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Fred Topel

Fred Topel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% Phantom Thread (2017) Reynolds can be so strict because he gets results. If his process is lucrative and acclaimed business, who is anyone to argue he should slow down and be more accommodating?‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot gives grief an added complexity. It's not just grieving a loss that's out of your control, it's a grief created by circumstances established long ago, but that can't seem to be changed no matter how many people are suffering.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
86% The Post (2017) Everyone's part in the Post story is so vital, each character has weight, and the actors give their performances the weight of conviction. It is exhilarating to watch them go to bat for their causes.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
68% mother! (2017) Everyone thinks they're Mother in this. Most people aren't self-aware enough to realize they're the horde.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
64% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is a failure of imagination.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
38% Kidnap (2017) Was Kidnap the fastest most furious movie of the year? Well, we did have Baby Driver. But Kidnap was probably the fastest most furious movie of 2014 when it was made.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
38% 24 Hours to Live (2017) If it were made 20 years ago, 24 Hours to Live would be a summer action movie.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
75% Hostiles (2017) A solid addition to the post-Unforgiven western.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
33% The Bodyguard (1992) A suspense classic that never lets up. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
54% Alien Resurrection (1997) If you prefer the action of Aliens, then Alien: Resurrection has the next best action of the franchise. If you prefer the horror of Alien, Alien: Resurrection is the second scariest one.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
No Score Yet Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) It's relevant that the holiday brings up some old wounds that haven't all healed. Anna and Elsa reunited in Frozen but they've still missed out on a lot of time together. This is a nice way to acknowledge there's still room for more healing.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
88% Molly's Game (2017) The female Goodfellas.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
95% The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro's Free Willy, and all that entails. ‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
83% Thoroughbreds (2018) Both of these girls are so endearing. Amanda is a provocateur. Lily is repressed and suppressed so wants to come out of her shell. Lily is inquisitive to Amanda's exploits. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Observant about the comedy/social media culture but transitions to irreverent, whimsical, existential insights.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) Wonder does a great job treating the young characters like the full bodied characters kids actually are. They have decisions and judgments to make that are just as important as any adults. ‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Just do one thing well, instead of trying to do six things adequately.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
95% Bodied (2017) The Whiplash of battle rap movies.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet Jailbreak (2017) Jailbreak has been called a Cambodian The Raid... Jailbreak is more like a Cambodian Merantau, but if you know your Indonesian martial arts movies, that's still awesome.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
36% Officer Downe (2016) This is what a Troma movie might be like with misogyny and entitlement in place of vision and actually having something to say. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
73% Last Flag Flying (2017) By the time circumstances work out to directly parallel a scene from earlier in the movie, it's too easy and pat a way to show growth. Work for growth. Make us see it in the characters' organic actions.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) The new movie about Winston Churchill's rise to leadership in World War II could actually be a prequel to this summer's Dunkirk. It is about the decisions made that led to Operation Dynamo. It could even be a bigger Dunkirk Cinematic Universe.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The drama is in seeing what happens when these characters interact.Since it's not a formula, it's the essence of drama to force confrontations between these characters.The important thing is you understand why every character is doing what they're doing.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Like the original Bad Moms, there is such a positive message in A Bad Moms Christmas that the fairly generic comedy is good enough.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
34% Jigsaw (2017) The traps are much higher tech than John Kramer's old rusty Rube Goldberg machines, but they remain true to his spirit of anticipating your every move before you even knew you were going to make it. That's what's important.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
80% Tragedy Girls (2017) Tragedy Girls is the true millennial horror movie for the selfie generation.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
32% Wonder Wheel (2017) Woody Allen's worst movie ever.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) If living Schumann, Solo and Waller's lives for just a couple hours can raise awareness to the needs of the hundreds of thousands of veterans just like them, that would be the gratitude they deserve.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
No Score Yet Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End (2017) Hopefully, like all franchises with "final chapters," The End of the End will ensure there is much more Todd and the Book of Pure Evil to come.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
13% Geostorm (2017) Geostorm seems to understand disaster porn better than even Roland Emmerich himself. There is a lot of exposition, but there are still lots of action scenes. Remember Independence Day really only has three.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Ragnarok seems more self-aware than even Guardians of the Galaxy.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
88% 1922 (2017) Stephen King doesn't generally let his characters off the hook for evil deeds and Wilf and Henry suffer real good in 1922. It's a cautionary tale.Not only 'don't murder your wife,' but maybe the bigger picture of 'listen to women.It's good for the soul.'‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
65% Breathe (2017) The Wages of Fear of polio survival movies. It really is two hours of all the things that could kill someone who needs to live on a respirator.‐ Wizard
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The film as a whole does not let much joy squeeze through the rigid agenda it has for chronology and preaching.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) I'm not sure what we're supposed to get out of all this. It's art, man. Still I've got to hand it to Yorgos Lanthimos. Way to make the absolute least commercial version of this movie possible. Whatever you think of it, you can't say it's compromised.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
61% The Foreigner (2017) The Foreigner is half IRA thriller. The other half is divided into thirds. It's 1/3 Taken (justice for his daughter), 1/3 Rambo (Quan has some skills in the woods) and 1/3 Jackie Chan action but serious. It's a mess.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
50% Windy City Heat (2006) It's all worth a watch. In an age where "reality" comedy is coming to the forefront with Jackass and Borat, Windy City Heat is a worthy brother in the genre. ‐ Can Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The long-awaited Blade Runner 2049 delivers on the promise of the world of Blade Runner spending more time and visiting more corners of the now even more distant future.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt may have been meticulously researched and gotten all the facts right, but there's no sense of mystery or drama. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
90% Gerald's Game (2017) This is what makes adaptation so compelling, when you see artists solve creative problems to translate formats. You still get the joy of seeing scenes you pictured, but new stuff as they turn internal prose into on screen action.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
87% American Made (2017) It seems to want to be Goodfellas and it's not that monumental, but citizens should know about the shady schemes in which its government agencies were involved.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
81% Cult of Chucky (2017) May be the best Chucky movie ever. It's at least the best since Bride of Chucky... It'll surprise even the biggest Chucky fans. And that's me. I'm the biggest Chucky fan and it surprised me. Certainly, this is the most ambitious Chucky.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Society didn't learn to stop oppressing women from a tennis match and I don't think they're going to learn from a movie either. Battle of the Sexes is a good example for those still fighting that you can take the high road and win small victories.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
94% Stronger (2017) it's really seamless because Gyllenhaal's performance is so realistic as someone adjusting to walking with prosthetics or propping himself up with his hands.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Relies much more on generic pop music (the kind that "Everything is Awesome" was satirizing), famous needle drops and real celebrity cameos than any of the other LEGO movies needed. It's jangling keys at the kids which is beneath the LEGO brand.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
15% Friend Request (2017) Marina is no Freddy or Jason. I don't think she'll be back in Friend Request 2. The producers of Friend Request didn't even bother to make a Ma Rina Facebook page. Fail.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) I thought if they took out the misogyny and self-congratulatory political incorrectness, Kingsman might have something. Now all that's left is mediocrity.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) Franchise Fred approves the first Mitch Rapp movie, American Assassin. I would totally see more Mitch Rapp adventures.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
No Score Yet Boyka: Undisputed (Boyka: Undisputed IV) (2016) You can really appreciate the strategy Boyka has to use, because mere strength won't be enough. The climax is essentially two ring fights in a row and then fighting more thugs outside the ring. Boyka: Undisputed totally delivers on the action.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
50% Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Sadly, I feel the message of Can't Buy Me Love is more relevant than ever. Hopefully it shows young viewers that they can empower themselves if they're surrounded by adults who look the other way when they're being mistreated.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017