Movie Comments

Below are multiple lists since 2017. Some link to my commentary; more movies are simply listed alphabetically by year viewed.

Unlike book reports, and stage shows, I rarely “review” films. I added “star” ratings to titles beginning in 2018 when challenged by a reader.
e.g. … 7*=Seven stars. ‘Ten’ is for epics like Doctor Shivago, which excels in history, acting, scenery, story, and score.

Brief commentaries, 2019, in order of viewing:
*(star) ratings are my own … 8*=Eight stars (maximum 10 stars)

Brief commentaries, 2018, in order of viewing:
*(star) ratings are my own … 8*=Eight stars (maximum 10 stars)

Brief commentaries, 2017, in order of viewing:

Also viewed, without commenting:
2019, alphabetically:
*(star) ratings are my own … 7*=Seven stars (maximum 10 stars)

  • 6*; Alice’s Restaurant (1969) -Arlo Guthrie
  • 6*; America’s Yellowstone (2007) -Documentary
  • 7*; The Black Widow (1987) -Debra Winger
  • 7*; Conspiracy Theory (1997) -M. Gibson, J. Roberts
  • 4*; Crazy Rich Asians (2018) -Awkwafina
  • 7*; Dangerous Minds (2009) -Michelle Pfeiffer
  • 6*; The Doors: When You’re Strange (2009) -Johnny Depp
  • 7*; Elizabeth (1998) -Cate Blachett
  • 7*; The Greatest Showman (2017) -Hugh Jackman
    Music by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire
  • 9*; Griffin & Phoenix (2006) -Amanda Peet
  • 7*; Head in the Clouds (2004) -Charlize Theron
  • 8*; King Arthur (2004) -Clive Owen
  • 9*; Ladies in Black (2018) -Australian
  • 7*; The Last of the Mohicans (1992) -Day-Lewis, M. Stowe
  • 8*; Molly’s Game (2017) -Jessica Chastain
  • 5*; Native Son (1951) -Richard Wright
  • 8*; Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) -Q. Tarentino
  • 8*; The Pelican Brief (1993) -Julia Roberts
  • 7*; The Post (2017) -Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks
  • 8*; A Private War (2018) -Rosamund Pike
  • 8*; Ratatouille (2007) -Pixar
  • 6*; Rocketman (2019) -Elton John story
  • 5*; The Saint (1997) -Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue
  • 7*; Soufra (2017) -Beirut documentary
  • 6*; Secret Admirer (1985) -Lori Laughlin
  • 6*; Shapemaker: Sculptor Don Frost (2017) -Docu Short
  • 7*; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo (2017) -McDormand

Also viewed, without commenting:
2018, alphabetically:
*(star) ratings are my own … 7*=Seven stars (maximum 10 stars)

  • 3*; Bangkok Dangerous (2008) -Nicholas Cage
  • 4*; Because I Said So (2007) -Diane Keaton
  • 4*; ^Brother’s Keeper (1992 documentary)
  • 6*; Certain Women (2016) -Michelle Williams; 3 vignettes
  • 5*; Claire in Motion (2016) -Betsy Brandt
  • 5*; Face of A Nation (2017) -U.S. in World Expos; Mina Chow
  • 8*; ^A Friendship in Tow/Toe (2018 documentary)
  • 7*; The Game (1997) -Michael Douglas, Sean Penn
  • 5*; Home Again (2017) -Reese Witherspoon
  • 7*; The Interpreter (1992) -Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman
  • 7*; ^Inventing Tomorrow (2018 documentary)
  • 9*; Joan of Arc: The Messenger (1999) -Milla Jovovich
  • 7*; The Last Movie Star (2017) -B. Reynolds, Ariel Winter
  • 6*; The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) -Liz Taylor
  • 7*; Jesus Christ Superstar Live TV (2018) -Legend, Bareilles
  • 8*; The Longest Day (1962) -John Wayne, et al
  • 4*; Mercy (2009) -Scott and James Caan
  • 6*; Mission Impossible (1996) -Tom Cruise
  • 5*; Paris Was a Woman (1992) -Greta Schiller documentary
  • 6*; Perrier’s Bounty (2009) -Brendan Gleeson
  • 5*; ^The Pushouts (2018 documentary)
  • 8*; Red Sparrow (2018) -Jennifer Lawrence
  • 6*; Rush: Time Stand Still (2016) -Music documentary
  • 7*; Selma (2014) -MLK
  • 5*; The Shape of Water (2018) -Best Picture Oscar
  • 7*; Six by Sondheim (2013) -theater music
  • 6*; Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) -Mary Stuart Masterson
  • 7*; State of Play (2009) -Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams
  • 6*; The Thin Red Line (1998) -Sean Penn
  • 6*; Tombstone (1993) -Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell
  • 4*; Unlocked (2017) -Noomi Rapace
  • 5*; The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) -David Duchovny
  • 8*; The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) -Jessica Chastain
  • ^=2018 Full Frame Film Festival viewings, Durham, NC.

2017, alphbetically:

  • Alien Convenant
  • American President
  • American Sniper
  • Dead Calm
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • East
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Moana
  • Morning Glory
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Shakespeare In Love
  • The Snowman
  • Sully

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