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1. Escape Room (I) (2019)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.
Votes: 49,410 | Gross: $57.01M
An admittley kind of entertaining, but a mostly pretty dumb thriller. The concept doesn't really lend itself to the film that well outside of being a heavily watered down version of Saw, but I can sort of understand why audiences would get into it, I guess. For me, there was just too much dumb shit to overlook. I found myself questioning this film's logic about 85% of the time constantly thinking to myself, "Was there not an easier way around this?" or "Wow, that was awfully convenient now wasn't it?" It doesn't help that the characters are either unlikeable or complete morons. The acting is passable, I guess, with the only truly awful performance coming from Taylor Russell. But the cherry on top is easily the ending which feels like it came out of a bad Saturday morning cartoon. I won't ruin it for you in case you decide to see this movie for whatever reason, but it's pretty stupid.
Really, it's just another dumb thriller. Not offensively bad. Just the average stupid stuff you'd expect. See if if you want. You could do worse. But you could also do better.
2. Reign of the Supermen (2019)
PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
After the death of Superman, several new people present themselves as possible successors.
A disappointing follow-up to an otherwise rock solid entry in the New 52 line-up. The New 52 films lacked development for Superman's character, so they took extra care in making him as likable and interesting as they could when Death of Superman rolled around. And in my opinion, they succeeded because I was legitimately bummed out at the end of that film and I was really excited to see its sequel the following year. But after watching it, I kinda wish Superman stayed dead because there was so little about this film that was noteworthy. I could forgive the mediocre animation and wooden voice acting like I have in the past if the writing is at least passable, but this is easily one of the most uneven plots for a DC animated film that I've seen in a while. It's incredibly overstuffed with many characters getting pushed to the sidelines for no good reason to service the Supermen who are characters with minimal development and really only exist to expand upon the animated universe that started with The Flashpoint Paradox. The only Superman that really needed to exist was The Cyborg Superman since he's the only character who had any semblance of development or motivation and had a solidly written character hidden somewhere within him. But he's thrown into a story that isn't cohesive and his scenes just fall flat. The movie ends with Superman alive and well, but the only thing I was able to muster was, "So, what?" I gave up on caring about this movie about halfway through and it's easily one of DC's worst. What a bummer.
3. Glass (2019)
PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
Votes: 145,458 | Gross: $111.04M
Well, that was disappointing. While it's still far from Shamylan's worst film, it's definitely his most disappointing considering how much was riding on it. In my opinion, Unbreakable and Split are his two best works and this film really didn't do a whole lot of justice to either of them. It starts out well enough, but it gets worse as it progresses. It doesn't take advantage of its previously established characters outside of Kevin Crumb and Elijah Prince and as a result they feel underused and underutilized, especially David Dunn, who just feels like he's only there because he was in Unbreakable. (It doesn't help that Bruce Willis is clearly phoning it in as well.) Where the film really flies off the rail is in its third act, which is so insanely jumbled and all over-the-place that it makes you wonder whether or not Shamylan wrote more than one draft. It just felt like he was getting his ideas on the paper regardless of whether or not they felt natural to the current scene or not. Not to mention that the way everything wraps up feels genuinely disrespectful towards the other films. The film has some decent cinematography and James McAvoy's performance is a blast to watch like it was in Split, but as a whole, Glass is just underwhelming. Split gave me hope that Shamylan was returning to form. Glass dashed that hope.
4. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
Votes: 34,763 | Gross: $105.81M
Not terrible, but a disappointing follow-up to arguably one of the best animated films of the 21st century. The animation is still top notch as usual and there's quite a few good laughs to be had, but the plot is essentially a beat-for-beat recreation of the first film, but with each element more watered down. The third act in particular seems like a clever subversion at first until you realize that its central message is essentially the exact same thing as the first film, just with some roles reversed. The little kids in my theater were satisfied so I'd imagine most others will be as well. Like I said, it's not terrible and I wouldn't go as far to say it's an insult to the original. It's mildly entertaining, but it's kinda forgettable and not something I'll ever go back to. At this point, I'm convinced that The Lego Movie was just a one trick pony.
5. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)
R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War
A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.
Director: Peter Jackson
Votes: 16,979 | Gross: $17.96M
In terms of the technical aspects, it's pretty phenomenal what Jackson and his team were able to pull off. The attention to detail is very admirable whether it be the colorization, the sound design, or the fact that they actually got professional lip readers to decipher what the soldiers were saying in the silent footage, all of which helped create a great sense of atmosphere to the film's central subject. The restoration makes the footage look like was filmed in the 60's or 70's rather than the 1910's. It still has a dated quality to it, but it still looks far more modern than the original which is a damn impressive feat. As a restoration project, I respect it a lot. As a documentary, it doesn't really tell you a whole lot about WWI that you didn't already know or assume, which I think is its biggest drawback. But if you can get past that aspect and just wanna admire the amount of effort put in by Jackson, then I'd reccomend giving this one a viewing because that aspect alone is what makes this film worth watching.
6. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
Votes: 32,723 | Gross: $28.05M
No better or worse than the first film. It's dumb and it's understandable why someone might hate it, but it has just enough tongue in cheek humor to get some enjoyment out of me. These films are something of guilty pleasures for me, but fuck it, I think they're entertaining.
7. The Prodigy (2019)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
A mother concerned about her young son's disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.
Votes: 13,576 | Gross: $14.86M
If you've seen any evil child movie like The Bad Seed or The Omen, then you've probably seen this movie already. It's competently made, the actors are fine, and it is vaguely interesting at certain points, but it isn't anything that you haven't seen before and nothing you'll ever remember in the long run.
PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.
Votes: 67,820 | Gross: $160.80M
A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. The visuals are still as breathtaking as ever and even though the story isn't quite as strong as the previous two movies, it still hits enough of the right notes to warrant a viewing. It has its flaws and as far as finales go, it could've been stronger. But as it is, it works fine. Check it out when you get a chance.
9. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.
Votes: 124,958 | Gross: $85.71M
Alita is honestly more enjoyable than I thought it'd be. It's still nothing great and the plotting is pretty muddled, but it surprisingly enough has more things going for it than I'd thought. I figured as much that the action would be great, but Alita herself is a surprisingly decent protagonist who I was rooting for and wanted to know more about as the film progressed and the world around her was surprisingly interesting and was established well without going too terribly heavy into exposition. I'm willing to bet that's thanks in part to the anime that this film is based off of and if anything, this film made me wanna check that out at some point. As far as anime adaptations go, this is one of the better ones (at least better than Ghost in the Shell). It has its problems, particularly in its story, and it probably won't completely win over any naysayers, but I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have fun watching it.
10. Captain Marvel (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Votes: 330,705 | Gross: $426.83M
The textbook Marvel film. Every criticism that gets thrown at the MCU is put into a nice little package here: generic story, boring villain, a complete lack of surprises, the works. I like Brie Larson as an actress, but she feels woefully miscast here. She just didn't have the charisma or demanding presence of some of the other Marvel heroes. And her character is so bland and one note that it didn't really help matters. I really hope Captain Marvel can get more fleshed out in later installments like they did with Captain America because I was pretty unimpressed with her portrayal here.
11. Climax (I) (2018)
R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music
French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.
Votes: 26,816 | Gross: $0.80M
By far the trippiest and most nightmarish theater experience I've ever had. It makes Hereditary look like Brigsby Bear in comparison. On top of featuring some fantastic sound design and dance sequences as well some unique choices of cinematography and editing, the entire experience is like a really bad nightmare that you can't wake up from. I know that sounds cliched, but I seriously can't think of a better way to describe it. The film doesn't shy away from making you uncomfortable, in fact, it wants you to suffer so much anxiety that it makes you wanna throw up. There was one particular sequence near the end that put me in such a bad headspace that I was legitimately begging for it to end. Plenty of films have disturbed on either an emotional or psychological level, but that's the first time where the events taking place made me so upset that I wanted it to stop. This film is batshit insane and I obviously don't reccomend it to everyone, but if you think you can stomach it, I sure as hell would like to see you try.
12. Us (2019)
R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
Votes: 128,872 | Gross: $175.01M
Definitely a more ambitious film than Get Out, but it's also not as tightly plotted and some of the ideas aren't fully realized, particularly in the third act. With that said, though, it is a solid enjoyable film as a whole. It doesn't ride the line between comedy and horror as well as Get Out did, in fact quite a bit of the comedy kind of fell flat, but it does deliver some really great sequences in the horror department and works as a fantastic showcase for Lupita Nyongo's dual performance as both the protagonist and her fucked up counterpart. It's definitely a pretty flawed film, but I can't go out of my way to call it a flat out bad one. Amid its faults, I was still entertained and a good amount of its ideas worked well. I think it's definitely good as it is. It just didn't quite reach its full potential.
13. Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019)
PG-13 | 77 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
The Justice League battles the Fatal Five, (Tharok, Emerald Empress, Validus, Mano and the Persuader). Based on the characters created by Jim Shooter.
DC animated films don't seem to be doing too hot right now. While the return to the DCAU format might please some diehard fans, the film itself really doesn't work. It's an unfocused mess from beginning to end. It clearly has too many ideas that it doesn't entirely know what to do with and the final product suffers as a result. It has some intriguing aspects like the introduction of Jessica Cruz as a new Green Lantern, but it's not handled well at all. There was no reason for this to be a Justice League story at all. Just cut them out, put most of the focus on Jessica Cruz, delve into her mental torment, her reluctance to join the Green Lantern Corps, and the way she moves past her trauma and becomes a hero in the end. You can still have the crap with Star Boy and the Fatal Five to act as a means for her origin story to progress, but the inclusion of the Justice League and their storylines just muddles things up more and doesn't leave a whole lot of room for the necessary elements of the story to be fleshed out. I know I should be judging this movie for what it is and not what I want it to be, but the final product is such a mess that I can't help but wonder what it could've been. I'm hoping Batman: Hush and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines are better, but I won't hold my breath.
14. Pet Sematary (2019)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.
Votes: 48,025 | Gross: $54.72M
An immensely enjoyable scary story and one of the better Hollywood horror films that I've seen recently. On top of featuring some pretty solid performances from the cast all-around, the film as a whole is dripping in atmosphere and showcases a constant sense of dread and dreariness that permeates throughout its entirety. Some of the changes from the source material, I'll admit don't make a ton of sense to me, but I don't think it really damages the film. It fumbles at times and can get a bit heavy on exposition, but it never ceased to be compelling and I thought its pros outweighed its flaws. Given the polarizing reaction that this film got, you're either gonna love it or hate it. But I recommend checking it out regardless.
15. Shazam! (2019)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
Votes: 147,634 | Gross: $140.36M
I can't believe I'm saying this, but the newest DC movie is good. Like...really good. It's not perfect of course and isn't high art or anything like that, but I was a little surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. I held a little faith in this movie and thought it would just be a dumb fun action movie at best, but it's a little more than that. It's certainly aware of how ludicrous its premise is and it has fun with it, but it also boasts some likable and believable characters as well as a serviceable coming-of-age story that's handled with a little more sensitivity and depth than most superhero films. Unlike many of the other DC films, it rides the line between the action and emotional heft pretty well and delivers a fun and emotionally satisfying adventure. If this indicates the future of the DCEU, then I say count me the hell in!
16. The Silence (2019)
PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven.
A shameless rip-off of A Quiet Place. Terrible acting, a complete lack of logic, little to no stakes in the story, characters that act like they don't even care that the world is ending, the works. There isn't a whole lot to say about it. It's just obliviously stupid and forgettable. Skip it and just rewatch A Quiet Place. Or Bird Box. Bird Box isn't even good, but it's better than this.
17. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
Votes: 16,884 | Gross: $54.72M
Just a dumb factory made horror film that has so little to do with The Conjuring series that it comes as no surprise to why it wasn't advertised as such. The only connection it shares to The Conjuring is the fact that it has the priest from the first Annabelle film, but he only exists in the film just to tell the family that he can't help them and just points them to a different priest. So he could've been cut from the film altogether. It's just a truckload of jump scares combined with bland characters, bad child actors, and a story that's cliched and predictable beyond belief. It's not even worth getting mad over. It isn't as horrifically boring as Annabelle or The Nun, but it's not worth watching either.
18. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.
Votes: 482,107 | Gross: $854.79M
Avengers: Endgame made me realize how much I respect the hell out of the MCU. I don't think they're the big epic masterpieces that the masses hype them up as and, hell, not all of them are even very good movies, but I think what they accomplished in the long run is really admirable. Intertwined films were obviously a concept long before Marvel with stuff like the Universal monsters and Kevin Smith's View Askinverse. But name one franchise of intertwined films that's this massive in scope and has this much planning and dedication behind it. Even other companies like DC and Universal Studios are trying to rip it off with little success. It's an idea that shouldn't of worked. A lot of us thought it wouldn't work back in the MCU's much younger years. But it did and they delivered an epic story over a decade in the making that's continuously resonated with people and got them hyped up within that entire timeframe. I think in that sense, it's an epic feat in blockbuster filmmaking in particular. I personally wouldn't consider these movies cinematic masterpieces by any means, even the ones I love the hell out of, but I can't deny the impact that they had and what they accomplished.
19. A Vigilante (2018)
R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A vigilante helps victims escape their domestic abusers.
This film does a good job at taking a B-movie premise and handling it with much needed sensitivity. The plot admittley sounds like a bad Lifetime movie, but the film does it justice by actually looking at the effects of domestic abuse and providing commentary on it. This is probably my favorite performance by Olivia Wilde. I never doubted her skills as an actress, but this film really allowed her to showcase her abilities. There's a long stretch in the third act where she barely has any dialogue, but yet you understand every emotion that she's feeling and leaves such a great impression. Any actor that's capable of doing that I think deserves some credit.
20. Arctic (2018)
PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A man stranded in the Arctic after a plane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown.
Votes: 22,802 | Gross: $2.41M
An average survival thriller that's mostly carried by Mads Mikkelsen's performance. Not a whole lot about it really stands out as exceptional, but I do think that Joe Penna has potential as a director and I think he'll improve with each subsequent film. Also the fact that it's a YouTuber directed film that doesn't suck ass is worth some recognition as well.
21. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
Votes: 71,494 | Gross: $143.66M
I'll admit that Detective Pikachu was kinda fun. True, the human characters are boring as sin and the plot doesn't make a lick of sense when you put more than two seconds of thought into it, but I guess that didn't bother me because I didn't expect anything less from a Pokemon film. Ryan Reynolds really sells the movie as Pikachu, it didn't take itself too seriously most of the time, and the Pokemons' transition from cartoon to live action are actually pretty well done and nowhere near as jarring as the mere concept might have you think. It's a fun time and one of the closest things to a good video game movie that we've gotten so far. I probably would've gotten a little more out of it if I actually gave a damn about this franchise, but the fans will probably like it.
22. Long Shot (2019)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance
Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
Votes: 22,684 | Gross: $30.32M
An enjoyable romantic comedy held together by the dynamite chemistry between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron while offering some playful jabs at the current political landscape without conforming to one specific side. It does eventually get a bit formulaic in its plotting, but the characters are enjoyable enough and there's enough solid laughs to distract you from it.
23. Paddleton (2019)
TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
An emotional and poignant film carried by two solid performances by Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, who really sell the awkwardness and uncomfortableness of the situation they're thrust in. The pacing is excruciatingly slow at points to the point where I lost a little investment, but it all leads up to a satisfying, heartbreaking, and powerful conclusion. It's a film that requires patience, but it delivers in the long run.
24. Under the Silver Lake (2018)
R | 139 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Sam, a disenchanted young man, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.
Votes: 19,313 | Gross: $0.05M
One of the most bizarre films that I've seen all year. It takes a somewhat simple premise and turns it into a quasi-murder mystery comedy mindfuck with hints of commentary that's both painfully obvious and cleverly subtle. I've only seen it once, so my thoughts on it my be a little more nuanced if I watch it again, but I am confident in saying that I enjoyed what I witnessed. The visuals are great, Andrew Garfield's performance is fantastic, and it presents a story that's strangely compelling. It isn't for everyone, but anyone who loves weird shit like this should enjoy it.
25. Mercy Black (2019)
TV-14 | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman is sent to a mental institution after stabbing her classmate in an attempt to conjure an evil spirit called, Mercy Black. Fifteen years later, she's released and must save her nephew, whose become obsessed with the phenomenon.
This movie isn't all bad and I really wanted to like it. It has a decent premise and enough interesting ideas to not make me lose too much interest. But it doesn't really come together in the end. It's still plagued by bad acting, forgettable characters, and an infuriatingly stupid third act. Had those things been fixed and the film spent a little more time fleshing out its concepts, it might've been halfway decent. As it sits now, it's just a mildly interesting, but unfortunately, pretty mediocre horror film.
26. Fyre (2019)
TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.
An entertaining documentary chronicling the scenes and implications behind one of the biggest clusterfucks in festival history. It doesn't focus as much on the festival itself as much as it does on the people who helped run it and how shady/in over their head they really were. It's both kind of funny and a little disturbing.
27. Brightburn (2019)
R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Votes: 23,820 | Gross: $17.30M
Neither funny enough to be a good dark comedy nor compelling enough to be taken seriously, Brightburn is a pretty bland spin on the Superman origin story. The concept in of itself and the involvement of James Gunn could so easily lend itself to a dark masochistic satire of the superhero genre, but it's executed as just a predictable horror film that's seen The Omen too many times. The horror elements are done competently for the most part and the most enjoyable parts of the film when it goes completely over-the-top with its violence, but those are few and far between. Had the film been a dark comedy or went totally balls-to-the-wall with its horror, it might've been at least halfway decent. What we have is watchable, but not necessarily worth watching.
28. Booksmart (2019)
R | 102 min | Comedy
On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.
Votes: 28,214 | Gross: $22.21M
A likable and enjoyable coming-of-age film that can't quite escape some of the overly familiar trappings that plagues its respective genre, but the humor, portrayal of high school awkwardness, and the chemistry between its two leads is what makes the entire film worthwhile. The film is no Eighth Grade or Superbad, but it's a good directorial debut for Olivia Wilde. She definitely has potential as a filmmaker and I'd love to see her tackle more directing opportunities in the future and hone her craft.
29. Ma (2019)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
Votes: 8,741 | Gross: $45.37M
Octavia Spencer shines in an otherwise stupid and unfocused thriller that's damn near impossible to take seriously usually because of the unlikable characters, terrible acting from the rest of the cast, and shoddily thrown together story that very clearly has no clue what it wants to be. Spencer gives a much better performance than this movie deserves and she makes most of the film bearable, but on pretty much every other level, it's the type of film that you'd find at the bottom of the Wal-Mart DVD bargain bin.
30. Dark Phoenix (2019)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all of humanity.
Votes: 52,996 | Gross: $65.39M
It's weird how this is the supposed finale to the X-Men film series, but I feel like not much was accomplished. Despite some decent set-pieces, Dark Phoenix is hampered by an uninspired script and a lead actress who doesn't quite pull off the emotional gravitas she's meant to convey in each scene that she's in. It isn't on the same playing field as Last Stand or X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it's a mediocre entry regardless and an underwhelming end to one of Fox's biggest franchises.
31. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019 Video)
PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Batman, Batgirl and Robin forge an alliance with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to fight against the Turtles' sworn enemy, The Shredder, who has teamed up with Ra's Al Ghul and The League Of Assassins.
A surprisingly enjoyable crossover film that works well as a serviceable Batman story as well as an enjoyable TMNT story. Even for direct-to-DVD, the animation is very fluid and lends extremely well to the action and the violence. The filmmakers involved definitely put more effort into this film than they needed to and their efforts resulted in a superhero film that's better than half the superhero films that have been released this year. Sure, it clearly only exists to be a cash grab, but it's a really fun cash grab.
32. Shadows in Mind (2019)
92 min | Thriller
A cynical counselor at a crisis hotline finds himself in a life or death situation when a young man calls and threatens to kill three people and then himself.
Diamond in the Rough Films is a company that I really only know about because they reviewed my short film, Not For Me, late last year. Their review of my film was anything but glowing, but they offered fair and unbiased feedback and I have since taken it to heart to try and improve my future efforts. I also took some time to research some of their own efforts and I came across Crisis Hotline, which I rented on VOD the second I got the chance. An LGBT thriller is a pretty unique concept that I don't think I've seen before, so I was intrigued. All in all, it's a pretty respectable thriller that uses its slow burn to good effect. Combining solid actors (aside from the Forrest character who I couldn't be bothered to take seriously because of how cartoonishly evil he is), a decent script, an intriguing lead character, and good use of editing, Crisis Hotline is a decent thriller given its low budget. There's some occasional clunkiness in the writing, lighting, and cinematography, but for the most part, Mark Schwab's script makes up for it. It's not great and I'm doubting if I'll ever see it again, but it makes me wanna check out DitR's upcoming work. I respect this company and I wanna support them in the best way I know how.
33. Child's Play (2019)
R | 90 min | Horror
A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Votes: 11,226 | Gross: $28.80M
The original Child's Play was never high art to begin with, but there was a charm and a sense of energy to it that made it kinda irresistible. While the remake is better than the vast majority of the sequels, none of that charm is to be found within it. In all fairness, it isn't just a carbon copy of the original film, but most of the changes it makes don't really add anything of value. Making Andy Barclay a preteen was a little jarring and made the inclusion of Chucky as a birthday present feel kinda forced. Making Chucky more technologically savvy was an interesting idea, but the script mainly just used it as an excuse to basically give him superpowers. Changing Chucky's origin story isn't a bad idea on paper, but the idea they went with was especially dumb and made the whole "serial killer uses black magic to possess the body of a doll" concept seem much more plausible in comparison. But even if we ignore all of that and pretend like the original doesn't exist, the film doesn't hold up particularly well on its own merits. Aubrey Plaza was strangely miscast and her performance wasn't much different than on Parks and Rec. The tone is inconsistent beyond belief which causes the comedic scenes and horror scenes to clash instead of weaving together naturally. And like I said earlier, Chucky is very OP. I suppose doing so makes it more plausible on why he's even a threat, but it makes the experience feel a little cheap. It's just kind of a mess. It isn't all bad, though. Mark Hamill as Chucky was a little fun, there's a couple decent sequences, and the gore scenes are creatively over-the-top like in the other films. I just wish the rest of the film was better. As far as horror remakes go, this one isn't the worst. I would definitely reccommend it over Seed of Chucky, that's for damn sure. But it isn't good, make no mistake there.
34. Toy Story 4 (2019)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Votes: 70,222 | Gross: $378.52M
As far as pointless sequels go, Toy Story 4 was actually pretty good. I'm still not entirely convinced that it even needed to exist in the first place, but unlike Incredibles II, I never got the impression that the filmmakers were just making it to capitalize off of nostalgia and that they wouldn't of considered a continuation unless they felt like they had a story they thought was worth telling. I still believe that Toy Story 3 was a much better send-off, but this film was a nice little addition to the franchise. It's kind of like a post-game DLC. It doesn't have much reason to exist and the original ending was perfectly fine as it was, but you still enjoy the experience regardless. It's like the Mass Effect 3: Citadel of the Toy Story franchise.
35. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.
Votes: 17,807 | Gross: $66.94M
After the complete dull duds that were The Nun and The Curse of La Ilorna, it's satisfying to see a film set in The Conjuring universe that doesn't completely suck. Its mere existence is clearly just meant to capitalize off of a popular franchise, but the people involved still seemed to at least give a shit unlike the previous two films that came out recently. While it does have some of the same issues as the vast majority of Hollywood horror films, there's a strong cast of actors that help sell the material and there are still plenty of solid atmospheric sequences scattered throughout to compensate for the film's flaws, some even reminding me of Evil Dead II at times. It is lacking in terms of narrative and characters and it won't win over any naysayers, but I know that I still had fun watching it. It's a pretty standard haunted house flick, but it's an entertaining one at that.
36. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Votes: 122,879 | Gross: $322.77M
While lacking in the freshness of Homecoming, Far From Home is still an enjoyable superhero film and a relatable coming-of-age story, even if it doesn't hit quite as close to home as its predecessor. Tom Holland is still my favorite version of the character and I found myself enjoying Gyleenhaal's portrayal of Mysterio. He isn't as good of a villain as Vulture obviously, but he did manage to surprise me. Homecoming was a great coming-of-age film that just so happened to be a superhero film as well while Far From Home is a pure superhero movie with coming-of-age elements. Your enjoyment of it will mainly depend on which one sounds more preferable to you. But it is worth checking out if you love Spider-Man like I do.
37. Crawl (2019)
R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
Votes: 6,470 | Gross: $24.73M
Nobody loves this movie per se. They just think it's a dumb fun thriller and nothing else. And if you like it, then more power to ya. But personally, I found it to be pretty dull mainly because I didn't give the slightest shit about any of the lead characters and found that it didn't really embrace the b-movie thrills that its advertising promised. I mean, when you care more about the well-being of the dog more than the human characters, that's gotta be saying something. It did pick up in its third act, but by then, it was too little too late.
38. Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein (2019 TV Short)
TV-14 | 32 min | Short, Comedy
David Harbour delves into the enigmatic history of his legendary acting family, as he examines his father's legacy and role in a made-for-TV play.
On top of being a clear vanity project for David Harbour, this whole short is a cluster of ideas. It can't seem to decide if it wants to be a mockumentary, a comedy satirizing theater conventions, or a playful jab at Orson Welles, none of which are particularly very funny or well fleshed out. (Although the interview where David Harbor's father threatens to kill his co-star in the most unsubtle tone possible did make me chuckle.) It's an interesting experiment to say the least, but it's not one that I think is very successful or one that I plan on revisiting anytime soon.
39. Batman: Hush (2019)
PG-13 | 81 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An adaptation of the Batman: Hush story line, by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee.
I go into more detail on Letterboxd, but in short, Batman: Hush is an overstuffed mess that doesn't earn any of its emotional beats and features a twist ending that holds no weight because it's completely meaningless. I'm not super familiar with the Hush character, but even I can tell he deserves better than this. This film continues to lower my faith in the DC animated films.