2017 in Films

20th Century Women – A  (89%RT) – A brilliant and beautiful performance by Annette Bening elevates this touching and funny film. It’s the companion film to Mike Mills’ Beginners (that was about his dad; this his mom.) Baby Driver – A- (94%RT) – Every scene is perfectly in sync with the music. Give the editor an Oscar.…

2016 in Films

Movie My Grade RT% Mini-review 10 Cloverfield Lane A- 90% This superb “sequel” (side-quel?) is a study in quiet, disconcerting, terror.  You won’t see what’s coming next and you don’t want to know. Terrifying in every way. A Man Called Ove B 92% This faithful book adaptation about a cranky old man who just wants…

2010 in Films

  In order of release date: –Shutter Island: DiCaprio as a 40s cop investigating a disappearance at a mental asylum. A moody, slightly trippy, frustrating film with a cliched ending that I felt robbed from the rest of the story. B- –The Ghost Writer: MacGregor hired to ghost write the Prime Ministers memoirs and uncovers…

2011 in Films

Films I saw. No reviews. – Attack the Block – Beginners – Bridesmaids – Captain America – Cedar Rapids – Contagion – Cowboys & Aliens – Crazy, Stupid, Love – Drive – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Footloose (2011) – Hanna – Harry Potter 7.2 – Hugo – In Time – J. Edgar –…

2012 in Films

Movie Star Rating Quick Review -21 Jump Street ***   Much better than I thought it would be. Pretty clever and funny. -Ai Weiwei: Never Give Up *** Interesting artist but ultimately dull documentary. -Amour *** The best movie I never ever want to see again. -Anna Karenina *** Over-stylized but that is part of…

2013 in Films

Movie Star Rating (0-5) Quick Review 12 Years A Slave **** Yep, slavery sucked. 42 *** A bit formulaic but worth a watch. American Hustle **** The 70s were gross & this movie felt really long. Oscars all around. Before Midnight ****1/2 The characters and the films get better with age. Blue Jasmine **** Cate…

2014 in Films

August: Osage County – (B+) – The play is better but this was phenomenally acted. It’s not uplifting at all. Big Eyes – (C+) – I liked the performances and every scene looked like a painting but overall it wasn’t that great. Plus, those paintings are shitty. Birdman – (B+) – Made to look like one…