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
37% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground is Michael Bay by way of Neveldine and Taylor. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
66% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This feels like a creatively robust franchise that should keep dreaming up new adventures in gaming. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
73% Richard Jewell (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
50% 21 Bridges (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels is another studio movie that just does everything with no intention. It's like not having a take on the material is your take. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) By the time the connection is apparent the characters have long lost the audience. Then there's a Brexit and racism subplot. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) The live-action Lady and the Tramp harkens back to days of classic Disney live-action animal films, and the dogs are adorable. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) The Aliens to The Shining - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
65% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
51% Black and Blue (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) For about 45 minutes, The Laundromat was a great movie. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker is a cautionary tale. It's saying, 'Don't create Jokers. They won't just go away if you ignore them.' - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is a comeback for Eddie Murphy and a Rudy Raynaissance for new audiences. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) 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. - Showbiz Cheat Sheet EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
27% 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
24% 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
41% 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
89% 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
84% 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
64% 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
63% 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
56% 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
23% 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
42% 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