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
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017)
Although depicting the founding of National Lampoon as well as the making of 'Animal House' and 'Caddyshack,' two movie comedies now beloved by fans throughout the world, this film seems jumbled and hard to follow.
Posted Feb 22, 2018
Frame by frame, 'Counterfeiters' is a riveting movie. Filmmaker Bryce Hirschberg, who also plays the lead role, gives it all his heart and soul.
Posted Feb 7, 2018
Dying of the Light (2014)
For all the aerial bombardment Nicolas Cage receives, he delivers a bright and nuanced performance in 'Dying of the Light.'
Posted Feb 5, 2018
Rosamund Pike gives her best performance ever playing a character who changes from an extremely frightened victim to one of the strongest women I've seen on screen during the past decade.
Posted Jan 26, 2018
The Polka King (2017)
Although disappointed with 'The Polka King," I appreciate the way the film depicts how Jan Lewan's positive attitude influenced people who unwisely invested their money with him.
Posted Jan 18, 2018
Dramatically, there's revenge, grief, hope and action. I got caught up in the film's wit, human subtleties and particularly the emotional content.
Posted Jan 17, 2018
The Post (2018)
As someone who lived through this crisis while it played out in reality, I am surprised at how suspenseful 'The Post' was for me to watch.
Posted Jan 12, 2018
The Fourth War (1990)
'The Fourth War' finds director John Frankenheimer in highly competent form.
Posted Jan 2, 2018
The Disaster Artist (2017)
James Franco -- as we've never seen him before -- steals the show playing Tommy Wiseau in 'The Disaster Artist,' based on a true story.
Posted Dec 9, 2017
The Shape of Water (2017)
A fantasy thriller for the ages!
Posted Dec 2, 2017
Dan Stevens oozes energy and purpose as Charles Dickens in this creative offering about the writing of an iconic Christmas story.
Posted Nov 21, 2017
Hello Again (2017)
Ten vignettes deal with love and lust. But most of them end up a bust. Still, Audra is a real standout. Her moon song bit deserves a shout!
Posted Nov 11, 2017
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Almost two hours of constant laughter.
Posted Nov 7, 2017
A nephew and his famous aunt take us on an intriguing journey through the remarkable life and work of an iconic American writer.
Posted Nov 1, 2017
Miss Sloane (2016)
Chastain, as Miss Sloane, braves the open waters, stretching her vulnerability until we see the human being underneath the conservative presence.
Posted Oct 23, 2017
Our Souls at Night (2017)
'Our Souls at Night' - a sweet movie. Fonda and Redford work for me. They play their roles with style and grace in this romance not rushed for pace.
Posted Oct 13, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Where Scott's 'Blade Runner' looked beautiful and contained themes such as empowerment, fate, slavery, overpopulation, cloning and technological supremacy, the sequel doesn't make a ripple.
Posted Oct 8, 2017
Gerald's Game (2017)
Watching Carla Gugino's character try to survive a terrifying situation may be exhausting for some viewers, but Gugino's extraordinary acting is their reward.
Posted Oct 8, 2017
This inexplicable motion picture boasts a lonely gimmick which expends its purpose very soon.
Posted Oct 5, 2017
Strong Island (2017)
One of the most poignant and intimate documentaries I've ever seen. This compelling personal story also takes on institutional racism and the justice system in a way that can't be ignored.
Posted Sep 24, 2017
Viceroy's House (2017)
Directed with great care by Gurinda Chadha, this splendid motion picture should be shown in all World History classes.
Posted Sep 15, 2017
Make-up seems the surest bet if Oscar will let. A ten out of ten safely won. For me, "It" was a lot of fun.
Posted Sep 14, 2017
Little Evil (2017)
'Little Evil' combines comedy and horror in a clever offering with plenty of chuckles and scary sights for fans of both genres.
Posted Sep 5, 2017
For my money, 'Detroit' felt like Bigelow's greatest moment. There wasn't a single frame squandered or rendered slapdash. Thus, her direction looks better than it ever did.
Posted Sep 4, 2017
Above all, Elliott Lester's picture feels switched on, a model of inner conviction.
Posted Sep 1, 2017
Death Note (2017)
The first half promises so much -- but last half loses the right touch. Scary in parts, I must admit. So some horror fans might like it.
Posted Aug 29, 2017
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
As a potential classic, 'Annabelle: Creation' survives not because it's gory. Rather the film reflects society as a beautiful and ugly unit.
Posted Aug 24, 2017
What Happened to Monday (2017)
A thought-provoking sci-fi action thriller starring Noomi Rapace, who delivers a splendid performance bringing seven sisters to life on screen. Brava!
Posted Aug 23, 2017
Bryan Fogel's revealing documentary plays almost like a spy thriller. And what a fascinating real-life character shows up to hold our interest!
Posted Aug 18, 2017
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Ideas to find open the mind. 'Ghost in the Shell' works effective spell.
Posted Aug 15, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017)
'Atomic Blonde' might challenge 'John Wick: Chapter 2.' While Leitch's film doesn't always carry the latter's easy-going panache, both productions rate as energetic, kindred spirits.
Posted Aug 12, 2017
Message from the King (2016)
Chadwick Boseman reveals impressive star power in this suspenseful action thriller.
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Surrender to the temptations behind 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.' Every cent in the $200 million budget ended up on screen.
Posted Aug 5, 2017
47 Meters Down (2017)
Where Steven Spielberg teased us with 'Jaws,' '47 Meters Down' carries scant personality. It's as though Roberts and co-writer Ernest Riera forgot to add the important stuff."
Posted Aug 3, 2017
Brave New Jersey (2017)
'Brave New Jersey' is so much fun. You'll chuckle lots before it's done. It's based on facts about a prank that we have Orson Welles to thank.
Posted Aug 1, 2017
In 'Dunkirk,' Nolan's script jumps all over the place , leading to diminished returns.
Posted Jul 22, 2017
Cars 3 (2017)
Despite being light entertainment, 'Cars 3' burns with purpose. Every scene has weight, yet rarely in the overpowering sense.
Posted Jul 22, 2017
To the Bone (2017)
I applaud everyone connected with 'To the Bone' for their courage in bringing attention to eating disorders in such a powerful way. But be prepared: this is not a film that's easy to watch.
Posted Jul 16, 2017
Tender, wordless moments make Matt Reeves' 'War for the Planet of the Apes' a classic.
Posted Jul 15, 2017
While 'Gifted' might run into some dead ends, important themes enhanced by strong acting allow it to feel fine.
Posted Jul 13, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Six writers including Jonathan Goldstein tie this plot into the existing Avengers mythology, and it works.
Posted Jul 8, 2017
Outrageous as the 'Okja' plot may seem, it deals with important issues and makes us think-- not simply enjoy. It ends up being a movie that matters.
Posted Jul 3, 2017
The Great Wall (2017)
Amazingly, 'The Great Wall' worked in every capacity for me. I call it Cinescaping.
Posted Jun 25, 2017
As Salazar, Oscar winner Javier Bardem creates a formidable foe. We even learn something about Captain Jack Sparrow which might surprise fans.
Posted Jun 22, 2017
As Winston Churchill, Brian Cox delivers a lived-in portrayal which layers multiply in purpose and resonance. This is great filmmaking period.
Posted Jun 20, 2017
Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)
I still can't stop smiling and thinking about the unusual and entertaining performances of Bruce Willis, John Goodman and Jason Momoa in 'Once Upon a Time in Venice.'
Posted Jun 20, 2017
Like all good comedies, 'Baywatch' comes across as clumsy, disordered yet not entirely without charm.
Posted Jun 15, 2017
The Mummy (2017)
The new mummy, a princess played by Sofia Boutella, holds so much potential that the end product insults both her charm and beauty.
Posted Jun 11, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017)
For Wonder Woman girls can cheer without feeling a hint of fear. And guys can also shout'Hooray' when Wonder Woman saves the day!
Posted Jun 10, 2017
Black Butterfly (2017)