Matt Kelemen

Matt Kelemen
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T-Meter Title | Year
3 80% The Homesman (2014) Jones's direction consistently benefits the performances and he's fearless in tackling frontier life, while director of photography Rodrigo Prieto deserves Academy Award consideration for the hardships he faced - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
3 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) It still feels formulaic, but that's to be expected without being able to go very far beyond the range of the memoir it dutifully draws on. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2014
3 72% Interstellar (2014) After stretching the boundaries of incomprehension with Inception, a narrative arc that challenges yet remains accessible is a welcome relief. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2014
3 90% The Blue Room (La chambre bleue) (2014) Even viewers that want a conventional ending will find the journey toward the conclusion intriguing, even if they are left with a discomforting view of humanity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2014
1 19% Innocence (2014) ... there's little appeal for the Twilight/Hunger Games demographic let alone general audiences. Brougher collaborated on the screenplay and could have easily moved things along to make the narrative arc less narcoleptic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
3 74% What If (2014) ... it's the confusion and internal conflict exposed as Wallace and Chantry try to fit in contemporary roles, or try to create new ones, that sets this story apart. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
3 67% Lucy (2014) You've just got to let go and enjoy Lucy for the mindfully mindless entertainment it is - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2014
2.5 25% Third Person (2014) Haggis is making a very personal artistic statement, and had break down any walls of hesitation or fear of critical acceptance in order to proceed. He may have lost perspective in the process. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2014
4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) ... a clever job in updating the final Roddy McDowall-era sequel ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
.5 53% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) As an echo of a era when acid house swept away Club MTV commercial crap and dancing all night took on a new meaning, it falls far short - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
2 90% Obvious Child (2014) Before long she has something to remember their night together though, and has to face the most terrible decision that can occur to a grown-up during an unplanned pregnancy: telling her mom. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
2.5 75% The German Doctor (2014) The conclusion of the film is still difficult to follow, and without a satisfying ending we're left with a compelling set-up a charismatic cast and a character sketch of a war criminal in hiding. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
3 66% The Rover (2014) Michôd's predilection for the long takes that bridge the middle and end of the film could have been tempered, or introduced earlier. Suddenly Morricone becomes Malick, and the tempo slows a little too much. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
4 51% Jersey Boys (2014) The film prevents their story from being obscured by second-rate Baz Luhrmann-isms and lip-synched performances by A-list actors cast to max the odds of a No. 1 opening weekend. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
4 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) ... but the overall cinematic package is so well-constructed that it's possible to both like the film and be aware of it's manipulative effects. We are heading directly towards a big cry. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
3 84% Belle (2014) the pacing of the film plods and the filmmaking is fairly no-frills. It's primarily Mbatha-Raw's radiant presence that makes the film's premise work - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
4.5 90% Locke (2014) Knight's genius, beyond dialogue and direction, lies in being able to depict how layers of personality slide against each other, and how the constructs we create serve our lives. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2014
3 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Ava's intrusion into Adam and Eve's existence isn't far removed from Ezster Balint's Cousin Eva dropping in on John Lurie and Richard Edson in Stranger Than Paradise. Jarmusch aficionados will get it; Twilight fans won't. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
4.5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) 'If you fail, it's not important. We need to try.' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5 56% Dom Hemingway (2014) Great performance by Law in a character study where there is too much anti and not enough hero. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5 81% The Raid 2 (2014) If Evans goes back to a 90-minute thrill ride for the three-quel, it may be worth forgiving his excesses this time around. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2014
2 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) Jenison projects humility, but he can barely hide his need to be perceived as the smartest kid in the room. In the end, the film leans harder towards vanity project than earth-shattering documentary - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) Miyazaki's fascination with creative inspiration comes through in every frame of he film. Rather than a fantasy film that strives for realism, this is realism that segues smoothly into fantasy - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Dreams die gentle deaths as characters adjust and adapt, and try to find humanity in a world in which the problems of a few little people don't amount to a hill of beans - except to them, and their world is our world. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
2 41% In Secret (2014) ... the gang of family friends that often visits enable some light to break through the darkness. Not enough though. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5 99% Gloria (2014) We are with Gloria throughout the film, in every scene, as if we are her guardian angels. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2014
5 92% Le passé (The Past) (2013) Farhadi is as much of a natural storyteller as he is a neo-realist filmmaker, making cinematic novels where others would create soap operas. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2014
2 30% The Monuments Men (2014) Something just rings hollow. The Monuments Men comes off as more of a vehicle for Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov, an idea that came before good ideas for how to pull it off. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
2 35% Labor Day (2014) Maybe Reitman felt the flashbacks gave Labor Day art-house or Oscar cred, but it falls somewhere in between. Heavy atmospherics do not a picture make, and brooding can't mask ambiguity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
4.5 94% Her (2013) ... poetic processions of images wash over the viewer, warmly enveloping and immersing as Jonze sidesteps easy paths, going deep into his characters. And we relate, simultaneously and unguardedly, ... perhaps discovering truths and insights. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2014
3 75% Lone Survivor (2014) ... a nail-biting, visceral narrative that falls off a little toward the end only because it is a chronologically faithful to Luttrell's story. Berg's enthusiasm is felt throughout ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2014
4.5 92% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Llewyn is a beautiful loser, the everyman artist who contributes to the evolution of music and helps set the stage for a Dylan but never reaps the final reward, punched out by a world ready to swoop in on his scene and leave him behind. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2014
1.5 67% August: Osage County (2013) With the accolades it received, August: Osage County must work better on stage. As a production timed specifically for awards-season, it is lacking. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2013
3 51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) the fondest farewell to the wonder of waiting for that perfect shot with that last roll of film, before digital cameras turned images into bits and bytes and flash drives with 5,000 photos for an editor to pore through. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5 79% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ... it's a good film, not a great one. Considering the source material and a protagonist that any actor would have a hard time making likeable, though, it's as great as it can be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2013
3.5 62% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) The synchronicity among the creators led to effective depictions of Mandela's transformation into a national leader - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2013
2.5 92% American Hustle (2013) ... [Russell] bullshits his way through the narrative, basically, giving his stellar cast plenty of room to improvise at length but in the end coming off as an indulgent storyteller unable to self-edit. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2013
4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) ... addresses themes of redemption and the importance of imagination that perhaps didn't save the real Mrs. P.L. Travers, but the millions who will watch Emma Thompson embody her can come away ready to forgive themselves - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2013
5 91% Nebraska (2013) ... more than a gift of a gorgeous film with an unforgettable ensemble cast. Through Woody and David, [Payne] opened a door to relationship redemption that anyone who sees Nebraska can walk through. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2013
2.5 54% Out of the Furnace (2013) He feels for his subject matter, no doubt, but every once in a while it feels like he falls short on imagination and takes a short cut to move his story forward. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
3 82% The Armstrong Lie (2013) ... had Armstrong never been accused of doping would Gibney's film still have its original title? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2013
4 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) ... takes the myth out of the mythology that surrounds Ginsberg and company, but its fun and insightful, and Beat aficionados will not be disappointed. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2013
4 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) atthew McConaughey haters may finally have to admit defeat ... a jarring reminder of the universal reaction to AIDS in 1985. It also speaks to how far we've come. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2013
5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Extraordinary and devastating - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
4.5/5 95% Gravity (2013) Let's just say seeing the film is the next best thing to the horror and beauty of being lost in space. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 88% Rush (2013) ... one of Howard's best. Maybe it was going back to the era of his directing debut, 1976's Eat My Dust, and revisiting its subject matter (fast cars) that kicked Howard's aesthetic drive into gear. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 95% Enough Said (2013) ... the ensemble cast is stellar and in the end is what makes the film work, but any indie filmmaker can aspire to make a film like this. It's all about the story, and the sensitivity with which it's realized. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
3 36% Salinger (2013) If you really want to keep your relationship to Catcher in the Rye sacred, don't see this film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5 81% Prisoners (2013) ... when Dover's efforts reach a sadistic level the film's flaws become more noticeable. It feels like Villeneuve stretches out nearly every scene ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 28% The Family (2013) ... the audience has been pummeled by scenes of excessive violence that aren't convincingly farcical. They're just violent. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013