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2018: The Year in Reviews (April)

After Thanksgiving, most people get happy because they know Christmas is around the corner. I get happy because I know these articles are around the corner. Even if a year is absolutely atrocious and I get absolutely nothing done on this site (like this one), I know that once December rolls around, I have things to say until March. But before we get into the Oscars, we gotta wrap up the year.

Here’s the skinny for the newbies: every January I preview an ungodly amount of movies. And then, from then through December, I watch an ungodly amount of movies, tracking along the way what I thought of each of them. Then, when we get to this point, I recap everything and see how close I guessed my eventual rating back in January. That part is mostly for me, but along the way you get my thoughts of all the stuff I watched (which will probably give you a bunch of stuff you didn’t even know about). So everybody wins.

Today is April.

April

A Quiet Place

January’s preview:

“Only gonna guess 3 stars though. Not sure where it’s going and what the reveal will be, if any. Could be Cloverfield, could be The Village, could be It Comes at Night. No idea. Just gonna let the movie decide what it wants to be.”

The review:

“It’s solid. Well done movie aided by the near-silent approach.”

“This benefits from a good idea and solid execution.”

“I’m not going out and proclaiming this the greatest movie of the year like a lot of people are, but it’s well done.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s solid. I think Krasinski got the most out of his premise. Not the greatest movie I’ve ever seen, but better than I thought I was getting.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I enjoy these live musicals.”

“I thought John Legend did fine as Jesus, the guy playing Judas was great. Alice Cooper was nice in the big cameo part. I think it worked. The staging was fun, and the idea of doing it in the theater like that was really cool.”

“I don’t think they should kill this trend. I like that they’re doing this.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I’m always appreciative of these live musicals, even if I’m not the biggest fan of the some of the shows they choose. It’s still a hell of a thing to watch.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Blockers

January’s preview:

“Why?”

“Why is this a movie?”

“It’s 2018, why are parents trying to control their kids’ sex lives? Who is this appealing to? This is a movie for middle-aged people. Also, what universe is this that the kids are waiting until prom night to have sex?”

“I think you know where this is going… you’re expecting this to be on Unforgivable watch. But I’m not gonna do that.”

3 stars.”

“Bam. 3 stars. Which is NOT like me.”

“Maybe I just don’t care this year? We’ll see. I’ve noticed a weird apathy toward bad movies lately, and a general indifference toward bad comedies. Maybe I’ve resigned myself to the fact that this is where comedy is now and have stopped getting angry because it’s like that guy in the old western movies who kept getting mad when the train got built. That’s what we’re at now, guys.”

The review:

“Better than I expected.”

“A lot of that has to do with the leads. The girls are all really good, and the parents are all game. I like that it has a different point of view than most teenage sex comedies.”

“It’s rare that I love a straight up comedy nowadays, just because comedy is so different now and I’m not a huge fan of some of what they do (like, the vomiting scene. This movie didn’t need that. But apparently in 2018 you do). But it’s also a good sign when a comedy actually makes me physically laugh, rather than smile and go, “Oh, that’s funny.” And this one made me physically laugh more than once.”

“And there were some really sweet moments in it as well. I like having a comedy that I can give a solid thumbs up to.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I did enjoy this. There are elements that made me laugh. Still have problems with some of it, but if this is only 30% a stupid modern comedy and not 70%, I’m good. Every little bit counts.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Chappaquiddick

January’s preview:

“I love the poster for this movie. Calling it now that makes the top ten next year.”

“This quietly got pushed from Thanksgiving into the spring. Could it be because of quality, or could it be because of subject matter? No clue, but it’s worth noting that it might not be entirely because of quality.”

“I’m going 3.5 stars. Doesn’t look like a 4-star movie. I think I’ll get 3.5 out of this easy.”

The review:

“Movie’s not that interesting. Looks good, and the cast is nice… but it doesn’t amount to much.”

“You can get everything you need to know out of the trailer.”

“Very slow, felt like a well-cast TV movie. Just okay.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It was just okay. I wanted this to be better than it was. Sometimes things don’t pan out.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Sweet Country

January’s preview:

None. Australian western is what sold me.

The review:

“It looks really good, and it has Sam Neill in it.”

“I didn’t love it, but it’s a western, and I’m all for a western over most other movies.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Western. I’ll always give those a shot.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

You Were Never Really Here

January’s preview:

“Lynne Ramsey directing Joaquin Phoenix, who seems to be going on a Taken-type rampage.”

“That’s all I need.”

3.5 stars.”

The review:

“I loved it. I like that they didn’t give us the generic version of this story. She made parts of it so abstract as to almost be surreal. Hell, I wanted her to go further. That ending in the diner? I wanted her to end there. Fuck it. Don’t tell us.”

“I love the stuff they did in this, and I think this is one of the cooler movies of the year.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

I’m such a fan of this movie. I need to see it again just to see where exactly it’s gonna land in relation to everything else. But shit, man, this was so good.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

The Miracle Season

January’s preview:

“Could be a religious type movie, but I don’t think so. I think it’s just a standard uplifting sports movie.”

“Was gonna go 2.5 stars, but William Hurt is in this, so 3 stars.”

The review:

“It’s a sports movie with religious overtones. The sports movie tends to be interesting no matter what, and the religious movie tends to be annoying (to me) no matter what. Fortunately one outweighed the other and I felt myself being invested and not bothered by the parts that pissed me off.”

“Plus you get William Hurt, who I love seeing in things.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s more sports movie than religious nonsense, but there’s enough religious nonsense to keep me from having enjoyed it more.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Spinning Man

January’s preview:

“Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan. Done.”

3 stars.”

The review:

“What the actual fuck was this?”

“It gets so convoluted that I’m not sure what the hell we’re supposed to believe, and then none of it is interesting, so I didn’t even care to try to figure it out.”

“Complete VOD dud with a good cast. They happen, but it’s definitely a shame.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Didn’t work.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Lean on Pete

January’s preview:

“This is by the guy who did 45 Years, which should be enough to give it a look. Plus, horse racing movies generally are things I like.”

“I wanna go 3.5, but I’m gonna stick with 3 stars. There’s too many pitfalls for this movie to assume it’ll just be really good.”

The review:

“Really strong film. One of those quiet little indies that I just responded to.”

“Definitely one of those hidden gems to seek out.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I liked this. Maybe a bit less than when I originally saw it, but it’s a quiet little indie that works. I’ll take this over The Rider anyday.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Endless

January’s preview:

None. But once I saw what it was, I had to see it.

The review:

“This is by the guys who did Spring, a movie that I love that I maintain is one of the most underrated movies of the past decade.”

“Here’s the premise: these guys escaped a UFO death cult ten years prior. One is struggling to keep them afloat on their own and the other is still in deprogramming therapy, pretty much still missing everything they had when they were back in the cult. To placate him, the other one says they’ll go back for one day. So they go, and sort of get swept back up in the cult… but not in the way you’d expect.”

“I think this is a movie people should check out, because it’s one of those where, even if you don’t like it, it was worth having “seen it.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s weird. You gotta be prepared for weird and complicated. But it’s engaging. I was captivated throughout by this.

And while we’re at it, go see Spring. It’s one of the most underrated movies of the decade.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Where Is Kyra?

January’s preview:

3.5 stars. Interested for Michelle Pfeiffer. Probably overrating that a bit, but I still wanna see it.”

The review:

“Decent little indie. She’s fine. The movie is definitely framed around her performance, but I feel like the story was too slight to merit anything other than an okay indie effort.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Not for me.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

6 Balloons

January’s preview:

“Netflix movie. Dave Franco being dramatic. Hope it works. 3 stars.”

The review:

“It’s short (75 min) and to the point and doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. It’s not the best movie ever, but it’s fine for what it is.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

The fact that it was so short kept me from rating it lower. Ultimately I didn’t really care about anything in it.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Amateur

January’s preview:

3 stars. I think the sports aspect should take it above 2.5.”

The review:

“This could have been an interesting story had they picked a lane.”

“There’s a lot of stuff here. On the surface, you can enjoy any one of a number of things about this movie. Too bad there’s just not that much beneath it.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s watchable, but I feel like there’s just too much going on that never pays off for it to truly work.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Sun Dogs

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“Not sure what the tone of this is meant to be, drama, comedy, romance? Didn’t work for me at all.”

“But Ed O’Neill played the dad, so that was cool. I like seeing him in movies.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Oh yeah, Ed O’Neill was in this. That’s something.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Paterno

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I like that Al Pacino is working his way through real people he can play for HBO. Phil Spector, Jack Kevorkian, now Joe Paterno.”

“It’s not wholly successful, but as far as TV movies go, it’s fine.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Mostly I’m just curious to see who Pacino’s gonna play next.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Andre the Giant

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Solid documentary about one of the most famous figures of the past 50 years.”

“And while I wish they’d gone more into some of the stuff, it’s still a nice tribute to one of the most unique individuals the world has ever seen.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Great documentary about a great historical figure.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Atrocious low grade animated movie.”

“It’s awful. Yet… eligible for Best Animated Feature. Wouldn’t that shock the shit out of all of us?”

* * (2 stars)

Final thoughts:

Jesus.

* * (2 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Submergence

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“Well this was pretty dull.”

“The screen presence of the leads keeps it watchable, but it’s not very good.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

A waste of the leads.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Truth or Dare

January’s preview:

“So this is Final Destination done with Truth or Dare.”

“Doesn’t look great.”

2.5 stars.”

The review:

“Just another Blumhouse movie. Final Destination but with Truth or Dare. Sure. Go nuts. Not for me at all.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Nope.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Rampage

January’s preview:

“This looks so dumb. I’m going 3 stars because of Dwayne Johnson, but 2.5 seems very possible.”

The review:

“How do McG and Bret Ratner feel that Brad Peyton is the new them?”

“This might have been cool had they made it 20 years ago without really obvious CGI that just looks too fake to be engaging, but here we are.”

“The Rock does what he can to liven it up, but this feels like a paycheck role for him. I wish he’d stretch himself as an actor and do cool shit. But someone I guess has to be the Stallone or Schwarzenegger and churn out these short-term action movies that won’t matter within five years.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

That first sentence, though.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

10×10

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“This movie lost me within 25 minutes, when the woman has a chance to escape and runs around the house screaming for help rather than killing the guy first and then going from there.”

“She had multiple chances to kill him and didn’t take them, and right there, I lost all respect for this movie. When the character is too stupid to survive, I don’t care what happens.”

“If ever you have the chance to watch this, go watch William Wyler’s The Collector or Prisoners instead. You’ll get way more out of it.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

One, go watch those two movies. They’re so much better than this movie could ever be even if it were three times as good.

And also, yeah, why are characters so stupid in these movies?

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Rider

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“This was the indie darling of the first half of the year. So I knew exactly what I was getting…. And lo and behold… that’s exactly what I got.”

“It’s just fine. A quiet, slow movie that’s a character piece that looks nice.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

This is one of those movies people rave about and then you’re just like, “Okay, I guess? It’s just fine?” I don’t ever get it. But to each his own.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Pass Over

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“It’s Waiting for Godot except it’s two African American guys on the corner, hoping not to get shot by the police.”

“It’s well-written and there’s a lot to like about the material. I just inherently don’t respond to stage acting and stage shows, so there was only so much this was gonna do for me.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s the staginess that I didn’t respond to. Otherwise it was fine.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Come Sunday

January’s preview:

None. Another one that slipped through the cracks. So we’re using 2017’s preview:

“The writer did All Good Things, the Robert Durst (inspired) movie. The director did Maria Full of Grace and Complete Unknown.  The real question is who’s gonna play Pearson.”

“Oh, it’s Chiwetel Ejiofor. Okay, I’m in.”

3 stars.”

The review:

“It’s a religion movie. So I didn’t really care. It held my attention, but I didn’t care at all.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Not for me.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Wildling

January’s preview:

“Bel Powley is in this. I’ll see it.”

3 stars.”

The review:

“This started off strong and then got too weird for me.”

“I like Bel Powley a lot, and she’s the reason I saw this.”

“I didn’t dislike it, but the beginning made it seem like a character piece and then it went horror and I lost interest. Oh well.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Still really like Bel Powley.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Krystal

January’s preview:

“Oh yeah. This movie. William H. Macy directs. His other movies haven’t been great, but maybe this one will be better.”

3 stars.”

The review:

“I liked the premise. Young boy falls for a drug-addicted alcoholic stripper at an AA meeting. Unfortunately it didn’t amount to much. Though at least it had more moments I liked.”

“It’s structured way too much like TV comedy for it to be a good movie. Too many moments of actual violence being subverted by cartoon slapstick. But hey, at least the broad premise is good. So there’s that.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Premise good, movie not so much. But you know, they tried.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

An Ordinary Man

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I saw a trailer for this and immediately wanted to see it.”

“Ben Kingsley is a war criminal who is supposed to be under protection. But he refuses to hide, so he keeps going out to get the paper and get groceries and they keep having to move him to different places lest people find out he’s not hiding in the mountains where the government is claiming he is. And then a young woman shows up to his new place and he takes her in as his maid. So it’s almost like a weird Scent of a Woman, but with a war criminal. Not quite, but you get the general idea.”

“It doesn’t amount to as much as it could have, but it’s well made and engaging enough. Falls apart at the end, but thankfully doesn’t devolve into a shoot out or anything like that.”

“If it seems interesting, I say go for it. I like the premise, and if anything, it might spark someone with the idea of how to make a better version of this good idea.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

This is the kind of movie where the premise is so good and the movie isn’t that it will hopefully spark someone to make a better version of this somewhere down the road.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Beirut

January’s preview:

“(The cast, director, etc) is all enough to go the standard 3 stars here. 3.5 would be exceptional for this, but you can’t assume it. This looks exactly like a 3 star movie and nothing more.”

The review:

“It doesn’t add up to anything and struggles with telling an interesting story and incorporating a lot of factual historical elements.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Just kinda boring. Too factual, less interesting story.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Stephanie

January’s preview:

“Akiva Goldsman directs. That didn’t work out too well the first time, and this movie sounds like something I will not like.”

2.5 stars.”

The review:

“If I can think of things I’d want to see least, an Akiva Goldsman Blumhouse movie would be near the top of that list.”

“It actually starts off halfway decently… the little girl is alone in the house and you get little clues as you go along as to what’s going on. Then when that’s about to run out of ideas, the movie shifts. And then it keeps shifting, and the more it shifts, the less I gave a shit.”

“You can tell it’s not that great because it’s a Blumhouse movie that didn’t come out in theaters. That means it’s a mistake they’re sweeping under the rug. It feels kinda like one.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

The first ten minutes were interesting. Too bad the rest of it wasn’t.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

I Feel Pretty

January’s preview:

“Yeah, it’s on watch.”

2.5 stars.”

The review:

“Yeah… (I mean, we all saw this coming.)”

“Amy Schumer has been in four movies so far. Trainwreck is by far the most watchable of the bunch (ironically I may add, title-wise), even though I don’t think it’s all that great.”

“I’m trying hard not to say this movie isn’t an automatic Unforgivable… but come on. You knew from the premise this one had a first class ticket.”

“The only good thing I can point out about this movie is that person who recorded Greta Gerwig going to see it in theaters.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Greta knows.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Super Troopers 2

January’s preview:

“It’s 15 years too late, but I don’t give a shit.”

3.5 stars. I’m sure it won’t be that good, but I need to see this be a disappointment.”

The review:

“Definitely 15 years too late, but still, not the abomination you might expect.”

“I enjoyed it, and another film in this sandbox is better than most other comedies out there. I got what I needed to out of this.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Probably not worth the 3.5 I gave it, but I was starved for comedies this year and honestly enjoy the stupidity of this franchise. I’m keeping it, even though it’s a weak 3.5.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Kodachrome

January’s preview:

“I heard good things about this.”

“Sticking with 3 stars, because it does feel very indie, and I don’t necessarily love the primary stars, but I think I can get something out of this.”

The review:

“This is just hipster Nebraska.”

“The irony, of course, being that hipsters love Nebraska and won’t like this.”

“It’s even got Eddie Vedder songs!”

“It’s a well-worn road, this one, but it has its charms. You know where it’s going, you know what it’s doing, but sometimes the ride is all you need. Though, if I could never hear movie characters’ describe their favorite music, I’d be okay with that.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

“This is just hipster Nebraska.”

I love me.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Traffik

January’s preview:

“No reason to think this will be good at all.”

“Wait… is this Green Room with black people?”

“Is it, though? Because it sounds like it is.”

2.5 stars.”

The review:

“The cynical review of this movie is ‘African American Straw Dogs.'”

“Though this one does more in that the gang is also secretly trafficking people. Which makes it more generic and overall worse.”

“It’s one of those movies that was designed to get an audience in opening weekend and maybe get rented months later by some people. These are never good. They’re junk food.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I liked that I only previewed this just to write the “Green Room with black people” joke. And to be honest? Not wrong.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Dude

January’s preview:

“Sounds like this could be a nice little hidden gem of an indie.”

3 stars.”

The review:

“Fun little high school movie.”

“They’re all of similar ilk, high school movies and they all go in the same territory and all have those bits that seem like new writers trying to be cute, but that’s the genre.”

“As long as the writing isn’t too cliched and the cast is good, I’m fine with these movies. And this one checked both boxes.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Perfectly fine.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Le Redoutable

January’s preview:

“Michel Hazanavicius directs. I think I can safely guess 3.5 stars here.”

The review:

“It’s… not the worst idea? But who is the audience for this?”

“The strength of this movie is the visual palette and production design (much like Godard’s work in the 60s). The movie is perfectly fine. Not sure I need to see it again, but it’s perfectly fine.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I’m still not sure how he got away with making this, but it’s a solid entry in the filmography, if not my favorite film ever.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Week Of

January’s preview:

“Adam Sandler’s new movie.”

“Yeah.”

2.5 stars.”

The review:

“Adam Sandler Netflix movie. That about covers it, doesn’t it? I like to think I do this so you don’t have to.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

There’s a chance this may not be Unforgivable. It’s garbage, but I may not hate it. That’s progress, right?

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Candy Jar

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Fun little movie.”

“Two high school debate champions who disagree on everything end up falling for each other. This is the exact set up of a 30s and 40s romantic comedy, and I am all for it. Thumbs up.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Great set up, good performances. I liked this. Anything that reminds me of 30s and 40s rom coms is all right by me.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Backstabbing for Beginners

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I only saw this because A24 picked it up, and I’ve got this weird streak going where I’ve seen all but like, two movies they’ve put out in their entire existence. So I felt like keeping that going. Plus, Ben Kingsley.”

“Though, just by looking at this, you know it’s gonna be utterly generic thriller stuff, with politics on top of it all, and that’s exactly what it is.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s still kinda nuts that I’ve kept up that A24 streak. I should probably just watch the last like, three to get me to 100% completion on them. But still, I’m impressed at myself.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The House of Tomorrow

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“Weird movie. Not for me.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

So loquacious.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Disobedience

January’s preview:

“Is this lesbian Jews?”

“Sure, I’m down.”

3 stars. Could be 3.5, but 3 feels safer.”

The review:

“It’s not great, but I guess other people could get more out of it than I did.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I’m glad I knew myself enough to not go 3.5 because of the cast and the director. That’s how you do these things. Know yourself down to a science.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Kings

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Hey, remember that movie about the LA riots that starred Halle Berry and Daniel Craig? Trick question, because this is that movie, and no one knows this even came out.”

“It’s not even that bad. Sure, it doesn’t work in the least, and tonally it’s all over the place. It goes from almost broad comedy to romantic comedy to trying to make statements about race and police brutality, all set among the backdrop of one of the biggest events in Los Angeles in the past fifty years.”

“Doesn’t work at all, but it’ll be an interesting footnote in all these people’s careers.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

What a fascinating artifact. No one even knows this exists. And it stars two really famous people. Crazy.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Love & Bananas: A Love Story

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Nature documentary about elephant poaching and the people who have a sanctuary to protect them. Not for me at all.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Unlike the elephants, I will forget this movie.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Duck Butter

January’s preview:

3 stars. Can never assume more than 3 stars out of Arteta, but at least it’s not 2.5, right?”

The review:

“It doesn’t really work for me, but as far as Arteta’s films go, I liked this better than most of his other stuff. So there’s that.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It was fine. I liked parts of it. The actresses were good. Otherwise meh.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Adventures in Public School

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“This is a cute movie.”

“The main kid is really good and the film is really sweet.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

This was a nice movie.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Avengers: Infinity War

January’s preview:

“We know what this is. Marvel’s been building to this for ten years. This is the one for them. This is where we see what they’re made of.”

3.5 stars. Which is the blanket Marvel rating. If they weave the ten years of characters right and some how tell a story I care about within the mayhem of characters, then maybe it goes to 4. Not gonna hold out hope. I really didn’t care about any of the Avengers movies yet, and now the scope is getting bigger.”

“Count me among the people who truly don’t give a shit about this movie.”

The review:

“I’m shocked all the people who give a shit about this stuff don’t feel incredibly cheated.”

“The movie was too much. Too many characters, too little to do. The story was too muddled.”

“While I’ll admit, on paper, that ending is pretty great (and I don’t mean all of it, I just mean the broad strokes of what happened and the actual final scene before the credits), it doesn’t strike the emotional resonance it should because I don’t care enough about the characters for it to mean anything.”

“I’m not salivating over this movie because all the pieces are in the sandbox together. This just looks like a giant orgy of too much, the way Civil War did.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I still stand by what I said. It’s not gonna mean anything because a lot of the dead people aren’t dead. The movie is just too all over the place, and while certain aspects worked, it felt like people are going too much into what happened because it’s water cooler worthy. I’m giving them an incomplete with this movie. They’re gonna have to stick the landing on the next one, otherwise this movie means nothing.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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