Top Five Films of 2023

Top Five Films of 2023

Without a doubt, this was the year for “Barbenheimer,” the comically-named mashup of "Barbie" and “Oppenheimer," which took the country by storm during the summertime, outperforming perhaps even the loftiest of assumptions by those who thought these two incredibly...

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Top Ten Films of 2022

Top Ten Films of 2022

Theaters are finally open for business in a way far beyond what the last couple of years have seen, though many have been remodeled and revamped for fewer seats (but nicer, such as with leather recliners and more varied food menus), as moviegoers haven’t returned in...

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Top Ten Films of 2021

Top Ten Films of 2021

2021 was the return to some semblance of normalcy for watching films in theaters. Many of the biggest blockbusters that were held over from 2020 finally saw theatrical releases this year, though they were plagued by controversial decisions by major studios...

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Top Ten Films of 2019

Top Ten Films of 2019

There were a lot of films to like this year - but not a lot to love. My annual Top Ten list would be more accurate as a Top Two; beyond the first couple of spots, a huge gap in quality separates the remainder on the list. Perhaps it would be more sensible to call...

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Top Ten Films of 2018

Top Ten Films of 2018

For the last few years, the most popular films, festival favorites, and even box office blockbusters - everything that tends to soak up the majority of nationwide critics’ end-of-year attentions - have failed to impress us. Once again, this year’s Top Ten was...

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Top 10 Action Movies You’ve Never Seen

Top 10 Action Movies You’ve Never Seen

“Almost every job I do ends the exact same way. Some whimper. Some cry. Some even laugh. But in the end, they all do the same horizontal mambo, twitching and thrusting their way into the great beyond.” - Remy, “Repo Men” (2010)     The action genre used to...

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Top 10 “Star Trek: Voyager” Episodes

Top 10 “Star Trek: Voyager” Episodes

Fun will now commence. - Seven of Nine, "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995-2001)     From interstellar organ thieves to spatial scissions to a celestial Moby Dick, “Star Trek: Voyager” was no stranger to innovation and clever twists on genre staples. Expected...

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Top Ten Films of 2017

Top Ten Films of 2017

Once again, this year provided plenty of sequels, blockbusters, and special effects extravaganzas. It also provided a few oddities, some moving character studies, and a comedy or two that featured performances far superior to the subjects they were exploring. But many...

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Top 10 Movie Twins

Top 10 Movie Twins

“Come play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever.” - The Grady Sisters, “The Shining” (1980)     Throughout the years, twins have always made notable appearances in film. They can evoke a laugh, create a mystery, run a chill down your spine, or even...

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Top Ten Films of 2016

Top Ten Films of 2016

As with the last few years, there haven’t been ten films truly worthy of recognition on this annual selection of greatest pictures. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few spectacular ones, however. But our gripe during years that aren’t 1939 is that it’s a struggle to...

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Top 10 Alien Invasions in Film

Top 10 Alien Invasions in Film

"I'm afraid there is no alternative. In such a case, the planet Earth would have to be ... eliminated." - Klaatu, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951)     As most of the cast from the original “Independence Day” struggles once again with alien annihilation...

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