Moving Pictures Magazine

Moving Pictures Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Annlee Ellingson, Jay Antani
Rating Title/Year Author
Last Call at the Oasis (2011) Annlee Ellingson Startling statistics and memorable personalities that leave a distressing impression--if not complete understanding--of the decline of the world's water supply. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2012
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Annlee Ellingson The plot, dialogue, action and humor all fly at a wicked pace, but Michael Bay keeps tight control, choreographing the combat especially so that's it's clear and engaging. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Sex Crimes Unit (2011) Annlee Ellingson Unfortunately, primetime dramas have rendered the film rather dry by comparison, and the filmmaking style, coupled with logistical limitations, keeps the viewer at a distance. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2011
En terrains connus (2011) Annlee Ellingson With a synth-pop soundtrack against a dreary winter backdrop, Stephane Lafleur crafts a sharply funny portrait of prosaic life that's not without moments of light and magic. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2011
9/10 The Yellow Sea (2010) Elliot V. Kotek A seriously exciting film, a pulse-checking visceral experience that will have you questioning when, if ever, you saw car chases and butchering skills quite this inventive. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2011
The Artist (2011) Aaron Hillis Irresistibly delightful... visually sly... Even if all its dialogue is written on English intertitles, The Artist sings to life, maintaining a brisk rhythm and too much heart to be dismissed as kitsch. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2011
Bad Teacher (2011) Annlee Ellingson Bad Teacher isn't really bad enough. The R-rated elements don't jibe with the otherwise PG-13 tone of the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2011
The Big Bang (2010) Annlee Ellingson Film noir for physics geeks, The Big Bang ... is a clever, if relentlessly dramatic (despite stabs at levity), existential detective story. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2011
Escort in Love (2011) Annlee Ellingson A familiar scenario packaged in an Italian sitcom sensibility nonetheless exudes charm while touching on some of the more pressing issues of contemporary Western society. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2011
8/10 How to Cheat (2010) Elliot V. Kotek How to Cheat commits the viewer to the emotional rollercoaster of the characters in one of the most relevant and eloquent portraits of modern marriage to date EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2011
6.5/10 Renée (2011) Elliot V. Kotek The lasting effect of Renée is undeniable, and the sharing of her story is not only earnest but salient and meaningful. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2011
9.5/10 Hot Coffee (2011) Elliot V. Kotek Saladoff's potentially game-changing documentary will knock you backwards and change your perception of what you thought you knew about your civil rights EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2011
7.8/10 To Be Heard (2010) Elliot V. Kotek The verite style of the filmmaking refuses to massage the footage and over time reveals the subjects' true realities, egos, compulsions and confidences. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2011
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) Aaron Hillis A marvelous and moving work of art we need to talk about. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
Sleeping Beauty (2010) Aaron Hillis A rich, thorny and haunting portrait of female self-searching through self-negation (or more accurately, why liberation cannot be found in passivity) that comes couched in an abstract, psychosexual nightmare. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
Drive (2011) Aaron Hillis A choice ride that turns every corner like it's on rails. Refn is a thrilling composer of clean, widescreen geometry and abstract tableaux, turning Driver's bloody, messy descent into hell into a glowingly lit tapestry of memorable, screen-filling faces. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
Melancholia (2011) Aaron Hillis The best film screened at Cannes ... Visually breathtaking ... The intimacy and rich, award-worthy performances ultimately sell this meditation on overwhelming angst as a supreme, matured step forward for von Trier. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
Midnight in Paris (2011) Aaron Hillis A clever crowd-pleaser... In the surrogate Allen role, the typically zonked Owen Wilson smartly underplays with puppy-dog drollness... EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
The Tree of Life (2011) Aaron Hillis It's a singularly adventurous film experience that invites intellectual hyperbole, yet its overstretched ambitions also make for Malick's least emotionally satisfying work to date. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
7.4/10 Fubar 2 (2010) Elliot V. Kotek The sheer madness that is Fubar II will only cement the cult status the Fubar franchise holds over our Northern neighbors. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2011
6.8/10 Septien (2011) Elliot V. Kotek The limited information that beckons us into the film is finessed with a sort-of mastery. This reviewer was willing to ride into the trauma, wondering if the emotional weather would clear. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2011
7/10 Scream 4 (2011) Elliot V. Kotek Scream 4 knows what it is and doesn't create pretense around its efforts. The opening elicits laughter sure to summon the start of summer with a sense of playful slicing. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2011
8.4/10 The Loved Ones (2009) Elliot V. Kotek Delivering what is sure to be a cult favorite, Byrne paces the film's plot points with the poise of a professional, and the result is a brilliant balance of horror, humor, schlock and shtick. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
6/10 Defendor (2009) Elliot V. Kotek Despite the film's simplicities and the stereotypes inherent in any superhero flick, the pure intentions of the characters enable the audience to rally around the child-like vigilante. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.5/10 Blessed (2009) Elliot V. Kotek The film is gut-wrenching in its honesty, and, while its score might be a touch overwrought, the performances secure the picture's absolute integrity as a work of art. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.2/10 12th & Delaware (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Ewing and Grady keep their opinions, personalities and presence absolutely absent from the documentary, allowing the voices of the subjects to represent both sides of the issues at hand. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
9.5/10 Waiting for Superman (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Superman seems set to start schooling audiences nationwide. Just as The Cove began its Oscar run at Sundance, Guggenheim's tour de force demands similar grades. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
9/10 Enemies of the People (2009) Elliot V. Kotek The slow, painful truth is fully revealed in this burning documentary crafted courageously by Sambath and his co-director Lemkin. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
6.2/10 Bran Nue Dae (2009) Elliot V. Kotek Even as Bran Nue Dae raises serious indigenous issues - deaths in police custody, land grabs, alcoholism - it never becomes inaccessible to the audience. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.4/10 Precious Life (2010) Elliot V. Kotek As a personal story about a fundamentalist family finding strength to accept help from an adversary who challenges their preconceptions, the film is a stirring success. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.4/10 Small Town Murder Songs (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Gass-Donnelly displays such consummate confidence with the pacing of the film and the first-class performances of his cast that we must keep watch for whatever the helmer delivers next. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 Tamara Drewe (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Tamara Drewe jovially exploits the premise of a former ugly duckling returning to the bucolic town of her adolescence. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 Jack Goes Boating (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Showing much of the timing and realism that's made him one of the most watchable actors of our generation, Hoffman has crafted a slow-burning, cinematic sojourn in which each of his actors finds the space to stand out. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.6/10 The Space Between (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Fine manages to skillfully capture the ashen confusion of the time with understated hopefulness rather than the hysteria that often accompanies cinema's coverage of 9/11. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
8.2/10 Caught Inside (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Catches you on the edge of your seat and holds you there. That you fully believe one man can effectively intimidate an entire crew is a testament to its success. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
9/10 The Fighter (2010) Elliot V. Kotek With these heartfelt characters and the conflict they impart on their world and each other, Paramount has picked a film that could bruise the box office. Bale is mesmerizing. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
8.6/10 The Athlete (2009) Elliot V. Kotek As Bikila, Lakew is a force of nature, so natural in the role that he seems to have been born to play it. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
6.5/10 A Not So Still Life (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Ruffner's work is beautiful and has been captured with stunning clarity, supported by an innovative website at which more of her art can be experienced. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
8.4/10 The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010) Elliot V. Kotek The documentary is as much about Soviet identity in the 1930s as it is about the museum in Nukus, and creates awareness for a legacy largely unknown and not fully appreciated. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.7/10 Bill Cunningham New York (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Cunningham is an outgoing introvert in a world of extroverted exhibitionism.To say the film, or rather Bill himself, is endearing, is to say Marcel Marceau was kind of quiet. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.7/10 Insidious (2010) Elliot V. Kotek From minute one of the opening credits, you know you're in for an old-fashioned scare. This is the very sort of genre film that should be made by indie filmmakers. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
8.2/10 Born to Be Wild (2011) Elliot V. Kotek The use of IMAX raises educational content to a level of marvel and wonder, and the über-adorable animals make Born to Be Wild 3D worth babysitting your sister's kids. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (2011) Elliot V. Kotek Corben's formula for finding fun in documentary form is matched by a limited number of filmmakers. Square Grouper is sure to plant wide smiles on many festival faces. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
8.6/10 Incendies (2010) Elliot V. Kotek The performances are honest and engaging, and the unveiling of the story's scorching truths will keep audiences gasping for air. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.8/10 The Perfect Host (2010) Elliot V. Kotek A surprising indie film that offers a lot more than it asks, it will certainly exceed expectations... Hyde Pierce is deliciously devilish. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.8/10 Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Fascinating and informative, Everyday Sunshine is a declarative account of a band whose ability to remain undefined led to their unresolved status today. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.1/10 Water for Elephants (2011) Elliot V. Kotek The filmmaker adapted the project without the usual pretense... This is a film for the masses, a little taste of the big top played out with a sense of the fantastic. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7.5/10 Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) Elliot V. Kotek McCall deftly captures the cinematographer who made his mark on cinema's landscape for 70 years... if necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps Cardiff is the father. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
Everything Must Go (2010) Barrett Hooper Just when Will Ferrell was beginning to wear out his welcome with his buffoonish man-child act, he dials it down to deliver a surprisingly tender and moving turn in the drama Everything Must Go. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2011
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010) Annlee Ellingson A slick documentary that juxtaposes the history, politics and cultural influence of the ever-popular Parker Brothers game with brief profiles of the people who play it. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2011