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Rabbit Hole (2010)

“Rabbit Hole” is ripe with emotion. Eckhart was the perfect actor for this part, coming across honest and sincere in all his parts, especially this one. The moments that he talks about his son feel real (almost too real at times). Kidman is conventional in her role as the mother, and by the end you do not know whether her attitude is justified or selfish. Either way, “Rabbit Hole” works perfectly in its genre.


Racing Extinction (2015)


Raid, The: Redemption (2012)

The Raid: Redempiton is never lazy. Each battle is a masterpiece in itself, with some of the best “martial arts” I have ever seen in a film. With epic build up far beyond any need for a distinct storyline, the fighting elements are enough to keep the film engaging.


Raid 2, The (2014)

Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.


Railroad Lady, The (short) (2014)


Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018)


Rampart (2012)

Expecting much more from this film than there actually was, Rampart is all dirt and no flair. Starring a normally impressive Woody Harrelson, the character of Officer Brown is so one dimensional that he only tends to display one or two emotions, failing to allow the film any deeper meaning than the obvious visible layer.


Rango (2011)

With some unique humor and an excellent vocal cast, “Rango” lived up to my expectations, but was unable to reach beyond and deliver the touching, yet hilarious moments offered by its Pixar brethren.


Ratatouille (2007)

Was cute, but didn’t have too much humor for all ages. Stays a kid’s movie.


Rat Race (2001)


Raven, The (2012)

Basically a way to bring Edgar Allen Poe’s stories to the big screen, there is little excitement in this murder mystery despite its attempt to live in the realm of films like From Hell. John Cusack and Alice Eve are borderline just good enough while Luke Evans steals the show, but without a strong showing from anyone else in the film, The Raven remains a half-rate thriller.


RBG (2018)




Real Steel (2011)

Could have used more depth and less children’s movie. This could have been a very gritty and thought-provoking futuristic film, but instead, it follows the generic formula of the redemption story of a dead-beat dad.


Reaper, The (short) (2013)


Rear Window (1954)

Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.



Recess: School’s Out (2001)

How can you not love Recess? Especially with it off the air now, this movie was great to relive one of the greatest and well done cartoons ever made. Hopefully they keep making these movies or at least bring back the show.




Red Dawn (1984)

Combining an original idea of World War III taking place on American soil, with a solid group of young actors, Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, and “Red Dawn” becomes an enjoyable action film that both reflected the current time’s situations while remaining completely ahead of its time. There is little wasted time getting into the action and even though the film drags in the middle, the feeling of actual war is constantly present, along with the hardships and emotions that would be faced.


Red Dawn (2012)

Despite its growing unpopularity from critics, the “Red Dawn” remake is actually an entertaining, stand alone action film, which picks its moments with precision and executes them with style. With above average performances from Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, and Adrianne Palicki, there is an edge to this film that the original lacked. Reflecting many of the same beats as the 1984 version, this updated thriller still surprises, delivering multiple nail-biting sequences and twists that were mulled over in the original. In my book, “Red Dawn” is a success, not replacing the Swayze-Sheen embodiment, but contributing to it justly.


Red Dragon (2002)

It’s amazing how you can have two bad guys in a film and make it work as wonderful as this film does. That’s the part that worked for me. Could have been more of a mystery movie for me, but I loved the hunt for the one killer with the help from the psycho in jail. I saw this movie for the first time in theaters, and didn’t enjoy it as much as I did this time. Edward Norton is becoming one of my all time favorite actors along with anthony hopkins who already is.



Red Eye (2005)


Red Hill (2010)

“Red Hill” has so much going for it and I loved it. Think of it as a modern day Western, revenge film in the outback of Australia. There are horses, a murderer straight out of “No Country For Old Men” (think Javier Bardem’s sadistic performance but from a burnt faced indian), and even a panther! The film displays great quality, plenty of twists and turns, and the perfect casting for a film of this nature. I love westerns, and this one fits right in. I would definitely watch this again.


Red Lights (2012)

Some films exist as placeholders for familiar faces. “Red Lights” is the perfect example of this, as it does nothing for anyone’s career (except maybe Elizabeth Olsen). Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and Cillian Murphy do their jobs by showing up and attempting this paranormal thriller, but with a paper-thin plot and one of the worst twists in a film that I have ever witnessed, the only thing that you wish to see more of is the uber-talented and attractive Elizabeth Olsen, who is a minor supporting character that is extremely under-utilized.


Red Riding Hood (2011)

This feels like one of them Twilight movies… The acting’s bad, the writing’s bad, and it’s really just bad. Without Gary Oldman or Amanda Seyfried, the film would have basically felt like a straight-to-DVD-quality movie.



Red State (2011)

Delving into the world of religious fanatics, Red State is Kevin Smith’s venture into a serious drama with tinges of horror and comedy strewn in. A stellar cast drives this film further than it would given an unknown ensemble, with a refreshing performance from John Goodman along with genuine portrayals from Melissa Leo and Michael Parks as the heads of the fundamentalist group. The film comes off unique enough to be enjoyable and unpredictable enough to grab your attention.


Red Turtle, The (2017)


Remember Me (2010)



Reno 911!: Miami (2007)

Unless you are in love with the show, do not bother. Thought I’d laugh more but holds true to the show.






Reservoir Dogs (1992)


Resident, The (2012)

The Resident is similar to a guy playing poker, who has an amazing hand, but no idea how to play poker.



Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

For all the shit that I gave this film before it came out, I retract my hatred. I feel as though the writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson heard what true fans were spouting off about the downfalls of the last two films and rectified absolutely everything. Thousands of zombies, the big mamma-jamma with the axe, and Alice without powers. Minus the gimmick of 3D, this was awesome!




Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Paul W.S. Anderson returns to write and direct the fifth film in the franchise, and “Resident Evil: Retribution” becomes something completely new and different from all the prior films. For starters, this is the first film to actually feel like a video game, and sometimes to a fault, at the expense of the acting. Most of the conversations and dialogue feel completely out of a video game, set up to describe exactly what you’ll be facing in the scenes to come. With that comes completely “dead” responding, where character’s responses cease to play off one another and becomes people standing in a futuristic setting, coldly delivering lines from a script. The video game plot is also set, with the adventure laid out in a map in front of you. Each world is nicely differentiated from the prior and each has their own challenges, relating back to the monsters from the video games and previous films. The fight scenes are hit or miss, with an amazing opening zombie fight in a hallway following the Japan reenactment. However, the end battle is overdrawn and way too one-sided, falling uninteresting and underwhelming. Milla Jovovich has the look of Alice down, but beyond that, there is little ever added to her performance. The addition of the little girl felt way too much like “Underworld: Awakening”, to which I already draw an unwholesome comparison. Kevin Durand steals the show with a very impressive performance as Barry Burton. Worried how they would explain bringing back Michelle Rodriguez’s and Oded Fehr’s characters, I felt this was done within the plot structures and actually helped build a convincing clashing of good versus evil.


Resolution (2013)

Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.


Restraint (2007)

For what appeared to be a “throw-away-thriller”, Restraint is bold and unique. The cast is small, but quality over quantity prevails. Teresa Palmer is absolutely gorgeous and straddles the perfect line between ignorant hussy and obedient lover. The acting could have easily ruined this film, especially with the potential for generic criminals. However Travis Fimmel constantly sells his role. The ability of the director to keep the viewer guessing sets this film apart. So many eerie moments occur that there is always a sense of anything goes until the very last frame of the film. I am completely taken aback by how great this film, despite the very low expectations I had placed upon it.


Restrepo (2010)

The closest look at war I will ever experience. “Restrepo” is a documentary that truly takes you somewhere most could never dream of and demands even more respect towards those who put their lives on the line. Just the raw nature of the film alone demands my respect for both the soldiers and the filmmakers.


Retreat (2011)

Retreat plays on expectations, or rather what one expects to be actually taking place outside the walls of the house that the characters are in. On one side there is a strange and dangerous looking man (played wonderfully by Jamie Bell) who tells an unbelievable story and with his odd mannerisms and sometimes violent demeanor, you are left constantly questioning his state-of-mind. Meanwhile, the couple enduring this madman (Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton) all while getting over their conflicted relationship. Unlike most lower budget thrillers that lose steam the further into plot that they delve, Retreat picks up steam even into the conclusion of the film and is easily one of the most underrated films of 2012 thus far.


Return of Jafar, The (1994)


Revenant, The (2015)



Revolting Rhymes (short) (2016)


Revolver (2005)

Revolver was a success. Just not a very popular one. Ritchie continues his niche filmmaking, Statham shines like never before, and Andre Benjamin once again brings his unique flair to the big screen.


Ricki And The Flash (2015)



Ride Along (2014)


Ring, The (2002)


Ring Two, The (2005)


Ringer, The (2005)


Rio (2011)

Your standard, animated venture with nothing setting it apart from the mass of animated films coming out each year. Besides Jesse Eisenberg’s voice performance, the rest of the voices add nothing notable. The songs become hard to handle and there aren’t even any marketable characters coming out of this completely forgettable film.




Rite, The (2011)

In an attempt to recreate “The Exorcist,” Anthony Hopkins should have been enough to sell this film, but by the end, there is little tying anyone to actually caring about this supernatural thriller.


River of No Return (1954)


River Runs Through It, A (1992)

Love this movie for its bond between brothers, but try and overlook the slowness of the story and the uneventful nature that it possesses. With an early Brad Pitt and an even earlier Joseph Gordon Levitt, the film has lasting power, it just feels like Robert Redford is reading it to us instead of interpreting it to the screen. The film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and especially with the stunning Montana wilderness shots, its win is seriously justified.


Road, The (2009)

Stunning. The Road is absolutely stunning. Within the first viewing of the film, you understand the mood portrayed in the entire book written by Cormac McCarthy. Though the dialogue is much less in the film than the book, the film version helps ultimately in bringing most of the book to life exactly like it is pictured as you read.

That aside, the film could have been so much more, which is saying a lot, since was so much already. I missed the serenity I felt while reading the book. I missed the vastness that world felt like in the book. Perspective was rarely used in the film to show how small the characters were compared to their surroundings. On the oceanside beach, I missed the same feeling that was even more prevalent.

What the film helped to do is make you feel even more from the characters which comes from the performance of the actors and the director’s decisions. The mother became a villain in the film instead of a victim in the book. The old man and the man with the boots on the beach became the opposite in a victim needing supplies instead of a bad man stealing. You FEEL for all the characters, which lacked in the book.

Viggo Mortensen was fantastic and deserved all that comes to him for this part. It is easily said that parts are meant for certain actors, but this character was given life by Viggo’s performance. The child actor that played next to Viggo was mediocre, but slipped by for looking so much like Charlize Theron. Instead of thinking about how much better the child could be, I thought of how much he looked like Charlize.

Overall, stunning the first word that will be said when you leave this film. Though the film could have been more on a gradiouso scale, the budget set this film to be what it was and they definitely got their money’s worth. Had they had more of a budget, this film could have been one of the best ever.


Road Trip (2000)

Sexy, smart, and fun, Road Trip is one of the most memorable comedies from the early 2000’s. The humor probably misses a lot of audiences, especially with Tom Green involved, but the raunchy and ridiculous scenes just seem to work, with most of the credit going to the well-placed cast.



Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)



Rock, The (1996)

It was brought to my attention that I was crazy for having never seen “The Rock”. After now having seen the film, I will agree. Nicolas Cage is easily one of my favorite actors and Michael Bay, one of my favorite directors, so this film just ended up being a culmination of all of my favorite things. The setting of Alcatraz sets this film apart from absolutely any other action film and it feels like an epic from the moment it begins to the moment it ends. The shower sequence, Connery’s command of his role, and Cage’s off-the-wall demeanor are what drive this film into my favorite films of all time.


Rocker, The (2008)

Lacking any actual comedy, “The Rocker” proves that Rainn Wilson should not be allowed to carry his own film. Saved by the gorgeous Emma Stone and some actual good original songs, this “comedy” ends up a bit too predictable and unwarranted.


RocknRolla (2008)


Rocky (1976)


Rocky II (1979)


Rocky III (1982)


Rocky IV (1985)


Rocky V (1990)


Rocky Balboa (2006)


Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975)


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)


Role Models (2008)


Rollerball (2002)

With a flaccid plot and loose performances with little to no motivation or reasoning for changes of heart, Rollerball relies on its pumped up adrenaline and complicated foreign sport to provide for any action to drive the film. With little invested throughout the entire film, the payoff seems hardly worth it and ends in what can only be described as a self-inflicted train wreck.


Roma (2018)


Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)


Romantics, The (2010)

The cast was pretty entertaining and I appreciated the against-the-grain emotions involved in the film, but the ending was anti-climatic and none of the film really held any moral or direction.


Romeo + Juliet (1996)


Room, The (2003)


Room (2015)


Room In Rome (2010)

Erotic doesn’t even begin to describe this pseudo-foreign, pseudo-lesbian-coming-of-age film about two women who cross paths in Rome and end up together, naked in a hotel room, telling each other lies about themselves, mixing in hints of the truth, attempting to get to know one another. Struggling with their “other” lives, Alba (Elena Anaya), a mousey lesbian with a troubled past holds the reigns of the evening, trying to enlighten Natasha (Natasha Yarovenko), a heterosexual Russian bombshell who is about to get married. Never quite pornography, “Room In Rome” toes the line gracefully, delivering one of the sexiest films I’ve ever witnessed, while still developing a strong character based narrative between two females shedding light on an unmistakable, yet ultimately tragic love.


Roommate, The (2011)

Not good… Like at all. The best of these films either know they are not scary and pack them with sex and gore, or they make them comical. The Roommate is devoid of either of these and takes itself far too seriously, killing any shot at it being enjoyable. There is absolutely nothing scary about Leighton Meester and nothing worth hoping that Minka Kelly survives.


Rope (1948)

Rope was my very favorite of Hitchcock’s movies. The fact that it was in real time and had very few cuts throughout the entire film really made it worthwhile to me. Throw on some amazing actors, especially John Dall and James Stewart and you have the makings for an amazing film.


Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Easily one of the most eerie and frightening films ever. If only the film industry could tap into some of Roman Polanski’s early potential, the horror genre would be in a much different place these days.



Royal Affair, A (2012)

Having only seen two of her performances, I can tell that the young Alicia Vikander is going to be a completely successful actress with a bright future. For starters, she is such a beauty that you could watch her do just about anything. Having her as the star of the show definitely helps “A Royal Affair”, something that really could have saved “Anna Karenina”, where Vikander also shines, but is used rather sporadic. She has a maturity that is often masked by her nubile appearance, but with that she shows the poise and delivery of an actress twice her experience level and age. Given the appropriate stepping stones, she could be well on her way to truckloads of awards. Mads Mikkelsen is also sensational, delivering the strong, brooding main character that is needed in this role. The love story is fresh and exciting, the sets and costumes are authentic, and “A Royal Affair” truly outshines any period piece released this year. Despite its dismal twists, the film has a darkness that sets it apart and reaches past its tragedy to produce a fitting and full circle ending.


Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001)


Rubber (2011)

The Napoleon Dynamite of horror films, Rubber is unlike any film I have ever seen. Breaking the fourth wall and the constant poking fun at the medium of movies might get on people’s nerves, but the killer tire segment of the film is bizarrely entertaining and just unique enough to keep one’s attention.


Ruby Sparks (2012)

Everything an Indie romantic comedy should be, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan make the perfect on-screen (and off-screen) quirky couple. With grace and poise, “Ruby Sparks” is able to transcend its genre and its “make believe” nature and becomes a reality worth investing in emotionally. Filled with sincere relationships, sincere performances from everyone involved, and a thoughtful and endearing plot that progresses perfectly, “Ruby Sparks” takes a step away from films like “500 Days of Summer” and “Beginners” and creates a world all its own.


Ruins, The (2008)


Rum Diary, The (2011)

Like a sequel to Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, there is something about Johnny Depp narrating a film that brings out such glory. That and Depp’s unorthodox antics, and The Rum Diary finds itself on par with Depp’s brilliant body of work. Toss in a nice villainy performance from Aaron Eckhardt, an eccentric performance from Giovanni Ribisi, and a stunning performance by Amber Heard, and the film fleshes out nicely.



Run Lola Run (1999)



Running Scared (2006)




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