Ninotchka – Disappointing. This was my fourth Lubitsch, and I liked the other three (Trouble In Paradise, To Be Or Not To Be, The Shop Around The Corner) more. Greta Garbo is fun at the beginning of the movie, but once the love story kicks in she doesn’t have much interesting to do. Overall this had some decent jokes but spent too much time just contrasting USSR and the West without making it funny enough.
Heat – Very good – the heist/action sequences are all really well done, and most of the acting is good (barring the occasional bit of Al Pacino shouting for no reason). Managed to not seem too long, which is impressive for a nearly three-hour movie.
The Player – This was fun for the cameos (Malcolm McDowell’s was probably the best), but I’m not sure there’s much substance here, and Tim Robbins was not very convincing to me.
The Florida Project – Quite good. Willem Dafoe’s performance deserved its accolades, and the other actors were also good. Not entirely convinced by the ending, but I’m still glad it went out on a limb.
Whiskey Galore! – Fun enough, but not as good as the other Ealing comedies I’ve seen. I was impressed, though, by how erotic Joan Greenwood makes being Scottish and bored sound.
White Tiger – a very odd Russian movie that owes a clear debt to Tarkovsky. I enjoyed it, even if it’s rather slow.
The Incredibles 2 – I don’t remember the original well enough to do a comparison, but this was very good in its own right, even if some of the comedy is a bit lazy and the identity of the villain is entirely predictable. Props to Holly Hunter for great voice work, without which this would be nowhere near as good.
Thor: Ragnarok – All I really ask of Marvel movies is that they be fun, and this passed. It’s a pity that Cate Blanchett’s basically in a separate movie from the protagonists for most of it, because she’s one of the better villain castings Marvel’s done.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – This was also decent fun with a good piece of villain casting (Javier Bardem), and wisely downplays Johnny Depp relative to its predecessor. It’s a pity the young male lead’s character is so boring.
Close-Up – I get why people find this interesting, but it’s pretty dull viewing; more interesting to read about than to watch.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Liked this, although maybe not as much as The Lobster since it wasn’t as funny.
Cinema Paradiso – okay, I haven’t finished this – rather, I’ve been watching fifteen minutes or so on Netflix every week or so, because it’s so cloyingly dull. I should really just skip to the montage at the end because that seems the only reason anybody likes this.
The Girl with All The Gifts – decent little zombie movie with a good premise. The ending is also pretty good, except it doesn’t do a good enough job making us feel the payoff. Probably needed an extraordinary lead performance, which is a lot to ask from a lead actor.
The Americans : finale – not a movie, obviously, but I thought it was a fitting end to a great show. Maybe a little forced in the big scene, but I could still buy it.