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Fred Topel

Fred Topel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Posted Jan 13, 2017
33% Live By Night (2017) A popcorn movie in a genre that is no longer popular. ‐ We Live Entertainment
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
Posted Dec 21, 2016
17% Assassin's Creed (2016) The title of First Great Video Game Movie is still on the table. ‐ We Live Entertainment
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
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
Posted Dec 13, 2016
40% 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
Posted Dec 12, 2016
83% 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
Posted Dec 10, 2016
72% 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
Posted Dec 8, 2016
42% Office Christmas Party (2016) It's like all of these jokes came from Google. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Dec 7, 2016
No Score Yet Eliminators (2016) Scott Adkins' A History of Violence. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Nov 30, 2016
70% 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
Posted Nov 29, 2016
95% 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
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
Posted Nov 21, 2016
79% 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
Posted Nov 21, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Allied it doesn't feel nostalgic. It just feels outdated. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Nov 21, 2016
77% 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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 16, 2016
54% 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
Posted Nov 12, 2016
27% The Comedian (2017) It is totally worth it to see De Niro do standup comedy. The plot providing the vehicle for the stand-up comedy is thin, but there's enough stand-up comedy that I'm glad The Comedian exists. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 12, 2016
40% Flock Of Dudes (2016) When the film's broadest caricatures actually reveal the deepest pain, that's funny.‐ CraveOnline
Posted Nov 7, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's so blatant it feels more like a parody of his own other graphically violent movies. There's an actual Evil Dead moment in a battle scene, followed by heads literally exploding. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Franchise Fred approves. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Nov 1, 2016
No Score Yet Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word (2016) Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word employs Natural Born Killers style editing to intercut flashes of violence. This of course entirely misses the point of Natural Born Killers. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 31, 2016
86% My Father, Die (2017) This is how not to make Blue Ruin. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 31, 2016
100% The Unseen (2016) Taken as a horror movie. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 31, 2016
No Score Yet Found Footage 3D (2016) The Day for Night of found footage movies. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 27, 2016
29% Fear, Inc. (2016) It's post post postmodern horror. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 19, 2016
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) They really turned this ship around! ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 18, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) A captivating story about an admirable protagonist in a fantastic position at the heart of a wonderful situation could actually make the world a better place. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 12, 2016
50% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) I so wanted to say Phranchise Phred Approves Phantasm Phive, but I can't. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 4, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The herrings are bright red! ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Oct 3, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) All the low angles looking up at our heroes makes them look heroic, and the wide shot of all seven walking down the street feels special. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Sep 23, 2016
43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) Van Damme fights more than I ever expected him to in this role, and he's awesome. This is what we came to Kickboxer for and Van Damme has never looked this vicious. ‐ Slashfilm
Posted Sep 2, 2016
33% Skiptrace (2016) Combining Jackie Chan fights with Renny Harlin action seems like it opens a new world for both filmmakers. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Sep 2, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) It takes a turn so unpleasant it goes from being mediocre to just plain gross. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Aug 25, 2016
No Score Yet The Village of Middlevale (2015) The world according to LARP. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Aug 14, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) The new story completely undermines the tortured hero premise by letting Bourne off the hook. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Jul 26, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) Blair Witch honors its tradition and uses all the tricks filmmakers have learned in the past 17 years to make us scared of the woods again. ‐ Slashfilm
Posted Jul 24, 2016
18% Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016) Part four becomes a full-on superhero movie and who doesn't want to see a Sharknado version of a superhero movie? ‐ Slashfilm
Posted Jul 22, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Michael Bay has won. Every movie has now become a music video, even a legendary science fiction franchise. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Jul 15, 2016
0.5/5 29% Outlaws and Angels (2016) If Sergio Leone were still here to see this, he'd say, "Settle down, dudes." ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Posted Jul 12, 2016
No Score Yet Dead Body (2015) The paranoia is really effective, leading many of the innocent characters to kill the wrong people. Their reasoning is smart based on the information they have, and the way they debate their decisions is scarier than the murders. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 10, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) The movie of the summer. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Posted Jul 10, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The pretense of a self-reflective political message makes The Purge: Election Year the most distasteful kind of exploitation. The franchise is a cautionary fantasy that is allowed to have fun with the dystopian premise, but you can't have it both ways. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 29, 2016
No Score Yet Shortwave (2016) It gets more harrowing for Isabel and more harrowing for us the further along it goes. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 28, 2016
No Score Yet Paint It Black (2016) Alia Shawkat and Janet McTeer in bravura performances within a harrowing drama. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 28, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) A harrowing, illuminating portrayal of a time in American history that I frankly did not learn in school. It's the perfect illustration of how there's always a fight at every point in history, no matter how much progress we think we've made. ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 24, 2016