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The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Power Rankings (July 21-27, 2017)

Click the links to read Daniel’s reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Your Name.
*2) A Ghost Story
*3) Get Out
*4) Kedi
*5) Dawson City: Frozen Time
6) Dunkirk
*7) The Little Hours
8) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
*9) Endless Poetry
10) Spider-Man: Homecoming
11) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

12) War for the Planet of the Apes
*13) Lady Macbeth
14) The Beguiled
15) Cars 3
*16) Alien: Covenant
*17) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

18) The Big Sick
19) Wonder Woman
20) The Hero
*21) Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

22) Transformers: The Last Knight
23) The Mummy
*24) Letters from Baghdad
25) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
26) Everything, Everything
27) Baywatch

HAVEN’T SEEN

Baby Driver
*The Bad Batch
The Boss Baby
*The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s…
*City of Ghosts
Despicable Me 3
Girls Trip
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
The House
*It Comes at Night
*Lost in Paris
*Marie Curie
*Moka
*Moscow Never Sleeps
*Our Time Will Come
*Pop Aye
Valerian and the City…
Wish Upon

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 (July 7-13, 2017)

Click the links to read Daniel’s reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Your Name
*2) Get Out
*3) Kedi
*4) The Little Hours
*5) Harmonium
*6) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
7) Spider-Man: Homecoming
*8) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

9) The Beguiled
10) Cars 3
*11) I, Daniel Blake

12) Alien: Covenant
*13) The Women’s Balcony
14) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

15) The Big Sick
*16) The Ornithologist
17) Wonder Woman
18) The Hero

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

19) Transformers: The Last Knight
*20) Paris Can Wait
21) The Mummy
*22) The Wedding Plan
*23) Letters from Baghdad
24) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
25) Everything, Everything
26) The Book of Henry
27) Baywatch

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Eyez on Me
Baby Driver
*The Bad Batch
The Boss Baby
*Churchill
Despicable Me 3
47 Meters Down
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
The House
*It Comes at Night
*Manifesto
Megan Leavey
*Moka
*Our Time Will Come
Rough Night
*13 Minutes

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.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (June 16-22, 2017)

* = SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Your Name
*2) Get Out
*3) Kedi
*4) A Quiet Passion
5) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

MIXED-POSITIVE

*6) The Lovers
*7) Norman
*8) Alien: Covenant
*9) The Women’s Balcony
10) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*11) Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
12) Wonder Woman
*13) The Hero

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

*14) Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
15) Paris Can Wait
16) The Mummy
17) The Wedding Plan
18) Everything, Everything
19) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
20) Beauty and the Beast
21) The Book of Henry
22) Baywatch

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Eyez on Me
*Band Aid
The Boss Baby
Cars 3
*Churchill
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
The Fate of the Furious
47 Meters Down
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
It Comes at Night
*Letters from Baghdad
*Like Crazy
Megan Leavey
My Cousin Rachel
*Past Life
Rough Night
*Slack Bay
Smurfs: The Lost Village
3 Idiotas
*Wakefield

Pilgrimages – Tower of Youth Festival 2016

rsz_20th-logo-design_copyDr. William J. Bronston brings his Tower of Youth Festival, an all-day celebration of the best youth-made films in America and Canada, back to the Crest Theater tomorrow.  This is the 20th iteration of the Tower of Youth, and although Dr. Bronston remains as passionate as ever about the power of media to empower and transform, he claims that this year’s festival is also his last.  Dr. Bronston has assembled several past festival participants to join the festivities tomorrow, which should make for a proper sendoff.

Of course, the focus will remain on the films and young filmmakers, and Dr. Bronston has assembled another strong slate of shorts, with an especially eye-opening collection of documentaries.  Although the filmmaking is often prosaic and rarely slick, it’s powerful to watch these teenage directors document their worlds, crafting intimate cinematic dialogues about art (“Art for a Lifetime”) and family (“The Story of 3 Rings: A Memoir of Dana Schwartz”). There’s also a welcome emphasis on films that deal with issues surrounding race (“Fighting with Music”), gender (“Sticks and Stones”) trans youths (“Walking in their World”) and war (“Growing the Rose – Landmines in Cambodia”).  These films give a voice to the voiceless, and a power to the powerless.

*The 20th Annual North American All Youth Film and Education Day takes place Friday, October 7, from 9am to 5pm at the Crest Theater in Downtown Sacramento.  For more information, check out the Tower of Youth website and Facebook page.

The Year in Barnesyard – 2016 Mid-Year Review

rsz_the-witch-movie-reviewTOP 10 FILMS OF 2016 SO FAR

1) Three

MY TAKE: “A genre-hopping blast, the anonymously named Three works as part solemn morality play and part gonzo white-knuckle thriller, part huge-hearted ensemble dramedy and part pitiless three-hander, with an almost unbearable escalation of tension that explodes into one of the most insane action sequences you’ll ever see.”

2) The Witch

MY TAKE: “Undeniably disturbing and strangely elegant, The Witch creates its horror with such care that the film may be over before you realize it’s a tour-de-force genre classic.”

3) 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

MY TAKE: “I always suspected that the Transformers movies might be kind of great if you just removed Shia LeBeouf and all of the sass-backing robots. Suspicions confirmed.”

4) Love & Friendship

rsz_11maxresdefaultMY TAKE: “There is an almost perfect overlap between the sensibilities of Stillman and Austen, to the point that all of Stillman’s previous New York-based films now feel like reverse-engineered Austen adaptations.”

5) April and the Extraordinary World

MY TAKE: “Pure enjoyment, but then I’ve always been in the bag for humanist sci-fi, lizards wearing robot armor, unusual and meticulous production design, and adventure stories where one of the heroes is a brainy woman and the other is a talking cat.”

6) High-Rise

MY TAKE: “High-Rise slices forward fearlessly, relentless in its narrative thrust and yet overflowing with show-stopping setpieces.  The effect is dazzling, although I should be noted that I’m a sucker for this sort of heavily stylized decadence and decay.”

7) Rams

MY TAKE: “Hákonarson’s last film was a documentary about an Icelandic country priest, and he brings the observational eye of a documentarian to Rams while exuding the quiet confidence of a natural storyteller.”

rsz_love-friendship-600x3738) My Golden Days

MY TAKE: “The details of the story aren’t particularly compelling, but Desplechin’s telling casts a spell that’s curiously thrilling, as the film seems to be constantly reinventing itself as it goes, mutating and evolving like an unpleasant memory.”

9) The Lobster

10) The Measure of a Man

MY TAKE: “Impotent resistance versus soul-sucking compliance in the bloody coliseum of capitalism; human dignity loses either way. ”

10 MORE GOOD ONES

Aferim!

Dheepan

Embrace of the Serpentrsz_johnnie-to-three-2016-zhao-wei-louis-koo

Fireworks Wednesday

The Jungle Book

Mountains May Depart

Neon Bull

Swiss Army Man

10 Cloverfield Lane

Tickled

TOP 10 2016 RELEASES THAT I STILL NEED TO SEE

rsz_960Cemetery of Splendor (GRADE: B+)

De Palma (GRADE: B)

Everybody Wants Some!! (GRADE: B)

Finding Dory (GRADE: B)

Knight of Cups (GRADE: B-)

Krisha (GRADE: A-)

O.J.: Made in America (GRADE: A-)

Only Yesterday (GRADE: A)

Right Now, Wrong Then (GRADE: B+)

Weiner (GRADE: B+)

rsz_hiddleston-xlarge_trans--3hvejul2wvjxejb3jwusshndml-fnbpvlkwcwvkdhwuAWARD-WORTHY PERFORMANCES

Teodor Corban, Aferim!

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton, A Bigger Splash

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Brothers Grimsby

Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Dheepan

Lea Seydoux, Diary of a Chambermaid

Antonio Bolívar, Embrace of the Serpent

Hedye Tehrani and Hami Farokhnezhad, Fireworks Wednesday

Geoffrey Rush, Gods of Egypt

Channing Tatum and Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!

Sally Field, Hello, My Name is Doris

rsz_rams-cannes-film-festival-2Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans, High-Rise

Tom Hanks, A Hologram for the King

Noah Emmerich, Jane Got a Gun

Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence, Lamb

Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Angeliki Papoulia and John C. Reilly, The Lobster

Kate Beckinsale and Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship

Greta Gerwig, Maggie’s Plan

Kalki Koechlin, Margarita, with a Straw

Catherine Frot, Marguerite

rsz_the-lobsterVincent Lindon, The Measure of a Man

Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons, The Meddler

Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst, Midnight Special

Zhao Tao and Sylvia Chang, Mountains May Depart

Juliano Cazarré, Neon Bull

Keanu Reeves, The Neon Demon

Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Rams

Christopher Plummer, Remember

Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan, Sunset Song

Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, Swiss Army Man

Salma Hayek, Tale of Tales

John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 10 Cloverfield Lanersz_my-golden-years-cannes-film-festival-4

James Badge Dale and John Krasinski, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Wallace Chung, Wei Zhao and Louis Koo, Three

Woody Harrelson, Triple 9

Pilou Asbaek, A War

Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Harvey Scrimshaw, The Witch

RELATED LETTERBOXD LISTS AND LINKS

Top 10 of 2016 Power Rankings

2016 Unranked

2016 Catchup

The Barnesyard’s 2015 Mid-Year Review

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (Feb. 26-Mar. 3)

index* = SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Anomalisa
2) Mad Max: Fury Road
*3) The Hateful Eight
4) The Witch
5) 45 Years
6) Son of Saul
*7) Carol
*8) Embrace of the Serpent
9) Room
*10) The Good Dinosaur
11) Where to Invade Next
12) Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
13) Brooklyn
*14) The Club
*15) Boy and the World

MIXED-POSITIVE

index16) Creed
17) The Revenant
18) Hail, Caesar!
19) Ip Man 3
*20) A War
21) Triple 9
22) Spotlight

MIXED-NEGATIVE

23) The Lady in the Van
*24) Theeb

OFFICIALLY DUMPED) <

*25) The Martian
26) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
27) Gods of Egypt
28) The Danish Girl
29) The Big Short
*30) Joy
*31) Youth

indexHAVEN’T SEEN

Alvin and the Chipmunks 3
The Boy
The Choice
Deadpool
Dirty Grandpa
Eddie the Eagle
The 5th Wave
The Finest Hours
How to Be Single
*Ingrid Bergman/Her Own Words
*In the Shadow of Women
*Jack of the Red Hearts
Kung Fu Panda 3
*The Last Man on the Moon
Mein ren yu
Norm of the North
*Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Race
Ride Along 2
Risen
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers…
*Who’s Driving Doug
Zoolander No. 2

These rankings are updated every Thursday, and they reflect only 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. Underlined films are on my catchup list.