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
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
Work It (2020) Betty Jo Tucker 'Work It' boasts a passion for dance plus a touch of teenage romance. It ends up as a fun dance flick. Great dancing here the winning trick. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
Latte & the Magic Waterstone (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Princess Latte, a brave hedgehog with a mission, leaves all agog. Cute characters and lessons here. But tiny tots might shed a tear. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Amulet (2020) Betty Jo Tucker This horror flick seems gone awry, but actors give it a grand try! EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Richard Jack Smith If 'The Call of the Wild' had remained true to its concept, the entire production would unfold in animation. The filmmakers were halfway there, but it resembles an awkward 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit.' EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Fatal Affair (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Though repetition dampens the chills, 'Fatal Affair' boasts a few thrills. Too many cuts to ocean waves. Yet acting almost this film saves. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Charlize Theron, practically unrecognizable here, does an excellent job projecting her character's inner conflict and how that impacts her relationship with a new immortal trying to understand what's happening. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Across the screen fun music bursts -- enough to quench many fans thirsts. Hooray for comedies like this! It put me in a state of bliss. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
Rapa Nui (1994) Richard Jack Smith 'Rapa Nui' takes risks as a love poem. There's a triangle, yet it's an organic branch on the tree of the story. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Along with Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani's terrific chemistry together on screen, their comic timing seems perfect. Here's hoping they appear in more movies together. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Although this comedy-drama starring one of our SNL favorites failed to evoke much laughter from me or my husband, both of us appreciate the humanity and hope the film offers. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
Mr. Jones (2019) Betty Jo Tucker 'Mr. Jones' may be hard to see. But check out this smart history. Challenging film, oh yes indeed. Probably one we need to heed. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Code 8 (2019) Richard Jack Smith 'Code 8' plays relatively well during the first hour, ultimately succumbing to sentimentality and a dodgy denouement. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Surviving the Game (1994) Richard Jack Smith There's a sweeping intimacy to the camera line, a jolt here and a nod there. Not to cinema for Dickerson employs the tongue of the street, the rhyme of the ghetto. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
End of Sentence (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Humans and Nature combine here to make us shed more than one tear. Still, 'End of Sentence' deserves cheers. It shines a light on hope, not tears. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Big Time Adolescence (2019) Geoff Roberts Although Pete Davidson is a talented comedian and skilled improviser, writer/director Jason Orley doesn't give him much to work with. His character seems overly obnoxious and underwritten EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Judy & Punch (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Thanks to director/writer Mirrah Foulkes for this entertaining gift of dark humor combined with female revenge. It's both funny and scary ! EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
The Professor and the Madman (2019) Richard Jack Smith Synergy among the crafts people allows for an authentic presentation. Consider the lenses and light of Kasper Tuxen's cinematography or the period specific textures wrought by production designer Tom Conroy. It's impressive work! EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
Blood and Money (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Tom Berenger endows the main character with a world-weary persona that moved me in every scene of this excellent snowy thriller. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
How to Build a Girl (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Whimsy and warmth come into play and save this film in their own way. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) Betty Jo Tucker A thriller like 'Mrs. Serial Killer' is not everyone's cup of tea. It's splashed with so much blood and gore. Plus, everything feels too disjointed. But the parody attitude in various scenes appealed to me. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Bad Education (2019) Betty Jo Tucker Based on events which are so true, the story makes us feel quite blue. Crime does not pay. Well maybe not. Watch last credit to laugh a lot. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020) Richard Jack Smith Director Ethan Spaulding has designed this project with fans and newcomers in mind. As such, humour and well-defined characters are prioritised. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
Sergio (2020) Betty Jo Tucker A tribute to a great hero, a man called simply 'Sergio.' It's a true story that needs told. We lack heroes in this man's mold. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
Trolls World Tour (2020) Betty Jo Tucker Marvelous singing and dancing take over the screen in this creative sequel, which makes me very happy -- because, of course, I'm the world's most avid movie musical fan. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020