Review Index

The rating system is as follows:

★★★★★ – Unqualifiedly great and should be watched by everybody.
★★★★½  – Close to perfection that probably didn’t get 5 stars for some arbitrary reason.
★★★★     – Good and worth the price of a regular cinema ticket.
★★★½     – Still good but with some flaws.
★★★        – Flaws aplenty, but still comes out on top
★★½        – Only genre fans need apply
★★           – Self-hatred begins around here
★½           – Self-hatred evolves to hatred towards the filmmakers
★              – Self-hatred evolves to genuine feelings of dislike towards humanity
½               – Literal waste of space and time

(Hall of Fame movies are not rated – but one can safely assume they are in the ★★★★½ to ★★★★★ range)

Movies are arranged here in alphabetical order:

 

1408 (2007, dir. Mikael Hafstrom) ★★★★

1922 (2017, dir. Zak Hilditch) ★★★

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick) ★★★★★

 

After Life (1998, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda) ★★★★★

Annihilation (2018, dir. Alex Garland) ★★★★★

Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018, dir. Peyton Reed) ★★★★

The Apartment (1960, dir. Billy Wilder) – Hall of Fame #2

Around the World in 80 Days (1956, dir. Michael Anderson) ★½

Avengers: Infinity War (2018, dir. Anthony & Joe Russo) ★★★★

 

Baby Driver (2017, dir. Edgar Wright) ★★★★½

Bambi (1942, dir. David Hand, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, William Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright) ★★★★★

Band Aid (2017, dir. Zoe Lister-Jones) ★★★½

The Barkley Marathons (2014, dirs. Annika Iltis and Timothy James Kane) ★★★★½

Barton Fink (1991, dir. Joel Coen) ★★★★½

Batman Begins (2005, dir. Christopher Nolan) ★★★★½

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016, dir. Zack Snyder) ★★

Battle of the Sexes (2017, dir. Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton) ★★★★

The Beaches of Agnés (2008, dir. Agnés Varda) ★★★★½

The Beguiled (2017, dir. Sofia Coppola) ★★★★

The Big Sick (2017, dir. Michael Showalter) ★★★★★

The Bird With the Crystal Plummage (1970, dir. Dario Argento) ★★★★

Black Panther (2018, dir. Ryan Coogler) ★★★★½

Blade Runner 2049 (2017, dir. Denis Villeneuve) ★★★★★

Blame! (2017, dir. Hiroyuki Seshita) ★★½

The Blob (1958, dir. Irvin S. Yeaworth) ★★★

The Breadwinner (2017, dir. Nora Twomey) ★★★★½

Brick (2005, dir. Rian Johnson) ★★★½

Bright (2017, dir. David Ayer) ★★★

Bronson (2008, dir. Nicolas Wending Refn) ★★★★½

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992, dir. Fran Rubel Kuzui) ★★★½

 

Carrie (2013, dir. Kimberly Pierce) ★★½

Cars 3 (2017, dir. Lee Unkrich) ★★★★

Cat People (1942, dir. Jacques Torneur) ★★★★½

The Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971, dir. Dario Argento) ★★★½

Cat’s Eye (1985, dir. Lewis Teague) ★★★½

Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962, dir Agnés Varda) ★★★★★

Chappaquiddick (2018, dir. John Curran) ★★

Children of the Corn (1984, dir. Fritz Kiersch) ★★

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008, dir. Andrew Adamson) ★★½

Cimarron (1931, dir. Wesley Ruggles) ★

Cinderella (1950, dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske) ★★★½

Cloverfield (2008, dir. Matt Reeves) ★★★

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018, dir. Julius Onah) ★★

Coco (2017, dir. Lee Unkrich) ★★★★★

Coraline (2009, dir. Henry Selick) ★★★★½

Creepshow (1982, dir. George A. Romero) ★★★★

Creepshow 2 (1987, dir. Michael Gornick) ★★½

Corridors of Blood (1958, dir. Robert Day) ★★★

 

The Darjeeling Limited (2007, dir. Wes Anderson) ★★★★

The Dark Knight (2008, dir. Christopher Nolan) ★★★★★

The Dark Knight Rises (2012, dir. Christopher Nolan) ★★★★

Deadpool 2 (2018, dir. David Leitch) ★★★

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father (2008, dir Kurt Keunne) ★★★★

Death Note (2017, dir. Adam Wingard) ★

The Death of Stalin (2017, dir. Armando Iannucci) ★★★★½

Deep Red (1975, dir. Dario Argento) ★★★★½

Design For Living (1933, dir. Ernst Lubitsch) ★★★★½

Detroit (2017, dir. Kathryn Bigelow) ★★★½

Diabolique (1955, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot) ★★★★½

Diary of a Madman (1963, dir. Reginald Le Borg) ★★★

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1971, dir. Robert Fuest) ★★½

Don’t Look Back (1967, dir. D.A. Pennebaker): ★★★★★

Don’t Look Now (1973, dir. Nicolas Roeg) ★★★★½

Dreamcatcher (2003, dir. Lawrence Kasdan) ★★

Driving Miss Daisy (1989, dir. Bruce Beresford) ★★½

Dumbo (1941, dir. Norman Ferguson, Ben Sharpsteen, Wilfred Jackson, William Roberts, Jack Kinney, Samuel Armstrong): ★★★★

Dunkirk (2017, dir. Christopher Nolan): ★★★★★

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, dir. Steven Spielberg) – Hall of Fame #3

Early Man (2018, dir. Nick Park) ★★★½

Enemy of the State (1998, dir. Tony Scott) ★★★

The English Patient (1996, dir. Anthony Minghella) ★★★

 

Face/Off (1997, dir. John Woo) ★★★★

Faces Places (2017, dir. Agnés Varda & JR) ★★★★½

Fantasia (1940, dir. Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, William Robertson, Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, David Hand): ★★★★½

A Fantastic Woman (2017, dir. Sebastian Lelio) ★★★★

The Farthest (2017, dir. Emer Reynolds) ★★★★

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998, dir. Terry Gillam) ★

The Fifth Element (1997, dir. Luc Besson) ★★★★

Firestarter (1984, dir Mark L. Lester) ★★½

First Match (2018, dir. Olivia Newman) ★★★★

First Reformed (2018, dir. Paul Schrader) ★★★★★

First They Killed My Father (2017, dir. Angelina Jolie) ★★★★½

Flowers of Shanghai (1998, dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien) ★★★★½

The Four-Year Plan (2011, dir. Mat Hodgson) ★★★

Frozen River (2017, dir. Courtney Hunt) ★★★★

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018, dir. David Wain) ★★★½

 

Game Night (2018, dir. John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein) ★★★★

Gandhi (1982, dir. Richard Attenborough) ★★★★

Ghost in the Shell (2017, dir. Rupert Sanders) ★★

A Ghost Story (2017, dir. David Lowery) ★★★

Ghost World (2001, dir. Terry Zwigoff) ★★★★½

Girls Trip (2017, dir. Malcolm D. Lee) ★★★½

The Gleaners and I (2000, dir. Agnés Varda) ★★★★

Godzilla (1998, dir. Roland Emmerich) ★½

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017, dir. Hiroyuki Seshita) ★★½

The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008, dir. Kim Jee-Woon) ★★★★

Good Time (2017, dirs. Ben and Josh Safdie)  ★★★★

Goosebumps (2015, dir. Rob Letterman) ★★★½

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964, dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini) ★★★★★

Graveyard Shift (1990, dir. Ralph S. Singleton) ★

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952, dir. Cecil B. DeMille) ★★★

 

Halloween (2018, dir. David Gordon Green) ★★★½

Hamlet (1948, dir. Laurence Olivier) ★★★★½

Hancock (2008, dir. Peter Berg) ★★

Happiness (1998, dir. Todd Solondz) ★★½

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008, dir. Mike Leigh) ★★★★½

The Haunted Strangler (1958, dir. Robert Day) ★★★½

Hereditary (2018, dir. Ari Aster) ★★★★½

His Girl Friday (1940, dir. Howard Hawks) ★★★★★

House of the Long Shadows (1983, dir. Pete Walker) ★★★★

Hostiles (2017, dir. Scott Cooper) ★★★

How Green Was My Valley (1941, dir. John Ford) ★★★½

Hunger (2008, dir. Steve McQueen) ★★★★½

 

I Am Legend (2007, dir. Francis Lawrence) ★★★½

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017, dir. Macon Blair) ★★★★

Icarus (2017, dir. Bryan Fogel) ★★★★½

In Bruges (2008, dir. Martin McDonagh) ★★★★½

The Incredible Jessica James (2017, dir. Jim Strouse) ★★★

Incredibles 2 (2018, dir. Brad Bird) ★★★★

Inferno (1980, dir. Dario Argento) ★★½

Ingrid Goes West (2017, dir. Matt Spicer) ★★★½

Iron Man (2008, dir. Jon Favreau) ★★★★½

Island of Lost Souls (1932, dir. Eric C. Kenton) ★★★½

Isle of Dogs (2018, dir. Wes Anderson) ★★★★½

It Comes At Night (2017, dir. Trey Edward Shults) ★★★

It Happened One Night (1934, dir. Frank Capra) ★★★★½

 

Jennifer’s Body (2009, dir. Karyn Kusama) ★★★

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973, dir. Norman Jewison) ★★★½

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017, dir. Chris Smith) ★★★★

John Carter (2012, dir. Andrew Stanton) ★★★

The Jungle Book (1967, dir. Wolfgang Reitherman) ★★★★

Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997, dir. Steven Spielberg) ★★½

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018, dir. J. A. Bayona) ★★

Justice League (2017, dir. Zack Snyder) ★★½

 

Kedi (2016, dir. Ceyda Torun) ★★★★

The Killing (1956, dir. Stanley Kubrick) ★★★★

The King of Kings (1927, dir. Cecil B. DeMille) ★★★★

Kwaidan (1965, dir. Masaki Kobayashi) ★★★★½

 

Lady and the Tramp (1955, dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske) ★★★½

Lady Bird (2017, dir. Greta Gerwig) ★★★★★

Lady Macbeth (2016, dir. William Oldroyd) ★★★★½

The Last Days of Disco (1998, dir. Whit Stilman) ★★★★

The Last Emperor (1987, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci) ★★★★½

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, dir. Martin Scorsese) ★★★★½

Le Bonheur (1965, dir. Agnés Varda) ★★★★½

Le Samourai (1967, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville) ★★★★★

Les Bleus: Another History of France, 1996-2016 (2016, dir. Sonia Dauger and David Deitz) ★★★★½

The Little Stranger (2018, dir. Lenny Abrahamson) ★★★½

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998, dir. Guy Ritchie) ★★★★

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, dir. Peter Jackson) ★★★★★

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, dir. Peter Jackson) ★★★★½

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, dir. Peter Jackson) ★★★★★

Loving Vincent (2017, dirs. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman) ★★★

The Lure (2015, dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska) ★★★★

 

Madhouse (1974, dir. Jim Clark) ★★★½

A Man For All Seasons (1966, dir. Fred Zinnemann) ★★★

Man of Steel (2013, dir. Zack Snyder) ★★½

Manhunt (2017, dir. John Woo) ★★★½

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017, dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi) ★★★

Masters of the Universe (1987, dir. Gary Goddard) ★★

The Matrix (1999, dir. Lana Wachowki, Lilly Wachowski) ★★★★½

The Matrix Reloaded (2003, dir. Lana Wachowki, Lilly Wachowski) ★★★½

The Matrix Revolutions (2003, dir. Lana Wachowki, Lilly Wachowski) ★★★★

Maudie (2016, dir. Aisling Walsh) ★★★½

Men in Black (1997, dir. Barry Sonnenfield) ★★★

Men in Black II (2002, dir. Barry Sonnenfield) ★★

Men in Black 3 (2012, dir. Barry Sonnenfield) ★★★

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017, dir. Noah Baumbach) ★★★★

Mildred Pierce (1945, dir. Michael Curtiz) ★★★★½

Million Dollar Baby (2004, dir. Clint Eastwood) ★★★½

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018, dir. Christopher McQuarrie) ★★★★½

The Mist (2007, dir. Frank Darabont) ★★★

Mr. Roosevelt (2017, dir. Noel Wells) ★★★

Monster House (2006, dir. Gil Kenan) ★★★½

Mudbound (2017, dir. Dee Rees) ★★★★★

Mute (2018, dir. Duncan Jones) ★

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, dir. Frank Lloyd) ★★★★

 

Near Dark (1987, dir. Kathryn Bigelow) ★★★★

Next Goal Wins (2014, dir. Mike Brett and Steve Jamison) ★★★★

Night Creatures (1962, dir. Peter Graham Scott) ★★★

Night Moves (2013, dir. Kelly Reichardt) ★★★½

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017, dir. Brian Knappenberger) ★★½

Nossa Chape (2018, dir. Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist) ★★★★

 

The Oblong Box (1969, dir. Gordon Hessler) ★★½

Ocean’s 8 (2018, dir. Gary Ross) ★★★½

Okja (2017, dir. Bong Joon-Ho) ★★★★

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961, dir. Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wolfgang Reitherman) ★★★★½

One of Us (2017, dirs. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing) ★★★★

Opera (1987, dir. Dario Argento) ★★★★

Ordinary People (1980, dir. Robert Redford) ★★★★★

Our Time Will Come (2017, dir. Ann Hui) ★★★

Out of Africa (1985, dir. Sydney Pollack) ★★

Out of Sight (1998, dir. Steven Soderbergh) ★★★★½

Out of Time (2003, dir. Carl Franklin) ★★★

 

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018, dir. Steven S. DeKnight) ★

Paddington 2 (2017, dir. Paul King) ★★★★★

ParaNorman (2012, dirs. Christ Butler and Sam Fell) ★★★★

Persepolis (2007, dir. Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi) ★★★★★

Pet Sematary (1989, dir. Mary Lambert) ★

Peter Pan (1953, dir. Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson) ★★½

Phantom Thread (2017, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) ★★★★★

Phenomena (1985, dir. Dario Argento) ★★★½

The Philadelphia Story (1940, dir. George Cukor) ★★★★

Pi (1998, dir. Darren Aronofsky) ★★★★

Pinocchio (1940, dir. Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen): ★★★★½

The Phantom of the Opera (1962, dir. Terence Fisher) ★★★½

Platoon (1986, dir. Oliver Stone) ★★★★½

The Polka King (2017, dir. Maya Forbes) ★★★

The Post (2017, dir. Steven Spielberg) ★★★★

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017, dir. Angela Robinson) ★★★½

Psychokinesis (2018, dir. Yeon Sang-Ho) ★★★★

 

A Quiet Passion (2016, dir. Terence Fisher) ★★★★★

 

Rampage (2018, dir. Brad Peyton) ★★★

Raw (2016, dir. Julie Ducournau) ★★★★

Ready Player One (2018, dir. Steven Spielberg) ★★★½

Rebecca (1940, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) ★★★★

Red Sparrow (2018, dir. Francis Lawrence) ★★½

Revenge (2017, dir. Coralie Fangeat) ★★★½

The Rider (2018, dir. Chloe Zhao) ★★★★½

Rififi (1955, dir. Jules Dassin) ★★★★★

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991, dir. Kevin Reynolds) ★★½

Rope (1948, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) ★★★½

Run Lola Run (1998, dir. Tom Twyker) ★★★★½

 

Searching (2018, dir. Aneesh Chaganty) ★★★★

Secret Window (2004, dir. David Koepp) ★★★½

Shakespeare in Love (1998, dir. John Madden) ★★★★

The Shape of Water (2017, dir. Guillermo Del Toro) ★★★★½

Shin Godzilla (2016, dir. Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno): ★★★

The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick) – Hall of Fame #1

Silver Bullet (1985, dir. Daniel Attias) ★★★½

Sleeping Beauty (1959, dir. Clyde Geronimi, Les Clark, Wolfgang Reitherman, Eric Larson) ★★★★★

Sleepwalkers (1992, dir. Mick Garris) ★

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998, dir. Tamara Jenkins) ★★★★

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937, dir. David Hand) ★★★★½

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018, dir. Ron Howard) ★★★½

Soulmate (2013, dir. Axelle Carolyn) ★★

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017, dir. Jon Watts) ★★★★

Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017, dir. Rian Johnson) ★★★★½

Step (2017, dir. Amanda Lipitz) ★★★½

Still Walking (2008, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda) ★★★★★

Suicide Squad (2016, dir. David Ayer) ★★½

Sullivan’s Travels (1941, dir. Preston Sturges) ★★★½

Suspiria (1977, dir. Dario Argento) ★★★★½

The Sword in the Stone (1963, dir. Wolfgang Reitherman) ★★★

 

Take Your Pills (2018, dir. Alison Klayman) ★★★½

The Tale (2018, dir. Jennifer Fox) ★★★★½

Tales of Terror (1962, dir. Roger Corman) ★★★★

Talladega Nights (2006, dir. Adam McKay) ★★★½

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993, dir. Stuart Gillard) ★★

Tenenbrae (1982, dir. Dario Argento) ★★★½

Terms of Endearment (1983, dir. James L. Brooks) ★★★★½

They Live By Night (1948, dir. Nicholas Ray) ★★★

The Thing (1982, dir. John Carpenter) ★★★★½

Thor: Ragnarok (2017, dir Taika Waititi) ★★★★

Thoroughbreds (2018, dir. Cory Finley) ★★★½

Titanic (1997, dir. James Cameron) ★★★½

To Be or Not To Be (1942, dir. Ernst Lubitsch) ★★★★★

Tokyo Drifter (1966, dir. Seijun Suzuki) ★★★★

Tom Jones (1963, dir. Tony Richardson) ★★★★

Tomb Raider (2018, dir. Roar Uthaug) ★★★½

Tower of London (1962, dir. Roger Corman) ★★★★

Turner & Hooch (1989, dir. Roger Spottiswoode) ★★½

Twice-Told Tales (1963, dir. Sidney Salkow) ★★★

The Two Escobars (2010, dir. Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist) ★★★★

 

The Uninvited (1944, dir. Lewis Allen) ★★★★

Unforgettable (2017, dir. Denise De Novi) ★★

Unsane (2018, dir. Steven Soderbergh) ★★★½

 

Vagabond (1985, dir. Agnés Varda) ★★★★★

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017, dir. Luc Besson) ★★★★

Voyeur (2017, dirs. Miles Kane & Josh Koury) ★★★

 

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, dirs. Steve Box and Nick Park) ★★★★★

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, dir. Matt Reeves) ★★★★

The Way of the Dragon (1972, dir. Bruce Lee) ★★★

Wendy & Lucy (2008, dir. Kelly Reichardt) ★★★★½

Wind River (2017, dir. Taylor Sheridan) ★★★★½

Wings (1927, dir. William A. Wellman) ★★★★

A Woman, A Part (2016, dir. Elisabeth Subrin) ★★

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018, dir. Morgan Neville) ★★★★½

Wonder Woman (2017, dir. Patty Jenkins) ★★★★½

A Wrinkle In Time (2018, dir. Ava DuVernay) ★★½

 

XX (2017, dirs. Jovanka Vuckovic, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Roxanne Benjamin) ★★

 

You Can’t Take It With You (1938, dir. Frank Capra) ★★★

You Were Never Really Here (2018, dir. Lynne Ramsey) ★★★★

Your Name (2016, dir. Makoto Shinkai) ★★★★

 

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017, dir. Niki Caro) ★★★½