CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2019 MIDTERM EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film at the Mid-Term

JR'S TOP FILMS
(2019 MIDTERM EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2019 at the Mid-Term


 

the LION KING
(**˝-JR)

"...beautifully rendered as it is, there’s  a soulless, machine-generated feel to it"


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2019 MIDTERM EDITION
Vito weighs in with his Look at the Year in Film at the Mid-Term


 

TOP FILMS-2019 MIDTERM EDITION
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Year for the First Half of the Yeat


 

SPIDERMAN-FAR FROM HOME
(***-JR)

"...a quiet sojourn into the mind of a grieving teen reconciling what he’s seen."


 

LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
(****-VC)
"...captures the fragility and loneliness of human existence in a big city..."


 

TOY STORY 4
(***˝-JR)
"Pixar has done it again"


 

ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY
(***-VC)
"...far from the definitive Dylan film, it is a still worthwhile viewing experience..."


 

X-MEN DARK PHOENIX
(*1/2-JR)

"...the X-Men franchise should never have ended on such a dreary note..."


 

GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS
(**-VC)
"...the ultimate embodiment of cheap American cultural appropriation..."


 

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3-PARABELLUM
(***-JR)
"Buster Keaton returns-an update of the dangerous ways of physical comedy..."


 

AMAZING GRACE
(***˝-VC)

"It is hard to imagine any one doing a better job within this genre"


 

AVENGERS ENDGAME
(***˝-JR)
"...here we are at the ending that’s not  an ending to a story that’s not a story."


 

the MUSTANG
(***˝-VC)

"...marvelous and life affirming..."


 

LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
(***-JR)
"...the film works-it simply doesn't work as well as it did the first time."


 

BEACH BUM
(***˝-VC)
"Rarely have I been so utterly captivated by a movie that has so little-quality"


 

SHAZAM!
(***˝-JR)

"...turns the DC Extended Universe into a super-charged good time"


 

COLD WAR
(***˝-VC)
"...outclasses most of this years best picture Oscar nominees."


 

US
(***1/2-JR)

"...an expertly crafted cinematic hall of mirrors drenched in sinister-portent"

 

CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL-2019
2018, 2017, 2016
March 8th to April 4th at the Siskel Film Center, Chicago Illinois


 

CAPTAIN MARVEL
(***-JR)

"...it just doesn’t quite thrill as a superhero origin story"


 

BATTLE ANGEL ALITA
(***-VC)
"It seems like they ran out of time and tried to cram too much into the ending."

 

ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2019 EDITION
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Three Critics, 23 nominations and 55 predictions for 2019


 

REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN
(**-JR)

"...a blissfully genuine two hours of emotional uplift..."


 

HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
(***˝-VC)
"...one of the goriest art films, or the most intelligent slasher film ever..."


 

STAN AND OLLIE
(***˝-JR)
"...filmmakers pour a great deal of love into this movie"


 

GLASS
(**-VC)
"...the movie is much less impressive than the sum of its parts."


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2018
Vito weighs in with Summation of the Year in Film


 

TOP 10 FILMS-2018 EDITION
JR Picks his TOP 10 Films for 2018


 

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
(***-JR)

"...a blissfully genuine two hours of emotional uplift..."


 

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
(***˝-JR)
"... it's arguably one of the greatest superhero films of all time."


 

AQUAMAN
(*˝-JR)

"...the timing and tone of this movie is consistently off"


 

the FAVOURITE
(***1/2-VC)

"...relationships between the three female protagonists is-fascinating..."


 

CREED 2
(**˝-JR)
"Creed II's tale-ultimately doesn't match the quality of the original."


 

AT ETERNITY'S GATE
(****-VC)

"...benefits greatly from the artist’s sensibility Schnabel brings to the film..."


 

FANTASTIC BEASTS: CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
(**-JR)
"...a must-see on the biggest screen possible."


 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
(**-JR)
"...simple in design and abyssal in anguish..."


 

FIRST MAN
(***˝-JR)
"...a must-see on the biggest screen possible."


 

HALLOWEEN
(**˝-JR)
"...simple in design and abyssal in anguish..."


 

100 BEST SCI-FI FILMS
Vito Carli ranks and reviews his list of the 100 top sci-fi films


 

A STAR IS BORN
(***˝-JR)
"...passionate, authentic, altogether relevant saga..."


 

FAHRENHEIT 11-9
(***-VC)

"...does not feel quite as fresh as his previous works."


 

VENOM
(**-JR)
"...cheap, cheesy, and generally unsatisfying..."


 

EIGHTH GRADE
(***˝-VC)

"...manages to be much more compelling than most of its big name counterparts."


 

FIRST REFORMED
(****-VC)
"...the most powerful and extraordinary English language film I have seen this year"

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