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Fred Topel

Fred Topel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Logan (2017) Logan is way bloodier than Deadpool, yet still artful in the way The Raid movies turn rhythmic stabbing into a brutal ballet.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
71% XX (2017) Solidly consistent. I may have favorites but there's not a dud in the bunch.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
8% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) A sequel is automatically more interesting because it's got the history of the first film behind it. Fifty Shades Darker... is dumber because the characters have learned nothing from the first movie and repeat the exact same unhealthy relationship.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
80% Band Aid (2017) Writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones brilliantly cuts through to the heart of a truly loving couple with legitimate problems, and their endearing way of reconnecting.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
67% Patti Cake$ (2017) The mother/daughter relationship between Patti and Barb is truly touching... Everett is a movie star and Macdonald is a major discovery.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
91% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore has a violent streak in common with Blair's films with Saulnier, but a more absurdist comedy angle.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
79% Colossal (2017) Nacho Vigalondo had the crazy idea to combine a kaiju movie with an indie dark comedy and it totally works.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
82% Wind River (2017) Definitely has a Hell or High Water vibe. It's a bit more deliberately paced, since there's no series of bank robberies to pepper the movie, but it's a solid script and directorial debut for Taylor Sheridan.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
74% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The comedy social media has wrought and deserves to be put in its place.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
100% Gook (2017) [Chon]'s message is as powerful and heartfelt as his performance.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
39% A Cure For Wellness (2017) It spends at least 90 minutes thinking it's feeding you a mystery that you've already solved. I almost feel bad for the movie. It really wanted to be a big twist so badly, it's just sad.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) xXx began as Vin Diesel's answer to James Bond. Now it is his Mission: Impossible‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Two full hours of John Wick goodness. This made me so happy. It's an epic that expands the world of John Wick and the ambitious action that made the original stand out in the first place.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
83% Burning Sands (2017) Writer/director Gerard McMurray has compassion for these kids and a passion for shining light on these abuses.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
83% Walking Out (2017) Seeing Matt Bomer get rugged is a captivating change of pace.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Equally a portrayal of good parenting as it is honest sexual becoming.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
100% Columbus (2017) One of the most artful, sensitive and intellectual grief movies I've ever seen.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
69% The Hero (2017) The Hero is a great vehicle for Sam Elliott. He fully commits to the performance but the script is very contrived drama.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
92% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Berlin Syndrome is like one of those '90s high concept thrillers, where the perfect guy turns out to be bad. Only its a lot more raw and grimy than those polished studio movies of that decade.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Bodes very well for the future of the LEGO franchise. It shows that different movies can follow different paths of the same creative spark that made The LEGO Movie special without repeating themselves.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
7% Rings (2017) What is The Ring when nobody uses VHS anymore and instead watches all their video online? Rings does not explore that. Instead it just rehashes The Ring but using copied video files instead of tapes.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
17% Sidney Hall (2017) For the second Sundance in a row, both [Logan] Lerman and [Kyle] Chandler star in a movie that made me cry.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
64% Bitch (2017) I'd love to understand why [Marianna Palka] wants to present herself this way, but I don't. It would be easy to call it self-loathing but that seems too obvious. Yet if there was another message, it's giving way to the self-loathing interpretation.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
83% Woodpecker (Carpinteros) (2017) The notion that male and female inmates can have relationships is utterly fascinating. It just goes to show that no matter what constraints you put on them, people will find a way.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
60% Newness (2017) Newness is Like Crazy for open relationships.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
72% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) This is [Gore's] Rocky Balboa. He's back to keep fighting the good fight but it's taken its toll on him. He's actually training people to be his Creed. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
100% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) A teen Thelma & Louise!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3.5/5 82% Killing Ground (2016) Killing Ground is a lot more polished than the raw original Wolf Creek but captures the same intense, unforgiving violence.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4.5/5 100% Get Out (2017) The third act is just insane. Every little strange thing any character might have said pays off.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
33% Monster Trucks (2017) There is something to be said for seeing big stuff crush other big stuff, and I don't want to dismiss it as strictly a male pleasure. Women can enjoy destruction too.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
34% Live By Night (2017) A popcorn movie in a genre that is no longer popular.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
31% Passengers (2016) Many of the plot developments undermine the moral complexity of the premise, but it asks interesting questions even if it doesn't always have the right answer.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
18% Assassin's Creed (2016) The title of First Great Video Game Movie is still on the table.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) I'm kind of let down Collateral Beauty isn't a magnificent disaster as I'd been led to believe. It's just another movie that doesn't understand why its premise is not harmless whimsical fun.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 'Because it's awesome' is enough reason for Rogue One, and it is awesome. The final space battle is the best space battle of any Star Wars movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
39% Why Him? (2016) For a movie that is essentially a reverse Meet the Parents, it is remarkable how the very writer of Meet the Parents doesn't seem to understand how Meet the Parents works.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
84% Silence (2017) Whatever your faith, this battle is provocative drama philosophically. If oppressors are demanding you renounce your faith, do you go along with it to save lives, not only yours but hundreds or thousands of others? Or do you die for your beliefs?‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It seems like it's all a cover for how simple and petty the central story ends up being.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) It's like all of these jokes came from Google.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
No Score Yet Eliminators (2016) Scott Adkins' A History of Violence.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
73% Sing (2016) It could just be an animated Fame. It could just be putting on a show to save the theater. It could pick one thing and do it well, or at least better.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
93% Fences (2016) Like many plays brought to the screen, Fences still feels like a play. Sure, you can get closer to the performances, but it still feels like a live reading.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
70% Miss Sloane (2016) I always hope movies like Miss Sloane can make people think about the arguments we have, yet every time a movie like Miss Sloane comes out, it feels like it's exactly the movie the world needs.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
82% Patriots Day (2017) Captures the confusion of the bombing and its aftermath, but also highlights the organizational forces of law and medicine that push through.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
62% Allied (2016) Allied it doesn't feel nostalgic. It just feels outdated.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
75% Split (2017) Where Split lost me was when it shifted focus to Barry. He could be a captivating antagonist and certainly a bravura performance by McAvoy, but following him this closely robs him of mystery and just plain overestimates how interesting he is.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A teen comedy for the Facebook generation. It acknowledges all the new technology teens have at their disposal, but it's not all about social media.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) The opening and closing dance numbers are so brilliant and uplifting that they are probably the best sequences in cinema all year. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bad Santa 2 devolves into a series of one-liners trying way too hard to be offensive. Bad Santa may have had some memorable lines, but it wasn't a jokey movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Made me lament all the characters Warren Beatty could have played in the last 15 years but did not. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016