Back Row Reviews: Movie Reviews by James Dawson

November 15, 2017



The Movie Guide
That Knows Where It Sits


by
James Dawson
stjamesdawson.com

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Index of 2017 Reviews

Alien: Covenant (Grade: C-)
Beauty and the Beast (2017 Version) (Grade: C)
The Beguiled (2017 Version) (Grade: D)
Blade Runner 2049 (Grade: B+)
A Cure for Wellness (Grade: C-)
The Dark Tower (Grade: B+)
Dunkirk (Grade: B)
Free Fire (Grade: B+)
Ghost in the Shell (Grade: C)
The Great Wall (Grade: C)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Grade: A+)
It (Grade: F)
John Wick Chapter 2 (Grade: C-)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Grade: C-)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Grade: B+)
Justice League (Grade: F)

Kong: Skull Island (Grade: B+)
Logan (Grade: B)

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Limited Collector's Edition 2017 Blu-ray Box Set


Mother! (Grade: B)
The Mummy (Grade: B+)
Paris Can Wait (Grade: C)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Grade: B-)
The Space Between Us (Grade: F)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Grade: B+)
Thor: Ragnarok (Grade: B)
Trainspotting 2 (T2) (Grade: B)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Criterion Collection Edition) (Grade: B)
Unforgettable (Grade: D)
Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets (Grade: A)
Wakefield (Grade: B+)
War on Everyone (Grade: C)
Wilson (Grade: F)
Wonder Woman (Grade: D)
XXX: Return of Xander Cage (Grade: D)

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Index of 2016 Reviews

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Grade: B)
The Accountant (Grade: B-)
American Pastoral (Grade: F)
A Monster Calls (Grade: B+)
Arrival (Grade: B-)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Grade: F)
The BFG (Grade: D)
The Brothers Grimsby (Grade: B+)
Captain America: Civil War (Grade: B+)
Deadpool (Grade: B)
Doctor Strange (Grade: A-)
Elle (Grade: B)
Elvis and Nixon (Grade: D)
Eye in the Sky (Grade: B+)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Grade: B+)
The Finest Hours (Grade: B-)
The Founder (Grade: B-)
The Girl on the Train (Grade: B)
Hacksaw Ridge (Grade: C-)
The Huntsman (Grade: B-)
Jackie (Grade: F)
Julietta (Grade: B)
Keeping Up With the Joneses (Grade: D)
The Lobster (Grade: A)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Grade: B+)
Love and Friendship (Grade: B+)
Mascots (Grade: D)
Miss Sloane (Grade: C-)
Moana (Grade: C-)
A Monster Calls (Grade: B+)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Grade: F-minus to infinity)
The Neon Demon (Grade: D)
Passengers (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Paterson (Grade: D)
Preacher (AMC TV series) (Grade: D-)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Grade: C-)
Remember (Grade: C)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Grade: C-)
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Grade: C)
Star Trek Beyond (Grade: C-)
Suicide Squad (Grade: F-minus)
Wiener-Dog (Grade: B)
X-Men: Apocalypse (Grade: B+)
Zoolander 2 (Grade: B-)

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Index of 2015 Reviews

Adult Beginners (Grade: F-)
An Irrational Man (Grade: C)
Ant-Man (Grade: B)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Grade: B+)
Barely Lethal (Grade: F-minus to Infinity)
The Big Short (Grade: B+)
Carol (Grade: A)
Chi-Raq (Grade: F-minus)
Chappie (Grade: F)
Crimson Peak (Grade: C)
Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of The National Lampoon (Grade: B)
Ex Machina (Grade: B-)
Fantastic 4 (Grade: B)
Fifty Shades of Grey (Grade: F)
Furious 7 (Grade: C)
Gemma Bovery (Grade: B+)
Goosebumps (Grade: C-)
The Hateful Eight (Grade: A-)
Hitchcock Truffaut (Grade: B)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 (Grade: D)
Inside Out (Grade: B)
In the Heart of the Sea (Grade: C)
Irrational Man (Grade: C-)
Jupiter Ascending (Grade: F)
Jurassic World (Grade: D)
Kill Me Three Times (Grade: C+)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Grade: B)
Lambert & Stamp (Grade: B)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Grade: B+)
Mad Men Series Finale (Grade: B+)
The Martian (Grade: B)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Grade: A-)
No Escape (Grade: A)
Our Brand Is Crisis (Grade: F-)
The Overnight (Grade: B)
Pan (Grade: B+)
The Peanuts Movie (Grade: B)
The Revenant (Grade: A)
Rock the Kasbah (Grade: D-)
Room (Grade: B)
San Andreas (Grade: B)
Self/Less (Grade: C)
Shelter (Grade: C-)
Spectre (Grade: B)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Grade: B+)
Steve Jobs (Grade: B+)
Terminator: Genisys (Grade: D-)
Tomorrowland (Grade: D-)
Trainwreck (Grade: D)
Trumbo (Grade: B-)
Vacation (Grade: D-)
Victor Frankenstein (Grade: B-)
Youth (Grade: C-)

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MY 10 FAVORITE
(AND LEAST LIKED)
FILMS OF 2014

Click right here to see the 10 best and 10 worst movies I saw in 2014.

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Index of 2014 Reviews

Alan Partridge (Grade: B)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Grade: B+)
American Sniper (Grade: C-)
A Most Violent Year (Grade: B-)
Are You Here (Grade: D)
Authors Anonymous (Grade: F)
Big Hero 6 (Grade: B)
Birdman (Grade: B+)
The Boxtrolls (Grade: B)
Breathe In (Grade: B)
Calvary (Grade: A)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Grade: B-)
The Captive (Grade: B)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Grade: B-)
Divergent (Grade: D)
The Double (Grade: A)
The Drop (Grade: B+)
Edge of Tomorrow (Grade: B+)
Fading Gigolo (Grade: D-)
Felony (Grade: D)
For No Good Reason (Grade: B+)
Frank (Grade: A-)
Fury (Grade: B)
God Help the Girl (Grade: B+)
Gone Girl (Grade: C-)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Grade: A+) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Grade: B-)
Happy Christmas (Grade: C-)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Grade: B)
Horrible Bosses 2 (Grade: C-)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Grade: B-)
Inherent Vice (Grade: B+)
In Secret (Grade: A)
Interstellar (Grade: D)
The Interview (Grade: B-)
Into the Woods (Grade: A)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Grade: F)
Jersey Boys (Grade: D-)
Jimi: All Is by My Side (Grade: C-)
Le Week-End (Grade: C-)
Life After Beth (Grade: B+)
Life Itself (Grade: B)
Listen Up Philip (Grade: B+)
A Long Way Down (Grade: D-)
Lucy (Grade: B+)
Maleficent (Grade: D)
Mood Indigo (Grade: B+)
The Monuments Men (Grade: C-)
A Most Wanted Man (Grade: C)
Need for Speed (Grade: D)
Nightcrawler (Grade: B)
The November Man (Grade: D)
Nymphomaniac Vol. I (Grade: A)
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (Grade: A-)
The One I Love (Grade: C)
Only Lovers Left Alive (Grade: B)
The Other Woman (Grade: F-)
The Pretty One (Grade: B)
The Rover (Grade: B-)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Grade: B)
Snowpiercer (Grade: B)
St. Vincent (Grade: B+)
300: Rise of an Empire (Grade: B+)
Tim's Vermeer (Grade: B+)
Transcendence (Grade: D)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (Grade: F)
Turner (Grade: B-)
The Two Faces of January (Grade: A)
White Bird in a Blizzard (Grade: C)
The Wind Rises (Grade: D)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (Grade: A)
The Zero Theorem (Grade: C)

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MY 10 FAVORITE
(AND LEAST LIKED)
FILMS OF 2013

Click right here to see the 10 best and 10 worst movies I saw in 2013.

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Index of 2013
Reviews & Features

The ABCs of Death (Grade: C)
About Time (B-)
After Earth (Grade: B)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Grade: C)
Aroused (Grade: B)
Austenland (Grade: D+)
Beautiful Creatures (Grade: F-)
Blue Jasmine (Grade: B)
CBGB (Grade: D)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Grade: C)
The Company You Keep (Grade: F)
The Counselor (Grade: B)
Crystal Fairy (Grade: B)
Drinking Buddies (Grade: D)
Elysium (Grade: C-)
Enough Said (Grade: B+)
Epic (Grade: C-)
The Family (Grade: C)
Fast & Furious 6 (Grade: B+)
The Fifth Estate (Grade: D-)
Frances Ha (Grade: A-)
A Good Day to Die Hard (Grade: F)
Gravity (Grade: B)
The Great Gatsby (2013) (Grade: D+)
Feature: "Greater Than'Gatsby': 16 Adaptations That Worked"
The Hangover 3 (Grade: D-)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Grade: B-)
Her (Grade: A)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Grade: A)
The Host (Grade: D-)
How I Live Now (Grade: B)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Grade: B)
The Iceman (Grade: B)
I Give It a Year (Grade: B)
I'm So Excited (Grade: A-)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Grade: B+)
The Internship (Grade: D-)
The Invisible Woman (Grade: B-)
Iron Man 3 (Grade: D)
Kick-Ass 2 (Grade: B)
Kill Your Darlings (Grade: B+)
The Lone Ranger (Grade: B-)
Lovelace (Grade: C+)
Mama (Grade: B+)
Man of Steel (Grade: C+)
Monsters University (Grade: C-)
Nebraska (Grade: D-)
Oblivion (Grade: B+)
Olympus Has Fallen (Grade: C-)
Only God Forgives (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Out of the Furnace (Grade: C-)
Oz The Great and Powerful (Grade: C)
Pacific Rim (Grade: B+)
Parker (Grade: C-)
Planes (Grade: D)
The Purge (Grade: C)
RED 2 (Grade: D-)
Riddick (Grade: B-)
R.I.P.D. (Grade: B-)
Romeo and Juliet (Grade: B-)
Room 237 (Grade: B)
Rush (Grade: B+)
Saving Mr. Banks (Grade: D)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) (Grade: D)
Six by Sondheim (Grade: A)
The Spectacular Now (Grade: C-)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Grade: B)
Stuck in Love (Grade: D)
Thanks for Sharing (Grade: D)
The To Do List (Grade: B+)
Thor: The Dark World (Grade: B+)
Trance (Grade: C-)
12 Years a Slave (Grade: C+)
Violet & Daisy (Grade: D)
The Wizard of Oz (2013 IMAX 3D) (Grade: A+)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Grade: A)
The Wolverine (Grade: B-)
The World's End (Grade: B-)
World War Z (Grade: D)

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MY 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2012
Click right here to see my 10 favorite movies of 2012.

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Index of 2012
Reviews & Features

360 (Grade: B+)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Grade: C-)
The Amazing Spider-Man (Grade: B+)
American Reunion (Grade: C-)
Anna Karenina (Grade: B+)
Argo (Grade: C-)
The Avengers (Grade: A)
Battleship (Grade: C+)
Being Flynn (Grade: C)
Bel Ami (Grade: C+)
Beneath the Darkness (Grade: D+)
Bernie (Grade: B+)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Grade: C-)
The Bourne Legacy (Grade: B+)
Brave (Grade: A)
Cafe de Flore (Grade: B-)
Celeste & Jesse Forever (Grade: C-)
Chronicle (Grade: B+)
Cloud Atlas (Grade: B+)
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (Grade: B+)
Contraband (Grade: B)
Cosmopolis (Grade: B-)
Damsels in Distress (Grade: A)
The Dark Knight Rises (Grade: D)
Dark Shadows (Grade: B+)
Darling Companion (Grade: D)
The Day (Grade: C)
Deadfall (Grade: C+)
The Deep Blue Sea (Grade: D)
Detachment (Grade: A)
The Divide (Grade: D-)
Django Unchained (Grade: A)
Dredd (Grade: C+)
End of Watch (Grade: B+)
The Five-Year Engagement (Grade: D+)
Frankenweenie (Grade: D)
Friends With Kids (Grade: F)
Girl in Progress (Grade: D-)
God Bless America (Grade: B)
Goon (Grade: C-)
The Grey (Grade: B)
Haywire (Grade: C-)
Hick (Grade: C)
Hitchcock (Grade: B)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Grade: C)
Hotel Transylvania (Grade: B)
Hysteria (Grade: B)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (Grade: B)
The Impossible (Grade: B+)
In Darkness (Grade: A-)
Intruders (Grade: D)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Grade: B+)
Jesus Henry Christ (Grade: C+)
John Carter (Grade: C)
Killer Joe (Grade: B+)
Lawless (Grade: B+)
Lawless Bonus: Nick Cave Feature Article
Lawless Bonus: Nick Cave Full Interview Transcript
Les Miserables (Grade: D)
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (Grade: B)
Liberal Arts (Grade: F)
Life of Pi (Grade: B)
Lockout (Grade: C)
Lola Versus (Grade: D)
Looper (Grade: D)
The Lorax (Grade: B+)
The Lucky One (Grade: D)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Grade: B)
Kill List (Grade: B)
Magical Mystery Tour (2012 restored DVD) (Grade: D)
Man on a Ledge (Grade: C-)
The Master (Grade: A)
Men in Black 3 (Grade: B+)
Mirror Mirror (Grade: C-)
Miss Bala (Grade: B-)
Moonrise Kingdom (Grade: A+) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Neil Young Journeys (Grade: B)
Neil Young Journeys Bonus: DVD Review
Not Fade Away (Grade: A-)
The Oranges (Grade: F)
The Paperboy (Grade: B+)
ParaNorman (Grade: A)
Bonus "ParaNorman" Feature: Actress Anna Kendrick
Bonus "ParaNorman" Feature: Directors Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (Grade: B)
People Like Us (Grade: D)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Grade: A)
Pitch Perfect (Grade: C-)
Premium Rush (Grade: B)
Prometheus (Grade: B+)
Pusher (Grade: B)
Rampart (Grade: C-)
The Raven (Grade: D)
Return (Grade: B)
Red Tails (Grade: D)
Rock of Ages (Grade: F)
Ruby Sparks (Grade: D)
Safe House (Grade: A-)
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Grade: A)
Savages (Grade: A)
The Secret World of Arrietty (Grade: A)
Seeking Justice (Grade: C)
Seven Psychopaths (Grade: B+)
Silent House (Grade: C-)
Silver Linings Playbook (Grade: C-)
Skyfall (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Snow White and the Huntsman (Grade: B)
Solomon Kane (Grade: C+)
Ted (Grade: D)
Thin Ice (Grade: B)
This Means War (Grade: D-)
The Three Stooges (Grade: B)
Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (Grade: C+)
To Rome With Love (Grade: B)
Total Recall (Grade: C)
Bonus "Total Recall" Feature: Colin Farrell
Bonus "Total Recall" Feature: Bryan Cranston
The Trouble With Bliss (Grade: B)
Trouble With the Curve (Grade: C-)
Virginia (Grade: C-)
The Vow (Grade: D)
Wanderlust (Grade: B)
The Watch (Grade: D)
What About Dick? (Grade: B+)
Bonus "What About Dick?" Feature: Russell Brand, Billy Connolly,
Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard and Sophie Winkleman Interviewed

Bonus "What About Dick?" Feature: Russell Brand Interviewed
Bonus "What About Dick?" Feature: Eddie Izzard Interviewed
Wrath of the Titans (Grade: B)
Wreck-It Ralph (Grade: A)
Wuthering Heights (2012) (Grade: C-)
Your Sister's Sister (Grade: D)
Zero Dark Thirty (Grade: B-)

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MY 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2011
Click right here to see my 10 favorite movies of 2011.

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Index of All
2011 Reviews

Abduction (Grade: C-)
The Adjustment Bureau (Grade: B)
Albert Nobbs (Grade: B)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Grade: C+)
Anonymous (Grade: A-)
Arthur (2011) (Grade: C-)
The Artist (Grade: A+) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Attack the Block (Grade: B+)
Bad Teacher (Grade: B-)
Battle: Los Angeles (aka Battle: LA) (Grade: C)
Beastly (Grade: F)
The Beaver (Grade: D)
Bellflower (Grade: C+)
Brighton Rock (Grade: B+)
Bunraku (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Cafe (Grade: C-)
The Caller (Grade: B)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Grade: B+)
Carnage (Grade: B+)
Cars 2 (Grade: C-)
Chasing Madoff (Grade: B-)
Circumstance (Grade: B+)
Colombiana (Grade: C-)
Conan the Barbarian (2011) (Grade: C+)
Contagion (Grade: C-)
Coriolanus (Grade: B)
Corman's World (Grade: B)
Cowboys & Aliens (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Crazy Stupid Love (Grade: B+)
The Debt (Grade: A)
A Dangerous Method (Grade: C)
The Descendants (Grade: B)
The Devil's Double (Grade: B)
Dirty Girl (Grade: B-)
Dolphin Tale (Grade: D+)
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Grade: B)
The Double (Grade: D)
Downton Abbey (PBS "Masterpiece" Series) (Grade: A)
Drive (Grade: A)
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Grade: B+)
Everything Must Go (Grade: C+)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Grade: F)
Final Destination 5 (Grade: B)
Finding Joe (Grade: B-)
50/50 (Grade: C-)
5 Days of War (Grade: B-)
Flypaper (Grade: B)
Footloose (Grade: F)
Fright Night (2011) (Grade: C-)
The Future (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Grade: B)
Glee The 3D Concert Movie (Grade: B)
Gnomeo & Juliet (Grade: C-)
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (Grade: D-)
The Green Hornet (Grade: D+)
Green Lantern (Grade: D)
The Guard (Grade: A-)
Hanna (Grade: B)
Happy Feet Two (Grade: C-)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Grade: B)
Hesher (Grade: B-)
Higher Ground (Grade: D)
Horrible Bosses (Grade: C+)
Hugo (Grade: C)
The Ides of March (Grade: C+)
Immortals (Grade: C+)
In Time (Grade: D-)
The Iron Lady (Grade: C+)
Jack and Jill (Grade: F)
J. Edgar (Grade: C-)
Johnny English Reborn (Grade: B-)
Kaboom (Grade: B+)
Killing Bono (Grade: C-)
Knuckle (Grade: B)
The Lady (Grade: B-)
Larry Crowne (Grade: F)
Like Crazy (Grade: A-)
Love Crime (Grade: C)
Love Etc. (Grade: B+)
Machine Gun Preacher (Grade: B+)
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (Grade: B+)
Margin Call (Grade: B+)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Grade: B+)
Melancholia (Grade: A+) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Midnight in Paris (Grade: B)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Grade: B+)
Moneyball (Grade: A)
Monte Carlo (Grade: B)
The Muppets (Grade: B)
My Afternoons With Margueritte (Grade: B+)
The Myth of the American Sleepover (Grade: B+)
My Week With Marilyn (Grade: C-)
New Year's Eve (Grade: F)
Norman (Grade: C+)
No Strings Attached (Grade: F)
Oranges and Sunshine (Grade: B+)
The Other Woman (Grade: B-)
Our Idiot Brother (Grade: B)
Page One (Grade: C)
Passion Play (Grade: F)
Puncture (Grade: B-)
Puss in Boots (Grade: B+)
Rango (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Real Steel (Grade: D+)
Red Riding Hood (Grade: C)
Restless (Grade: C-)
Rio (Grade: C-)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Grade: B+)
The Rum Diary (Grade: C-)
Salvation Boulevard (Grade: C)
Sanctum (Grade: C-)
Shame (Grade: C)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Grade: A-)
The Skin I Live In (Grade: B)
The Smurfs (Grade: D)
Soul Surfer (Grade: C)
Source Code (Grade: B)
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
(aka Spy Kids 4D)
(Grade: B-)
Straw Dogs (Grade: C-)
Sucker Punch (Grade: F+)
Super 8 (Grade: D)
Tanner Hall (Grade: C)
Take Me Home Tonight (Grade: F-)
Take Shelter (Grade: A-)
Texas Killing Fields (Grade: C+)
The Thing (Grade: B)
30 Minutes or Less (Grade: B-)
Thor (Grade: B)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Grade: B-)
The Adventures of Tintin (Grade: A)
Tower Heist (Grade: B+)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Grade: C)
The Tree of Life (Grade: D)
Trespass (Grade: D+)
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (Grade: B)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Grade: C)
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (Grade: B)
War Horse (Grade: C-)
Warrior (Grade: D+)
Water for Elephants (Grade: B-)
The Way (Grade: D+)
The Way Back (Grade: B)
We Were Here (Grade: B)
The Whale (Grade: A)
The Whistleblower (Grade: B)
Winnie the Pooh (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Young Adult (Grade: A)
Zookeeper (Grade: D+)

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THE 10 BEST AND WORST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2010
Click here to see my 10 favorite -- and
my 10 least-favorite -- movies I saw in 2010.

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Index of All
2010 Reviews
Alice in Wonderland (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
The American (Grade: B)
The A-Team (Grade: C+)
The Back-Up Plan (Grade: F-)
Black Swan (Grade: B)
Blue Valentine (Grade: D)
The Book of Eli (Grade: F)
Brooklyn's Finest (Grade: B)
Burlesque (Grade: D)
Catfish (Grade: B-)
Charlie St. Cloud (Grade: D-)
Chloe (Grade: B-)
The City of Your Final Destination (Grade: D)
The Company Men (D)
Country Strong (Grade: D-)
Cyrus (Grade: B-)
Date Night (Grade: C+)
Defendor (Grade: B)
Despicable Me (Grade: C+)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Grade: D)
Easy A (Grade: F)
Eat Pray Love (Grade: D-)
Edge of Darkness (Grade: F)
Fair Game (Grade: C+)
The Fighter (Grade: B-)
Flipped (Grade: C)
From Paris With Love (Grade: F)
Get Him to the Greek (Grade: D)
The Ghost Writer (Grade: B-)
The Good Guy (Grade: D-)
Great Directors (Grade: C-)
Greenberg (Grade: B)
Green Zone (Grade: C)
Grown Ups (Grade: F-)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Grade: C)
Heartbreaker (Grade: B-)
Hereafter (Grade: B-)
Howl (Grade: B)
Hot Tub Time Machine (Grade: F)
How to Train Your Dragon (Grade: B+)
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Grade: C-)
I Am Love (Io Sono l'amore) (Grade: C-)
I Love You Phillip Morris (Grade: A)
I'm Still Here (Grade: C-)
Inception (Grade: B+)
Iron Man 2 (Grade: C-)
It's Kind of a Funny Story (Grade: B-)
Jackass 3D (Grade: C)
Jack Goes Boating (Grade: C-)
Kick-Ass (Grade: B+)
The Kids Are All Right (Grade: A-)
The Killer Inside Me (Grade: C+)
Killers (Grade: F+)
The King's Speech (Grade: A)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (Grade: C-)
Life During Wartime (Grade: A-)
The Losers (Grade: D)
Love Ranch (Grade: F)
Machete (Grade: C-)
Megamind (Grade: B)
Morning Glory (Grade: F)
Mother and Child (Grade: C)
Nanny McPhee Returns (Grade: C+)
Never Let Me Go (Grade: B)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (Grade: D)
Nowhere Boy (Grade: C)
The Nutcracker in 3D (Grade: F)
Oceans (the Disney documentary, not one of the horrid Clooney capers) (Grade: B+)
The Other Guys (Grade: B)
Paper Man (Grade: F- to beyond infinity)
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Grade: F)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Grade: C-)
Red (Grade: D)
Repo Men (Grade: D-)
Robin Hood (2010) (Grade: C-)
The Runaways (Grade: C-)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Secretariat (Grade: C-)
Shrek Forever After (aka Shrek The Final Chapter) (Grade: C+)
Shutter Island (Grade: A-)
The Social Network (Grade: A)
Splice (Grade: D)
St. John of Las Vegas (Grade: C)
Tamara Drewe (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Tangled (Grade: B)
The Tempest (Grade: A)
The Thorn in the Heart (Grade: D-)
Tooth Fairy (Grade: F)
The Town (Grade: C-)
Toy Story 3 (Grade: B+)
Tron: Legacy (Grade: B)
True Grit (Grade: A)
12 (Grade: C-)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Grade: F)
Valentine's Day (Grade: F)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Grade: D)
Welcome to the Rileys (Grade: C-)
The Wolfman (Grade: B)
You Again (Grade: F)
Youth in Revolt (Grade: B)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Grade: B)

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I SAW IN 2009
Click here to see my 10 favorite -- and
my 10 least-favorite -- movies I saw in 2009.

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Index of All
2009 Reviews
"2009 Blockbuster or Bust" Feature Article
"2009 Budding Artists/Under-the-Radar Movies" Feature Article
Adventureland (Grade: D)
Alien Trespass (Grade: B)
Amelia (Grade: D)
An Education (Grade: B)
Antichrist (Grade: A-)
Anvil (Grade: A)
Avatar (Grade: B)
"Avatar": A Front Row Features Sneak Peek!
Away We Go (Grade: D-)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Grade: B+)
Battle for Terra (Grade: C-)
The Blind Side (Grade: C-)
Bride Wars (Grade: F)
Broken Embraces (Grade: C)
Chandni Chowk to China (Grade: B+)
A Christmas Carol (aka Disney's A Christmas Carol) (Grade: C-)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (Grade: F)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Grade: F)
Coraline (Grade: B-)
Crossing Over (Grade: C-)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (Grade: C-)
The Damned United (Grade: B+)
District 9 (Grade: C-)
Duplicity (Grade: D+)
The Edge of Love (Grade: C-)
The Escapist (Grade: A)
Every Little Step (Grade: A)
Fanboys (Grade: C+)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Fast & Furious (Grade: C)
500 Days of Summer (Grade: A-)
Funny People (Grade: D)
Gentlemen Broncos (Grade: F)
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Grade: D-)
The Great Buck Howard (Grade: C-)
Hannah Montana: The Movie (Grade: C+)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Grade: A)
He's Just Not That Into You (Grade: A)
Hotel for Dogs (Grade: B)
Inkheart (Grade: D+)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Grade: B-)
The Informant! (Grade: D)
The International (Grade: B+)
Is Anybody There? (Grade: B-)
It Might Get Loud (Grade: B+)
Jennifer's Body (Grade: D)
Julia (Grade: B)
Julie & Julia (Julie and Julia) (Grade: C+)
Knowing (Grade: D+)
Law Abiding Citizen (Grade: D+)
The Limits of Control (Grade: B-)
The Lovely Bones (Grade: D-)
Lymelife (Grade: B)
Management (Grade: D)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (Grade: F)
Monsters Vs. Aliens (Grade: B)
Moon (Grade: B-)
My Bloody Valentine 3D (Grade: D)
My Life in Ruins (Grade: F)
New in Town (Grade: D)
New Moon (aka The Twilight Saga: New Moon) (Grade: D-)
New York, I Love You (Grade: D)
Nine (Grade: C+)
Observe and Report (Grade: D-)
O'Horten (Grade: B-)
Paris 36 (Grade: A) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
A Perfect Getaway (Grade: D+)
Phoebe in Wonderland (Grade: A)
The Pink Panther 2 (Grade: C-)
Pirate Radio (Grade: D-)
Planet 51 (Grade: C)
Post Grad (Grade: D)
The Princess and the Frog (Grade: B)
The Road (Grade: B-)
A Serious Man (Grade: B+)
Sherlock Holmes (Grade: C+)
The Soloist (Grade: C-)
Star Trek (Grade: A)
State of Play (Grade: B)
Sunshine Cleaning (Grade: B+)
Taken (Grade: B+)
This Is It (Grade: B+)
The Time Traveler's Wife (Grade: B)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Grade: D-)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Grade: B)
Up in the Air (Grade: A-)
Watchmen (Grade: B+)
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter (Grade: B-)
Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic (DVD) (Grade: D)
Where the Wild Things Are (Grade: F+)
Whip It (Grade: D)
Women in Trouble (Grade: F)
Zombieland (Grade: B)

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My ARTISTdirect.com
Reviews & Features


From late 2008 to mid-2009, I wrote more than 60 reviews and feature articles for ARTISTdirect.com. Then the powers-that-be at that website decided to stop using freelancers. Ouch. For a complete list of those masterpieces, click this link:
James Dawson's ARTISTdirect.com Reviews & Features

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THE 10 BEST AND WORST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2008
Click here to see my 10 favorites of all the movies I saw in 2008.

And if you click here, you can see the 10 worst!

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Index of All
2008 Reviews
The Air I Breathe (Grade: D-)
Appaloosa (Grade: C+)
Australia (Grade: D-)
Baby Mama (Grade: F)
The Bank Job (Grade: B-)
Battle in Seattle (Grade: C-)
Bedtime Stories (Grade: F)
Be Kind Rewind (Grade: B-)
Blindsight (Grade: C+)
Body of Lies (Grade: C)
Burn After Reading (Grade: B)
Cassandra's Dreahttp://209.134.25.160:2082/frontend/x3/filemanager/editit.html?file=brindex.html&fileop=&dir=%2Fhome%2Fwasted%2Fpublic_html&dirop=&charset=&file_charset=_DETECT_&baseurl=&basedir=m (Grade: C-)
Changeling (Grade: D+)
Charlie Bartlett (Grade: D-)
Che (Grade: D)
Choke (Grade: C)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Grade: C-)
CJ7 (Grade: C-)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Grade: B)
The Dark Knight (Grade: C-)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Grade: C-)
Death Defying Acts (Grade: B-)
Death Race (Grade: D-)
Diary of the Dead (Grade: D+)
Doubt (Grade: C+)
Eagle Eye (Grade: F)
Elegy (Grade: C-)
The Fall (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Filth and Wisdom (Grade: F)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Grade: D-)
Fool's Gold (Grade: F)
The Foot Fist Way (Grade: D)
Frost/Nixon (Grade: A)
Funny Games (Grade: F)
Get Smart (Grade: D-)
Ghost Town (Grade: B)
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Grade: C+)
The Grand (Grade: F)
Gran Torino (Grade: B)
Hamlet 2 (Grade: D+)
Hancock (Grade: D)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Grade: C+)
Here Is What Is (Grade: B)
The Hottie and the Nottie (Grade: F)
The House Bunny (Grade: F)
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (Grade: F)
Igor (Grade: D)
In Bruges (Grade: A) (THE BEST MOVIE OF 2008!)
The Incredible Hulk (Grade: B-)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Grade: D+)
In the Name of the King (Grade: C+)
Iron Man (Grade: C)
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (Grade: C+)
Lakeview Terrace (Grade: C)
The Life Before Her Eyes (Grade: C-)
The Love Guru (Grade: D-)
Marley & Me (Grade: D+)
Meet Dave (Grade: F)
Mongol (Grade: D)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Grade: F)
My Blueberry Nights (Grade: D-)
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (Grade: B)
The Orphanage (Grade: C)
The Other Boleyn Girl (Grade: B)
Penelope (Grade: D)
Pineapple Express (Grade: F)
Priceless (Grade: B+)
Pride and Glory (Grade: C)
Quarantine (Grade: C-)
Quid Pro Quo (Grade: C)
Rachel Getting Married (Grade: F)
Rambo (Grade: C-)
The Reader (Grade: B-)
Redbelt (Grade: F)
Religulous (Grade: B)
Revolutionary Road (Grade: B-)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (Grade: D)
RocknRolla (Grade: C)
Role Models (Grade: F)
Run Fatboy Run (Grade: D)
Semi-Pro (Grade: C+)
Seven Pounds (Grade: B-)
Shine a Light (Grade: B+)
Sleepwalking (Grade: C+)
Slumdog Millionaire (Grade: B)
Snow Angels (Grade: D)
Son of Rambow (Grade: C-)
Speed Racer (Grade: B-)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Grade: D)
The Spirit (Grade: B+)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Grade: D)
Step Brothers (Grade: B+)
Stop-Loss (Grade: F)
Street Kings (Grade: D)
Swing Vote (Grade: D-)
Synecdoche, New York (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Taxi to the Dark Side (Grade: B-)
Towelhead (Grade: B+)
Transporter 3 (Grade: D+)
Valkyrie (Grade: B)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show (Grade: F)
W. (Grade: C-)
The Wackness (Grade: C+)
WALL-E (Grade: B)
Wanted (Grade: D)
Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? (Grade: D+)
The Wrestler (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Yes Man (Grade: D)
You Don't Mess With the Zohan (Grade: D+)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Grade: F-)

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THE 10 BEST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2007
Disclaimer: If a movie does not appear below in the list of the 119 that I reviewed in 2007, that means I didn't see it. Accordingly, some other flicks this year may have been good enough to make my top 10 list if I had seen them. But hey, I can't spend all of my time in theaters.

For example, bubbling right under my top 10 were "3:10 to Yuma," "There Will Be Blood" and "Waitress" -- three movies with absolutely nothing in common except their wonderfulness.

Also, the movies in the list below aren't strictly arranged by the grades I gave them when I wrote their individual reviews. Oops.

Enjoy!


1. Lars and the Real Girl
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
4. The Golden Compass
5. The Darjeeling Limited
6. Shoot 'Em Up
7. No Country for Old Men
8. Across the Universe
9. 28 Weeks Later
10. Control



...AND HERE ARE
THE 10 WORST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2007
Narrowing this list down to only 10 bombs each year is nearly impossible, but here are the absolute lousiest movies I saw in 2007, starting with the worst of the worst. Also, my most-hated and my second-most-hated movies of 2007 have one thing in common: Robin Williams. You have been warned.

1. License to Wed
2. August Rush
3. The Ex
4. Knocked Up
5. Death Sentence
6. Lions for Lambs
7. Wild Hogs
8. Transformers
9. I Know Who Killed Me
10. The Mist

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Index of All
2007 Reviews
Across the Universe (Grade: B)
Alpha Dog (Grade: C-)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (Grade: F)
American Gangster (Grade: B)
Angel-A (Grade: D+)
An Unreasonable Man (Grade: B)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Grade: C)
The Astronaut Farmer (Grade: C+)
Arthur and the Invisibles (Grade: B)
August Rush (Grade: F-)
Balls of Fury (Grade: C+)
Becoming Jane (Grade: D)
Bee Movie (Grade: B-)
Beowulf (Grade: C-)
Black Book (Grade: C)
Black Sheep (Grade: B-)
Black Snake Moan (Grade: B)
Blades of Glory (Grade: B-)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Grade: D)
Breach (Grade: D)
Breaking and Entering (Grade: B-)
Bridge to Terabithia (Grade: D)
Bug (Grade: D)
Charlie Wilson's War (Grade: C+)
Colour Me Kubrick (Grade: D)
Control (Grade: A-)
Dan in Real Life (Grade: D+)
The Darjeeling Limited (Grade: A)
Daywatch (Grade: C+)
Death at a Funeral (Grade: C)
Death Sentence (Grade: F-)
December Boys (Grade: F)
Disturbia (Grade: F)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Grade: B-)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Grade: C-)
Enchanted (Grade: D)
Evening (Grade: F)
The Ex (Grade: F-)
Fierce People (Grade: B+)
Ghost Rider (Grade: D)
The Golden Compass (Grade: A-)
Grindhouse (Grades: Planet Terror C-, Death Proof F-)
Hairspray (Grade: B+)
Happily N'Ever After (Grade: C)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Grade: B+)
The Heartbreak Kid (Grade: B)
The Hitcher (Grade: C-)
Hot Fuzz (Grade: A)
Hot Rod (Grade: C-)
The Hunting Party (Grade: C-)
I Am Legend (Grade: D+)
I Know Who Killed Me (Grade: F)
Jesse James (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) (Grade: C)
Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains (Grade: C+)
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (Grade: C)
Juno (Grade: B-)
King of California (Grade: D-)
The Kite Runner (Grade: C+)
Knocked Up (Grade: F-)
Lars and the Real Girl (Grade: A) GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
The Last Mimzy (Grade: C)
La Vie en Rose (Grade: B)
License to Wed (Grade: F- to infinity)
Lions for Lambs (Grade: F)
Live Free or Die Hard (Grade: B-)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Grade: C+)
Lust, Caution (Grade: D+)
Margot at the Wedding (Grade: B)
Michael Clayton (Grade: C+)
A Mighty Heart (Grade: B)
Miss Potter (Grade: C+)
The Mist (Grade: F-)
Mr. Brooks (Grade: D+)
Nancy Drew (Grade: B)
The Nanny Diaries (Grade: F-)
National Treasure (Grade: D-)
Next (Grade: C)
No Country for Old Men (Grade: B+)
No Reservations (Grade: D-)
The Number 23 (Grade: F)
Ocean's 13 (Grade: D-)
Paris, Je T'Aime (Grade: B)
Persepolis (Grade: B)
Premonition (Grade: C-)
Ratatouille (Grade: B+)
The Reaping (Grade: D)
Rendition (Grade: C-)
Rescue Dawn (Grade: B-)
Revolver (Grade: D)
Rush Hour 3 (Grade: F+)
The Savages (Grade: B-)
Seraphim Falls (Grade: B)
Shoot 'Em Up (Grade: A) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Shooter (Grade: B-)
Shrek the Third (Grade: C+)
Sicko (Grade: C)
Sleuth (Grade: D-)
Spider-Man 3 (Grade: D)
Stardust (Grade: D+)
Starter for 10 (Grade: D)
Sunshine (Grade: D+)
Superbad (Grade: D)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Grade: A)
There Will Be Blood (Grade: B+)
30 Days of Night (Grade: D)
300 (Grade: B-)
3:10 to Yuma (Grade: B+)
Transformers (Grade: F)
The TV Set (Grade: D-)
28 Weeks Later (Grade: B+)
2 Days in Paris (Grade: B)
Vacancy (Grade: C)
Waitress (Grade: B+)
Walk Hard (Grade: B)
Wild Hogs (Grade: F)
Year of the Dog (Grade: B-)
You Kill Me (Grade: B)
Youth Without Youth (Grade: D)
Zodiac (Grade: C)

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THE TEN BEST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2006
Disclaimer: If a movie does not appear in my complete list of 2006 reviews below, that means I didn't see it. Accordingly, some other flicks may have been good enough to make my top 10 list if I had seen them.

Two documentaries made the list this year, which is a first. And trust me, you don't have to be a country music fan (I'm not) to enjoy the Dixie Chicks movie, or a Neil Young fan (although I am) to like "Heart of Gold."

Movies that just missed the list this year include "Shadowboxer," "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Lonesome Jim."

1. Pan's Labyrinth
2. Venus
3. The Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing
4. Marie Antoinette
5. Neil Young: Heart of Gold
6. The Science of Sleep
7. Notes on a Scandal
8. Children of Men
9. Manderlay
10. Perfume


AND HERE ARE
THE TEN WORST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2006
Narrowing this list down to only 10 movies each year is nearly impossible, but these are the bottom of the barrel. (Narrowly missing the list were such abominations as "The Libertine," "Lucky Number Slevin," "The Night Listener" and "Charlotte's Web.")

And now, here is this year's hall of shame, starting with the worst of the worst:

1. Clerks 2
2. Bobby
3. Deck the Halls
4. Failure to Launch
5. Man of the Year
6. The Holiday
7. Conversations With Other Women
8. Zoom
9. London
10. The Black Dahlia


Index of All
2006 Reviews
Accepted (Grade: D-)
All the King's Men (Grade: C-)
American Dreamz (Grade: B-)
Annapolis (Grade: D)
Art School Confidential (Grade: D+)
Babel (Grade: C)
The Black Dahlia (Grade: F-minus)
Blood Diamond (Grade: C-)
Bobby (Grade: F-)
Borat (Grade: B)
Cars (Grade: C-)
Casino Royale (Grade: A-)
Charlotte's Web (Grade: F)
Children of Men (Grade: B+)
Clerks 2 (Grade: F-minus) (WORST MOVIE OF 2006)
Click (Grade: C-)
Conversations With Other Women (Grade: F)
Copying Beethoven (Grade: D)
Crank (Grade: B)
Curse of the Golden Flower (Grade: C-)
The Da Vinci Code (Grade: D-)
Death of a President (Grade: D)
Deck the Halls (Grade: F-)
Deja Vu (Grade: D-)
The Departed (Grade: B)
The Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Dreamgirls (Grade: D+)
Eragon (Grade: F)
Failure to Launch (Grade: F)
Fast Food Nation (Grade: D)
Fearless (Jet Li's Fearless) (Grade: D)
Firewall (Grade: D-)
Flags of Our Fathers (Grade: D+)
Flicka (Grade: F)
Flushed Away (Grade: D)
For Your Consideration (Grade: B-)
The Fountain (Grade: D)
Fur (Grade: F)
The Good German (Grade: C-)
The Good Shepherd (Grade: D)
A Good Woman (Grade: D+)
Gridiron Gang (Grade: D)
The Groomsmen (Grade: F)
The Ground Truth (Grade: C-)
Hard Candy (Grade: D)
The History Boys (Grade: D)
The Holiday (Grade: F-)
Hollywoodland (Grade: B-)
The Illusionist (Grade: B-)
Infamous (Grade: B)
Inland Empire (Grade: B-)
The Last King of Scotland (Grade: C+)
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Grade: C)
Letters From Iwo Jima (Grade: C)
The Libertine (Grade: F)
Little Children (Grade: B-)
Little Miss Sunshine (Grade: B)
London (Grade: F)
Lonesome Jim (Grade: B)
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (Grade: C)
The Lost City (Grade: F)
Loverboy (Grade: F)
Lucky Number Slevin (Grade: F+)
Manderlay (Grade: B+)
Man of the Year (Grade: F-minus)
Marie Antoinette (Grade: A)
Miami Vice (Grade: D)
Mini's First Time (Grade: F)
Mission: Impossible 3 (Grade: D)
Monster House (Grade: F)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Grade: C-)
Nacho Libre (Grade: B)
The Nativity Story (Grade: C)
Night at the Museum (Grade: D)
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (Grade: A) (SEE THIS MOVIE!)
The Night Listener (Grade: F)
Notes on a Scandal (Grade: B+)
The Notorious Bettie Page (Grade: C+)
Over the Hedge (Grade: C-)
The Painted Veil (Grade: B+)
Pan's Labyrinth (Grade: A) (BEST MOVIE OF 2006)
Perfume (Grade: B+)
The Pick of Destiny (Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny) (Grade: B)
Poseidon (Grade: C+)
The Pink Panther (2006) (Grade: D)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Grade: D+)
A Prairie Home Companion (Grade: D-)
The Prestige (Grade: C+)
The Pursuit of Happyness (Grade: B+)
The Queen (Grade: C+)
Rocky Balboa (Grade: F)
A Scanner Darkly (Grade: C)
The Science of Sleep (Grade: A)
Scoop (Grade: B+)
The Sentinel (Grade: F)
Shadowboxer (Grade: B+)
Shortbus (Grade: B-)
Shut Up & Sing (The Dixie Chicks Documentary) (Grade: A)
Stick It (Grade: F+)
Stoned (Grade: C-)
Stranger Than Fiction (Grade: D+)
Superman Returns (Grade: D)
Talladega Nights (Grade: B)
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (Grade: B)
Thank You for Smoking (Grade: C-)
Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste) (Grade: B)
Tristan and Isolde (Grade: C)
United 93 (Grade: B)
U.S. vs John Lennon (Grade: C+)
Venus (Grade: A)
V for Vendetta (Grade: D)
Volver (Grade: C)
Wah-Wah (Grade: F)
World Trade Center (Grade: D-)
X-Men: The Last Stand (X-Men 3, X3) (Grade: B+)
You, Me and Dupree (Grade: D+)
Zoom (Grade: F-minus)

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THE TEN BEST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2005 Disclaimer: If a movie does not appear in my complete list of 2005 reviews, that means I didn't see it. Accordingly, although flicks such as "Capote" and "Syriana" may have been good enough to make the cut if I had seen them...I didn't. Sorry, but I can't spend all of my time sitting in the dark and passively staring into space. Or going to the movies, either!

1. Me and You and Everyone We Know
2. Brokeback Mountain
3. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
4. Kung Fu Hustle
5. Match Point
6. The Producers
7. Howl's Moving Castle
8. Broken Flowers
9. The New World
10. Palindromes


AND HERE ARE
THE TEN WORST MOVIES
I SAW IN 2005

Narrowing this list down to only 10 movies each year is nearly impossible, but these are the bottom of the barrel. (Narrowly missing the list were such invitations to regurgitation as The Upside of Anger, Elizabethtown, Millions, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Mindhunters.) Trust me, you don't want to see the following bombs even on a dare. None of them qualify as "so bad they're good." They are just plain "bad," starting with the worst of the worst:

1. Rent
2. House of D
3. Hitch
4. Must Love Dogs
5. Waiting...
6. The Family Stone
7. Monster-in-Law
8. The Dukes of Hazzard
9. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
10. The Pacifier


Index of All
2005 Reviews
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (Grade: D)
Aliens of the Deep (Grade: D)
The Aristocrats (Grade: B)
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Grade: C-)
Batman Begins (Grade: D)
Beauty Shop (Grade: F)
Be Cool (Grade: D)
Bewitched (Grade: C+)
Brokeback Mountain (Grade: A) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Broken Flowers (Grade: B+)
The Brothers Grimm (Grade: C-)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Grade: D+)
Chicken Little (Grade: D+)
The Constant Gardener (Grade: C-)
Constantine (Grade: F)
Crash (Grade: D)
Daltry Calhoun (Grade: D)
Dark Water (Grade: B-)
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Grade: C+)
Domino (Grade: D)
Don't Move (Grade: C-)
Doom (Grade: D+)
The Dukes of Hazzard (Grade: F-)
Elizabethtown (Grade: F)
Everything Is Illuminated (Grade: D)
The Family Stone (Grade: F-minus)
Fantastic Four (Grade: D+)
Fascination (Grade: F)
Fear X (Grade: B-)
Fever Pitch (Grade: D)
First Descent (Grade: C)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Grade: F)
Four Brothers (Grade: D)
Fun With Dick and Jane (Grade: B)
Good Night, and Good Luck (Grade: B)
Green Street Hooligans (Grade: B-)
Guess Who (Grade: F)
Happy Endings (Grade: C+)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Grade: B-)
Herbie: Fully Loaded (Grade: D)
Hide and Seek (Grade: D-)
A History of Violence (Grade: D)
Hitch (Grade: F-; AWFUL BEYOND BELIEF!)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Grade: C-)
The Hostage (Grade: D+)
House of D (Grade: F-minus to infinity)
House of Wax (Grade: C)
Howl's Moving Castle (Grade: A-) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
The Ice Harvest (Grade: D-)
Into the Blue (Grade: D+)
The Interpreter (Grade: C-)
The Island (Grade: B-)
Jarhead (Grade: B-)
Kingdom of Heaven (Grade: C+)
King Kong (2005) (Grade: C+)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Grade: F)
Kung Fu Hustle (Grade: A-; GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Land of the Dead (Grade: B)
Last Days (Grade: D-)
Layer Cake (Grade: C+)
The Legend of Zorro (Grade: D)
The Longest Yard (Grade: D)
Lords of Dogtown (Grade: D+)
Madagascar (Grade: C-)
The Matador (Grade: B-)
Match Point (Grade: A-) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Me and You and Everyone We Know (Grade: A) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!) (Best movie of 2005!)
Melinda and Melinda (Grade: C+)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Grade: F)
Millions (Grade: F)
Mindhunters (Grade: F)
Mirrormask (Grade: C+)
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (Grade: F)
Monster-in-Law (Grade: F-minus)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Grade: C)
Munich (Grade: C-)
Must Love Dogs (Grade: F-minus to infinity)
My Summer of Love (Grade: C+)
The New World (Grade: B+)
Nine Lives (Grade: D)
North Country (Grade: B-)
Oliver Twist (Grade: C+)
The Pacifier (Grade: F)
Palindromes (Grade: B)
Pride and Prejudice (Grade: B-)
The Producers (Grade: A-)
Proof (Grade: D-)
Racing Stripes (Grade: D+)
Red Eye (Grade: D)
Rent (Grade: F-minus) (WORST MOVIE OF 2005!)
The Ring Two (Grade: D)
The Ringer (Grade: F)
Robots (Grade: B+)
Rumor Has It... (Grade: D)
Sahara (Grade: D)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (Grade: D)
Sin City (Grade: B)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Grade: F)
The Skeleton Key (Grade: D)
Sky High (Grade: C+)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Grade: D+)
Thumbsucker (Grade: D)
The Transporter 2 (Grade: D+)
Two for the Money (Grade: D-)
Unleashed (Grade: C-)
The Upside of Anger (Grade: F)
Waiting... (Grade: F)
Walk the Line (Grade: B-)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Grade: A) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
The Weather Man (Grade: C-)
Where the Truth Lies (Grade: B-)
The White Countess (Grade: B-)
White Noise (Grade: D+)
The World's Fastest Indian (Grade: C-)
Yes (Grade: N/A)
Zathura (Grade: B-)

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THE TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2004

Here are my 10 favorites of the movies I saw in 2004. I was amazed to see how many on this list turned out to be "family friendly." What a strange year!

(Disclaimer: If a movie does not appear in my complete list of 2004 reviews, that means I didn't see it. Accordingly, although flicks such as "Maria Full of Grace," "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Machinist" may have been good enough to make the cut if I had seen them...I didn't. Sorry, but I have to spend a certain number of hours every day staring blankly into space, fighting crime and travelling the astral plane.)

1. I (Heart) Huckabees
2. The Dreamers
3. Dogville
4. Riding Giants
5. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
6. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
7. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
9. The Assassination of Richard Nixon
10. Friday Night Lights

AND HERE ARE THE TEN WORST MOVIES OF 2004
As always, you would not believe how tough it is to narrow this list down to only 10 selections. Just take a look at the number of movies I gave an "F" grade (or worse) this year!

Narrowly missing the dishonor roll were bombs such as Surviving Christmas, De-Lovely, Welcome to Mooseport and Laws of Attraction. Also, I didn't even see "The Whole Ten Yards," which I have heard is a beyond-belief abomination.)

Nevertheless, here are my most-hated flicks of the ones I had the misfortune to see in 2004, starting with the absolute worst of the worst:

1. Without a Paddle
2. Little Black Book
3. Jersey Girl
4. Garden State
5. Raising Helen
6. Around the Bend
7. Catwoman
8. Shark Tale
9. First Daughter
10. Silver City

Index of All
2004 Reviews
After the Sunset (Grade: D)
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (Grade: D-)
Alexander (Grade: D+)
Alfie (Grade: D+)
Along Came Polly (Grade: B-)
Around the Bend (Grade: F-)
Around the World in 80 Days (Grade: F)
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (Grade: B+)
The Aviator (Grade: C)
Beyond the Sea (Grade: F)
The Big Bounce (Grade: F)
Birth (Grade: D)
The Bourne Supremacy (Grade: C-)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones's Diary 2) (Grade: D)
Catwoman (Grade: F)
Cellular (Grade: B)
The Clearing (Grade: B)
Closer (Grade: B)
Code 46 (Grade: B+)
Collateral (Grade: C-)
Dawn of the Dead (Grade: B)
De-Lovely (Grade: F)
A Dirty Shame (Grade: C-)
Dogville (Grade: A) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
The Door in the Floor (Grade: D)
The Dreamers (Grade: A+) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Ella Enchanted (Grade: C-)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Grade: C-)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Grade: B)
The Final Cut (Grade: C-)
Finding Neverland (Grade: D-)
First Daughter (Grade: F)
Flight of the Phoenix (Grade: C+)
Friday Night Lights (Grade: B+)
Garden State (Grade: F)
Godsend (Grade: F)
Greendale (Grade: D-)
The Grudge (Grade: C)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Grade: A) (GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Head in the Clouds (Grade: F)
Hellboy (Grade: C+)
Hidalgo (Grade: B-)
Home on the Range (Grade: C+)
I (Heart) Huckabees (Grade: A+! GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!)
Imaginary Heroes (Grade: F)
The Incredibles (Grade: B+)
In Good Company (Grade: D)
Jersey Girl (Grade: F-minus to infinity)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Grade: F)
Ladder 49 (Grade: F)
The Ladykillers (Grade: D)
Laws of Attraction (Grade: F)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Grade: A)
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Grade: C)
Little Black Book (Grade: F-)
A Love Song for Bobby Long (Grade: C-)
The Manchurian Candidate (Grade: C)
Man on Fire (Grade: F)
Miracle (Grade: C-)
The Motorcycle Diaries (Grade: C)
Mr. 3000 (Grade: F)
National Treasure (Grade: C+)
Ned Kelly (Grade: D+)
Ocean's 12 (Grade: D-)
Open Water (Grade: B+)
The Phantom of the Opera (Grade: C)
The Punisher (Grade: D-)
Racing Stripes (Grade: D+)
Raising Helen (Grade: F-minus to infinity)
Ray (Grade: C)
The Reckoning (Grade: B-)
Riding Giants (Grade: A! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Sacred Planet (Grade: C-)
Saved (Grade: B-)
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (Grade: C-)
Secret Window (Grade: F)
Shark Tale (Grade: F)
Shaun of the Dead (Grade: B+)
Shrek 2 (Grade: C)
Sideways (Grade: D)
Silver City (Grade: F)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Grade: A-)
A Slipping Down Life (Grade: B)
Soul Plane (Grade: C-)
Spanglish (Grade: D-)
Spartan (Grade: F)
Spider-Man 2 (Grade: D+)
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (Grade: A)
Stander (Grade: D)
Surviving Christmas (Grade: F)
Suspect Zero (Grade: B)
Taxi (Grade: D-)
Team America (Grade: D-)
The Terminal (Grade: D)
13 Going on 30 (Grade: D)
Thunderbirds (Grade: B+)
Troy (Grade: B-)
Vanity Fair (Grade: C-)
Vera Drake (Grade: B)
A Very Long Engagement (Grade: C-)
Welcome to Mooseport (Grade: F)
Wimbledon (Grade: C-)
Without a Paddle (Grade: F-minus to infinity)
The Woodsman (Grade: B-)

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THE TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2003

Here are my 10 favorites of the 2003 movies I saw. (If a movie does not appear in my list of 2003 reviews, I didn't see it. Accordingly, although a flick like "Whale Rider" may have been good enough to make the cut if I had bothered to go see it, I'm not takin' anybody else's word for it! Sorry, but I can't see everything; I've gotta spend a certain number of hours each day cursing fate and crying, after all.)

Another disclaimer: The excellent "City of God" is listed with both my 2002 and 2003 reviews, because it got more distribution this year than last. However, because it technically was a 2002 movie (and appeared on my best-of list for that year), I have not included it in the 2003 top 10.

1. Girl With a Pearl Earring
2. Lost in Translation
3. School of Rock
4. Swimming Pool
5. 21 Grams
6. Dirty Pretty Things
7. Phone Booth
8. Holes
9. Peter Pan
10. Monster



AND HERE ARE THE TEN WORST MOVIES OF 2003
You wouldn't believe how tough it is to narrow this list down to only 10 selections, considering all of the really lousy stuff I saw this year. (Narrowly missing this dishonor roll were bombs such as The Life of David Gale, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, People I Know and Kangaroo Jack.) Nevertheless, here are my most-hated flicks of the year, starting with the worst of the worst:

1. The Cat in the Hat
2. Alex & Emma
3. Gothika
4. Uptown Girls
5. In the Cut
6. A Guy Thing
7. Anger Management
8. American Wedding
9. The Medallion
10. Kill Bill Volume 1

Index of All
2003 Reviews
Agent Cody Banks (Grade: D)
Alex & Emma (Grade: F-minus, minus, minus...)
Alien: The Director's Cut (2003) (Grade: A+)
A Man Apart (Grade: F)
American Splendor (Grade: B-)
American Wedding (Grade: F-)
Anger Management (Grade: F-minus)
The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris (Grade: B+)
Bad Santa (Grade: C-)
Basic (Grade: F)
Beyond Borders (Grade: D)
Big Fish (Grade: C+)
Biker Boyz (Grade: C)
Bringing Down the House (Grade: F)
Bruce Almighty (Grade: D)
Cabin Fever (Grade: D-)
The Cat in the Hat (Grade: F, F, F)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (Grade: F-)
Chasing Papi (Grade: D)
Cheaper by the Dozen (Grade: F)
City of God ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Cold Mountain (Grade: C+)
Confidence (Grade: F)
The Cooler (Grade: C-)
The Core (Grade: B)
Daredevil (Grade: B+)
Dark Blue (Grade: F)
Dirty Pretty Things (Grade: A-)
Dreamcatcher (Grade: F+)
Finding Nemo (Grade: C)
Freaky Friday (Grade: D)
Ghosts of the Abyss (Grade: D)
Gigli (Grade: F)
Girl With a Pearl Earring (Grade: A+! GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!)
Gods and Generals (Grade: D-)
Gothika (Grade: F-minus, minus, minus...)
The Guru (Grade: D)
A Guy Thing (Grade: F)
Holes (Grade: B+)
Hollywood Homicide (Grade: F-)
The Hot Chick (Grade: C+)
House of Sand and Fog (Grade: D)
Hulk (Grade: D)
The Human Stain (Grade: D)
Identity (Grade: F)
In the Cut (Grade: F)
Intolerable Cruelty (Grade: C-)
Irreversible (Grade: C)
The Italian Job (Grade: F)
Johnny English (Grade: F)
Just Married (Grade: N/A)
Kangaroo Jack (Grade: F)
Kill Bill Volume 1 (Grade: F)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Grade: F)
The Last Samurai (Grade: D+)
Le Divorce (Grade: F)
The Life of David Gale (Grade: F)
Lost in La Mancha (Grade: B-)
Lost in Translation (Grade: A)
Love Actually (Grade: C)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Grade: B)
The Matrix Reloaded (Grade: C-)
The Matrix Revolutions (Grade: D+)
Matchstick Men (Grade: C-)
The Medallion (Grade: F)
Millennium Actress (Grade: C+)
The Missing (Grade: C+)
Monster (Grade: B+)
Mystic River (Grade: F)
Northfork (Grade: B)
Old School (Grade: B-)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Grade: C+)
Open Range (Grade: D-)
Paycheck (Grade: F)
People I Know (Grade: F)
Peter Pan (Grade: B+)
Phone Booth (Grade: A-)
Pirates of the Caribbean (Grade: B-)
Pool Hall Junkies (Grade: C)
Runaway Jury (Grade: F)
The Rundown (Grade: D)
The School of Rock (Grade: A! GO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Seabiscuit (Grade: C-)
Secondhand Lions (Grade: C-)
Shanghai Knights (Grade: D-)
The Shape of Things (Grade: D-)
The Singing Detective (Grade: D-)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Grade: C)
The Statement (Grade: F)
Stuck on You (Grade: F)
S.W.A.T. (Grade: F)
Swimming Pool (Grade: A)
Sylvia (Grade: C-)
Tears of the Sun (Grade: D)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Grade: F)
Thirteen (Grade: C)
Timeline (Grade: D-)
21 Grams (Grade: A-)
28 Days Later (Grade: B)
2 Fast 2 Furious (Grade: F)
Under the Tuscan Sun (Grade: F)
Uptown Girls (Grade: F-minus, minus, minus)
What a Girl Wants (Grade: D-)
Willard (Grade: D)
Wonderland (Grade: B-)
X2 (X-Men 2) (Grade: D)

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THE TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2002
Here are my 10 favorite movies of 2002. (Disclaimer: If a movie does not appear in my complete list of 2002 reviews, that means I didn't see it. Accordingly, there may be some "top-10 worthy" films that are not on my list. For example, I didn't get free passes to "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and have not rented it yet, but that doesn't mean it isn't as swell as everyone says it is...).


1. SPIRITED AWAY
2. ADAPTATION
3. CHICAGO
4. CITY OF GOD
5. THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE
6. HUMAN NATURE
7. ICE AGE
8. EIGHT WOMEN (8 FEMMES)
9. MINORITY REPORT
10. GANGSTER NO. 1


AND HERE ARE THE TEN WORST MOVIES OF 2002 As always, it is damned hard to narrow down my most-despised-movies-of-the-year list to only 10 selections. (Just missing the list were Signs, Blood Work, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Showtime and Bad Company.)

Nevertheless, these are my most-hated flicks of the year. (Note: The shockingly awful Deuces Wild escaped my worst-of list because it is so monumentally lousy that it is perversely enjoyable to watch.) The list below starts with what is beyond a doubt the worst movie of the year:

1. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE
2. 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS
3. DEATH TO SMOOCHY
4. SCOOBY-DOO
5. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
6. DRAGONFLY
7. ROLLERBALL
8. SERVING SARA
9. TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC
10. MOONLIGHT MILE


Index of
2002 Movies
Abandon
About Schmidt
Adaptation ("A+" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Ararat
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Autofocus
Bad Company
Below
Big Trouble
Blade 2
Blood Work
Blue Crush
Catch Me If You Can
Chicago ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Cinema Paradiso: The New Version (2002)
City by the Sea
City of God ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Collateral Damage
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
The Count of Monte Cristo
Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
Death to Smoochy
Die Another Day
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Dragonfly
8 Mile
Eight Women (8 Femmes)
The Emperor's Club
Enigma
Far From Heaven
Femme Fatale
40 Days and 40 Nights
The Four Feathers
Gangs of New York
Gangster No. 1
Goldmember (Austin Powers in Goldmember)
The Good Girl
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Heaven
High Crimes
Hollywood Ending
Human Nature ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Ice Age ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Impostor
Insomnia
The Kid Stays in the Picture ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
K-19: The Widowmaker
Knockaround Guys
Lilo & Stitch ("A" GRADE! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Men in Black II
Minority Report
Moonlight Mile
The Mothman Prophecies
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Naqoyqatsi
Narc
National Lampoon's Van Wilder
The New Guy
Nicholas Nickleby
One Hour Photo
Panic Room
The Pianist
Possession
Punch-Drunk Love (THE WORST MOVIE OF 2002!)
Queen of the Damned
The Quiet American
Reign of Fire
Resident Evil
The Ring
Road to Perdition
Rollerball
The Rules of Attraction
The Rookie
The Salton Sea
Scooby-Doo
The Scorpion King
Secretary
Serving Sara
Showtime
Signs
Simone
Solaris
Spider-Man
Spirited Away ("A+" GRADE! THE BEST MOVIE OF 2002!)
Spy Kids 2
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The Sweetest Thing
Sweet Home Alabama
Swimfan
Teddy Bears' Picnic
The Time Machine
Treasure Planet
The Truth About Charlie
Tuck Everlasting
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)
Two Weeks Notice
Undercover Brother
Unfaithful
Waking Up in Reno
A Walk to Remember
Welcome to Collinwood
White Oleander
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THE TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2001

Okay, I didn't see everything released this year--but of all the 2001 movies reviewed below, these were my 10 favorites, in order:

1. MULHOLLAND DRIVE
2. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
3. GHOST WORLD
4. MEMENTO
5. AMELIE
6. A BEAUTIFUL MIND
7. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
8. SEXY BEAST
9. SPY KIDS
10. JOY RIDE

AND HERE ARE THE TEN WORST MOVIES OF 2001

Man, it was hard to narrow down my most-despised-movies-of-2001 list to only 10 selections. (I really hated leaving off "America's Sweethearts," "The Caveman's Valentine," "Dr. Dolittle 2," "My First Mister," "Osmosis Jones" and "The Shipping News.") But here are the slime from the very bottom of the barrel, beginning with what is by far the worst of a bad lot:

1. TOMCATS
2. BANDITS
3. A KNIGHT'S TALE
4. MONKEYBONE
5. MADE
6. CATS AND DOGS
7. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
8. RAT RACE
9. 15 MINUTES
10. LIFE AS A HOUSE


Index of
2001 Movies
About Adam
The Affair of the Necklace
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Along Came a Spider
Amelie
American Outlaws
American Pie 2
America's Sweethearts
An American Rhapsody
Angel Eyes
Artificial Intelligence (aka "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence")
Atlantis
Bandits
Beautiful Creatures
A Beautiful Mind
Behind Enemy Lines
Black Hawk Down
Blow
Bridget Jones's Diary
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Cats and Dogs
The Caveman's Valentine
The Center of the World
Crazy/Beautiful
Crimson Rivers
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
The Dish
Donnie Darko
Down to Earth
Dr. Dolittle 2
Enemy at the Gates
Evolution
The Fast and the Furious
The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings)
15 Minutes
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Focus
From Hell
Ghost World
Ghosts of Mars
The Glass House
Gosford Park
Hannibal
Happy Accidents
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Head Over Heels
Heartbreakers
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
High Heels and Low Lifes
The Invisible Circus
Joe Dirt
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
Joy Ride
Jurassic Park III
Just Visiting
The Kid (see "Disney's The Kid")
A Knight's Tale
K-PAX
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider
The Last Castle
Legally Blonde
Life as a House
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Made
Man Who Cried, The
The Man Who Wasn't There
Memento
The Mexican
Monkeybone
Monsters, Inc.
Moulin Rouge
Mulholland Drive (THE BEST MOVIE OF 2001!)
The Musketeer
My First Mister
O
Ocean's 11
One Night at McCool's
Osmosis Jones
Pandaemonium
The Pledge
The Princess Diaries
Rat Race
Rock Star
The Royal Tenenbaums
Say It Isn't So
The Score
Sexy Beast
Shallow Hal
The Shipping News
Shrek
Spy Kids
Star Trek Voyager: Endgame
Sugar & Spice
Swordfish
Tomcats (THE WORST MOVIE OF 2001!)
Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider)
Valentine
Vanilla Sky
Vatel
Waking Life
The Wedding Planner
Zoolander

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Index of
2000 Movies
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Almost Famous
All the Pretty Horses
An Affair of Love (Une Liaison Pornographique)
An Everlasting Piece
Animal Factory
The Art of War
Bagger Vance (actual title: The Legend of Bagger Vance)
Beautiful
Bedazzled
Bless the Child
Bring It On
Cast Away
The Cell
Charlie's Angels
Chocolat ("A" Grade! See this movie!)
The Claim
Coming Soon
The Contender
Coyote Ugly
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dark Angel
Deliberate Intent
Disney's The Kid
Duets
The Emperor's New Groove
The Family Man
Finding Forrester
The Gift
Godzilla 2000
The Grinch (actual title is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas")
Hollow Man
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I Dreamed of Africa
Just Looking
The Ladies Man
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Little Nicky
The Little Vampire
Loser (Absolutely the WORST movie of 2000!)
Lost Souls
Love & Sex
Lucky Numbers
Malena
Meet the Parents
Me, Myself & Irene
Men of Honor
Miss Congeniality
Nurse Betty
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
O Brother, Where Art Thou? ("A" grade! See this movie!)
102 Dalmatians
Pay It Forward
Pollock
Proof of Life ("A" grade! See this movie!)
Quills
Red Planet
Requiem for a Dream ("A+" grade! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Rugrats in Paris
Scary Movie
Shadow of the Vampire
The 6th Day
Snatch ("A" grade! See this movie!)
Somewhere in Time ("A" grade! See this movie!)
Spring Forward
State and Main
Steal This Movie
Sunshine ("A+" grade! One of the two best movies of 2000! SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Thirteen Days
Titan A.E.
Traffic
Unbreakable
Under Suspicion
Vertical Limit
The Watcher
What Lies Beneath
What Women Want
Where the Heart Is
Woman on Top
X-Men
The Yards
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