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
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Richard Jack Smith Although probably not the worst film to enter and exit 2020 with nary a whimper, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' might only work for those around six years old. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Although not as entertaining as the original teen rom-com, this sequel includes moments of sheer delight. Happily, the two lead characters are every bit as watchable as before. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
Knives Out (2019) Richard Jack Smith If I can guess the big mystery before the curtains close, it's usually game over. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
Turnover (2019) Betty Jo Tucker 'Turnover' is a feel-good movie with wonderful characters who keep surprising us in scene after scene. It's inspiring, fun and sweet. Diversity and its glory glisten during this film's story. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Irishman (2019) Richard Jack Smith 'The Irishman' appears thin on the ground. People talk, get into assorted nefarious activities and yet very little could be construed as real drama. The only epic thing here would be the length. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Betty Jo Tucker This compelling movie boasts a couple of suspenseful courtroom scenes, but most of the drama relates to hard work and a dedication to making sure equal justice prevails regardless of race or class. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Little Women (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Viewers are treated to perfect casting and perhaps the liveliest movie presentation of this iconic tale about four sisters growing up during the Civil War era. Hooray for filmmaker Greta Gerwig! EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Betty Jo Tucker 'Dark Waters' reveals how greed, corruption and indifference can devastate the environment, cause birth defects plus fatal diseases, and ruin people's lives. It's a very scary story. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Frank Wilkins Everything Scorsese has done with The Irishman makes the film a true masterpiece. Believe the hype, buy into the buildup. It is that good. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Betty Jo Tucker This film includes almost everything I like to see in the mystery genre. It takes place in an old Gothic mansion, exudes suspense, drops a lot of clues, introduces fascinating suspects, adds a bit of humor, and kept me guessing right up to the end. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Geoff Roberts 'Jojo Rabbit' succeeds because of filmmaker Waititi's decision to make his portrayal of Adolf Hitler as comedic and chaotic as possible to counterbalance scenes depicting intense hatred, prejudice and drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Richard Jack Smith Paul Feig's 'Last Christmas' left me feeling a little despondent. If there's anything good to be felt here that happens only when the film lumbers towards its excoriating conclusion. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Betty Jo Tucker 'Marriage Story' pierces your heart and grabs your attention right from the start. Then burrows deep into your skin. This masterpiece awards should win. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Director Steven Soderbergh chose an unusual theatrical way of telling this story -- one that seems designed to entertain viewers as well as to enlighten them. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
Mean Guns (1997) Richard Jack Smith ' Mean Guns ' falls apart because it takes way too long. Hoping for an epic, Pyun should have aimed for that sweet 75 minute happy spot. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2019
BeastMaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991) Richard Jack Smith This film proves so self-aware that the hero passes a cinema advertising the very film he's in. Few spoofs can carry the sight gag to such an absurd level of perfection. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Klaus (2019) Betty Jo Tucker At first this film looks mean and dark but finishes with joy and spark. 'Klaus' ends up being a wonderful way to start the holiday season. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
Look Away (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Unique and lovely, LOVE IS BLIND enchants us as one-of-a-kind. It opens your heart and your eyes. A romance film full of surprise EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Anna (2019) Richard Jack Smith In this pretzel shaped thriller, leading actress Sasha Luss guarantees distinction not only in stylistic presentation but emotional growth . EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The King (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Chalamet as the King is fine. His voice and diction simply shine. Plus, Pattinson inhabits the Dauphin role with every nerve in his body. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
It Takes a Lunatic (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Wynn Handman is the master here, revealed on screen for us to cheer. Such great respect this man has earned. And I'm inspired by what I learned. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
High Strung Free Dance (2018) Betty Jo Tucker 'High Strung Free Dance' simply bowled me over. It's a must-see movie for all dance fans! Think 'A Chorus Line' meets '42nd Street.' EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Richard Jack Smith The idea of Will Smith playing two versions of himself -- one a fully realized human being while the doppelganger has been trained to dismiss feelings of pain, emotional and physical -- works splendidly. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Judy (2019) Betty Jo Tucker The last big scene of 'Judy' probably cinches an Oscar for Zellweger, which would be ironic because the real Judy Garland failed to win one for her amazing performance in 'A Star Is Born.' EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
In the Tall Grass (2019) Betty Jo Tucker The repetition of characters shouting to each other about where they are and too many dark scenes during the last part of the film almost put us to sleep -- but that eerie grassy field sure looks alive! EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Because of Boyd Holbrook's fine performance as an obsessed police officer, I tried to stay with the complicated story. Unfortunately, this mysterious time-travel crime film is more than complicated. It's downright confusing. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Richard Jack Smith Overall, 'Escape Plan 3' hews closer to the spirit of the original 2013 production. It's a testosterone saturated, fully armoured, high flying extravaganza. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Netizens (2018) Betty Jo Tucker It's not easy to watch 'Netizens,' but this revealing documentary ends up as a must-see for everyone interested in justice and fair play. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Betty Jo Tucker The humanity and beauty of this remarkable documentary absolutely overwhelmed me. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Betty Jo Tucker To me, the highlights of this great documentary are the clips of Ronstadt belting out 'You're No Good,' 'When Will I Be Loved,' 'Blue Bayou' and 'Desperado.' What a voice! EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Kardec (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Although the subject matter lends itself to confusion and the dialogue seems a bit flat, period costumes and interesting settings help us feel a sense of place, and that's important for a movie like this. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
Crawl (2019) Richard Jack Smith A snug buildup, numerous set-pieces, endless variety and injury details will make you squirm right down to your toenails. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Betty Jo Tucker What a wonderful experience it is to be taken on Pamela B. Green's tenacious journey to uncover the story of the first female director, screenwriter, producer and studio owner! EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Richard Jack Smith While this family film won't knock down the house in the originality department, it does boast an increasingly rare commodity: charm. And Isabela Moner gives the audience a reason to care. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
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
() 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