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
2.0/4.0 Friendsgiving (2020) Charles Koplinski "Friendsgiving" could have been a lot of fun as Molly attempts to find independence and peace from within, but the chaos of the cast takes over, dipping into ridiculousness sans humor and becomes nothing more than just another forgettable film. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.0/4.0 On the Rocks (2020) Charles Koplinski I'd be hard pressed to think of another film where a director had fashioned a part so attuned to the strengths, stylings and idiosyncrasies of one performer as is the case in Sofia Coppola's "On the Rocks." EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.0/4.0 Rebecca (2020) Charles Koplinski Wheatley and his trio of screenwriters Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse bring a modern sensibility to this adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel, breathing new life into this gothic tale EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.0/4.0 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Charles Koplinski Is this a skewed film? Absolutely. But we know that going into it. Is it a slice of true America? Maybe. That's for you to decide. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/4.0 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Charles Koplinski But it's Hathaway who captivates...Sporting an all-purpose Eastern European accent, draining each threatening syllable until they're dry husks, utilizing grand physical flourishes the stage can barely contain and a stare that would wither a sequoia. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
4.0/4.0 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Charles Koplinski More than anything, Sorkin's film underscores the sacrifice these men made and applauds their willingness to stand up for what's right as the world crumbled around them. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
1.5/4.0 2 Hearts (2020) Charles Koplinski Unfortunately, everything about this film is quite predictable. While it's based upon a true story, the overall tone is that of a Hallmark movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/4.0 The Opening Act (2020) Charles Koplinski The film itself has a loose structure, but the storyline is tightly woven to give us an entertaining story with an edgy reality. This indie is a gem that shouldn't go under the radar of viewers or critics. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/4.0 Honest Thief (2020) Charles Koplinski A bit more dialogue and a few less preposterous fight and chase scenes would have elevated the film and maybe even challenged Neeson to break out of his stereotypical box. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
1.5/4.0 Don't Look Back (2020) Charles Koplinski A potentially intriguing premise is botched as writer/director Jeffery Riddick ponies out one tired horror trope after another, instead of taking a more subtle, psychological approach. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.0/4.0 Major Arcana (2018) Charles Koplinski There's an intimacy to this film that's difficult to achieve and the fly-on-the-wall aesthetic Melrod creates effectively underscores the power of Dink's plight and ultimately, the poignancy that develops around it. Quiet, but memorable. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.0/4.0 Shithouse (2020) Charles Koplinski Raiff and Gelula capture the awkwardness of these two teens struggling to be adults as they find themselves in situations they're not emotionally mature enough to handle, providing the film with a painful sense of poignancy. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.0/4.0 Painter (2020) Charles Koplinski A pointed examination of the sacrifices we make in order to succeed and the justifications we employ so that we might live with them. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/4.0 Faith Based (2020) Charles Koplinski This independent comedy proves surprisingly smart as the script by Luke Barnett skewers religious movies, their marketing and the audiences that flock to them. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
2.5/4.0 The Cleansing Hour (2019) Charles Koplinski Had Horwitz and LeVeck kept things on a modest scale, confining the action to the single set where the show is produced, they might have had a classic, horrific chamber piece on their hands. Too bad the third act is filled with unnecessary tangents. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.0/4.0 The Lie (2018) Charles Koplinski The connection between Enos and Sarsgaard carries the film to give it a sense of reality. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
2.0/4.0 Death of Me (2020) Charles Koplinski Though the film sports an initially intriguing premise, it soon becomes apparent director Darren Lynn Bousman has no sense of pacing and lacks the ability to generate any suspense. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
2.0/4.0 Eternal Beauty (2019) Charles Koplinski Writer/director Craig Roberts succeeds in creating one awkward situation after another for Hawkins and her co-star David Thewlis, both saddled with roles that are more caricatures than real. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
4.0/4.0 Herb Alpert is... (2020) Charles Koplinski This documentary is a joyous celebration of Herb Alpert's life and career as it examines his roots not only as a musician but as a painter, sculptor, businessman and philanthropist. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
2.0/4.0 Scare Me (2020) Charles Koplinski Ruben not only stars but writes and directs as well, which means he can accept all the blame for this misguided effort. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
2.0/4.0 12 Hour Shift (2020) Charles Koplinski A lack of urgency plagues this low-budget affair which never succeeds in being funny enough or horrific enough to satisfy the viewer. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4.0 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Charles Koplinski Cronenberg manages to put his own stamp on this film, creating a gripping thriller that deftly shifts from existential crisis to graphic horror before revealing the insidious endgame that's at play. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.0/4.0 Enola Holmes (2020) Charles Koplinski The central mystery gets lost amid too many narrative tangents which divert from the story and prove frustrating. Still, I'd love to see Brown and Cavill continue in their roles, albeit with a more satisfying mystery. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/4.0 The Artist's Wife (2019) Charles Koplinski "The Artist's Wife" is not without similarities to the 2017 Glenn Close-Jonathan Pryce vehicle "The Wife." Yet, the elegiac tone Dolby adapts is markedly different, lending a melancholy but ultimately hopeful feel to the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.0/4.0 She's in Portland (2020) Charles Koplinski Heartfelt and not without its surprises, this is a film that ultimately delivers much more than expected. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/4.0 Misbehaviour (2020) Charles Koplinski "Misbehaviour" is a compelling story with exceptional performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020