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JR'S TOP TEN FILMS
(2019 YEAR END EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2019

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2019 YEAR END EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film


 

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...a compelling and intimate small film..."


 

WONDER WOMAN 1984
(*˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"Folks, it’s a mess"


 

COLLECTIVE
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...paints a dark portrait of the institutions we rely on most for protection..."


 

WOLFWALKERS
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a fantastic effort that both children and adults will definitely enjoy"


 

MULAN
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...fairly accessible quasi Asian action film for American audiences..."


 

THE QUEENS GAMBIT
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"Clever-never conceited, possesses a reassurance borne of flawless construction..."


 

i'm thinking of ending things
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...designed to be a cultural studies grad student’s wet dream..."


 

DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...the movie we need right now"


 

TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...a public service by putting the info together in such an accessible format."


 

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...hard to top the news when it comes to unscrupulous behavior of people"


 

MARTIN EDEN
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...feels like an instant classic."


 

TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...an assertive and impassioned piece of political theater"


 

WHITE RIOT
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...a visually interesting and intellectually challenging documentary..."


 

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Dick Johnson is a story about humanity first."


 

DREAMING GRAND AVENUE
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...a quirky little buried treasure."


 

ENOLA HOLMES
(**˝-JR)
"...for die-hard Sherlock fans, this is fluff for a young audience..."


 

TENET
(***˝-VC)

"...the film is a near masterpiece, but it overstays its welcome a bit..."


 

SUPERMAN MAN OF TOMORROW
(***˝-JR)

"...a very solid, charming little film in its own right."


 

SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN CINEMA
(***-VC)

"...illuminating, provocative and thought provoking"


 

SWAMP THING (DC Universe mini-series)
(***˝-JR)

"...a unique vision for a superhero series and it can often be compelling"


 

WWE SUMMON THE DARKNESS
(**-VC)

"...the surprises aren’t that big or impossible to guess for careful viewers.."


 

WATCHMEN (HBO mini-series)
(****-JR)
"...honoring the past, but moving forward - one of the year’s best TV series"


 

FIRST COW
(***˝-VC)
"...beautifully developed, wholly unique and magical."


 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK APOKOLIPS WAR
(***-JR)
"...a thrilling conclusion to the saga that offers no shortage of long-awaited fights"


 

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: STORY OF FIRE SAGA
(***-VC)
"...overstuffed-but there is enough amusing gags to make it worth seeing."


 

OLD GUARD
(***-JR)

"...possibly one of the most down-to-earth superhero films in recent memory"


 

DA 5 BLOODS
(****-VC)

"...both historical and contemporary at the same time."


 

VAST OF THE NIGHT
(***˝-JR)

"...an atmosphere so thick you can practically feel what it’s like in the town"


 

PLANET OF THE HUMANS
(***1/2-VC)

"...unflinching attempt to open our eyes and see the future without blinders on"


 

ONWARD
(***-JR)

"... likable family entertainment that goes down easy"

 

CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL-2020
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
March 6th to April 2nd at the Siskel Film Center, Chicago Illinois


 

INVISIBLE MAN
(***˝-JR)

"...a smart-horror movie reflection on victims of domestic violence"


 

CORPUS CHRISTI
(***˝-VC)

"...reminds me of countless great film noir movies..."

 

ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2020 EDITION
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Three Critics, 24 nominations with 65 total predictions for 2020


 

WEATHERING WITH YOU
(****)

"...richly detailed, vibrant, and completely stunning"


 

TOP FILMS-2019
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Last Year


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2019
Vito weighs in with Summation of the Year in Film


 

TOP FILMS-DECADE OF 2010s
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Last Decade


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-BEST OF 2010s
Vito weighs in with his Look at the Decade in Film


 

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
(***-JR)
"...undeniably messy, sometimes frustrating but it has been made with skill..."


 

MARRIAGE STORY
(***˝-VC)

"...a strong and impactful feature that is not always easy to watch"


 

KNIVES OUT
(***1/2-JR)

"...balances moral conscience & black humor-within the murder mystery genre"


 

HARRIET
(***-VC)

"... a substantial and engaging effort"


 

JOJO RABBIT
(***˝-JR)
"...the perfect film for these times as we-are fed lies about the other every day..."


 

the IRISHMAN
(****-VC)

"...one of the finest and most absorbing American films of the year"


 

the LIGHTHOUSE
(***˝-JR)
"...a hell of a trip"


 

PARASITE
(****-JR)

"...an explosive saga of deceit, gossip, impersonation, and ultimately, conquest..."


 

3 FROM HELL
(***˝-VC)

"....masterpiece within its genre but-most probably wouldn't appreciate its genre..."


 

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
(***-VC)
"...a decent introduction to her work which is definitely worthy of exploration."


 

JOKER
(*1/2-JR)

"...an attempt to seem edgy or dark but is ultimately defiantly mediocre at best..."


 

HUSTLERS
(***-VC)
"...one of the goriest art films, or the most intelligent slasher film ever..."


 

AD ASTRA
(***1/2-JR)

"...marries-big budget sci-fi with engaging ideas..."

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