ReelTalk Movie Reviews

ReelTalk Movie Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Betty Jo Tucker, Diana Saenger, Donald J. Levit, Frank Wilkins, Ian Mantgani, Jeffrey Chen, John P. McCarthy, Ryan Cracknell
Rating Title/Year Author
Shazam! (2019) Richard Jack Smith Every five seconds during a fight, enemies pose like they are waiting for directions. It's awkward and embarrassing to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Otherhood (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Short on laughter, the fun seems fake. Pouts and shouting are hard to take. Three lovely stars try acting their best. Yet humor fails the comedy test. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
A Score to Settle (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Nicolas Cage chose the right amount of restraint in his portrayal of the unhappy, obsessed lead character in "A Score to Settle." But he has one almost over-the-top scene that will stay with you after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Secret Obsession (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Too bad some scenes of 'Secret Obsession' appear a bit repetitive and hard to believe. Still, I never lost interest in brave Jennifer's plight. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Point Blank (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Who cares if the ending of "Point Blank" seems a bit cheesy? It's the exciting journey that counts. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
Murder Mystery (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are no strangers to comedy, so they try their best. But most of their comic banter falls flat. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Richard Jack Smith Although the Superman origin story has been covered, it's refreshing to witness a scarier slant on a being who can fly and fry. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Joy of music in each scene glows. The Beatles genius through it flows. 'Yesterday' mines this gold so well, we must fall under its sweet spell. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Blood Will Tell (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Pace moves too slowly with suspense. Still, what's revealed does make some sense. A puzzling film that's hard to view means patience needed to see it through. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Remember Amnesia (2019) Betty Jo Tucker With this fourth film, writer/director Ravi Godse gives us another wonderful movie to enjoy! 'Remember Amnesia' is filled with romance, suspense, comedy, and witty dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Plus One (2019) Betty Jo Tucker This rom-com made me laugh a lot. Fine performers and clever plot. With edginess, humor and heart, it charmed me right from the start. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Richard Jack Smith Advertised as a monster scale Royal Rumble, I found 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' as sporadically unspectacular as its predecessor. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Good Sam (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Because actress Tiya Sircar projects such an appealing personality in the lead role, and the plot offers some fascinating twists and turns, this movie delighted me. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Betty Jo Tucker If you think watching a group of middle-aged women rolling down a hill is funny, 'Wine Country' is for you. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Space Truckers (1997) Richard Jack Smith 'Space Truckers' contains a couple of golden pickings where the humour left me gasping for breath. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Betty Jo Tucker What in the world has casting done? Ted Bundy played by Zak Efron! A decision like that seems bold. And yet it proves to be true gold. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Richard Jack Smith Director Michael Chaves ensures there are enough dark spaces, creaking floorboards and possessed wind currents to fool you into a good time. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Much of the dialogue seems sketchy and peppered with too many crude comments, but I admire this rom-com's emphasis on diversity and friendship. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Betty Jo Tucker A special experience for move fans! Fantasy, memories, dreams, time-jumping, filmmaking, action, literature, comedy, drama, romance -- all parade across the screen for our viewing pleasure. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
The Perfect Date (2019) Betty Jo Tucker The cute push-pull chemistry between Noah Centineo and Laura Marano sealed the deal for me. Full disclosure: I'm an incurable romantic. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Richard Jack Smith With this 2019 reboot, we're not just talking gothic horror as the detective mystery, morality tale and action thriller join forces. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Although not a classic like the original Mary Poppins movie, this charming sequel is entertaining and heart-tugging. I especially enjoyed the colorful musical numbers. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Unicorn Store (2017) Betty Jo Tucker This whimsical movie starring Brie Larson and featuring Samuel L. Jackson in a key role surprised me with its unusual casting and heartwarming essence. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Too bad 'The Highwaymen' plods along with so many similar scenes. Amusing banter between the co-stars helps but not enough to prevent the urge to nod off a bit. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Out of Blue (2018) Betty Jo Tucker This haunting detective story fascinated me because of its dreamlike, neo-noir feeling and the added layer of cosmology as a backdrop to the crime. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Us (2019) Richard Jack Smith While the jokes can seem flippant, the horror emerges from a location constantly in motion: the human heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Betty Jo Tucker 'Triple Frontier' should be prime fodder for heist movie fans. There's hardly a dull moment in director J. C. Chandor's film about the unexpected consequences of a jungle robbery. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Betty Jo Tucker An inspiring true story about a courageous young boy who persisted with his inventive idea that saved many lives in Malawi, Africa. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Paris Is Us (2019) Betty Jo Tucker 'Paris Is Us' ranks as the Number One most intense movie about the grieving process I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Breaker Upperers (2018) Betty Jo Tucker This New Zealand film had me in stitches most of the time, thanks to its hilarious co-stars Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beck. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Berlin, I Love You (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Some stories here are purest gold while others pale yet seem so bold. A mixed bag , for sure. But cheers for that beautiful fantasy dancing in the park and the delightful puppeteer segment! EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Richard Jack Smith 'Alita: Battle Angel' deserves a follow-up. Although certain elements strike one as a tease, including the sporadic yet well handled action sequences, the main storyline proves noteworthy. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Betty Jo Tucker 'Velvet Buzzsaw' offers subtle humor along with exciting thrills and chills, especially when paintings start coming to life. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Elephants (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Romantic scenes ring true in 'Elephants,' and the lovers' fiery arguments remind me of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's ferocious interactions in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Close (2019) Betty Jo Tucker An intriguing female-driven thriller with fascinating performances by Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nelisse and Indira Varma. Plus, there's plenty of mystery to pique our interest. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Richard Jack Smith From Laurie Rose's parched perfect framing to Rolfe Kent's delicate melodies, 'Stan & Ollie' can be spotlit from the pack, the colours dancing on a grey sea. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
The Last Laugh (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss know the way to entertain us! Watching these two is lots of fun -- with a tear or two when it's done. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Betty Jo Tucker A tale like this is tough to tell. And with two Queens it's hard to gel. Saoirse and Margot act with heart. They will survive to do more art. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Love, Gilda (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Who doesn't love Gilda? Tied together with Radner's own words, sometimes read by current comedians and comediennes, this documentary is a well-deserved homage to a terrific entertainer. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Too many questions go unanswered in 'Bird Box.' Perhaps the novel explains things, but the movie leaves us being unsure of why the horrific events are happening. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Vice (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Christian Bale managed to project a Dick Cheney aura, but Sam Rockwell really convinced me he was George W. Bush! EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Roma (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Filmed in glorious black and white, 'Roma' is another Alfonso Cuarón cinematic masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
Dumplin' (2018) Betty Jo Tucker 'DUMPLIN' delivers an important message and also ends up being a must-see for Dolly Parton fans and for people who love films about beauty pageants. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Because of Willem Dafoe's revelatory performance and Benoit Delhomme's excellent cinematography, we seem to see things through Vincent Van Gogh's eyes. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
The Front Runner (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Everything about this riveting drama feels real to me. However, it opens old wounds regarding a political mess that's not something I like to remember. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Richard Jack Smith At its most poignant, Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier's picture acts as a kindred spirit to 'Inside Out.' EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Outlaw King (2018) Betty Jo Tucker While 'Outlaw King" includes impressive cinematography and excellent performances, it seems difficult to follow. Also, it's less than exciting, despite all the action and bloodshed on screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Dead Man (1995) Betty Jo Tucker Dead Man ranks as an unusual creative effort from writer/director Jarmusch (Mystery Train). But it's certainly not for everyone. I recommend it only for avid fans of Jarmusch and Depp. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Fans of the great Orson Welles who are curious about why he never finished his last film should not miss director Morgan Neville's revealing documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
Hunter Killer (2018) Richard Jack Smith 'Hunter Killer' is the type of well-crafted genre movie almost nobody wants to make anymore. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018