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JR'S TOP TEN FILMS
(2016 YEAR END EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2016

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2016 YEAR END EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film
  ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2016 EDITION
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
JR makes his predictions for the 2016 Academy Awards
  the ARRIVAL
(****)
"...a thrilling work of science fiction" (JR)
  BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE
(**)
"The brutalization of women isn’t an edgy plot device, it’s cheap-writing..." (JR)
  BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
(**˝)
"...cacophonic, rumbling, self-important, but only fitfully entertaining." (JR)
  the BFG
(*)
"There is a warm, bittersweet quality in the picture's bones..." (JR)
  CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR
(***˝)
"...the best “Captain America” film and the best “Avengers” film to date." (JR)
  CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL-2016
Vito Carli returns to this site with his all encompassing look back at March's European Film Festival
  CONJURING 2
(***)
"Conjuring 2 has the goods to give a case of the jitters to just about anyone" (JR)
  DEADPOOL
(*˝)
"...it eventually succumbs to the tropes it parodies." (JR)
  DOCTOR STRANGE
(***˝)
"...a bona fide movie at a time when Marvel is only doing installments..." (JR)
  FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
(***)

"...hugely entertaining" (JR)
  FINDING DORY
(***)
"...sends viewers out afloat in a salt-water sea of their own making." (JR)
  GHOSTBUSTERS
(**˝)
"...too long and not funny enough..." (JR)
  HAIL CAESAR
(**˝)
"...anything particularly meaningful-has gotten lost in translation." (JR)
  JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
(**)
"...fleeting entertainment that is dull compared to its source material..." (JR)
  JASON BOURNE
(**˝)
"The cast looks bored, the set-pieces are dull, and the script is perfunctory..." (JR)
  JUNGLE BOOK
(***˝)
"...There is real magic in it, real optimism, and real joy" (JR)
  KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
(***˝)
"The film moves beautifully, but it’s also beautifully moving..." (JR)
  LEGEND OF TARZAN
(**)
"...lurches from scene to scene without an idea of the kind of film it wants to be" (JR)
  MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME
(**)
"...Burton's gone from talented director to an aesthetic brand name." (JR)
  MOANA
(***)
"...one of the few Disney movies in recent memory that’s easy to get lost in." (JR)
  PETE'S DRAGON
(***˝)
"...offers a more meditative take on the lost and found aspects of the story..." (JR)
  the REVENANT
(**)
"...so prettily constructed-it’s painful to admit how ridiculous it actually is..." (JR)
  ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
(***)
"...filled with gritted teeth, desperation, and a nervous energy" (JR)
  the ROOM
(***)
"...approaches its subject matter from a place of childlike wonder..." (JR)
  STAR TREK BEYOND
(***˝)
"... a thoughtful rumination on coming to terms with the temporariness of life." (JR)
  SUICIDE SQUAD
(*˝)
"...it's a tacky mess." (JR)
  SULLY
(***)
"...Eastwood's politeness for his subject puts the brakes on narrative risks..." (JR)
  TEN CLOVERFIELD LANE
(***˝)
"...deep-sixes the citywide carnage of "Cloverfield," for a zeroed-in narrative..." (JR)
  X-MEN APOCALYPSE
(**)
"...an overblown monstrosity that loses sight of even its principal characters..." (JR)
  ZOOTOPIA
(***˝)
"...a grand entertainment with an ingeniously developed message." (JR)
  2016 CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
2017, 2016, 2015
Vito Carli returns with his look back at the year in cinema for 2016


 

TOP FILMS-2016
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Last Year

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