Thursday, December 15, 2011

Watched and Rated

Watched and Rated

Abbott and Costello: In the Navy (1941) - 3 stars
Abbott and Costello: Hold That Ghost (1941) - 2 and a half stars
Abbott and Costello: Keep 'em Flying (1941) - 2 and a half stars
Abbott and Costello: Pardon My Sarong (1942) - 2 and a half stars
Abbott and Costello: It Ain't Hay (1943) - 2 stars (At least, the musical numbers were fun.)
Abbott and Costello: Hit the Ice (1943) - 2 and a half stars
Abbott and Costello: Here Come the Co-eds (1945) - 2 and a half stars (It has a few decent laughs, but not enough to make up for its underwhelming plot)
Abbott and Costello: Naughty Nineties, The (1945) - 2 stars
Abbott and Costello: Little Giant (1946) - 3 stars (not really laugh-out-loud funny, but sweet, and it actually has a plot)
Abbott and Costello: The Time of Their Lives (1946) - 2 and a half stars
Abbott and Costello: Buck Privates Comes Home (1947) - 2 and a half stars (an inferior version of Laurel and Hardy's 1932 film Pack Up Your Troubles; it has heart, but few real laughs and a poor ending)
Abbott and Costello: Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, The (1947) - 3 stars (a humorous film in which Costello plays a bit against type, and the film is better as a result)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - 3 and a half stars
Abbott and Costello: Mexican Hayride (1948) - 2 stars (different, but not humorous to recommend)
Abbott and Costello: Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) - 2 stars
Abbott and Costello: Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950) - 3 stars (completely politically incorrect, but rather fun, nonetheless)
Abbott and Costello: Comin' Round the Mountain (1951) - 2 and a half stars (full of stereotypes, but has some likable elements)
Abbott and Costello: Lost in Alaska (1952) - 2 stars (Sadly, Abbott is back to his bullying ways, and the gags are deal on arrival)
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) - 2 stars (well-worn story that doesn't really get interesting until the last twenty minutes, which are incredibly politically incorrect; Bud Abbott spends too much of the film yelling)
Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953) - 3 stars (entirely watchable if you don't focus too much on the fact that there's never any moral difference betwee Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955) - 2 and a half stars (a well-intended tribute to silent-era slapstick that is almost successful; far too light on real laughs, though)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) - 2 stars
About Elly (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Adjustment Bureau, The (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Adventureland (2009) - 3 stars
Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The (1988) - 3 stars
Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938) - 4 stars
a.k.a. Don Bonus (1995) - 3 and a half stars, documentary by Spencer Nakasako
Albert Nobbs (2012) - 3 stars
Alice in Wonderland (2010) - 2 stars
Alien (1979) - 3 and a half stars
Alien Resurrection (1997) - 2 stars
Alien 3 (1992) - 2 and a half stars
Aliens (1986) - 3 stars
Aliens of the Deep (2004) - 3 stars
All-American Girl (1994 - 1995) - 2 and a half stars
All Good Things (2010) - 2 stars (poor character development and an awkward pace prevent this from truly becoming engaging)
All the President's Men (1976) - 3 and a half stars
Allied (2016) - 2 and a half stars
Amazing Grace (2006) - 4 stars
American, The (2010) - 4 stars
American Gangster (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Amour (2013) - 3 stars
An Actor's Revenge (1963) - 2 stars
An Education (2009) - 4 stars
And Then There Were None (1945) - 3 stars
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) - 4 stars
Angels and Demons (2009) - 2 stars
Animal Kingdom (2009) - 4 stars
Annihilation (2018) - 2 and a half stars
Anomalisa (2016) - 3 stars
Another World (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Another Year (2010) - 4 stars
Ant Man (2015) - 3 stars
Ant Man and the Wasp (2018) - 3 stars
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Any Number Can Win (1963) - 2 and a half stars (decent second half, but the first drags; not much character development, either)
Anything Else (2003) - 2 and a half stars
Apartment, The (1960) - 4 and a half stars
Appaloosa (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Argo (2012) - 4 stars 
Army of Shadows (1969) - 3 stars
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) - 2 stars
Arrested Development: Season One (2003) - 4 stars (holds up remarkably well)
Artist, The (2011) - 4 stars
As Young As You Feel (1951) - 2 and a half stars
Assassin, The (2015, Hou Hsiao-Hsien) - 2 and a half stars
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) - 2 and a half stars
At Any Price (2012) - 2 and a half stars
at the Edge of the World (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Atonement (2007) - 3 stars
Au Revoir Taipei (Taiwan, 2010) - 3 stars
Avengers, The (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Avengers: Endgame (2019) - 3 stars
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - 2 and a half stars
Aviva, My Love (2006) - 3 stars
Away We Go (2009) - 3 and a half stars

Baaria (Italy, 2009) - 2 stars
Bad Genius (2017) - 2 and a half star (I stopped caring half way through; good ending, though)
Bad Girls (Taiwan, 2012) - 1 and a half stars
Baby Mama (2008) - 3 stars
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans, The (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Bad Words (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Balls of Fury (2007) - 2 stars
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002) - 3 stars
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) - 3 stars (decent first half; spectacular second half)
Barney's Version (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Battle for Terra (2007) - 3 stars
Battle over Citizen Kane, The (1995) - 4 stars
Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0 (2008) - 4 stars
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5 (2009) - 4 stars

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Bear, The (1988) - 4 stars
Beasts of the Southern Wild - 3 and a half stars
Beavis and Butthead Do America (2006) - 3 stars
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) - 3 stars
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) - 3 stars
Being Julia (2004) - 3 stars
Bells are Ringing (1960) - 2 stars
Beowulf (2007) - 2 stars
Bernie Mac Show, The: Season One (2001) - 3 and a half stars  (hilarious, surprisingly moving; it made me miss the Mac Man a lot)
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (2012) - 3 stars
Beware (1946) - 2 and a half stars
Big Blue, The (1988) - 2 stars
Big City, The (1963, India) - 4 stars
Big Lebowsky, The (1998) - 3 stars
Big Sick, The (2017) - 4 stars (a truly charming, funny, heartfelt comedy
Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014) - 3 stars
Birds, The (1963) - 4 stars 
Birth of a Nation, The (2016) - 3 stars (certainly watchable and powerful at times, but it has to be considered a disappointment when you think of what could and should have been)
Black and White: Dawn of Assault (Taiwan, 2012) - 3 and a half stars
Black Book/Zwartboek (2006) - 3 stars
Black Panther (2018) - 3 stars
Black Snake Moan (2006) - 3 and a half stars
Black Stallion, The (1979) - 4 stars
Black Swan (2010) - 3 stars
Blancanieves (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Black Narcissus (1947) - 3 stars
BlackkKlansman (2018) - 4 stars
Blazing Saddles (1974) - 3 stars
Blind Side, The (2009) - 3 stars
Blindspotting (2018) - 3 and a half stars
Bling Ring, The (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Blonde Savage (1947) - 2 and a half stars
Blonde Venus (1932) - 2 and a half stars
Blood Diamond (2006) - 2 and a half stars
Blow Out (1981) - 3 stars
Blue Collar (1978) - 3 and a half stars
Blue Gate Crossing (Taiwan, 2003) - 3 and a half stars
Blue Jasmine (2013) - 3 stars
Blue Steel (1934) - 2 and a half stars
Blue Valentine (2010) - 4 stars
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back (1967) - 2 and a half stars
Bobby (2006) - 2 and a half stars
Bodyguards and Assassins (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Bone Tomahawk (2016) - 3 stars

Booksmart (2019) - 2 stars (well acted, but the film comes across as more mocking than revelatory; Whose high school is really like this?)
Boondock Saints, The (1999) - 1 and a half stars
Borat (2006) - 2 stars 
Born Yesterday (1950) - 3 and a half stars
Bounty, The (1984) - 3 stars
Boxcar Bertha (1972) - 3 stars
Boyhood (2014) - 3 stars
Brainstorm (1983) - 2 and a half stars
Brave (2012) - 3 stars 
Brave Father (2008) - 3 stars
Breach (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - 3 and a half stars
Breaking Point, The (1950) - 3 and a half stars
Bride & Prejudice (2004) - 3 stars 
Bridesmaids (2011) - 2 and a half stars 
Bridge of Spies (2015) - 3 stars
Bridge Too Far, A (1977) - 2 and a half stars
Bright Star (2009) - 3 stars 
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) - 3 and a half stars
Broken Embraces (2009) - 3 stars 
Broken Trail (2006) - 3 and a half stars
Brother (2001) - 2 stars
Brothers (2009) - 2 stars 
Brute Force (1947) - 3 stars
Bubble (2006) - 3 stars 
Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008) - 4 stars
Burn Before Reading (2008) - 2 and a half stars 
Bus Stop (1956) - 3 stars
Byzantium (2012) - 2 stars

Caesar Must Die (2012) - 3 stars
Cafe Society (2016) - 2 and a half stars
Call Me By Your Name (2017) - 2 and a half stars
Calvary (2014) - 3 stars
Camille (1921) - 3 and a half stars
Canadian Bacon (1995) - 2 and a half stars
Candy Rain (Taiwan, 2008) - 2 and a half stars 
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) - 4 stars
Caprica: Pilot Episode (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Captain America: Civil War (2016) - 3 stars
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - 3 stars
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - 3 and a half stars
Captain Marvel (2019) - 3 stars
Captain Phillips (2013) - 3 and a half stars
Caramel (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Carol (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Carrie (1976) - 3 and a half stars
Cars (2006) - 3 stars
Cassandra's Dream (2007) - 2 stars
Catch a Fire (2006) - 2 and a half stars
Catfish (2010) - 3 stars
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Central Park Five, The (2012) - 4 stars
Chappaquiddick (2017) - 3 stars (great performances overall, just satisfactory storytelling)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Charulata (1963) - 3 stars
Che: Guerrilla (2008) - 3 stars
Che: The Argentine (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Cheat, The (1931) - 2 stars (ridiculous from start to finish; remake of 1915 film, but stripped of its boldness)
Chef (2014) - 3 stars
Cheri (2009) - 3 stars
Chi-raq (2015) - 2 stars (a bit of a tonal mess)
Chimes at Midnight (1965) - 2 and a half stars
Chinatown (1974) - 3 stars
Chronicle (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) - 3 stars
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005) - 2 and a half stars
Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom, The (1924) - 3 stars
Circus, The (1928) - 4 and a half stars
City Island (2010) - 3 stars
City Lights (1933) - 5 stars
City of Men (Brazil, 2007) - 3 stars
City of Your Final Destination, The (2008) - 2 and a half stars
Class, The (France, 2008) - 3 and a half stars
Clockers (1995) - 3 and a half stars

Coco (2017) - 4 stars
Cold Souls (2008) - 3 stars
Collapse (2009) - 4 stars
College (1927) - 3 and a half stars
Come and See (1985) - 4 stars (one of the most emotional and horrifying cinematic experiences you'll likely ever see; truly unforgettable)
Company, The (2003) - 2 and a half stars
Company Men, The (2010) - 3 stars
Concussion (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Coney Island (3 and a half stars, PBS)
Confidentially Yours (1983) - 2 stars
Conjugal Warfare (Brazil, 1974) - 3 stars
Conspirators, The (Brazil, 1972) - 2 and a half stars
Contagion (2011) - 3 stars
Contempt (1963) - 3 stars
Conviction (2010) - 3 stars
Cookie's Fortune (1999) - 3 and a half stars
Coraline (2009) - 3 stars 
Coriolanus (2011) - 3 stars
Corrina, Corrina (1994) - 2 and a half stars
Cotton Club, The (1984) - 2 and a half stars
Cove, The (2009) - 4 stars
Crazy Heart (2009) - 3 stars 
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) - 3 stars 
Creature Walks Among Us, The (1956) - 1 and a half stars
Crisis (1963 documentary) - 4 stars
Criss Cross (1949) - 3 stars
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) - 4 stars
Crude (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Crude Awakening, A (2006) - 3 stars 
Cuckoo, The (2002) - 4 stars
Cup, The (1999) - 3 stars
Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The (2001) - 2 stars
Cyrus (2010) - 3 stars 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - 3 stars
Dam Busters, The (1955) - 3 stars
Damage (1992) - 2 and a half stars
Damned United, The (2009) - 4 stars
Dandelion Dead (1994) - 3 stars
Dangerous Method, A (2011) - 2 stars
Darfur Now (2007) - 3 stars
Darjeeling Limited, The (2007) - 3 stars
Dark Knight Rises, The (2012) - 3 stars
Days of Wine and Roses (1962) - 4 stars
Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam (1987) - 4 stars 
Dear White People (2016) - 2 and a half stars
Death of Stalin, The (2018) - 3 and a half stars
Debt, The (2011) - 2 and a half stars
Deconstructing Harry (1997) - 2 and a half stars
De-Lovely (2004) - 2 and a half stars
Descendants, The (2011) - 3 stars
Desperate Hours, The (1955) - 3 and a half stars
Despicable Me (2010) - 3 stars
Despicable Me 2 (2013) - 2 stars
Destiny Rides Again (1939) - 3 stars
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) - 3 stars
Devil is a Woman, The (1935) - 2 stars
Dheepan (2015) - 3 stars
Dial M For Murder (1954) - 4 stars
Dinosaur (2000) - 3 stars
Disobedience (2018) - 3 stars
District 9 (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Divorcee, The (1930) - 3 stars
Django Unchained (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Dope (2016) - 2 and a half stars
Doubt (2008) - 4 and a half stars
Downstairs (1932) - 3 stars
Dr. T and the Women (2000) - 2 stars
Drag Me To Hell (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Dragon Inn (1967) - 4 stars
Dream Flight (Taiwan, 2014) - 2 stars
Dreamgirls (2006) - 3 and a half stars
Drive (2011) - 4 stars 
Driveways (2019) - 3 stars (interesting characters, but too little at stake emotionally to be fully engaging)
DUFF, The (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Dunkirk (2017) - 3 and a half stars
Dutchess, The (2008) - 2 and a half stars

Early Spring (1956) - 4 stars
Earth (2007) - 3 stars
Earth and Ashes (2004) - 3 stars
East, The (2013) - 3 stars
Eastern Promises (2007) - 4 stars
Easy Rider (1969) - 3 stars
Eclipse, The (1962) - 3 and a half stars
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) - 2 stars
Edge of Seventeen, The (2016) - 3 and a half stars (well-acted with interesting characters; rises above its somewhat formulaic structure)
18 Homes (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Eighth Grade (2018) - 3 and a half stars
Eijanaika (1981) - 2 and a half stars (occasionally fascinating, too often unfocused and discomforting)
El Dorado (1966) - 3 and a half stars
Election (2005) - 3 stars
Election 2 (2006) - 2 and a half stars
Elephant Man, The (1980) - 3 and a half stars
Elle (2016, France) - 2 stars
Elysium (2013) - 2 stars
Employee's Entrance (1933) - 3 stars
Empire of the Sun (1987) - 2 and a half stars
End of Summer, The (1961) - 3 and a half stars
End of Watch (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Enough Said (2013) - 3 stars
Equinox Flower (1958) - 4 stars
Eternal Summer (Taiwan, 2006) - 2 and a half stars
Eugenics Crusade, The (PBS, 2018) - 4 stars (utterly fascinating and eye-opening)
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) - 3 stars
Everything you always wanted to know about sex**But were afraid to ask (1972) - 2 stars
Extras: Season One (2005) - 3 and a half stars
Extras: Season Two (2006) - 4 stars
Extras: The Christmas Special (2007) - 3 and a half stars 
Extract (2009) - 2 and a half stars

F for Fake (1975) - 3 stars
Facing Windows (2004) - 2 stars
Fair Game (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) - 3 stars
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) - 2 stars
Fantastic Mr. Fox, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Fantomas (1913 - 1914) - a very influential 5-film series, hindered by a slow narrative and a habit of ending each part in a manner which matches that of short serials, but that often lack logic; all too often, the villain runs away without much of a pursuit by the supposedly resourceful protagonists; worth still watching, though
  Fantomas: Fantomas in the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913) - 3 stars
  Fantomas: Juve vs. Fantomas (1913) - 3 stars
  Fantomas: The Murderous Corpse (1913) - 3 stars
Farewell to Arms, A (1932) - 3 stars
Fast and the Furious, The (2001) - 2 and a half stars
Fast and the Furious 2: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) - 2 stars
Fast & Furious (2009) - 2 stars
Fast 5 (2011) - 3 stars
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Fast Color (2018) - 2 and a half stars (interesting for a while, but by the end it is just another superhero movie with the lead character suddenly able to use her powers perfectly and an ending that seems designed to set up a sequel)
Fat Girl (2001) - 2 and a half stars
Favourite, The (2019) - 2 and a half stars (great first half, but the second is rushed and much less satisfying)
Female (1933) - 3 stars
Female Convict Scorpion: The Complete Collection
    Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972) - 3 and a half stars
    Jailhouse 41 (1972) - 3 stars
    Beast Stable (1973) - 3 stars
    701's Grudge Song (1973)
Fences (2016) - 3 stars
Fighter, The (2010) - 3 stars
50/50 (2011) - 3 stars 
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) - 2 and a half stars
Film Unfinished, A (2010) - 3 stars
Final Countdown, The (1980) - 2 stars (intermittently interesting, but the pacing is too slow, the ending is a let-down, and the constant focus on the ship and its parts gets in the way of the narrative) 
First Reformed (2018) - 3 stars (a strong film almost completely undone by its absurd finale)
Fitzcarraldo (1982) - 3 and a half stars
Flawless (1999) - 2 and a half stars
Flight (2012) - 3 stars
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) - 3 and a half stars
Florida Project, The (2017) - 3 and a half stars
Food Inc. (2007) - 3 and a half stars
For Your Consideration (2006) - 2 and a half stars 
Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film (2015) - 3 stars (fascinating in parts; meandering in far too many, though)
Forbidden Planet (1956) - 3 stars
Ford v. Ferrari (2019) - 2 and a half stars (looks great and generally well acted, but its character development is minimal, the story is rather formulaic, and a few scenes stretch credibility)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) - 2 and a half stars
4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days (2007) - 4 stars
42 (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Foxcatcher (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Fracture (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Francis Ha (2013) - 3 stars
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) - 2 and a half stars
Free Soul, A (1931) - 2 and a half stars
Friends With Benefits (2011) - 2 and a half stars 
From the Sky Down (2011) - 2 stars
Frost/Nixon (2008) - 3 and a half stars 
Frozen (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Frozen 2 (2019) - 2 and a half stars
Frozen River (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Fruitvale Station (2013) - 3 and a half stars
Full Frontal (2002) - 1 and a half stars
Full Metal Jacket (1987) - 3 stars
Funny Games (1997) - 2 stars (rather pointless home invasion tale that borders on torture porn)
Funny People (2009) - 3 stars 
Furious 7 (2015) - 2 stars

Gandhi (1982) - 4 stars
Gangster Rock (2009) - 2 stars
Gate of Hell (1953) - 4 stars
Gatekeepers, The (2012) - 4 stars
Gattaca (1997) - 3 stars
Genesis: Microcosmos 2 (2004) - 2 and a half stars
Genova (2008) - 3 stars
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) - 2 stars
Get Low (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Get Out (2017) - 3 stars
Gettysburg (1993) - 2 and a half stars
Ghost Town (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Ghost Writer, The (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Girl, The (2012) - 3 stars
Girl Who Walks Home Alone At Night, A (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2009) - 4 stars
Girlfriend Experience, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Glory (1989) - 4 stars
Go West (Buster Keaton, 1925) - 3 stars 
Go West (Marx Brothers, 1940) - 2 and a half stars
Godzilla (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) - 2 stars (a violent, unholy mix of V, Independence Day, The Matrix, and Mission Impossible 2)
Godzilla 2000 (2000) - 2 and a half stars
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) - 3 and a half stars
Gold Rush, The (1941 version) - 4 stars
Gomorrah (2009) - 3 stars
Gone Baby Gone (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Gone Girl (2014) - 3 stars
Good Men, Good Women (1995) - 3 stars
Goodbye Girl, The (1977) - 3 stars
Goodbye South Goodbye (1996) - 3 stars
Gospel According to St. Matthew, The (1964) - 3 stars (interesting at times, but slow and narratively scattered; the script does not allow for introspection)
Grace is Gone (2007) - 3 stars
Graduate, The (1967) - 3 stars
Gran Torino (2008) - 3 stars
Grandma (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Gravity (2013) - 3 and a half stars
Great Buck Howard, The (2008) - 3 stars
Great Debaters, The (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Great Dictator, The (1940) - 5 stars
Green Zone (2010) - 3 stars
Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007) - 3 stars
Grindhouse: Planet Terror (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Grizzly Man (2005) - 3 stars
Gunner Palace (2005) - 3 stars

Hair (1979) - 3 stars
Hairspray: The Movie (2007) - 4 stars
Half Nelson (2006) - 4 stars
Hancock (2008) - 2 and a half stars stars
Hangover, The (2009) - 3 stars
Hannibal Rising (2007) - 1 and a half stars
Happening, The (2008) - 3 stars
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) - 2 stars
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) - 3 stars
Harry Brown (2009) - 3 stars
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) - 3 stars
Hatchet Man, The (1932) - 2 and a half stars
Haywire (2012) 2 and a half stars
He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002) - 3 and a half stars
Headless Woman, The (2008) - 3 stars
Heaven Can Wait (1943) - 3 stars (sweet, but its more interesting concept turns out to be a red herring)
Hell and Back Again (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Help Me Eros (Taiwan, 2009) - 3 stars
Hereafter (2010) - 3 stars
Hereditary (2018) - 2 stars
Hero, The (2017) - 2 and a half stars (great performance by Sam Elliott; paint-by-numbers story, though)
Hidden Figures (2016) - 3 and a half stars
High Anxiety (1977) - 3 stars
High Life (2019) - 2 stars
High Noon (1952) - 4 stars
High Society (1956) - 2 and a half stars
Hitchcock (2013) - 3 stars
Hollywood Ending (2002) - 2 stars
Home (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Homework (1989) - 2 and a half stars (interesting, but too repetitive)
Hope Springs (2012) - 3 stars
Horrible Bosses (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Horsemen (2009) - 1 and a half stars
Horton Hears a Who! (2008) - 3 stars
Hot Saturday (1932) - 2 and a half stars (great performances by Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll, but the film is slightly weakened by some stilted acting, a rather convenient character, and a discomforting ending)
House (Japan, 1977) - 2 stars (creative craziness in support of a very substandard and predictable story)
How the West Was Won (1962) - 2 and a half stars
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) - 2 and a half stars
How to Survive a Plague (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Hugo (2011) - 3 stars
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939) - 3 and a half stars
Hunger Games, The (2012) - 3 stars
Hunger Games, The: Catching Fire (2013) - 3 stars
Hunger Games, The: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Hurt Locker, The (2008) - 4 stars
Hustle & Flow (2005) - 3 and a half stars
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) - 2 and a half stars

I Am Legend (2007) - 2 and a half stars
I Am Love (2009) - 3 stars
I Am My Films (1978) - 3 stars (another example of how difficult it is to make a documentary about someone who doesn't like being interviewed; about a third of the movie is made up of scenes from Herzog's films which are said to tell us something about the director personally - it's lazy filmmaking)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017) - 4 stars - demands repeat viewings
I Heart Huckabees (2004) - 2 and a half stars
I Love You, Man (2009) - 2 and a half stars
I Served the King of England (2006) - 3 stars
I'm Not There (2007) - 2 stars
I've Loved You So Long (2008) - 4 stars
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2012) - 2 and a half stars
Iceman, The (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Ides of March, The (2011) - 3 stars
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) - 3 and a half stars (It contains several of the most powerful and unforgettable scenes I've ever seen)
il mare (2000) - 3 stars
Illusionist, The (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Imitation Game, The (2014) - 3 stars
Immortal Story, The (1968) - 3 stars
Importance of Being Earnest, The (1952) - 3 and a half stars
Impossible, The (2012) - 3 stars
In a Better World (2010) - 2 and a half stars
In a World (2013) - 3 stars
In Bruges (2008) - 3 and a half stars
In Darkness (2012) - 3 stars
In Her Shoes (2005) - 3 and a half stars
In Old Arizona (1929) - 2 and a half stars
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) - 3 stars
In the Year of the Pig (1968) - 4 stars
Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) - 2 stars (far too lighthearted and fragmented for its own good; it practically romanticizes mental illness)
Informant, The (2009) - 3 stars
Inglourious Basterds (2009) - 3 stars 
Inland Sea, The (1991) - 3 stars
Inside Man (2006) - 3 and a half stars
Inside Out (2015) - 3 and a half stars - a surprisingly moving film that plays like a re-imagining of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
Insult, The (2018) - 4 stars (impressive, powerful, and educational)
Interiors (1978) - 3 stars
Intern, The (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Internal Affairs (1990) - 2 and a half stars
Interrupters, The (2011) - 4 stars
Into the Wild (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Invention of Lying, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Invictus (2009) - 3 stars
Invisible Man Returns, The (1940) - 2 and a half stars
Invisible Man's Revenge, The (1944) - 2 stars
Invisible War, The (2012) - 3 stars
Invisible Woman, The (1940) - 1 and a half stars
Ipcress File, The (1965) - 3 stars
Iron Man (2008) - 3 stars
Iron Man 3 (2013) - 2 stars
Ironweed (1987) - 3 stars
Irrational Man (2015) - 2 stars
Is Anybody There? (2008) - 2 stars
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) - 3 stars
It's Complicated (2009) - 2 and a half stars

Jack Goes Boating (2010) - 3 stars
Jane Austen Book Club, The (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Jane Eyre (1944) - 3 stars
Japanese Summer Double Suicide (1967) - 2 stars (another film in which the narrative takes a backseat to odd characters and only partially successful metaphors)
Jesus Camp (2006) - 4 stars
Jesus Henry Christ (2012) - 2 stars
Jewel Robbery (1932) - 2 and a half stars
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Jojo Rabbit (2019) - 2 and a half stars
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) - 2 and a half stars (too scattered and unfocused, despite some insightful and rather emotional moments)
Jubal (1956) - 3 stars
Judex (1963) - 3 stars
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) - 4 and a half stars
Julia (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Julie & Julia (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Juliets (2010) - 3 stars

Kabluey (2007) - 3 stars
Kameradschaft (1931) - 3 stars
Kansas City (1996) - 2 and a half stars
Kelly Loves Tony (1998) - 3 and a half stars, documentary by Spencer Nakasako
Kid, The (1921) - 4 stars
Kid With a Bike, The (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Kids Are All Right, The (2010) - 4 stars
Kill the Irishman (2011) - 3 stars 
King of Jazz (1930) - 2 and a half stars
King of Marvin Gardens, The (1972) - 2 and a half stars (well acted, but never quite engages as much as it should)
King's Speech, The (2010) - 4 stars
Kingdom, The (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Kinsey (2004) - 2 stars
Kiss Me Kate (1953) - 2 stars (a bit sexist by today's standards)
Kite Runner, The (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Knight and Day (2010) - 3 stars
Knocked Up (2007) - 2 stars
Kochiyama Soshun (1936) - 3 stars
Kon Tiki (2013) - 3 stars
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) - 2 and a half stars (well-made, but try explaining the plot to your kids)
Kung Fu Hustle (2005) - 3 stars

L'Avventura (1960) - 3 stars (beautifully filmed, but the characters are hard to invest in)
Ladies They Talk About (1932) - 2 stars
Lady Chatterly (2006) - 3 stars
Lady in the Water (2006) - 2 stars
Ladyhawke (1985) - 2 and a half stars
Lakeview Terrace (2008) - 3 stars
Land of Mine (2015) - 3 stars
Larry Sanders Show, The: Season One (1992) - 4 stars
Last Chance Harvey (2008) - 2 and a half stars
Last Detail, The (1973) - 4 stars
Last Exorcism, The (2010) - 3 stars
Last King of Scotland, The (2006) - 3 stars
Last Men in Alleppo (2017) - 3 and a half stars
Last Train From Gun Hill (1959) - 3 stars
Last Train Home (2009) - 4 stars
Late Autumn (1960) - 3 and a half stars
Late Quartet, A (2012) - 3 stars
Lawyer Man (1932) - 1 and a half stars
Le Million (1931) - 3 and a half stars
Lebanon (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Lego Batman Movie, The (2017) - 3 stars
Les Girls (1957) - 2 stars (very dated look at three female dancers and a man, Gene Kelly, who apparently woos them all)
Les Miserables (2012) - 2 and a half stars
Let the Right One In (2008) - 4 stars
Letter Never Sent (1959) - 4 and a half stars
Leviathan (2014) - 3 and a half stars
Life: Season One (2007) - 4 stars
Life: Season Two (2008) - 4 stars
Life of Brian (1979) - 4 stars
Life of Pi (2012) - 3 stars
Life's Too Short (2011) - 2 and a half stars
Like Someone In Love (2012) - 2 and a half stars
Limite (1931) - 3 stars (beautiful and visionary, but somewhat inaccessible and extremely difficult to unscramble)
Lincoln (2012) - 4 stars
Lincoln Lawyer, The (2011) - 3 stars
Lion's Den (2008) - 3 stars
Lions for Lambs (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Little Children (2006) - 3 stars
Little Women (1933) - 3 and a half stars
Lives of Others, The (2006) - 3 and a half stars
Logan (2017) - 3 and a half stars
Long Gray Line, The (1956) - 2 stars
Long, Hot Summer, The (1958) - 2 stars (a well acted narrative mess that soars at times, but ultimately crashes and burns)
Look of Silence, The (2014) - 3 and a half stars
Looper (2011) - 3 stars
L-O-V-E (2009, Taiwan) - 2 stars
Love (2012, Taiwan) - 3 and a half stars
Love & Friendship (2016) - 2 and a half stars
Love Happy (1949, Marx Brothers Swan Song) - 2 and a half stars
Love in Disguise (2010, Taiwan) - 2 and a half stars
Love Is Strange (2014) - 3 and a half stars
Love, Simon (2018) - 3 stars (formulaic, but it eventually won me over)
Love You 10,000 Years (2010, Taiwan) - 3 stars
Lover, The (1992) - 2 stars (beautiful to look at, but poor writing and development weaken the story)
Lover Come Back (1961) - 3 stars (predictable, but fun film almost done in by a lousy ending)
Love's Lone Flower (2005, Taiwan) - 2 and a half stars
Loving (2016) - 3 stars

M. Hulot's Holiday (1953) - 3 and a half stars
Macunaima (1969, Brazil) - 2 stars
Mad Men: Season One (2007) - 4 stars
Mad Men: Season Two (2008) - 3 stars
Magic in the Moonlight (2014) - 1 and a half stars
Magic Mike (2012) - 2 stars
Maid, The (2009, Chile) - 3 and a half stars
Makioka Sisters, The (1983) - a sweet film about a family coming apart, not by conflict, but by the unpredictable nature of life and the curves it sends us  
Man Escaped, A (1956) - 4 and a half stars
Man on Wire (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Man Push Cart (2005) - 3 stars
Man Wanted (1932) - 3 stars
Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956) - 3 and a half stars 
Man Without a Past, The (2002) - 3 stars
Management (2008) - 3 stars
Manchester By The Sea (2016) - 3 stars (interesting and moving film, hurt somewhat by showing the film from the perspective of a character who keeps us at a distance)
Manchurian Candidate, The (2004) - 2 and a half stars
Manila in the Claws of Light (1975) - 3 and a half stars (moving film about life for migrants in Manila; hampered a bit by sappy, romantic flashbacks) 
Marathon Man (1976) - 3 stars
Margin Call (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Margot at the Wedding (2007) - 3 stars
Marie Antoinette (2006) - 3 stars
Marnie (1964) - 2 and a half stars
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) - 3 stars
Martian, The (2015) - 3 stars
Masculin Feminin (1966) - 3 stars (fun at times; odd at others; a movie you should read about before you watch it) 
Master, The (2012) - 3 stars
Mau Mau Sex Sex (2000) - 3 stars
McLintock! (1963) - 2 and a half stars
Me and Orson Welles (2009) - 3 and a half stars (great portrait of Orson Welles; the lead, though, is forgettable)
Meg, The (2018) - 3 stars (silly, but fun)
Mega-Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009) - 1 and a half stars (silly, but decidedly not fun)
Melancholia (2011) - 4 stars
Melinda and Melinda (2004) - 3 stars
Memories of Tomorrow (2006) - 3 and a half stars
Men Who Stare at Goats, The (2009) - 3 stars
Merrily We Go To Hell (1932) - 2 stars (Sylvia Sidney is superb, but the film is not particularly well-written, especially its last half hour, which is laughably naive about "modern society")
Messenger, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) - 4 stars
Metropolis (2001) - 2 stars
Michael Clayton (2007) - 3 stars
Michael Jackson: Moonwalker (1988) - 2 stars
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Michael Palin's New Europe (2007) - 3 stars
Microcosmos (1996) - 4 stars
Midnight Cowboy (1969) - 3 stars
Midnight in Paris (2011) - 4 stars
Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, A (1982) - 3 and a half stars
Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015) - 3 stars (moving and filled with interesting details, yet never quite delves deep enough)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) - 3 and a half stars
Miles Ahead (2016) - 2 and a half stars
Milk of Sorrow, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Mill and the Cross, The (2011) - 3 stars
Miller's Crossing (1990) - 3 stars
Millions (2004) - 3 stars
Mind Reader, The (1933) - 2 and a half stars
Mirror Mirror (2012) - 2 and a half stars
Miss Pinkerton (1932) - 2 and a half stars
Miss Potter (2006) - 2 and a half stars
Mission Impossible 2 (2000) - 2 stars
Mission Impossible 3 (2006) - 3 stars
Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (2012) - 4 stars
Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation (2015) - 3 and a half stars
Mission Impossible 6: Fallout (2018) - 3 and a half stars
Moana (2016) - 3 and a half stars (starts slow and follows a familiar pattern, but still fun and surprisingly moving)
Moby Dick (1956) - 3 stars
Modern Times (1936) - 4 stars
Money Monster (2016) - 2 and a half stars (well acted, but predictable)
Moneyball (2011) 3 and a half stars
Monk: Season 1 (2002) - 3 and a half stars
Monk: Season 2 (2003) - 3 and a half stars
Monsieur Lazhar (2011) - 3 stars
Monsters (2010) - 4 stars
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) - 4 stars
Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different (1971) - 2 and a half stars
Moon (2009) - 3 stars
Moonlight (2016) - 3 and a half stars
Moonstruck (1988) - 3 and a half stars
Morning Glory (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Moscow on the Hudson (1984) - 3 stars
Mother (2009) - 4 stars
Mother and Child (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Mother and Son (1997) - 3 stars
Mountains May Depart (2015, China) - 3 stars (well filmed; excellent characters; the third act is a let down)
Mozart's Sister (2011) -  2 and a half stars
Mr. Holmes (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) - 2 and a half stars
Mrs. Miniver (1942) - 4 stars
Mud (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The (2008) - 2 and a half stars
Mummy's Curse, The (1944) - 2 stars
Mummy's Ghost, The (1944) - 1 and a half stars
Mummy's Hand, The (1940) - 2 and a half stars
Mummy's Tomb, The (1942) - 1 and a half stars
Muppets, The (2011) - 3 stars
Murder at the Vanities (1934) - 2 stars (pre-code musical with terrible musical numbers, bad singing, and a meandering narrative; saved only by Victor McLaglen's humorous and energetic performance)
Music Room, The (1958) - 3 stars
Must Read After My Death (2009) - 3 and a half stars
My Blueberry Nights (2007) - 2 and a half stars
My Kid Could Paint That (2007) - 4 stars
My Lai (2010, PBS) - 4 stars
My Life As a Zucchini (2017) - 4 and a half stars (triumphs in a way few animated films do; more than a film, it is an invaluable experience) 
My Life Without Me (2003) - 2 and a half stars
My Week with Marilyn (2011) - 4 stars
My Wife is a Gangster (2001, South Korea) - 3 stars

Naked City, The (1948) - 3 and a half stars
Naked Island, The (Japan, 1960) - 3 and a half stars
Nanking (2007) - 4 stars
Nashville (2013) - 3 stars
National Geographic: Collapse (2010) - 3 stars
Never Let Me Go (2010) - 3 and a half stars
New York, I Love You (2009)- 2 and a half stars
New York, New York (1977) - 3 stars
New York Stories (1989) - 2 and a half stars (Woody Allen's part is mildly entertaining; Scorsese's is well-directed and emotional; Coppola's is so atrocious it makes the film a slog to get through)
Newsroom, The: Season One (2012) - 3 stars
Newsroom, The: Season Two (2013) - 3 stars
Newsroom, The: Season Three (2014) - 3 and a half stars 
Nico and Dani (2000) - 3 stars (always interesting, but many of its more risque elements just didn't work for me)
Night Court: Season One (1984) - 3 and a half stars
Night Nurse (1931) - 3 stars
Nim's Island (2008) - 3 stars
9 (2009) - 3 stars
No (2013) - 3 stars
No End in Sight (2007) - 4 stars
North Country (2005) - 3 stars
Notes on a Scandal (2006) - 3 and a half stars
Nothing Sacred (1937) - 2 and a half stars
Nutty Professor, The (1963) - 3 and a half stars

O'Horten (2009) - 3 stars
Objective, Burma (1945) - 3 stars
Of Gods and Men (2010) - 3 stars
Office, The: Season 1 (2005) - 4 stars
Office, The: Season 2 (2006) - 4 stars
Office, The: Season 3 (2007) - 4 stars
Office, The: Season 4 (2008) - 4 stars
Office, The: Season 5 (2009) - 4 stars
Office, The: The Christmas Specials (2003) - 4 stars
Office, The: The First Season (2001) - 4 stars
Office, The: The Secondly Season (2002) - 4 stars

Old Man and the Gun, The (2018) - 3 stars (great in parts, but too many scenes serve no purpose other than extending the film's running time)
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood (2019) - 2 stars (great performances, but by the end of it, I wasn't sure that Tarantino even knew what the point was)
One Day (2011) - 2 and a half stars
127 Hours (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Onibaba (1963) - 3 stars (extremely well made, but  mid-way through it becomes clear that  no one knew how to end it)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - 3 and a half stars
Original Kings of Comedy, The (2000) - 3 stars
Other Men's Women (1931) - 2 stars
Other Son, The (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Our Hospitality (1923) - 4 stars
Out of Print (2014 documentary) - 2 stars
Outrage (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Outsourced (2006) - 3 stars

P.S. I Love You (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Pal Joey (1957) - 2 stars (another film in which the jerk gets the girl after he abruptly develops a heart)
Paper Heart (2009) - 3 stars
Paranoid Park (2007) - 2 stars
Paranormal Activity (2007) - 3 stars
Parasite (2019, S. Korea) - 3 and a half stars (masterful in many parts, but a film that somehow manages to keep its audience at an emotional distance)
Paris (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Passport to Pimlico (1948) - 3 stars
Past, The (2013) - 3 and a half stars
Pattenrai (2008) - 2 and a half stars
Peasant Women of Ryazan, The (1927) - 3 stars
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2007) - 3 stars
Persuasion (1995) - 3 stars
Philemena (2013) - 3 stars
Phoenix (2015) - 3 and a half stars
Pirate Radio (a.k.a. The Boat that Rocked) (2009) - 3 stars
Place Beyond the Pines, The (2012) - 3 stars
Plastic City (2008) - 2 and a half stars
Platoon (1986) - 4 stars
Pleasures of the Flesh (1964) - 2 and a half stars
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008) - 3 stars
Post, The (2017) - 3 stars
Postcards from the Edge (1990) - 3 stars
Precious: Based on the Book 'Push' by Sapphire (2009) - 3 stars
Primary (1960) - 3 stars
Prime (2005) - 3 stars
Princess and the Frog, The (2009) - 3 stars
Prodigal Sons (2008) - 3 and a half stars (often fascinating look at mental illness and the difficulty of maintaining family ties in challenging circumstances) 
Ken Burns's Prohibition (2011) - 4 stars
Promised Land (2013) - 3 stars
Proof (2005) - 3 stars
Prophet, A (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Proposal, The (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Psycho (1960) - 4 stars
Public Enemy, The (1931) - 2 and a half stars
Purchase Price, The (1932) - 2 and a half stars
Pursuit of Happyness, The (2006) - 4 stars
Puss in Boots (2011) - 3 stars

Rabbit Hole (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Radio Days (1987) - 3 stars
Rampart (2011) - 2 and a half stars
Rango (2011) - 3 stars
Ratatouille (2007) - 3 stars 
RBG (2018) - 3 stars
Reap the Wild Wind (1942) - 3 stars
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947) - 3 stars
Red (2010) - 2 stars
Red Cliff I (2008) - 2 and a half stars
Red Cliff II (2009) - 3 stars
Red Riding Trilogy (2009) - 4 stars
Red River (1948) - 3 and a half stars (masterful set-up that loses a lot of steam when it introduces a love angle)
Reds (1981) - 3 and a half stars
Reet, Petite and Gone (1947) - 2 and a half stars
Refugee (2002) - 4 stars, documentary by Spencer Nakasako 
Reign Over Me (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Religulous (2008) - 3 stars
Reluctant Fundamentalist, The (2013) - 3 stars
Repulsion (1965) - 3 stars
Reservation Road (2007) - 3 stars
Resurrecting the Champ (2007) - 3 stars
Restrepo (2010) - 4 stars
Revenge of the Creature (1955) - 2 stars
Revolutionary Road (2008) - 4 stars
Richard Pryor Show, The (1977) - 3 stars
Rider, The (2017) - 3 and a half stars (a great character study and a fascinating view of a part of America not often seen on screen)
Ripley's Game (2002) - 3 stars
River of No Return (1957) - 3 stars
RKO 281 (1999) - 3 and a half stars
Road, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Robin and Marian (1976) - 3 stars
Ronin (1998) - 2 stars
Room (2016) - 3 and a half stars
Room with a View, A (1986) - 3 and a half stars
Roots (1977) - 4 stars
Rope (1948) - 3 stars
Rosemary's Baby (1968) - 3 and a half stars
Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 3 and a half stars
Rounders (1998) - 2 and a half stars (promising scenario, but the ending is predictable and the pacing far too slow to fully maintain interest)
Rumble Fish (1983) - 2 stars
Running Scared (2005) - 2 and a half stars
Rush (2013) - 3 stars
Rust and Bone (2012) - 3 stars

S.P.L. (2005, Hong Kong) - 2 and a half stars
Saboteur (1942) - 2 and a half stars
Salesman, The (2016) - 3 and a half stars
Samurai Rebellion (1967) - 4 stars
Samsara (2012) - 4 stars
Sanshiro Sugata (1943) - 2 and a half stars
Savages, The (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Saving Face (2004) - 3 stars
Scarface (1983) - 3 stars
Science of Sleep, The (2006) - 2 and a half stars
Sea Inside, The (2004) - 3 and a half stars
Search for Beauty (1934) - 1 and a half stars (what little plot there is seems to exist just to fascilitate the showing of scantily-clad young men and women; notable for early appearance of Ida Lupino)
Searching (2018) - 3 stars
Secret Garden, The (1993) - 3 and a half stars
Secret in Their Eyes, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
Secretariat (2010) - 3 stars
Selma (2014) - 3 and a half stars
Send Me No Flowers (1964) - 2 stars (Hardly any laughs to be found here)
Senna (2011) - 3 stars
Sentinel, The (2006) - 2 and a half stars
A Separation (2011) - 4 stars
Serious Man, A (2009) - 3 and a half stars
The Serpent's Egg (1977) - 2 stars
September (1987) - 2 and a half stars
Sessions, The (2012) - 3 stars
Seven Chances (1925) - 3 stars
Seven Days in Heaven (2010, Taiwan) - 3 stars
Seven Doors to Death (1944) - 2 stars
78/52 (2017 documentary on the shower scene in Psycho) - 3 stars
'71 (2015) - 3 stars
Shanghai (2010) - 3 stars
Shape of Water, The (2017) - 3 stars
She-Wolf of London (1946) - 2 stars
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) - 3 and a half stars
Shield, The: Season 5 (2006) - 4 stars
Shield, The: Season 6 (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Shield, The: Season 7 (2008) - 4 stars
Short Cuts (1993) - 3 stars
Short Term 12 (2013) - 3 and a half stars
Shrek 4 (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Sid & Nancy (1986) - 2 and a half stars
Side Effects (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Silence (2017) - 3 stars
Silence, The (1998, Iran) - 2 and a half stars
Silk Stockings (1957) - 3 stars
Silent Movie (1976) - 3 and a half stars
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - 3 stars
Silverado (1985) - 3 stars
Simple Favor, A (2018) - 2 and a half stars
Simple Life, A (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Sing a Song of Sex (1967) - 1 and a half stars (filmed without a script and it shows)
Single Man, A (2009) - 3 stars
Sir! No Sir! (2005) - 3 and a half stars
Skeleton Twins, The (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Skyjacker's Tale, The (2017) - 3 and a half stars
Skyscaper Souls (1932) - 2 and a half stars
Sleeper (1973) - 3 and a half stars
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - 4 stars
Small Soldiers (1998) - 2 and a half stars
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) - 3 stars
Snowpiercer (2014) - 3 stars
Soapdish (1991) - 2 and a half stars
Social Network, The (2010) 3 and a half stars
Soldier's Story, A (1984) - 2 and a half stars
Solitary Man (2010) - 4 stars
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) - 3 stars
Somewhere (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Somewhere Between (2012) - 2 and a half stars
Sonatine (1993) - 2 and a half stars
Song of Sparrows, The (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Song Without End (1960) - 3 stars
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) - 3 stars
Sophie's Revenge (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Sorry to Bother You (2018) - 2 and a half stars
Soul of Bread, The (Taiwan, 2012) - 3 stars
Source Code (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Southpaw (2015) - 2 stars (hardly an original bone in its body)
Southside With You (2016) - 3 stars
Spanglish (2004) - 3 and a half stars
Spectacular Now, The (2013) - 3 and a half stars
Speedy (1928) - 3 stars
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) - 2 and a half stars
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - 3 and a half stars (great fun until its predictable and somewhat visually confusing finale)
St. Vincent (2014) - 2 and a half stars (good performance, but too predictable; of course the jerk is really a great guy at heart)
Standard Operating Procedure (2008) - 3 stars
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) - 2 and a half stars
Star Trek (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Star Trek: Beyond (2016) - 2 stars
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) - 3 stars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - 2 and a half stars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) - 3 stars
Stardust Memories (1980) - 2 stars
State of Play (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Still Life (2006, China) - 2 and a half stars
Sting, The (1973) - 4 stars
Stir Crazy (1980) - 2 and a half stars
Stoker (2013) - 2 stars
Stoning of Soraya M, The (2008) - 3 stars
Stool Pigeon, The (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Stop-Loss (2008) - 2 stars
Stories We Tell (2013) - 2 stars
Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, The (1939) - 3 stars (impressive direction, but the relationship at the center of the film never feels worthy of the time spent exploring it)
Straight Outta Compton (2015) - 2 stars
Strait Story, The (2005, Taiwan) - 2 and a half stars
Sugar (2008) - 4 stars
Sunshine (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Survival Style 5 (2004, Japan) - 3 and a half stars (a bizarre, funny film that has no right to succeed as well as it does)
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (2004) - 3 and a half stars
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - 3 and a half stars
Swing Vote (2009) - 3 stars


T-Men (1947) - 3 stars
Take Shelter (2011) - 4 stars
Take the Money and Run (1969) - 3 stars
Taking Woodstock (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Tange Sazen: The Million Ryo Pot (1935) - 3 and a half stars
Taxi Driver (1976) - 5 stars
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) - 4 stars
Tempest, The (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Tempting Heart (1999, Hong Kong) - 3 stars
10 Conditions of Love, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars
10+10 (2011, Taiwan) - 2 and a half stars
Terms of Endearment (1983) - 3 stars
That Hamilton Woman (1941) - 4 stars
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) - 4 stars
The L Word: Season One (2003) - 3 and a half stars
There Was a Father (1942, Ozu) - 3 stars
There Will Be Blood (2007) - 3 stars
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) - 2 and a half stars
They Call It Sin (1932) - 2 stars
Thing, The (1982) - 3 and a half stars
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) - 3 stars
13 Assassins (2010) - 4 stars
This is the End (2013) - 3 stars
This Island Earth (1955) - 2 and a half stars
Three Ages (1923) - 3 and a half stars
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The (2005) - 3 and a half stars
Three on a Match (1932) - 3 stars
Three Smiles, The (1969, Hong Kong) - 3 stars (predictable and slow, but fun enough)
Thor (2011) - 2 and a half stars
Thor: The Dark World (2013) - 3 stars
3:10 to Yuma (2007) - 2 and a half stars
Tillman Story, The (2010) - 4 stars
Time to Live, A Time to Die, A (1985) - 3 and a half stars
Timecop (1994) - 3 stars
Tingler, The (1959) - 2 and a half stars
To Sleep With Anger (1990) - 2 and a half stars
To Rome With Love (2012) - 2 stars
Tokyo Twilight (1957) - 3 and a half stars
Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007) - 3 stars
Tora-San's Cherished Mother (1969) - 3 stars
Tora-San, His Tender Love (1970) - 3 stars
Tora's San Grand Scheme (1970) - 3 stars
Torch Singer (1933) - 3 stars (improbable melodrama that still ropes you in)
Touch of Zen, A (1971) - 2 and a half stars (impressive in parts, but it's all over the place and ultimately left me unfulfilled) 
Town, The (2010) - 3 stars
Toy Story 3 (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Toy Story 4 (2019) - 2 and a half stars (formulaic, less fun, has the feel of a movie forced upon Pixar and made by someone intent upon ensuring it can't happen again)
Traitor (2008) - 2 and a half stars
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011) - 1 and a half stars
The Trail Beyond (1934) - 2 and a half stars
Train to Busan (2016) - 4 stars (quite a thrilling ride)
Tree of Life, The (2011) - 4 stars
Treeless Mountain (2008) - 3 and a half stars 
Trial, The (1962) - 2 stars
Trishna (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Tristana (1970) - 2 stars
Trouble  With Harry, The (1955) - 4 stars
Trucker (2008) - 3 stars
True Detective: Season One (2014) - 3 and a half stars
True Grit (2010) - 3 and a half stars
Truth (2015) - 3 stars
Turandot at the Forbidden City of Beijing (1999) - 3 stars
Tudors, The: Season One (Showtime, 2007) - 3 and a half stars 
Tudors, The: Season Two (Showtime, 2008) - 3 and a half stars
Turtles Can Fly (2004) - 3 stars
12 Years a Slave (2013) - 3 and a half stars
21 Jump Street: Season 1 - 3 and a half stars
20 Feet to Stardom (2013) - 3 stars
24: Redemption (2008) - 3 stars
24: Season 7 (2009) - 4 stars
24: Season 8 (2010) - 3 stars
Twilight Gangsters (2010, South Korea) - 3 stars
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces - not much here that adds to the mystery; only a few deleted scenes shed light on what happened after the first series finale or add meaning to Fire Walk with Me

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) - 3 stars
Under African Skies (2012) - 3 and a half stars
Undertow (2004) - 3 stars
Unknown Marx Brothers, The (1993) - 3 and a half stars
Unstoppable (2010) - 3 stars
Until the End of the World (1992) - 2 stars
Up (2009) - 4 stars
Up in the Air (2009) - 4 and a half stars
Upstream Color (2013) - 3 stars
US vs John Lennon, The (2006) - 3 and a half stars

Valkyrie (2008) - 3 stars
Van Helsing (2004) - 2 stars
Vengeance (2010, Hong Kong) - 3 stars
Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, A (2011) - 2 and a half stars
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) - 3 stars
Violence at Noon (1966) - 2 stars (the fact that this is touted as a great  modern film says a lot about what our society has become)
Visitor, The (2007) - 3 and a half stars
Voyage of Time (2016) - 2 and a half stars (visually beautiful, but surprisingly uninvolving)

Waiting for Superman (2010) - 4 stars
Waitress (2007) - 4 stars
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) - 3 stars
Wall-E (2008) - 3 and a half stars
Waltz with Bashir (2008) - 3 stars
Wanda (1970) - 3 stars (slow tedious first half followed by tense and involving second half)
War Wagon (1967) - 3 stars
War Witch (2013) - 3 and a half stars
Warrior (2011) - 3 and a half stars
Watchmen (2009) - 2 and a half stars
Water Diviner, The (2014) - 2 and a half stars
Way, Way Back, The (2013) - 4 stars
We Bought a Zoo (2011) - 2 and a half stars
We Need to Talk about Kevin (2012) - 4 stars
Wedding Crashers (2005) - 2 stars
Werewolf of London (1935) - 2 stars
Westfront 1918 (1930) - 3 stars
Wet Parade, The (1932) - 3 stars
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) - 3 and a half stars
What Maisie Knew (2013) - 3 and a half stars
What Our Father's Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015) - 3 and a half stars
What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966) - 2 and a half stars
Whatever Works (2009) - 3 stars
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep (2013) - 2 stars
Where Is the Friend's House (1987) - 3 and a half stars (a sweet, deceptively simply film)
Where to Invade Next (2016) - 3 stars
While You Were Sleeping (1995) - 4 stars
Whiplash (2014) - 3 and a half stars
Whistleblower, The (2010) - 3 stars
White Ribbon, The (2009) - 4 stars
Who Killed Cock Robin? (2017, Taiwan) - 2 stars (the frequent and unnecessary twists, as well as a few confusing flashbacks, are off-putting; the connections between the characters are convenient, rather than revelatory; and the ending makes you wonder why the lead character would start the investigation in the first place) 
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - 3 stars
Wild Boys of the Road (1933) - 4 stars
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) - 3 stars
Wind Rises, The (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Wind River (2017) - 3 and a half stars
Wind That Shakes the Barley, The (2006) - 2 and a half stars
Winnie the Pooh (2011) - 3 stars
Winter Sleepers (2000) - 3 stars
Winter Light (1963) - 3 stars
Winter's Bone (2010) - 4 and a half stars
Wolverine, The (2013) - 3 stars
Woman, A Gun, And A Noodle Shop, A (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Woman in the Window, The (1944) - 2 and a half stars
Woman of the Year (1942) - 3 stars (a great first half, a problematic beginning to its second half, and a highly questionable and possibly sexist finale)
Women Without Men (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Wonder Woman (2017) - 3 stars
Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, The (1993) - 3 stars (a good film about a subject that is, unfortunately, reticent about the most interesting aspects of her life)
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011) - 3 stars
World According to Garp, The (1982) - 4 stars
Wrestler, The (2008) - 4 stars
Wrong Man, The (1956) - 3 and a half stars

X-Files: Season 10 (2017) - 3 stars (4 stars for episode three)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - 3 and a half stars
X-Men: First Class (2011) - 2 and a half stars

You are the Apple of My Eye (2011, Taiwan) - 3 stars
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) - 2 and a half stars
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013) - 2 and a half stars
Young Frankenstein (1974) - 3 and a half stars
Young Victoria, The (2009) - 3 and a half stars

Your Sister's Sister (2012) - 3 stars

Zatoichi #1: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #2: The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962) - 3 stars
Zatoichi #3: New Tale of Zatoichi (1963) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoixhi #4: Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963) - 3 stars
Zatoichi #5: Zatoichi on the Road (1963) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #6: Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964) - 3 stars
Zatoichi #7: Zatoichi's Flashing Swords (1964) - 3 stars
Zatoichi #8: Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #9: Adventures of Zatoichi (1964) - 2 and a half stars
Zatoichi #10: Zatoichi's Revenge (1965) - 3 stars
Zatoichi #11: Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965) - 2 and a half stars
Zatoichi #12: Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965) - 2 and a half stars
Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966) - 3 stars
Zatoichi #14: Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (1966) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #15: Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #16: Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #17: Zatoichi Challenged (1967) - 2 and a half stars
Zatoichi #18: Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968) - 4 stars
Zatoichi #19: Samaritan Zatoichi (1968) - 2 and a half stars
Zatoichi #20: Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970) - 3 stars
Zatoichi #21: Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970) - 2 and a half stars
Zatoichi #22: Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #23: Zatoichi at Large (1972) - 3 and a half stars
Zatoichi #24: Zatoichi In Desperation (1972) - 2 stars
Zatoichi #25: Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973) - 2 and a half stars
Zatoichi #26: Darkness is My Alley (1989) - 1 and a half stars (practically incomprehensible, yet still containing a few nice, introspective scenes; not nearly enough though)
Zelig (1983) - 3 and a half stars
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) - 3 stars
Zombieland (2009) - 3 stars
Zoot Suit - (1982) - 4 stars

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