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
Cinderella (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Humor and music through it all. And don't worry, there's quite a Ball! EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
He's All That (2021) Betty Jo Tucker This gender-switch remake does an excellent job of showing how the two main teenage characters become better persons and develop genuine feelings for each other despite their differences. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
Annette (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Annette is a musical tragedy, for a musical without dance is like a bird without wings. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
Vivo (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Although Lin-Manuel Miranda's original songs add to the entertainment quality of Vivo, the cute title character steals the show. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
Resort to Love (2021) Betty Jo Tucker This sweet rom-com seems short on com -- but strong on rom. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Part 3 makes your blood curdle, especially during the gory mall killer attacks. And it also scars your soul. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Bloody events in Camp Nightwing! The witch's curse goes in full swing. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Too many scenes too dark to see. Decoding them is misery. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2021
The Ice Road (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Almost too much tension to take. Yet what happens keeps us awake. The Ice Road boasts action galore. Plus with Neeson, who asks for more? EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
Fatherhood (2021) Betty Jo Tucker If you love movies from the heart, you can't beat this one. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
In the Heights (2021) Betty Jo Tucker The most exuberant movie musical ever! EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Watching this riveting action thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Finn Little raised my blood pressure and held my interest from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2021
Army Of The Dead (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Zombies, zombies everywhere! Watch them carefully if you dare. Audacious filming is non-stop. Scenes of horror cause eyes to pop! EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
The Virtuoso (2021) Betty Jo Tucker I recommend The Virtuoso to patient viewers who enjoy less action but more depth of character portrayals - even in hit man sagas. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
The Woman in the Window (2021) Betty Jo Tucker The Woman in the Window ends up being confusing and nothing like Hitchcock's more compelling Rear Window. However, a strong performance by Amy Adams makes the film worth seeing. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
Into the Beat (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Dancing reigns in Into the Beat. Ballet and hip-hop here compete. The dance routines look great and new, but ballet numbers are too few. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
The Runner (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Although The Runner may not be easy to watch, it's an exciting cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2021
Eat Wheaties! (2021) Betty Jo Tucker A movie with a heart of gold, "Eat Wheaties!" is a tale well told. All actors here are fun to see. The poignant humor got to me. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2021
Thunder Force (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy share outrageous dining and dancing sequences that almost save ' Thunder Force.' EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
Another Round (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Mads Mikkelsen deserves praise for his terrific turn as a boring middle-aged teacher who gets involved in a reckless alcohol experiment. One of his close-ups shows the saddest face I've ever seen on screen. It's heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
The Father (2020) Betty Jo Tucker This compelling drama is definitely NOT a feel-good offering. However, it IS deeply moving and enlightening. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Bad Impulse (2020) Betty Jo Tucker This clever thriller impressed me with its timely theme, suspenseful presentation, and shocking ending. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2021
Face (2002) Donald J. Levit Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
Moxie (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Serious theme with comic turn, 'Moxie' includes a lot to learn. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
I Care a Lot (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Rosamund Pike plays sharp villain, a role she seems so comfy in. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
Nomadland (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Frances McDormand makes us care in a role where her soul is bare. For me, 'Nomadland' is poetry in motion. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Geoff Roberts Daniel Kaluuya delivers a riveting performance as Fred Hampton and is bound to garner serious award consideration. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Frantic pacing and too much noise tarnish the gold in this last 'Boys.' Yet tender love scenes make us smile and entertain us for a while. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Film critics get criticized here (ouch!) in a tirade that's fun to hear. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Promising Young Woman (2020) Betty Jo Tucker 'Promising Young Woman' takes us on a journey hard to discuss. But Carey Mulligan proves here she might be actress of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Betty Jo Tucker Despite its splendid performances, 'The White Tiger' lost me during the last part of the story. It seemed like a preview for a sequel instead of a satisfactory ending to a major film. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Underwater (2020) Richard Jack Smith Although 'Underwater' might not hold up as a cult classic, the entertainment value is heightened by bouts of terror, some good performances and impressive set pieces. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The Midnight Sky (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Director and star George Clooney gets most of the close-ups here, and he's definitely ready for them. His expressive facial reactions to each crucial situation are quite impressive. I EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
The Prom (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Broadway actors take on PTA. But will they win and save the day? No matter how this film turns out, you'll enjoy its musical clout. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Mank (2020) Richard Jack Smith A great deal might be made about 'Mank' appearing in black and white. However, what we get resembles an ocean of muddy greys. The format comes across as an affectation or afterthought. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Cutthroat Island (1995) Richard Jack Smith There's a Saturday morning pictures nostalgia behind Harlin's adventure: the promise of riches and triumphing over evil, which struck a chord with me. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Betty Jo Tucker This Netflix offering showcases stunning acting by Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Despite confusing flashbacks in the film, they should be major contenders in this year's awards season. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
Trancers (1984) Richard Jack Smith An easy film to recommend, 'Trancers' plays very well due to Tim Thomerson's innate comic gifts and the cheesiness of its presentation. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Betty Jo Tucker 'Jingle Jangle' - a lot to see. Songs and dances, so Christmassy! Toys and gadgets float through the air, designed for fun and with great flair! EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Over the Moon (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Animation, so eye-catching, makes thIs fine film well worth watching! EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Hitchcock's version wins out, I claim. The master still retains his fame. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
The Mothman Legacy (2020) Betty Jo Tucker I applaud the way writer/director Seth Breedlove makes sure to cover questions about the origins of this terrifying urban legend and how deep it goes for believers. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) Richard Jack Smith Hardly the worst case of pandering to the lowest common denominator, Fantasy Island remains a film without purpose or message... even the simple drive to entertain. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Delightfully entertaining, 'Enola Holmes' should be the beginning of a fun film franchise. Something good is afoot! EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Blackbird (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Filmed lovingly plus splendid cast. With sad subject will viewers last? I hope we're strong enough to see a movie of this quality. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Toy Soldiers (1991) Richard Jack Smith Between them, director Daniel Petrie Jr. and composer Robert Folk coordinate enough sequences of high wire tension that 'Toy Soldiers' moves to the top of the class. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
The Owners (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Not for scaredy cats, no siree. Almost too frightening for me! EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
Tesla (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Artistic scenes in TESLA glow. What do they mean? It's hard to know. Futuristic, Tesla's thinking. He must be up there -- and winking! EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
All Together Now (2020) Betty Jo Tucker When this movie ended, my husband said, 'I want to see a sequel!' I agree. One movie about the great Amber Appleton is not enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
Project Power (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Although the star power of Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt shines in this exciting Netflix offering, it's young Dominique Fishback who sparkles the brightest. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020