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AspectRatio.us is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matt Kelemen
Rating Title/Year Author
3 The Homesman (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3 The Theory of Everything (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Nov 27, 2014
3 Interstellar (2014) Matt Kelemen After stretching the boundaries of incomprehension with Inception, a narrative arc that challenges yet remains accessible is a welcome relief. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3 La chambre bleue (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Nov 1, 2014
1 Innocence (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3 What If (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3 Lucy (2014) Matt Kelemen You've just got to let go and enjoy Lucy for the mindfully mindless entertainment it is EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2014
2.5 Third Person (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jul 16, 2014
4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Matt Kelemen ... a clever job in updating the final Roddy McDowall-era sequel ... EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2014
.5 Under the Electric Sky (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2 Obvious Child (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2.5 The German Doctor (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3 The Rover (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jun 20, 2014
4 Jersey Boys (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3 Belle (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted May 21, 2014
4.5 Locke (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted May 15, 2014
3 Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted May 8, 2014
4.5 Jodorowsky's Dune (2013) Matt Kelemen 'If you fail, it's not important. We need to try.' EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5 Dom Hemingway (2013) Matt Kelemen Great performance by Law in a character study where there is too much anti and not enough hero. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5 The Raid 2 (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Apr 12, 2014
2 Tim's Vermeer (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4 The Wind Rises (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2 Therese (2013) Matt Kelemen ... the gang of family friends that often visits enable some light to break through the darkness. Not enough though. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5 Gloria (2013) Matt Kelemen We are with Gloria throughout the film, in every scene, as if we are her guardian angels. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2014
5 The Past (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2 The Monuments Men (2014) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2 Labor Day (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4.5 Her (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3 Lone Survivor (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4.5 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Jan 8, 2014
1.5 August: Osage County (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Dec 29, 2013
3 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Dec 25, 2013
3.5 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Matt Kelemen The synchronicity among the creators led to effective depictions of Mandela's transformation into a national leader EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2013
2.5 American Hustle (2013) Matt Kelemen ... [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
Posted Dec 18, 2013
4 Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Dec 18, 2013
5 Nebraska (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2.5 Out of the Furnace (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3 The Armstrong Lie (2013) Matt Kelemen ... had Armstrong never been accused of doping would Gibney's film still have its original title? EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4 Kill Your Darlings (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Nov 24, 2013
4 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Matt Kelemen 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
Posted Nov 24, 2013
5 12 Years a Slave (2013) Matt Kelemen Extraordinary and devastating EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4.5/5 Gravity (2013) Matt Kelemen Let's just say seeing the film is the next best thing to the horror and beauty of being lost in space. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 Rush (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 Enough Said (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3 Salinger (2013) Matt Kelemen If you really want to keep your relationship to Catcher in the Rye sacred, don't see this film. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5 Prisoners (2013) Matt Kelemen ... 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
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 The Family (2013) Matt Kelemen ... the audience has been pummeled by scenes of excessive violence that aren't convincingly farcical. They're just violent. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2013