Fred Topel Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Widows (2018) Really there should be no delineation between 'important' movies and 'popcorn' movies, but there is, so take Widows as an example of how genre film benefits from letting artists play in the sandbox.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
78% Creed II (2018) For Creed II to do a Creed style dramatic exploration of the aftermath of pure '80s cheese is a bold move, and a successful one.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
92% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) If Ralph Breaks the Internet were just about satirizing the Internet, that would be fine. It wouldn't resonate as deeply as the first, but with a weak emotional story it resonates even less.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
80% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family is putting a lot of good out into the world. Whether it's encouraging families to consider adoption, showing foster families they are not alone or telling all families it's okay to be overwhelmed, this is all healthy and valuable. ‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
62% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody knows Asgard Fahardi is poignant. Everybody knows he taps the core. Everybody knows the performances are layered Showing how each character is torn. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under the Silver Lake is not science fiction or fantasy, but it is just surreal enough to make you think it could be.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
84% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux wants to confront the issues that our leaders are ignoring, but it buries the most significant points under its breath.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
76% On the Basis of Sex (2018) On the Basis of Sex turns Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Felicity Jones)'s life into an electrifying courtroom drama, including all the prep.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner has its Hart in the right place (get it?) but it maybe bites off more than it can chew in under two hours.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
No Score Yet Not Your Skin (2018) The trans subjects are the heart of Not Your Skin. This handful of personal stories is enough to illustrate how every trans person has a journey as unique as every individual human being.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
62% Suspiria (2018) Adding 45 minutes to the adaptation doesn't improve it, especially in the protracted epilogue. The most egregious addition is a Holocaust subplot that may be poignant, but it is entirely extraneous.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) I'm happy to report that this is not Bohemian Crapsody.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's more Ocean's 11 than Goodfellas with the montages and the banter between Israel and her friend/fence Jack Hock.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting captured the physical experience of being a drug addict. Beautiful Boy is about the emotional experience.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
100% The Golem (2018) Franchise Fred would approve a golem franchise. Continue the story of Hanna's village, or visit the golem upon different periods in history, or even modern day. If this is just the origin story, Franchise Fred approves.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
88% First Man (2018) The flight sequences capture Armstrong's point of view, trapped in a helmet, pretty much helpless while technicians fasten him in. Much of the flights are in the dark and then there are flashes of light, and sound.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
No Score Yet Open 24 Hours (2018) Open 24 Hours adds even more layers to the single location horror movie and it's awesome.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
61% The Oath (2018) This conversation needs to happen, whether it makes people uncomfortable or not, probably more so because it does.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
96% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give gives people a shared language with which to unite and fight oppression. If all it does is teach a generation of Starrs to use their voice, that alone would be profound.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) There's a reason they keep making A Star Is Born. As long as you tell this story, you're going to have a good movie. This is not my favorite A Star is Born (that would belong to Barbra) but it's definitely in my top three Star is Borns.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
67% Tales from the Hood 2 (2018) I hope Universal sees they could do a Tales From the Hood every year.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) These are pretty complex ideas for kids. They would have started work on Smallfoot years ago but it is entirely relevant to today's world where you can present facts and people still prefer to believe the comfortable lies.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
78% Halloween (2018) H40 is actually a gift to a fan of H20. Now I get to see two movies where Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a survivor with PTSD finally confronting Michael Myers! What other franchise gives you your favorite entry twice!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Fortunately, there are now enough real people fighting back that Moore can focus on them instead of his own schtick.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) Perhaps it's the contradictions that unravel everything. Life Itself opens with an elaborate unreliable narrator sequence, but then wants us to believe all the convoluted drama that ensues.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
44% Lost Child (2018) With Lost Child, Mosely has created another modern day myth, and it doesn't hurt that she keeps casting my favorite actresses.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) It's stark in portraying the realities of gun violence, but poignant in how it shows the love of a family isn't compromised by these factors.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) There is comedy in A Simple Favor, both the overt and the macabre, but this is a mystery thriller. It turns out seeing a mystery thriller through Feig's eyes is just as awesome as seeing a spy movie through one.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) Several 'comic relief' scenes revolve around the boys making female characters uncomfortable. I know they're not supposed to be role models, but what is troubling is that the writers think this is funny.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
10% Peppermint (2018) No movie has really capitalized on Alias. Imagine Jennifer Garner in the action roles Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron get. Not that Jolie or Theron should lose those roles, but they should make more good ones like those.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
27% The Nun (2018) There are lots of mysterious images you want the characters to investigate, even though you know the results will be scary.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
46% Destination Wedding (2018) These kinds of abrasive curmudgeons could easily be insufferable in lesser hands. Reeves and Ryder have the charm to make them endearing without letting them off the hook.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Every year people go to Sundance hoping to discover some new, emerging voices in cinema. Night Comes On represents many voices, from Spiro and co-writer Angelica Nwandu's to stars Fishback and Hall's.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) As their first foray into an R-rated puppet movie, The Happytime Murders is as innovative as The Dark Crystal, and just as flawed.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) There's a lot more competition now than there was when we wore out our Can't By Me Love or John Hughes VHSes, but I have faith that To All The Boys I've Loved Before will become heavily quoted by current high schoolers.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
27% The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018) Aside from sheer exhaustion at the overwhelming set pieces & shark puns, Fin and April and Nova did become endearing characters. They deserve the same kind of sendoff Rocky Balboa, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Jigsaw and Ellen Ripley got!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Rom-coms have been the domain of white privilege for so long, it's going to take a lot more movies like Crazy Rich Asians to even the score. But Crazy Rich Asians is making up for lost time because it's pretty much all the rom-com tropes in one!‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) The most fun you'll have at the movies this summer... By the time The Meg gets down to its remaining survivors, you've been on a ride that few other movies have delivered lately.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
90% Trench 11 (2017) What Scherman achieves is a bigger picture of World War I and the toll it takes on soldiers, all from underground with only a few individuals.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) For anyone who thinks superhero movies take themselves just a little too seriously, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is refreshingly irreverent, and family friendly too.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Perhaps if they didn't ask the audience to buy some rather absurd achievements in voice editing and video photoshop, there could have been a poignancy about the dangers of unchecked connectivity.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again probably couldn't command a Broadway ticket price, but it'll do for two hours in a movie theater getting to hear the music in Dolby Digital. And hopefully it paves the way for the trilogy, Mamma Mia: Tokyo Drift.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Just when you think Rogue Nation may have been too tough an act to follow, Fallout takes it to yet another level.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) What's really great about the action in Skyscraper is that no sequence is about just one thing. Each sequence has three or four things Will has to do to survive.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
53% The First Purge (2018) The persistent flaw in the Purge movies becomes clear again in the The First Purge. The only way these Purge movies work is if the characters are complete idiots. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Day of the Soldado establishes Sicario as a reliable brand that's not a one hit wonder.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A sequel... is automatically more interesting because it is building off the history of another movie. This proves true with Ant-Man and The Wasp, but not because it's the sequel to Ant-Man, rather because it's the sequel to Captain America: Civil War.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
9% Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) Escape Plan 2 doesn't phone in the action. Bring on Escape Plan 3, which they already filmed so it's already a trilogy.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
63% Uncle Drew (2018) I don't want to say that making a movie out of a Pepsi commercial was a bad idea, because I believe it could be done. I mean, Ernest made nine movies, but Uncle Drew is no Ernest P. Worrell.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is pretty hardcore.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018