2020: The Year in Reviews (The Wrap-Up)

Okay. We went over all the months and what I thought in January versus what I thought when I saw everything, and now I get to analyze it. It’s a lighter year than usual, but that doesn’t change anything. So we’ll begin with links to everything, just so it’s all on the up-and-up. And then we’ll get right into it.

2020 Film Release Calendar

2020: The Year in Reviews

January

January

February

February

March

March

April

April

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November

November

December

December

Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

Unreleased Films

Usually I start by saying this article is never finished by the time it goes up. But honestly, this year… kinda finished. I’ve only have two things left that would require updating (only one of which would actually matter for scorekeeping purposes). So, honestly… just kinda ready to move on. Plus with this year being weirdly segmented in terms of awards… it’s all a jumbled mess anyway. So there’s really not gonna be much updating to do even though I’m sure I’ll be watching a bunch of documentaries, animated films and foreign films that technically count for 2020 after the new year starts. But in terms of seeing stuff I previewed that came out in 2020… I’m pretty close to done. So I’m probably just gonna leave this as is. Pretty sure no one but me actually ever looks at this anyway.

Getting into it… the total number of films I saw this year is 336. That’s as of right now. It’ll of course go up. But for the purposes of this article, that’s what we’re dealing with. This will end up being my lowest total since 2015, which was the last year I was under 350 total films for the year. (Again, I’ll probably get over that by the time the Oscars roll around, but you get the idea. I’ve been in the 400s the past few years and even got close to 500 one of those years.) The release calendar got decimated by the pandemic, so it’s a light year. What can you do.

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I think by now everyone understands my general ratings system, so we’ll skip all that and just go right into how I rated all the films I saw:

5 stars: (*cricket noise*)

4.5 stars: The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, Mank, News of the World, Soul, Tenet, The Trial of the Chicago 7

4 stars: American Utopia, Bad Education, Beastie Boys Story, The Brilliant Biograph, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Hamilton, The Midnight Sky, Minari, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, On the Rocks, Palm Springs, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Small Axe: Mangrove, Sound of Metal, What the Constitution Means to Me, Wolfwalkers

3.5 stars: 7500, Ammonite, An American Pickle, Another Round, The Assistant, Audrey, Babyteeth, The Banker, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Belushi, Big Time Adolescence, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Blow the Man Down, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Boss Level, The Boys in the Band, The Broken Hearts Gallery, Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You, Buffaloed, The Burnt Orange Heresy, Capone, Charm City Kings, The Climb, The Coldest Game, Come Away, Critical Thinking, Cuties, Da 5 Bloods, Deerskin, The Devil All the Time, Dreamland, Enola Holmes, Escape from Pretoria, Extraction, Falling, Fatman, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Freaky, The Gentlemen, The Glorias, Greyhound, The Half of It, Happiest Season, Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics, Herself, The High Note, I’m Your Woman, The Invisible Man, Irresistible, Kajillionaire, The King of Staten Island, The Last Shift, The Last Thing He Wanted, Let Him Go, Let Them All Talk, Lost Girls, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Misbehaviour, Miss Juneteenth, Mr. Jones, The Mystery of D.B. Cooper, Nomadland, An Officer and a Spy, The Old Guard, Olympic Dreams, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, One Night in Miami, Onward, Ordinary Love, Over the Moon, Project Power, The Prom, Promising Young Woman, Rebecca, Resistance, Run, Run This Town, Saint Frances, Save Yourselves!, Selah and the Spades, Shirley, Shithouse, Small Axe: Alex Wheatle, Small Axe: Education, Small Axe: Lovers Rock, Small Axe: Red, White and Blue, Sometimes Always Never, Sorry We Missed You, Spenser Confidential, Stargirl, Swallow, Sylvie’s Love, The Tax Collector, Tigertail, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, To the Stars, Totally Under Control, The True History of the Kelly Gang, Uncle Frank, Vampires vs. the Bronx, The Vast of Night, VHYEs, Vivarium, The Way Back, Wendy, Wild Mountain Thyme, The Witches, Wonder Woman 1984, Yes God Yes, Young Ahmed, Zappa

3 stars: Above Suspicion, Adults in the Room, All Day and a Night, All the Bright Places, All Together Now, American Woman, Ana, Antebellum, Arkansas, Artemis Fowl, Ava, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, Bad Boys for Life, Bad Hair, Bad Trip, The Binge, Black Bear, Black Beauty, Blackbird, Bloodshot, Burden, Butt Boy, The Call of the Wild, Castle in the Ground, Chemical Hearts, A Christmas Carol, The Christmas Chronicles 2, Coda, Coffee & Kareem, Color Out of Space, Cut Throat City, The Devil Has a Name, Dolittle, Downhill, Echo Boomers, Ema, Emma, Emperor, End of Sentence, Endings Beginnings, Eternal Beauty, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Family Romance LLC, First Cow, Force of Nature, Georgetown, Get Duked!, The Ghost of Peter Sellers, Godmothered, Greed, Greenland, Gretel & Hansel, Guest of Honor, Guns Akimbo, Hillbilly Elegy, His House, Honest Thief, Hope Gap, Horse Girl, Howard, How to Build a Girl, Human Capital, The Hunt, I Am Woman, I Used to Go Here, The Informer, Inheritance, Inherit the Viper, The Jesus Rolls, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Judy and Punch, Jiu Jitsu, Jungleland, The Kindness of Strangers, The Kissing Booth 2, The Last Days of American Crime, The Last Full Measure, Last Moment of Clarity, The Life Ahead, The Lodge, Lost Transmissions, Love and Monsters, The Lovebirds, Love Wedding Repeat, Made in Italy, Magic Camp, Military Wives, Monster Hunter, Mope, Mulan, My Salinger Year, My Spy, My Zoe, The Nest, The New Mutants, The Night Clerk, The One and Only Ivan, The Opening Act, The Outpost, The Photograph, Possessor, Le Prince Oublié, The Quarry, Radioactive, The Rental, The Rhythm Section, Rifkin’s Festival, The Roads Not Taken, Safety, The Secret Garden, The Secrets We Keep, Sergio, She Dies Tomorrow, Six Minutes to Midnight, Songbird, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Spree, Standing Up Falling Down, Stardust, Sulphur and White, Summerland, The Sunlit Night, Sweetness in the Belly, Teenage Badass, Three Christs, Tesla, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, Troop Zero, The True Adventures of Wolfboy, Uncorked, Underwater, Unhinged, Unpregnant, Valley Girl, Waiting for the Barbarians, Wander, The War with Grandpa, Wasp Network, The Wave, We Can Be Heroes, A Whisker Away, The Willoughbys, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Words on Bathroom Walls, You Don’t Nomi

2.5 stars: Black Box, Books of Blood, Brahms: The Boy II, Breach, A California Christmas, Clouds, Come Play, The Croods: A New Age, Dangerous Lies, Desperados, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, Elyse, The Empty Man, Endless, Evil Eye, A Fall from Grace, Fantasy Island, Fatal Affair, Fatale, Fearless, Feel the Beat, Four Kids and It, Friendsgiving, The Grudge, Hard Kill, Holidate, Hubie Halloween, Imprisoned, The Lie, Life in a Year, Like a Boss, Lost Girls & Love Hotels, Love Guaranteed, Love Weddings and Other Disasters, The Main Event, Nocturne, Operation Christmas Drop, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, Scoob!, The Secret: Dare to Dream, The Secret Society of Second Born Royals, Seriously Single, The Sleepover, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spell, The Stand-In, Survive the Night, Trolls World Tour, The Turning, Valley of the Gods, Viena and the Fantomes, Welcome to Sudden Death, Work It, You Should Have Left

2 stars: I Still Believe, Superintelligence, The Wrong Missy

1.5 stars:

1 star:

0 stars:

The Films I’ve Yet to See: The Last Vermeer, Synchronic

This was definitely a year that trended toward the middle. Not a whole lot I loved, and I’m at the point now where I’m generally willing to give most things a pass if I don’t like them (unless they’re abysmal comedies and faith-based films). So most things are within the 2.5-3.5 range. Even looking at those last three, I fully suspect them all to be within that same range.

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Based on what I guessed in January versus what I actually thought upon seeing the films, here’s how I did:

 

2020 Films I Guessed Exactly

The 40-Year-Old Version, Above Suspicion, Adults in the Room, All Day and a Night, All the Bright Places, All Together Now, American Woman, Ammonite, Ana, Arkansas, Artemis Fowl, Ava, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, Bad Boys for Life, Bad Education, Bad Hair, Bad Trip, The Banker, The Binge, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Black Bear, Black Beauty, Blackbird, Bloodshot, Boss Level, Brahms: The Boy II, Breach, Buffaloed, Burden, The Call of the Wild, Capone, Castle in the Ground, Chemical Hearts, A Christmas Carol, The Christmas Chronicles 2, Coda, Color Out of Space, The Croods: A New Age, Da 5 Bloods, Deerskin, The Devil All the Time, The Devil Has a Name, Dolittle, Downhill, Dreamland, Echo Boomers, Elyse, Ema, Emma, Emperor, The Empty Man, Endings Beginnings, End of Sentence, Endless, Eternal Beauty, A Fall from Grace, Falling, Family Romance LLC, Fantasy Island, Fatale, Fatman, Feel the Beat, First Cow, Force of Nature, The Gentlemen, Georgetown, Get Duked!, The Glorias, Greed, Greenland, Gretel & Hansel, Greyhound, The Grudge, Guest of Honour, Guns Akimbo, Happiest Season, The High Note, Holidate, Honest Thief, Hope Gap, Horse Girl, How to Build a Girl, Hubie Halloween, Human Capital, The Hunt, I Am Woman, I Still Believe, I Used to Go Here, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, I’m Your Woman, Imprisoned, The Informer, Inheritance, Irresistible, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Jiu Jitsu, Jungleland, Kajillionaire, The Kindness of Strangers, The Kissing Booth 2, The Last Days of American Crime, The Last Full Measure, Last Moment of Clarity, The Last Thing He Wanted, Let Him Go, Let Them All Talk, Life in a Year, Like a Boss, The Lodge, Lost Girls & Love Hotels, Lost Transmissions, The Lovebirds, Love Wedding Repeat, Love Weddings and Other Disasters, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Made in Italy, Mank, The Midnight Sky, Misbehaviour, Monster Hunter, Mope, My Spy, My Zoe, The New Mutants, News of the World, The Night Clerk, An Officer and a Spy, Onward, The One and Only Ivan, The Outpost, Over the Moon, The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Photograph, Possessor, Le Prince Oublié, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, The Prom, Promising Young Woman, The Quarry, Radioactive, Rebecca, The Rhythm Section, Rifkin’s Festival, The Roads Not Taken, Safety, Scoob!, The Secret: Dare to Dream, The Secret Garden, The Secret Society of Second Born Royals, The Secrets We Keep, Sergio, She Dies Tomorrow, Shirley, Shithouse, Six Minutes to Midnight, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sorry We Missed You, Spell, Spenser Confidential, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Spree, Standing Up Falling Down, Stardust, Sulphur and White, Summerland, Superintelligence, Survive the Night, Swallow, Sweetness in the Belly, The Tax Collector, Teenage Badass, Tenet, Tesla, Tigertail, Three Christs, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Trolls World Tour, Troop Zero, The True Adventures of Wolfboy, The True History of the Kelly Gang, The Turning, Uncorked, Underwater, Unhinged, Unpregnant, VHYes, Vivarium, Waiting for the Barbarians, Wasp Network, The Wave, The Way Back, We Can Be Heroes, Wild Mountain Thyme, The Witches, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Wonder Woman 1984, Words on Bathroom Walls

 

2020 Films I Guessed a Half-Star Off

7500, An American Pickle, Antebellum, The Assistant, Big Time Adolescence, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Blow the Man Down, The Boys in the Band, The Burnt Orange Heresy, Charm City Kings, The Climb, Coffee & Kareem, Come Away, Critical Thinking, Cut Throat City, Enola Holmes, Escape from Pretoria, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Extraction, Four Kids and It, Freaky, Friendsgiving, Godmothered, The Half of It, Herself, Hillbilly Elegy, Inherit the Viper, The Invisible Man, The Jesus Rolls, Judy and Punch, The King of Staten Island, The Last Shift, Lost Girls, Love Guaranteed, Magic Camp, The Main Event, Minari, Miss Juneteenth, Mr. Jones, Mulan, The Nest, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Nomadland, The Old Guard, Olympic Dreams, On the Rocks, Ordinary Love, Palm Springs, Project Power, The Rental, Resistance, Run, Run This Town, Save Yourselves!, The Sleepover, Sometimes Always Never, Soul, Sound of Metal, The Stand-In, Stargirl, Sylvie’s Love, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, To the Stars, Uncle Frank, Valley Girl, Valley of the Gods, Vampires vs. the Bronx, The Vast of Night, Viena and the Fantomes, The War with Grandpa, Wendy, The Willoughbys, Wolfwalkers, The Wrong Missy, You Should Have Left, Young Ahmed

 

2020 Films I Didn’t Preview (or See)

American Utopia, Another Round, Audrey, Babyteeth, Beastie Boys Story, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Belushi, Black Box, Books of Blood, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Brilliant Biograph, The Broken Hearts Gallery, Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You, Butt Boy, A California Christmas, Clouds, The Coldest Game, Come Play, Cuties, Dangerous Lies, Desperados, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, Evil Eye, Fatal Affair, Fearless, The Ghost of Peter Sellers, The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, Hamilton, Hard Kill, Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics, His House, Howard, The Last Vermeer, The Lie, The Life Ahead, Love and Monsters, Military Wives, My Salinger Year, The Mystery of D.B. Cooper, Nocturne, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, One Night in Miami, The Opening Act, Operation Christmas Drop, Saint Frances, Selah and the Spades, Seriously Single, Small Axe: Alex Wheatle, Small Axe: Education, Small Axe: Lovers Rock, Small Axe: Mangrove, Small Axe: Red White and Blue, Songbird, The Sunlit Night, Totally Under Control, Wander, Welcome to Sudden Death, What the Constitution Means to Me, A Whisker Away, Work It, Yes God Yes, You Don’t Nomi, Zappa

 

The thing that stands out to me is how few films I didn’t preview. Usually that number is anywhere between 125 and 150. This year we’re barely above 60. Granted, a lot of stuff got pushed and/or didn’t finish shooting to have been able to come out after I previewed everything and that handful of animation, foreign language and documentary films hasn’t happened yet. But even still, I don’t think even with those that number hits 100 this year. More than anything I’m curious to see what effect this has on next year’s totals.

To put things in context for how I did, last year, there were 134 films I hadn’t previewed and then 311 that I both previewed and saw. And the breakdown of those 311 films was: I got 217 Exact, 90 a Half-Star Off and 4 a Full Star Off.

This year, we have the 63 (technically 65 for the moment, but that’ll change) films I haven’t previewed, which leaves a total of 274 films that I guessed ratings for and ended up seeing (which will eventually become 276). The breakdown of those are: 199 Exact and 76 a Half-Star Off. Which is 72.4% straight up correct and 100% within a half-star. Not bad for stuff I did (probably very hurriedly) in January.

The big note here is that there are zero films I was more than a half-star off on. Last year I had eliminated the films that were more than a full star off (which, to be honest, should always be the case anyway), but this year, there weren’t any I was a full star off on. Of course, I chalk that up to there being about a hundred less overall films this year. And guesstimating from the numbers, I’d say the difference from what would normally have been on the calendar and previewed probably ends up being a difference of around 40 movies. So I could argue that some of those 40 would have been the ones I could’ve gotten wrong by a full star. Or I could say I just guessed better this year. It’s all pretty much luck and how I respond to things anyway. So, I’ll just take the accomplishment and not really think much more of it than, “That was pretty cool.”

(Still trying to get to 75% straight up right, though, one of these years. That’s a tall order, but we all need goals.)

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Average Rating for 2020

Here’s the ratings breakdown for every film I saw this year:

0 5-star films

6 4.5-star films

16 4-star films

111 3.5-star films

146 3-star films

54 2.5-star films

3 2-star films

That comes out to an average rating of 3.15.

Average ratings of previous years:

  • 2015: 3.13
  • 2016: 3.16
  • 2017: 3.08
  • 2018: 3.09
  • 2019: 3.13

We’re trending toward a norm, so this isn’t a surprise at all. I expect to be in the 3.1-3.15 range pretty much every year I do this, mostly because, like I said, I’m much more likely to give a 2.5 indifference grade to things I don’t like unless they’re very specifically bad movies. Which is always gonna leave things more in this range rather than bring the rating down. Really the only thing that brings the overall rating down is if there’s more films I’m pretty ‘ehh’ toward than stuff I really like. But seeing as how I’ve been calculating this rating for six years now and it comes out to an average of 3.12, which is spot on where most years come out… I think this is just how it’s gonna go every year.

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Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of the year:

Undated Films

Above Suspicion — * * * (3 stars); Adults in the Room — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Bad Trip — * * * (3 stars); Boss Level — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Brilliant Biograph — * * * * (4 stars); Ema — * * * (3 stars); Falling — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Georgetown — * * * (3 stars); My Salinger Year — * * * (3 stars); My Zoe — * * * (3 stars); An Officer and a Spy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Le Prince Oublié — * * * (3 stars); Rifkin’s Festival — * * * (3 stars); Six Minutes to Midnight — * * * (3 stars); The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — * * * (3 stars); Sulphur and White — * * * (3 stars)

 

January

The Grudge — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Ana — * * * (3 stars); Imprisoned — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Like a Boss — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Underwater — * * * (3 stars); Inherit the Viper — * * * (3 stars); Three Christs — * * * (3 stars); Bad Boys for Life — * * * (3 stars); Dolittle — * * * (3 stars); VHYes — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Wave — * * * (3 stars); A Fall from Grace — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Troop Zero — * * * (3 stars); The Gentlemen — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Last Full Measure — * * * (3 stars); The Turning — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Coda — * * * (3 stars); Gretel & Hansel — * * * (3 stars); The Assistant — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Rhythm Section — * * * (3 stars)

January had 20 films and an average rating of 2.95.

January keeps moving toward an average of around 3. It’s the VOD stuff that’s bolstering it. It’s not the dumping ground anymore. (Imagine what it’s gonna be this coming year with all the awards stuff. Oh boy.)

Previous January ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.70
  • 2012 — 2.86
  • 2013 — 2.75
  • 2014 — 2.40
  • 2015 — 2.69
  • 2016 — 2.79
  • 2017 — 2.70
  • 2018 — 2.95
  • 2019 — 3.10

 

February

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn — * * * ½ (3.5 stars);  The Lodge — * * * (3 stars); Horse Girl — * * * (3 stars); Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Coldest Game — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You — * * * (3 stars); Downhill — * * * (3 stars); Fantasy Island — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Sonic the Hedgehog — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Ordinary Love — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Buffaloed — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Photograph — * * * (3 stars); Olympic Dreams — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Kindness of Strangers — * * * (3 stars); Brahms, The Boy II — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Emma — * * * (3 stars); The Call of the Wild — * * * (3 stars); Color Out of Space — * * * (3 stars); Standing Up, Falling Down — * * * (3 stars); The Last Thing He Wanted — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Night Clerk — * * * (3 stars); Greed — * * * (3 stars); Once Were Brothers Robbie Robertson and the Band — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Burden — * * * (3 stars); Young Ahmed — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Invisible Man — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Wendy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Guns Akimbo — * * * (3 stars); Saint Frances — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); All the Bright Places — * * * (3 stars); The Jesus Rolls — * * * (3 stars)

February had 31 films and an average rating of 3.15.

The highest February on record (and I imagine next year might be more of the same, given the awards stuff). Though really it’s been consistently close to 3 most years, so it’s not that surprising. It just happened to be a little better than usual. No real surprises there.

Previous February ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.25
  • 2012 — 2.15
  • 2013 — 2.59
  • 2014 — 2.92
  • 2015 — 3.00
  • 2016 — 2.90
  • 2017 — 3.03
  • 2018 — 2.85
  • 2019 — 3.12

 

March

Onward — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Way Back — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); First Cow — * * * (3 stars); Hope Gap — * * * (3 stars); The Burnt Orange Heresy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Run This Town — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Sorry We Missed You — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Swallow — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Banker — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Escape from Pretoria — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Spenser Confidential — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Bloodshot — * * * (3 stars); The Roads Not Taken — * * * (3 stars); Big Time Adolescence — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Hunt — * * * (3 stars); Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always — * * * * (4 stars); I Still Believe — * * (2 stars); Lost Transmissions — * * * (3 stars); Stargirl — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Lost Girls — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Human Capital — * * * (3 stars); Blow the Man Down — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Uncorked — * * * (3 stars); Resistance — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Vivarium — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

March had 25 films and an average rating of 3.18.

This is well within March’s range, even if it was down the previous two years. I’m guessing the quick pulling of stuff the second half of the month once they realized the pandemic wasn’t going anywhere is what kept this from evening out.

Previous March ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.70
  • 2012 — 2.80
  • 2013 — 2.98
  • 2014 — 3.14
  • 2015 — 2.89
  • 2016 — 3.21
  • 2017 — 3.16
  • 2018 — 3.03
  • 2019 — 3.06

 

April

Coffee & Kareem — * * * (3 stars); Trolls World Tour — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Tigertail — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Love Wedding Repeat — * * * (3 stars); The Main Event — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Sergio — * * * (3 stars); Selah and the Spades — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Quarry — * * * (3 stars); Butt Boy — * * * (3 stars); The Willoughbys — * * * (3 stars); Extraction — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); To the Stars — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The True History of the Kelly Gang — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Beastie Boys Story — * * * * (4 stars); Bad Education — * * * * (4 stars); Dangerous Lies — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

April had 16 films and an average rating of 3.19.

I’m used to April being a robust month and yet here we are with only 16 films. And that lack of the extra 20 movies is what also kept this higher than usual. This is the highest April ever because of that.

Previous April ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.90
  • 2012 — 2.85
  • 2013 — 2.88
  • 2014 — 2.81
  • 2015 — 2.92
  • 2016 — 3.08
  • 2017 — 2.89
  • 2018 — 2.97
  • 2019 — 3.07

 

May

The Half of It — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); All Day and a Night — * * * (3 stars); Deerskin — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Endings, Beginnings — * * * (3 stars); Arkansas — * * * (3 stars); Sweetness in the Belly — * * * (3 stars); How to Build a Girl — * * * (3 stars); Valley Girl — * * * (3 stars); Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Capone — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Wrong Missy — * * (2 stars); Scoob! — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Castle in the Ground — * * * (3 stars); Military Wives — * * * (3 stars); Last Moment of Clarity — * * * (3 stars); Inheritance — * * * (3 stars); The Lovebirds — * * * (3 stars); Survive the Night — * * ½ (2.5 stars); End of Sentence — * * * (3 stars); The High Note — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Vast of Night — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

May has 21 films and an average rating of 3.05.

And there’s May, right in line with usual, even though none of the blockbusters came out. But those would’ve given us the exact same rating. May is clockwork around here.

Previous May ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.81
  • 2012 — 3.10
  • 2013 — 3.22
  • 2014 — 2.98
  • 2015 — 3.02
  • 2016 — 3.14
  • 2017 — 3.06
  • 2018 — 3.02
  • 2019 — 3.02

 

June

The Last Days of American Crime — * * * (3 stars); Judy and Punch — * * * (3 stars); Shirley — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); You Don’t Nomi — * * * (3 stars); Artemis Fowl — * * * (3 stars); Da 5 Bloods — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The King of Staten Island — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Sometimes Always Never — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mope — * * * (3 stars); A Whisker Away — * * * (3 stars); 7500 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Mr. Jones — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Feel the Beat — * * ½ (2.5 stars); You Should Have Left — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Wasp Network — * * * (3 stars); Miss Juneteenth — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Babyteeth — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Ghost of Peter Sellers — * * * (3 stars); Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga — * * * (3 stars); Irresistible — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); My Spy — * * * (3 stars); Viena and the Fantomes — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Four Kids and It — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Force of Nature — * * * (3 stars)

June has 24 films and an average rating of 3.10.

And look at June. Right in line. The summer months always revert to 3 because that’s generally how I feel about most big budget summer movies. Some years you get a little higher if there’s stuff I really like, but most of the time it’s right around here.

Previous June ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.06
  • 2013 — 3.03
  • 2014 — 3.16
  • 2015 — 3.29
  • 2016 — 3.27
  • 2017 — 3.12
  • 2018 — 3.21
  • 2019 — 3.11

 

July

Hamilton — * * * * (4 stars); Desperados — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Outpost — * * * (3 stars); Family Romance, LLC — * * * (3 stars); The Old Guard — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Palm Springs — * * * * (4 stars); Greyhound — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Guest of Honour — * * * (3 stars); Fatal Affair — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Sunlit Night — * * * (3 stars); The Rental — * * * (3 stars); The Kissing Booth 2 — * * * (3 stars); Yes, God, Yes — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Radioactive — * * * (3 stars); Summerland — * * * (3 stars); Seriously Single — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Secret: Dare to Dream — * * ½ (2.5 stars); She Dies Tomorrow — * * * (3 stars)

July has 18 films and an average rating of 3.08.

Once again, right in line. There’s always the little bit of variance, but otherwise, you know what you’re getting out of May, June, July every year.

Previous July ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.31
  • 2013 — 2.84
  • 2014 — 2.95
  • 2015 — 3.05
  • 2016 — 3.03
  • 2017 — 3.22
  • 2018 — 2.99
  • 2019 — 3.13

 

August

An American Pickle — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Tax Collector — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); I Used to Go Here — * * * (3 stars); Work It — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Made in Italy — * * * (3 stars); Waiting for the Barbarians — * * * (3 stars); The Secret Garden — * * * (3 stars); Howard — * * * (3 stars); Valley of the Gods — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Project Power — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Endless — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Fearless — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Spree — * * * (3 stars); Magic Camp — * * * (3 stars); Unhinged — * * * (3 stars); Emperor — * * * (3 stars); The One and Only Ivan — * * * (3 stars); The Sleepover — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Cut Throat City — * * * (3 stars); Words on Bathroom Walls — * * * (3 stars); Chemical Hearts — * * * (3 stars); Hard Kill — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Tesla — * * * (3 stars); Get Duked! — * * * (3 stars); All Together Now — * * * (3 stars); The Binge — * * * (3 stars); The Personal History of David Copperfield — * * * * (4 stars); The New Mutants — * * * (3 stars); Bill & Ted Face the Music — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

August has 29 films and an average rating of 3.00.

And there’s August, spot on. This one’s more about the VOD dumps late summer than it is blockbusters, which are really only the first week or two at most. Still, August has always been one of, if not the most consistent months there is.

Previous August ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.80
  • 2012 — 3.02
  • 2013 — 2.83
  • 2014 — 2.78
  • 2015 — 3.07
  • 2016 — 3.17
  • 2017 — 3.01
  • 2018 — 3.07
  • 2019 — 2.97

 

September

Tenet — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Love, Guaranteed — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Mulan — * * * (3 stars); I’m Thinking of Ending Things — * * * * (4 stars); Critical Thinking — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Cuties — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Unpregnant — * * * (3 stars); The Babysitter: Killer Queen — * * * (3 stars); I Am Woman — * * * (3 stars); The Broken Hearts Gallery — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); American Woman — * * * (3 stars); The Secrets We Keep — * * * (3 stars); The Devil All the Time — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Antebellum — * * * (3 stars); Blackbird — * * * (3 stars); Teenage Badass — * * * (3 stars); Lost Girls & Love Hotels — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Nest — * * * (3 stars); Enola Holmes — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Ava — * * * (3 stars); Kajillionaire — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Misbehaviour — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Secret Society of Second Born Royals — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Last Shift — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Welcome to Sudden Death — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Boys in the Band — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Glorias — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

September has 27 films and an average rating of 3.20.

We’re up, but September is like April — lots of movies. So we’re at least 10-20 films lower than usual, and so the rating is slightly higher than usual. But we’re still generally in the area we normally are, so again, no surprises.

Previous September ratings:

  • 2011 — 2.97
  • 2012 — 3.13
  • 2013 — 2.93
  • 2014 — 3.08
  • 2015 — 2.98
  • 2016 — 3.08
  • 2017 — 2.90
  • 2018 — 3.05
  • 2019 — 3.06

 

October

On the Rocks — * * * * (4 stars); Vampires vs. the Bronx — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Possessor — * * * (3 stars); Eternal Beauty — * * * (3 stars); Save Yourselves! — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Black Box — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Lie — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The War with Grandpa — * * * (3 stars); Hubie Halloween — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Books of Blood — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Charm City Kings — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Wolf of Snow Hollow — * * * (3 stars); The 40-Year-Old Version — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Evil Eye — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Nocturne — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Totally Under Control — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting — * * * (3 stars); Honest Thief — * * * (3 stars); The Trial of the Chicago 7 — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); The Devil Has a Name — * * * (3 stars); Love and Monsters — * * * (3 stars); Clouds — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Opening Act — * * * (3 stars); Shithouse — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); What the Constitution Means to Me — * * * * (4 stars); American Utopia — * * * * (4 stars); Rebecca — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Witches — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Empty Man — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Friendsgiving — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Borat Subsequent Moviefilm —  * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Over the Moon — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Bad Hair — * * * (3 stars); Synchronic — 

Holidate — * * ½ (2.5 stars); His House — * * * (3 stars); The True Adventures of Wolfboy — * * * (3 stars); Spell — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Come Play — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

October has 40 films and an average rating of (3.13 or 3.14, most likely).

And look at that. EXACTLY where we were last year and most of the past five years. October, coming in steady. Why? Because the shitty horror films are balanced out by the solid awards fare and just good movies they put out.

Previous October ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.10
  • 2012 — 3.31
  • 2013 — 3.29
  • 2014 — 3.07
  • 2015 — 3.46
  • 2016 — 3.16
  • 2017 — 3.14
  • 2018 — 3.21
  • 2019 — 3.14

 

November

Operation Christmas Drop — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Let Him Go — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Informer — * * * (3 stars); Jungleland — * * * (3 stars); Ammonite — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Climb — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Freaky — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey — * * * (3 stars); Echo Boomers — * * * (3 stars); Come Away — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Life Ahead — * * * (3 stars); Fatman — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Small Axe: Mangrove — * * * * (4 stars); Dreamland — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Princess Switch: Switched Again — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Last Vermeer — 

Sound of Metal — * * * * (4 stars); Run — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Small Axe: Lovers Rock — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Belushi — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Jiu Jitsu — * * * (3 stars); Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Hillbilly Elegy — * * * (3 stars); The Croods: A New Age — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Stardust — * * * (3 stars); Happiest Season — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Christmas Chronicles 2 — * * * (3 stars); Uncle Frank — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Superintelligence — * * (2 stars); The Mystery of D.B. Cooper — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Life in a Year — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Black Beauty — * * * (3 stars); Zappa — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Small Axe: Red, White and Blue — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

November has 34 films and an average rating of (3.18 or 3.19, most likely).

This is the lowest November on record. Because all the awards stuff waited to see if theaters were gonna open, so now all the November/December stuff is coming out January and February. It’s an anomaly year. What can you do?

Previous November ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.50
  • 2012 — 3.66
  • 2013 — 3.31
  • 2014 — 3.18
  • 2015 — 3.42
  • 2016 — 3.47
  • 2017 — 3.35
  • 2018 — 3.36
  • 2019 — 3.28

 

December

Mank — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Nomadland — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); I’m Your Woman — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Love, Weddings & Other Disasters — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Black Bear — * * * (3 stars); Elyse — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Godmothered — * * * (3 stars); Wander — * * * (3 stars); A Christmas Carol — * * * (3 stars); Small Axe: Alex Wheatle — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Let Them All Talk — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Prom — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Wolfwalkers — * * * * (4 stars); Wild Mountain Thyme — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Songbird — * * * (3 stars); Minari — * * * * (4 stars); Safety — * * * (3 stars); The Stand-In — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Small Axe: Education — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); A California Christmas — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Audrey — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Breach — * * ½ (2.5 stars);  Greenland — * * * (3 stars); Fatale — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Another Round — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Midnight Sky — * * * * (4 stars); Wonder Woman 1984 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); News of the World — Soul — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars);  Promising Young Woman — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Sylvie’s Love — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Soul — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); One Night in Miami — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); We Can Be Heroes — * * * (3 stars); Herself — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Monster Hunter — * * * (3 stars)

December has 33 films and an average rating of 3.37.

Actually, now that all the VOD stuff has started hitting December, this is exactly within our usual range. Last December was way lower than usual (I guess because of Cats? Can we blame Cats and Cats alone? Sure, why not), but otherwise, 3.37 feels almost exactly like the annual rating for December. So yeah. That’s nice.

Previous December ratings:

  • 2011 — 3.8
  • 2012 — 3.7
  • 2013 — 3.67
  • 2014 — 3.37
  • 2015 — 3.57
  • 2016 — 3.41
  • 2017 — 3.31
  • 2018 — 3.44
  • 2019 — 3.21

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Average Monthly Ratings:

January — 2.79

February — 2.80

March — 3.01

April — 2.96

May — 3.04

June — 3.15

July — 3.07

August — 2.97

September — 3.04

October — 3.20

November — 3.37

December — 3.49

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