Wick's 2019 Great Movies (9)

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Created Mar 10, 2019 12:03AM PST • Updated Mar 10, 2019 12:03AM PST

The Great, Really Great & Perfect new movies I’ve seen in `19: new movies I graded 4.0, 4.5 or 5 beams out of 5. Includes movies officially designated 2018, but not out wide till 2019.


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  • 70 Points
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1st Apollo 11
2019 Perfect 66 Points

Apollo 11 is an enormous cinematic accomplishment – an rFactor 1 documentary with the power, pulse and scale of big time SciFi. See it on the biggest screen possible, with the best sound system, IMAX optimally.

It revivifies the epochal year of 1969, the first and last time that billions of people around the world focused on one joyous global event. Seen now on the big screen, it's not just the overwhelming scale to which IMAX does justice, it's the freighted historical moment revealed like an accidentally perceptive home movie. There's Johnny Carson in the Cape Canaveral gallery! The…

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Added Mar 10, 2019 12:03AM PST • Updated Mar 10, 2019 12:03AM PST
2nd Captain Marvel
2019 Great 83 Points

So much fun! Captain Marvel is yet another marvelous Marvel movie. You can doubt investing political import in a superhero movie, but never doubt Marvel. The House that Stan Built launches three marvelous movies a year, been doing so for over ten years, ever since Robert Downey Jr. declared "I am "Iron Man":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/1180-iron-man."

Captain Marvel isn't only marvelous. It's an ultimate Marvel movie, the ultimate Marvel origin movie: Nick Fury origin & SHIELD origin + Captain Marvel origin. About her, Marvel major domo Kevin Feige's team have conjured…

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Added Mar 17, 2019 06:00AM PST • Updated Mar 17, 2019 06:00AM PST
3rd Hotel Mumbai
2019 Great 66 Points

The 2008 Mumbai attacks were of 9/11 savagery and comprehensiveness, yet have faded from Western consciousness. Hotel Mumbai recreates them with stunning alacrity, moving quickly from the Islamist terrorists coming ashore in rubber boats to starting to shoot-up train stations, restaurants and especially the legendary Taj Hotel, where most of the movie is then set. It's a well rounded and highly dramatic tableau.

Most insightful is the guidance the young terrorists receive via satellite phone from their handler back in Pakistan. He cajoles, flatters, reprimands and reassures them — a li…

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Added Apr 22, 2019 12:09AM PST • Updated Apr 22, 2019 12:09AM PST
4th Amazing Grace
2018 Really Great 66 Points

Aretha Franklin was never even that close to being one of my favorite singers. There, I've said it.
Diana Ross, "Nina Simone":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/4326-what-happened,-miss-simone & Mavis Staples all found more favor with me than did the Queen of Soul.

That's now changed. I've seen the light, heard the voice. Amazing Grace does that to a man. It's a glistening time machine brimming with musical brilliance the likes of which comes along once a century.

Sydney Pollack filmed it in 1972 but failed to use a "a clapperboard to synchronize the picture and sound at the …

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Added Apr 28, 2019 07:32PM PST • Updated Apr 28, 2019 07:32PM PST
5th Avengers: Endgame
2019 Really Great 66 Points

In Theaters Now

Endgame doesn't disappoint, surmounting both high expectations and a lengthy runtime. Marvelous!

Avengers assemble, with each of a dozen getting ten minutes on average to reintroduce themselves. After those two hours they spread out over time – literally over time – taking the movie to its three hour runtime. Yet Endgame never drags, never loses pace, always connects, without even always having to go BOOM.

  • Starts human-scale and often returns to human-scale, one of Marvel's best powers
  • Moves back and forth through time, an old cinematic trick done with deft anticipation and p…
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Added May 12, 2019 07:57PM PST • Updated May 12, 2019 07:57PM PST
6th Rocketman
2019 Great 83 Points

In Theaters Now

"The bitch is back" in this rockstar revenge pic. Rockumentary in spirit and phantasmagoric in production, Rocketman is a largely satisfying dip in the deep well of Elton John's bottomless self-regard.

Studded with bits of fantasy, Rocketman is more "Across the Universe":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/3741-across-the-universe than "Bohemian Rhapsody":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/4824-bohemian-rhapsody, more rock opera than naturalistic biopic. Elton John's life is nothing if not operatic: overwrought and opulent, the former with unrequited love, drugs and indul…

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Added Jun 15, 2019 06:28AM PST • Updated Jun 15, 2019 06:28AM PST
7th Toy Story 4
2019 Perfect 66 Points

In Theaters Now

Ah Toy Story, we're not worthy. You've been with us for over a generation and have somehow gotten better with age, something that didn't seem possible when Woody & Buzz first dazzled us a quarter-century ago.

Each sequel – "TS2":https://www.viewguide.com/movies/365405-toy-story-2, "TS3":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/2729-toy-story-3 and now TS4 – adds new characters and deepens those we already know and love. In TS4, Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear and Tom Hanks' Sheriff Woody reach new levels of depth, the former hilariously, the latter poignantly, both transcendently. Such sweet s…

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Added Jun 28, 2019 06:37PM PST • Updated Jun 28, 2019 06:37PM PST
8th Yesterday
2019 Great 66 Points

In Theaters Now

Yesterday is the best high-concept movie in recent memory. What if the entire world never knew of the Beatles? No Hey Jude, no Sgt. Peppers, no Revolution, no Fab Four. John, Paul, George & Ringo, just lads.

Except one guy never forgot, a failed singer-songwriter who only needed one great song to succeed, let alone the greatest songbook in music history. He knew them like we know them. It's a primo high-concept.

Two great actresses – Lily James & Kate McKinnon – rule Yesterday. Actually the Beatles songbook rules Yesterday, but it wouldn't be half as charming or incisive w…

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Added Jul 13, 2019 05:53AM PST • Updated Jul 13, 2019 05:53AM PST
9th Spider-Man: Far ...
2019 Perfect 66 Points

In Theaters Now

The fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in sticky good hands as Spider-Man improves to perfection in Tom Holland's sophomore outing. Indeed, Far from Home gives us everything we want in a blockbuster.

It starts by playing out the changing-of-the-guard that began in the still-in-theaters "Avengers Endgame":https://www.viewguide.com/movie_reviews/4866-avengers-endgame, from Robert Downey Jr's "Iron Man":https://www.viewguide.com/vulists/792-iron-man-series to the friendly neighborhood superhero who's still in high school.

Spider-Man: Far from Home also has lots of laughs, char…

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Added Jul 20, 2019 04:20AM PST • Updated Jul 20, 2019 04:20AM PST


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