2022 in Movies: The First Six Months

THE TOP 5 1. RRR Trust me when I say you’ve never seen anything like this before… and may never again. Set in 1920s India, this epic extravaganza tells the fictionalized story of two real-life revolutionaries and their battle against British rule. It is already the most watched non-English film […]

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2021 in Movies: The Last Six Months

THE TOP 5 1. Drive My Car A three-hour-long, heady, Oscar-nominated Japanese film about a widower attempting to stage a version of ‘Uncle Vanya’ may not sound like riveting stuff, but ‘Drive My Car’ is as close to a game-changer as anything that has come down the pike in recent […]

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2021 in Movies: The First Six Months

THE TOP 5 1. Minari The story of a Korean family struggling to stay afloat on a makeshift Arkansas farm is a beautiful and touching bit of subdued and nuanced filmmaking. Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung has crafted a character-driven masterpiece with Steven Yeun and Han Ye-ri leading the way as […]

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2020 in Movies: The Last Six Months

THE TOP 5 Promising Young Woman “A mind-blowing and brilliant masterpiece of moviemaking about a woman bent on revenge after her best friend is raped in college. Built on the foundation of a career-best performance by Carey Mulligan, this is the kind of thought-provoking and game-changing film that, by itself, […]

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2020 in Movies: The First Six Months

THE TOP 5 1. The Vast of Night (review) “Though steeped in easter-eggy homages to everything from The Twilight Zone to The War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the film is undeniably still a one-of-a-kind original (along with being wildly entertaining… and worthy of not one but multiple viewings). It is also, […]

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10 Best Films of the ’10s

1. Brooklyn – 2015 (review) “With a rare, endearing sense of grace and tenderness, Brooklyn tells a very simple love story. But underneath the surface is a film of such emotional depth and complexity that its poignancy lingers for a long time after the credits roll.” 2. Black Swan – 2010 “There are terrifying […]

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10 Worst Films of the ’10s

1. The Happytime Murders – 2018 (review) “The trailer gave us obscene amounts of hope that The Happytime Murders would be a raucous and hilarious way to close out the summer. But the trailer is the only thing this crass, unfunny, and tedious exercise has going for it. Plus, it gives Melissa McCarthy […]

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2019 in Movies: The Last Six Months

THE TOP 5 1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (review) “From the film’s supremely of-the-time soundtrack (including real clips of radio jingles and ads from the now-defunct KHJ-radio Los Angeles) to the phenomenal camera work of cinematographer extraordinaire Robert Richardson to its plentiful, fun-bonus films-within-a-film, Once Upon a Time is […]

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2019 in Movies: The First Six Months

THE TOP 51. Avengers: Endgame (review)“Not a minute is wasted, not a scene feels superfluous, and anytime you can offer up a half-dozen genuinely gut-wrenching scenes alongside riffs on everything from Axe body spray to Cheez Whiz, you’ve created something truly special.” 2. Free Solo (review)“Free Solo is a marvelous documentation of perhaps the most […]

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2018 in Movies: The Last Six Months

THE TOP 51. Roma (review)“From the camera work (which Cuarón did himself) to the sound design to the flawless, incredibly intricate choreography of the film’s many exquisite tracking shots, there’s not a moment in Roma that isn’t an awesome (in the true sense of the word) achievement.” 2. Green Book […]

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