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
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
The last big scene of 'Judy' probably cinches an Oscar for Zellweger, which would be ironic because the real Judy Garland failed to win one for her amazing performance in 'A Star Is Born.'
Posted Oct 13, 2019
In the Tall Grass (2019)
The repetition of characters shouting to each other about where they are and too many dark scenes during the last part of the film almost put us to sleep -- but that eerie grassy field sure looks alive!
Posted Oct 10, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
Because of Boyd Holbrook's fine performance as an obsessed police officer, I tried to stay with the complicated story. Unfortunately, this mysterious time-travel crime film is more than complicated. It's downright confusing.
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)
Overall, 'Escape Plan 3' hews closer to the spirit of the original 2013 production. It's a testosterone saturated, fully armoured, high flying extravaganza.
Posted Sep 29, 2019
It's not easy to watch 'Netizens,' but this revealing documentary ends up as a must-see for everyone interested in justice and fair play.
Posted Sep 21, 2019
The humanity and beauty of this remarkable documentary absolutely overwhelmed me.
Posted Sep 13, 2019
To me, the highlights of this great documentary are the clips of Ronstadt belting out 'You're No Good,' 'When Will I Be Loved,' 'Blue Bayou' and 'Desperado.' What a voice!
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Although the subject matter lends itself to confusion and the dialogue seems a bit flat, period costumes and interesting settings help us feel a sense of place, and that's important for a movie like this.
Posted Aug 31, 2019
A snug buildup, numerous set-pieces, endless variety and injury details will make you squirm right down to your toenails.
Posted Aug 30, 2019
What a wonderful experience it is to be taken on Pamela B. Green's tenacious journey to uncover the story of the first female director, screenwriter, producer and studio owner!
Posted Aug 19, 2019
While this family film won't knock down the house in the originality department, it does boast an increasingly rare commodity: charm. And Isabela Moner gives the audience a reason to care.
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Every five seconds during a fight, enemies pose like they are waiting for directions. It's awkward and embarrassing to watch.
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Short on laughter, the fun seems fake. Pouts and shouting are hard to take. Three lovely stars try acting their best. Yet humor fails the comedy test.
Posted Aug 12, 2019
A Score to Settle (2019)
Nicolas Cage chose the right amount of restraint in his portrayal of the unhappy, obsessed lead character in "A Score to Settle." But he has one almost over-the-top scene that will stay with you after the credits roll.
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Secret Obsession (2019)
Too bad some scenes of 'Secret Obsession' appear a bit repetitive and hard to believe. Still, I never lost interest in brave Jennifer's plight.
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Point Blank (2019)
Who cares if the ending of "Point Blank" seems a bit cheesy? It's the exciting journey that counts.
Posted Jul 14, 2019
Murder Mystery (2019)
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are no strangers to comedy, so they try their best. But most of their comic banter falls flat.
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Although the Superman origin story has been covered, it's refreshing to witness a scarier slant on a being who can fly and fry.
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Joy of music in each scene glows. The Beatles genius through it flows. 'Yesterday' mines this gold so well, we must fall under its sweet spell.
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Pace moves too slowly with suspense. Still, what's revealed does make some sense. A puzzling film that's hard to view means patience needed to see it through.
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Remember Amnesia (2019)
With this fourth film, writer/director Ravi Godse gives us another wonderful movie to enjoy! 'Remember Amnesia' is filled with romance, suspense, comedy, and witty dialogue.
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Plus One (2019)
This rom-com made me laugh a lot. Fine performers and clever plot. With edginess, humor and heart, it charmed me right from the start.
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Advertised as a monster scale Royal Rumble, I found 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' as sporadically unspectacular as its predecessor.
Posted May 31, 2019
Good Sam (2019)
Because actress Tiya Sircar projects such an appealing personality in the lead role, and the plot offers some fascinating twists and turns, this movie delighted me.
Posted May 19, 2019
Wine Country (2019)
If you think watching a group of middle-aged women rolling down a hill is funny, 'Wine Country' is for you.
Posted May 13, 2019
Space Truckers (1997)
'Space Truckers' contains a couple of golden pickings where the humour left me gasping for breath.
Posted May 11, 2019
What in the world has casting done? Ted Bundy played by Zak Efron! A decision like that seems bold. And yet it proves to be true gold.
Posted May 6, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
Director Michael Chaves ensures there are enough dark spaces, creaking floorboards and possessed wind currents to fool you into a good time.
Posted May 6, 2019
Someone Great (2019)
Much of the dialogue seems sketchy and peppered with too many crude comments, but I admire this rom-com's emphasis on diversity and friendship.
Posted Apr 28, 2019
A special experience for move fans! Fantasy, memories, dreams, time-jumping, filmmaking, action, literature, comedy, drama, romance -- all parade across the screen for our viewing pleasure.
Posted Apr 21, 2019
The Perfect Date (2019)
The cute push-pull chemistry between Noah Centineo and Laura Marano sealed the deal for me. Full disclosure: I'm an incurable romantic.
Posted Apr 15, 2019