This is a retrospective of the movies I saw in theaters this year. I’ve arranged the movies in the order in which I would recommend them. You might notice that the listing doesn’t match up exactly with the ratings I gave them originally, but that’s the point in a retrospective.
Yes, I’m going to do it. I’m going to put the last movie I saw at the top of the list. But this movie changes so much about movies in general, that I can’t help but put it at the top.
- Star Trek
JJ did the impossible and made a great Star Trek movie that manages to both reboot and continues the series in a worthy manner.
- District 9
Surprisingly good, partly because the ad campaign gave nothing away and partly because it was heartwarming and action filled.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I think this movie can finally stand alone as a good movie, not just a good Harry Potter movie.
It’s Pixar. It’s funny, heartwarming, doesn’t talk down to you or your kids, and looks amazing.
- Drag Me To Hell
A good balance of funny and scary, with a satisfying ending.
While Zombieland wasn’t exactly what I wanted, it was still tons of fun.
The world is literally falling apart and they want us to care about individual people?
- The Twilight Saga: New Moon
My least favorite book of the series turns into a dull movie.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
A movie built on the cliché that bigger is better, which it definitely isn’t in this case.
- Terminator Salvation
Skynet reveals their big plan and its a Terminator with free will? All I know is that it could have been worse. A lot worse. It’s still pretty bad.
- The Hangover
Funny, but highly inappropriate. Can’t really recommend it.
- The Men Who Stare At Goats
Advertised as a slap-stick comedy, its more of a dark comedy, and not very comedic at that.
So long, so boring, so weird.
- Hannah Montana: The Movie
Yet another “movie” version of a TV show that manages to not be a game changer, even when that’s supposed to be the moral of the story!
- Year One
Probably the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Unfunny comedy, cringe-worth dialog, every scene dragged on and on. First movie we literally talked out loud about walking out of.