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Fred Topel

Fred Topel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
81% 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
76% 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
62% 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 85% 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
18% 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
13% 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
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 'Because it's awesome' is enough reason for Rogue One, and it is awesome. The final space battle is the best space battle of any Star Wars movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) For a movie that is essentially a reverse Meet the Parents, it is remarkable how the very writer of Meet the Parents doesn't seem to understand how Meet the Parents works.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
85% Silence (2017) Whatever your faith, this battle is provocative drama philosophically. If oppressors are demanding you renounce your faith, do you go along with it to save lives, not only yours but hundreds or thousands of others? Or do you die for your beliefs?‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It seems like it's all a cover for how simple and petty the central story ends up being.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) It's like all of these jokes came from Google.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
No Score Yet Eliminators (2016) Scott Adkins' A History of Violence.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
73% Sing (2016) It could just be an animated Fame. It could just be putting on a show to save the theater. It could pick one thing and do it well, or at least better.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
93% Fences (2016) Like many plays brought to the screen, Fences still feels like a play. Sure, you can get closer to the performances, but it still feels like a live reading.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
75% Miss Sloane (2016) I always hope movies like Miss Sloane can make people think about the arguments we have, yet every time a movie like Miss Sloane comes out, it feels like it's exactly the movie the world needs.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
80% Patriots Day (2017) Captures the confusion of the bombing and its aftermath, but also highlights the organizational forces of law and medicine that push through.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
60% Allied (2016) Allied it doesn't feel nostalgic. It just feels outdated.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
75% Split (2017) Where Split lost me was when it shifted focus to Barry. He could be a captivating antagonist and certainly a bravura performance by McAvoy, but following him this closely robs him of mystery and just plain overestimates how interesting he is.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A teen comedy for the Facebook generation. It acknowledges all the new technology teens have at their disposal, but it's not all about social media.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) The opening and closing dance numbers are so brilliant and uplifting that they are probably the best sequences in cinema all year. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bad Santa 2 devolves into a series of one-liners trying way too hard to be offensive. Bad Santa may have had some memorable lines, but it wasn't a jokey movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Made me lament all the characters Warren Beatty could have played in the last 15 years but did not. ‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
25% The Comedian (2017) It is totally worth it to see De Niro do standup comedy. The plot providing the vehicle for the stand-up comedy is thin, but there's enough stand-up comedy that I'm glad The Comedian exists.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
40% Flock Of Dudes (2016) When the film's broadest caricatures actually reveal the deepest pain, that's funny.‐ CraveOnline
Posted Nov 7, 2016
87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's so blatant it feels more like a parody of his own other graphically violent movies. There's an actual Evil Dead moment in a battle scene, followed by heads literally exploding.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Franchise Fred approves.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
No Score Yet Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word (2016) Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word employs Natural Born Killers style editing to intercut flashes of violence. This of course entirely misses the point of Natural Born Killers.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
69% My Father, Die (2017) This is how not to make Blue Ruin.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
100% The Unseen (2016) Taken as a horror movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
No Score Yet Found Footage 3D (2016) The Day for Night of found footage movies.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
25% Fear, Inc. (2016) It's post post postmodern horror.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
83% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) They really turned this ship around!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
93% Arrival (2016) A captivating story about an admirable protagonist in a fantastic position at the heart of a wonderful situation could actually make the world a better place.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
50% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) I so wanted to say Phranchise Phred Approves Phantasm Phive, but I can't.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The herrings are bright red!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) All the low angles looking up at our heroes makes them look heroic, and the wide shot of all seven walking down the street feels special.‐ Nerd Report
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) Van Damme fights more than I ever expected him to in this role, and he's awesome. This is what we came to Kickboxer for and Van Damme has never looked this vicious.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016