Can Magazine

Can Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Fred Topel
Rating Title/Year Author
Windy City Heat (2003) Fred Topel It's all worth a watch. In an age where "reality" comedy is coming to the forefront with Jackass and Borat, Windy City Heat is a worthy brother in the genre. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Barry Munday (2010) Fred Topel Barry remains immature in serious situations like a doctors office. He does follow a respectable character arc, never sacrificing humor to learn his lessons. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2010
The Last Exorcism (2010) Fred Topel The characters are better than in any of the other pseudo-documentary films. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2010
Going the Distance (2010) Fred Topel They're either trying to copy someone else's personality or they mistakenly think they're being original. At least they don't have sex with bras on. That's realistic. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2010
The American (2010) Fred Topel It manages to make you suspicious and pay attention to all the details in the scene. The filmmakers earn our trust so that whatever surprises they spring on us are awesome. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2010
The Expendables (2010) Fred Topel It's like being in Stallone's head watching his stream of consciousness manifest. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2010
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Fred Topel Just extraordinary filmmaking... This is how you can use modern film techniques to create a fantasy world of wonder. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2010
Flipped (2010) Fred Topel Could be one of the great films. I mean one of THE great films. I wish I could have seen it when I was a kid, before I learned everything the hard way. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2010
The Other Guys (2010) Fred Topel How has there not been a major tentpole set piece involving a wrecking ball before? It takes a comedy to do great crazy action. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2010
Step Up 3 (2010) Fred Topel Calling it the best Step Up isn't even enough. It's the most awesome movie of the year. These dancers are the best special effects in Hollywood, and they're real. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2010
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) Fred Topel May be the most adorable movie of the summer. I didn't see Marmaduke but I'm guessing they didn't have kittens in it, so this one edges that out already. It's basically just a harmless series of "awwww" moments. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2010
Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Fred Topel Maybe it will inspire some people struggling at home to break through their fears and live some life. It's also about where dreamy broody guys come from, because Zac Efron really sells Charlie's sketchy behavior, but man is he still dreamy. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2010
Please Remove Your Shoes (2010) Fred Topel This is pure information and call to action. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2010
Despicable Me (2010) Fred Topel The whole movie is automatically working against this assault of noise. The decision to give the main characters eastern European accents makes them more annoying too. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2010
Predators (2010) Fred Topel Just pure awesome. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) Fred Topel Good, solid entertainment jam packed with creativity. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2010
Love Ranch (2010) Fred Topel It's all melodrama and yelling. The material is way beneath the actors... at least you get to see Pesci do "angry Joe" again. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
Inception (2010) Fred Topel I didn't get my mind blown by Inception but I enjoyed it. I mean, it's no Total Recall. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
Monsters (2010) Fred Topel District 9 with a language barrier. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2010
The Last Airbender (2010) Fred Topel It captivated my imagination. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2010
Freakonomics (2010) Fred Topel With different filmmakers handling each segment, some obviously work better than others, but either way it is the book. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2010
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Fred Topel I like seeing Edward frustrated by Bella's individuality. He can't control her and make her do what he wants. This 'perfect' love is actually totally incompatible. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2010
Knight and Day (2010) Fred Topel It's an unmarried True Lies EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2010
Grown Ups (2010) Fred Topel It's not a joke to just treat someone badly. Jokes are creative. Just saying, 'You failed at that and you suck' isn't a joke. Even if you dress it all up with some comic metaphor, it's not an actual joke. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2010
Jonah Hex (2010) Fred Topel I liked it so much, I really want to see the rest of it. It can't really be a 75 minute movie, right? EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2010
Toy Story 3 (2010) Fred Topel I seem to be defending each issue with a surprising amount of forgiveness. Maybe it's one of those amazing conundrums where you love the stuff it does, but you hate how it gets there, and you're stuck with this push-pull of pleasure and remorse. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2010
Get Him to the Greek (2010) Fred Topel Just funny EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2010
The A-Team (2010) Fred Topel The Star Trek of A-Team movies EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2010
The Karate Kid (2010) Fred Topel There's also a lot of subtitled Chinese dialogue. Kids will have to read so it's educational too. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2010
Splice (2009) Fred Topel It maintains a fun underlying technology, and the monster part does go places most studio films wouldn't dare. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2010
Shrek Forever After (2010) Fred Topel All the whiners who bashed the other revisionist sequels better raise arms here too. It'll amuse me to see Shrek fans get as angry as Spider-Man fans. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2010
Survival of the Dead (2009) Fred Topel How right wing do you have to be to protect zombie rights? I mean, what good is keeping alive a zombie?... I guess in the zombie holocaust there's no more abortion or gay marriage so you've got to court the zombie-hugger vote. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Fred Topel May be the best video game movie ever by default... I think I say that about every video game movie that comes out, because they're still forgettable by the time the next one comes out. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2010
Robin Hood (2010) Fred Topel Of course Marian has to fight now too because women always fight in movies now and this is like everything else. Remember when that was new? It was actually a big deal when it started happening. Now it's another cliché. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2010
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) Fred Topel This is just Nightmare 9 and you can believe this is the real backstory they never told you before, not that nonsense about the three flying heads. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2010
Iron Man 2 (2010) Fred Topel Iron Man 2 is the sequel everyone thinks Spider-Man 2 was. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2010
The Back-up Plan (2010) Fred Topel The film has a really hateful view of single moms. My God, I just want to tell all the single moms out there that I don't believe this movie and I do respect you. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2010
The Losers (2010) Fred Topel It doesn't try to be the definitive Losers movie. It's clearly just one episode of The Losers. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2010
Micmacs (2009) Fred Topel By the way, is that a billboard for Micmacs in the movie? If I'm right, that is awesome. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2010
Clash of the Titans (2010) Fred Topel Every creature is so busy it looks like Pirates of the Caribbean 3... I don't care how big you made the Kraken, it looks stupid. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2010
Date Night (2010) Fred Topel We all have the same problems whether we're suburbanites or strippers. That's a healthy perspective. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2010
Death at a Funeral (2010) Fred Topel I didn't like the British original at all. So to say that the American remake is okay is actually a huge improvement. I guess Americans are just better at mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2010
MacGruber (2010) Fred Topel I could not believe the stuff I was seeing in this movie... You just won't believe where it goes, and that's comedy... I laughed my *** off at MacGruber. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2010
The Runaways (2010) Fred Topel Where Ray and Walk the Line like to revel in the actor-y scenes of darkness, The Runaways actually captures the energy of the music and uses the dark incidents sparingly to actually make a point. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Fred Topel You can't fault a movie with the message: 'Don't kill. Learn instead.' EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Fred Topel The whole point is to just be silly and irreverent with time travel and midlife crisis movies. For it to devolve into gay jokes and F words is a sad disappointment. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2010
Cyrus (2010) Fred Topel It's easy for a swingin' ladies man like myself to appreciate why a less fortunate character might project gratitude at the generosity of a compassionate companion. I assume that's what one might relate to if one has lived through those feelings. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2010
Kick-Ass (2010) Fred Topel It's so well made. Each fight has its own personality. It's not always visual, but it's visceral. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2010
Green Zone (2010) Fred Topel When shots go in and out of focus, and when over the shoulder shots actually obscure the subject's face, that's not okay. You should know what you're shooting, even if it's constructed as 'documentary' style. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2010
Alice in Wonderland (2010) Fred Topel A stream of consciousness collection of magical encounters and whimsical characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2010