JR'S TOP TEN FILMS
(2017 YEAR END EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2017

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2017 YEAR END EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film
  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..."


 

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


 

TOP FILMS-2017
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Last Year

  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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