Best movies of 2019

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1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

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.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 458,524 | Gross: $835.22M

Emotional, well acted, amazing special affects. Engame was the cumulation of 11 years. I was teary eyed, I cheered, and I laughed. This film covers so much ground a must watch again. Had some pacing issues. But Engame is one of the best if not the best MCU movies and superhero movies of all time. RDJ and Chris Evans I think deserve oscar noms. I love what they did with thor and other characters. No after credit scenes truly a special film experience not like anything I have ever seen. A perfect conclusion that builds perfectly off Infinity war.

Grade: A

2. Booksmart (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Votes: 23,050 | Gross: $20.86M

Oliva Wide has a great directoral debt with this film. Funny, surprisingly emotional, puts a fresh spin on this genre, and it subverts expectations. Every character in this movie felt lived in and that is very difficult to accomplish. You feel like you know most of the people in this class by the time this movie is over. The film hits familiar story beats, but its unique approach make this one of the better teen films in years.

Grade: A-

3. Toy Story 4 (2019)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Josh Cooley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale

Votes: 30,672 | Gross: $155.63M

The animation, music, and voice-work are top notch as always. But, I was worried about Toy Story 4 and this movie did not disappoint. They brought back Bo- Pete who was kind of a wasted character in the past films and she was awesome. The new characters were all great. Woody's choice in the end of the film was surprising. The film had so many good messages. The worse off the franchise, but still a great animated film.

Grade: A-

4. Rocketman (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 36,505 | Gross: $78.99M

Led by an amazing lead performance Rocketman was a musical fantasty. Well directed, good supporting leads, sad, and funny. This film is what I wanted Bohemian Rhapodsy to be Did not hold back was a good delve into the character. The film followed the biopic cliches: skips times quickly, covers a-lot of ground, and has an evil producer. However, the films musical scenes and direction make it stand out. Eggerton should be nominated.

Grade: B+

5. Us (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 115,130 | Gross: $175.01M

Funny, bloody, scary, interesting message and premise. Us was a very good horror film from Jordan Peele. Not as good as Get Out but still should be praised. This film also had a great soundtrack and creepy atmosphere. The twist and plot are intriguing even though a watchful viewer could figure them out. Overall though US was a experencne I won't forget.

Grade: B+

6. Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

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.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Votes: 113,950 | Gross: $139.99M

Funny, sweet, heartfelt. Shazam was a blast the family part was great. It was emotional and it had conventions but found a way to do it in its own way. One of the better DC films great funny performances from the three leads. It was engaging and is like a mash up of big, superman, and Instant family. Villain had a solid motivation but execution was fine.

Grade: B+

7. Long Shot (2019)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Votes: 14,411 | Gross: $30.32M

Sweet, Liberal, and Funny. This film was lead by two solid charming performances. Though a predictable rom com it subverts the genre through political insightfulness and an important message. It was hilarious and honest. It follows rom com cliches and/ or storyline cliches. But it was a solid Seth Rogen film. And one of the better comedies I've seen this year. The supporting performances were also all good.

Grade: B

8. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 90,630 | Gross: $85.71M

Very well directed, solid lead performances, great visuals. This film had so much to unpack. A huge vibrant world. I never read the magna but im a huge anime fan. I really enjoyed this movies look I hope there is sequal. The fight scenes were great and Rosa Salzar was very good. The film had pacing problems and the romance was not great. The story was also cliche at times but I also enjoyed it. Overall I thought this film was great to look at had some really good moments and I would love a sequel. It set up a deep rich world with a lot more story to unpack.

Grade: B

9. 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: 95,658 | Gross: $157.24M

Im a big fan of the John Wick Franchise. This one felt very similar to two and takes place right after it. The story comes secondary and the plot is nothing special. But you come to these movies for the action and its great. Excited thrilling acting scenes. This film is dumb overtop fun. Keeuna Reeves is once again great. I love this franchise and sets up a good fourth one, which I think should be the last. Im also excited for the upcoming tv show and the supporting cast is also good. Breathtaking action scenes. The main villain was wooden, but as a pure showcase for stunt work alone this movie is great.

Grade: B

10. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

64 Metascore

A pair of childhood friends end up falling for each other when they grow up.

Director: Nahnatchka Khan | Stars: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau

Votes: 23,497

Great lead performances, Reeves was also hilarious, a funny heartfelt story, funny writing, good representation. But the film does follow the basic formulaic romance cliches. However, it stands out with its fun premise, love-able characters, and emotional moments. A great romance movie.

Grade: B

11. Giant Little Ones (2018)

R | 93 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.

Director: Keith Behrman | Stars: Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson, Maria Bello

Votes: 1,461 | Gross: $0.18M

(2019 wide release)

Another coming out teen movie, but stands out to other films like this. The performances are all really good and the characters are well written. Also a solid soundtrack and the family/ best friend dynamic was very good. Doesn't put a label on any of the characters which was refreshing. Follows some teen films beat and path. Some cliches never goes as dramatic as maybe one might think. However, also feels authentic. Overall a very good teen movie.

Grade: B

12. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection (2019)

Not Rated | 112 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The story takes place several years after Lelouch's "Zero Requiem" plan.

Director: Gorô Taniguchi | Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Yukana Nogami, Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumu Murase

Votes: 310 | Gross: $0.52M

I am a huge fan of Code Geass and its ending is one of the best of an anime of all time. So this movie felt kind of unessscary at times. I do not like that it was based of the movies instead of the tv shows. Some major deaths were undone which creates confusion. However, this film was a blast the gang is back, the voice work and animation are good as always. Excited action. The story and villain were fine. Overall a solid anime movie that sets up 10 years worth of new content. Not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but it will be an interesting ride.

Grade: B

13. 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: 5,316

Funny and Sad. See You Yesterday was a time travel movie with an important message. The soundtrack is good, the film is shot we'll, and the performances are strong. This film also is ethnitic to NYC( while also coming off a little cheesy), has annoying characters, and bad special effects. But the emotion, story, and powerful moments in this film made it a very good Netflix film. Not sure yet what to think about the ending and the runtime could have been better. But overalll parts of this movie really stick with you and it has an important message.

Grade: B

14. Fighting with My Family (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Director: Stephen Merchant | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh

Votes: 30,257 | Gross: $22.96M

Predictable, sweet, based of an interesting true life story, and full of good performances. Fighting with My Family overcomes cliches by being true to its source material. The brother and sister as well as the family were both great. A solid director debt. The fight scenes were fine and vince vaughn also gave a good performance. One of the better wrestling movies and one of the best sport films of the year.

Grade: B

15. High Flying Bird (2019)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

A sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during a lockout.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: André Holland, Melvin Gregg, Eddie Tavares, Farah Bala

Votes: 4,860

I a huge basketball fan. This film was shot sleekly on an iPhone by Steven Soduerbough. It takes the business approach to the NBA. As a huge fan of the NBA this film took a different business approach that shone a light un less flattering aspects of the nba. The result is an ambitious interesting film that is a movie on top of a movie. Spliced with real NBA players, twitter feuds, and references to other nba players it feels like one of the most modern sport films out there. The film was also full of solid performances. However, for me it is emotionally detached could not really latch on to characters and not all its critiques work.

Grade: B

16. Triple Frontier (2019)

R | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

61 Metascore

Loyalties are tested when five former special forces operatives reunite to steal a drug lord's fortune, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 74,024

Solid soundtrack, strong direction, good performances. Triple Frontier is not your typical heist film and explores how money can corrupt good men. Also takes an interesting angle/ shot at military. The film has an uneven narrative and some pacing problems. But the chemistry between the cast and tense direction make this an enjoyable riveting heist with a lot on its mind.

Grade: B

17. Cold Pursuit (2019)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film 'In Order of Disappearance'.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Micheál Richardson, Michael Eklund

Votes: 29,978 | Gross: $32.14M

A remake of in order of disappearance. One of Liam Neesons better action movies. This film was stylish and weird. With fleshed out characters some of the better villains I've seen in a revenge film recently. This film was full of fun fresh dark humor. A film about father and songs. Also about age catching up with you. At times it might get too weird or convoluted for its own good. But overall this was a good action tension thriller that was dark violent and funny.

Grade: B

18. The Dirt (2019)

TV-MA | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

39 Metascore

The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Webber, Machine Gun Kelly

Votes: 27,723

Critics were way too harsh on this movie and I did not agree with their critiques. Yes the films have problems lazy storytelling, some inarrucies, crowds too much plot in. Follows some biopic cliches jumps around a lot. However, this film was such a fun watch. Great performances, the fourth wall breaks mostly worked. Crude, violent, funny, and sad the Dirt was a blast and I thought better than recent music biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody which was overrated. Everyone was really good and this film was just a ton of fun.

Grade: B

19. Brightburn (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

44 Metascore

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?

Director: David Yarovesky | Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Abraham Clinkscales

Votes: 18,168 | Gross: $17.26M

Evil Superman- Brightburn pulled off its excellent premise well. The best part of this film were the parents and watching the breakdown of this family. The film did a great job of stretching its small budget. The kid was creep, the deaths were gory, and the story is a subversion of the superhero genere. I wanted more motivation and set up. This film felt rushed at times it could have easily been 30 minutes longer. If this were done the film would have been better. However, brightburn delvers on the scares and its great premise. While also doing some great world building I would love a sequel and share universe. The after credits were great. Hopefully this film makes enough money to warrant one. I want more movies like this .

Grade: B

20. The Perfection (2018)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber

Votes: 17,201

This movie was a mind fuck. Well directed, solid performances, a twisty enthralling thriller. The film has some plot holes, some frustrating inconsistencies, and some illogical decisions. However, it also has powerful message, fresh spin, and a fucked up memorable ending. The Perfection is a film I wont be forgetting for a while it sticks with you. Also a solid soundtrack.

Grade: B-

21. Isn't It Romantic (2019)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

60 Metascore

A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra

Votes: 42,390 | Gross: $48.79M

Full of color a positive message about self love. Succeed where other films have failed. Fun does fall into cliche traps while also making fun of them. Overall this film had a good promise and solid performances. One of the better rom coms Ive seen recently.

Grade: B-

22. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Director: Rob Letterman | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy

Votes: 62,489 | Gross: $142.17M

Im a fan of Pokemon and the fact that this movie was not terrible is already a win. The Human characters are not great. Ryan Reynolds carries the film. It has a very predictable and generic plot. The father son drama plus Ryan Reynolds was the best part. Very good visuals also and a solid soundtrack. I welcome a sequel. I wanted more Pokemon fights and hope for a more traditional Pokemon movie in the future. But, overall this movie was a fun family time and had some great world building.

Grade: B-

23. Captain Marvel (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

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.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law

Votes: 311,256 | Gross: $426.77M

The film starts off rough and picks up. Brie Larson did her best with the material given her character is supposed to come off as lacking emotion but it hindered the performance. Ben Mhedoleston was very good. Jackson was also good and the de ageing technology was great. However, this film tried to be too many things. Could not find the right balance the friendship between her and another pilot was the best part. This film though felt like the old MCU movies and not in a good way. But, its still an enjoyable diversion that is blandly made and sets up bigger and better things.

Grade: B-

24. Glass (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Votes: 138,865 | Gross: $111.04M

I was very excited for this movie. Unbreakable is one of my favorite movies and split was also great. Overall this movie was a mixed bag that is hard to grade. The first 30 minutes or so were great. The stuff with David Dunn, that was a more traditional sequel to unbreakable I loved. It's what I wanted more off. Then the stuff in the facultiy slow down the film. Parts I liked the flashbacks, the connections to families all of that was really good. Parts were too slow and did not have enough of the characters. And then the twist. One of them I saw coming and was good. The big twist though and the last 20 minutes I don't know how to feel about and the film left with more questions than answers. And the director said we won't get another one. Overall parts I loved, parts were bad, and other perplexing.

Grade: B-( This grade could fluctuate to a B)

25. 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: 3,146 | Gross: $10.64M

Smart, Funny, with strong performances. Late Night was a solid comedy with an important message. However, that message at times may feel forced. And the film is very cliche. But, the films earnest attitude, heart, and humor make it a solid watch. The film was also much more seriousness than I imagine.

Grade: B-

26. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma

Votes: 29,916 | Gross: $28.05M

I really enjoyed the first one and was looking forward to this sequel. This was a fun sequel that took a more scientific approach. Once again the performances especially the lead are strong. However, it sets up a third one in the beginning and end the way it does makes the film convoluted. I appreciated that it tried to take a different approach but it did not fully work. Also its not scary however overall this was a fun enjoyable sequel and I would want a third one.

Grade: B-

27. 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: 72,492 | Gross: $293.02M

This movie was a mixed bag. Guy Richie was a bad choice to direct this movie. The use of slow motion and the musical scenes were bad. The set design was solid but the production design particularly the costumes came off as cheesy. They never got dirty! Jafar was awful. Aladdin and Jasmie were fine. Will Smith was the best part of this film. However, when he was blue it looked bad. The new stuff added was fine, but they also cut out some good character moments from the animated orginal. Which is it basicaly a copy of. However, this films hints at a sequal which i think would be better because it represents a fresher take on this story. Overal this was an enjoyable, but bland Dinsey Live action remake.

Grade: B-

28. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother meets Ted Bundy.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 41,919

Zach E gives a good performance. As well as other supporting cast members. However, the movie did not dive deep enough and oddly showed Bundy in a positive light. It was though an entraining drama that at times will send a chill down your back.

B-

29. Ma (2019)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller

Votes: 7,798 | Gross: $44.01M

MA exceed my expectations. Octavia Spencer was great. The young teen actors were also good and well written. The story and motivation were also solid. Parts of the film feel missing wanted a little more detail when it came to Ma's husband. Not your average horror film. Some solid scares. The film at times is a little cliche and predicable. But, overral a fun horror film. The ending was weird.

Grade: B-

30. 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.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: Elyes Gabel, Diane Guerrero, Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg

Votes: 3,862

A throwback to the Timverse. Solid animation, voice work, and soundtrack. This was a solid DC animated movie but could have been much better. The villains and story were lacking. The runtime was also too short. However, a solid ending and two good new characters. Plus the nostalgia feels of the classic 90s animation make this a solid DC universe film. However, I want another return to this franchise.

Grade: C+

31. 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.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 6,957

I saw death of superman last year so I was excited for part two. These two films re did the doomsday storyline which was previously done a decade ago with superman doomsday. Im a huge fan of dc animited movies. Since 2014 with justice league war they have made their own connect universe. I personally think the ones that are their own story are better. This film was a lot of fun. Solid animation, story, characters. And it set up for a sequel. However, I think both this film and part one relied too much on the shared universe aspect of other films like justice league war. For example, the dark knight returns part 1 and 2 were amazing and their own films. They made changes to the superman doomsday storyline. However, I enjoyed this film a lot. I think it was cool what they did with superboy giving him the social media angle. A solid dc animated film middle of the pack.

Grade: C+

32. Child's Play (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror

47 Metascore

A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Director: Lars Klevberg | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry

Votes: 5,931 | Gross: $17.34M

Cliche, at times bland, predicable, and poor character development riddled this movie. But it was much better than it had any better to be. The cast is solid: Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tee do good work. The kid cast is also solid. Mark Hammil provides a creepy voice. I hated the character look of Chucky old one was much better. Also his motivation for being evil did not love. However, Child's Play bonkers 3rd act as well as funny gory moments made this film enjoyable.

Grade: C

33. Captive State (2019)

PG-13 | 109 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

54 Metascore

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, 'Captive State' explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 32,786 | Gross: $5.96M

This movie had a ton of production problems and the trailers were misleading. I had no idea what to think going in. This film was dour, blandly made at times. Had slow pacing was at times boring or convoluted. However, it had a lot of great ideas that were not pulled off all well. It had a lot more on its mind than most Sc fi films. A strong ending tense atmosphere moments. It also had a convoluted interesting political message on the Untied States, Chicago, and possibly this current administration. This is a hard film to grade parts were interesting parts didn't work. Its a mess of a film with a lot to say.

Grade: 65

34. Wine Country (2019)

R | 103 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

A group of longtime girlfriends goes to Napa Valley for the weekend to celebrate their friend's 50th birthday.

Director: Amy Poehler | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph

Votes: 11,921

Blandly made, predictable, and a (possibly) limited target audience. Wine Country was meh. The best part of this movie was the solid performances. The characters feel lived in and the relationships strong. However, the boring story, pacing, and lack of strong enough laughs make this a forget-able, but memorable female comedy with some solid insight sprinkled through out.

Grade: 63

35. Little (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

49 Metascore

A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

Director: Tina Gordon | Stars: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Justin Hartley

Votes: 3,054 | Gross: $40.67M

Blandly made, predictable, cliche, and sluggish at times Little was mediocre. Good performances especially from its young lead, some sweet moments, and some funny ones prevent Little from being terrible. The film also had an important message.

Grade: 60

36. Dark Phoenix (2019)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

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.

Director: Simon Kinberg | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 46,482 | Gross: $61.16M

A disappointing, bland, and messy conclusion to X-men. I love the X-men movies and this is by far the worse. This film was overshadowed by its production problems, but I did not expect to dislike it this much! The timeline makes no sense. Even if you can ignore how messed up the timeline in this movie is it does not even make sense compared to Apocalypse, which I actually really enjoyed. This film waste quicksilver. Jennifer Lawrence sleepwalks through it. The reshoots were apparent. It is lazy boring and the villain sucked. So much wasted potential. None of the deaths feel earned because we never got much time with these young characters. They should have stuck with Vaughns plan. Storm is ignored. Everything about this movie reeks of reshoots and fatigue. The redeeming qualities are some of the performances like Michael Fassbender and James Mcavoy who deserved much better than this. The final chess scene between them was good, the first 15-20 minutes were fine. Some reactions to the death were well acted. And the NYC fight scene was okay. But overall this movie was a huge huge disappointing which sucks because I wanted to see what they did with these characters. Hopefully New Mutants fares better and which also is annoying is there were some cool X-men movies in development like Multiple man or Kitty Pryde. Logan was the proper ending. They do not even mention the relationship between Quicksilver and magneto. Or if Mystique is Night crawlers son which is looked like they were setting up.

Grade: 60 ( and thats generous)

37. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 47,276 | Gross: $103.71M

I was looking forward to this movie due to its great trailers. I was a fan of the 2014 one, but the main complaint of that movie was not enough of godzilla or they teased him too much. Well! they listened to the fans but this movie was a massive disappointment. This film had an amazing cast and they were wasted! The human characters and dialogue were awful. The fight scenes were fun and dumb. However, sometimes there was too much shaky cam to see whats going on. The motivations were also not great and the story felt wasted. They had 5 years to work on this movie and it feels like a missed. The jokes were corny and the plot was implausible.

Grade: 55



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