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
No Score Yet The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Hopefully, it shows people what Clayne Crawford can do so he can continue playing roles like this long after TV viewers forget about Lethal Weapon. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
67% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) The filmmakers ask Kricfalusi the right questions. They probably get the most answers anyone will. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
70% Ironbark (2020) The world should know Wynne and Penkovsky's names. Hopefully having Benedict Cumberbatch play Wynne will help, and Ninidze is a real discovery. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
No Score Yet Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) The movie has a sweet perspective on these very relatable life issues. It captures being a kid with plans that don't fit other kids or adults. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% Promising Young Woman (2020) It's Death Wish for rape culture. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
85% Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) The macro picture that Miss Americana demonstrates is that an artist, or any individual really, has to be serving a greater purpose. Taylor Swift's hard work and talent paid off, but she would never be fulfilled unless she claimed her own power. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
19% The Grudge (2020) The Grudge is fast paced. There's little down time between scares. You may lose track of what year you're in, but there's always something creepy or graphically violent to see. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) Who knew pigeons had 90 minutes worth of entertainment in them? - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
20% Cats (2019) The plot is slight, but if you just look at it as Step Up Felines then it's fine holiday entertainment. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker is less concerned with resolving a plot than it is with making you feel. J.J. Abrams can get emotion from Star Wars even if it doesn't really make sense. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
37% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground is Michael Bay by way of Neveldine and Taylor. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This feels like a creatively robust franchise that should keep dreaming up new adventures in gaming. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
75% Richard Jewell (2019) An example of why the public should be skeptical, ask questions and not be so quick to accept the official story. This movie isn't a downer to watch over the holidays though. It's a celebration of Richard Jewell and his supportive family and friends. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
51% 21 Bridges (2019) On the ground action has become rarer in movies with flamboyant visual effects, so it's great to see gritty, hard hitting action again. The violence is unflinching, but not gratuitous. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen and Slim are destined to become legends. They may be fictional but they represent such universal humanity that they speak for all the victims who never got to tell their story. This powerful film is sure to become a classic for the ages. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) It's better than Return of Jafar or Mulan II (Kronk's New Groove rules though)... By the time they're on Frozen 5 when Anna and Elsa go to space, I suspect people will look back on Frozen 2 fondly. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) There won't be a faster, more furious movie this year than this automotive rivalry, at least until Ford and Ferrari stop fighting when they realize they both have mothers named Martha. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels is another studio movie that just does everything with no intention. It's like not having a take on the material is your take. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) By the time the connection is apparent the characters have long lost the audience. Then there's a Brexit and racism subplot. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) The live-action Lady and the Tramp harkens back to days of classic Disney live-action animal films, and the dogs are adorable. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Lionel is a different sort of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. He's just as hard boiled, but he's frustrated by his own compulsions. They're just an added problem for him to navigate while he's trying to solve a mystery. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The Aliens to The Shining - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese doesn't usually make outright bad movies. Even his disappointments have something interesting or ambitious about them. The Irishman is actually a bad movie. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Grizzled Sarah Connor calls B.S. on each compounding plot contrivance and Linda Hamilton's reactions are great. That doesn't change the fact that she's right though. A Terminator plot should be better than this. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
69% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Kevin Smith is not interested in just fan service. There's plenty of it, but this film is ultimately Smith's plea to look to the future. The film's follow-up to Chasing Amy drives this home, and Ben Affleck still gets the best inside joke. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Without the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, the plot becomes too convoluted and Angelina Jolie is not even in the movie for a very large chunk while all of this works itself out. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
52% Black and Blue (2019) This is how art at its best can reflect life. People are fed up with police violence and feel powerless to stop it. A movie like Black and Blue gives hope that justice is possible, and a catharsis if nothing else. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) For about 45 minutes, The Laundromat was a great movie. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) In an age when too many action movies feel like shaking the camera is a good idea, not only is Gemini Man's action clear but clarity is the premise. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker is a cautionary tale. It's saying, 'Don't create Jokers. They won't just go away if you ignore them.' - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) You'll be pleased to know Lucy in the Sky is very Noah Hawley. You'll also understand when I say it's more Legion Noah Hawley than Fargo Noah Hawley. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is a comeback for Eddie Murphy and a Rudy Raynaissance for new audiences. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) There's plenty of peril and physical comedy for 90 minutes. Kids will enjoy seeing other kids get messy in dirt, water, mud, oil and various goo. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It almost has to be the last blood because there's no more blood left. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch isn't perfect but what it has to say is worth forgiving some of its shortcomings. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) If you are a fan of any of these women, or of women in general, or of people doing interesting things, Hustlers is a compelling crime story. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) It: Chapter Two asks us how we all deal with wounds we tried to protect and the people you've left behind. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Not every film can be John Wick, but can we at least expect clear lighting and a functional steady camera? - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
43% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) 47 Meters Down: Uncaged really took scuba survival to new depths. Get it? Depths because they're 47 meters deep in the water! - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Javed is probably the ideal version of the underdog, leading a story in which one triumphs enough over adversity to become the protagonist of a movie inspired by his life and inspiring others to realize that their voices matter. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
44% Critters Attack! (2019) Critters 3 took place all in one apartment building, and 4 was in space on a spaceship set that was manageable. Now a straight to video Critters movie holds up with the theatrical Critters films, which admittedly were always low budget. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Kirby is the MVP of Hobbs & Shaw. She sells all of Hobbs and Shaw's tomfoolery because she doesn't have time for them. She has bigger problems, she's vicious and elegant but also gets to be vulnerable.. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) I was entertained the whole time, although I also definitely felt its length. Quentin Tarantino does his slow burn thing, and I'm not sure it ultimately means anything, but it's still entertaining to see A-list actors doing his dialogue. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The disappointment of The Lion King bodes poorly for live-action remakes of The Aristocats and Rescuers Down Under. Maybe Andy Serkis can do The Lion King with actors actually performing motion capture for the animals and that'll be better. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense definitely makes a point about mistaking toxic masculinity for empowerment. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Your laughter will arrive in 90 minutes. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
No Score Yet Backdraft 2 (2019) Backdraft 2 is a lot of investigating and interviewing but so was the original. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Indiana Jones' Temple of Doom's got nothing on the Attestupan in Midsommar. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The best that the writer of Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Love, Actually could come up with was a take on the Friend Zone? Ellie says Jack "put her in the wrong column." I guess that's the classy British way of saying it. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The scariest toy story of the year. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019