Movies Watched in 2017/01 [January]

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1. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.1
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93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 328,263 | Gross: $151.10M

Disappointing. Very overrated, but will probably win best picture anyway.

2. Hot Pursuit (2015)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.1
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31 Metascore

An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley

Votes: 40,963 | Gross: $34.51M

Had a few funny moment I think. Can't remember anymore. Must not have been that great. There's a hot red-neck in there somewhere.

3. The Man in the High Castle (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.

Stars: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans

Votes: 50,992

4. The OA (2016– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.8
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Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.

Stars: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Scott Wilson, Alice Krige

Votes: 49,289

5. Maleficent (2014)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.0
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56 Metascore

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Director: Robert Stromberg | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville

Votes: 278,444 | Gross: $241.41M

Vapid. Neat hat.

6. Sicario (2015)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 265,824 | Gross: $46.89M

Extremely good! I love this director! And Johann Johannson is also great! I may be beginning to develop a real respect also for Emily Blunt. Maybe she is not a lightweight?

7. The Man in the High Castle (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.

Stars: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans

Votes: 50,992

8. For Me and My Gal (1942)

Not Rated | 104 min | Musical, Romance, War

7.2
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Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Gene Kelly, Mártha Eggerth

Votes: 2,414 | Gross: $4.37M

Gene Kelly's first major film. Judy Garland helped him get this role. They have a few nice bits, esp. when they perform the title song. The writers had to tack on the new ending where he becomes a war hero because test audiences did not like the girl getting together in the end with a draft dodger.

9. Anomalisa (2015)

R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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88 Metascore

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Votes: 48,944 | Gross: $3.44M

10. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

8.1
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80 Metascore

A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 30,380

11. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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33 Metascore

When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West

Votes: 115,313 | Gross: $31.17M

Barf. I skipped through so much of this. Is it a YA adventure? Is it a pro-woman YA story? Is it a romance? Is it a love triangle? Is it action/fantasy? What the *beep* IS IT?? Oh, I KNOW! IT'S *beep*

12. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Unrated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Sihung Lung, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yu-Wen Wang, Chien-Lien Wu

Votes: 15,126 | Gross: $7.29M

13. Friends with Benefits (2011)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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63 Metascore

A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman

Votes: 295,489 | Gross: $55.80M

14. Me Before You (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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51 Metascore

A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.

Director: Thea Sharrock | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance

Votes: 133,492 | Gross: $56.25M

Not that great, but I still cried. I don't know why I thought this would have a happy ending. Also, I liked her clothes.

15. Jane Eyre (1934)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Romance

4.4
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A meek governess and her mysterious employer strike up a romantic relationship.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Virginia Bruce, Colin Clive, Beryl Mercer, David Torrence

Votes: 283

Bad beyond words.

16. Jane Eyre (1997 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes a governess to a young French girl and finds love with the brooding lord of the manor is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Deborah Findlay, Laura Harling, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Sowden

Votes: 2,328

One of the better movie adaptations. Crammed in plot lines and crappy bits of overly dramatized/modernized dialog. Good chemistry though!

17. The Bread, My Sweet (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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54 Metascore

A man proposes to a woman he's met once, all in the same day.

Director: Melissa Martin | Stars: Scott Baio, John Seitz, Kim Martin, Zachary Mott

Votes: 816 | Gross: $1.02M

18. Rogue One (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 380,087 | Gross: $532.18M

Way better than I had expected! Actually quite good!!

19. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 123,258

20. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 266,955 | Gross: $70.26M

21. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

7.9
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96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 168,957 | Gross: $47.70M

Saw at Angelika. Deeply sensitive portrayal of blue-collar manhood and profound psychological pain.

22. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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100 Metascore

In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 429,428 | Gross: $1.02M

Saw at IFC for 75th anniversary. Special digital restoration. Was so much better than I remember!

23. Strike a Pose (2016)

83 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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58 Metascore

What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna's most famous troupe of dancers.

Directors: Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan | Stars: Madonna, Luis Camacho, Jose Guitierez, Kevin Alexander Stea

Votes: 1,029

Saw at IFC. Q&A session afterwards with director and dancers Jose Gutierez and Kevin Stea.

24. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, John Steele Gordon, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern

Votes: 729

25. Top of the Lake (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 25,599

26. Les émotifs anonymes (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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69 Metascore

What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta, Lise Lamétrie

Votes: 9,277

Extremely vapid. Inaccurate portrayal of introverts/shy people/sensitive people.

27. Enemy (2013)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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61 Metascore

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 121,598 | Gross: $1.01M

Absurdist darkly comic.

28. Killer's Kiss (1955)

Not Rated | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Frank Silvera, Irene Kane, Jamie Smith, Jerry Jarrett

Votes: 17,238

Saw at IFC during Kubrick retrospective. In 35mm. Better than I remembered!!

29. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, John Steele Gordon, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern

Votes: 729

30. Mozart in the Jungle (2014– )

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.2
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Love, money, ambition and music intertwine in Mozart in the Jungle, a half hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering New York City. A brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) stirs up the New York Symphony as young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance.

Stars: Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Hannah Dunne

Votes: 17,223

31. A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen

Votes: 1,972

32. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

R | 135 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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49 Metascore

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart

Votes: 82,206 | Gross: $75.98M

33. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 512,124 | Gross: $56.67M