Roger's Watchlist - Movies by the day

by rogdie | created - 21 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

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1. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 4,292 | Gross: $3.15M

June 18 2019

You know that when you go into a Jim Jarmusch movie, you are in for something special. This has got to be the weirdest zombie movie I have seen in a long time. I remember seeing a film starring Stephen McHattie called Pontypool that was quite bizarre, yet this one is a lot better, as Jarmusch can unite a lot of good actors for his movies. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover and the incomparable Steve Buscemi lead the cast in this zombie apocalypse that just about breaks every law of zombie movie, not to mention that it kind of breaks the fourth wall at the end. The humor is right on point and Adam Driver handing Tilda Swinto his keys with a Star Wars keyring admitting that he is a fan is not even the best thing here. A great movie. 8.0/10

2. A Dog's Journey (2019)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

43 Metascore

A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.

Director: Gail Mancuso | Stars: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott, Marg Helgenberger

Votes: 2,732 | Gross: $21.91M

June 17 2019

The feelgood movie of the year so far as we follow the reincarnations of a dog tasked to protect a young girl through her life. Josh Gad is the voice of Barley, Molly, Big Dog and Max as he strives to stand by CJ through her life from toddler to adulthood though his various reincarnation don’t make his life easy. From gutwrenching to heartwarming, this movie makes you leave the theater with a sense of elation, and as an animal lover you certainly will feel great after this one. 7.6/10

3. Shaft (2019)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

40 Metascore

John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall

Votes: 1,288 | Gross: $11.07M

June 17 2019

There was another Shaft movie with Samuel L. Jackson back in 2000, anyone remember. It is great that they decided to revive this character in 2019 and it is even more exciting that they gave Richard Roundtree, the original shaft a big part in this one. This reunites Shaft with his son JJ, who is an FBI agent trying to look into the death of a long time friend. Profanities fly throughout, and the film, or more so Jackson’s Shaft is not really politically correct towards women, but hey he is a fossil and a NY private investigator. Lots of fun in an average story but that doesn’t prohibit greatentertainment. 7.4/10

4. Men in Black: International (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson

Votes: 13,773 | Gross: $37.30M

June 16 2019

Here is another reboot of a franchise that petered out a few years ago, and neither Will Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones wanted to feature in this one. So the producers went with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who already showed screen chemistry as Thor and Valkyrie in the Marvel universe. But as things go this was a kind of a throw of the dice. Would the public accept a new setting for a dead franchise ? The answer seems to be no, because the story just doesn’t click. The two stars do their best but they have to fight a weak screenplay that was written by the guy who wrote the 22 Jump Street fiascos. This is a bit the same, there are some good scenes but the overall story is just not adequate. Even Liam Neeson, as the MIB boss can’t really save the ship from going under. 6.7/10

5. Aladdin (2019)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari

Votes: 67,389 | Gross: $270.32M

June 15 2019

Is there more behind Disney’s strategy to put their animation classics into live action ? I begin to doubt their program to be honest having watched Aladdin. It deserves some high marks because of Will Smith as the genie, making a role that belonged to Robin Williams his own in his own special way, however, on all other levels it disappoints. There is of course the Whole New World theme song, but the other musical numbers, even the one with Will Smith are kind of boring. The story of course is known, so no real surprise there, all that subsists is the curiosity how the animation was transposed and that is not enough. 7.2/10

6. Late Night (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.

Director: Nisha Ganatra | Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy

Votes: 2,499 | Gross: $5.57M

June 13 2019

Emma Thompson as a talk show host à la Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon ? You’ll get to get used to in this movie about a bitter english TV show host who learns that her 26 years tenure will come to an end. She looks for help in the most unlikely place when the studio has to hire a female writer with foreign origins to counter allegations of bias against female minorities. Mindy Kaling who wrote and produced the film is the Deus Ex Machina setting up Thompson for revival. You cannot say that this is a feel good movie, too many sensible themes here, yet the story gels and provides very astute exemples of prejudices in the workplace. 6.8/10

7. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

R | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 91,067 | Gross: $150.65M

June 11 2019

If I had a Euro for every bullet fired, and 10 Euros for every headshot in John Wick 3, I’d be a rich guy. Surpassing the first two movies, this third edition of the story of assassin John Wick is the most intense action film in the past years. It just blows you away. Picking up just minutes after the second movie ended, we follow Keanu Reeves fighting for his life after a bounty is put on his head by his former employers. Halle Berry is featured heavily as the female lead, yet her appearance though full of action is strikingly short. Anyway, if you are an action aficionado you are in for theride of your life. 9.3/10

8. The TV Set (2006)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

The story of a TV pilot as it goes through the Network TV process of casting, production and finally airing.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer

Votes: 5,359 | Gross: $0.27M

June 8 2019

I am not sure how it was possible to cram so many actors with a good reputation into such a weak screenplay. Apparently producing a pilot for a new series on TV is more of a drama than anyone would have thought possible. This is the case here when writer David Duchnovy’s idea is picked up for a pilot and he has to circumnavigate a load of problems starting with a bitchy head of TV station played by Sigourney Weaver and her program director Ioan Griffudd. Add to that Judy Greer, Philip Baker Hall, Justine Bateman and you have the material for a good movie but the output is just blah. Too bad. 4.8/10

9. Robin Hood (2018)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

32 Metascore

A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.

Director: Otto Bathurst | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson

Votes: 42,121 | Gross: $30.82M

June 7 2019

There are those stories known to everyone. Romeo & Juliet, 3 Musketeers, Zorro, Sherlock Holmes et cetera. To give a new version an edge, filmmakers have often transposed the story into another time era, who cannot recall the modern take on Romeo & Juliet to contemporary times ? This version of Robin Hood is even weirder because writers and designers have set it in undefined area, some times it looks middle age, some times futuristic, some times Wild West. The opening action scene looks like a modern desert mission, except for the extensive use of bows and arrows as the weapon of choice. Robin Hood is played by Tamsin Egerton , star of Kingsman, and Rocketman, and if you remember Morgan Freeman as the mentor of Kevin Costner, here Jamie Fox has taken over the part. It is a very good action movie even though it has been lambasted by critics (who'd have known ?) and I enjoyed it thoroughly. 7,5/10

10. Dalida (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Based on the true story of acclaimed music icon "Dalida" born in Cairo, who gained celebrity in the 50s, singing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Italian, playing in awarded ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Azuelos | Stars: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, Niels Schneider

Votes: 2,102

June 5 2019

If you have not been in a depressive mood before watching this movie, chances are high that you will be afterwards. Now don’t get me wrong, Dalida is a finely crafted biopic about this wonderful french italian singer who had an impressive career spanning 30 years from the fifties well into the eighties, but whose private life was full of tragedies. Add to that that Dalida was a deeply depressed woman and you will notice that your mood will accompany this movie through her tragic relationships ( 3 of her partners will end their lives through suicide) and it is well known that Dalida herself died when she took barbiturates in 1987. So you will be in for a ride and not even her very impressive music career won’t stop you from going through the motions. So you are warned. 6.9/10

11. Fall of the Mohicans (1965)

85 min | Adventure, Western

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil... See full summary »

Director: Mateo Cano | Stars: Jack Taylor, Sara Lezana, Daniel Martín, José Manuel Martín

Votes: 66

June 3 2019

The historic novel The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenmore Cooper has been filmed numerous times and most people may have seen the 1992 version starring Daniel Day Lewis. This is the Spanish/Italian version done in 1965, which takes a lot of liberties with the novel and produces more or less an action movie highlighting the conflict between French and English armies around 1760 and the involvements of Indian tribes in the conflict. The movie is hampered by very wooden actors whose names I have forgotten the minute the movie ended. Photography of region around Madrid is adequate, but the movie is quite forgettable. 4,3/10

12. Creed II (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Sport

66 Metascore

Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Director: Steven Caple Jr. | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 73,461 | Gross: $115.72M

June 3 2019

Hard to believe that this movie should be the farewell to the Rocky Balboa character. After 8 movies, it seems fitting that Creed 2 brings back memories from earlier Rocky films especially with Dolph Lundgren’s reprisal of the Ivan Drago character. For the most time Creed 2 seems like a rehashing of Rocky 2, Rocky 3 and Rocky 4 with lots of story strings taken out of the previous movies. However, Michael B. Jordan possesses the unique ability of making the Adonis Creed character his own, crediting Stallone with making Rocky fade more or less into the background which does the story a whole lot of good. 8.2/10

13. Juliet, Naked (2018)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession.

Director: Jesse Peretz | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Rose Byrne, Kitty O'Beirne, Alex Clatworthy

Votes: 11,426 | Gross: $3.44M

June 2 2019

Nick Hornby's novels have been successfully and regularly been adapted into movies, About a Boy and Fever Pitch come to mind immediately. Juliet, Naked is yet another quirky story, romance, comedy (as you like it) that has been made into quite an interesting movie starring Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne, and Chris O'Dowd. The story of the girlfriend of a guy who is the biggest fan of a reclusive American singer, hooking up with precisely that singer provides a string of funny sequences, but not having read the book I was wondering if the movie's ending was also the novel's ending as it left we wanting more. The movie ends in a kind of limbo and a few additional sequence would have done the film a world of good. 8,0/10

14. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 359,243 | Gross: $30.86M

June 1 2019

There have been a few movies which have entered the common Zeitgeist, Princess Bride seems to be one of them. The fairytale story that Rob Reiner directed in 1987 reached a whole generation of fans who are able to quote dialogue from the film some 30 years later. Mandy Patinkin’s Inigo Montoya quote has become a landmark in film quotations and even today people come to the actor citing that famous line. Now the movie is essentially a true love story intelligently enveloped in fairy tale elements. It may not interest stone hard action movie fans but it generates a feel good atmosphere that anyone can cherish 8.1/10

15. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 40,198 | Gross: $9.42M

May 30 2019

Richard Jenkins is an actor you do not necessarily know by name, yet when he appears in a movie you immediately know that you have seen him in other movies and when you browse through his filmography here on ImdB you realize , he is in many many movies. The Visitor has him as the lead, which doesnt happen really often. Yet this little know movie is a little gem, the story about a college professor, widower, who finds a young immigrant couple when he goes to his appartment in New York is one of these tales that most certainly are going to touch you. The movie is a life altering experience for Jenkins' character and for sure it also grabs the viewer. I am not sure why this has not received the attention it should have, I do guess it is because it depicts a side of the United States that unfortunately is a reality even more today when the subject is immigrants and deportation. Without saying too much, the acting of the cast is a delight to watch and this has certainly be one of the most satisfying surprises in a long time 8,4/10

16. Irma la Douce (1963)

Not Rated | 147 min | Comedy, Romance

In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi, Bruce Yarnell

Votes: 15,293 | Gross: $25.25M

May 29 2019

The original script of Irma la Douce was written with Marilyn Monroe in mind for Irma and Charles Laughton for Moustache. Imagine how this movie would have looked if fate had made these two icons of cinema live beyond their original date of death. Anyway, Billy Wilder recast Shirley MacLaine , reteaming her with Jack Lemmon and Lou Jacobi as the imperious Moustache and the classic Irma la Douce was born. Even though MacLaine does not seem to like the movie, it is Billy Wilder's most successful movie at the boxoffice and his last critical success. The movies he would do after Irma were all criticial and commerical failures. Despite its length Irma , today is a classic with a great story, great actors and funny sequences. Lemmon is at his comic best, MacLaine at her vulnerable best and the supporting cast is hilarious. Did anyone see a young James Caan as the soldier with the radio, and what about Bill Bixby as the tattooed navy man ? Classic, Classic 8,6/10

17. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

52 Metascore

The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp

Votes: 164,394 | Gross: $159.56M

May 28 2019

I do enjoy the movies from the Potter universe and the first Fantastic Beasts first movie promised a lot, especially the revelation of Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald towards the end. Now, while I consider Depp’s turn as the villain the major trump card, the whole movie was one major disappointment . Apart from the major reveal towards the end and Jude Law as young Albus Dumbledore, Crimes of Grindelwald is a major drag. The actionjust never seems to take off and even the best thing in the first movie, the different beasts that wreak havoc all along, are sorely missed here. We have to follow our major characters on the hunt for Grindelwald and I just doesn’t gel. The fact that the movie ends on a sort of cliffhanger, leading to the next sequel is the major disappointment here. 6.3/10

18. Riot (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action

Copper Jack Stone purposefully orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin Balam. Balam is more than just a mob criminal; he's a very ... See full summary »

Director: John Lyde | Stars: Matthew Reese, Dolph Lundgren, Danielle C. Ryan, Chuck Liddell

Votes: 2,204

May 27 2019

Every now and then I tend to enjoy a dose of Van Damme, Seagal, Stallone or Lundgren. Most of them have now changed into the B-movie genre, or what you would call the direct to DVD section, but I like a good action movie that features one of my heroes (Here it is Dolph saving the day) and that dispenses a lot of fights or gunfights. Riot is a little bit different since Lundgren doesn't get the main part. It falls to Matthew Reese playing an Ex Cop who orchestrates a bank robbery, just to be incarcerated in the same jail as a Russian crime kingpin (Former MMA fighter, Chuck Liddell), who is responsible for his wife's death. The Dolph's character is the jail janitor as it seems suggesting that the old man doesnt choose his roles for action anymore but for more subtlety and less physical exhaustion. Nevertheless, a very solid entry and a movie you can enjoy if you are an action aficionado. 6,9/10

19. The Burning Plain (2008)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood.

Director: Guillermo Arriaga | Stars: Charlize Theron, John Corbett, José María Yazpik, Robin Tunney

Votes: 17,590 | Gross: $0.20M

May 26 2019

I do have my problems with non linear narrative. Out of sequence events need more focussing and that is not something I do look for in movies. I seek entertainment and not mental puzzles. The director of Burning Plain is Guillermo Arriaga, who did Babel, and it features three blonde actresses that should increase every movie's worth : Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence. It is only during the puzzle in the narrative that you'll find that Lawrence plays a younger version of Theron and Basinger their mother. It is difficult to recap a story that is put together and told in a very broken up manner, suffice to say that it deals with tragic deaths, unwanted pregnancy, cultural differences and child abandonment, so it is quite heavy stuff you have to digest. 5,8/10

20. Widows (2018)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 62,249 | Gross: $42.40M

May 25 2019

This is director Steve McQueen's first movie after 12 Years a Slave in 2013 that won the Oscar as best film. Widows is a departure from his previous venture, as the focus rests on a more contemporary story. McQueen puts a group of women into the foreground having to deal with the fact that their husbands died perpetrating a robbery and now they are forced to repay the victim of that robbery, a Chicago mob boss. In order to do that, they prepare to execute a heist themselves. This screenplay was co-written by Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl, a very original story that presents its usual number of surprises and twists and is led by a great Viola Davis. It was quite funny to see Liam Neeson as her thieving husband getting killed after the first 5 minutes, but as everybody would guess, you don't make Neeson die in the beginning. So it is refreshing to see that McQueen can tell an action story without relying on historical material or the presence of Michael Fassbender. 7,3/10

21. Zwei Nasen tanken Super (1984)

95 min | Comedy

Tommy and Mike, again without a job and without money, are looking for a public toilet at a motor show.

Director: Dieter Pröttel | Stars: Thomas Gottschalk, Mike Krüger, Simone Brahmann, András Fricsay Kali Son

Votes: 781

May 24 2019

Hard to believe that these german comedies were absolute box office hits back in the eighties. The drawing power of the dynamic duo with comedian Mike Krüger and showmaster Thomas Gottschalk was so strong that more than 2 million people in West Germany went to the theatres. Watching this some 35 years later, the only thing that is worth the while, is the 80's nostalgia, seeing some younger version of people, and the vintage feel the movie now radiates. So lets be honest, the story is extremely stupid, the two main actors aren't actors and the jokes are well quite old. So, the term Guilty Pleasure has never been more to the point than for this genre. Let's not forget this is the third movie those two guys were making and another one wasstill to follow. 5,3/10

22. 3 Generations (2015)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama

47 Metascore

After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray's mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent.

Director: Gaby Dellal | Stars: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan

Votes: 5,006 | Gross: $0.07M

May 22 2019

It’s time for family reconstruction when a young transgender teenager, living with his mother and grandmother sets out to fulfill his quest for gender reassignment from female to male. Hoewver the path to his goal is hindered by one big obstacle, the consent has to come from the mother and the long estranged father. Elle Fanning has her most remarkable role yet playing the transgendered Ray aspiring to become a man. Naomi Watts is the mother, torn between the duty towards her son and the painful memories of her past while Susan Sarandon, playing the lesbian grandmother provides a kind of comic relief in between the turmoil of her daughter’s and grandson’s problems. Remarkable movie adressimg the contemporary problems of our society that should have deserved a wider audience 7.2/10

23. Some Kind of Beautiful (II) (2014)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

11 Metascore

A drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess.

Director: Tom Vaughan | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 12,046

May 21 2019

This movie stands and falls with Pierce Brosnan. Everybody knows of his prowess as a leading man, his past as 007, but now with age he is game for almost any part, including that of a lead in a romantic comedy. Some Kind of Beautiful is not a real romantic comedy in the strict sense, but the story of a middle aged man coming to term with the meaning of his life by abandoning his philandering ways in favor of the family and woman he loves. Next to him Jessica Alba and Selma Hayek almost pale as sisters and his mutual romantic interests. Malcolm McDowell appears in a small role as Brosnan's father, also quite interesting as Brosnan is only 10 years younger than McDowell. In essence it is a romantic comedy you need to be acquainted to to savor it, but it has its funny charms and moments. 6,5/10

24. Lovely & Amazing (2001)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Troy Ruptash, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 6,563 | Gross: $4.19M

May 20 2019

Emily Mortimer was voted best female supporting actress in an independent film in 2003 for her role in Lovely & Amazing and got a Spirit Award for her efforts. Catherine Keener was nominated for best actress but was not honored. It seemed that this movie would be an interesting viewing experience but alas, this was a dramedy about three neurotic females and a fourth, 8 year old adopted daughter trying to emulate her sisters and mother. Between a mother desperate to have a liposuction, an aspiring film star not happy with her body and the housewife trying to find a new job the screenplay switches from one awkward sequence to another in a very cringeworthy movie that just did not click at all with my movie tastes. Too bad, the cast seems game but the story is just too bad. 4.2/10

25. See You Yesterday (2019)

TV-MA | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

74 Metascore

Best friends CJ and Sebastian build a pair of time machines and use them in order to save the life of CJ's brother.

Director: Stefon Bristol | Stars: Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro, Marsha Stephanie Blake

Votes: 5,118

May 19 2019

Time Travel movies are my favorite genre and See you Yesterday is the newest addition to this ever expanding universe of films. This is however not a fun comedy but a movie that adds a more serious subject to the time machine idea, the motivation to use time travel to save a loved one that was killed in the wake of police violence. This aspect of a social component which is very much a contemporary problem in many american cities takes the fun out of the story and we see how a loving sister, high school nerd of the highest grade, uses time travel to go back in time not knowing what dire consequences it can bring with it. We have here a story that focuses more on the desperate attempts to right a wrong that is caused by the comtemporary world we live in and it takes the fun out of the time travel aspect. Not even Michael J. Fox’s cameo as a high school professor can’t lighten this up. 6.1/10

26. The Man (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

33 Metascore

Special Agent Derrick Vann is a man out to get the man who killed his partner, but a case of mistaken identity leads him to Andy Fiddler, a salesman with too many questions and a knack of getting in Vann's way.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Levy, Miguel Ferrer, Luke Goss

Votes: 23,870 | Gross: $8.33M

May 17 2019

Every now and then you come across a comedy which strives to fulfil every cliché you expect not to encounter but yet it has them all. The Man is just that film. It contains the gung ho cop (Samuel L.Jackson), the lovable nerdy sidekick eho gets thrown into the mix by chance Eugene Levy), the villain which you recognize right away, the police chief who goes by the book and the unsympathetic IA guy who gets on everyone’s nerves. Add to that a few fart jokes and you have the buddy comedy that you endure more or less. Unfortunately The Man is all that and despite some good scenes you can’t shake the feeling that you wasted 90 minutes of your life 5.8/10

27. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 229,716 | Gross: $32.73M

May 16 2019

After the movie, I was still quite confused about what I had just ween. Annihilation is a movie that doesn't really fit in a category. It is not a horror movie, even though there a few jump scares, it is not a science fiction movie because there is much too much esotericism, it is no action movie because there just isnt enough action.Truth be told, the movie does not know what it is , and that it shows. There is the advantage of an almost all female cast led by Natalie Portman and featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson. But this advantage is soon annihilated by a very confusing screenplay with flashbacks and artsy sequences. I read with some anxiety that this was based on the first part of a trilogy of novels. I sincerely hope that there wont be any further parts on film. 5,6/10

28. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 120,922 | Gross: $44.94M

May 15 2019

Up to First Man there was no movie dealing with the actual 1969 moon landing. The Neil Armstrong biography written by James R.Hansen provided the first background material complete enough to develop a movie that dealt with the first man on the moon. Director Damien Chazelle of La La Land took his leading man Ryan Gosling with him to portray Armstrong while Claire Foy took on the role of his wife Janet. Armstrong’s eventful life as a test pilot and an astronaut for NASA provides the backbone of the story, because truth be told the man Armstrong was not nearly interesting enough to provide enough material. He was a quiet guy and if not for his heroics as a test pilot or the commander of Gemini 8, there would not be much to tell. So the movie relies on the historical facts and develops more into a lesson of history of more or less well known facts than a dramatic movie. It is excellent material for history buffs and nerds than anything else. 7.4/10

29. Fantomas (1964)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Adventure

Criminal mastermind Fantômas, a man of a thousand faces, is unhappy with Fandor, a journalist who's written a fictive interview of him. He kidnaps Fandor, threatens to kill him, but first ... See full summary »

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot, Jacques Dynam

Votes: 8,023

May 14 2019

This is the first time I’ve seen Fantomas in quite some time and from what I had in memory it should have been a very entertaining experience. Now the outcome was a bit less favourable. It is true that it is a very funny and enjoyable film. Louis de Funès was on a roll and he was having a great 1964 with Le Gendarme de St. Tropez and Fantomas. Jean Marais starred in a double role as the supervillain and the journalist Fandor who is hot on the trail. There are some great scenes including a chase over the roofs of Paris, but incredible plot holes and very sloppy background projections are souring the milk. Even for a movie from 1964 the technics are laughable and it really puts a bad impression on the entirety of the piece. Having said that it is still a very enjoyable movie, pure escapism, even though the character of Fantomas who was a very grim character in the books is caricaturized to the extreme. 6.9/10

30. Knucklehead (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

24 Metascore

After con artist Eddie Sullivan (Feuerstein) incurs a large debt with a local criminal ringleader, he creates a get-rich-quick scheme and enlists a sweet gentle giant named Walter (Wight) ... See full summary »

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Mark Feuerstein, Melora Hardin, Paul Wight, Dennis Farina

Votes: 2,283

May 13 2019

A movie produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, you might be enclined to say no, thank you. Then again, you think Dwayne Johnson, John Cena, Dave Bautista are all former or still active wrestlers, how bad can it be ? In this case, quite bad. The wrestler starring in this so appropriately named movie is Paul Wight aka The Big Show. It is not a real action movie, more of a roadmovie with some fighting elements and the cast is not too bad : Melora Hardin, Will Patton, Mark Feuerstein, Dennis Farina, Saul Rubinek , you can do worse, definitely. However, the story of this 35 year old giant becoming a fighter to save the orphanage in which he has lived all his life is a bit far fetched while the whole movie is being undermined by the writer's idea to put in fart jokes throughout the storyline. Really not funny. 4,9/10

31. Animal (1977)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

The funny misadventures of a dating duo of film stunt professionals in France.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raquel Welch, Dany Saval, Raymond Gérôme

Votes: 2,077

May 12 2019

After two more serious movies (Le corps de mon ennemi + L’Alpagueur) which were not really liked by the public, in 1977 Jean-Paul Belmondo decided to turn to comedy to woo audiences again. L’Animal brought back the people to cinemas, yet quality was lost. This movie is the story of a stuntman wreaking havoc everywhere he goes, trying to get back his fiancee whom he lost after yet another mishap. There are a few things which might be pleasing : The appearance of Raquel Welch in the female lead. The supporting role of Aldo Maccione, funny as ever. The stunts, which Belmondo did all by himself and which caused him quite a lot of wounds including a tiger bite. Yet the movie reeks stupidity, highlighted by Belmondo’s double role as the stuntman and the effeminate gay main actor. I was not able to enjoy L’Animal as I hoped and that is a pity. 5.5/10

32. Hunter Killer (2018)

R | 122 min | Action, Thriller

43 Metascore

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

Director: Donovan Marsh | Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 34,436 | Gross: $15.77M

May 11 2019

I was looking forward to another action movie with Gerard Butler but was a bit apprehensive because most of the movie was set on a submarine, not much place for Butler to spring into action. My fears were confirmed as the submarine settings really limited his radius, but I was surprised how good the story was. It is edge of the seat stuff, maybe hampered a little bit by too much submarine technicalities , but action is first rate. Gary Oldman’s role was too short for my taste, yet the best performance comes from Michael Nykvist in what was unfortunately his last movie before his death in 2017. 7.9/10

33. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | 135 min | Western

69 Metascore

A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

Votes: 60,146 | Gross: $31.80M

May 10 2019

Clint Eastwood 70's movies ranging from Two Mules for Sister Sara to Escape from Alcatraz go from fairly unknown (Breezy) to world wide classic (Dirty Harry). His Western movies during that decade were not the biggest successes, which was maybe the sign that the genre was in difficulties and that the most famous of Westerns would only make a few more after 1980. The Outlaw Josey Wales however , was his best one since the Leone trilogy and would make way for another classic like Pale Rider and of course the Oscar riddled Unforgiven. He plays a Southern farmer, whose family gets killed and who joins the confederate army not giving up his renegade status even after the end of the war. He becomes a legendary outlaw, gathering a very uneven circle of people around him, trying to evade the hunting posses. Lots of shootings, lots of blood, first performance together with Sondra Locke and a great supporting role by Chief Dan George making an unforgettable appearance as Lone Watie. Very entertaining 7,7/10

34. Palo Alto (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama

69 Metascore

The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto.

Director: Gia Coppola | Stars: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Zoe Levin

Votes: 25,425 | Gross: $0.75M

May 9 2019

I do not want to lose too many words about the movie, teenage drama is just not my cup of tea and it does not help when then 23 year old Emma Roberts plays a 16 year old girl. Apart from the story which really is boring and dragging on, there are some interesting personality notes. Director Gia Coppola is Francis Ford’s granddaughter. Lead actor Jack Kilmer is Val Kilmer’s son. Emma Roberts’ mother in the movie is director Coppola’s real life mother. The movie was shot in Kilmer’s and Coppola’s own houses. The teacher Roberts loses her virginity to is played by James Franco, on whose short story collection this movie is based. Val Kilmer has a cameo and that is it. 4.6/10

35. The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | 93 min | Thriller

There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers

Votes: 4,775

May 8 2019

A Hammer production; everyone immediately thinks Dracula, Frankenstein or Quatermass. Yet this British production studio was able to put out other style movies next to their big Horror draws. The Nanny is one of these movies. It is absolutely labelled falsely as a horror movie. It might be a psycho thriller, though I did not really detect thrills, so in the end it is a character study and a kind of duel between a 10 year old boy and the nanny of the house, played by an older Bette Davis, who certainly at the time of making this had not lost her acting prowess at all. As the Nanny who gets hated passionately by the boy, Davis puts on a very deep show of character. However, she almost gets eclipsed by William Dix, whose portrayal of the boy whom nobody believes is quite brilliant. In the end The Nanny is a disappointment for fans of thrills and shocks, yet it might be interesting for character study aficionados. 6,0/10

36. Jane Doe (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Thriller