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JR'S TOP TEN FILMS
(2021 YEAR END EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2020

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2021 YEAR END EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film


 

THOR: LOVE & THUNDER
(**)-JIM RUTKOWSKI

"...veers from dark and dour tragedy to glib, dismissive comedy..."


 

NOPE
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...imaginative, thought provoking and exciting, but it feels a little too long."


 

LIGHTYEAR
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"The best thing in Lightyear is the surprisingly mature story"


 

APOLLO 10˝: A SPACE-AGE CHILDHOOD
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"I cannot think of a better film that could be seen with the whole family..."


 

PREY
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI

"...it smashes through a low bar with ease"


 

BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...emotionally bruising-is definitely worth sitting through..."


 

the GRAY MAN
(**)-JIM RUTKOWSKI

"The gears keep turning in a routine and predictable motion."


 

NEPTUNE FROST
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...a veritable feast for both the eyes and ears"


 

the AUTOMAT
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI

"...a slice of nostalgia as sweet and fluffy as a piece of-lemon meringue pie..."


 

PISTOL
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...if you are a punk fan it is must see TV"


 

RRR
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI

"...like taking that first breath of outside air after being cooped up all day..."


 

CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH
(***)-VITO CARLI

"... a film of exceedingly small, human pleasures..."


 

AFTER YANG
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI

"...a profound film for the glass-half-full atheist"


 

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...a fitting last film-it serves as a summation of his (Cronenberg's) career..."

 

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI

"...an all-out assault of metaphysical possibility"


 

MOON KNIGHT (Marvel Universe limited series)
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...often entertaining, exciting and delightfully imaginative"


 

DR.STRANGE AND THE MULTI-VERSE OF MADNESS
(**˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...generally operates more on the level of self-pastiche than any real inspiration"

 

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
(***1/2)-VITO CARLI

"...a truly original risk-taking cinematic gem..."


 

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
(**˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"... a spider’s web comic what-iffing its way through two and a half hours"


 

the NORTHMAN
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...this film makes its characters as exotic, unknowable and brutal as possible..."


 

the BATMAN
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...arguably the best superhero movie since Logan..."


 

X
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...finds clever ways to enliven and update a fairly formulaic plot..."

 

TURNING RED
(***1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...the broadness of anime to the usual bitter sweetness of a Pixar production"


 

MORBIUS
(**)-VITO CARLI

"...a totally underwhelming mixture of the superhero and horror genre tropes..."

 

ENCANTO
(***1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...thought-provoking and stimulating"

 

ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2022 EDITION
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Two Critics, 23 nominations with 38 total predictions for 2022


 

DRIVE MY CAR
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...its patient storytelling is only matched by its temporal scope."


 

CODA
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"While-predictable, it has more resonance than many more original films..."


 

NIGHTMARE ALLEY
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...reliably beautiful in its visuals-a lack of flair in the storytelling..."


 

KING RICHARD
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...the film is not really about the girls so much as it is about the-God like dad."


 

WEST SIDE STORY
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a resplendent entertainment..."


 

LICORICE PIZZA
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...takes you back to a time when-anything was possible"

 

the ETERNALS
(**˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a gutsy mess..."


 

A HERO
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...a stern cautionary tale about the fickleness of people and-social media"


 

NO TIME TO DIE
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...destined to change how the franchise proceeds in the future"


 

WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY
(****)-VITO CARLI

"I've rarely enjoyed watching-people talk more on screen"


 

DON'T LOOK UP
(**˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...not as shrewd nor smart as it obviously think(s) it is"


 

the POWER OF THE DOG
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...cold, cruel, and impossible to ignore"


 

the POWER OF THE DOG
(***1/2)-VITO CARLI

"...wiser and more powerful than the majority of films I've seen this year"


 

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...recommended to Anglophiles, horror fans, and lovers of 60s films..."


 

BELFAST
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...a crowd-pleasing film that will  undoubtedly please fans of classic Hollywood..."

 

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...the type of superhero introduction that every fringe character should enjoy."


 

the FRENCH DISPATCH
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"Anderson tells the stories using almost every imaginable form and technique(s)..."


 

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
(*1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"What begins as a thoughtful exploration of grief-turns into mindless blood sport"


 

THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, ITS A RESURRECTION
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...serves as a fine tribute to the skills of the late great lead actress..."


 

DUNE
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Villeneuve understands what makes the novel run and what keeps it-vital..."

 

TITANE
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"... a work that will thrill some and repel others..."


 

the MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a decent balance of-intrigue, as well as a character-driven standalone story..."

 

CRY MACHO
(***)-VITO CARLI

"... a mostly enjoyable and optimistic cinematic diversion..."


 

the GREEN KNIGHT
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...likely to take up space in you mind for a long time after watching it..."


 

BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR-SEASON ONE
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...an eerily disturbing limited series"


 

THE SUICIDE SQUAD
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a refreshing dose of sarcasm in a genre that often takes itself too seriously"


 

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
(**˝)-VITO CARLI

"...left me feeling somewhat empty and wanting more"


 

BLACK WIDOW
(**1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...perhaps the single most mediocre film of the-Marvel Cinematic Universe."


 

ANNETTE
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...far more and thought provoking than anything else I have recently seen."


 

OXYGEN
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...an engaging style, which almost makes up for missed narrative opportunities."

 

STILLWATER
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...will probably give casual movie goers much more than they expect"


 

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN-PART 2
(***1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Part Two serves as a great continuation and conclusion to this adaptation"


 

PIG
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...packs quite a wallop and it may be the best thing he Cage has ever done"


 

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN-PART 1
(***1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a well-seasoned production overall and a fine adaptation of the source material"


 

PAPER SPIDERS
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...features two of the finest performances I have seen in months"

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