Movies I Watched in 2019

by Jo_Blo_Movie_Critic | created - 5 months ago | updated - 15 hours ago | Public

Everything I have watched in 2019.

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1. Life of the Party (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy

46 Metascore

After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree.

Director: Ben Falcone | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, Ben Falcone

Votes: 25,907 | Gross: $52.86M

8/10 - hysterical comedy from the legendary Melissa McCarthy

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

78 Metascore

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 419,486 | Gross: $301.96M

10/10 - yet another delightful year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

3. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

74 Metascore

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan

Votes: 97,727 | Gross: $174.53M

9/10 - wonderful rom-com that is of the greatest cultural importance

4. Bird Box (2018)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 219,513

5/10 - good acting, but this movie felt like a science fiction rip-off of A Quiet Place

5. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Music

40 Metascore

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Director: Trish Sie | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp

Votes: 45,264 | Gross: $104.90M

10/10 - terrific conclusion to a near perfect cinematic series

6. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 150,289 | Gross: $48.69M

8/10 - the racial and sexual epithets were hard to watch, but this is an incredibly inspirational film that’s story deserves to be seen by the masses

7. The Accountant (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 233,309 | Gross: $86.26M

6/10 - a little too confusing and intense of an action thriller for my taste

8. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 107,301

7/10 - certainly an artistic achievement, but for me at least, it wasn’t the most entertaining

9. A Midnight Kiss (2018 TV Movie)

TV-G | 95 min | Romance

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Director: J.B. Sugar | Stars: Adelaide Kane, Carlos PenaVega, Pauline Egan, Jason Cermak

Votes: 396

6/10 - a mediocre New Years Eve party planner romance from Hallmark

10. Beautiful Boy (I) (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer, Oakley Bull

Votes: 30,701 | Gross: $7.65M

7/10 - painfully and frustratingly truthful in its depiction of an addict with tremendous performances by all of the cast

11. The Happytime Murders (2018)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

27 Metascore

When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Leslie David Baker

Votes: 17,084 | Gross: $20.71M

2/10 - I love a raunchy comedy, but this one was just purely disgusting and took away from what could have been a good mystery comedy

12. Welcome to Marwen (2018)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Steve Carell, Falk Hentschel, Matt O'Leary, Nikolai Witschl

Votes: 9,220 | Gross: $10.76M

6/10 - such an incredible story deserved a better movie

13. The Meg (2018)

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

46 Metascore

A group of scientists exploring the Marianas Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed - the Megalodon.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 115,288 | Gross: $143.01M

4/10 - very formulaic and not very interesting sci-fi action flick

14. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

90 Metascore

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 117,169 | Gross: $34.24M

7/10 - Emma Stone was delightful, but it wasn’t my favorite (no pun intended) film of 2018

15. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

R | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 88,131 | Gross: $17.84M

8/10 - great cast and story makes for an entrancing thriller that is only slightly derailed by some weird twists in the final act

16. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

Director: Stefano Sollima | Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan

Votes: 96,164 | Gross: $50.07M

4/10 - boring and loud action drama brings nothing new to a crowded genre

17. Varsity Blues (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester

Votes: 39,157 | Gross: $52.89M

7/10 - entertaining Texas high school football makes for a good night-in

18. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

Two young friends find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.

Director: Ari Sandel | Stars: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris

Votes: 11,590 | Gross: $46.70M

6/10 - campy & family-friendly horror that is enjoyable and an improvement over its predecessor

19. Blended (2014)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Romance

31 Metascore

After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 106,660 | Gross: $46.29M

10/10 - absolutely hysterical and one of my favorite movies of all time

20. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 25,868 | Gross: $14.92M

6/10 - good filmmaking, but by the end of the movie, I felt like barely anything happened

21. Peppermint (2018)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

29 Metascore

Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba

Votes: 36,163 | Gross: $35.42M

7/10 - ultra violent action thriller reestablishes Jennifer Garner as a fantastic action star

22. Krystal (2017)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

39 Metascore

A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on an ex-stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her.

Director: William H. Macy | Stars: Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, T.I., Grant Gustin

Votes: 859 | Gross: $0.04M

2/10 - near-unwatchable despite its impressive cast

23. Halloween (I) (2018)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

67 Metascore

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney

Votes: 89,256 | Gross: $159.34M

4/10 - character study that was far too dark (like you couldn’t see what was happening) and just not very enjoyable

24. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 518,114 | Gross: $700.06M

7/10 - good superhero movie and an important step towards greater cultural representation in cinema

25. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 74,210 | Gross: $47.84M

7/10 - intriguing political dramatization that gives its incredible cast and makeup department a chance to shine

26. Happy Death Day (2017)

PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken

Votes: 87,764 | Gross: $55.68M

9/10 - surprisingly excellent modern-day Groundhog Day with a horror/thriller twist

27. The Wife (I) (2017)

R | 99 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Director: Björn Runge | Stars: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater

Votes: 25,262 | Gross: $9.60M

7/10 - enthralling drama with a great performance from Glenn Close, but I was hoping for a slightly better ending

28. Trainwreck (2015)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn

Votes: 121,953 | Gross: $110.21M

6/10 - a little hodge-podgy, but ultimately it made for a funny flick

29. The Upside (2017)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 25,024 | Gross: $108.25M

8/10 - didn’t quite reach my lofty expectations, but it was still very enjoyable

30. Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence (2018 TV Movie)

Comedy

Claire and Miles believe a convicted murderer to be innocent, snd a year after she was imprisoned, they start re-investigating the case.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tom Cavanagh, Wendie Malick, Lilah Fitzgerald

Votes: 192

6/10 - pretty on-par with the rest in the Darrow & Darrow series

31. Mystery 101 (2019 TV Movie)

TV-G | 120 min | Crime, Mystery

A cute college professor teaching "Who Dunnit" fiction gets involved in the police investigation of the theft of a mega dollar research plant, the death of a student, disappearance of another and an alleged suicide.

Director: Blair Hayes | Stars: Jill Wagner, Kristoffer Polaha, Preston Vanderslice, Andy Thompson

Votes: 465

7/10 - enjoyable pilot to a promising new Hallmark Movies and Mysteries series

32. 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: 62,125 | Gross: $42.40M

5/10 - interesting insight into political corruption and the vengeance of some strong women, but despite its impressive cast, this one was quite dull

33. What Men Want (2019)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

49 Metascore

A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Kristen Ledlow, Josh Brener, Kellan Lutz

Votes: 10,493 | Gross: $54.61M

9/10 - thoroughly enjoyable rom-com hits all the right notes and shows Taraji P. Henson’s comedic prowess

34. Nobody's Fool (2018)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A woman is released from prison and reunites with her sister. She soon discovers that her sister is in an online relationship with a man who may not be what he seems.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks

Votes: 3,660 | Gross: $31.71M

5/10 - pretty disappointing, most of the funniest parts were included in the trailer, and Tiffany Haddish’s sex-crazed character got really irritating after a while, but in the end, this was a standard, relatively enjoyable rom-com

35. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett

Votes: 117,561 | Gross: $127.12M

9/10 - classic rom-com that did have its sad moments in between the laughs

36. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

75 Metascore

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews

Votes: 249,702 | Gross: $169.11M

5/10 - being a little off-beat and only sporadically funny, this one was unable to live up to the hype

37. Unbreakable (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Votes: 352,658 | Gross: $95.01M

7/10 - an original and intriguing premise makes for an enjoyable star-studded popcorn flick

38. 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: 41,648 | Gross: $48.79M

8/10 - gets funnier with each watch and is an excellent parody of some of my favorite rom coms

39. Love, Simon (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford

Votes: 81,929 | Gross: $40.83M

10/10 - hysterical and heartbreaking, not to mention culturally significant (the 1st major studio film to feature a gay teen protagonist)

40. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 348,547 | Gross: $216.43M

7/10 - an interesting and entertaining musical biopic, but certainly not a Best Picture winner

41. Emma Fielding: More Bitter Than Death (2019 TV Movie)

90 min | Mystery

Boxes for Kenzer College are lit on fire on a truck. Later the Kenzer skull is stolen from an exhibition during the archaeologists'/ASAA conference. Then the president of ASAA is poisoned. Can Emma and her FBI friend catch the culprits?

Director: Kevin Fair | Stars: Courtney Thorne-Smith, James Tupper, Mark Valley, Adam DiMarco

Votes: 215

5/10 - purely average installment in the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries series

42. 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: 28,670 | Gross: $28.05M

9/10 - fun sci-fi thriller that had a lot of heart and a lot of laughs

43. The Chronicle Mysteries: Recovered (2019 TV Movie)

Crime

A novelist becomes interested in a cold-case disappearance, mostly because she and the victim had grown up together in their small town.

Director: Jason Bourque | Stars: Alison Sweeney, Benjamin Ayres, Dave Collette, Olivia Steele Falconer

Votes: 328

6/10 - another just-average Hallmark feature presentation, but it is good to see Allison Sweeney again

44. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

Votes: 433,791 | Gross: $144.84M

8/10 - excellent adaption of a great literary work with astounding cinematography (I don’t know what the Academy was thinking in not at least nominating it for this), but a strange soundtrack that took you out of the period

45. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

87 Metascore

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

Votes: 29,863 | Gross: $8.80M

5/10 - depressing drama was, at least for me, a disappointment

46. 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: 120,768 | Gross: $44.94M

5/10 - not all that I had hoped for and certainly a downward turn from Whiplash and La La Land

47. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 208,309 | Gross: $85.08M

8/10 - despite the controversy, this was a captivating drama that included a beautiful performance from Mahershala Ali

48. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History