CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2019 MIDTERM EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film at the Mid-Term

JR'S TOP TEN FILMS
(2019 MIDTERM EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2019 at the Mid-Term

 

ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2019 EDITION
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Three Critics, 23 nominations and 55 predictions for 2019


 

AD ASTRA
(***1/2-JR)

"...marries-big budget sci-fi with engaging ideas..."


 

AMAZING GRACE
(***˝-VC)

"It is hard to imagine any one doing a better job within this genre"


 

AVENGERS ENDGAME
(***˝-JR)
"...here we are at the ending that’s not  an ending to a story that’s not a story."


 

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


 

BATTLE ANGEL ALITA
(***-VC)
"It seems like they ran out of time and tried to cram too much into the ending."


 

BEACH BUM
(***˝-VC)
"Rarely have I been so utterly captivated by a movie that has so little-quality"


 

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
(***˝-JR)

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


 

CAPTAIN MARVEL
(***-JR)

"...it just doesn’t quite thrill as a superhero origin story"

 

CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL-2019
2018, 2017, 2016
March 8th to April 4th at the Siskel Film Center, Chicago Illinois


 

COLD WAR
(***˝-VC)
"...outclasses most of this years best picture Oscar nominees."


 

GLASS
(**-VC)
"...much less impressive than the sum of its parts."


 

GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS
(**-VC)
"...the ultimate embodiment of cheap American cultural appropriation..."


 

HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
(***˝-VC)
"...one of the goriest art films, or the most intelligent slasher film ever..."


 

HUSTLERS
(***-VC)
"...one of the goriest art films, or the most intelligent slasher film ever..."


 

IT: CHAPTER TWO
(**-JR)

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


 

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3-PARABELLUM
(***-JR)
"Buster Keaton returns-an update of the dangerous ways of physical comedy..."


 

JOKER
(*1/2-JR)

"...an attempt to seem edgy or dark but is ultimately defiantly mediocre at best..."


 

LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
(****-VC)
"...captures the fragility and loneliness of human existence in a big city..."


 

LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
(***-JR)
"...the film works-it simply doesn't work as well as it did the first time."


 

the LION KING
(**˝-JR)

"...beautifully rendered as it is, there’s  a soulless, machine-generated feel to it"


 

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
(***-JR)

"...a blissfully genuine two hours of emotional uplift..."


 

MIDSOMMAR
(***-VC)

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


 

the MUSTANG
(***˝-VC)

"...marvelous and life affirming..."


 

OFFICIAL SECRETS
(***-VC)

"...a smart and competent drama"


 

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

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


 

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

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


 

ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY
(***-VC)
"...far from the definitive Dylan film, it is a still worthwhile viewing experience..."


 

REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN
(**-JR)

"...a blissfully genuine two hours of emotional uplift..."


 

SHAZAM!
(***˝-JR)

"...turns the DC Extended Universe into a super-charged good time"


 

SPIDERMAN-FAR FROM HOME
(***-JR)

"...a quiet sojourn into the mind of a grieving teen reconciling what he’s seen."


 

STAN AND OLLIE
(***˝-JR)
"...filmmakers pour a great deal of love into this movie"


 

the SOUVENIR
(****-VC)

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


 

TOY STORY 4
(***˝-JR)
"Pixar has done it again"


 

UNDER THE SILVER MOON
(***˝-VC)

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


 

US
(***1/2-JR)

"...an expertly crafted cinematic hall of mirrors drenched in sinister-portent"


 

X-MEN DARK PHOENIX
(*1/2-JR)

"...the X-Men franchise should never have ended on such a dreary note..."


 

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 Yeat

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