Movie Parables

Movie Parables is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s):
Rating Title/Year Author
3 Days to Kill (2014) Michael Elliott A far-fetched idea stretched beyond credulity but Costner makes his character's dilemma surprisingly amusing. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2014
Prisoners (2013) Michael Elliott A disturbing and unflinching film. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2014
The Nut Job (2014) Michael Elliott The animated children's movie, The Nut Job, may be interesting to look at but it is sadly uninteresting to watch. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2014
Her (2013) Michael Elliott A sad and telling commentary on loneliness, isolation, and the false comfort we derive from an overdependence on technology. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2014
I, Frankenstein (2014) Michael Elliott There may not be a lot of depth or substance but style and special effects are in abundance. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2014
Grand Piano (2013) Michael Elliott The premise does not allow for a credible solution and the filmmakers must bend the laws of logic in order to bring their story to an end. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2014
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Michael Elliott The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails to be anything special. All we can do is imagine the kind of film it could have been. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2014
The Monuments Men (2014) Michael Elliott Is art worth dying for? It is a question repeatedly asked of the characters that are putting their lives on the line for this very reason. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2014
We're the Millers (2013) Michael Elliott The language and sexual references aside, the film does ask a pertinent question: what exactly is a family? EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
The Art of the Steal (2013) Michael Elliott This comic caper has its fair share of amusing moments. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2014
The Book Thief (2013) Michael Elliott The Book Thief benefits from a pair of winning performances from two young actors. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2014
Philomena (2013) Michael Elliott It is a riveting story of loss, forgiveness and the resilience of the human spirit. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2014
Snitch (2013) Michael Elliott In both the true version and the fictionalized version, the underlying message is the same. A father will move heaven and earth if it means saving or helping his son. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2014
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Michael Elliott After stripping away the idiotic behavior of the characters, the questionable taste of the filmmakers, and the puerile nature of the jokes, there is a substantive message at the heart of it all for those willing to consider it. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2014
Grudge Match (2013) Michael Elliott The Italian Stallion and the Raging Bull in the same the stuff from which boxing dreams are made. It is just a shame that the film arrived about twenty years too late. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2014
20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Michael Elliott It really isn't fair to call the featured artists of 20 Feet From Stardom "unsung" heroes, because they can all sing their hearts out EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2014
Home Run (2013) Michael Elliott A life-affirming story of addiction, forgiveness, recovery, and deliverance that will resonate with many people EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Michael Elliott Scorcese and his team were content to tell and show the story without including the moral compass necessary to put Belfort's life and actions into context. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2014
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Michael Elliott An almost magical experience that will leave audiences with a feel good sensation. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2014
About Time (2013) Michael Elliott Richard Curtis and an ensemble cast convey a sweet tenderness to this romantic comedy that washes over us and leaves us smiling in its wake. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2014
American Hustle (2013) Michael Elliott The costumes and the hair (oh, the hair) add a dimension of absurdity that elevates the humor even when the events depicted aren't all that comedic. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2014
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Michael Elliott An exceedingly violent film with buckets of stylized gore and guts thrown up on the screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2014
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Michael Elliott Oscar Isaac pulls off the near impossible, somehow making his character appealing while simultaneously displaying a multitude of unappealing characteristics. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2014
Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Michael Elliott The stories that tell the stories behind the familiar tales we all know are sometimes the most interesting ones to hear. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2014
Frozen (2013) Michael Elliott It would come as no surprise to me to learn that millions of little girls have switched their allegiance to make these wintery princesses their personal Disney favorites. I'm pretty sure their moms already have. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2014
Blue Jasmine (2013) Michael Elliott The luminous Cate Blanchett takes center stage and holds it throughout the running time of the film. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2014
Last Vegas (2013) Michael Elliott These 60-somethings show us that they still know how to kick up their heels... even if their legs don't go as high as they used to. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2014
The Great Beauty (2013) Michael Elliott The hedonism, pretentiousness, and debauchery shown on the screen evoke a sad and empty feeling. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2014
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Michael Elliott Winning the games means never being able to say, "it's over." EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2014
Thor: The Dark World (2013) Michael Elliott "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2014
August: Osage County (2013) Michael Elliott Inconceivably billed as a comedy, this film is as depressing as it gets - through no fault of the actors. The characters they portray are just mean-spirited, embittered personalities possessing little to no grace for one another. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2014
12 Years a Slave (2013) Michael Elliott We see and feel, through Solomon's experience, what it means to be thought of as property. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2014
Son of God (2014) Michael Elliott It remains the greatest story ever told. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2014
Rush (2013) Michael Elliott What kind of person risks life and limb in an attempt to drive around in circles faster than someone else trying to do the same thing? EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2014
Ender's Game (2013) Michael Elliott What makes Ender "special" is his ability and willingness to get to know his enemy as well as his enemy knows his own self. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2014
Gravity (2013) Michael Elliott Utilizing an extremely high level of technical wizardry, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron has crafted the most exciting, nail-biting suspense thriller to come along in quite some time. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2014
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Michael Elliott The film does address a truth that often gets overlooked in our politically correct world. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2014
Escape Plan (2013) Michael Elliott Director Mikael Hafstrom not only doesn't break any new ground with this film... he tramples over ground oft traveled before. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2014
Captain Phillips (2013) Michael Elliott While he captures the self-assurance and commanding presence of an authoritative man, it is [Hanks'] characterization of Phillips' emotional breakdown in the aftermath of his experience that will become seared into the audience's memory. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2014
All Is Lost (2013) Michael Elliott It is a brave concept for a film. Largely consisting of little to no dialogue with a single actor playing a character we don't know and don't learn much about, All Is Lost is a riveting tale of survival EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2014
The Spectacular Now (2013) Michael Elliott This is an honest look at adolescence in today's world and doesn't sidestep the thorny issues of sex, alcohol use, and the consequences that come from poor decisions. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2014
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) Michael Elliott Demigods aren't what they used to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2014
Enough Said (2013) Michael Elliott The film is a lovely showpiece for both Dreyfus and Gandolfini who give sweetly honest and brave performances EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2014
Despicable Me 2 (2013) Michael Elliott The film may not be a laugh-fest but it sure is a smile-fest and enjoyable to sit through because the humor and situations are instantly relatable. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2014
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Michael Elliott Production values are still high and the characterizations are solid but there just isn't that much of a story to hang onto. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2014
Battleship (2012) Michael Elliott The line "You sunk my battleship" is never uttered but you can be sure it was on the minds of the older members of the audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2014
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Michael Elliott Lee Daniels' The Butler deserved to be a great movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2014
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Michael Elliott Cars. Fast cars. Cars that fly, spin, careen, explode, crash, and defy gravity. Fast & Furious 6 does not disappoint in this department. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2014
The Lone Ranger (2003) Michael Elliott Perhaps had the filmmakers shown more respect and appreciation for the source material, the outcome would have had greater appeal. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2014
Parkland (2013) Michael Elliott An intelligent treatment of an epochal moment in U.S. history. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2013