may not have been the right people for the job. " — Lawrence.com
Posted Mar 11, 2013
3.5/4 98% It Happened One Night (1934) " Gable and Colbert have charm to spare, and even though the tropes are well-worn and have been mishandled poorly by every by-the-book chick flick of the last 15 years, it still isn't enough to keep this from working like gangbusters." — Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 12, 2013
2.5/4 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " There may be some overly melodramatic notes hit along the way, but the sober and thoughtful performances from its four lead actors keep "A Late Quartet" from getting too out of hand." — Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 12, 2013
2.5/4 83% Side Effects (2013) " Side Effects sports two very strong performances from Law and Mara, and Soderbergh's direction is lean and efficient. If only the final act were as muscular and sure-footed as the rest of the movie." — Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 12, 2013
4/4 93% Amour (2012) " This subject matter is ripe for sentimentalization, but Haneke resists it at every turn, opting instead for unflinching honesty. It is the economy of theme paired with the subtle richness of character that make Amour so powerful." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 12, 2013
3.5/4 94% Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) " ... a quiet, existential masterpiece that has turned into a bonafide cult classic." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 25, 2013
1.5/4 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " It wants desperately to be on the same level as Sam Raimi's slapstick horror Evil Dead trilogy, but it's nowhere near as fun or clever." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/4 65% Mama (2013) " The visual effects and sound design are unique, and a pleasure to watch, even when the suspense isn't really working. Producer del Toro should have let more things stay ambiguous and encouraged first-time director Muschietti to concentrate on the mood. " — Lawrence.com
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3/4 79% Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (1979) " There are many themes running through The Tin Drum: resistance against an unkind world, the need for acceptance, the horrors of romance and war, and the final idea that growth is inevitable and unfortunately, necessary." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 16, 2013
3/4 100% Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1996) " Clément's strategy is to film Ripley's actions with little editorializing and the film is both laid-back and taut at the same time, especially in the second half of the film as the stakes get higher and it becomes more of a thriller. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 16, 2013
1.5/4 10% House at the End of the Street (2012) " It isn't very scary, but it does pile a bunch of really tasteless twists on towards the end that make no sense and it almost becomes a comedy. On one hand, is a failure as a horror film, but as an exercise in desperation, it's kind of a hoot" — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 16, 2013
3.5/4 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " What makes Zero Dark Thirty such a fascinating film is that it plays both as an engaging procedural thriller and a serious examination of the country's moral compass. It is already doing what great movies do-starting conversation." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 16, 2013
3.5/4 70% Not Fade Away (2012) " Because its more about intertwining themes than it is about obvious plot and conflict, it has melancholic energy. It revels in the mystery, appreciation, and ultimately creation of art-from a guy who was empowered and inspired by rock himself." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 5, 2013
3/4 51% This is 40 (2012) " Apatow's biggest strength is his ability to wrangle frank and perceptive scenes into one overarching theme and wring huge laughs out of them, and he does that in This is 40 in spades." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 5, 2013
3/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " As an entertaining revenge flick with roots in exploitation films and spaghetti westerns, Django Unchained succeeds. But it never rises above its genre to become a real, affecting emotional experience. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 26, 2012
3/4 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " Gradually, 'Jack Reacher' overcomes its eerie early parallel to the most recent awful public shooting and becomes what it is - a skillfully plotted, disposable mystery that may serve as a launching pad to a new franchise for Tom Cruise." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/4 67% Lawless (2012) " Lawless features a unique villain and several great supporting actors, but none of them are able to rise above what is pretty standard crime movie material with nothing really new added to the mix. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 78% Following (1999) " Besides the similarities in playing with time and structure, Nolan is already zeroed in on his favorite cinematic theme: obsession. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 20, 2012
.5/4 70% Les Misérables (2012) " A punishing movie adaptation from director Tom Hooper that may very well prove to be the 'adult' equivalent of the Twilight series." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 18, 2012
3/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Despite some minor missteps, watching it feels like welcoming an old friend into your home. He may ramble a bit and slightly overstay his welcome, but hanging out with him reminds you of why you're friends in the first place." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 14, 2012
2/4 74% Hope Springs (2012) " Sure, there's some big, general things about common couples' problems that ring true, but Hope Springs is all posturing with very little believable character building. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
2.5/4 70% Men in Black III (2012) " Funny, if familiar. Energy and pacing are reasons it's able to skate by. It actually deepens the relationship between J and K, but it's still really a showcase for more of the same offbeat humor and imaginative special effects the first two are known for." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3.5/4 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Killing Them Softly finds its own rhythm and eventually its own way of building dread, punctuated by bravura cinematic moments that won't soon be forgotten " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3/4 73% Miami Connection (2012) " Miami Connection is one of those rare films where the positive energy exuded by its oh-so-amateur cast and crew starts to rub off on you, despite the fact that almost all of the basic tenets of motion-picture storytelling are non-existent." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3/4 83% They Live (1988) " They Live is a paranoid thriller that stretches a paper-thin budget with inventive special effects that serve the story and a message that still holds water today." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
1/4 17% The Watch (2012) " This lame sci-fi comedy was supposed to be for teens, but was re-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to be aimed at adults. The result is a movie that doesn't work for either." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3.5/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " The movie itself is bipolar, full of mounting tension and hilarity like a classic screwball comedy, but it's all just barely skimming above a deep layer of darkness. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3.5/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) " For the bulk of the film, Lee masterfully combines breathtaking beauty with edge-of-your-seat suspense. During these scenes, the movie is thrillingly alive like no other this year." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3.5/4 90% Lincoln (2012) " Especially in today's frustratingly gridlocked political environment, Lincoln is timelier than ever. It gives us hope that government can accomplish great things even as it drags itself through the muck and strain of corruption." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
2.5/4 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " It tackles the idea that people in a relationship will often try to remake the other person in their image. Some of the twists are more obvious than others, but it has just enough charm (mostly from Kazan herself) to skate by." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3.5/4 90% In the Mood for Love (2001) " As beautiful as it is to look at, In the Mood for Love is full of passing moments, missed opportunities, and plenty of darkness." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3.5/4 97% Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) (1945) " The movie isn't necessarily realistic-it's about the theater after all-but its unusually cynical center keeps it from becoming so much sentimental mush, while delivering the heartbreak that audiences so crave." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
1.5/4 88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) " ...too much material drawing from his mediocre Le Noise album and the interview segments where Young drives around Ontario telling stories from his youth are less than revelatory." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3/4 84% The Forgiveness of Blood (2012) " It's a searing portrait of a dangerous generational divide that ruins lives, told with a gentle touch." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3/4 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " A lighthearted tale that deftly mixes absurdist humor with touching moments and a real feeling of loneliness." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " Skyfall doesn't reach the emotional depths of 2006's Casino Royale, but it features jaw-dropping cinematography and set design, and some of the most exciting action scenes of the entire series." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3/4 78% Flight (2012) " It's a testament John Gatins' screenplay that the movie finds it's own voice and repeatedly asks tough questions, even if it has a tacked-on happy ending." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " A gloriously entertaining mainstream cinematic mosaic in multiple genres. Parallel cross-cutting across time and amazing montage sequences allow the viewer to come to its own conclusion about the film's ultimate meaning." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 26, 2012
3/4 93% Last Ride (2012) " Weaving carries the film in a rare lead role as a father who loves his son but has criminal tendencies that get the best of him. Tom Russell is subtle and effective as the boy who has to grow up fast. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 21, 2012
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