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, Trey Mangum
Rating Title/Year Author
Infinite (2021) Fred Topel Saying that schizophrenia is just midiagnosed past life recall is not great. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Fred Topel Everyone is doing a bit instead of playing a character. Reynolds thought, 'What if my character was a bodyguard who wanted to give up violence?' That's an improv exercise at Upright Citizens Brigade. It's not Michael Bryce. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
In the Heights (2021) Fred Topel Hawkins and Grace's closing number tops Fred Astaire's ceiling dance with modern visual effects, and therefore also tops Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo's Astaire homage. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2021
The Rock (1996) Fred Topel The Rock makes sense as Cage's true action debut because it basically forces the quirky Cage character to become an action hero. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
Spirit Untamed (2021) Fred Topel Untamed retells or reconfigures a lot of the plot of Riding Free, but develops a lot of the themes much further. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Fred Topel Unfortunately, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is not a Conjuring courtroom drama. That would have been fun, seeing the Warrens make their paranormal clout hold up in court. Still, call this the discovery phase of the trial. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
Cruella (2021) Fred Topel Sure, she could kill them with kindness and be the change she wishes to see in the world, but her name is Cruella, not Gandhi. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
F9 (2021) Fred Topel There won't be a faster, more furious movie this year. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2021
A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Fred Topel A pure 90 minute anxiety attack, but at least the anxiety is all on the screen. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
Seance (2021) Fred Topel Seance has some unexpected tonal pairings that add up to something devilishly new. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Fred Topel Spiral gives Saw new life in the way that Creed, Cobra Kai and The Force Awakens did their franchises. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
Wrath of Man (2021) Fred Topel It's nothing terribly new if you watch these kinds of movies a lot, although getting a job with the armored truck company is a cool twist on the genre... It's a tried and true archetype, so appreciated when A-list filmmakers execute it well. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Fred Topel It's Steven Seagal's Hard to Kill, only there's no acupuncture involved in John's rehab. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
The Rookies (2019) Fred Topel Fans who only Jovovich from English-language action movies should prepare themselves for a full-on Hong Kong movie. If this is their first, hopefully it will intrigue them to discover more of the outrageous output of the world's finest action cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Fred Topel This one has more coherent monster action. The visual effects keep the animation in frame and director Adam Wingard edits more judiciously with the human story. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Fred Topel You could have totally edited a two hour cut from Snyder's footage and released the extended one on DVD. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
Coming 2 America (2021) Fred Topel Coming 2 America doesn't spend too long in Queens. Akeem brings Lavelle and his family back to Zamunda. That makes this Crocodile Dundee II. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Fred Topel Raya and the Last Dragon has a message as profound and powerful as Frozen. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
Cherry (2021) Fred Topel The story doesn't really kick in for about 80 minutes. It's a good story, but does not require as much setup as its given. It does show growth from directors Joe and Anthony Russo after their four-film Marvel stint. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Fred Topel To All the Boys: Always and Forever mostly leaves the letters behind, so it's just the next step for the characters. Like how no one actually got taken in Taken 3 EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Fred Topel Given the underrepresented, socially significant subject matter, you'd hope for more than fine. But, plenty of other significant historical events get by with fine biopics so it's better than nothing. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
The Blazing World (2021) Fred Topel Young creates a captivating epic world just this side of surreal. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Fred Topel Not as action packed as Hollywood's post-apocalyptic films are, but that just leaves it more time for world building. The longer Hero spends in the Ghostland, the more bizarre corners of the world come forward. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
The Sparks Brothers (2021) Fred Topel Honestly, if you follow Sparks long enough, there's going to be something for you. If you didn't like their early stuff, you might gravitate towards My Baby's Taking Me Home or Tips for Teens. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
Mayday (2021) Fred Topel Karen Cinorre's fantasy can be a metaphor for misogyny, just as [Zack] Synder's Sucker Punch fantasies were... Without the Hollywood CGI, skimpy outfits and hospital setting, Mayday strips away some potential distractions from Cinorre's metaphor. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
Eight for Silver (2021) Fred Topel It's a lot more in your face than The Vvitch, but Eight for Silver should find its brethren among fans of this kind of genre hybrid. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
CODA (2021) Fred Topel Heder works out all the family drama and fishing regulations with a light touch. All the characters have a sense of humor, all while really speaking their truths and emotions. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
The Little Things (2021) Fred Topel The Little Things is little more than a CSI episode with movie stars, only if it were on CSI you would turn the channel. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
The Marksman (2021) Fred Topel Just throwing Neeson at a generic script isn't enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
News of the World (2020) Fred Topel News of the World is the most exciting endorsement of reading since libraries got celebrities to pose with their favorite books. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Soul (2020) Fred Topel Soul combines the abstract and the irreverent. As such, it also makes some unusual choices, some of which may stray from its most salient potential. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Fred Topel It's no Supergirl 1984 but it's still pretty good. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Wander Darkly (2020) Fred Topel Writer/director Tara Miele puts the audience in Adrienne's sense of questioning reality. For whatever reason she is experiencing nonlinear events, the audience feels it too. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Tenet (2020) Fred Topel It's basically Inception for time travel instead of dreams. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Fred Topel About halfway through The Midnight Sky, focus shifts to Aether. If you weren't into Augustine and Iris, that's good. If you were, that's bad. And if you're indifferent, that's a shortcoming of the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
Mank (2020) Fred Topel Cinephiles will love this portrait of Hollywood legends. If you didn't know the names before you'll be captivated by the engaging personalities and perhaps motivated to dig into TCM or Criterion Channel. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Godmothered (2020) Fred Topel Godmothered attacks the myth of the fairy godmother from all sides, especially the Disney incarnations. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Fred Topel Can [Coppola] improve the maligned finale in the eyes of critics and fans? Maybe if you hated The Godfather Part III. If you were fine with it you'll probably be fine with Coda too. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
The Prom (2020) Fred Topel Have fun with The Prom, but remember it takes more than a song and dance to bring tolerance to communities. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
() Fred Topel Life In a Year is really about dealing with the realization that you can't plan everything, rather than the rom-com shenanigans. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) Fred Topel Christmas Chronicles 2 is in the bigger, badder sequel mold, and even when it is blatant about it, the Christmas spirit is irresistible. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Superintelligence (2020) Fred Topel 40 minutes in it abandons its clever premise to become a standard romantic-comedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
The New Mutants (2020) Fred Topel After years of delays, the fact that The New Mutants is just okay feels like a victory. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
Iron Mask (2019) Fred Topel A big budget international blockbuster that really throws in the kitchen sink. There are CGI beasts, lavish production values, historical detail even if it is CGI enhanced (what isn't now) and it never slows down, not even for exposition. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Vanguard (2020) Fred Topel Chan is in a lot of Vanguard's fight scenes, but he shares them with the team of younger agents. So instead of Chan himself handling all the bad guys for five minutes straight, he handles a few and he showcases some new talent. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Jiu Jitsu (2020) Fred Topel Jiu Jitsu may bite off more than it can chew plot-wise but it delivers the thrills. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Girl (2020) Fred Topel They may be trying to be cool noirish or Tarantino-esque gangsters, or at the very least psych Girl out and intimidate her. It just feels like it's trying to evoke a vibe without having the actual weight of the vibe it's trying to evoke. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Anything for Jackson (2020) Fred Topel Anything for Jackson is Misery meets Rosemary's Baby. It puts a twist on both horror classics to create a uniquely new hybrid of occult horror and psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
GoldenEye (1995) Fred Topel In trying so hard to distance itself from old Bonds, Goldeneye is also now a relic of the post-Cold War era. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Rocky V (1990) Fred Topel It may be compromised, but what it's trying to do is worthwhile enough to appreciate the effort. Because if its reputation, Rocky V is now the ultimate underdog of the underdog series. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020