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Abacus: Small Enough To Jail (2016)

About Alex (2014)

About Schmidt (2002)

One of Jack Nicholson’s last great performances, About Schmidt is just the right mix of dark humor and drama.

Absentia (2012)

Effectively terrifying, Absentia reinstates the classic horror elements that first made me fall in love with the genre. Despite its independent nature, there is nothing low budget about this film. Whereas most independent features are noticeably lacking or deeply flawed in certain (or all) areas, Absentia delivers a well-rounded experience, providing in-depth make-up, eerie natural locations, an exceptional sound design, and an incredible cast, who find a balance between portraying everyday life and experiencing the unbelievable. Absentia’s plot avoids the obvious and keeps the viewer guessing, coming off lyrical with its well-placed surprises and reveals. There is a pleasure that comes with witnessing a success like Absentia, in that it lives outside the constraints of some of the more high profile garbage horror that tends to churn out, and instead reveals a labor of passion that plain and simply works.

Accepted (2006)

Accountant, The (2016)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993)

Across The Hall (2009)

Across the Universe (2007)

Action Point (2018)

Adjustment Bureau, The (2011)

The fact that the pacing was off and the only exceptional portion of the film was the chemistry between Damon and Blunt, “Adjustment Bureau” killed my anticipation and simply wasn’t the unique action thriller it was billed to be.

Adult World (2014)

Adventureland (2009)

Adventures of Tintin, The (2011)

Adventures of Tintin is a great use of motion capture animation, with great writing, superb effects, and overall just a wonderful family film. The action surpasses almost any animated film and at times tricks you into believing that these are living, breathing actors. Also, the film contains one of the best long take one consecutive shot sequences that truly shows what animation can do if placed in the right hands.

After (2012)

Aladdin (1992)

Albatross (2012)

Albatross is your basic coming-of-age story made only slightly less average by a young and strong female cast of Jessica Brown-Findlay and Felicity Jones, both of whom remain in control of their performances.

Albert Nobbs (2012)

The performances in this film make up for whatever the plot lacks. Glenn Close blends into this role of a woman dressing as a man in the 19th century. Janet McTeer out-shines in her role, becoming the best parts of the film. The side story between Aaron Johnson and Mia Wasikowska is almost worthy of its own film and adds most of what drives this film.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Alex Of Venice (2015)

Ali (2001)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

This film suffered from the “Avatar syndrome”… gorgeous yet hollow. The leading lady was gorgeous and believable, which I enjoyed. The colors were fantastic. Helena Bonham Carter was laugh-worthy. But the story was pointless and not very entertaining, everything was animated, and I would have rather been watching the original. Do not take this to heart if you are a huge Tim Burton fan, because I am definitely not. Johnny Depp was eccentric and though I was not a fan of the film, Depp has a way of bringing to life these crazy, otherwise unbelievable characters.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Alien (1979)

Still a great movie. Revolutionized alien flicks to follow. If the stomach-bursting scene isn’t one of the top 10 greatest scenes ever, then nothing is.

Aliens (1986)

Aliens loses most of what I enjoyed in Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi horror film. With Scott’s one stalking alien and the idea of “less is more”, James Cameron’s attempt at a sequel pumps out far too many aliens and far too few scares, leading this film to have no comparison to the original.

Alien3 (1992)

Alien3 on the franchise in much the same way the first two films do, creating their own worlds around the moods and themes of the directors handling them, and relating little to one another except by name and basic main characters (Ripley and the aliens). Alien3 is somewhat darker, abandoning connotations and containing actual attempts at rape and sex. All characters are expendable and there are very little redeemable qualities in anyone, besides Charles S. Dutton’s character. Without Sigourney Weaver continuing her performances in these films, they would simply turn into secondhand, knock-offs.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

All Good Things (2010)

Didn’t care for the last half of the film. The first part displayed both leads perfectly and really did justice to the intriguing trailer that comes with this film. The second half fell into annoying and too odd to be the same film. Sure it’s based on a true story, but someone should have taken some liberties. Not sure if I will see this again.

Allied (2016)

All The Money In The World (2017)

Almost Famous (2000)

Alpha (2018)

Alpha Dog (2007)

Movie was good from the start, but by the end you’re wishing you wouldn’t have wasted your time. It was based on a true story so I know it was hard to go anywhere with this movie, so maybe the director should have just cut the whole based on a true story and went his own way with it. Too bad. Justin Timberlake was pretty likable as an actor so good for him. Otherwise, couldn’t get the main character’s dork “The Girl Next Door” part out of my head. Worth seeing but not a must see.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

Amélie (2001)

American, The (2000)

Heard a lot of bad things about this film, but I seriously disagree. George Clooney is a chameleon and immerses himself into his parts and this is no exception. Great portrayal of an assassin on the run without the over-the-top explosions or timing crunching expiration points. The women are beautiful, the scenery is sublime, and you can cut the tension and paranoia with a butter knife. Not sure what critics have against this film…

American Animals (2018)

American Beauty (1999)

American Gangster (2007)

Wasn’t exactly impressed by the film. Loved the whole concept and the first half of the film was amazing, but within the second hour, I started not to care. Ridley did such a nice job of making you care for the bad guy and hate the good guy and blurring those lines, but in the end, you know that good must prevail and the ending seemed lackluster and hardly worth the two hours it took to get there.

American Pie (1999)

Nothing reminds me more of High School than this film. Not that anything like this ever happened to me, but just seeing the camaraderie between the guys and how they interact with everyone around them brings me back to those days, making me nostalgic. American Pie is still hilarious 12 years later and I will always love these films.

American Pie 2 (2001)

Not disappointing as far as sequels go. Loses some of the nostalgia and spirit of the first American Pie, but ultimately captures the same camaraderie that drives the first film so well. The fact that they got the entire original cast back on board derives most of my love for this film

American Psycho (2000)

Christian Bale breathes life into an otherwise unbelievable character. This satirical horror film rides the line between funny and gruesome throughout its entirety. Though I have often heard the book was much better, still this adaption delivers some truly memorable moments.

American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002)

Lacking any of the thrills from the original, this straight-to-DVD sequel is a kill-fest really only kept alive by the sexy Mila Kunis, whose sex appeal is not used to the advantage of the film. Coming off much like the sexy thrillers in Poison Ivy, but without any actual sexiness. Not even William Shatner could add anything to this film.

American Reunion (2012)

American Reunion returns its stars in true form. With the entire cast back and forgetting the god-awful low budget sequels, the characters we’ve grown up with return with relate-able problems and enough humor to put this sequel above the rest. This is also our reunion with the cast, so getting to see where each character is at, each with a quality storyline to back them up, American Reunion is most reminiscent of the original while bringing entirely new elements to the table. Stifler steals the comedy show and proves to be Seann William Scott’s best creation ever.

American Sniper (2015)

American Wedding (2003)

Definitely the weakest of the original three films, having Stifler as a main character and not having Oz kind of kills this one. American Wedding goes for the cheap thrills and overdone, raunchy sequences. January Jones is a nice addition, but not enough to hold this film together, or even in the same ballpark as the originals.

America’s Sweethearts (2001)

Truly hit or miss, “America’s Sweethearts” is actually funnier than you would suspect and gives a fun look into the world of Hollywood all while trying to fit the cookie-cutter rom-com.

Amityville Horror, The (2005)

If any recent actor could pull off a great performance in this film it would have been Ryan Reynolds, however, the unyielding attempt to make this a bona fide remake turns the horror off, leaving Reynolds to copy instead of create. There is very little scare to the film and mainly just rides a very small “creep” factor. At one point, I even asked myself what about this film was actually scary, in particular when the little girl climbs on the roof. Now, what about that is horrifying? It adds suspense, but there is nothing scary about a little girl balancing on a rooftop. For being a film with “horror” in the title, this film is inept in all regards; a completely average film.

Amour (2012)

Painfully realistic and deliberately slow paced, “Amour” succeeds and suffers from the same exact thing; a true to life representation of old age. After his wife Anne has a stroke, played by the Academy Award nominated and still lovely Emmanuelle Riva, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) decides to take care of her in their home, following through with a promise to not hospitalize her. Riva plays the slowly deteriorating condition of a stroke victim with surprising finesse, never letting the performance get carried away or unbelievable. There are several moments that atone to Haneke’s dark nature, like walking in after Riva’s suicide attempt or a punctuated slap at an inappropriate time or even the less noticeable deterioration of Georges’ mental stability, all elements that could easily fall under the radar in a Haneke film but give the film a much deeper meaning. Not as dark and entertaining as Haneke’s Oscar nominated “White Ribbon”, “Amour” is still a successful drama and is aimed at being the big winner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Amy (2015)

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (2017)

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Absolutely hilarious. Will Ferrell at his comic genius. Completely adore Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in their early years as well.

And Soon the Darkness (2010)

Just another vacation thriller where people die. Odette Yustman and Amber Heard are hardly able to shine, but it was good to see Karl Urban of “Star Trek” and “LOTR” fame again.

Angels & Demons (2009)

Anger Management (2003)

Angry Birds Movie, The (2016)

Animal Behavior (short) (2018)

Animal Kingdom (2010)

“Animal Kingdom” relies heavily on dramatic performances from a lesser known, less than capable cast. The film succeeds in creating a distinct overbearing veneer, with the “anything goes” mentality, but does little to distinguish itself as an amiable crime drama. Nice to see Guy Pearce step into a semi-prominent role apart from his cameos as of late.

Animal, The (2001)

Annabelle (2014)

Annie Hall (1977)

One of Woody Allen’s funniest ventures, Annie Hall displays all that makes Allen’s comedies the distinct wonders that they are.

Annihilation (2018)

Anomalisa (2015)

Anonymous (2011)

The style, design, and performances are charming, but the push-and-pull plot holds this period piece back from being anything out of the ordinary. Rhys Ifans delivers an amazing performance, showing a perpetual slide into award-worthy roles.

Another Happy Day (2011)

The only thing worse than having a family like the one in “Another Happy Day” is watching a film about them. Masochists rejoice, as this extremely dry drama about a family getting together for a wedding is almost two hours of pure screaming, crying, and catty relatives. As much as I wanted to enjoy Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn, the overwhelming and dire performances they deliver are unbecoming, not too mention Barkin’s collagen-filled face distracts from any real moments she may have. The one performance that rises from the ashes of this film, and makes it somewhat worth the hassle, is Ezra Miller, as the drug-addicted, smart-mouth son, who continuously stirs the pot of emotions, while remaining brilliantly poised and believable amongst a slew of counter-intuitive acting.

Another Year (2010)

The acting was phenomenal, and it had to be to keep anyone interested in the slow moving, nothing out of the ordinary plot. Lesley Manville gets to act the broadest, with a very distinct character while the others could easily be playing themselves. Do not expect much and the film works just fine.

Answers to Nothing (2011)

Attempting too much to be like the ensemble cast city dramas like Crash, Answers To Nothing tries to stitch a handful of people’s lives together, intertwining them and giving them cultural and relevant issues that they can work through. Though there is little to work with and even less to come out with, the film still succeeds in finding a good group of people to keep the events interesting and captivating, especially Dane Cook, you continues to grow as a dramatic actor and delivering a sentimental performance that overshadows the majority. Still, the statements fall a bit flat and predictable, leaving this ensemble film just another Crash wanna-be.

Antichrist (2009)

Tom Long said it best: “the best film ever that you’d recommend to absolutely no one”. I am divided on rating this film. For the most part, the film is vivid, provocative, and avant-garde with some of the most gorgeous visual film-making I have ever seen. But it also delves into the gut-wrenching, graphic, and grotesque, falling off into proverbs and becoming almost incomprehensible. Where I am torn, is the fact that the director, Lars von Trier evokes that from you, and in a way, this film makes a perfect horror movie (graphic horror rather than suggestive). Ultimately, I will not say “go out and view this immediately,” but in a way, I dare you to watch it.

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Buy It! Absolutely great film. I hear that you should only see this version and not the Redux. Pretty sure I am gonna need to see Redux anyway. Loved the story structure and loved the story that goes along with the making of this film. Unreal.

Apollo 18 (2011)

Yet another “found footage” film, Apollo 18 relies too heavily on jittery/poor connection cameras. Plus with space suits on, it is hard to relate with the characters. The films more effective portions use a flash-bulb light that flashes certain areas of light for a fraction of a second, but even this technique is overused.

Appaloosa (2008)

Apparition, The (2012)

Besides a good enough showing from actor Tom Felton and some eye-candy from the could-be talented Ashley Greene, “The Apparition” fails to become much bigger than itself, losing its unique content to an isolated and under-utilized presence. With more static shots of an everyday house and neighborhood (including tons of power-lines, for some unexplained reason) than anything else, this horror film holds very few scares and those that are present are complete rip-offs of films like “The Ring”, “The Grudge”, and “Paranormal Activity”.

Aquaman (2018)

Arbitrage (2012)

Richard Gere takes a villainous character and delivers a performance so captivating, and accompanied by such a well-written screenplay, that you’re often cheering for him to get away with his transgressions, no matter how severe. Tim Roth is excellent as the obsessive investigator, while Brit Marling proves gorgeous and brilliant with the little screen-time she is allotted. “Arbitrage” is with the times, bringing to light more hedge-fund scandals, along with the price that comes with having a mistress. Ambiguous endings are exclamation points when placed on already above average films, and though this felt similar to the ending of “Solitary Man”, starring Michael Douglas (which is extremely similar to this film), there was enough to go off of from Gere’s directives to draw the appropriate conclusions.

Argo (2012)

As if we didn’t see this coming, Ben Affleck proves yet again that his work behind a camera far outshines anything he did prior to directing. Plus the roles he takes on in his own films have become some of his best work. “Argo” is no different. With strong performances from the ensemble cast and a strong tie to the real life story, this film builds suspense from a very dramatic standpoint. Although not where it could be emotionally, the plot still draws you in, and by intertwining filmed reenactments with actual recorded footage from these events, “Argo” takes ‘Based On A True Story’ to new heights.

Armored (2009)

Army of One (2016)

Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.

Arrival (2016)

Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.

Art of Getting By, The (2011)

Perhaps it is my own crush on Emma Roberts that sells this film so well for me, but The Art Of Getting By, despite its many flaws, comes across very grounded and truthful. Freddie Highmore plays the overwhelmed George, who abandons higher learning to sulk at his own mortality. That is until he meets Emma Roberts’ character, Sally, who proves to be the perfect motivator. Emma is becoming one of my favorite young actresses, with thoughtful eyes and endearing smiles, her performance makes this film. Another great performance comes from Michael Angarano, in his best showing yet, displaying a maturity and sensibility that is lacking in a majority of current actors.

Arthur (2011)

Beyond my wildest expectations, I absolutely adored “Arthur”. Russell Brand plays the naive billionaire perfectly, coming off witty and charming. The film also touches on several of my loves including multiple Death Cab For Cutie songs, the gorgeous and talented Greta Gerwig, who solidified herself as one of my favorite actresses from this performance, and my hatred for Jennifer Garner, which played perfectly with her role. The film is mile-a-minute and wild, yet deep and emotional as well. Though it plays out rather predictably, I have not laughed so much during a film in quite some time.

Artist, The (2011)

It takes a lot to make a silent, black and white film in this day and age. With technology continuing to rise and audience’s attention spans demanding more and more, to take a step back, and create a film like The Artist is true passion towards film. The writer-director isn’t afraid to play with the genre, almost giving way to self-awareness, allowing for moments of sound in dreams or in finales. The performances are well-rounded and absolutely reminiscent of the silent era stars, with ethereal beauty that transcends into our modern age of beauty as well. The film is heartfelt and dynamic, yet sometimes melodramatic, but a fresh take on the genre none-the-less.

As Luck Would Have It (2013)

Assassination of a High School President (2008)

“Assassination” has a few important and unique things going for it. The writing is the first thing you recognize. With the main character also narrating the film, some of the voice overs are so uniquely written, you cannot help but keep watching. The other achievement is the mish-mash of cast. There are unknowns mixed with big stars and they all come together brilliantly. I started the film because of my love for the actress Emily Meade, and though she only graced the screen for about 2 minutes, I still stuck it out. The plot of the film is rather mulled over, but there is so much character and eccentricity that it is easy to let the story slide to the wayside.

Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The (2007)

Without a doubt, one of the best imaginings of Jesse James ever envisioned in film. Andrew Dominik lets the emotional weight sink in with a slow and steady pace that pays off, alienating to casual viewers, but completely justified to those willing to settle in. Led by a perfect performance from Brad Pitt as Jesse James and a commanding breakthrough performance from Casey Affleck, these two simply scratch the surface of a well-stacked cast, including stellar showings from Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, and Garrett Dillahunt. Poetic and thoughtful, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” is a labor of love towards an American icon, shot brilliantly by master Roger Deakins, scored soundly by composer Nick Cave, and affectionately handled by writer-director Andrew Dominik.

A-Team, The (2010)

At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

At The Devil’s Door (2014)

ATM (2012)

Nothing new to the genre, the higher end performance from its three main leads (Alice Eve, Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck) brings ATM to a respectable level. Though with very little pay-off, there is an eerie-ness beyond that of most horror resolutions that brings this tight-knit, location thriller to a thought-provoking conclusion.

Attack the Block (2011)

Attack the Block offers a unique take on the alien invasion schtick. The plot is simple: alien creatures land in a bad part of London, where a gang of local kids take it upon themselves to butcher these creatures and defend “the block”. There is a subtle humor throughout the film, but ultimately riding the same trash-talking gang for 90 minutes, the dialogue and situational humor grows slightly tiresome. The graphics are refreshing, with an interesting take on the depiction of aliens. With great reveals and “British flavor”, Attack the Block finds a way to reinvigorate the science fiction genre while paying homage to its predecessors.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Australia (2008)

Avatar (2009)

Ave Maria (short) (2015)

Avengers, The (2012)

Without a doubt the best Marvel film to date, The Avengers reaches almost miraculous levels of intricacy without losing pace or character arcs. In fact, Joss Whedon handles his giant cast of characters perfectly, delivering satisfying arcs for everyone involved, a juggling act that only an experienced director could enact. There is no one man show, as every character has their turn in the spotlight and with justified reasons that are not just for show. There is also a balance between wit and action that I cannot say I have witnessed in an action film prior to this. Running gags are established with punchlines that appear at opportune moments much later in the film, delivering a sort of smart banter between the director and his audience. Also, the action sequences rival almost any superhero film to date, with no characters being lost in the shuffle and even breathing new life into the epic sequences that appear in the trailers. At a brisk two hours and 22 minute run-time, The Avengers could have easily been extended much longer without complaint, but still delivers enough punch for money.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004)

Awake (2007)

Awakening, The (2012)

Rebecca Hall delivers one of her greatest performances yet, in this spooky, period piece horror film about a young boy’s ghost that haunts a boarding school. Although “The Awakening” loses steam with its eventual, all-cards-on-the-table twist, the fact that multiple viewings are required from this reveal means the writers did something right. The film is very reminiscent of several films in its genre, including “The Woman In Black” and “The Others”, but it fails to expand much deeper on the material than its predecessors.

Aya (short) (2012)

Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.