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Fred Topel

Fred Topel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Endless (2017) There's no mistaking this is a Moorhead and Benson movie. The meta themes they deal with, imbued with a very real human conflict, and subtle but surreal visual effects have become their trademark three movies into their partnership.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
66% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire knows it's a low budget action movie in a generic warehouse location. It embraces it and really finds fun gags throughout the location. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate of the Furious did everything I want in a Fast and the Furious movie. At this point in the series, it's got some stiff competition from Furious 6 and Furious Seven. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
64% Gifted (2017) Focusing on making intelligence less scary could go a long way towards showing you can be both smart and compassionate. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) The Smurfs began as drawings and animation so they can live here. That doesn't mean they have to be one dimensional.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The live action Ghost In The Shell is pretty much still anime. Only now the tools of animation make it look photoreal. That, in turn, makes this cyberpunk even more surreal than watching two dimensional drawings.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Thank you for finally making LGBT action, and not making it exploitive.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Power Rangers is sincere and serious but it's not afraid to do fan service. It takes its characters seriously, but doesn't take itself too seriously.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
92% The Disaster Artist (2016) Gives you context to start and really makes you feel like you've seen the best parts of The Room, although I'm told it's all great.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Hot Summer Nights (2017) Like a teen New England Goodfellas. That's not to discredit Bynum's own style. He wouldn't earn the Goodfellas comparison unless the style was self-assured and expressing character, and it is.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Fits and Starts (2017) An indie version of those movies where a bad night keeps escalating, like After Hours or Adventures in Babysitting. Only since it's about a bunch of pretentious artists, the only escalating danger is smugness.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
100% Baby Driver (2017) If Wright keeps creating original masterpieces like Baby Driver, maybe that throws down the gauntlet for the big franchises to keep up!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
No Score Yet The Scent of Rain and Lightning (2017) Like a good mystery, the whodunnit is only half of it. It's compelling but the other half is what does it mean for the characters who are searching?‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It sort of falls apart when we're supposed to start caring who dies. It's well-meaning to try to make them dimensional characters, but they are monster fodder.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) When that music swells, it's as infectious as it was in 1991.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
72% Headshot (2017) Headshot is not The Raid 3 but it shows that Uwais can do different things‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
92% 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
72% 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
9% 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
90% 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
78% 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
83% 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
41% 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
85% 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
90% 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
71% 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
78% 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
90% 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
6% 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
93% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) A teen Thelma & Louise!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3.5/5 83% 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 99% 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
32% 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
17% 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