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
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
With this 2019 reboot, we're not just talking gothic horror as the detective mystery, morality tale and action thriller join forces.
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Although not a classic like the original Mary Poppins movie, this charming sequel is entertaining and heart-tugging. I especially enjoyed the colorful musical numbers.
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Unicorn Store (2019)
This whimsical movie starring Brie Larson and featuring Samuel L. Jackson in a key role surprised me with its unusual casting and heartwarming essence.
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019)
Too bad 'The Highwaymen' plods along with so many similar scenes. Amusing banter between the co-stars helps but not enough to prevent the urge to nod off a bit.
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Out of Blue (2019)
This haunting detective story fascinated me because of its dreamlike, neo-noir feeling and the added layer of cosmology as a backdrop to the crime.
Posted Mar 25, 2019
While the jokes can seem flippant, the horror emerges from a location constantly in motion: the human heart.
Posted Mar 24, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019)
'Triple Frontier' should be prime fodder for heist movie fans. There's hardly a dull moment in director J. C. Chandor's film about the unexpected consequences of a jungle robbery.
Posted Mar 20, 2019
An inspiring true story about a courageous young boy who persisted with his inventive idea that saved many lives in Malawi, Africa.
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Paris Is Us (2019)
'Paris Is Us' ranks as the Number One most intense movie about the grieving process I have ever seen.
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Breaker Upperers (2018)
This New Zealand film had me in stitches most of the time, thanks to its hilarious co-stars Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beck.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Berlin, I Love You (2019)
Some stories here are purest gold while others pale yet seem so bold. A mixed bag , for sure. But cheers for that beautiful fantasy dancing in the park and the delightful puppeteer segment!
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
'Alita: Battle Angel' deserves a follow-up. Although certain elements strike one as a tease, including the sporadic yet well handled action sequences, the main storyline proves noteworthy.
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
'Velvet Buzzsaw' offers subtle humor along with exciting thrills and chills, especially when paintings start coming to life.
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Romantic scenes ring true in 'Elephants,' and the lovers' fiery arguments remind me of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's ferocious interactions in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
Posted Jan 26, 2019
An intriguing female-driven thriller with fascinating performances by Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nelisse and Indira Varma. Plus, there's plenty of mystery to pique our interest.
Posted Jan 21, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2019)
From Laurie Rose's parched perfect framing to Rolfe Kent's delicate melodies, 'Stan & Ollie' can be spotlit from the pack, the colours dancing on a grey sea.
Posted Jan 18, 2019
The Last Laugh (2019)
Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss know the way to entertain us! Watching these two is lots of fun -- with a tear or two when it's done.
Posted Jan 13, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
A tale like this is tough to tell. And with two Queens it's hard to gel. Saoirse and Margot act with heart. They will survive to do more art.
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Love, Gilda (2018)
Who doesn't love Gilda? Tied together with Radner's own words, sometimes read by current comedians and comediennes, this documentary is a well-deserved homage to a terrific entertainer.
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Bird Box (2018)
Too many questions go unanswered in 'Bird Box.' Perhaps the novel explains things, but the movie leaves us being unsure of why the horrific events are happening.
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Christian Bale managed to project a Dick Cheney aura, but Sam Rockwell really convinced me he was George W. Bush!
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Filmed in glorious black and white, 'Roma' is another Alfonso Cuarón cinematic masterpiece.
Posted Dec 10, 2018
'DUMPLIN' delivers an important message and also ends up being a must-see for Dolly Parton fans and for people who love films about beauty pageants.
Posted Dec 6, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Because of Willem Dafoe's revelatory performance and Benoit Delhomme's excellent cinematography, we seem to see things through Vincent Van Gogh's eyes.
Posted Nov 27, 2018
The Front Runner (2018)
Everything about this riveting drama feels real to me. However, it opens old wounds regarding a political mess that's not something I like to remember.
Posted Nov 18, 2018
The Grinch (2018)
At its most poignant, Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier's picture acts as a kindred spirit to 'Inside Out.'
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Outlaw King (2018)
While 'Outlaw King" includes impressive cinematography and excellent performances, it seems difficult to follow. Also, it's less than exciting, despite all the action and bloodshed on screen.
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Dead Man (1995)
Dead Man ranks as an unusual creative effort from writer/director Jarmusch (Mystery Train). But it's certainly not for everyone. I recommend it only for avid fans of Jarmusch and Depp.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Fans of the great Orson Welles who are curious about why he never finished his last film should not miss director Morgan Neville's revealing documentary.
Posted Nov 4, 2018
Hunter Killer (2018)
'Hunter Killer' is the type of well-crafted genre movie almost nobody wants to make anymore.
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Viper Club (2018)
Sarandon's impressive performance as a dedicated ER nurse whose son is missing ends up being another notch on her way to becoming the 'mother of all film moms.'"
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Restoring Tomorrow (2018)
Powerful and inspiring, this remarkable documentary about restoration of a beautiful temple is truly something special.
Posted Oct 23, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
'The Kindergarten Teacher' succeeds in spite of its dark and disturbing subject matter because of Maggie Gyllenhaal's brilliant performance in the title role.
Posted Oct 22, 2018
The Storyteller (2018)
This irresistible movie simply enchanted me from beginning to end!
Posted Oct 20, 2018
Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have.
Posted Oct 19, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Sevak's interactions come across seamlessly here. It's fascinating to watch them together, regardless of how questionable the situations become.
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Private Life (2018)
Fine actors Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti draw us into their characters' world of infertility suffering and hold us hostage throughout the film's entire running time.
Posted Oct 8, 2018
First Man (2018)
'First Man' soars because of Damien Chazelle's painstaking attention to detail, extensive research, casting choices and ability to show audiences a side of Neil Armstrong they haven't previously encountered.
Posted Oct 7, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018)
This is a coming-of-age story with a father and son relationship at its core. And as such, it's a very solid representative of the genre and a good film on its own right -- sad, heartfelt, funny, entertaining, and as dangerous as a box of dynamite.
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' is not just a movie. It's a profound spiritual experience.
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Little Women (2018)
Filmmaker Clare Niederpruem brings the March sisters to the 21st Century, and they are just as fascinating as ever.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Children Act (2018)
As the judge, Emma Thompson soars. However, several things about this drama annoyed me enough to take me out of the film, and I always hate it when that happens.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Predator (2018)
Director Shane Black has crafted a cool diversion. Crucially, his airtight direction dismisses pleasantries and other time-depleting nonsense by going straight into the spine.
Posted Sep 15, 2018
Filled with exquisite suspense, 'Prodigy' earns a place on my list of favorite contemporary thrillers.
Posted Sep 13, 2018
This colorful animated film might not work for many adults, but most youngsters should be entertained by all the action, whimsical creatures, and fantasy/reality jumps.
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Cold Skin (2018)
'Cold Skin' is not for faint of heart. But it's pure cinematic art.
Posted Sep 10, 2018