Fred Topel

Fred Topel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
Labyrinth, Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, The Big Hit, The Big One (Michael Moore), Casablanca
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
72% Triple Threat (2019) You've got Silat vs Kung Fu and Muay Thai. They each get plenty of chances to fight solo too, or to team up against a powerful foe. Triple Threat really explores all the possible combinations of martial arts talent at their disposal. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
29% Wonder Park (2019) Your mileage may vary but I've got to appreciate Wonder Park's ambition. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
68% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Franchise Fred approves Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Now hurry up and make more before Lillis isn't a teenager anymore! - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson was already my hero before Captain Marvel so this only reconfirms the obvious. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
55% Greta (2019) The serious arthouse version of Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach. That's the one where Commandant Lassard switches luggage with the bad guys. Chloe Grace Moretz is the Lassard who picks up the wrong bag in this version. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
75% Imaginary Order (2019) There's comedy in the awkward situations this creates. It's way more awkward than Curb Your Enthusiasm awkward comedy because every character is an agent of awkwardness, and each one has conviction. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The ultimate romantic comedy for people who both love and hate rom-coms. If you love them it is a celebration of cinematic romance. If you hate them, this movie mocks the maudlin mercilessly. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
63% The Sound of Silence (2019) Your mileage may vary depending on how interested you are in the science but I'm very interested in the theory of which sounds combine to form toxic chords. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
62% Paradise Hills (2019) A beautiful original dystopia, with something to say about the extent to which parents want their kids to conform. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
100% Bedlam (2019) The subjects unrelated to director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg allow him to show them in their most extreme, fragile states. This allows people to see what mental illness really looks like. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
83% Light From Light (2019) I believe all involved really mean it, but it's a long 80 minutes so I really hope it helped them work through whatever they needed it to. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
74% Untouchable (2019) There's a system that allows Weinsteins to thrive. We have to change the system. Untouchable is the origin story of how we fix the whole system. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
57% Wounds (2019) Like Under the Shadow, Wounds introduces the mythology well. It's a bit more complicated in Wounds because there are several factors. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
89% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) It's Step Up on ice! - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
94% Sweetheart (2019) The monster becomes a metaphor for anything women are unreasonably asked to prove. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
93% Hail Satan? (2019) Their admitted trolling of evangelical Christians became an important protest to protect freedom of religion and separation of church and state. Now they're doing the lord's work, as it were, still with the showmanship of brilliant satirists. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
75% Judy & Punch (2019) Judy and Punch may be the puppeteer baby killer witch hunt movie of the year, but I wouldn't even say it's in the top five puppeteer baby killer witch hunt movies of all time. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
36% Corporate Animals (2019) The cast is full of comedians who deliver but they all orbit around Moore. She has never been this funny. I hope Corporate Animals is the beginning of a Demi Moore comedy renaissance. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
91% Little Monsters (2019) Writer/director Abe Forsythe creates suspenseful zombie action while maintaining the absurdity of a kindergarten field trip. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) Big Time Adolescence is going to be a movie teens watch over and over again at sleepovers. Or they'll all watch their own copies on their phones or a shared Netflix account, however kids watch movies these days. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
100% Love, Antosha (2019) From the moment Love, Antosha opens with adorable childhood home videos of Yelchin, there's no way you won't love him. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
44% Relive (2019) It's super suspenseful because we already know the future. When the past catches up, we're trying to figure out what can possibly change this time. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) An inspiring testament that real people can stand up. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Unfortunately, Paige and her family's success story gets watered down by the Hollywood machine. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bell is endearingly funny as Brittany... Brittany Runs a Marathon also lets her be real and vulnerable. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
79% The Death of Dick Long (2019) When the true circumstances of Dick's death are revealed, it is outrageous. Yet the impact it has on Zeke's family and Dick's wife Jane (Jess Weixler) are taken seriously with compassion. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
89% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) The most interesting theory to me is that Alien is a film made by men dealing with guilt over the oppressive patriarchy. Clarke Wolfe articulates the strongest case. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) A revealing expose on Labeouf and a touching drama that any family can relate to, in show business or not. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It seems like The LEGO Movie 2 has matured along with the kids who've grown up five years since the first movie. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Ms. Purple (2018) These are universal themes but seen through a very specific lens of Asian immigrants and their culture. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) The revenge isn't even the most satisfying part of The Nightingale, though it sure does the job. What's most satisfying is the dramatization of abusers and toxic masculinity. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) First things first. If you're coming to see The Hole in the Ground, you are going to get what you pay for. That is one big hole! Whatever else the movie has to offer, no one can say they did not get to see a hole in the ground. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
90% The Dark (2018) There are so many forest based horror films, from The Evil Dead to The Blair Witch Project, it's a clever twist to make The Dark from the 'monster''s perspective. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
37% Glass (2019) I would love a Marvel movie to film their battles the way Shyamalan does. He can show extraordinary feats while obscuring some aspect of it to activate the viewer's own imagination. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) The underlying spirit of The Intouchables is still there, but it's Americanized, so you know what that means. They just made The Intouchables more superficial. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
32% Between Worlds (2018) Cage makes four of these a year and usually two of them are good. So Between Worlds isn't one of the good ones. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Even Arthur seems to know this is all 'find the maguffin and save the world' but the film can't have that much fun with it. The screenwriters have to play through the typical save the world/fulfill your destiny plot with predictable twists. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) Cinema often makes the mistake of showing too much because it can. Bird Box is the ultimate exercise in using visual storytelling to convey as much as possible by hiding it out of the character's view. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Hollywood's Mark Hogancamp sure imagines his fantasy women getting raped a lot. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Vice is Adam McKay's JFK. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) I know it's not fair to compare the new songs in Mary Poppins Returns to the classic songs from Mary Poppins that I've known as long as I've been alive. I'm just comparing them to recent musicals when I say I will never remember any of these songs. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
13% Backtrace (2018) If you think the new straight to video Stallone movie is just a generic crime movie that cast big names to put them on the cover, you'd be right. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) There's no other movie like it in theaters this holiday season. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) In the early 20th century, film was a brand new technology. Now this early 21st century digital technology is giving it new life. It's a marriage of two cinematic births. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) The live-action Transformers movie we all wanted in the '80s. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
89% I Am Paul Walker (2018) As Furious Seven showed, he was family to all of us and we miss him. I Am Paul Walker is a loving tribute to his memory. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) These filmmakers have the power to make us laugh,& the power to cut through any Hollywood formula.Spider-Man:Into the Spider-Verse uses those powers responsibly to push the genre to new depths without ever disrespecting the magnitude of the Spider-Verse. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
50% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) I'm sure there's a lot more life in his technique, as well as different signature techniques he might develop in future films. Sunset is a sophomore slump but the lessons of this misstep might just make his next film stronger. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
70% Final Score (2018) This Die Hard in a stadium (and therefore Sudden Death with soccer) is the kind of solid high concept action movie we need more of. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
96% Roma (2018) The same techniques with which Cuaron made Gravity and Children of Men immersive experiences work for Roma's more intimate drama. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018