Watched in 2017

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1. War Dogs (2016)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

Votes: 144,958 | Gross: $43.02M

More serious than I thought it would be. Super! 2017-01-06.

2. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 158,929 | Gross: $169.61M

Very inspiring and uplifting. Excellent! 2017-01-16.

3. Woman in Gold (2015)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

51 Metascore

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes

Votes: 46,582 | Gross: $33.31M

Watched this with Jenn (via Netflix). Fascinating history! Lovely flashbacks. 2017-02-12.

4. History of the Eagles (2013– )

Not Rated | 187 min | Documentary

The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.

Stars: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh

Votes: 2,191

Watched this over two nights (via Netflix). Superb documentary that captured the band's trials and tribulations. Learned a lot. 2017-02-15.

5. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 64,001 | Gross: $4.31M

Watched this over two nights (via Netflix). Infuriating and fascinating subject! Greed abounds in the 2008 real estate crash. 2017-02-21.

6. Dope (2015)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 74,712 | Gross: $17.47M

Watched via Netflix. It wasn't as gritty as I thought it would be! 2017-03-05.

7. Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour (2014 Video)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Comedy

Recorded during shows in which Mr. Barry prepared no routine, relying entirely on humorous conversations with concert-goers.

Director: Lance Bangs | Stars: Todd Barry, Robert Buscemi, Daryl Shuttleworth

Votes: 355

This was very funny! 2017-04-02.

8. Zootopia (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate

Votes: 359,822 | Gross: $341.27M

This was OK! 2017-04-04.

9. Patriots Day (2016)

R | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman

Votes: 70,713 | Gross: $31.89M

Riveting and emotional! Respectfully done! 2017-04-15.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 421,285 | Gross: $389.81M

Highly enjoyable and humorous. Saw it with daughter at the theater. 2017-05-29.

11. Wonder Woman (2017)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis

Votes: 445,732 | Gross: $412.56M

Superb emotion! Awesome battle sequences! A worthy superhero movie! 2017-06-11.

12. Despicable Me 3 (2017)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

49 Metascore

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon | Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove

Votes: 82,428 | Gross: $264.62M

Good fun! I appreciated the 1980s soundtrack. 2017-07-02.

13. Ex Machina (2014)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

Votes: 401,970 | Gross: $25.44M

Blown away. Superb tone. Fascinating, and suspenseful. 2017-07-03.

14. Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 33,253 | Gross: $2.44M

Absorbing dramatization of the rise of Bobby Fischer. Very enjoyable, given my attempts to return to playing chess (online). 2017-07-05.

15. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama

89 Metascore

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen

Votes: 26,543 | Gross: $7.27M

A nice drama about the emergence of real life chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin. Very emotional! 2017-07-06.

16. 2 Days in the Valley (1996)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

48 hours of intersecting lives and crimes in Los Angeles.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Teri Hatcher, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Charlize Theron

Votes: 17,022 | Gross: $11.11M

I agree with the reviewer who said this was a lightweight version of "Pulp Fiction." But this movie had heart. 2017-07-14.

17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

Votes: 368,732 | Gross: $334.20M

Excellent reboot. Michael Keaton raised it up a notch! 2017-07-16.

18. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 428,001 | Gross: $188.37M

Watched this properly on IMAX (with Jenn and Mia). Technically excellent, but for me it didn't have the emotional weight I expected. 2017-07-23.

19. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,024,310 | Gross: $53.09M

Marvelous magical movie. Christopher Nolan brings his style to this movie about an intense rivalry. 2017-07-24.

20. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 384,663 | Gross: $32.38M

Very creepy. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays obsession perfectly in this marvelous movie. 2017-07-25.

21. Larry Crowne (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney, Roxana Ortega

Votes: 56,889 | Gross: $35.61M

It was charming, but it didn't fire on all cylinders. Hanks and Roberts make the movie! 2017-07-26.

22. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 780,089 | Gross: $248.16M

Local theater screened Raiders on Throwback Thursday. A hands-down classic. 2017-07-27.

23. H. (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two women descend into madness after an alleged meteor strike sets off a series of strange events in their town of Troy, N.Y.

Directors: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia | Stars: Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble

Votes: 437

Streamed this on Netflix. Movie created a sense of foreboding and almost sinister mood. Worth checking out. 2017-07-28.

24. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 282,410 | Gross: $45.51M

What an absolute joy and a gem. One of Wes Anderson's finest! 2017-07-29.

25. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

R | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 161,231 | Gross: $24.01M

An enjoyable though somewhat dark and difficult movie from Wes Anderson. I liked Moonrise better. 2017-07-30.

26. The Founder (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 88,492 | Gross: $12.79M

"Absorbing biopic! Keaton was superb. 2017-08-06.

27. Sicario (2015)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 310,903 | Gross: $46.89M

I can't remember a better thriller in recent memory. Great action. Absorbing visuals. Fantastic. 2017-08-07.

28. The 33 (2015)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin

Votes: 31,139 | Gross: $12.19M

The movie helps us remember the humanity that endured and pulled together. Marvelous! 2017-08-12.

29. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

99 Metascore

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 97,868 | Gross: $5.01M

Fascinating character study. I can see why it's a classic. 2017-08-13.

30. 21 (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, History

48 Metascore

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo

Votes: 209,374 | Gross: $81.16M

Polished look but it wasn't gritty enough for my taste. 2017-08-27.

31. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 342,725 | Gross: $92.05M

A superb and worthy sequel to the original. This movie is a wonderscape, an epic, and a philosophical sci-fi movie that will be treasured as the other classics. I loved it. 2017-10-15.

32. Gerald's Game (2017)

TV-MA | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

77 Metascore

While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken

Votes: 55,440

Enjoyable horror movie! Good mix of gore and spookiness. Good resilience from Carla Gugino. 2017-10-19.

33. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 202,094 | Gross: $52.77M

A true man of peace, perfectly rendered in film. 2017-11-27.

34. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 496,181 | Gross: $42.34M

I now see what all the hype was about. Keaton's finest. A bold and unique film by Iñárritu. Incredible. 2017-12-02.

35. Baby Driver (2017)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González

Votes: 332,162 | Gross: $107.83M

Action! Emotion! Fast driving! Awesome! 2017-12-16.

36. Midnight Special (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver

Votes: 65,909 | Gross: $3.71M

Evoked the essence of Stranger Things. Murky, mysterious. 2017-12-21.

37. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 274,275 | Gross: $171.24M

My first time to watch this story. The Coen Brothers craft a signature movie out of it. 2017-12-22.

38. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

85 Metascore

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

Votes: 425,544 | Gross: $620.18M

Franchise is still intact. Great light saber fight sequences! 2017-12-26.

39. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music

93 Metascore

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 118,883 | Gross: $13.24M

A melancholy heart-breaker. Oscar Isaac gives a superb lead performance.



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