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Sunday, January 1, 2023

My Top Ten Movie Picks of 2022

1. Downfall: The Case Against Boeing * * * 1/2 Stars

-"Downfall" is a clean and faired documentary that makes you ask questions in your head.

2. Fall * * * 1/2 Stars

-Fall is a three-dimensional, panoramic jaw-dropper. Watching it, you want to leave the theater or just close your eyes but you can't.

3. Endangered * * * 1/2 Stars

-With Endangered, helmers Grady and Ewing create 90 minutes of subdued, journalistic discipline that is quietly powerful.

4. Stolen by Their Father * * * 1/2 Stars

-One of the most effective Lifetime flicks ever made.

5. Elvis * * * 1/2 Stars

-"Elvis has left the building". Indeed and left the viewer dizzy and spent.

6. No Exit * * * 1/2 Stars

-No Exit is relentless. I mean it goes on and on (I'm not saying that's a bad thing).

7. I Want You Back * * * Stars

-I Want You Back is a different kind of romantic comedy. Basically it has a little more going on upstairs.

8. The Devil You Know * * * Stars

-The Devil You Know is a kind of mild noir with dusky tones and forced scenes that crackle.

9. The Weekend Away * * * Stars

-"Weekend" is a thriller with a high resting heart rate. And yup, it just gets higher as it goes along.

10. A Christmas Story Christmas * * * Stars

-A Christmas Story Christmas is a true companion piece that was made to be viewed back-to-back with the original from a mere forty years ago. 

Honorable Mention: Babylon, Sr., The Good Neighbor, McEnroe, Bandit, The Surprise Visit, The Batman, Blacklight, The Lost City, WarHunt 

And the worst....

1. Good Mourning * Star

-Good Mourning is a film that thinks it's witty and waggish but is somehow subjected to all things TMZ. 

2. Pursuit * Star

-Pursuit is directed by veteran Brian Skiba. His flick has little continuity as he films prating scenes undercut with badly choreographed shootouts and faux foot chases.

3. Moonfall * 1/2 Stars

-Moonfall is a special effects extravaganza with zero build-up and laissez-faire inconsistency.

4. The Bubble * 1/2 Stars

-The Bubble is probably one of the most misguided films I've ever seen. And it's also a career low for director Judd Apatow. 

5. Sons 2 the Grave * 1/2 Stars

-"Grave" feels like an unintentional Afterschool Special when it should be a hard-hitting drama. You can tell.

List compiled by Jesse Burleson

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