Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Showbiz Cheat Sheet is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Aramide Tinubu, Fred Topel
Rating Title/Year Author
The Grudge (2020) Fred Topel The Grudge is fast paced. There's little down time between scares. You may lose track of what year you're in, but there's always something creepy or graphically violent to see. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Spies in Disguise (2019) Fred Topel Who knew pigeons had 90 minutes worth of entertainment in them? EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Cats (2019) Fred Topel The plot is slight, but if you just look at it as Step Up Felines then it's fine holiday entertainment. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Fred Topel The Rise of Skywalker is less concerned with resolving a plot than it is with making you feel. J.J. Abrams can get emotion from Star Wars even if it doesn't really make sense. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Little Women (2019) Aramide Tinubu Gorgeously shot by cinematographer Yorick Le Saux - Little Women is stunning and robust. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
6 Underground (2019) Fred Topel 6 Underground is Michael Bay by way of Neveldine and Taylor. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Fred Topel This feels like a creatively robust franchise that should keep dreaming up new adventures in gaming. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Fred Topel An example of why the public should be skeptical, ask questions and not be so quick to accept the official story. This movie isn't a downer to watch over the holidays though. It's a celebration of Richard Jewell and his supportive family and friends. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
21 Bridges (2019) Fred Topel On the ground action has become rarer in movies with flamboyant visual effects, so it's great to see gritty, hard hitting action again. The violence is unflinching, but not gratuitous. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Fred Topel Queen and Slim are destined to become legends. They may be fictional but they represent such universal humanity that they speak for all the victims who never got to tell their story. This powerful film is sure to become a classic for the ages. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Fred Topel It's better than Return of Jafar or Mulan II (Kronk's New Groove rules though)... By the time they're on Frozen 5 when Anna and Elsa go to space, I suspect people will look back on Frozen 2 fondly. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Fred Topel There won't be a faster, more furious movie this year than this automotive rivalry, at least until Ford and Ferrari stop fighting when they realize they both have mothers named Martha. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Aramide Tinubu Though Clarke and Golding are charming with chemistry to boot, there's isn't much they can do with the film's shallow script. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Fred Topel The live-action Lady and the Tramp harkens back to days of classic Disney live-action animal films, and the dogs are adorable. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Fred Topel Lionel is a different sort of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. He's just as hard boiled, but he's frustrated by his own compulsions. They're just an added problem for him to navigate while he's trying to solve a mystery. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Fred Topel The Aliens to The Shining EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Fred Topel Scorsese doesn't usually make outright bad movies. Even his disappointments have something interesting or ambitious about them. The Irishman is actually a bad movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Fred Topel Grizzled Sarah Connor calls B.S. on each compounding plot contrivance and Linda Hamilton's reactions are great. That doesn't change the fact that she's right though. A Terminator plot should be better than this. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Fred Topel Kevin Smith is not interested in just fan service. There's plenty of it, but this film is ultimately Smith's plea to look to the future. The film's follow-up to Chasing Amy drives this home, and Ben Affleck still gets the best inside joke. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Fred Topel Without the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, the plot becomes too convoluted and Angelina Jolie is not even in the movie for a very large chunk while all of this works itself out. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Black and Blue (2019) Fred Topel This is how art at its best can reflect life. People are fed up with police violence and feel powerless to stop it. A movie like Black and Blue gives hope that justice is possible, and a catharsis if nothing else. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Fred Topel For about 45 minutes, The Laundromat was a great movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Fred Topel In an age when too many action movies feel like shaking the camera is a good idea, not only is Gemini Man's action clear but clarity is the premise. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Joker (2019) Fred Topel Joker is a cautionary tale. It's saying, 'Don't create Jokers. They won't just go away if you ignore them.' EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Fred Topel You'll be pleased to know Lucy in the Sky is very Noah Hawley. You'll also understand when I say it's more Legion Noah Hawley than Fargo Noah Hawley. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Fred Topel Dolemite Is My Name is a comeback for Eddie Murphy and a Rudy Raynaissance for new audiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Abominable (2019) Fred Topel There's plenty of peril and physical comedy for 90 minutes. Kids will enjoy seeing other kids get messy in dirt, water, mud, oil and various goo. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Fred Topel It almost has to be the last blood because there's no more blood left. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Fred Topel The Goldfinch isn't perfect but what it has to say is worth forgiving some of its shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Fred Topel If you are a fan of any of these women, or of women in general, or of people doing interesting things, Hustlers is a compelling crime story. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Fred Topel It: Chapter Two asks us how we all deal with wounds we tried to protect and the people you've left behind. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019