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JR'S TOP TEN FILMS
(2019 YEAR END EDITION)
"Good Old JR" Jim Rutkowski weighs in with his TOP FILMS of 2019

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
(2019 YEAR END EDITION)
The "Big Tuna" Vito Carli weighs in with a Look at the Year in Film

 

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-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

AMAZING GRACE
(***½-VITO CARLI)

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


 

AVENGERS ENDGAME
(***½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)
"...here we are at the ending that’s not  an ending to a story that’s not a story."


 

BATMAN HUSH
(**½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)
"...they’ve tried to reinvent the wheel, and failed."


 

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


 

BEACH BUM
(***½-VITO CARLI)
"Rarely have I been so utterly captivated by a movie that has so little-quality"


 

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
(***½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

CAPTAIN MARVEL
(***-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

"...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
(***½-VITO CARLI)
"...outclasses most of this years best picture Oscar nominees."


 

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


 

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


 

HARRIET
(***-VITO CARLI)

"... a substantial and engaging effort"


 

HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
(***½-VITO CARLI)
"...one of the goriest art films, or the most intelligent slasher film ever..."


 

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


 

the IRISHMAN
(****-VITO CARLI)

"...one of the finest and most absorbing American films of the year"


 

IT: CHAPTER TWO
(**-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

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


 

JOJO RABBIT
(***½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)
"...the perfect film for these times as we-are fed lies about the other every day..."


 

JOKER
(*1/2-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

KNIVES OUT
(***1/2-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

"...balances moral conscience & black humor-within the murder mystery genre"


 

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


 

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


 

the LIGHTHOUSE
(***½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)
"...a hell of a trip"


 

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
(***-VITO CARLI)
"...a decent introduction to her work which is definitely worthy of exploration."


 

the LION KING
(**½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
(***-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

MARRIAGE STORY
(***½-VITO CARLI)

"...a strong and impactful feature that is not always easy to watch"


 

MIDSOMMAR
(***-VITO CARLI)

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


 

the MUSTANG
(***½-VITO CARLI)

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


 

OFFICIAL SECRETS
(***-VITO CARLI)

"...a smart and competent drama"


 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
(**-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
(***½-VITO CARLI)

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


 

PARASITE
(****-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

"...an explosive saga of deceit, gossip, impersonation, and ultimately, conquest..."


 

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


 

REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN
(**-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

SHAZAM!
(***½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

SPIDERMAN-FAR FROM HOME
(***-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

STAN AND OLLIE
(***½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)
"...filmmakers pour a great deal of love into this movie"


 

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
(***-JIM RUTKOWSKI)
"...undeniably messy, sometimes frustrating but it has been made with skill..."


 

the SOUVENIR
(****-VITO CARLI)

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


 

TOY STORY 4
(***½-JIM RUTKOWSKI)
"Pixar has done it again"


 

3 FROM HELL
(***½-VITO CARLI)

"....masterpiece within its genre but-most probably wouldn't appreciate its genre..."


 

UNDER THE SILVER MOON
(***½-VITO CARLI)

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


 

US
(***1/2-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

X-MEN DARK PHOENIX
(*1/2-JIM RUTKOWSKI)

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


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2019
Vito weighs in with Summation of the Year in Film


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-2019 MIDTERM EDITION
Vito weighs in with his Look at the Year in Film at the Mid-Term


 

CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE-BEST OF 2010s
Vito weighs in with his Look at the Decade of the 2010s in Film


 

TOP FILMS-2019
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Last Year


 

TOP FILMS-2019 MIDTERM EDITION
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Year for the First Half of the Yeat


 

TOP FILMS-DECADE OF 2010s
JR Picks his TOP Films of the Last Decade

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