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

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

1) Dunkirk
*2) The Little Hours
3) Logan Lucky
*4) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
5) Wind River
6) Spider-Man: Homecoming

MIXED-POSITIVE

7) War for the Planet of the Apes
8) Cars 3
*9) Patti Cake$
10) Atomic Blonde

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*11) Columbus
12) The Big Sick
13) Wonder Woman
*14) The Girl Without Hands
*15) Menashe

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

16) Transformers: The Last Knight
17) Gook
18) It
19) An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
20) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

HAVEN’T SEEN

American Assassin
Annabelle: Creation
Baby Driver
*Beach Rats
Birth of the Dragon
Brigsby Bear
California Typewriter
The Dark Tower
Despicable Me 3
*Dolores
The Emoji Movie
*The Force
Girls Trip
The Glass Castle
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Home Again
Ingrid Goes West
Leap!
Mother!
*Rebel in the Rye
*The Trip to Spain
Tulip Fever
Valerian and the City…

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, because they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

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

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Good Time
2) Dunkirk
*3) The Little Hours
4) Logan Lucky
*5) Detroit
*6) Step
*7) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
8) Wind River
9) Spider-Man: Homecoming

MIXED-POSITIVE

10) War for the Planet of the Apes
11) Cars 3
12) Patti Cake$
13) Atomic Blonde

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*14) Columbus
15) The Big Sick
16) Wonder Woman
*17) Menashe

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

18) Transformers: The Last Knight
19) Gook
20) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
21) It
*22) An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
23) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
24) I Do… Until I Don’t

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Saints
Annabelle: Creation
Baby Driver
*Beach Rats
Birth of the Dragon
The Dark Tower
Despicable Me 3
*Dolores
The Emoji Movie
*The Fencer
Girls Trip
The Glass Castle
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Home Again
The House
Ingrid Goes West
Leap!
*The Midwife
9/11
The Nut Job 2
*The Trip to Spain
Tulip Fever
Valerian and the City…

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, because they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Top 5 Films of 2017 So Far

By Daniel Barnes

1) Your Name.

In a year filled with films that successfully cohabited honest humanity with the supernatural, this animated teenage symphony to God from Japanese director Makoto Shinkai rises above them all.  Restless yet wise, the film plays like a Studio Ghibli version of an emotionally loaded, metaphysical mind-scrambler like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Donnie Darko.

2) Good Time

Robert Pattinson has made some bold choices in recent years, preferring to work with outsider directors instead of cashing in on his fame, but he continued to exude a low-energy indifference until his startlingly brilliant turn in Josh and Benny Safdie’s outrageous urban nightmare.

3) Personal Shopper

Sign that we’re living in the last days, No. 7,830,268: the two best lead performances of the year so far were delivered by the stars of the Twilight franchise (cue: locusts).  Kristen Stewart re-teams with Clouds of Sils Maria writer-director Olivier Assayas for this entrancing and unsettling story of a medium trying to connect with her recently deceased twin brother.

4) A Ghost Story

The most literal ghost movie of 2017, but also the most unexpectedly challenging, as director David Lowery conjures supernatural cliches (including spirits in white sheets with holes for eyes) only to rewire them into this Linklater-meets-Kubrick story of the timelessness of grief.

5) Get Out

As the darkest recesses of white privilege and hate continue to strut their stuff on the national stage, Jordan Peele’s smart, funny and stylish Black Lives Matter horror movie only grows more pungently cathartic.

Check out my 2017 Fall Movie Preview HERE.

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

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

1) Good Time
2) Dunkirk
3) Logan Lucky
*4) The Little Hours
*5) Detroit
*6) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
7) Wind River
8) Spider-Man: Homecoming
*9) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

10) War for the Planet of the Apes
11) Cars 3
12) Patti Cake$
13) Atomic Blonde

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*14) Columbus
15) The Big Sick
16) Wonder Woman
17) Menashe

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

18) Transformers: The Last Knight
*19) Gook
*20) The Wedding Plan
21) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
*22) An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
23) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
24) I Do… Until I Don’t

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Saints
Annabelle: Creation
Baby Driver
Birth of the Dragon
*Crown Heights
The Dark Tower
Despicable Me 3
The Emoji Movie
*The Fencer
47 Meters Down
Girls Trip
The Glass Castle
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Ingrid Goes West
Kidnap
Leap!
*Marjorie Prime
*The Midwife
The Nut Job 2
The Only Living Boy in NY
*Rumble: The Indians Who…
*The Trip to Spain
Tulip Fever
Valerian and the City…

These rankings are updated every Thursday, 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, because they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (Aug. 25-31, 2017)

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

1) Good Time
2) Dunkirk
3) Logan Lucky
*4) The Little Hours
5) Step
6) Detroit
*7) Whose Streets?
*8) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
9) Wind River
*10) Endless Poetry
11) Spider-Man: Homecoming
*12) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

13) War for the Planet of the Apes
*14) Lady Macbeth
*15) Landline
*16) Cars 3
*17) Patti Cake$
18) Atomic Blonde
*19) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*20) Columbus
21) The Big Sick
22) Wonder Woman
23) Menashe

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

24) Transformers: The Last Knight
*25) Gook
26) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
27) An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
28) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Saints
Annabelle: Creation
Baby Driver
Birth of the Dragon
The Dark Tower
Despicable Me 3
The Emoji Movie
*The Fencer
47 Meters Down
Girls Trip
The Glass Castle
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Ingrid Goes West
Kidnap
Leap!
*Marjorie Prime
*The Midwife
The Nut Job 2
The Only Living Boy in NY
*The Trip to Spain
*Unleashed
Valerian and the City…

These rankings are updated every Thursday, 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, because they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (August 18-24, 2017)

Click the links to read my reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Good Time
*2) A Ghost Story
3) Dunkirk
4) Logan Lucky
*5) The Little Hours
6) Step
7) Detroit
*8) Whose Streets?
*9) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
*10) Wind River
*11) Endless Poetry
12) Spider-Man: Homecoming

MIXED-POSITIVE

13) War for the Planet of the Apes
14) In This Corner of the World
*15) Lady Macbeth
*16) Cars 3
17) Atomic Blonde
*18) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*19) Columbus
20) The Big Sick
21) Wonder Woman
22) Menashe

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

23) Transformers: The Last Knight
24) An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
25) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

HAVEN’T SEEN

Annabelle: Creation
Baby Driver
*Brigsby Bear
The Dark Tower
Despicable Me 3
The Emoji Movie
*Escapes
47 Meters Down
Girls Trip
The Glass Castle
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
*Ingrid Goes West
Kidnap
*Marjorie Prime
*Nocturama
The Nut Job 2
*The Only Living Boy in NY
*The Trip to Spain
Valerian and the City…

These rankings are updated every Thursday, 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, because they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.