Monday, December 31, 2018

My "MOST EXCELLENT" Movies Through the Years

Here's a list of all the movies that I grant the coveted 5 - 5.5 - or 6:

3 Billboards Oustide Ebbing, Missouri (1/11/18) Talk about great acting, wow! (5.5)
AccountantThe  (10-17-16) Brilliant, intertwining story with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick! (5.5)
Adam (9-1-09) Wonderful acting and moving story. (90%)
American Hustle (1-2-14) This movie just tickled me! (5.5)
A Most Wanted Man (8/7/14) Philip Seymour Hoffman's last film (5.5)
Argo Wonderful movie, loved it (5)
Arrival, The (11-17-16) A scifi wowzer film (5.5+)
Artist, The (1-26-11) Loved it (5)
August: Osage County (1-29-14) Dysfunctional family hysteria (5)
Avatar (1-10-10) Saw it in 3-D..Amazing! (96%)
Bad Words (5-14-14) A freakin' riot - going to be a favorite (5)
Belle (5-28-14) A gorgeous, thought-provoking retelling of history (5)
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (5-22-12) Loved it (5)
Big Sick, The (7-13-17) True story with a lot of heart (5)
Black Mass  (10/1/15) great retelling of a true story (5)
BlackKklansmen (9/12/18) Sickening and brilliant (5)
Bohemian Rhapsody (11/13/18) OMG - Amazing!  (5.5)
Bridesmaids (5-11) Rip Roarin' Funny! ! ! (5)
Bridge of Spies (10/15) Wonderful movie (6)
Brooklyn (5.5) An almost-perfect movie
Brothers Bloom, The (7-14-09) Great story with really likeable protagonists (91%)
Butler, The (9-4-13) a great overview of the civil rights movement (5)
Call Me by Your Name (2/24/18) Coming-of-age love story between two guys (5)
Captain Phillips (10/24/2013) Edge-of-your-seat true story (5)
City Island (5-13-10) A new favorite - quirky with lots of laughs (95%)
Crazy Heart (1-30-10) Jeff Bridges was amazing! (96%)
Dallas Buyers Club (11/19/2013) almost flawless and unforgettable (6)

Danny Collins 94/30/15) a new favorite (6)
Descendant, The (12-9-11) Loved it (5)
Disobedience (6/21/18) Gay and Orthodox... (5)
Doctor Strange (11-15-16) Special effects are AMAZING (5)
Don Jon (10/13)  I keep thinking about this one...(5)
East, The (8-18-13) just terrific (6)
Easy A (9-22-10)  Delightful.  Fun.  Clever (90%)
Eddie the Eagle (2/28/16) A true event feel-good story   (5)
Fair Game (12-9-10) Entertaining AND educating. (93%)
Fighter, The (3-6-11) Great accents...acting....and story! (6)
Get Out (3/8/18) Bizarrre, creepy, wonderful fun (5)
Gigantic (6/2/09) Quirky and clever, a new favorite (95%)
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The (English) Loved it even though I didn't want to (5)
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (Swedish) (6-13-10) Wow.  An incredible movie! (97%)
Green Book (12/27/18 Mesmerizing story and acting (5)
Happy-Go-Lucky (12/12/08) Charming and fun (5)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows Part 1 (12-2-10) The book dragged, the movie didn't! (92%)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7-15-09) A blast! (91%)
Hidden Figures (1-15-17) Eye-opening and masterful true story (6)
Hologram for the King, A (5) another Tom Hanks winner
Hostiles (1/25/28) Violent, sad, and one helluva movie (5.5)
Hunger Games, The () Loved it (5)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (6/30/16) Delightful - a great family film from New Zealand (5)
Ides of March (1-27-11) Really loved it (5.5)
The Imitation Game (1/23/15) Great movie, based on a true story (5)
Incendies (5-29-11) Powerful - a masterful piece of storytelling(6)
Instant Family (12/18/18) Perfectly cast, funny and heartwarming (5)
Instructions Not Included (8/30/13) just wonderful and F-U-N-N-Y (5.5)
Julie & Julia (11-25-09) Simply wonderful in every way (96%)
King's Speech, The 1-5-11 Amazing acting, my favorite movie of 2011 (6)
The Lady in the Van (6) Maggie Smith's most marvelous movie!
Leave No Trace (7/15/18) Wowzer (5.5)
Lion (1/12/16) Amazing and brilliant true story (5)
Little Women (12/29/2019) Fabulous! (5.5)
Logan Lucky (9/3/17) Clever, funny comedy (5)
Manchester by-the-Sea  (1/30/17) Powerful and super sad (5.5)
Marshall (10/17/17) A+ story and acting! (5)
Maudie (7-21-17)  Incredibly done biopic (5.5)
McFarland, USA (3/9/15) A Truly feel-good movie (5)
Midnight In Paris (6-18-11) Absolutely charming....and fun!(6)
Milk (12/13/08) Super (6)
Million Dollar Arm (7-30-14) Loved it (5)
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (5/31/09) Wonderful (91%)
Molly's Game (1-6-18) One smart movie (5)
Monsieur Lazhar () Really Loved it (5.5)
Mustang (5) In Turkish with subtitles, five incredible actresses playing sisters
Nebraska (1-10-14) Second half of the movie was AWESOME (5.5)
No Strings Attached (3-26-11) Delightful! (5)
Omar (3/5/14) Whew! Quite a story.... (5)
On the Basis of Sex (1/10/2019) Real, relevant, and right (5)
Only the Brave (10/31/17) A wonderful tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots (5)
Pitch Perfect Loved it (5)
Precious (1-5-10)  Powerful. Great Acting. Tough to watch. (94%)
Pride and Glory (10/28/08) A good murder mystery on film (90%)
Proposal, The (7-6-09) Charming and really, really funny (90%)
Red Sparrow (3/5/18) Great Espionage piece (5)
Reluctant Fundamentalist, The (5-26-13) - It bowled me over (6)
Rider, The (6/19/18) Amazing movie (6)
Ruby Sparks (9-17-12) A charming movie that sparkles.  Loved it. (5)
Run and Jump (2-10-14)  Great storytelling and beautiful Irish scenery(5)
Sabah, A Love Story (1-2-10) My kind of movie (88%)
Safety Not Guaranteed (9-1-12) Loved it a lot (5.5)
Secret in Their Eyes (9-23-10)  Great movie - an Argentinian murder mystery (97%)
Secret Life of Bees (11/18/08) Wonderful (5)
Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1-15-2014) Loved it - hilarious and clever! (5)
Selma - 1/12/15 Beautifully crafted, and mesmerizing (5)
Separation, A (4-30-12) It was awesome (6)
Serious Man, A (10-29-09) Adored this Coen Brothers black comedy (93%)
Shape of Water, The (1/22/18) An unforgettable story (6)
Silver Linings Playbook (1-7-13) Fantastic movie- WOW! (6)
Single Man, A (2-21-10) This time is was Colin Furth that was amazing! (90%)
Snowden (9/20/16) Very Good Biopic (5)
Social Network, The (2-14-11) Intriguing! (6)
Source Code (6-8-11) Super! (5)
Spectacular Now, The (9-6-13) a particularly good movie (5)
Spotlight  (12/10/15 (6) retelling the story of The Boston Globe's investigations into the Catholic priest child molestation scandal
Sully (9/12/16) Tribute to an "everyday hero" (5.5)
Sunshine Cleaning (4/27/09) I just loved this one (6)
Thanks for Sharing (9-20-2013) a splendid movie with fantastic acting (5.5)
Trainwreck (8/3/15) Raunchy and real and wonderful (5)
True Grit (2-5-11) So good! (5)
Up in the Air (12-25-09) Completely enjoyable. (90%)
Upside, The (1/14/19) Paraplegic buddy movie done right (5)
Way, Way Back, The (8-5-13) fabulous movie (6)
What If... (8-14) a favorite! LOVE Daniel Radcliffe! (5)
Whip It (10-31-09) Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment (93%)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot  3/5/16 really interesting and fun to watch (5)
Wind River (9/3/17) My favorite of 2017 (6)
Wonder (12/1/17) Ultimate Feel-Good Movie (5)




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