Movies I've Seen in Theaters (Ranked)

With added details about when I saw each film and how I rate the films today.
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Inside Out (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. (95 mins.)
The Road (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ Post-apocalyptic films are a hard sell, so I went by myself. And I'm glad I did, because if I'd gone with someone else I would've been too worried that it was boring him or her to really sit back and take it all in. And what it was was a superb adaptation of one of my favorite books of all time. And, likewise, one of my favorite films of all time.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. (104 mins.)
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ 10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ My first date with Noelle, my last girlfriend, and my current best friend. Remember that night pretty vividly. Not as vividly as her, mind you. She remembers it down to what we both ate at Joe Mama's. But I remember where we sat, so that counts for something, right? I also remember telling her, while we waited for the movie to start, about some of my man-crushes. We bonded over our similar taste in men. Brad Pitt in particular. And he didn't disappoint. Nor did the movie. It'd been years since I'd lost interest in baseball, and I knew nothing of the true story behind the film (which is why the inaccuracies didn't bother me), but like Invictus before it, Moneyball managed to make me care about a sport I have very little interest in. At least for the duration of the movie.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Illusionist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ Dragged Sarah, my first girlfriend, to this. She went willingly, though. She herself wants to work for Pixar (it's her dream job) and appreciates animation, so when I showed her the trailer, it was enough to sell her on it. And, despite me being the animation whore, it was her that described the animation style, in detail, to the guy working there when he asked, saying he was thinking of going to see it.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
La La Land (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. (128 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ 10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Sohn
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
“ Being so familiar with the edited-for-TV version of the film, watching this in theaters was like seeing it again for the first time, what with all of the scenes I'd forgotten they'd cut out. And they were handing out Wonka candy prior to the start of the movie, as well. Just simply one of the most all-around pleasant theater-going experiences I've had.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. (88 mins.)
Director: Steve Martino
“ 10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ I'd missed out on seeing The Dark Knight, which remains my favorite Nolan film, in theaters and the buzz for this made it a can't-miss. It wasn't quite the experience I was hoping for, due to a lagging last act, but it was still fantastic and I imagine I'll like it more upon re-watching it.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Trance (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. (101 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. (84 mins.)
“ Saw the re-release in 3D. Heard the transfer was weak, but completely disagree. In my opinion, it takes what is already gorgeous artwork (because, that's what this film is, art) and breathes new life into it, making it pop (quite literally).

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Stardust (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Saw this with a friend and fellow Neil Gaiman fan. Little side note: this was back before I learned it was pronounced like Gay-man, not Guy-man. Back to the film itself, though, I still say it's Neil Gaiman's best foray into film. Just above MirrorMask, his collaboration with artist (and director) Dave McKean.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Saw this with my friend, who'd just been through a break-up, and her friends. Weirdly, it was her idea. Needless to say, it hit a little too close to home for her and the good mood the movie put me in was dampened a little because I couldn't help but worry about how she was holding up. Despite that, it still managed to entertain, and now that I've seen it separate from that situation, I enjoy it a whole hell of a lot more.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ You can find my review, and more, here (

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ First time I'd ever been to the drive-in, and you couldn't find a much better choice for that than this. I felt almost like I'd been transported back in time, back before I was born when movies like ET and Stand by Me were being released. Abrams' nails the nostalgic factor perfectly. And, side note: we stayed for Thor, but I'd already seen it and was tuckered out, because I'm that failed excuse for a college student that goes to sleep around midnight most nights, so I slept (or at least gave it my best effort) in the back seat.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ To be honest with you, I forgot I'd even seen this in theaters until I was going through my ticket stubs (which I collect) and saw this among them. With every other movie in this list, there's something I can point to, some memory that sticks with me. But, with this, all I can remember is it was Sarah and she adored the animated Deathly Hallows sequence. However, I can remember the second time I saw this, when the school was showing it. It was the tail-end of Sarha and I's relationship, though I didn't know this at the time. No, that's not true. I think it was more a matter of me not really wanting to believe it. Anyway, there was also a reading going on at about the same time, one I had to attend for class. But I told Sarah that if it ended early, I'd come over and watch the movie with her and her friends, so she should save me a seat. Well, it did end early (much earlier than I was expecting) and so I went on over to watch the movie. I got there just as they were all using Polyjuice Potion to turn into Harry. So, I didn't miss much. Though, it took a while to find my seat, because it was dark and Sarah was a little slow responding to my texts. But, when I finally found her and her friends, I spent the rest of the movie with my head on her shoulder and her hand in mine. Looking back, I think that moment was when I first came to terms with the fact that our relationship was probably over and so I was just trying to cling on, to milk it for all it was worth.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Finding Dory (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. (97 mins.)
“ 10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. (130 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ My first midnight screening. About halfway through, I started dozing. Kept opening and closing my eyes, staying awake the whole time, but just barely. From what I saw (and heard), though, it was a worthy ending to a wonderful series. Except this, more than any other film on this list, is a movie I need to re-watch. Preferably when I'm not exhausted.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (113 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ You can read my review here (

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Nice Guys (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. (116 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ My birthday present to myself this year. It took a lot of finagling to set things up so I could make this midnight showing. My dad didn't want anything to do with driving me to or picking me up in Pittsburgh, which meant I had to plop down nearly $20 on bus fare, then strike a deal with my friends where, rather than staying at their place the entire weekend (since the buses that go from Butler to Pittsburgh and back only run on weekdays), I would just sleep and shower there. This meant I spent most of the weekend on one of the uppermost floors of the Cathedral of Learning trying and failing to read, nap, and fiddle around on my computer.

But the movie made it all worth it, even helping me to forget that random emotional breakdown I had on the walk there, which involved me stopping, sitting down, and crying by myself for a good couple minutes. What I remember most from that weekend is the theater experience, which involved some of the employees putting on a skit inspired by the movie and testing us with some trivia, and playing board games with my friends.

In short, while it might not measure up to my past couple birthdays, it sure beats many of the ones that came before them.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Gone Girl (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. (149 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
Anomalisa (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. (90 mins.)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ First free-screening for me. Found free passes online and had to go, what with my animation-whore-ishness and my adoration of (well, almost) all things Wes Anderson. Like with many movies on this list, I got a little too excited. And I should re-watch it to see if I like it more without those high expectations. But, that being said, I still loved it. Stop-motion is a dying art. No, actually, it's an art that people think is dead (that or they don't know it exists) until it shows up for a brief moment before going into hiding once again. Outside of Rankin and Bass, Aardman Animation, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and Adam Elliot, stop-motion might as well not exist it's used so rarely. So, it was nice to see this brief foray into the form from Wes Anderson.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Brave (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
“ You can find my review here (

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives. (87 mins.)
Director: David Silverman
“ Dragged my friend to this because I didn't want to go it alone. Now, I'm not at all bothered by that. And the film. Well, it could have been better, but it was still The Simpsons on the silver screen and that was enough for me.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. (101 mins.)
Director: Travis Knight
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ Never before have I been this hyped for a film. I watched all the clips. Read all the news. The (spoiler-free) reviews. It was Pixar. It was Toy Story, my childhood. It was extremely well-received, critically and financially. So, as I'm sure you can guess, it did disappoint me. Just a tad. That's all it could do, really. But, it still became the first and only movie I've seen more than once in theaters. For the first viewing, I personally got together friends to go see it. For the second viewing, I took my nephew and we had the theater to ourselves. Both times, I paid for my ticket with a voucher I'd gotten for free from a promotion Kellogg's was doing where each box of cereal had a code, and if you got enough, you could get things ranging from ticket vouchers to concession vouchers to a Ham piggy-bank. I also got a couple of those concession vouchers, buying my nephew a candy and a drink with it when I took him. Anywho, though this may not be up there with the first two for me, Toy Story is far and beyond my favorite trilogy of all time.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Interstellar (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Admittedly, I first saw this via a cam I acquired online. And I rather enjoyed it. But, it seemed like the sort of movie that I had to see in theaters. So, I decided to go with some friends. We had a short scare when we saw that one of the two 10:15 showings was sold out, but the other wasn't and we got tickets, no problem. The theater was also pretty barren when we got there for what we expected. Like I said, the other showing was sold out, and one of the people I went with, who'd already seen it multiple times, had cautioned us, saying we should make sure to get there early in order to get good seats. However, we pretty much had our choice of seat. And, as we sat in anticipation of The Avengers, the previews began to play, which for Noelle (no longer my girlfriend, but now my best friend) were as much of an attraction as the feature presentation itself. Well, at least The Dark Knight Rises' trailer was. She shushed us all the second it started. Honestly, I didn't know she was so looking forward to it. Before long, the movie began, and with it the swooning of Noelle and her friends. At one point, Noelle told me that her and her one friend were having swooning overload. There were so many swoon-worthy candidates on the screen at once that, at any moment, they had no idea who exactly to stare at and swoon over at any given moment. Even being a guy, and an adamantly straight one at that, when the camera gave us a gratuitous shot of Chris Evans' ass, I still had to concede just how nice an ass it was. Noelle and her friends, though, said it wasn't his ass they were staring at. I find it funny that, a straight guy, seem to objectify men more than straight girls, me seeing nothing but an astounding ass and them honing more in on his arms and face. Though, when it came to Scarlett Johansson, we were on the same objectifying wavelength. Noelle happens to have a huge girl crush on her, and her friends seemed pretty partial to her, and her ass(ets), as well. Moving on now, Noelle really enjoyed the film and so did I. More than the first time. That's probably partly due to little things like actually having subtitles for the Russian in the opening Black Widow scene and for getting to see her ass, in crystal clear quality this time, emblazoned on the big screen.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ As I started on my way back from a trip to the Waterfront, I noticed the AMC theater was advertising Little Shop of Horrors, which struck me as odd since I'd never known the theater to play classics before. But a quick check on Fandango verified that they were, in fact, showing it. So, not wanting to let this opportunity slip past me, I immediately marked it down in my calendar and made plans to see it.

Plans which I forgot about when my boss asked me if I needed any day(s) off. Naturally, I ended up scheduled to work a night shift on the same night that AMC was set to show Little Shop of Horrors. I told him I'd forgotten that I had plans for that night, though, and everything was sorted out.

And by plans, I didn't just mean the movie. I also had an interview for a server position at the restaurant inside the theater a couple hours before the movie. The interview didn't go as well as I had hoped, and I ended up at a loss for how to kill time down there until the movie, since it was about an hour-long walk back to my place and I didn't have bus fare on me. I ended up perusing Barnes & Noble for quite a while, hoping to find a book I could buy and read while I waited, but couldn't find a single one worth paying just to read.

After a while, I gave up and went to get something at the Starbucks inside and had what I consider the second best cookie I've ever eaten, their Reese's peanut butter cup cookie. And as I ate that, and drank my hot chocolate, I watched a couple episodes of Boy Meets World on my phone.

Then, when showtime approached, I walked on over to the theater, bought my ticket, and got comfortable. And was as entertained by the guy who organized these showings of classic movies doing his little pre-movie spiel, which included trivia with prizes, among other things, as I was by the movie itself.

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ This was back before I had a cellphone. So, I had to resort to printing out bus itineraries to get to the theater. They were't much help, though. I ended up getting on the right bus, just at the wrong time. Luckily, the bus driver happened to be going past where I needed off to catch the next bus on his way to the terminal, and he was nice enough to drop me off there. I even ended up getting there a little early, which made waiting for the next bus fun because it started raining, which I wasn't expecting. I certainly wasn't dressed for the weather. And I walked up and down the side of that road multiple times while I waited, worried I wasn't at the right stop. Eventually, though, the bus came and I got to the theater on time. The movie was worth it, too. I'm sure you've heard it before, but it was like a modern-day 2001: A Space Odyssey. Anyway, it was when I left the theater that my troubles really started. It was dark out, and I had never been in West Mifflin before, so I had no idea where it was that I could find the bus stop I was supposed to catch the bus back at. As you would expect, I ended up missing it and wandering around West Mifflin late at night, trying to find someone who could point me in the direction of a bus back to Oakland. I went into Giant Eagle. Toys R Us. Wal-Mart. No one could help me. At one point, I even tried hitch-hiking. Didn't work, though, which is surprising considering I have what is called a hitch-hiker's thumb. But when I waited at the bus terminal outside Wal-Mart, because the worker inside had told me just to wait there and maybe the bus I need will come, I finally got the help I so desperately needed. Luckily for me, there was a girl there who told me exactly how to get back to Oakland. She told me which bus to get on, getting on the same one herself, and even got off with me so she could show me where to catch the bus that would take me the rest of the way. Thanks to her, I didn't end up in a ditch somewhere and this all is just an interesting story for me to tell.

10/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Let Me In (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ My first date with Sarah, my first true girlfriend. Because having a girl who happens to be your friend and who asks you, point blank, if you want to start being girlfriend and boyfriend does not a girlfriend make. Especially when this takes place in high school and you never even hold hands or slow dance at the one school dance you dared go to. Anyway, as I was saying, I chose this because I knew she liked Twilight (though, she said she realized it was trash... entertaining trash) and wanted to show her vampires done right. And, apparently, I did good choosing it because your body often mixes up terror and arousal, making horror films perfect for first dates. Oh, and the movie was good, too. It's not the original, that's for sure. Though, if it weren't for the Twilight-tree-climbing-level special effects you see when she attacks, it'd be up there with it.

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Muppets (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures. (103 mins.)
Director: James Bobin
“ It was after this movie that I first realized that I loved Noelle, her dancing around and singing, made silly by sleep-deprivation. That's what I remember most about that night. I will say that this was another instance of me getting my hopes up too high and ending up a tad disappointed, as a result. But, it was still The Muppets and Jason Segel and Amy Adams and I was happy, both during the movie and after.

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
“ After Noelle and I's first date, we wanted to go to PF Chang's, but there was too long a wait. Then we tried Longhorn Steakhouse. Again, too long a wait. So, we decided instead to bus back to Oakland and go to Joe Mama's. Well, for our six-month anniversary, we decided we'd give it another shot. See if we could replicate our first date, except eat where we'd originally planned. This time we called ahead to make a reservation, so no worries there. The movie, though, wasn't quite on par with Moneyball, but it was a sweet, nicely understated movie with Jason Segel really looking the part of an adult who lives in his mother's basement.

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ Ever since I first heard about it, I had to see it. The same went for Noelle. It was a long time waiting, but eventually the Manor came through for us and started showing it. While it was a slight disappointment, due mostly to my unbelievably high expectations, it was still about all I expected it to be and deserving of all its accolades. Oh, and if you're wondering what my girlfriend at the time thought, she said, and I quote, that it "made her soul happy."

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Whip It (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. (111 mins.)
Director: Drew Barrymore
“ My second trip to the dollar theater. This time, I was smart enough to go in the daytime and caught a bus back. And the movie was just the sort of movie perfect for seeing at a dollar theater, on TV or as a DVD rental. It's cheap, simple fun.

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. (124 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Noelle knew nothing about this movie going in, so she was a little worried about what she might be going to see, but decided to trust me. And I didn't betray that trust. Nor did the movie. It was a sweet little film. Maybe a little too saccharine for some, but not me. Or her.

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. (123 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Waited and waited for the opportunity to see this, Heath Ledger's last role. Finally, the Manor came through for me and I went at the first opportunity. And I wasn't disappointed. The movie may not have been perfect, but I wasn't expecting to be. When your lead actor dies during filming, and you have to make do with reworking the plot so as to allow other actors to fill his shoes, it's understandable if the end result is a little bit of a mess at times. And the film was still majorly enjoyable, and a fitting tribute to Heath Ledger. Side note: I learned not too long ago that the actors who took his place in the film all donated their pay to his daughter, which makes this film even more bittersweet.

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
ParaNorman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (92 mins.)
“ You can find my review of ParaNorman here (

9/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. (104 mins.)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. (138 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ My sister was nice enough to take me to see this with her friends. Two of which I had physically abused as a child. One I hit with a jump rope. The other with a rake. Luckily, I outgrew that demon-child phase. Anyway, I only vaguely remember the film itself, but I certainly enjoyed it, it being my first Harry Potter theater experience.

8/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
It (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. (135 mins.)
Director: Andy Muschietti
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker. (136 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. (121 mins.)
Logan Lucky (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. (118 mins.)
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
The Ghost Writer (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Felt like I had taken a field-trip with a nursing home. The theater was nearly empty, save for some old people. Guess people really don't want to support Roman Polanski anymore. Personally, I couldn't care less about his personal life. I support the art, not the artist. And this was a rather good, and artful, thriller.

8/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Arrival (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When twelve mysterious spacecrafts appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. (116 mins.)
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ You can find my (brief) review here (

8/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Second time I saw a movie at the drive-in. And the first time I actually took a bathroom break during a movie. Generally, I don't need to go or can hold it in for the duration of the movie, but not this time. It's hard to concentrate on a movie when you're having intense intestinal cramps. (Note: you couldn't lock the door to the bathroom stall, so I'm lucky no one else decided to come in around the same time) But, luckily, I didn't miss much. Though, the writers of the film did. It felt like a rough draft that was thrown haphazardly together. An admittedly fun rough draft that looked great. And I failed to take notice of many of the plot holes and, like they say, ignorance is bliss.

8/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Martian (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
Mother! (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. (121 mins.)
Monsters University (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
Shrek the Third (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When his new father-in-law, King Harold falls ill, Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Not one to give up his beloved swamp, Shrek recruits his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona, however, rallies a band of royal girlfriends to fend off a coup d'etat by the jilted Prince Charming. (93 mins.)
“ Perhaps it was the theater experience that made me enjoy it, because my family didn't, not even my nephew, who was 5 at the time. And every time I see a snippet of it on TV, I change the channel because it doesn't look as good as I remember it and I don't want to mar my memories.

7/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Verged on being a tremendous disappointment for the vast majority of its run-time. But the third act, which was suitably "kick-ass," and Hit Girl, salvaged it.

7/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. (136 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
“ None of the sequels can compare to the original. Let's just get that out there up-front. That being said, though, I enjoy all four films. Why? The same, and sole, reason I keep watching them. Johnny Depp. Like House is carried by the charisma of Hugh Laurie and his character, the same can be said for the Pirates series and Johnny Depp and his character, Captain Jack Sparrow.

7/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
“ Wasn't planning on seeing this in theaters, but my friends up and decided they wanted to, so I joined them. Didn't even get a proper ticket. What I got was a "ticket stub" that came on the same type of paper as my receipt. We had to buy our tickets at concessions, so that's the reason for that. Anyway, the movie was alright. I didn't feel the same chemistry between Smith and Jones as in the other two movies, but Smith and Brolin were fantastic together. And, speaking of Brolin, he completely disappeared into the role, playing a perfect K. Lastly, the ending was quite the capper, raising my opinion of the movie even higher. All in all, a decently fun time.

7/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
To Rome with Love (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (112 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ You can find my review here (

7/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Almost saw this in 2D at my local theater. That was all they had at the time. It wasn't until a year or so ago that they introduced 3D. It's a good thing I waited to see it in 3D, because that was the draw, what made it worth watching. It sure as hell wasn't the plot, which was clearly stolen and cobbled together from a whole host of sources.

6/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Boxtrolls (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. (96 mins.)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years. (164 mins.)
Inspector Gadget (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A security guard's dreams come true when he is selected to be transformed into a cybernetic police officer. (78 mins.)
Director: David Kellogg
“ First movie I saw in theaters. At least that I can remember. And, given my love for Inspector Gadget, and the fact that I was a kid at the time, I think it's safe to assume I liked it. But, like with the movie below, I can't say for sure.

1/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ You can find my (spoiler-filled) review here (

1/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
The Wind Rises (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
The Kid (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when he is mysteriously confronted by an eight-year-old version of himself. (104 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Our original plan, me and my family, was to see Chicken Run. It was sold out, which remains the only time I've ever been told that about a movie I went to see. So we settled for this. That's all I can remember for sure. I believe I liked it at the time, and I'll stand by that assertion just for the sake of being able to say I haven't seen a movie in theaters that I didn't like.

1/10. ” - Ert-51131121223
Wonder (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky