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 Waldron-Mantgani, Jeffrey Chen, John P. McCarthy, Ryan Cracknell
Rating Title/Year Author
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
Viper Club (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Sarandon's impressive performance as a dedicated ER nurse whose son is missing ends up being another notch on her way to becoming the 'mother of all film moms.'" EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Restoring Tomorrow (2016) Betty Jo Tucker Powerful and inspiring, this remarkable documentary about restoration of a beautiful temple is truly something special. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Geoff Roberts 'The Kindergarten Teacher' succeeds in spite of its dark and disturbing subject matter because of Maggie Gyllenhaal's brilliant performance in the title role. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
The Storyteller (2017) Betty Jo Tucker This irresistible movie simply enchanted me from beginning to end! EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2018
Face (2002) Donald J. Levit Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Sevak's interactions come across seamlessly here. It's fascinating to watch them together, regardless of how questionable the situations become. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Private Life (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Fine actors Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti draw us into their characters' world of infertility suffering and hold us hostage throughout the film's entire running time. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
First Man (2018) Geoff Roberts 'First Man' soars because of Damien Chazelle's painstaking attention to detail, extensive research, casting choices and ability to show audiences a side of Neil Armstrong they haven't previously encountered. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018) Frank Wilkins This is a coming-of-age story with a father and son relationship at its core. And as such, it's a very solid representative of the genre and a good film on its own right -- sad, heartfelt, funny, entertaining, and as dangerous as a box of dynamite. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Betty Jo Tucker 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' is not just a movie. It's a profound spiritual experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Little Women (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Filmmaker Clare Niederpruem brings the March sisters to the 21st Century, and they are just as fascinating as ever. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Children Act (2017) Betty Jo Tucker As the judge, Emma Thompson soars. However, several things about this drama annoyed me enough to take me out of the film, and I always hate it when that happens. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Predator (2018) Richard Jack Smith Director Shane Black has crafted a cool diversion. Crucially, his airtight direction dismisses pleasantries and other time-depleting nonsense by going straight into the spine. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2018
Prodigy (2017) Betty Jo Tucker Filled with exquisite suspense, 'Prodigy' earns a place on my list of favorite contemporary thrillers. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
A Wizard's Tale (2018) Betty Jo Tucker This colorful animated film might not work for many adults, but most youngsters should be entertained by all the action, whimsical creatures, and fantasy/reality jumps. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Cold Skin (2017) Betty Jo Tucker 'Cold Skin' is not for faint of heart. But it's pure cinematic art. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Alpha (2018) Richard Jack Smith Director Albert Hughes doesn't embellish. Sure, his film contains lovely transitions and visuals, yet these all serve the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2018
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Betty Jo Tucker Incurable romantics of all ages should enjoy this heartwarming teenage rom-com. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018