It took 16 days longer to reach 25 movies in 2017 than in 2016. I’m blaming the flu. Per previous milestones, it’s now time to reveal the grades (from 0 to 5 stars) for the first batch of movies watched in 2017. Last year, there were 3 movies — Zootopia, The Witch and Deadpool — with 4 stars or more but only 1 — Logan — in 2017. Only 7 films received a Thumbs Up last year, though. This year 10 movies graded out to a Thumbs Up and none (not even Rings) received 0 stars. Here are the first batch of grades of 2017:
The “Thumbs Up” Group
Logan (4 / 5) REVIEW
More than a superhero popcorn flick, Logan was a moving tribute to a beloved character served Western-style and with enough emotional heft to require tissues for some.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (3.5 / 5) REVIEW
Kedi (3.5 / 5) REVIEW
Beauty and the Beast (3.5 / 5) REVIEW
A sequel that was arguably better than the original, a compelling documentary about cats and a live action update of an animated Disney classic all had one thing in common: They delivered!
Split (3 / 5) REVIEW
The Lego Batman Movie (3 / 5) REVIEW
I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. (3 / 5) REVIEW
Get Out (3 / 5) REVIEW
Kong: Skull Island (3 / 5) REVIEW
CHiPs (3 / 5) REVIEW
2 horror films and 2 comedies are joined by a big budget creature feature and a small-time Netflix exclusive with the previous 2 mentioned being so different, it squashed a planned Noah’s Ark joke.
The “Thumbs Eh” Group
Before I Fall (2.5 / 5) REVIEW
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2.5 / 5) REVIEW
The Sense of an Ending (2.5 / 5) REVIEW
Before I Fall and the xXx sequel were better than expected while The Sense of an Ending was disappointingly mediocre. They all fall in that dreaded middle group of films good enough to not get a Thumbs Down but not quite strong enough to recommend.
The “Thumbs Down” Group
A Cure for Wellness (2 / 5) REVIEW
The Space Between Us (2 / 5) REVIEW
The Belko Experiment (2 / 5) REVIEW
A Dog’s Purpose (2 / 5) REVIEW
3 of these 4 movies, I actually expected to like with A Dog’s Purpose being the one I expected to not through a bone to. All 4 ended up on the wrong side of the grading scale.
Fifty Shades Darker (1 / 5) REVIEW
The Great Wall (1 / 5) REVIEW
Until I sat down and wrote this, I forgot Fifty Shades Darker was on the “watched” list. The Great Wall is not as forgettable but it’s spectacularly awful nonetheless.
Sleepless (0.5 / 5) REVIEW
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (0.5 / 5) REVIEW
Collide (0.5 / 5) REVIEW
Rings (0.5 / 5) REVIEW
Somehow this foursome of failed flicks gives just enough to garner a 1/2 star.