Movie Reviews

In an ideal world, films wouldn’t be judged by stars, percentages or numbers on a scale, but by what they stir up, inspire, or accomplish. By the way they make us laugh, make us cry, make us think, keep us on the edge of our seats, or open our imaginations.

That being said, as a filmmaker/film lover I often get others asking for my opinion on films both current and past, and I thought it appropriate that my simple film ratings have a space they could call home. Over the past few years I’ve given a number of films a full analysis and review (which are highlighted in bold), but I just don’t have the time to give each film the proper review it deserves.

★★★★★Masterpiece. An Amazing Film.
★★★★☆Great. A Really Solid, Entertaining Film.
★★★☆☆Mediocre. So-so. A decent movie.
★★☆☆☆Not That Good. Kind of a Stinker.
★☆☆☆☆Horrendous. An Awful Film.

Films are listed below alphabetically by year of release.
Also, please be aware that the ratings do not necessarily focus on whether or not a film is family-friendly (I suggest you use a site such as commonsensemedia.org to find details on a film’s content), but on the artistic, entertainment, and cinematic merits of the film.


2017

A Dog’s Purpose – ★★★
Alien: Covenant – ★★★
All Saints – ★★★
Atomic Blonde – ★★½
Baby Driver – ★★★★½
Beauty and the Beast – ★★★½
The Big Sick – ★★★★
Born in China – ★★★
Brad’s Status – ★★★½
Brigsby Bear – ★★★★½
Cars 3 – ★★½
The Case for Christ – ★★★
Colossal – ★★★½
Despicable Me 3 – ★★½
Detroit – ★★★½
Dunkirk – ★★★★½
Fist Fight – ★★½
Free Fire – ★★½
Get Out – ★★★★
Gifted – ★★★★
Girls Trip – ★½
The Glass Castle – ★★★★
Going in Style – ★★★
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – ★★★
Ingrid Goes West – ★★★★
Kong: Skull Island – ★★★½
Lego Batman – ★★★½
Life – ★★★
Logan – ★★★★
Logan Lucky – ★★★★
Lost in London – ★★★
The Lost City of Z – ★★★
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – ★★½
 The Shack – ★★½
Spider-Man: Homecoming – ★★★½
Split – ★★★★
Stronger – ★★★★
War for the Planet of the Apes – ★★★★
Wind River – ★★★★
Wonder Woman – ★★★½


2016

My List: The Best Films of 2016
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10 Cloverfield Lane – ★★★★
13 Hours – ★★★½
The Accountant – ★★
Allied – ★★★
Arrival – ★★★★
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – ★
Ben Hur – ★★½
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – ★★½
The Birth of a Nation – ★★★½
The BFG – ★★★
Boo! A Madea Halloween – ½
The Boss – ★★★
Captain Fantastic – ★★★★½
Central Intelligence – ★★★½
The Choice – ★★★
Deadpool – ★★★½
Deepwater Horizon – ★★★½
Don’t Think Twice – ★★★★
Dr. Strange – ★★★
Eddie the Eagle – ★★★★
Edge of Seventeen – ★★★★
Everybody Wants Some! – ★★½
Fantastic Beasts – ★★
Fences – ★★★
Finding Dory – ★★★★
The Finest Hours – ★★★
The Founder – ★★★½
Free State of Jones – ★★½
Ghostbusters – ★½
The Girl on the Train – ★★½
Gleason – ★★★★
God’s Not Dead 2 – ★★
Hacksaw Ridge – ★★★★
Hail, Caesar! – ★★
Hell or High Water – ★★★★
Hello, My Name is Doris – ★★★★
Hidden Figures – ★★★½
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise – ★★★
The Hollars – ★★★
Hunt for the Wilderpeople – ★★★★
Inferno – ★½
The Infiltrator – ★★★½
Jackie – ★★★★
The Jungle Book – ★★★★
Keanu – ★★★
Kung Fu Panda 3 – ★★½
La La Land – ★★★★★
The Legend of Tarzan – ★★½
The Light Between Oceans – ★★★★
Lion – ★★★★
The Lobster – ★★★½
London Has Fallen – ★½
Loving – ★★★½
The Magnificent Seven – ★★
Manchester by the Sea – ★★★★½
Masterminds – ★★★½
Me Before You – ★★★
Midnight Special – ★★★½
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – ★★
Miracles from Heaven – ★★★½
Moana – ★★★★
Money Monster – ★★★
A Monster Calls – ★★★½
Moonlight – ★★★
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – ★★★
Neighbors 2 – ★★★
Nerve – ★★★½
The Nice Guys – ★★★
Nocturnal Animals – ★★★½
Office Christmas Party – ★★½
Passengers – ★★½
Patriot’s Day – ★★★★
Pete’s Dragon – ★★★★
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – ★★★½
The Queen of Katwe – ★★★
Race – ★★★
Risen – ★★★
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – ★★★½
Sausage Party – ★★½
The Secret Life of Pets – ★★★½
The Shallows – ★★★
Silence – ★★★½
Sing – ★★
Sing Street – ★★★★½
Snowden – ★★
Star Trek Beyond – ★★★½
Storks – ★★★
Suicide Squad – ★★
Sully – ★★★★
Swiss Army Man – ★★★★
Trolls – ★★½
X-Men: Apocalypse – ★★★
War Dogs – ★
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – ★★★
Zoolander 2 – ★★
Zootopia – ★★★★


2015

MY LIST: THE BEST FILMS OF 2015

A Walk in the Woods – ★★½
The Age of Adaline – ★★★½
Aloha – ★★
Anomalisa – ★★★
Antman – ★★★½
Avengers: Age of Ultron – ★★
The Big Short – ★★★
Black Mass – ★★★½
Bridge of Spies – ★★★★
Brooklyn – ★★★½
Captive – ★★★
Cinderella – ★★★★
Concussion – ★★★
Creed – ★★★★
Daddy’s Home – ★★★½
Do You Believe? – ★★
Dope – ★★
The End of the Tour – ★★★★
Everest – ★★★★
Ex Machina – ★★★½
Focus – ★★
Get Hard – ★★½
The Good Dinosaur – ★★★★
Goosebumps – ★★½
The Gift – ★★★★
The Hateful Eight – ★★★★
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 – ★★
I’ll See You in My Dreams – ★★★½
Inside Out – ★★★★½
The Intern – ★★★½
Joy – ★★★★
Jurassic World – ★★★½
Kingsman: The Secret Service – ★★½
Little Boy – ★★★★
The Longest Ride – ★★★
Love and Mercy – ★★★★
Love the Coopers – ★
Mad Max: Fury and Road – ★★★
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – ★★½
The Martian – ★★★★
Masterminds – ★★★★
Max – ★★
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – ★★★★
Meet the Patels – ★★★½
Minions – ★★★
A Most Violent Year – ★★
Mr. Holmes – ★★★½
Miss You Already – ★★★
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – ★★★½
The Night Before – ★★★★
Paddington – ★★★½
Pan – ★
Paper Towns – ★½
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – ★
Pitch Perfect 2 – ★★★½
The Revenant – ★★★★½
Room – ★★★★½
Run All Night – ★★★
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – ★★★½
The Secret in Their Eyes – ★★★
Sicario – ★★★½
Sisters – ★★½
Spectre – ★★★
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – ★★★½
Spotlight – ★★★★½
Spy – ★★½
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – ★★★★½
Steve Jobs – ★★★★½
Still Alice – ★★★★
Teacher of the Year – ★★★
Tomorrowland – ★★★½
Trainwreck – ★★★★
Trumbo – ★★★
Unfinished Business – ★
Vacation – ★★★
The Walk – ★★★★
War Room – ★★★
The Water Diviner – ★
While We’re Young – ★★★½
Woman in Gold – ★★★
Woodlawn – ★★★


2014

MY LIST: THE BEST FILMS OF 2014

22 Jump Street – ★★★½
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
– ★★★½
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – ★★★
American Sniper – ★★★★
Annie
– ★★
Bad Words – ★½
Begin Again – ★★★½
Believe Me – ★★★½
Belle – ★★★½
Big Eyes – ★★★½
Big Hero 6 – ★★★½
Birdman – ★★★★
Boyhood – ★★★★★
Calvary – ★★★½
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – ★★½
Chef – ★★★½
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – ★★★★
Draft Day – ★★
Dumb and Dumber To – ★★★½
Edge of Tomorrow – ★★
Exodus: Gods and Kings – ★★★½
The Fault in our Stars – ★★★★½
Foxcatcher – ★★★½
Fury – ★★
The Gambler – ★★½
God’s Not Dead – ★★½
Godzilla – ★★½
Gone Girl – ★★★★½
The Good Lie – ★★★★
The Grand Budapest Hotel – ★★★★
Guardians of the Galaxy – ★★★½
Heaven is for Real – ★★★
Hector and the Search for Happiness – ★★★
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – ★★
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – ★★★
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – ★★½
Interstellar – ★★★★½
The Interview – ★★★★
Into the Woods – ★★★½
The Imitation Game – ★★★
Kill the Messenger – ★★★
Labor Day – ★★★
Laggies – ★★★½
The LEGO Movie – ★★★★½
Lets Be Cops – ★★½
Lone Survivor – ★★★½
Maleficent – ★★★½
Men, Women, and Children – ★★★½
Million Dollar Arm – ★½
Mitt – ★★★★
Mr. Peabody and Sherman – ★★½
Moms Night Out – ★★½
The Monuments Men – ★★
Muppets Most Wanted – ★★★★
Need for Speed – ★★★
Neighbors – ★★★½
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – ★★½
Nightcrawler – ★★★
Noah – ★★★★
Non-Stop – ★★★½
Penguins of Madagascar – ★★½
Selma – ★★★★
Snowpiercer – ★★★★
The Skeleton Twins – ★★★½
St. Vincent – ★★★½
The Theory of Everything – ★★★½
They Came Together – ★★★½
This is Where I Leave You – ★★★
Transcendence – ★★½
Transformers: Age of Extinction – ★
Unbroken – ★★½
What If – ★★★½
When the Game Stands Tall – ★★
Whiplash – ★★★★
Wild – ★★½
Wish I Was Here – ★★★★
X-Men: Days of Future Past – ★★★½


2013

MY LIST: THE BEST FILMS OF 2013

12 Years a Slave – ★★★★★
42 – ★★★
About Time – ★★★½
Admission – ★★½
All is Lost – ★★★½
American Hustle – ★★½
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – ★★★★
August: Osage County
– ★★★
The Bling Ring – ★
The Book Thief – ★★★½
The Butler – ★★★
Captain Phillips – ★★★½
The Christmas Candle – ★★½
Clear History – ★★★½
The Conjuring – ★★★
Dallas Buyers Club – ★★★
Despicable Me 2 – ★★★
Elysium – ★★½
Ender’s Game – ★
Enough Said – ★★★½
Frances Ha – ★★½
Frozen – ★★★½
Fruitvale Station – ★★
Gangster Squad – ★½
Grace Unplugged – ★★½
Gravity – ★★★★★
The Great Gatsby – ★★★½
The Heat – ★★★
Her – ★★★★½
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – ★★½
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – ★★★½
Iron-Man 3 – ★★
The Kings of Summer – ★★★½
Kon-Tiki – ★★★½
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – ★★½
Inside Llewyn Davis – ★★★½
The Lone Ranger – ★★½
Man of Steel – ★★★½
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – ★★★½
Monsters University – ★★★★
Mud – ★★★★
Nebraska – ★★★★
Now You See Me – ★★
Oblivion – ★★½
Olympus Has Fallen – ★
Only God Forgives – ★
Out of the Furnace – ★★★
Oz the Great and Powerful – ★★
Pacific Rim – ★★
Philomena – ★★★½
The Place Beyond the Pines – ★★★★½
Planes – ½
Prisoners – ★★★★
R.I.P.D. – ★
Rush – ★★★½
Saving Mr. Banks – ★★★½
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – ★★★★★
Side Effects – ★★
Short Term 12 – ★★★★½
The Spectacular Now – ★★
Star Trek into Darkness – ★★★★½
This is the End – ★★★★
Thor: The Dark World – ★★
Turbo – ★★½
The Way, Way Back – ★★★★½
We’re the Millers – ★★★
White House Down – ★★★
The Wolverine – ★★½
World War Z – ★½
The World’s End – ★★★★
Zero Dark Thirty – ★★★★


2012

21 Jump Street – ★★★★
The Amazing Spider-Man – ★★★★
Amour – ★
Argo – ★★★★
The Avengers
 ★★½
Beasts of the Southern Wild – ★★★½
Being Elmo – ★★★½
Being Flynn – ★★
Bernie – ★★★
Big Miracle – ★★★
Blue Like Jazz – ★★★½
The Bourne Legacy – ★
Brave
 – ★★★½
Bully – ★★★½
The Campaign – ★★★
Celeste and Jesse Forever – ★★½
Chronicle – ★★★½
Cloud Atlas – ★★½
Craigslist Joe – ★★½
The Dark Knight Rises – ★★★★★
Django Unchained – ★★★★½
Dredd – ★★
End of Watch – ★★★
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – ★★★★
The Five-Year Engagement – ★★★
Flight – ★★★½
The Grey – ★★★★½
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – ½
Haywire – ★★
Here Comes the Boom – ★★★
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – ★★★
Hope Springs – ★½
The Hunger Games – ★★★★
The Impossible – ★★★½
The Imposter – ★★★★
The Intouchables – ★★★★
Jeff, Who Lives at Home – ★★★★
John Carter – ★★
Killing them Softly – ★★
Lawless – ★★½
Les Miserables – ★★★★
Life of Pi – ★★★★½
Lincoln – ★★★★½
The Lorax – ★★★½
Looper – ★★★★
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – ★★★½
The Master – ★★
Men in Black III – ★★½
Moonrise Kingdom – ★★★½
October Baby – ★★★
The Odd Life of Timothy Green – ★★★
Paranorman – ★★★
Parental Guidance  – ★
People Like Us – ★★★½
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – ★★
The Pirates! Band of Misfits – ★★★½
Premium Rush – ★★★
Prometheus – ★★★★
Promised Land – ★
The Queen of Versailles – ★★★½
Robot and Frank – ★★★½
Ruby Sparks – ★★★★½
Safety Not Guaranteed – ★★★½
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – ★★★
Searching for Sugar Man – ★★★½
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – ★★½
Seven Psychopaths – ★★★★
Silver Linings Playbook – ★★★★½
Skyfall – ★★★★
Sleepwalk with Me – ★★★½
Snow White and the Huntsman – ★★★½
Taken 2 – ★
This is 40 – ★★★½
Trouble with the Curve – ★★
The Vow – ★★½
Wanderlust – ★★½
The Watch – ★★½
Wreck-It Ralph – ★★★★


2011

50/50 – ★★★½
The Adventures of Tintin – ★★★½
The Adjustment Bureau – ★★½
Arthur Christmas – ★★★½
The Artist – ★★★★½
The Beaver – ★★★
A Better Life – ★★★
The Big Year – ★★
Bridesmaids – ★★★½
Born to Be Wild – ★★★
Cameraman – ★★★½
Captain America: The First Avenger – ★★★½
Cars 2 – ★★
Cave of Forgotten Dreams – ★½
The Conspirator – ★
Contagion – ★★
Courageous – ★★★
Cowboys and Aliens – ★★★
Crazy Stupid Love – ★★★½
The Debt – ★★★★
The Descendants – ★★★★
Drive – ★★★★
Everything Must Go – ★★★½
Exporting Raymond – ★★★½
Footloose – ★★½
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – ★★★½
The Grace Card – ★★½
Hanna – ★★★½
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II – ★★★★½
The Help – ★★★★
Horrible Bosses 2 – ★★★
Hugo – ★★★★
The Ides of March – ★★★★
In Time – ★★½
Jack and Jill – ★
Kung-Fu Panda 2 – ★★★½
The Last Godfather – ★
Like Crazy – ★★½
Life in a Day – ★★★½
Machine Gun Preacher – ★★
Midnight in Paris – ★★★★
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – ★★★★
Moneyball – ★★★★
The Muppets – ★★★★★
Of Gods and Men – ★★
One Day – ★★
Paul – ★★★
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – ★★★½
Puss in Boots – ★★★½
Rango – ★★★★
Real Steel – ★★½
Rio – ★★½
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes – ★★★★
Soul Surfer – ★★★
Source Code – ★★★
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World – ½
Super 8 – ★★★★★
Tower Heist – ★★½
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – ★★
The Tree of Life – ★★★★
Unknown – ★★★
War Horse – ★★★★½
Warrior – ★★★★
The Way – ★★½
The Way Back – ★★★
We Bought a Zoo – ★★★
Win Win – ★★★★
Winnie the Pooh – ★★★★
X-Men: First Class – ★★★★


2010

127 Hours – ★★★★½
Alice in Wonderland – ★½
Black Swan – ★★★
The Book of Eli – ★★★★½
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader – ★★
Cyrus – ★★½
Date Night – ★★★★
Despicable Me – ★★★½
Dinner for Schmucks – ★★★
Easy A – ★★★½
Exit Through the Gift Shop – ★★★★
The Fighter – ★★★½
Get Low – ★★
Grown-Ups – ★
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I – ★★★★
How to Train Your Dragon – ★★★½
Inception – ★★★★★
Iron Man 2 – ★★
It’s Kind of a Funny Story – ★½
The King’s Speech – ★★★★½
Leap Year – ★★½
Letters to God – ★★★
Little Fockers – ½
Megamind – ★★★½
Morning Glory – ★★
The Next Three Days – ★★
The Other Guys – ★★★
True Grit – ★★★★★
Scott Pilgrim vs. World – ★★★★
Secretariat – ★★★
Shrek Forever After – ★
The Social Network – ★★★★
The Switch – ★★½
Tangled – ★★★★★
The Town – ★★★½
Toy Story 3 – ★★★★★
Unstoppable – ★★★
Valentine’s Day – ★★
Winter’s Bone – ★★½
Youth in Revolt – ★


2009

500 Days of Summer – ★★★★½
9 – ★½
A Christmas Carol (Disney) – ★
A Serious Man – ★★★½
Adventureland – ★★★
All About Steve – ½
Angels and Demons – ★★★
Avatar – ★
Away We Go – ★★★
The Blind Side – ★★½
Bride Wars – ★
Crazy Heart – ★★★½
Defiance – ★★★
District 9 – ★★★
Extract – ★★½
The Fantastic Mr. Fox – ★★★
Funny People – ★★★½
Gentlemen Broncos – ★★★
Gran Torino – ★★
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – ★★★★
The Hangover – ★★★
The Hurt Locker – ★★★★½
I Love You, Man – ★★★
Inglourious Bast*rds – ★★★★½
Knowing – ★
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian – ★★½
Paul Blart: Mall Cop – ★★★
Pink Panther 2 – ★
Ponyo – ★★
Push – ★★
The Road – ★★★½
Sherlock Holmes – ★★
Star Trek – ★★★★½
Taken – ★★★½
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – ★
Up – ★★★★★
Up in the Air – ★★
Watchmen – ★★★
Where the Wild Things Are – ★★★½
Zombieland – ★★★★½


2008

Baby Mama – ★★★½
Be Kind Rewind – ★★★★
Birdemic – ½
Bolt – ★★★½
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – ★★★½
Burn After Reading – ★★
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – ★★½
Cloverfield – ★★★
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – ★★★★
The Dark Knight – ★★★★★
Dear Zachary: A Letter to His Son About His Father – ★★★★
Doubt – ★★★½
Eagle Eye – ★★½
Fanboys – ★★★
Fireproof – ★★½
Fools Gold – ★★★
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – ★★★
Frost/Nixon – ★★★½
Get Smart – ★★½
Hancock – ★
High School Musical 3 – ★★
Horton Hears a Who! – ★★★½
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – ★★★½
Iron Man – ★★
Jumper – ★★
Kung-Fu Panda – ★★★★
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – ★★★★
Mamma Mia – ★★
Man on Wire – ★★★★
Marley and Me – ★★★½
Pineapple Express – ★★★★
Quantum of Solace – ★★★
Role Models – ★★★½
Seven Pounds – ★★★
Slumdog Millionaire – ★★★★★
The Spiderwick Chronicles – ★★½
Step Brothers – ★★★
Vantage Point – ★★★
W. – ★
Wall-E – ★★★★★


2007

1408 – ★★★
300 – ★
3:10 to Yuma – ★★★
Across the Universe – ★★★
Amazing Grace – ★★★½
American Gangster – ★★★
August Rush – ★★★
Bee Movie – ★★★½
Blades of Glory – ★★★
The Bourne Ultimatum – ★★★½
Breach – ★★
The Bridge to Terabithia – ★★★
The Bucket List – ★★★½
Daddy Day Camp – ★
Dan in Real Life – ★★★½
The Darjeeling Limited – ★★★
Disturbia – ★★★
Enchanted – ★★★★
Evan Almighty – ★★★
The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – ★½
Fred Claus – ★★★
Freedom Writers – ★★★½
God Grew Tired of Us – ★★★★
Gone Baby Gone – ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – ★★★½
Hairspray – ★★★
Hot Rod – ★★½
I Am Legend – ★★★
Juno – ★★★★
The Kite Runner – ★★★½
Lars and the Real Girl – ★★★★
Live Free or Die Hard – ★★★
Martian Child – ★★★
Meet the Robinsons – ★★★★
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – ★★
National Treasure: Book of Secrets – ★★½
Next – ★
No Country for Old Men – ★★½
Ocean’s Thirteen – ★★★
The Pixar Story – ★★★★
Premonition – ★★★
P.S. I Love You – ★
Ratatouille – ★★★★½
Rocket Science – ★★★★
Shooter – ★★★½
Shrek the Third – ★½
The Simpsons Movie – ★★★½
Spider-Man 3 – ★★½
Sunshine – ★★★½
There Will Be Blood – ★★★★★
Transformers – ★★★½
Wild Hogs – ★½
Zodiac – ★★★★


2006

Annapolis – ★★
Bella – ★★★★
The Benchwarmers – ★½
Borat – ★★½
Brick – ★★★½
Cars – ★★★★
Casino Royale – ★★★½
Children of Men – ★★★½
Click – ★★
The Da Vinci Code – ★½
The Departed – ★★★½
Deja Vu – ★★½
Facing the Giants – ★★½
Faith Like Potatoes – ★★½
Flushed Away – ★★½
For Your Consideration – ★★★
The Fountain – ★★★
Happy Feet – ★★½
Hard Candy – ★★★½
The Holiday – ★★½
Idiocracy – ★★½
The Illusionist – ★★★½
Little Miss Sunshine – ★★★★★
Mission: Impossible III – ★★★½
Monster House – ★★½
Nacho Libre – ★★★★
Night at the Museum – ★★★
Open Season – ★★
Over the Hedge – ★★
Pirates of  the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – ★★★½
Poseidon – ★
The Prestige – ★★★★½
The Pursuit of Happyness – ★★★½
Stranger than Fiction – ★★★½
Superman Returns – ★★
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – ★★★½
Thank You for Smoking – ★★★½
V for Vendetta – ★★★
We Are Marshall – ★★½
World Trade Center – ★★★
X-Men: The Last Stand – ★★


2005

Batman Begins – ★★★★½
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – ★★
Chicken Little – ★
The Chronicles of Narnia – ★★★
Cinderella Man – ★★★
Coach Carter – ★★★
Fantastic Four – ★
The 40-Year-Old Virgin – ★★★★
Flightplan – ★★★
Grizzly Man – ★★½
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – ★★★½
Hitch – ★★★
Hoodwinked – ★
The Island – ★★½
Just Like Heaven – ★★
The Legend of Zorro – ★★
Madagascar – ★★★½
Maid in Manhattan – ★★
Mr. and Mrs. Smith – ★★
Munich – ★★★½
Phantom of the Opera – ★★
Pride and Prejudice – ★★
Robots – ★★½
Serenity – ★★½
Sky-High – ★★½
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – ★★★★
Walk the Line – ★★★½
War of the Worlds – ★★★


2004

13 Going on 30 – ★★★
50 First Dates – ★★★
Along Came Polly – ★★½
Anchorman – ★★★★
Around the World in 80 Days – ★
The Aviator – ★★★★
The Bourne Supremacy – ★★★½
Christmas with the Kranks – ★★
A Cinderella Story – ★½
Crash – ★★★½
Dodgeball – ★★★½
Ella Enchanted – ★★★
Envy- ★★★½
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – ★★★★
Finding Neverland – ★★★★
Garden State – ★★★★
Garfield – ★
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – ★★★★
Hotel Rwanda – ★★★★
I Heart Huckabees – ★★★½
I, Robot – ★★★½
The Incredibles – ★★★★
Kill Bill, Vol. 2 – ★★★
Larry Crowne – ★★★
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – ★★
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – ★★★½
The Lion King 1½ – ★★★½
Mean Girls – ★★★½
Meet the Fockers – ★★
Million Dollar Baby – ★★★½
Miracle – ★★★½
Napoleon Dynamite – ★★★★
National Treasure – ★★★★
The Notebook – ★★★½
Ocean’s Twelve – ★★½
The Passion of the Christ – ★★★★½
The Polar Express – ★½
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow – ★½
Shark Tale – ★
Shaun of the Dead – ★★★★
Shrek 2 – ★★★
Sideways – ★★★½
Spider-Man 2 – ★★★★
The Terminal – ★★★½
The Village – ★★★★


2003

25th Hour – ★★★
A Mighty Wind – ★★★½
Bruce Almighty – ★★★½
The Cat in the Hat – ★½
Cheaper by the Dozen – ★★
City of God – ★★★½
Daddy Day Care – ★
Elf – ★★★★
Finding Nemo – ★★★★★
Flywheel – ★★
Freaky Friday – ★★★
Gods and Generals – ★
Holes – ★★★½
Kangaroo Jack – ★½
Kill Bill, Vol. 1 – ★★★
The Last Samurai – ★★★½
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – ★★★★★
Lost in Translation – ★★★★
Love, Actually – ★★★½
The Italian Job – ★★★
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – ★
The Matrix Reloaded – ★★½
Matrix Revolutions – ★
Mystic River – ★★★★
Old School – ★★★½
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl – ★★★★½
The Room – ★★
School of Rock – ★★★½
Seabiscuit – ★★★½
Shanghai Nights – ★★½
Spy Kids 3D: Game Over – ★
The Station Agent – ★★★★
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – ★½
X2: X-Men United – ★★


2002

A Walk to Remember – ★★★½
About Schmidt – ★★★★
Adaptation – ★★★★
Catch Me if You Can – ★★★★½
Clockstoppers – ★
The Count of Monte Cristo – ★★★
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – ★★★
Ice Age – ★★★½
Insomnia – ★★★½
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie – ★★★
Left Behind II – ★½
Lilo & Stitch – ★★★½
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – ★★★★★
The Master of Disguise – ★½
Men in Black II – ★★★
Minority Report – ★★★
Mr. Deeds – ★★★
My Big Fat Greek Wedding – ★★★½
The Pianist – ★★★★
Planet of the Apes – ★½
Punch-Drunk Love – ★★★½
Road to Perdition – ★★★½
The Rookie – ★★★½
The Royal Tenenbaums – ★★★★½
Scooby-Doo – ★★
Spider-Man – ★★★★½
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams – ★½
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – ★★★
Sweet Home Alabama – ★★½
The Time Machine – ★★
Treasure Planet – ★★★
We Were Soldiers – ★★★


2001

A Beautiful Mind – ★★★★
A Knight’s Tale  – ★★★★
A.I. Artificial Intelligence – ★★★★
Atlantis: The Lost Empire – ★½
Donnie Darko – ★★★½
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – ★★★½
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius – ★★★
Left Behind – ★★
Legally Blonde – ★★★½
Monsters, Inc. – ★★★★
Moulin Rouge! – ★★★½
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings – ★★★★★
Ocean’s Eleven – ★★★½
Osmosis Jones – ½
Pearl Harbor – ★★★
The Princess Diaries – ★★★
Shrek – ★★★½
Signs – ★★★½
Spirited Away – ★
Spy Kids – ★★½
Wet Hot American Summer – ★★★★½
Zoolander – ★★★★


2000

Almost Famous – ★★★½
Best in Show – ★★★★½
Cast Away – ★★★½
Chicken Run – ★★★½
Chocolat – ★★★½
Dinosaur – ★★½
The Emperor’s New Groove – ★★★★
Fantasia 2000 – ★★
Gladiator – ★★★★½
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – ★★★½
The Kid – ★★½
Meet the Parents – ★★★★
Memento – ★★★½
Mission: Impossible 2 – ★★
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – ★★★½
Pay it Forward – ★★★★
The Patriot – ★★★★
The Perfect Storm – ★★★
Remember the Titans – ★★★½
Unbreakable – ★★★½
Vertical Limit – ★★★
What Women Want – ★★
X-Men – ★★★


1999

American Beauty – ★★★★
American Movie – ★★★★
Bowfinger – ★★★½
The Cider House Rules – ★★★½
Dudley Do-Right – ★
EDTv – ★★
Election – ★★★½
Fight Club – ★★★★★
Galaxy Quest – ★★★½
The Green Mile – ★★★★
Hook – ★★★½
The Iron Giant – ★★★★
Man on the Moon – ★★★½
The Matrix – ★★½
The Mummy – ★★½
Muppets from Space – ★★½
Mystery Men – ★★★½
October Sky – ★★★★
Office Space – ★★★★
The Sixth Sense – ★★★★
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – ★★
Tarzan – ★★★½
Three Kings – ★★★★
Toy Story 2 – ★★★★★


1998

American History X – ★★★
Antz – ★★
Armageddon – ★★★
The Big Lebowski – ★★★★
A Bug’s Life – ★★★★
Godzilla – ½
The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride – ★½
The Man in the Iron Mask – ★★★
Mulan – ★★★½
The Parent Trap – ★★★½
The Prince of Egypt – ★★★★
Rush Hour – ★★★
Rushmore – ★★★★
Saving Private Ryan – ★★★★★
Shakespeare in Love – ★★½
Simon Birch – ★★★½
There’s Something about Mary – ★★★
The Truman Show – ★★★★
The Wedding Singer – ★★★½


1997

Amistad – ★★★½
As Good as It Gets – ★★★
Bean – ★★½
Donnie Brasco – ★★★
Flubber – ★★
The Game – ★★★½
Good Burger – ★★
Good Will Hunting – ★★★★½
Hercules – ★★★½
Jingle All the Way – ★★
L.A. Confidential – ★★★★
Liar Liar – ★★★½
Life is Beautiful – ★★★★½
The Man Who Knew Too Little – ★★★½
Men in Black – ★★★
Mouse Hunt – ★★½
My Best Friend’s Wedding – ★★★
Titanic – ★★★★


1996

101 Dalmations – ★★
The Cable Guy – ★★★½
Fargo – ★★★★
Fly Away Home – ★★★½
Happy Gilmore – ★★★
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – ★★★★
Kingpin – ★★½
Mission: Impossible – ★★★½
Muppet Treasure Island – ★★★½
Space Jam – ★★
That Thing You Do! – ★★★★
Tommy Boy – ★★★½
Twister – ★★★
Waiting for Guffman – ★★★★


1995

Ace Ventura – ★★★
The American President – ★★★½
Apollo 13 – ★★★★
Babe – ★★★½
Before Sunrise – ★★★★
Braveheart – ★★★★★
Dead Man Walking – ★★★★
A Goofy Movie – ★★★★
Mr. Holland’s Opus – ★★★
Pocahontas – ★★½
The Quick and the Dead – ★★★½
Se7en – ★★★★½
Toy Story – ★★★★★
Twelve Monkeys – ★★★
The Usual Suspects – ★★★
While You Were Sleeping – ★★★


1994

And God Spoke – ★★★
Angels in the Outfield – ★★
Blank Check – ★
Clifford – ★★★
Dumb and Dumber – ★★★★
The Hudsucker Proxy – ★★★
The Flintstones – ★
Forrest Gump – ★★★★
Legends of the Fall – ★★★½
The Lion King – ★★★★★
The Little Rascals – ★★★
The Mask – ★★½
The Pagemaster – ★½
Pulp Fiction – ★★★★
Quiz Show – ★★★★
The Santa Clause – ★★★★
The Shawshank Redemption – ★★★★½
Speed – ★★★½


1993

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – ★★★½
Cool Runnings – ★★★½
Dave – ★★★★
Dazed and Confused – ★★★
The Fugitive – ★★★½
Groundhog Day – ★★★★
Grumpy Old Men – ★★★
Jurassic Park – ★★★★½
Mrs. Doubtfire – ★★★½
Philadelphia – ★★★
Robin Hood: Men in Tights – ★★★
Rookie of the Year – ★★
Rudy – ★★★½
The Sandlot – ★★★½
Searching for Bobby Fischer – ★★★½
Schindler’s List – ★★★★★
Shadowlands – ★★★½
Sleepless in Seattle – ★★★
So I Married an Axe Murderer – ★★½
We’re Back! – ★★½
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – ★★


1992

Aladdin – ★★★★½
Beethoven – ★½
Chaplin – ★★½
Encino Man – ★★½
Far and Away – ★★½
The Last of the Mohicans – ★★★½
The Muppet Christmas Carol – ★★★
My Cousin Vinny – ★★★½
Newsies – ★★★
The Player – ★★½
Reservoir Dogs – ★★★½
Sister Act – ★★★½
Unforgiven – ★★★½
Wayne’s World – ★★★★


1991

An American Tail – ★★
Barton Fink – ★★★
Beauty and the Beast – ★★★★
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey – ★★
Boyz n the Hood – ★★★
City Slickers- ★★★
Curly Sue – ★★½
Fisher King – ★★★★
JFK – ★★★
My Girl – ★★★
The Naked Gun 2½ – ★★★
The Silence of the Lambs – ★★★★½
Terminator 2: Judgment Day – ★½
What About Bob? – ★★★★


1990

Back to the Future, Part III – ★★★★
Dances with Wolves – ★
DuckTales: The Movie – ★★★½
The Freshman – ★★★★
Goodfellas – ★★★½
Home Alone – ★★★½
Kindergarten Cop – ★★★


1989

All Dogs Go to Heaven – ★★½
Back to the Future, Part II – ★★★★
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – ★★★★
The ‘Burbs – ★★★½
Dead Poets Society – ★★★½
Do the Right Thing – ★★★
Driving Miss Daisy – ★★★
Field of Dreams – ★★★★
Glory – ★★★½
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – ★★★
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – ★★★★
The Little Mermaid – ★★★½
My Left Foot – ★★★
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ★★★½
Parenthood – ★★★★
Turner and Hooch – ★★★
UHF – ★★★★
Uncle Buck – ★★★
When Harry Met Sally – ★★★½


1988

A Fish Called Wanda – ★★½
Beetlejuice – ★★½
Big – ★★★½
Cinema Paradiso – ★★★★
Coming to America – ★★★
Die Hard – ★★★
The Land Before Time – ★★★
The Naked Gun – ★★★★
Oliver & Company – ★★★
Rain Man – ★★★½
Scrooged – ★★★
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – ★★★★


1987

Empire of the Sun – ★★★
Planes, Trains and Automobiles – ★★★★
The Princess Bride – ★★★★½
Raising Arizona – ★★
Roxanne – ★★½
Spaceballs – ★★★½
Three Men and a Baby – ★★★½
The Untouchables – ★★½


1986

Blue Velvet – ★★½
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – ★★★½
Hoosiers – ★★★½
Platoon – ★★★
Stand by Me – ★★★½
The Three Amigos – ★★★½


1985

Back to the Future – ★★★★★
The Breakfast Club – ★★★★
Clue – ★★½
Fletch – ★★★½
Jewel of the Nile – ★★
Spies Like Us – ★★½


1984

Amadeus – ★★★★
Beverly Hills Cop – ★★½
Footloose – ★★½
Ghostbusters – ★★★½
The Gods Must Be Crazy – ★★★½
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – ★★★★
The Muppets Take Manhattan – ★★★½
The Neverending Story – ★★★
Romancing the Stone – ★★★
Sixteen Candles – ★★★½
The Terminator – ★★
This is Spinal Tap – ★★★★


1983

A Christmas Story – ★★★
The King of Comedy – ★★★★
Mr. Mom – ★★★
National Lampoon’s Vacation – ★★★½
The Right Stuff – ★★★
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – ★★★★★
War Games – ★★
The Year of Living Dangerously – ★★★


1982

Annie – ★★
Blade Runner – ★★★
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – ★★★★★
Rocky III – ★★★
Tootsie – ★★★★
The Verdict – ★★★


1981

Chariots of Fire – ★★★½
The Fox and the Hound – ★★★½
The Great Muppet Caper – ★★★½
History of the World, Part 1 – ★★★
Raiders of the Lost Ark – ★★★★★
Stripes – ★★★½
Time Bandits – ★★½


1980

Airplane! – ★★★★
The Blues Brothers – ★★★½
Caddyshack – ★★★½
Mad Max – ★★
Popeye – ★★
Raging Bull – ★★★
The Shining – ★★★½
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – ★★★★★


1979

Alien – ★★½
Being There – ★★★
Breaking Away – ★★★½
The In-Laws – ★★★★
The Jerk – ★★★★
Kramer vs. Kramer – ★★★½
The Muppet Movie – ★★★★


1978

The Deer Hunter – ★★★★
Grease – ★★★½
Revenge of the Pink Panther – ★★★½


1977

Annie Hall – ★★★★
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – ★★★
Pete’s Dragon – ★★½
Star Wars: A New Hope – ★★★★★


1976

Bugsy Malone – ★★★
Murder by Death – ★★★½
Network – ★★★
Rocky – ★★★½
Taxi Driver – ★★★


1975

Jaws – ★★★★
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – ★★★★½
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – ★★★★
The Return of the Pink Panther – ★★★★


PRE – 1975

101 Dalmatians – ★★★
2001: A Space Odyssey – ★★
Alice in Wonderland – ★★★★½
American Graffiti – ★★★
The Apartment – ★★★
The Aristocats – ★★★
Bambi – ★★★½
Ben-Hur – ★★★★
The Birds – ★★★
Blazing Saddles – ★★★★
Bonnie & Clyde – ★★★
The Bridge on the River Kwai – ★★½
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – ★★★★
Chinatown – ★★★½
Cinderella – ★★★½
Citizen Kane – ★★★★★
A Clockwork Orange – ★
The Conversation – ★★★
Day for Night – ★★½
Deliverance – ★★★★
Dr. Strangelove – ★★★
Dumbo – ★★★★
Duel – ★★★★
Fantasia – ★★½
Fiddler on the Roof – ★★★★½
Fun & Fancy Free – ★★½
The Godfather – ★★★★★
The Godfather, Part II – ★★★★½
Gone with the Wind – ★★★
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – ★★★★
The Graduate – ★★★
The Great Escape – ★★★½
Harry and Tonto – ★★
It Happened One Night – ★★★★
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – ★★★½
It’s a Wonderful Life – ★★★★★
The Jungle Book – ★★★½
Lady and the Tramp – ★★★½
Lawrence of Arabia – ★★★★
Maltese Falcon – ★★★
Mary Poppins – ★★★★
Monty Python’s And Now for Something Completely Different – ★★★½
Old Yeller – ★★★½
On the Waterfront – ★★★½
Peter Pan – ★★★½
Pinocchio – ★★★★
The Producers – ★★★★½
Rear Window – ★★★★
Robin Hood – ★★★½
Saludos Amigos – ★★½
The Searchers – ★★★½
Singin’ in the Rain – ★★★★
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – ★★★★
Some Like it Hot  – ★★★★★
The Sound of Music – ★★★½
Stagecoach – ★★★★
The Sting – ★★★½
To Kill a Mockingbird – ★★★★
Touch of Evil – ★★★★
True Grit – ★★★★
Vertigo – ★★★½
West Side Story – ★★★½
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – ★★★★
The Wizard of Oz – ★★★★★
Yellow Submarine – ★★½
Young Frankenstein – ★★★★

© Matt Tory,  2016

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