TOP TEN FILMS-2017
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2009-2000, 2006
"Good Old JR" weighs in with his picks for the TOP 10 films of 201
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CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2017
 2017, 2016, 2015
Vito Carli returns with his look back at the year in cinema for 2017

  ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2017 EDITION
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Three Critics, 22 nominations and over fifty predictions for 2017
  ALIENS COVENANT
(**½)
"...it's impossible to not feel let down..."

 

BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN
(*½)
"Harlequinade did it better, 23 years ago and in just 20 minutes..."


 

BATMAN VS TWO FACE
(***½)
"...may very well be the best DC animated film to be released in 2017"

  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
(**)
"There isn’t a single thing here that’s better than it was in the original animated film"


 

BLADE RUNNER 2049
(***½)
"...the film shrewdly blurs the line between self-preservation and self-sacrifice..."

  CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL-2017
2016
March 3rd to 30th at the Siskel Film Center, 164 North State Street Chicago Illinois


 

COCO
(***)
"We need more films like this, family-friendly efforts that challenge viewers..."

 

DEFENDERS
(**)
"These are the most depressing superheroes ever..."

 

DUNKIRK
(****)
"...one of the great war pictures of our time..."

  the FOUNDER
(***)
"... a fascinating examination of opportunity born from legal duplicity." (JR)
  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2
(***)
"...a product of Gunn's heart than of a corporate machine dictating plot points..."


 

IT
(***)
"... a Stephen King adaptation for the record books..."


 

JUSTICE LEAGUE
(**)
"...film does a lot of heavy background lifting-too much to be able to tell a story"

  JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
(***½)
"Matt Ryan gets the episode of Constantine his outstanding portrayal deserves..."
  KONG: SKULL ISLAND
(***)
"...escapes the shadow of the original-by refusing to compete with it..." (JR)
  the LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
(***)
"...does a-succinct job at getting to the heart of who Batman is." (JR)
  LOGAN
(***½)
"...as real as the genre can get without sacrificing our inner child..." (JR)
  SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING
(***½)
"...the lightest and funniest MCU film in ages..."


 

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI
(***½)
"...the best “Star Wars” film in a long time"

  TEEN TITANS THE JUDAS CONTRACT
(**½)
"...a misfire at best, with too many tweaks and changes in all the wrong places"
  THOR, JANE FOSTER AND DIVERSITY
(A BEEF BY VITO CARLI)
"Marvel’s impulse towards diversity isn't wrong-they went about it in a terrible way."


 

THOR RAGNAROK
(***)
"...as close as the MCU has gotten to a full-on screwball comedy."

  WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
(***½)
"...has the vitality, the grit, and the unsuspecting humanity of classic war cinema..."
  WONDER WOMAN
(***½)
"...the start of a rousing, thoughtful new superhero franchise..."
  YEARS BEST FILMS-MIDTERM EDITION
JR Picks his TOP TEN Films of the Year as of the First Half of 2017
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