July 1 2017 will mark the mid-point of this section, as well as the 3/4 mark of the decade. As expected, this 5 year stretch is continuing the dominance of genre cinema as Marvel, Star Wars look to assume greater control of the Box Office. 2016 was an amazingly flat year for film, a disappointment really. 2017 looks to be a big step forward.
Look for the (Review) links to see my original reviews. As always, I will provide “skinnys” of all the films I saw in cinemas in each individual year. My best film of 2017 will be listed at the bottom of the page.
437: Hidden Figures – A wonderfully powerful film which tells the story of the “West Area Computers”, the mathematic powerhouses who crunched numbers for NASA’s Mercury program. They also happened to be Black, in Virginia, in 1961. A terrific movie. (Review)
438: Live by Night – Ben Affleck delivers a prohibition era gangster film which follows a Boston Irish Hood who goes to Tampa and takes over the Rum business. It’s okay, nothing special, though. (Review)
439: John Wick Chapter 2 – Keanu returns for another adventure in the amazingly deep world of international assassins. Not quick as good as the first, but the expansion of the movie universe, and fantastic cinematography makes it worth seeing. (Review)
440: Logan – Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart complete their runs as Wolverine and Professor X in grand style as Fox gives us their take on “Old man Logan”. A worthy effort, and the best solo Wolverine film. (Review)
441: Kong: Skull Island – a terrific monster film that never tries to be more than it is- popcorn entertainment. I wanted monsters. It gave me monsters. (Review)
442: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The magic of this series continues. While not the cultural touchstone of the original, this is a worthy follow up. (Review)
443: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men tell no tales – Johnny Depp earns another fat paycheck as Jack Sparrow. The series is still lost in the woods creatively, but this was better than part four, and Depp was entertaining. I am cool with it. (Review)
444: Wonder Woman – A perfect adaptation of the character. Gal Gadot has given us the best of the DCU films thus far. You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman. (Review)
445: The Godfather (45th anniversary) – One of the greatest films ever made returns to cinemas for a special anniversary screening! (Review)
446: Alien: Covenant – The story of Prometheus continues as a new crew faces the horror of the Xenomorph! (Review)
447: Spider-man: Homecoming – Peter Parker, the MCU version, gets his first solo film and it may be the best Marvel film ever made. Seriously. It was damn near perfect. (Review)
448: War for the Planet of the Apes – The reboot trilogy ends with the climactic battle that decides who the dominant species on Earth will be. Awesome (Review)
449: The Dark Tower – A very good movie that is a BRAND NEW story of Roland, Jake, and the Man in Black, not a 1:1 adaptation of the novels. A damn fine effort. (Review)
450: IT – A terrifying adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel. Excellent writing and acting elevate this stunning movie. (Review)
451: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan: 35th Anniversary – It is almost unfair to the other 2017 releases. This movie is so good it can’t help but eclipse them. The greatest Trek film, probably ever. If they can’t top it in 35 years they likely never will. (Review)
452: Blade Runner: The Final Cut – 35 years after it’s release, the original classic sci-fi noir is re-released just before Blade Runner 2049 comes out. A must see. First time in a theater for me. (Review)
453: Blade Runner 2049 – 35 years of Blade Runner. 35 years of neo-noir perfection. Now we have a new Blade Runner. Now we have a new cinematic masterpiece to stand proudly with the original. This movie is a precious gift. (Review)
454: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – An excellent look at the dawn of comics, and the sexual repression of the era that birthed them. (Review)
455: Coming soon!