This Is a Movie Review: The Commuter

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CREDIT: Jay Maidment/Lionsgate

I give The Commuter 4 out of 5 Train Defenestrations: http://newscult.com/movie-review-fundamentally-implausible-commuter-speeds-towards-upper-tier-entertainingly-ridiculous-action-thrillers/

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This Is a Movie Review: Paddington 2

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CREDIT: Warner Bros.

I give Paddington 2 3.5 out of 5 Marmalade Sandwiches: http://newscult.com/movie-review-paddington-2-sends-special-bear-prison-truth-common-decency-marmalade-prevail/

This Is a Movie Review: Insidious: The Last Key

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CREDIT: Justin Lubin/Universal Pictures

I give Insidious: The Last Key 2.75 out of 5 Psychics and Sidekicks: http://newscult.com/movie-review-insidious-running-new-tricks-last-key-gives-lin-shaye-biggest-spotlight-yet/

2017: A Year at the Movies

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2017 movies had me like… (Photo Credit: Kaity Malone)

(Included with the list of titles are grades, dates, showtimes, theatre locations, and folks I saw the movies with.)

Now that I see movies as part of my job, I was easily able to break my yearly moviegoing record by September. I hope to break it again in 2018, as I hope to go more often when it is not work-related.

1. TowerB+ (1/4, 7:00 PM, Greenwich Lane Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemB (1/5, 6:45 PM, Regal E-Walk, New York, NY; myself)
3. Monster TrucksC+ (1/7, 10:00 AM, E-Walk, New York, NY; Kaity Malone)
4. Bitter HarvestC- (1/11, 4:00 PM, Park Avenue Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
5. The Bye Bye ManB- (1/11, 7:30 PM, AMC Empire, New York, NY; myself)
6. I Am Not Your NegroB (1/12, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
7. SilenceB+ (1/13, 6:50 PM, Regal Union Square, New York, NY; myself)
8. The SalesmanB (1/17, 3:00 PM, Cohen Media Group Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
9. SplitB+ (1/20, 7:55 PM, Regal Oxford Valley, Langhorne, PA; myself)
10. A Dog’s PurposeC (1/23, 6:30 PM, E-Walk; myself)
11. The Space Between UsC (1/25, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
12. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in RPX 3D – C (1/26, 7:00 PM, Regal United Artists Court Street, Brooklyn, NY; myself)
13. FencesB+ (1/27, 9:15 PM, Court Street; myself)
14. LionB+ (1/28, 8:15 PM, Angelika Film Center, New York, NY; Kaity Malone)
15. John Wick: Chapter 2B (2/6, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
16. A Cure for WellnessB- (2/8, 2:00 PM, Dolby 88 Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
17. The Great WallC+ (2/15, 6:30 PM, E-Walk; myself)
18. LoganB+ (2/16, 5:00 PM, E-Walk; Rob Malone)
19. Get OutB+ (2/24, 7:45 PM, Regal Battery Park, New York, NY; myself)
20. Before I FallB- (2/27, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
21. The Sense of an EndingC- (3/1, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square, New York, NY; myself)
22. WilsonB (3/2, 6:00 PM, Fox Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
23. Cézanne et MoiC (3/6, 6:00 PM, Dolby 24 Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
24. DeanB (3/9, 10:00 AM, Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
25. T2 TrainspottingB (3/13, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
26. Their Finest – B (3/15, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
27. Life (2017) – C+ (3/22, 7:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
28. Free Fire – C+ (3/27, 6:00 PM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
29. Raw – B (3/30, 8:45 PM, Alamo Drafthouse, Brooklyn, NY; myself)
30. Born in China – C- (4/5, 4:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
31. Going in Style – C (4/5, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
32. The Lost City of Z – B (4/6, 10:00 AM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
33. The Dinner – C (4/6, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
34. Rifftrax Live: Samurai Cop (4/13, 8:00 PM, Union Square; myself)
35. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – B- (4/14, 7:45 PM, AMC Neshaminy, Bensalem, PA; Bob and Sue Malone)
36. The Fate of the Furious – B- (4/15, 7:45 PM, Oxford Valley; myself)
37. The Promise – B- (4/17, 3:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
38. The Little Hours – B (4/19, 10:00 AM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
39. Unforgettable – B- (4/19, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
40. 2017 Tribeca Film Festival: PsychopathsB- (4/21, 1:15 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea, New York, NY; myself)
41. 2017 Tribeca Film Festival: “Last Exit” Shorts (4/23, 1:45 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea; myself)
41a. Oh Damn – B
41b. Don’t Mess with Julie Whitfield – B-
41c. Cul-De-Sac – B-
41d. Retouch – B
41e. Buckets – B
41f. Baraka – B
42. Sleight – B- (4/24, 7:00 PM, Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
43. 2017 Tribeca Film Festival: The Clapper – C+ (4/26, 3:00 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea; Marissa Sblendorio)
44. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 – B (4/26, 6:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
45. 2017 Tribeca Film Festival: The Circle – B- (4/27, 10:00 AM, Cinépolis Chelsea; Marissa Sblendorio)
46. 2017 Tribeca Film Festival: Take Me – B+ (4/28, 12:15 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea; myself)
47. 2017 Tribeca Film Festival: Copwatch – B- (4/29, 1:15 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea; myself)
48. The Hero – B (5/3, 6:00 PM, Dolby 24 Screening Room; myself)
49. Lowriders – C+ (5/3, 8:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
50. The Wall (2017) – B- (5/4, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
51. Alien: Covenant – B+ (5/5, 5:30 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
52. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – C+ (5/8, 11:00 AM, WB Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
53. Snatched – C (5/8, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; Marissa Sblendorio)
54. Everything, Everything – C+ (5/17, 7:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
55. Baywatch – C- (5/22, 6:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
56. Beatriz at Dinner – B (5/24, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
57. It Comes at Night – B+ (5/31, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
58. 3 Idiotas – B (5/31, 7:30 PM, AMC Loews 34th Street, New York, NY; myself)
59. Megan Leavey – B- (6/5, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
60. The Mummy (2017)- C- (6/6, 6:00 PM, Regal E-Walk; myself)
61. The Bad Batch – B+ (6/7, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
62. The Big Sick – A (6/12, 7:00 PM, Union Square; myself)
63. Lady Macbeth – A- (6/14, 4:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
64. 47 Meters Down – B- (6/14, 6:00 PM, E-Walk; Kaity Malone)
65. Brigsby Bear – B+ (6/14, 5:00 PM, Sony Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
66. Rifftrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party (6/15, 8:00 PM, Union Square; myself)
67. Okja – B+ (6/19, 6:00 PM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
68. The Beguiled (2017) – B+ (6/20, 10:00 AM, Bryant Park Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
69. War for the Planet of the Apes – B+ (6/21, 6:30 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; Rob Malone)
70. Baby Driver – B+ (6/22, 7:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
71. Despicable Me 3 – B- (6/26, 6:30 PM, E-Walk; myself)
72. A Ghost Story – C+ (6/28, 10:00 AM; Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
73. Spider-Man: Homecoming – B (6/28, 6:00 PM, AMC Kips Bay, New York, NY; Kaity Malone and Marissa Sblendorio)
74. The Book of Henry – C (6/29, 7:10 PM, Landmark Sunshine, New York, NY; myself)
75. Wonder Woman – A- (7/7, 7:00 PM, Union Square; myself)
76. Wish Upon – C (7/10, 7:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
77. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – B+ (7/11, 10:00 AM, AMC Empire; myself)
78. Detroit – B+ (7/19, 4:00 PM, Light Iron, New York, NY; myself)
79. Dunkirk in IMAX 70MM – B+ (7/19, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
80. Whose Streets? – B (7/20, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
81. Atomic Blonde – B (7/24, 6:30 PM, AMC Empire; Rob Malone)
82. Wind River – B (7/25, 10:00 AM, Dolby 24 Screening Room; myself)
83. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – B- (7/25, 4:00 PM, Paramount Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
84. Ingrid Goes West – B (7/26, 6:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
85. Good Time – B (7/31, 4:00 PM, Digital Arts, New York, NY; myself)
86. The Dark Tower – D+ (8/2, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
87. Patti Cake$ – B- (8/3, 10:00 AM, Fox Screening Room; myself)
88. Birth of the Dragon – C- (8/3, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
89. Annabelle: Creation – B- (8/12, 8:15 PM, Oxford Valley; Walt Wojcik)
90. Logan Lucky – B+ (8/14, 6:00 PM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
91. Leap! – C (8/15, 10:00 AM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
92. The Tiger Hunter – C- (8/16, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
93. Rifftrax Live: Doctor Who – The Five Doctors (8/17, 8:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
94. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – B+/A- (9/2, 9:40 PM, Oxford Valley; Walt Wojcik and Karl
95. Stronger – B (9/7, 10:00 AM, Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
96. Winning (2017) – C (9/7, 5:00 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea; myself)
97. Tulip Fever – C (9/8, 7:40 PM, Angelika Film Center; myself)
98. Brad’s Status – B (9/10, 10:00 AM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
99. Woodshock – D+ (9/12, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
100. Battle of the Sexes – B (9/13, 10:00 AM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
101. Victoria & Abdul – A- (9/13, 6:00 PM, Bryant Park Screening Room; myself)
102. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – B- (9/14, 6:30 PM, AMC Empire; Marissa Sblendorio)
103. mother! – A- (9/16, 8:00 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea; Kaity Malone)
104. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House – C- (9/18, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
105. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – B (9/19, 4:00 PM, WB Screening Room; myself)
106. Friend Request – C- (9/20, 7:00 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
107. Human Flow – B- (9/21, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
108. Zardoz – ??? (9/24, 9:30 PM, Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn; Rob Malone and Chadd Harbold; myself)
109. American Made – B+ (9/25, 6:30 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
110. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – B+ (9/28, 10:00 AM, Dolby 24 Screening Room; myself)
111. Wonderstruck – B+ (9/28, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
112. My Little Pony: The Movie – C+ (10/1, 11:00 AM, AMC Empire; myself)
113. The Florida Project – B+ (10/2, 2:00 PM, Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
114. Marshall – B (10/4, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
115. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – B- (10/5, 7:00 PM, Soho House, New York, NY; myself)
116. Blade Runner 2049 – B+ (10/8, 1:30 PM, BAM Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn, NY; Rob Malone)
117. Breathe – C (10/9, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
118. The Foreigner – B- (10/9, 6:00 PM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
119. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – B+ (10/10, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
120. Happy Death Day – B+ (10/10, 6:30 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
121. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – A- (10/11, 4:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
122. Only the Brave – C+ (10/16, 7:30 PM, AMC Empire; myself)
123. Novitiate – B+ (10/17, 6:00 PM, Sony Screening Room; myself)
124. All I See is You – C+ (10/18, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
125. The Snowman – D+ (10/18, 6:30 PM, AMC Loews 19th Street East, New York, NY; myself)
126. The Square – B (10/19, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
127. Thank You for Your Service – B- (10/23, 6:30 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
128. Suburbicon – C (10/24, 6:30 PM, Paramount Screening Room; myself)
129. Thelma – B+ (10/25, 10:00 AM, Soho House; myself)
130. Last Flag Flying – B (10/25, 6:00 PM, Digital Arts; myself)
131. Thor: Ragnarok – B (10/26, 6:00 PM, AMC Loews 34th Street; myself)
132. Blade of the Immortal – B (10/31, 10:00 AM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
133. Lady Bird – A- (11/1, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
134. The Man Who Invented Christmas – C+ (11/2, 6:00 PM, Dolby 24 Screening Room; myself)
135. I Love You, Daddy (11/6, 3:00 PM, Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
136. Murder on the Orient Express (2017) – C+ (11/6, 6:30 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; Mike Stewart)
137. Daddy’s Home 2 – B- (11/7, 6:30 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
138. Darkest Hour – C+ (11/8, 10:00 AM, Bryant Park Screening Room; myself)
139. Call Me by Your Name – B (11/8, 8:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
140. Wonder – B (11/14, 10:00 AM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
141. IT (2017) – B+ (11/14, 7:15 PM, Union Square; myself)
142. I, Tonya – A- (11/15, 10:00 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
143. Justice League – (11/15, 7:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
144. The Shape of Water – B+ (11/21, 6:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
145. Wonder Wheel – C- (11/27, 10:30 AM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
146. The Disaster Artist – A- (11/28, 7:00 PM, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Marissa Sblendorio)
147. Molly’s Game – B- (12/5, 2:00 PM, Magno Screening Room; myself)
148. Hostiles – C+ (12/6, 10:00 AM, Crosby Street Hotel Screening Room, New York, NY; myself)
149. The Post – B (12/6, 6:00 PM, Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
150. Happy End – C+ (12/7, 2:00 PM, Sony Screening Room; myself)
151. Film Stars Don’t Die in LiverpoolB (12/7, 5:00 PM, Sony Screening Room; myself)
152. Please Stand By – B (12/12, 10:00 AM, Dolby 88 Screening Room; myself)
153. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – A- (12/15, 3:45 PM, Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn; Rob Malone, Kaity Malone, and Erin McGill)
154. Phantom Thread – B (12/18, 6:00 PM, AMC Lincoln Square; myself)
155. Downsizing – B (12/19, 4:00 PM, Paramount Screening Room; myself)
156. All the Money in the World – B (12/20, 6:00 PM, Park Avenue Screening Room; myself)
157. Coco – B (12/27, 6:40 PM, Oxford Valley; myself while my family went to Darkest Hour)

This Is a Movie Review: Coco

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CREDIT: Disney/Pixar

Pixar managed to represent a pinnacle of cinematic creativity for so long because the majority of its films offered some form of storytelling that had never been told before, at least as much as that can be the case in a world where every possible story has already been told. At this point, it doesn’t look like Pixar is really trying to do that anymore (although Inside Out DID come out just two years ago). To be fair, it’s hard to keep that pace up indefinitely, so I don’t begrudge Coco for not being much more than an enjoyable story well-told. It has successfully wound its way into my heart, as I tend to react quite strongly to tales about our deceased loved ones remaining with us and looking over us from beyond. So when Miguel sings “Remember Me” to Coco, it’s striking and powerful. In general, I admire the attitude towards death embodied by the Day of the Dead. I don’t know how popular the traditions (like putting up photos of the deceased on the ofrenda) we see onscreen actually are in the real Mexico, but regardless of whether they are based on reality or made up for the film, they are appreciably sweet.

I give Coco 70 Blessings out of 100 Skeletons with No Conditions.

This Is a Movie Review: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

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CREDIT: Sony Pictures Classics

I give Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool 3.5 out of 5 Magical Cancer Recoveries: http://newscult.com/movie-review-old-hollywood-working-class-england-come-others-orbit-film-stars-dont-die-liverpool/

This Is a Movie Review: Phantom Thread

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CREDIT: Laurie Sparham/Focus Features

I give Phantom Thread 3.75 out of 5 Measurements: http://newscult.com/movie-review-phantom-thread-daniel-day-lewis-master-dressmaker-love-routine/

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