Fraley Film Guide 2019

2019 MOVIE GUIDE

 

4 STARS

TBD

 

3 1/2 STARS

“Yesterday” – Danny Boyle & Richard Curtis whimsically explore a world without The Beatles

“Rocketman” – Taron Egerton shines as flamboyant rock showman in Elton John biopic

“Stan & Ollie” – Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly nail portraits of comedy duo Laurel & Hardy

“Always Be My Maybe” – “Fresh Off the Boat” creator helms Ali Wong & Randall Park rom com

“Avengers: Endgame” – The 22-film saga culminates in a fitting finale and a somber sendoff

 

3 STARS

“The Highwaymen” – Costner & Harrelson track Bonnie & Clyde in companion piece to 1967

“Toy Story 4” – Woody leads a rescue mission to save Bonnie’s kindergarten creation Forky

“Aladdin” – Fresh Prince meets Prince Ali as Will Smith stars in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin”

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” – Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal lead creative sequel

“Us” – Jordan Peele horror flick is freaky, but a few notches below his masterpiece “Get Out”

“Captain Marvel” – Brie Larson stars as Marvel’s first female lead in the run-up to “Endgame”

“Bird Box” – Sandra Bullock blindfolds herself in Netflix streaming hit similar to “A Quiet Place”

 

2 1/2 STARS

“Isn’t it Romantic” – Rebel Wilson wakes up trapped in a PG-13 rom com in clever spoof

“John Wick 3” – Opens with craziest action scenes ever but the violence becomes overkill

“Glass” – M. Night Shyamalan delivers solid sequel that’s more “Split” than “Unbreakable”

“Stuber” – Kumail Nanjiani & Dave Bautista mine buddy comedy in predictable action script

“Triple Frontier” – J.C. Chandor’s action-adventurge becomes “Sierra Madre” greed warning

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” – Sophie Turner can’t save this dark conclusion to 19-year franchise

 

2 STARS

“Men in Black: International” – Fourth installment misses Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones

“Wine Country” – Amy Poehler rounds up her “SNL” cohorts for a girls trip to Napa Valley

“Mary Magdalene” – Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix star in revisionist take on Biblical icon

“Dumbo” – Tim Burton’s live-action remake is far too sad for its intended child audience

“Lego Movie 2” – The Lego gimmick is starting to wear thin in this jumbled fourth installment

 

1 STAR

“Serenity” – Matthew McCanughey and Anne Hathaway noir ruined by ridiculous plot twist

 

Reviews from Past Years:

2018 MOVIE GUIDE

2017 MOVIE GUIDE

2016 MOVIE GUIDE

2015 MOVIE GUIDE

2014 MOVIE GUIDE

2013 MOVIE GUIDE

2012 MOVIE GUIDE

2011 MOVIE GUIDE

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