The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (Dec. 15-21, 2017)

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) The Florida Project
2) Lady Bird
3) Coco
*4) Faces Places
5) Roman J. Israel, Esq.
*6) Call Me by Your Name
*7) Loving Vincent

MIXED-POSITIVE

*8) Jane
9) The Disaster Artist
*10) Thelma
*11) The Shape of Water
12) Star Wars – The Last Jedi
*13) The Breadwinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*14) The Square
*15) The Killing of a Sacred Deer
*16) Thank You for Your Service
*17) The Other Side of Hope
*18) God’s Own Country
19) The Man Who Invented Christmas
20) Justice League

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

*21) Novitiate
22) Blade Runner 2049
23) Wonder Wheel
24) Darkest Hour
25) It
26) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
*27) Victoria & Abdul

HAVEN’T SEEN

*Aida’s Secrets
A Bad Moms Christmas
Daddy’s Home 2
Ferdinand
Geostorm
Just Getting Started
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Murder on the Orient Express
*My Friend Dahmer
*Rebels on Pointe
The Star
Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder

These rankings are updated every week and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, as they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

DANIEL BARNES’ 2017 SFFCC AWARDS BALLOT

BEST ACTRESS

  1. Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion
  2. Kristen Stewart, Personal Shopper
  3. Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
  4. Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread
  5. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

BEST ACTOR

  1. Robert Pattinson, Good Time
  2. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  3. Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  4. Timotheé Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
  5. Keanu Reeves, John Wick: Chapter 2

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  1. Bria Vinaite, The Florida Project
  2. Michelle Pfeiffer, mother!
  3. Aubrey Plaza, The Little Hours
  4. Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  5. Riley Keough, Logan Lucky

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  1. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  2. Adam Sandler, The Meyerowitz Stories
  3. LilRel Howery, Get Out
  4. Benny Safdie, Good Time
  5. Ed Harris, mother!

BEST SCREENPLAY, Original

  1. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  2. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)
  3. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  4. Good Time (Josh and Benny Safdie)
  5. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)

BEST SCREENPLAY, Adapted

  1. Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai)
  2. Mudbound (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees)
  3. The Lost City of Z (James Gray)
  4. Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)
  5. Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  1. The Florida Project
  2. Phantom Thread
  3. mother!
  4. Dunkirk
  5. A Ghost Story

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  1. Phantom Thread
  2. Jane
  3. A Ghost Story
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Wonderstruck

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  1. Phantom Thread
  2. mother!
  3. Dunkirk
  4. A Quiet Passion
  5. A Ghost Story

BEST EDITING

  1. The Florida Project
  2. Good Time
  3. mother!
  4. Brawl in Cell Block 99
  5. Phantom Thread

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  1. Your Name.
  2. Coco
  3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  4. Loving Vincent
  5. My Life as a Zucchini

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE

  1. Antiporno
  2. Foxtrot
  3. Graduation
  4. Raw
  5. On the Beach at Night Alone

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  1. LA 92
  2. The Work
  3. Dina
  4. Dawson City: Frozen Time
  5. Kedi

BEST DIRECTOR

  1. Sean Baker, The Florida Project
  2. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
  3. Josh and Benny Safdie, Good Time
  4. Darren Aronofsky, mother!
  5. Jordan Peele, Get Out

BEST PICTURE

  1. The Florida Project
  2. Phantom Thread
  3. Good Time
  4. Get Out
  5. Personal Shopper

 

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (Dec. 8-14, 2017)

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) The Florida Project
2) Lady Bird
3) Coco
4) Dunkirk
*5) Faces Places
6) Roman J. Israel, Esq.
7) Last Flag Flying
*8) Loving Vincent

MIXED-POSITIVE

*9) Jane
10) The Disaster Artist
*11) Thelma
*12) The Shape of Water
*13) The Breadwinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*14) The Square
*15) The Killing of a Sacred Deer
*16) Marshall
*17) The Other Side of Hope
*18) God’s Own Country
19) The Man Who Invented Christmas
20) Justice League

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

*21) Novitiate
22) Blade Runner 2049
*23) Wonder Wheel
*24) The Foreigner
*25) Darkest Hour
26) It
27) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
*28) Victoria & Abdul

HAVEN’T SEEN

A Bad Moms Christmas
Daddy’s Home 2
Geostorm
Just Getting Started
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Murder on the Orient Express
*My Friend Dahmer
The Star
Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder

These rankings are updated every week and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, as they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (Dec. 1-7, 2017)

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) The Florida Project
2) Dunkirk
*3) Faces Places
*4) Detroit
5) Roman J. Israel, Esq.
6) Last Flag Flying
7) Loving Vincent

MIXED-POSITIVE

*8) Jane
*9) The Disaster Artist
*10) Thelma
*11) The Breadwinner
*12) Lucky

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*13) The Square
*14) The Killing of a Sacred Deer
*15) Marshall
16) Justice League
17) The Man Who Invented Christmas
*18) God’s Own Country

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

*19) Novitiate
20) Blade Runner 2049
*21) Battle of the Sexes
22) It
23) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
24) Victoria & Abdul

HAVEN’T SEEN

A Bad Moms Christmas
Coco
Daddy’s Home 2
*Dealt
Geostorm
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Lady Bird
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Murder on the Orient Express
*My Friend Dahmer
*On the Beach at Night Alone
The Star
Thor: Ragnarok
*Tom of Finland
*Una
Wonder

These rankings are updated every week and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, as they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

IN THEATERS (SF) – “The Breadwinner”

The Breadwinner (2017; Dir.: Nora Twomey)

GRADE: B-

By Daniel Barnes

*Opens Friday, December 1, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley.

The Secret of Kells co-directory Twomey makes her solo feature debut with this animated story of an Afghanistan family barely surviving under the thumb of the Taliban.  When an ex-educator turned street merchant gets imprisoned without charges, his wife and family, including an adult daughter, an infant and a brave adolescent girl named Parvana, have no way to make money or purchase food.  Under violently enforced edicts, adult women are forbidden from holding jobs and showing their faces in public, while shop owners are not allowed to sell to females, so Parvana is forced to masquerade as a boy to buy goods and find work.  Out in the world on her own, Parvana meets another girl posing as a boy to feed her all-female family, and the two team up while Parvana tries to free her father.  A downbeat drama with elements of inspirational fantasy, The Breadwinner lays out the monstrous injustices of life in a fundamentalist regime (girls have more freedom than adult women, but boys have infinitely more freedom than girls), but there’s no compelling reason why this story was animated instead of filmed.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (Nov. 22-30, 2017)

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) The Florida Project
*2) LA 92
*3) Faces Places
*4) Whose Streets?
5) Last Flag Flying
6) Loving Vincent
*7) Stronger

MIXED-POSITIVE

*8) Jane
*9) The Divine Order
*10) Chavela
*11) Lucky

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*12) Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
*13) The Square
*14) The Killing of a Sacred Deer
*15) Marshall
16) Justice League
17) The Man Who Invented Christmas
*18) God’s Own Country

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

*19) Novitiate
20) Blade Runner 2049
*21) Battle of the Sexes
*22) Wonderstruck
*23) Tragedy Girls
24) It
25) Victoria & Abdul

HAVEN’T SEEN

A Bad Moms Christmas
*Bill Nye: Science Guy
*Blade of the Immortal
Coco
Daddy’s Home 2
Geostorm
*Jigsaw
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Lady Bird
LBJ
The Lego Ninjago Movie
*Mudbound
Murder on the Orient Express
My Friend Dahmer
Roman Israel, Esq.
The Star
Thor: Ragnarok
Three Billboards…
Wonder

These rankings are updated every week and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, as they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.