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

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2020 YEAR END EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film


 

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
(***½)-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
(½*)-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
(***½)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Zack Snyder’s Justice League is surprisingly pretty damn great."


 

MINARI
(***½)-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..."


 

VAMPIRES VS THE BRONX
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...relies more on good story ideas than flashy special effects..."


 

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
(***½)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"The look and feel of this film perfectly transports you back to the style of the ‘60s"


 

WHITE TIGER
(***½)-VITO CARLI

"...a potent, visually arresting-coming of age story..."


 

BATMAN SOUL OF THE DRAGON
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"Much time is spent-on the spiritual enlightenment martial arts can bring..."


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2020
Vito weighs in with Summation of the Year in Film


 

TOP FILMS-2020
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Last Year


 

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
(***½)-VITO CARLI

"...a compelling and intimate small film..."


 

WONDER WOMAN 1984
(*½)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"Folks, it’s a mess"


 

COLLECTIVE
(***½)-VITO CARLI

"...paints a dark portrait of the institutions we rely on most for protection..."


 

WOLFWALKERS
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...a fantastic effort that both children and adults will definitely enjoy"


 

MULAN
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...fairly accessible quasi Asian action film for American audiences..."


 

THE QUEENS GAMBIT
(***½)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"Clever-never conceited, possesses a reassurance borne of flawless construction..."


 

i'm thinking of ending things
(***½)-VITO CARLI

"...designed to be a cultural studies grad student’s wet dream..."


 

DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...the movie we need right now"


 

TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL
(***)-VITO CARLI

"...a public service by putting the info together in such an accessible format."


 

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
(***)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...hard to top the news when it comes to unscrupulous behavior of people"


 

MARTIN EDEN
(****)-VITO CARLI

"...feels like an instant classic."


 

TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
(***½)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...an assertive and impassioned piece of political theater"


 

WHITE RIOT
(***½)-VITO CARLI

"...a visually interesting and intellectually challenging documentary..."


 

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
(****)-JIM RUTKOWSKI
"...Dick Johnson is a story about humanity first."


 

DREAMING GRAND AVENUE
(***½)-VITO CARLI

"...a quirky little buried treasure."


 

ENOLA HOLMES
(**½-JR)
"...for die-hard Sherlock fans, this is fluff for a young audience..."


 

TENET
(***½-VC)

"...the film is a near masterpiece, but it overstays its welcome a bit..."


 

SUPERMAN MAN OF TOMORROW
(***½-JR)

"...a very solid, charming little film in its own right."


 

SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN CINEMA
(***-VC)

"...illuminating, provocative and thought provoking"


 

SWAMP THING (DC Universe mini-series)
(***½-JR)

"...a unique vision for a superhero series and it can often be compelling"


 

WWE SUMMON THE DARKNESS
(**-VC)

"...the surprises aren’t that big or impossible to guess for careful viewers.."


 

WATCHMEN (HBO mini-series)
(****-JR)
"...honoring the past, but moving forward - one of the year’s best TV series"


 

FIRST COW
(***½-VC)
"...beautifully developed, wholly unique and magical."


 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK APOKOLIPS WAR
(***-JR)
"...a thrilling conclusion to the saga that offers no shortage of long-awaited fights"


 

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: STORY OF FIRE SAGA
(***-VC)
"...overstuffed-but there is enough amusing gags to make it worth seeing."


 

OLD GUARD
(***-JR)

"...possibly one of the most down-to-earth superhero films in recent memory"


 

DA 5 BLOODS
(****-VC)

"...both historical and contemporary at the same time."


 

VAST OF THE NIGHT
(***½-JR)

"...an atmosphere so thick you can practically feel what it’s like in the town"


 

PLANET OF THE HUMANS
(***1/2-VC)

"...unflinching attempt to open our eyes and see the future without blinders on"

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