Fred Topel

Fred Topel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
Labyrinth, Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, The Big Hit, The Big One (Michael Moore), Casablanca
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
31% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It almost has to be the last blood because there's no more blood left. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
25% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch isn't perfect but what it has to say is worth forgiving some of its shortcomings. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) It: Chapter Two asks us how we all deal with wounds we tried to protect and the people you've left behind. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Not every film can be John Wick, but can we at least expect clear lighting and a functional steady camera? - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
43% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) 47 Meters Down: Uncaged really took scuba survival to new depths. Get it? Depths because they're 47 meters deep in the water! - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Javed is probably the ideal version of the underdog, leading a story in which one triumphs enough over adversity to become the protagonist of a movie inspired by his life and inspiring others to realize that their voices matter. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
44% Critters Attack! (2019) Critters 3 took place all in one apartment building, and 4 was in space on a spaceship set that was manageable. Now a straight to video Critters movie holds up with the theatrical Critters films, which admittedly were always low budget. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Kirby is the MVP of Hobbs & Shaw. She sells all of Hobbs and Shaw's tomfoolery because she doesn't have time for them. She has bigger problems, she's vicious and elegant but also gets to be vulnerable.. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) I was entertained the whole time, although I also definitely felt its length. Quentin Tarantino does his slow burn thing, and I'm not sure it ultimately means anything, but it's still entertaining to see A-list actors doing his dialogue. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The disappointment of The Lion King bodes poorly for live-action remakes of The Aristocats and Rescuers Down Under. Maybe Andy Serkis can do The Lion King with actors actually performing motion capture for the animals and that'll be better. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense definitely makes a point about mistaking toxic masculinity for empowerment. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Your laughter will arrive in 90 minutes. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
No Score Yet Backdraft 2 (2019) Backdraft 2 is a lot of investigating and interviewing but so was the original. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Indiana Jones' Temple of Doom's got nothing on the Attestupan in Midsommar. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The best that the writer of Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Love, Actually could come up with was a take on the Friend Zone? Ellie says Jack "put her in the wrong column." I guess that's the classy British way of saying it. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The scariest toy story of the year. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) If you were disappointed in Homecoming like me... Far From Home eventually goes to some more interesting places and deals with more interesting themes, once you get through the Homecoming shenanigans of the first hour. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
36% Anna (2019) Anna is nothing Luc Besson hasn't done before, but he does what he does well. It's a strong vehicle for Luss to be an action hero, and if you're going to do a tried and true genre, you might as well let Luc Besson go bananas with it. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
64% Child's Play (2019) Child's Play is the Never Say Never Again of Chucky movies. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) We're four levels deep into Toy Story now, so we know all the fun comes with deep personal reflection, and that's why these films resonate well into adulthood. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) I suspect Barris, or maybe even both writers, wrote a script calling out the toxicity of the Shaft archetype. Tim Story, and maybe even Samuel L. Jackson, didn't get it and thought Sasha and J.J. were the villains. Or maybe they just didn't think. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die is exactly what one would expect a Jim Jarmusch zombie movie to be. At least, it's exactly what anyone should expect a Jim Jarmusch zombie movie to be. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) They can do anything they want in visual effects now, but they can't write a funny script. Men in Black: International is loaded with more aliens, MIB gadgets, and firepower, but there aren't any jokes. - Popdust EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Maybe X-Men: The Last Stand wasn't an accurate adaptation of the Dark Phoenix comics, but at least it was a fun celebration of an ensemble of character. Dark Phoenix feels joyless and obligatory. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
54% Ma (2019) It's not a high body count movie, but it's very creepy. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters is now the worst American Godzilla movie. Say what you will about Roland Emmerich's, but at least he showed Godzilla a lot. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin sure is a Fresh Prince Ali. It has a lot of fun with the animated classic in a live-action context and by casting middle eastern actors, gives Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud and Marwan Kenzari a well-earned breakthrough showcase. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is the next great cinematic monster. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) By making Rocketman an actual musical, it avoids some of the Dewey Cox biopic formula. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
86% Avengement (2019) Technically, Adkins isn't flying around as much as Cain but honestly, he's still so fast that you don't really feel Adkins is holding back. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Every generation deserves their own definitive teen movie, although I'm proof that you never stop appreciating them, even though I'm 41. Booksmart will speak to teens of 2019 and let the rest of us feel like teenagers again, for a little while. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) I think it's a positive thing to give young audiences an example of connection and thoughtfulness rather than just gimmicks and spectacle. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
51% A Dog's Journey (2019) Sticking to one long story is a problem for A Dog's Journey. You could say the sequel bit off more than it could chew! Eh? Eh? - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) I don't expect anything to be as good as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and it doesn't have to be. It only needs to be also good for me to be happy that there is another Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and man oh man, is The Hustle also good. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Seeing a live-action Detective Pikachu movie will probably be for Pokemon fans what seeing the first Transformers was for me, or seeing Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
31% The Intruder (2019) I strongly encourage Hollywood to start making these ______ from Hell movies again. It's a high concept that, when done right, is satisfying to audiences and makes them shout back at the screen. Feel free to cast Quaid in them too. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
27% UglyDolls (2019) This is a really good message for children. Don't let toy Hitler create his master race of perfect dolls. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) These heroes will surely have other adventures, but this is the first time the MCU has taken a breath and lived in a moment. I hope its success will embolden Marvel to do this more often. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
81% Overlord (2018) We may not have ever gotten this polished a version of it before, but it still feels familiar, like A-listers slumming it... - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) The one positive that may come from this reboot is vindication for del Toro. It turns out not just anyone can make a Hellboy movie, even if you have a beloved genre actor in a red suit. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
47% Little (2019) I expected a little more from Little. And really, just a little. A fish out of water is one of the seven plots that exist and it should write itself. I guess it can write itself but it can't add jokes. For that, we need more clever screenwriters. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
58% Pet Sematary (2019) Since there's already a faithful adaptation of Pet Sematary, this film gets to explore what if the story played out differently? That would still be a good story. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is the Star is Born of flying elephant movies. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) The perfect origin story. It has fun teaching us the mythology of Shazam powers and teaching Billy to become a true hero. I love all these characters and hope to see them again in many more Shazam! films. Franchise Fred approves. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
70% Triple Threat (2019) You've got Silat vs Kung Fu and Muay Thai. They each get plenty of chances to fight solo too, or to team up against a powerful foe. Triple Threat really explores all the possible combinations of martial arts talent at their disposal. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
34% Wonder Park (2019) Your mileage may vary but I've got to appreciate Wonder Park's ambition. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
67% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Franchise Fred approves Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Now hurry up and make more before Lillis isn't a teenager anymore! - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson was already my hero before Captain Marvel so this only reconfirms the obvious. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
60% Greta (2019) The serious arthouse version of Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach. That's the one where Commandant Lassard switches luggage with the bad guys. Chloe Grace Moretz is the Lassard who picks up the wrong bag in this version. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019