1. We Bought a Zoo, 2011, PG, 2:04 [1/10]
Animals. Matt Damon with kids. Family film (despite language). I was never going to do anything but love it. (in-depth review)
2. Scream 4, 2011, R, 1:56 [1/16]
Yup. They still got it. (I like the extreme dichotomy between the two films so far...)
3. The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, 2008, PG-13, 1:30 [1/25]
Noah Wyle + Stana Katic = things that will get me to watch movies with vampires. Probably all kinds of stupid to watch this one first, but I've always wanted to see the original, and there was no way I could turn down an A-list pairing like that once I saw it. Cracky fun times.
That may be the most excruciatingly boring movie I have ever voluntarily watched. The last half hour or so was fine for some cheap tears, but otherwise NOTHING HAPPENED. [edit: I bet it would be more entertaining now if you watched it from the perspective of "hello, future marrieds."]
5. National Treasure 2: The Book of Secrets, 2007, PG, 2:04 [2/3]
More cracky fun adventure times. Is there any other kind of adventure?
6. Ramona and Beezus, 2010, G, 1:43 [2/5]
Sheer adorableness stocked with a 100% likable cast, though none so charming as Sandra Oh in no-nonsense elementary school teacher mode.
7. War Horse, 2011, PG-13, 2:26 [2/8]
As perfect as the book. Lifetime favorite.
8. Once Upon a Mattress, 2005, G, 1:30 [2/19]
Here for Dashing Matthew Morrison/Unrecognizable Blonde Zooey Deschanel as the surprisingly adorable Lady Larken. Probably would have been better as a YouTube edit.
9. Glee: The Concert, 2011, PG, 1:23 [2/19]
Why can't we just watch the fantastic concert, maybe with some of those ridiculous/awesome behind the scenes moments, and not talk to any of the stupid fans? God, they're embarrassing. What were the American Idol-style narratives even doing in there?
10. Rabbit Hole, 2010, PG-13, 1:31 [2/25]
Slow but moving. I never turn down the chance to spend time with an A-list pairing, especially if Sandra Oh is also hanging out as a co-star AND there is a dog.
11. Passengers, 2008, PG-13, 1:33 [4/19]
Eventually, I am going to stop falling for things that call themselves "psychological thrillers" and start recognizing them for what they are: "long slogs of boredom with maybe 10 exciting minutes when the twist is revealed at the end." It doesn't help that I can't stand Patrick Wilson's boring face.
So slow, so dull. Much as I love Reese, there just...did not seem to be any chemistry with anyone, or a reason for her to be involved even semi-seriously with either guy, and then suddenly it was over.
13. Morning Glory, 2010, PG-13, 1:47 [4/29]
Cute and funny enough, but Patrick Wilson really needs to stop being in things I am interested in. Killed the whole romance subplot and brought the story down.
14. The King's Speech, 2010, R, 1:52 [6/19]
Do I still think that deserved to win Best Picture? Absolutely. Did I totally love it? No, and I am not quite sure why, other than perhaps the fierce loathing I developed for the director's closeups in the opening minutes or maybe just my poor decision to watch it on the hottest day of the year when everything felt stifling. I did adore Colin Firth/Helena Bonham Carter and the little girls and Corgis. Would endure again.
15. Hereafter, 2010, PG-13, 2:02 [6/23]
Matt Damon, I love your face no matter what, but the intense and scary tidal wave at the beginning was the best part. Beyond that I'm feeling pretty blank about it. I blame the trailer for failing to set it up right.
16. Hachi, 2008, G, 1:33 [6/28]
Sixty minutes of utter preciousness in dog form being constantly loved up by Richard Gere, then thirty minutes of exhausting sobbing. It is wonderful.
17. A Little Help, 2010, R, 1:49 [6/30]
Mostly I just kept thinking how insanely pretty Jenna Fischer was. There might have been an nice film buried beneath all the reasons it was rated R, but instead I had to constantly skip past scenes that were unpleasant or embarrassing.
18. Gulliver's Travels, 2010, PG, 1:24 [7/11]
You know how sometimes you watch a movie because Catherine Tate is in it, only she barely is? I mean, there are worse ways to spend an afternoon, but this should be way low down on your list of ideas. Jack Black is unbearable.
19. Red Riding Hood, 2011, PG-13, 1:40 [7/18]
Damn, y'all, even with my hatred of Amanda Seyfried's bug eyes, that was awesome. Watched it twice. Rooted for Henry to be the champion of her heart like a boss.
20. I Don't Know How She Does It, 2011, PG-13, 1:29 [9/9]
Sweet movie about family with a fantastic cast, some worthy giggles, and nothing gross.
21. You Again, 2010, PG, 1:45 [9/11]
Potentially more fantastic cast + lots of laughs. And an adorable shaggy dog.
22. Country Strong, 2011, PG-13,1:57 [9/13]
Lots of heart, music that enhanced the picture, Leighton Meester as a precious Country Barbie.
*23. Raising Helen, 2004, PG-13, 1:58 [9/13]
Helen remains adorable, as do the kids.
24. I Am Number Four, 2011, PG-13, 1:49 [9/16]
Wow, there was way more sweet high school romance here than any sci-fi film could reasonably be expected to have.
*25. Did You Hear About the Morgans?, 2009, PG-13, 1:43 [10/6]
This movie has apparently become my joyous new happy place.
26. Midnight in Paris, 2011, PG-13, 1:34 [10/31]
Slow start, but a tad more fun during the title activity. Owen Wilson made this better than it should have been.
27. Something Borrowed, 2011, PG-13, 1:52 [11/30]
Yes, it is as bad as you've heard, but at least all the actors are great. Except the male romantic lead.
28. Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011, R, 1:38 [12/30]
Tells exactly the story I expected from the summary. Yet somehow, does it with no interesting twists or emotional investment.