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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


 

ENOLA HOLMES
(**½-JR)
"...for die-hard Sherlock fans, this is fluff for a young audience..."


 

TENET
(***½-VC)

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


 

SUPERMAN MAN OF TOMORROW
(***½-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)
(***½-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
(***½-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
(***½-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
(***½-JR)

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


 

CORPUS CHRISTI
(***½-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
(***½-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
(***½-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
(***½-JR)
"...a hell of a trip"


 

PARASITE
(****-JR)

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


 

3 FROM HELL
(***½-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..."


 

OFFICIAL SECRETS
(***-VC)

"...a smart and competent drama"


 

IT: CHAPTER TWO
(**-JR)

"When you’ve seen one toothy, slobbering demon, you’ve seen ‘em all..."


 

UNDER THE SILVER MOON
(***½-VC)

"...a deliriously fun ride for most of its duration..."


 

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
(***½-JR)

"...it’s loaded with charm and always attentive to heart..."


 

the SOUVENIR
(****-VC)

"...arty and-wholly satisfying film..."


 

BATMAN HUSH
(**½-JR)
"...they’ve tried to reinvent the wheel, and failed."


 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
(***½-VC)

"...watching a Tartantino film is-like communing with the old gods of cinema..."


 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
(**-JR)

"...made by a man who’s favorite thing to do is name check Charles Bronson..."


 

MIDSOMMAR
(***-VC)

"...nuclear families can be more horrific than vampires or serial killers...."


 

the LION KING
(**½-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 Year


 

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
(***½-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..."

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