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JR'S TOP TEN FILMS
(2021 YEAR END EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2020

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2021 YEAR END EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film


 

WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY
(****)-VITO CARLI

"I've rarely enjoyed watching-people talk more on screen"


 

DON'T LOOK UP
(**˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...not as shrewd nor smart as it obviously think(s) it is"


 

the POWER OF THE DOG
(***1/2)-VITO CARLI

"...wiser and more powerful than the majority of films I've seen this year"


 

the POWER OF THE DOG
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...cold, cruel, and impossible to ignore"


 

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...recommended to Anglophiles, horror fans, and lovers of 60s films..."


 

BELFAST
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...a crowd-pleasing film that will  undoubtedly please fans of classic Hollywood..."

 

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...the type of superhero introduction that every fringe character should enjoy."


 

the FRENCH DISPATCH
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"Anderson tells the stories using almost every imaginable form and technique(s)..."


 

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
(*1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"What begins as a thoughtful exploration of grief-turns into mindless blood sport"


 

THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, ITS A RESURRECTION
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...serves as a fine tribute to the skills of the late great lead actress..."


 

DUNE
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Villeneuve understands what makes the novel run and what keeps it-vital..."

 

TITANE
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"... a work that will thrill some and repel others..."


 

the MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a decent balance of-intrigue, as well as a character-driven standalone story..."

 

CRY MACHO
(***)-VITO CARLI

"... a mostly enjoyable and optimistic cinematic diversion..."


 

the GREEN KNIGHT
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...likely to take up space in you mind for a long time after watching it..."


 

BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR-SEASON ONE
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...an eerily disturbing limited series"


 

THE SUICIDE SQUAD
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a refreshing dose of sarcasm in a genre that often takes itself too seriously"


 

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
(**˝)-VITO CARLI

"...left me feeling somewhat empty and wanting more"


 

BLACK WIDOW
(**1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...perhaps the single most mediocre film of the-Marvel Cinematic Universe."


 

ANNETTE
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...far more and thought provoking than anything else I have recently seen."


 

OXYGEN
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...an engaging style, which almost makes up for missed narrative opportunities."

 

STILLWATER
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...will probably give casual movie goers much more than they expect"


 

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN-PART 2
(***1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Part Two serves as a great continuation and conclusion to this adaptation"


 

PIG
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...packs quite a wallop and it may be the best thing he Cage has ever done"


 

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN-PART 1
(***1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a well-seasoned production overall and a fine adaptation of the source material"


 

PAPER SPIDERS
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...features two of the finest performances I have seen in months"


 

THE TOMORROW WAR
(*˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...another CGI action gloop-fest..."


 

THE SPARKS BROTHERS
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...the most engrossing music documentary I have seen in years..."


 

LUCA
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...an intimate, deeply personal story of growth"


 

ABOUT ENDLESSNESS
(***1/2)-VITO CARLI

"Even the smallest events take on a large significance"


 

TOM CLANCY'S WITHOUT REMORSE
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...pops off the screen only because of the-screen presence of Michael B. Jordan"


 

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
(***˝)-VITO CARLI

"...deserves majority of its ecstatic critical accolades."


 

ARMY OF THE DEAD
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...what happens in Vegas sometimes dies in Vegas"


 

THUNDER FORCE
(˝*)-VITO CARLI

"...completely devoid of either exciting fight scenes or genuine laughs"


 

JUSTICE SOCIETY: WORLD WAR II
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...another fun and fast-paced outing from the DC Universe Movies series"


 

MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...more compelling to think about and discuss than it is to actually watch"


 

NOBODY
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...one hell of an entertaining action movie."

 

ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS-2021 EDITION
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Three Critics, 24 nominations with 65 total predictions for 2020


 

THIRST
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...Iceland's finest gay slasher/splatter/supernatural comedic buddy horror film..."


 

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...a morbidly fascinating and wickedly funny feminist black comedy..."


 

GODZILLA VS KONG
(**1/2)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a mishmash of fun titan fights and asinine human elements..."


 

ANOTHER ROUND
(***1/2)-VITO CARLI

"...packed with good dialogue, effective dark comedy..."


 

JUSTICE LEAGUE-THE SNYDER CUT
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Zack Snyder’s Justice League is surprisingly pretty damn great."


 

MINARI
(***˝)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"Chung knows that drama-is within the hearts and minds of characters..."


 

BILLIE EILISH: THE WORLD IS A LITTLE BLURRY
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...fascinating subject and genuinely gifted..."


 

NOMADLAND
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...it could very well be the movie of the year..."

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