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[ 2013 ]
"Therese" (Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche)

[ 2012 ]
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" (Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Daniel Auteuil)



Documentary Bin
[2015]
"Concerto: A Beethoven Journey"


[2014]
"The Unbelievers"


[2013]
"Leviathan"


[2012]
"They Call It Myanmar"





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2017 Reviews:
"Baby Driver" (Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey)
"On Body and Soul" (Morcs nyi G‚za, Alexandra Borb‚ly)
"The Shape of Water" (Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer)
"Wonder Wheel" (Kate Winslet, Justin Kimberlake)
"Okja" (Tilda Swinton, Seo-Hyun Ahn)
"Maudie" (Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke)
"Planet Earth 2" (David Attenborough)


2016 Reviews:
"La La Land" (Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling)
"Fantastic Beasts and where to find them" (Eddie Redmayne, Kathleen Waterston)
"Miss Sloane" (Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong)
"Hacksaw Ridge" (Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughan)
"Arrival" (Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner)
"Love & Friendship" (Kate Beckinsale, Tom Bennett)
"Jason Bourne" (Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander)
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (Beb Affleck, Henry Cavill)
"Captain America; Civil War" (Chris Evans, Robert Dpwney, Jr)
"Sensitivity Training" (Anna Lise Phillips, Jill Alexander)
"Concerto - a Beethoven Journey" [DOC] (Leif Ove Andsnes)
"The Trust" (Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood)
"The Sound and the Shadow" (Mary Kate Wiles, Joseph E. Murray)


2015 Reviews:
"Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens" (Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac)

"The Revenant" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy)
"Spotlight" (Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keating)
"The Hateful Eight" (Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson)
"The Big Short" (Christian Bale, Steve Carell)
"Youth" (Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel)
"Bridge of Spies" (Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance)
"The Martian" (Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain)
"Black Mass" (Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton)
"The Peanuts Movie" (Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez)
"Adult Beginners" (Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne)
"Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation" (Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson)
"Southpaw" (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams)
"Jurassic World" (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard)
"The Age Of Adaline" (Blake Lively, Harrison Ford)
"Predestination" (Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook)
"Inherent Vice" (Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin)

2014 Reviews:
"Big Hero 6" (Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit)
"A Most Violent Year" (Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain)
"American Sniper" (Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller)
"The Theory of Everything" (Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones)
"Whiplash" (J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller)
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
"Interstellar" (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway)
"Fury" (Brad Pitt, Shia Laboeuf)

"Gone Girl" (Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike)
"The Equalizer" (Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz)
"The Drop" (Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace)
"The Two Faces of January" (Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst)
"A Most Wanted Man" (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams)
"Frank" (Michael Fassbinder, Maggie Gyllenhaal)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldan)
"Lucy" (Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman)
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke)
"Edge of Tomorrow" (Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt)
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence)
"Policeman" (Yiftach Klein, Yaara Pelzig)
"Godzilla" (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen)
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone)
"Transendence" (Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall)
"Joe" (Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revelori)
2013 Reviews:
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen)
"Labor Day" (Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet)
"The Wolf of Wall Street" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill)
"American Hustle" (Christian Bale, Amy Adams)
"Out of the Furnace" (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck)
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
"Inside Llewyn Davis" (Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan)
"Ender's Game" (Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford)
"Dallas Buyer's Club" (Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto)
"Gravity" (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney)
"Captain Phillips" (Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi)
"Closed Circuit" (Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall)
"2 Guns" (Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg)
"Blue Jasmine" (Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin)
"Pacific Rim" (Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi)
"White House Down" (Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx)

"The Lone Ranger" (Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer)
"Man of Steel" (Henry Cavill, Amy Adams)
"Don Jon" (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johanson)
"The East" (Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard)
"Fast & Furious 6" (Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez)
"Star Trek Into Darkness" (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto)
"The Great Gatsby" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan)
"Iron Man 3" (Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow)
"Oblivion" (Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough)
"33 Postcards" (Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin)
"Jack the Giant Slayer" (Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson)
"Oz the Great and Powerful" (James Franco, Michelle Williams)
"Bullet to the Head" (Silvester Stallone, Sung Kang)
"Gangster Squad" (Josh Brolin, Emma Stone)


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"Real Steel" (Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly)
"Red Riding Hood" (Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez)
"The Adjustment Bureau" (Matt Damon, Emily Blunt)
"Sanctum" (Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd)


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Best films
(2015)
"The Revenant"
"Bridge of Spies"
"The Martian"
"Black Mass"
"Youth"
"Spotlight"

Films with outstanding performances
(2015)
"The Revenant"
"Bridge of Spies" Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, Steven Spielberg, dir.
"Youth" Michael Caine "The Martian" Matt Damon
"Black Mass" Johnny Depp


Best films
(2014)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Two Faces of January"
"A Most Violent Year"
"The Edge of Tomorrow"
"A Most Wanted Man"
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"The Drop"
"Human Capital" Not reviewed yet but this must-see comedy-of-errors film looks into the chaos between two interconnected Italian families when the identity of who was behind the wheels of a hit-and-run accident causes rifts, catastrophes both financial and emotional and a whole lot of fun. It is one of the nominated "Best Foreign Language Films" of 2014.
Worthy of recognition but not reviewed
(2014)
"Ida"
"Locke"
Films with outstanding performances
(2014)
"Gone Girl" Rosamund Pike
"Inherent Vice"
Michael Keaton, lead; Edward Norton, supporting
"American Sniper" (Bradley Cooper)
"The Theory of Everything" (Eddie Redmayne)
"Night Crawler" (Rene Russo, Jake Gyllenhaal)
"Locke" Tom Hardy

Underrated films of 2014
"Edge of Tomorrow"
"The Two Faces of January"
"The Drop"

Most enjoyable of 2014
(Not reviewed)
"Chef"

Year's Worst
(2014)
"St. Vincent"
(not reviewed)

A few of our favorite films of 2013:
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Labor Day"
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Gravity"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
"Iron Man 3"

Year's Worst
(2013)
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"Philomena"
"August: Osage County"

Best "sleeper" film
(2012)
"Deadfall"
Highly recommended!
Best creature
(2013)
Smaug
Godzilla

Prior Year's Best
(2012)
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Skyfall"
"Hobbit"
"Looper"
"Argo"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Arbitrage"
"End of Watch"
"Marvel's The Avengers"

Year's biggest flop
(according to budget vs boxoffice & critic consensus)
(2012)
"John Carter"

About as bad
(2012)
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
"Not Fade Away"
2011
Year's Best to date
(2011)
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"The Ides of March"
"Source Code"
"Hanna"

2010
Year's Best
(2010)
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"
"The Girl Who Played With Fire"
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Animal Kingdom"
(It's not what it sounds like)
"Inception"
"The Town"
"The Secret in Their Eyes"
"The Disappearance of Alice Creed"

Best Performances
(2010)
Ben Mendelson ("Animal Kingdom")
Natalie Portman
("Black Swan")
Elizabeth Banks
("The Next Three Days")
Noomi Rapace
("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo")
Javier Bardem ("Biutiful")
Colin Firth
("The King's Speech")
Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone")
Naomi Watts ("Fair Game")
Jeff Bridges ("True Grit")
Michelle Williams
("Blue Valentine")
Ryan Gosling
("Blue Valentine")
Mark Wahlberg
("The Fighter")
Jesse Eisenberg
("The Social Network")
Leonardo DiCaprio ("Inception")

Imagination award
(2009)
"Avatar"

Best of the Year
(2009)
"The Hurt Locker"
Up
District 9
Inglorious Basterds
Star Trek
Jerichow

Indies of Special Note
(2009)
"Sin Nombre"
"Off Jackson Avenue"
"Precious"

Surprise Hits
(2009)
"District 9"
"The Hurt Locker"
"The Proposal"
"The Other Side"

Best Screenplays
(2009)
"Sin Nombre"

Best in Animation
(2009)
Up
Coraline

Award Buzz
(2009)
"The Hurt Locker"
(Best Actor, Jeremy Renner)

Best Musical
(2009)
This Is It

Most Overrated
(2009)
"Up In the Air"
"Nine"
"Creation"
"A Single Man"

Oscar Nominations
(2009)
for the Academy Awards, 3/7/10

Top Grossers, Summer 2009
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (Paramount) / $399.6
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Warner Bros.) / $295.1
"Up" (Disney) / $289.9
"The Hangover"(Warner Bros.) / $270.7
"Star Trek" (Paramount) / $256.8
(Box Office Mojo, 9/4/2009)
Worst
(2009)
Land of the Lost
Lost in a haze of satiric unfunniness. Bruno
Ahem, Mr. Cohen, you're pushing it. Jennifer's Body
Oh, so badly written A Single Man
Singularly overrated. Creation
Not only another terrible biopic but one of the worst of the epoch)

Best CGI Effects
(2009)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

DVDs You've Got To Have
(2009)
No Country For Old Men
Stranded: I've Come From a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains" [DOC]
Johnny Got His Gun



"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has outgrossed "The Incredibles" and "The Passion of the Christ" in worldwide earnings (6/19/08) and "Iron Man" has outswung "King Kong." Crashing over both of them is "Death Race." Want to see the current line up of all-time boxoffice hits and see which is the most successful Harry Potter and what movie tops them all?
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Worthy of note:
Read My Lips
(French crime film noir with unexpected twists)
Talk To Her
Nominated, Best Original Screenplay
Edge of Madness
Superb story and storytelling, avail on DVD


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