Sunday, March 29, 2015

First Quarter of 2015


Well, it's pretty much the end of the first quarter and therefore it's time for my quarter end review.  In general it was a pretty bad quarter for wide theatrical releases (even for the first quarter of the year, which is traditionally the worst quarter.)  Almost all of the movies worth seeing were released on video on demand at the same time as or even before their very limited theatrical runs.  So you can get caught up on the best ones without even leaving home.

Below is a summary of my grades for the 81 films I saw that were released in the U.S. this quarter.  If I wrote a review, links are included for your convenience.

  1. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)     Grade: A+
  2. Kingsman: The Secret Service      Grade: A+
  3. Match       Grade: A
  4. It Follows       Grade: A
  5. Faults      Grade: A
  6. Predestination      Grade: A
  7. The Loft      Grade: A
  8. Focus       Grade: A
  9. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (HBO)     Grade: A
  10. The Salvation      Grade: A-
  11. The Immortalists      Grade: A-
  12. Bluebird        Grade: A-
  13. Maps to the Stars      Grade: A-
  14. Digging Up the Marrow      Grade: B+
  15. Wild Card      Grade: B+
  16. Wild Canaries      Grade: B+
  17. Road Hard      Grade: B+
  18. The Rewrite      Grade: B+
  19. Mortdecai       Grade: B+
  20. The Wedding Ringer      Grade: B+
  21. An Honest Liar      Grade: B+
  22. Black Sea      Grade: B+
  23. Hot Tub Time Machine 2      Grade: B+
  24. '71      Grade: B+
  25. Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere      Grade: B+
  26. Son of a Gun      Grade: B+
  27. These Final Hours      Grade: B+
  28. Still Life      Grade: B+
  29. Enter the Dangerous Mind      Grade: B+
  30. Buzzard      Grade: B+
  31. Welcome to New York      Grade: B+
  32. Spring      Grade: B+
  33. We'll Never Have Paris      Grade: B
  34. Two Men in Town      Grade: B
  35. The Phoenix Project       Grade: B
  36. White Rabbit      Grade: B
  37. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken      Grade: B
  38. The Cobbler      Grade: B
  39. Zombeavers       Grade: B
  40. Everly      Grade: B
  41. October Gale      Grade: B
  42. Vice      Grade: B
  43. Get Hard       Grade: B
  44. What We Do in the Shadows      Grade: B
  45. The Lazarus Effect       Grade: B
  46. RPG      Grade: B
  47. Cymbeline       Grade: B
  48. Little Accident     Grade: B
  49. The DUFF      Grade: B
  50. Run All Night      Grade: B-
  51. The Duke of Burgundy      Grade: B-
  52. Voices      Grade: B-
  53. Kill Me Three Times      Grade: B-
  54. The Last Five Years      Grade: B-
  55. Seventh Son      Grade: B-
  56. McFarland USA      Grade: B-
  57. Project Almanac       Grade: B-
  58. Seymour: An Introduction      Grade: B-
  59. The Infinite Man      Grade: C+
  60. Kung Fu Elliot       Grade: C+
  61. Taken 3      Grade: C+
  62. Out of the Dark      Grade: C+
  63. The World Made Straight      Grade: C+
  64. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel      Grade: C+
  65. Alien Outpost      Grade: C
  66. Blackhat      Grade: C
  67. Jupiter Ascending      Grade: C
  68. The Boy Next Door      Grade: C
  69. Fifty Shades of Grey      Grade: C
  70. Veronika Decides to Die      Grade: C
  71. Hits      Grade: C
  72. Divergent: Insurgent      Grade: C
  73. Unfinished Business       Grade: C-
  74. Nightlight      Grade: C-
  75. Preservation      Grade: D
  76. The Gunman       Grade: D
  77. Serena      Grade: D
  78. Chappie      Grade: D
  79. [REC] 4: Apocalypse      Grade: D
  80. All the Wilderness      Grade: D
  81. Wolfcop      Grade: F
 
Films Not Reviewed:
Accidental Love
Against the Sun
Amira & Sam
Appropriate Behavior
Ballet 422
Champs
Cinderella
Dark Summer
Deli Man
Do You Believe?
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Girlhood
A Girl Like Her
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Home
Home Sweet Hell
Killers
Like Sunday, Like Rain
Love, Rosie
The Lovers
Manny
My Life Directed
Outcast
Paddington
Queen and Country
The Riot Club
The Search for General Tso
Song One
Spare Parts
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Strange Magic
Three Night Stand
Tracers
Treading Water
Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
The Wrecking Crew
Wyrmwood

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