YEARS BEST FILMS-MIDTERM EDITION
JR Picks his TOP TEN Films of the Year as of the First Half of 2018
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  YEARS BEST FILMS-MIDTERM EDITION
JR Picks his TOP TEN Films of the Year as of the First Half of 2018


 

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
(***˝)
"...rich in imagination and a shrewd purveyor of monkey wrenches..."


 

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
(**)
"...an expertly manufactured hunk of corporate moviemaking...""


 

INCREDIBLES 2
(***)

"...not certain the filmmaker knows what it is he actually wants to say this time out"


 

PARALLEL PLANES
(***˝)

"...infectious, inspirational film about creative people making innovative music..."


 

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
(**˝)
"It's … fine"


 

DEADPOOL 2
(***)
"Deadpool 2 is very pleased with itself, and not nearly so subversive as it imagines"


 

TULLY
(***˝)
"...many scenes have a documentary like authenticity"


 

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR
(**˝)
"Marvel wrangle's a massive cast, but not a story that deserves their presence."


 

A QUIET PLACE
(***)
"...an intimate tale of familial devotion and survival..."


 

READY PLAYER ONE
(***)
"... a diverting slice of entertainment..."


 

ANNIHILATION
(***)
"...a melding of the sumptuously scientific and the thrillingly cathartic..."

  CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL-2018
2017,  2016
March 9th to April 5th at the Siskel Film Center, Chicago Illinois


 

GO WEST #1 (of 3)
(***)
"Garrett Gunn's words are compelling, and instantly grab us from the get-go"


 

RED SPARROW
(*)
"...an unoriginal, overlong, demoralizing piece of cinematic sewage..."


 

ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2018 EDITION
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Three Critics, 22 nominations and fifty predictions for 2018


 

BLACK PANTHER
(***˝)
"..one of the few blockbusters that does not feel like it was made by committee..."


 

BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT
(**)
"Worse than the dull animation is all the fan service the screenplay relishes in"


 

COMIC MOVIE REVIEW ROUND UP
(***˝)
Vito Carli ranks and reviews 28 comic based films form the last decade


 

THE YEARS BEST FILMS-2017 EDITION
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2009-2000, 2006
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his picks for the TOP 10 films of 2017


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2017
 2016, 2015
Vito Carli returns with his look back at the year in cinema for 2017


 

the SHAPE OF WATER
(***˝)
"...a special movie with relevant themes and a strong emotional payoff."


 

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI
(***˝)
"...the best “Star Wars” film in a long time"

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