Watched in 2017by rickumali | created - 07 Jan 2017 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
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1. War Dogs (2016)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
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
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.
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
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
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.
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
Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.
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
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.
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.
This was very funny! 2017-04-02.
8. Zootopia (2016)
PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Votes: 359,822 | Gross: $341.27M
This was OK! 2017-04-04.
9. Patriots Day (2016)
R | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.
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
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.
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
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.
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.
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
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 88,492 | Gross: $12.79M
"Absorbing biopic! Keaton was superb. 2017-08-06.
27. Sicario (2015)
R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
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
Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.
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
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.
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
"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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 202,094 | Gross: $52.77M
A true man of peace, perfectly rendered in film. 2017-11-27.
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama
A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.
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
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
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
A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.
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
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.
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
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.
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
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
Votes: 118,883 | Gross: $13.24M
A melancholy heart-breaker. Oscar Isaac gives a superb lead performance.