Fred Topel Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
22% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) They should have put a better movie on their vision board. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
No Score Yet Legacy of Lies (2020) Martin's encounters in Russia are more innovative and engaging than The Old Guard which had $70 mil with 87eleven team. Fight choreographer Tim Man created bigger thrills by keeping it simple and letting Adkins perform it in long takes.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
71% Babysplitters (2020) Babysplitters is a sweet, hilarious comedy about trying to do parenthood better.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
40% Only (2020) People are having trouble in 2020 quarantine without government raids taking their women. Imagine if the risk factors were exponentially worse.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
95% First Cow (2020) First Cow is the frontier bovine larceny movie of the year. It may not be the best frontier bovine larceny movie ever but it's definitely in the top five. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
93% Palm Springs (2020) The kind of sophisticated extrapolation of Groundhog Day one would hope for.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) Highlander said there can be only one, yet there kept being more. The Old Guard has the audacity to set up a sequel which surely Netflix will do regardless of viewership... Who wants to watch these forever anyway?‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) It's not Saving Private Ryan on water. Greyhound is a dogfight movie at sea.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
15% Desperados (2020) The Netflix rom-com Desperados is not the right vehicle for Pedrad, or any human being for that matter. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) Calling Hamilton a hip hop musical really undersells it. Yes, they explain complex legislation with lyrics which is amazing, but they also have melodic musical numbers like 'The Story of Tonight,' 'Helpless' or 'Stay Alive.'‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
92% The Outpost (2020) A harrowing depiction of battle in the most recent war and it honors the brave soldiers who lived it, or died for it.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
47% My Spy (2020) Can't be content with just cashing in on the cliches of 120 years of cinema, or to be fair the last 50 or so years of family movies. It has to directly lift set pieces from other movies, and not just once. My Spy copies two entire sequences. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible does not reflect the level of satire one would expect from from the person who hung corrupt politicians on their own words.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
70% 7500 (2020) As a matter of procedure you don't want to let hijackers into the cockpit, but when it's up to Tobias, he's endangering his passengers for nothing. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
84% Mr. Jones (2020) Mr. Jones is not a fun movie for escaping. If the history interests you, it is a harrowing true story, a period piece with exquisite detail and strong performances. There's no point in the film where you doubt you're in Russia or England of 85 years ago.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
41% Wasp Network (2019) It's a little caper-y, breezing through the layout of the operation, introducing new agents over time. Writer/director Olivier Assayas balances parallel stories in differnet countries smoothly. You never lose your sense of place and time. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
86% Lost Bullet (Balle Perdue) (2020) Mad Max in the South of France‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
100% Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) One would think there's nothing new to reveal about the original film. However, Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghosbusters still found a few new tidbits. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
98% Disclosure (2020) Feder does a grat job charting the path of representation, taking different aspects of trans representation from beginning to end. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
41% You Should Have Left (2020) It is a cool house. It has long hallways and wide open spaces. At night, those hallways get very dark, but really every room in the house does. Those deep shadows work very well on your TV since this won't be playing theaters anymore. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Presumably this means Mulan and Jungle Cruise are worth waiting for. A movie probably has to be an unmitigated disaster like Artemis Fowl to forego theaters altogether.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) Sometimes Always Never is the Scrabble playing missing persons drama of the year. It may not be the best Scrabble playing mising persons drama ever, but it's definitely in the top five. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods may get bogged down in some character tangents and some far fetched plot points even by the standards of an outrageous story. Lee just plows through them regardless and that's part of his power. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
89% You Don't Nomi (2020) The most touching aspect of You Don't Nomi is the affection it has towards Berkley.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
83% Aviva (2020) Truly a musical and a film for modern times. 2020 is a time where people do not have to conform to binary identities, be that gender or industry standards of Hollywood vs. indie. Aviva betrays those norms for a bold, confrontational and passionate film. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
0% The Last Days of American Crime (2020) As Netflix originals go, The Last Days of American Crime makes the cops screaming 'F You' to each other in Bright look like Serpico.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) One can see how Jackson, as portrayed by Moss, might be difficult to live with. She is certainly entertaining to watch though. She is the suffering artist, but that makes her entertainingly cantankerous. Her complaints are witty and intellectual. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
92% End of Sentence (2020) A road movie where Frank and Sean encounter different characters along the way. Since it's a drama, they're not comic shenanigans like Plains, Trains and Automobiles or Tommy Boy, but they learn about themselves and each other.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) It's all on McCormick and Horowitz's faces as they listen to the story. They're compelling enough just listening that you focus on the voice on the line. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
82% Debt Collectors (2020) Action movies used to be all about this, the gritty scuffles and foot chases between characters who had opposing desires. It still works now although nobody had moves like Adkins in the '80s so it still feels bigger. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
57% Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) For fans who like the first two, it's the last step before the new millennium had its influence. For those who lament where the franchise went, perhaps this is where it all started unraveling. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
39% Body Cam (2020) Applying the ghost story formula to police body cams doesn't bring anything new and runs the risk of trivializing real police issues.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
34% Seberg (2020) Stewart can certainly nail the intensity of Seberg's stress, and the veneer she has to project gets thinner and thinner.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
34% The Wrong Missy (2020) The Wrong Missy is like a comedic Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lauren Lapkus is the boulder. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
49% Scoob! (2020) If the twist is 'the Scooby gang in a Marvel movie,' it's fun. Warner Brothers would surely prefer the comparison be a DC movie, but the Dastardly plot is much more akin to the sorts of things the Avengers face. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
41% Capone (2020) Capone? More like Crapone, amirite? It's okay to say that because it's not just a judgement of the movie, but a major plot point of the film that Al Capone (Tom Hardy) literally craps his pants. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Creates a lot of surreal imagery just with a low camera, creating space in a room or the woods around Gretel. She begins to fill the frame more and more as the camera gets closer, gradually changing the feeling of the scene.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
25% Dangerous Lies (Windfall) (2020) The last 20 minutes are ridiculous but the movie kept you going until then. At that point, you sort of wanna see how much they throw at this.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
55% Valley Girl (2020) A dance party to '80s covers that will make you want to get up and dance too. Since this is premiering on VOD, you can dance in your own home. That's one advantage over a theater.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
44% Robert the Bruce (2019) If you are interested in the continuing story of Scottish independence, prepare for a scaled down take... Perhaps your mileage may vary depending on how invested you are in the character of Robert the Bruce fulfilling his destiny. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) Extraction is one of those genre movies with incredible action but standard characters in a standard plot. That's fine. Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme made a lot of those and they were fun too. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
70% Trolls World Tour (2020) The most consistent theme is a scathing amount of shade thrown at pop music as the destroyer of art. And Timberlake is the star of this movie! ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) That's the point of satire though. It's supposed to be provocative. Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal would've turned people off if there were cameras and Twitter too. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) For less comic book literate viewers, it may remind you more of sci-fi films like Robocop or Universal Soldier. It is a watered down version of both, and watering down Universal Soldier doesn't leave much since it was already a Terminator knock off. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
88% Onward (2020) It's the Before Sunrise of daddy issues.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The Jesus Rolls is not The Big Lebowski 2 but it has its charms.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
75% The Nowhere Inn (2020) Clark and Brownstein took the idea of art imitates life imitates art and put their own individual stamps on it. It's fascinating to see these artists explore those themes, and they keep it entertaining no matter how weird they get. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
92% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man is not about what invisibility does to a man, it's about how an abuser can become even deadlier with invisibility. That's a terrifying new perspective. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Is the meteor making him Cagey or is that just his reaction to all this unfathomable stuff happening? Who cares? Enjoy it in Color Out of Space. ‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) It's just a shame such a landmark video game couldn't inspire more than the Studio Family Film #4 template. It is better than the Super Mario Bros. movie so Sega should be happy they at least beat Nintendo at their movie game.‐ Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020