Gabe Leibowitz

Gabe Leibowitz
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
www.abovegroundrealty.com
Favorites:
www.filmandfelt.com
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Reclaiming the throne

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
58/100 88% ParaNorman (2012) An extremely strange blend of genres and styles, ParaNorman somehow manages to pull it off...sort of. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
42/100 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) Alas, a sweet heart and a tender message aren't enough to save Rise of the Guardians from its overly sugary ways. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2013
64/100 95% The Evil Dead (1981) A cult classic of the highest order, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is the rare 80′s movie that actually feels worthy of its lofty reputation; relatively, anyway. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2013
76/100 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Should more than satisfactorily scratch the itch of those who have waited many long years to see Middle Earth back on screen. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2013
60/100 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Despite being a perfectly entertaining Disney picture, Wreck-it Ralph leaves that nagging taste in the mouth that it could have been so much more. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2012
65/100 87% Arbitrage (2012) It's appropriate that Arbitrage gets its American release while our country is knee-deep in the fight over the fiscal cliff and the future of our financial institutions. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2012
80/100 92% Skyfall (2012) Skyfall epitomizes what a Bond movie should be, and its director, for once, justifiably deserves much of the credit. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2012
72/100 92% Senna (2011) ...a surprisingly deft examination of the power of faith... - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2012
39/100 84% The Ides of March (2011) A rehash of a recent political phenomenon dressed up to seem more daring than it actually is. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2012
65/100 100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) The animation is clean, with enough pop to do Dictionopolis-and-company justice. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2012
65/100 94% Win Win (2011) There's a real earnestness to the proceedings: if someone had relayed the setup to me via email or over cocktails, I would have bet heavily that we'd be looking at a sappy mess of clichés. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2012
57/100 90% Bridesmaids (2011) I like that Bridesmaids aspires to be more than just a dumb comedy, but that doesn't mean it needs to belabor its point for what feels like eons. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2012
70/100 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) For the most part, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II picks up right where Part I, the franchise's shining beacon on a hill, leaves off. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2012
60/100 71% Black Death (2011) An entertaining, if by-the-numbers, entry to the sword-and-shield genre, Black Death features lots of blood, disease, and the seemingly requisite Sean Bean. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2012
57/100 79% Shame (2011) The writing barely scratches the surface of what should have been a fascinating subject. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2011
32/100 85% A Better Life (2011) Each sequence plays out in mind-numbingly cliched fashion: father-son lectures, chin-up resilience-especially the final shot-and a stern message about the heartless anti-immigration movement are depicted in an infuriatingly shallow manner. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2011
40/100 75% War Horse (2011) The treacle is unyielding, and that's basically a kiss of death for a picture that's working off a script with such potential for hokey melodrama. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2011
37/100 80% Young Adult (2011) If Up in the Air had a certain cavalier attitude in its direction, Young Adult is downright lazy. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2011
67/100 71% Carnage (2011) Embattled filmmaker Roman Polanski has always been drawn to the dark sides of humanity, so it's no surprise he'd be drawn to the play "Carnage." - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2011
67/100 66% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) A cult picture that's completely comfortable in its own skin. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2011
64/100 73% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) A brisk, charming, enjoyable romp. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2011
53/100 77% The Other F Word (2011) We do get to see Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers cry, though. That gets some bonus points in my book. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
49/100 84% Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011) This goofy, over-the-top tale of college students on a camping trip warring with two local West Virginia hillbillies lacks a core identity. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
62/100 54% The Lost World - Jurassic Park (1997) I never held The Lost World in such high esteem, but I watched it multiple times and always felt it got a bit of a bum rap. After checking it out again fourteen years later, I still feel the same way. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
75/100 100% The Gay Divorcee (1934) The Gay Divorcee offers a terrific mix of wit, humor, and, of course, song-and-dance. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
60/100 88% Shall We Dance (1937) It's about innuendo and devious plots (though, of course, the stories are always essentially backdrops to showcasing the Astaire-and-Rogers show), and while it has plenty of amusing moments and some good musical numbers, it feels stiff at times, - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
68/100 71% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) It's not exactly a stretch for Astaire and Rogers, but they do the old rags-to-riches angle seamlessly, and the finale is surprisingly touching. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
30/100 64% The Outsiders (1983) Francis Ford Coppola's cheesy, overblown adaptation of S.E. Hinton's wonderful novel captures none of the book's gritty magic. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2011
76/100 93% Summer (Le rayon vert) (1986) It's as if we ourselves are observing life, learning and evolving with Delphine. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2011
46/100 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) Its attributes and weaknesses can be broken down into two categories: the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and everything else - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2011
78/100 100% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) Peter Yates' crime drama is chock-full of wonderful moments, creative framing (especially an intrusion in a bank teller's home early on in the proceedings), and emotional punch. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2011
68/100 100% Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) An extremely dark, brisk chapter in the Dark Knight's ever-popular screen sagas. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2011
68/100 92% Gone With the Wind (1939) The golden standard for classic Hollywood bombast, this one. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2011
35/100 64% Room Service (1938) With far too many drawn-out chats lacking in any wit or humor, Room Service is close to a total Marx Brothers dud. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2011
69/100 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) As befits Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris. is chock-full of cultural homages: Hemingway and Stein are just a small sample of the legends Allen parades onscreen. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2011
65/100 93% The Freshman (College Days) (1925) My first foray into the comedic world of Harold Lloyd yielded eerily similar results to my initial exposure to W.C. Fields. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2011
57/100 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) In many ways, Cave of Forgotten Dreams perfectly embodies the identity that Werner Herzog v. 2000′s has chosen to take on. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2011
76/100 No Score Yet Smart Money (1931) In many ways, the first half of Alfred E. Green's Smart Money can be seen as a stage-setter for John Dahl's game-changing Rounders. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2011
69/100 100% The Roaring Twenties (1939) A powerful story of wartime bonds and their staying power through the most adverse of circumstances. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2011
55/100 85% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011) Never dull, but it also never takes that step into truly encompassing like the very best genre entries. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
68/100 86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) Meek's Cutoff may not match Reichardt's previous two works in emotional heft, but it continues to cement her as a young director to watch closely. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2011
73/100 100% Park Row (1952) Another strong, if lesser-known, depiction of the ruthless, cutthroat newspaper industry. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2011
56/100 91% Little Caesar (1931) Little Caesar makes two classic LeRoy joints that I've found perfectly solid...and thoroughly underwhelming, especially when viewed through the prism of their reputations. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2011
61/100 88% The Thing from Another World (1951) A solid, workmanlike film that holds up better than one would expect. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2011
45/100 94% Winter's Bone (2010) Winter's Bone certainly has its redeeming qualities, particularly its cinematography and a superb lead performance by Jennifer Lawrence, but man, does it feel EMPTY until a gripping sequence near the end. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2011
70/100 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright's follow-up to his extremely popular zombie satire Shaun of the Dead (2004), improves on the latter's strong points in every conceivable way while drastically tightening up its weakest elements. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2011
54/100 91% Ministry of Fear (1944) It's certainly fitting that after filling his German years with ballsy, predictive masterpieces about Nazi rule-by-fear, Fritz Lang would finally make a film that directly involves Nazis. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2011
58/100 84% The Ghost Writer (2010) Polanski's skills are obvious in his compositions and patience, and a nervous energy hovers over much of the picture...yet I consistently felt disengaged, like the pacing was mismanaged. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2011
70/100 91% The Woman in the Window (1944) For much of its brisk running time, The Woman in the Window plays like another balls-to-the-wall gem from the rarely-less-than-masterful Fritz Lang. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2011
31/100 66% The Karate Kid (2010) Zwart's adaptation pretty much fails across the board. - Film and Felt EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2011