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
The Last Laugh (2019)
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.
Posted Jan 13, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
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.
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Love, Gilda (2018)
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.
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Bird Box (2018)
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.
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Christian Bale managed to project a Dick Cheney aura, but Sam Rockwell really convinced me he was George W. Bush!
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Filmed in glorious black and white, 'Roma' is another Alfonso Cuarón cinematic masterpiece.
Posted Dec 10, 2018
'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.
Posted Dec 6, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Because of Willem Dafoe's revelatory performance and Benoit Delhomme's excellent cinematography, we seem to see things through Vincent Van Gogh's eyes.
Posted Nov 27, 2018
The Front Runner (2018)
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.
Posted Nov 18, 2018
The Grinch (2018)
At its most poignant, Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier's picture acts as a kindred spirit to 'Inside Out.'
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Outlaw King (2018)
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.
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Dead Man (1995)
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.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
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.
Posted Nov 4, 2018
Hunter Killer (2018)
'Hunter Killer' is the type of well-crafted genre movie almost nobody wants to make anymore.
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Viper Club (2018)
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.'"
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Restoring Tomorrow (2018)
Powerful and inspiring, this remarkable documentary about restoration of a beautiful temple is truly something special.
Posted Oct 23, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
'The Kindergarten Teacher' succeeds in spite of its dark and disturbing subject matter because of Maggie Gyllenhaal's brilliant performance in the title role.
Posted Oct 22, 2018
The Storyteller (2018)
This irresistible movie simply enchanted me from beginning to end!
Posted Oct 20, 2018
Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have.
Posted Oct 19, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
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.
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Private Life (2018)
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.
Posted Oct 8, 2018
First Man (2018)
'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.
Posted Oct 7, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018)
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.
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' is not just a movie. It's a profound spiritual experience.
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Little Women (2018)
Filmmaker Clare Niederpruem brings the March sisters to the 21st Century, and they are just as fascinating as ever.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Children Act (2018)
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.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Predator (2018)
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.
Posted Sep 15, 2018
Filled with exquisite suspense, 'Prodigy' earns a place on my list of favorite contemporary thrillers.
Posted Sep 13, 2018
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.
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Cold Skin (2018)
'Cold Skin' is not for faint of heart. But it's pure cinematic art.
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Director Albert Hughes doesn't embellish. Sure, his film contains lovely transitions and visuals, yet these all serve the story.
Posted Sep 1, 2018
Incurable romantics of all ages should enjoy this heartwarming teenage rom-com.
Posted Aug 24, 2018
The Meg (2018)
Mostly, 'The Meg' embraces every chance to be scary or suspenseful but it came out toothless.
Posted Aug 20, 2018
History, mystery and romance come together like a fine dance in this superb period drama.
Posted Aug 18, 2018
This documentary does a great job showing creativity in motion. The home video format actually works ! It turns the viewer into a fly on the wall during songwriting sessions.
Posted Aug 17, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018)
Writer/director Bo Burnham has created characters, scenes, and dialogue that will instantly resonate with both adults and teens. Plus, Elsie Fisher delivers a flawless performance in the lead role.
Posted Aug 17, 2018
Like Father (2018)
It's fun watching this estranged daughter and father begin to know each other again through crazy cruise activities, especially karaoke.
Posted Aug 4, 2018
Den of Thieves (2018)
Gunplay isn't the core subject here. The plot has other things to consider, such as the individual and collective moves made by opponents prior to checkmate.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Full of love and life and song, 'Mamma Mia 2' is a great movie musical -- one that emphasizes friendship, family and fun.
Posted Jul 22, 2018
Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape (2018)
Refreshing to see a show like this. It's one I'm glad I did not miss. So thankful for the laughs galore. But now I'm left wanting lots more!
Posted Jul 12, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
Only sixteen years old, Isabella Moner projects the confidence and intelligence of someone much older. Even at times of extreme vulnerability, our eyes remain glued to what she does here.
Posted Jul 3, 2018
The Catcher Was A Spy (2018)
Based on true facts, the film seems real. Many folks never heard this tale. So it is new - not a bit stale.
Posted Jul 1, 2018
Lust Stories (2018)
Four women shine in four short flicks. Each one reveals desires and picks. Acting and directing? First rate. You might enjoy it with your mate.
Posted Jun 25, 2018
'Sunday's Illness' takes us through pain and love and loss. What do we gain? A masterpiece up on the screen that's mesmerizing in each scene.
Posted Jun 18, 2018
Mary Shelley (2018)
Romance, imagination, misery, love of writing, and feminism combine in this intriguing biopic starring Elle Fanning, who gives the performance of her career in the title role.
Posted Jun 13, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is a love letter from director Ron Howard to this enduring franchise.
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Paddington 2 (2018)
Happiness is a film like this! It's a movie you should not miss.
Posted Jun 3, 2018
Future World (2018)
'Mad Max' it's not, yet tries to be. But it lacks creativity -- and quirky costumes like that film. Instead, it's all so very grim.
Posted May 31, 2018
Dark Crimes (2018)
This dreary thriller is a real downer. But Jim Carrey proves again that he can do drama as well as comedy.
Posted May 22, 2018
The Con Is On (2018)