Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam

Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Charles Koplinski, Pamela Powell
Rating Title/Year Author
3.0/4.0 Knocking (2021) Charles Koplinski With a brilliant ending placing the burden of reality on the viewer, "Knocking" stays with you as it pushes you to see the world through a different lens. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2021
3.5/4.0 Dune (2021) Charles Koplinski Do yourself a favor - go to the theater, grab a big bucket of popcorn and prepare to be wowed. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2021
3.5/4.0 The Last Duel (2021) Charles Koplinski If "Duel" underscores anything, it's that as a society, perhaps we've haven't come as far as we think we have. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2021
2.5/4.0 Fever Dream (2021) Charles Koplinski Llosa longs to say something profound but can't get out of her own way to do so. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2021
3.5/4.0 Mass (2021) Charles Koplinski With a keen ear for dialogue, a skilled eye, and deft direction of this passionate ensemble cast, the result is one of the most harrowingly complex and captivating films in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2021
3.5/4.0 No Time to Die (2021) Charles Koplinski There's a sense of dread and melancholy that hangs over the film and it's all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2021
4.0/4.0 The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Charles Koplinski "Saints" proves to be one of the year's best films, not simply an opportunistic off-shoot but a deeper dive into the souls of those too foolish to see the potential consequences of their actions. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
3.0/4.0 Old Henry (2021) Charles Koplinski Derivative in nature and a bit meandering, the film rights itself with a third act surprise that forces us to reevaluate all we've seen before. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
3.5/4.0 The Guilty (2021) Charles Koplinski A claustrophobic production that's driven by the star's performance and director Antoine Fuqua's ability to avoid this one-setting story from becoming a static exercise in tedium. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
3.0/4.0 Resort to Love (2021) Charles Koplinski A fun, high-energy, film filled with music and lively characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
2.0/4.0 The Starling (2021) Charles Koplinski At times poignant, at others trite, the movie vacillates between being a genuinely sincere look at the difficulties of dealing with grief and scenes that are so ham-fisted you'll find yourself involuntarily rolling your eyes again and again. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
2.5/4.0 Cry Macho (2021) Charles Koplinski Again, this is a slight affair but there are moments that transcend the film as Eastwood's presence speaks volumes and elevates the material. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
3.5/4.0 Blue Bayou (2021) Charles Koplinski Chon's heartfelt performance lets us inside, opening the doors to a world most of us probably never will know. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
3.0/4.0 Best Sellers (2021) Charles Koplinski Young millennial meets old timer to win one another over. Yes, it's been done before but not with the likes of Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
3.0/4.0 Malignant (2021) Charles Koplinski Overwrought in the best of ways, Wan revels in pushing everything - the narrative, its violence, its distinctive visuals - to extremes. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
1.5/4.0 Copshop (2021) Charles Koplinski Life's too short for movies like "Copshop." EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
3.0/4.0 Worth (2020) Charles Koplinski And while the film stumbles a bit at the end, the philosophical and social questions it poses are intriguing enough to keep the viewer engaged throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
3.5/4.0 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Charles Koplinski Cretton's brisk pacing as well as much self-referential humor insures we don't take things too seriously. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
3.5/4.0 We Need to Do Something (2021) Charles Koplinski What with the world seemingly getting closer and closer to going over the edge each day, "Need" manages to effectively exploit the prevalent sense of existential dread. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
2.5/4.0 The Protégé (2021) Charles Koplinski Keaton's wry wit and innate sense of mischievousness brings a much-needed spark to the film, his energy giving a boost to each scene he's in. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
3.0/4.0 Reminiscence (2021) Charles Koplinski In the end, "Reminiscence's" meta-narrative isn't simply a valentine for movie buffs or fans of film noir, but a cutting edge, haunting examination of obsessive love, the sort best enjoyed in the dark. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
2.5/4.0 The Night House (2020) Charles Koplinski Like settling for a bowl of cereal of dinner, David Bruckner's "The Night House" left me wanting more. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
1.5/4.0 Respect (2021) Charles Koplinski Fragmented and scattered, the movie comes off as a Cliffs Notes version of the singer's life, a project that leaves the viewers with more questions about the performer than it answers. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
2.5/4.0 The Suicide Squad (2021) Charles Koplinski The result is a bit better, the film improving on its predecessor in some areas, treading water in others. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
3.5/4.0 The Green Knight (2021) Charles Koplinski There's an illusive quality to "The Green Knight," which is Lowery's intent. It's a film that requires multiple viewings in order to absorb all it has to say and appreciate the artistry it contains. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
2.5/4.0 Lorelei (2020) Charles Koplinski Jena Malone and Pablo Schreiber do exceptional work in Sabrina Doyle's "Lorelei." EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
2.5/4 Nine Days (2020) Pamela Powell Writer and director Edson Oda takes a chance with this one and while it misses a few notes, the premise--a great companion piece to Pixar's "Soul"--will make you look within and wonder why you are the way you are. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
3.0/4.0 Stillwater (2021) Charles Koplinski In the end, we realize that "Stillwater" is a plea for reconciliation, which proves elusive in a world in which nothing is as it seems and wrongheaded assumptions dictate our actions. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2021
3.0/4.0 Jungle Cruise (2021) Charles Koplinski The very definition of a summer movie, it goes down easy with a large bucket of buttery popcorn and sugary soda, engaging from the first frame to the last. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2021
3.0/4.0 Old (2021) Charles Koplinski "Old" poses a myriad of intriguing questions regarding how our society looks at aging and disease, while provided a satisfying twist. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2021
1.5/4.0 Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Charles Koplinski Why the Droogs from "A Clockwork Orange" are there is anyone's guess. Their inappropriate presence speaks to the random nature that went into the making of "Legacy," as well as how woefully misguided it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
3.0/4.0 Joe Bell (2020) Charles Koplinski The film's message, the sentiment with which it's delivered and uniformly fine performances make "Bell" bearable. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
3.0/4.0 Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Charles Koplinski As a stand-alone feature, this one can stand on its own, something its two predecessors cannot claim. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
3.5/4.0 My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) Charles Koplinski The year's best horror film. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
3.5/4.0 Pig (2021) Charles Koplinski It's Cage's moving, slow burn performance that sears in the memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
4.0/4.0 No Sudden Move (2021) Charles Koplinski Soderbergh rewards your patience with a devastatingly cynical conclusion that ties all the seemingly loose ends together, giving us a glimpse of a far-reaching insidious plan. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2021
2.0/4.0 Black Widow (2021) Charles Koplinski The highlight is Pugh who steals the film from Johansson, supplying a sense of barbed humor as well as humanity to her character that's welcomed. A star is born amidst all this chaos. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2021
2.0/4.0 Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Charles Koplinski None of the characters are appealing and the story is woefully predictable. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2021
3.5/4.0 The Tomorrow War (2021) Charles Koplinski It's a clever premise and one that opens up many time travel paradoxes which are addressed with wit and intelligence. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
2.5/4.0 Long Story Short (2021) Charles Koplinski There's more than a bit of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol' as well as desperation in Josh Lawson's "Long Story Short," a romantic comedy that ends up being neither. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
1.0/4.0 F9 The Fast Saga (2021) Charles Koplinski One of the dumbest the movies I've ever seen, this latest chapter throws all logic out the window as it tries to top the franchise's already ridiculous extremes. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
3.0/4.0 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) Charles Koplinski Yes, the film is predictible yet the veteran cast, which also includes Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Treat Williams and Wayne Knight, finds the proper tone to drive home the movie's inspirational message without overselling it. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
2.5/4.0 Queen Bees (2021) Charles Koplinski Nothing to offend here, just a pleasant time-filler that will help you while away an afternoon and give you an excuse to eat some movie theater popcorn. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
1.5/4.0 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Charles Koplinski The mediocrity on display is exhausting. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
3.5/4.0 Holler (2020) Charles Koplinski Barden gives a fierce performance that has us in Ruth's corner from the start, her strength and anger propelling her towards a sliver of tattered hope. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
3.5/4.0 In the Heights (2021) Charles Koplinski It's bold, vibrant, and intoxicating as it sings its universal song. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2021
3.5/4.0 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Charles Koplinski "The Conjuring" films are built around two things - elaborate set pieces and the Warrens' relationship, both mined for maximum effect here. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
3.0/4.0 Spirit Untamed (2021) Charles Koplinski I don't belong to the demographic that "Spirit Untamed" is pitched at - I've never spent much time with horses nor have I ever been mistaken for a pre-teen girl - but I'll be darned if I didn't have fun with this latest entry, in the film franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
3.0/4.0 Blue Miracle (2021) Charles Koplinski Based on a true story, Julio Quintana's "Blue Miracle" is the sort of film you outwardly scoff at but can't help but be moved by all the same. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
2.5/4.0 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Charles Koplinski While the filmmaker is dazzling you with one horrific sight after another, you're not supposed to notice the script's inconsistencies and its characters' bonehead decisions. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021