ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Betty Jo Tucker, Diana Saenger, Donald J. Levit, Frank Wilkins, Ian Mantgani, Jeffrey Chen, John P. McCarthy, Ryan Cracknell
Across the screen fun music bursts -- enough to quench many fans thirsts. Hooray for comedies like this! It put me in a state of bliss.
Posted Jul 5, 2020
Rapa Nui (1994)
'Rapa Nui' takes risks as a love poem. There's a triangle, yet it's an organic branch on the tree of the story.
Posted Jul 4, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020)
Along with Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani's terrific chemistry together on screen, their comic timing seems perfect. Here's hoping they appear in more movies together.
Posted Jun 25, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020)
Although this comedy-drama starring one of our SNL favorites failed to evoke much laughter from me or my husband, both of us appreciate the humanity and hope the film offers.
Posted Jun 16, 2020
Mr. Jones (2020)
'Mr. Jones' may be hard to see. But check out this smart history. Challenging film, oh yes indeed. Probably one we need to heed.
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Code 8 (2019)
'Code 8' plays relatively well during the first hour, ultimately succumbing to sentimentality and a dodgy denouement.
Posted May 29, 2020
Surviving the Game (1994)
There's a sweeping intimacy to the camera line, a jolt here and a nod there. Not to cinema for Dickerson employs the tongue of the street, the rhyme of the ghetto.
Posted May 29, 2020
End of Sentence (2020)
Humans and Nature combine here to make us shed more than one tear. Still, 'End of Sentence' deserves cheers. It shines a light on hope, not tears.
Posted May 28, 2020
Big Time Adolescence (2020)
Although Pete Davidson is a talented comedian and skilled improviser, writer/director Jason Orley doesn't give him much to work with. His character seems overly obnoxious and underwritten
Posted May 27, 2020
Judy & Punch (2020)
Thanks to director/writer Mirrah Foulkes for this entertaining gift of dark humor combined with female revenge. It's both funny and scary !
Posted May 26, 2020
The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Synergy among the crafts people allows for an authentic presentation. Consider the lenses and light of Kasper Tuxen's cinematography or the period specific textures wrought by production designer Tom Conroy. It's impressive work!
Posted May 25, 2020
Blood and Money (2020)
Tom Berenger endows the main character with a world-weary persona that moved me in every scene of this excellent snowy thriller.
Posted May 18, 2020
How to Build a Girl (2020)
Whimsy and warmth come into play and save this film in their own way.
Posted May 11, 2020
Mrs. Serial Killer (2020)
A thriller like 'Mrs. Serial Killer' is not everyone's cup of tea. It's splashed with so much blood and gore. Plus, everything feels too disjointed. But the parody attitude in various scenes appealed to me.
Posted May 6, 2020
Bad Education (2019)
Based on events which are so true, the story makes us feel quite blue. Crime does not pay. Well maybe not. Watch last credit to laugh a lot.
Posted Apr 26, 2020
Director Ethan Spaulding has designed this project with fans and newcomers in mind. As such, humour and well-defined characters are prioritised.
Posted Apr 23, 2020
A tribute to a great hero, a man called simply 'Sergio.' It's a true story that needs told. We lack heroes in this man's mold.
Posted Apr 22, 2020
Trolls World Tour (2020)
Marvelous singing and dancing take over the screen in this creative sequel, which makes me very happy -- because, of course, I'm the world's most avid movie musical fan.
Posted Apr 13, 2020
Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019)
'Parasite' includes some wish-I-never-saw-that scenes. Viewers who are faint of heart should be forewarned, but horror fans might enjoy the carnage.
Posted Apr 13, 2020
Easter Parade (1948)
Terrific tunes engulf the screen. Top performances in each scene. "Easter Parade" evokes such joy! It's like a stunning shiny toy.
Posted Apr 9, 2020
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
Four friends don scuba gear to check out some cool Mayan catacombs. Both their air supplies and viewer patience run low as the screams begin.
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Niecy Nash almost steals the movie as a proud mother who just wants her son to be happy. Her scenes with Mamoudou Athie are pure joy!
Posted Apr 1, 2020
Lost Girls (2020)
'Lost Girls,' a dark and true movie - as scary as a film can be. But this story should've been told as documentary, pure gold.
Posted Mar 18, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019)
'Uncut Gems' has a persistent tendency to get on the nerves. Frankly, there's little room for visual storytelling.
Posted Mar 11, 2020
All the Bright Places (2020)
'All the Bright Places' impressed me with its honesty, compassion, and sensitive performances by Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, who project amazing chemistry together on screen.
Posted Mar 3, 2020
Standing Up, Falling Down (2020)
'Standing Up, Falling Down' falters by presenting too many awkward scenes that don't seem real. But Billy Crystal fans should enjoy his splendid performance as an alcoholic estranged from his angry son.
Posted Feb 25, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Although probably not the worst film to enter and exit 2020 with nary a whimper, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' might only work for those around six years old.
Posted Feb 16, 2020
Although not as entertaining as the original teen rom-com, this sequel includes moments of sheer delight. Happily, the two lead characters are every bit as watchable as before.
Posted Feb 16, 2020
Knives Out (2019)
If I can guess the big mystery before the curtains close, it's usually game over.
Posted Feb 15, 2020
'Turnover' is a feel-good movie with wonderful characters who keep surprising us in scene after scene. It's inspiring, fun and sweet. Diversity and its glory glisten during this film's story.
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Irishman (2019)
'The Irishman' appears thin on the ground. People talk, get into assorted nefarious activities and yet very little could be construed as real drama. The only epic thing here would be the length.
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Just Mercy (2020)
This compelling movie boasts a couple of suspenseful courtroom scenes, but most of the drama relates to hard work and a dedication to making sure equal justice prevails regardless of race or class.
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Little Women (2019)
Viewers are treated to perfect casting and perhaps the liveliest movie presentation of this iconic tale about four sisters growing up during the Civil War era. Hooray for filmmaker Greta Gerwig!
Posted Dec 22, 2019
Dark Waters (2019)
'Dark Waters' reveals how greed, corruption and indifference can devastate the environment, cause birth defects plus fatal diseases, and ruin people's lives. It's a very scary story.
Posted Dec 16, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
Everything Scorsese has done with The Irishman makes the film a true masterpiece. Believe the hype, buy into the buildup. It is that good.
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Knives Out (2019)
This film includes almost everything I like to see in the mystery genre. It takes place in an old Gothic mansion, exudes suspense, drops a lot of clues, introduces fascinating suspects, adds a bit of humor, and kept me guessing right up to the end.
Posted Dec 7, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
'Jojo Rabbit' succeeds because of filmmaker Waititi's decision to make his portrayal of Adolf Hitler as comedic and chaotic as possible to counterbalance scenes depicting intense hatred, prejudice and drama.
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Last Christmas (2019)
Paul Feig's 'Last Christmas' left me feeling a little despondent. If there's anything good to be felt here that happens only when the film lumbers towards its excoriating conclusion.
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Marriage Story (2019)
'Marriage Story' pierces your heart and grabs your attention right from the start. Then burrows deep into your skin. This masterpiece awards should win.
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Laundromat (2019)
Director Steven Soderbergh chose an unusual theatrical way of telling this story -- one that seems designed to entertain viewers as well as to enlighten them.
Posted Nov 24, 2019
Mean Guns (1997)
' Mean Guns ' falls apart because it takes way too long. Hoping for an epic, Pyun should have aimed for that sweet 75 minute happy spot.
Posted Nov 23, 2019
This film proves so self-aware that the hero passes a cinema advertising the very film he's in. Few spoofs can carry the sight gag to such an absurd level of perfection.
Posted Nov 18, 2019
At first this film looks mean and dark but finishes with joy and spark. 'Klaus' ends up being a wonderful way to start the holiday season.
Posted Nov 17, 2019
Love Is Blind (2019)
Unique and lovely, LOVE IS BLIND enchants us as one-of-a-kind. It opens your heart and your eyes. A romance film full of surprise
Posted Nov 7, 2019
In this pretzel shaped thriller, leading actress Sasha Luss guarantees distinction not only in stylistic presentation but emotional growth .
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The King (2019)
Chalamet as the King is fine. His voice and diction simply shine. Plus, Pattinson inhabits the Dauphin role with every nerve in his body.
Posted Nov 3, 2019
It Takes a Lunatic (2019)
Wynn Handman is the master here, revealed on screen for us to cheer. Such great respect this man has earned. And I'm inspired by what I learned.
Posted Oct 27, 2019
High Strung Free Dance (2019)
'High Strung Free Dance' simply bowled me over. It's a must-see movie for all dance fans! Think 'A Chorus Line' meets '42nd Street.'
Posted Oct 19, 2019
Gemini Man (2019)
The idea of Will Smith playing two versions of himself -- one a fully realized human being while the doppelganger has been trained to dismiss feelings of pain, emotional and physical -- works splendidly.
Posted Oct 15, 2019