Back in February a friend tried to get me to go see “Get Out” with him but I demurred, not being a huge fan of horror. Instead we went to see the overrated “The Lego Batman Movie,” which I’ve since come to recognize as an embarrassing miscalculation. “Get Out,” which I finally watched in theaters in March, is the first masterpiece of this year, a triumph of social insight, Hitchcockian suspense and expertly measured comedy. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Meanwhile, I squeezed in thirteen other movies last month. Here they are:
- “Now You See Me 2” I watched the first one and figured I may as well watch the second. Life lessons.
- “Keanu” Had some really good laughs but overall kind of flimsy.
- “Prince of the City” Lumet’s superb, hard-hitting redo of the better known “Serpico
- “John Wick: Chapter 2” As good or better than the original.
- “Logan” Starts off really strong but can’t deliver on its promises.
- “Gotcha!” I was shocked how many of the moments and lines I still remembered from watching it in theaters as a kid. That said, not a good movie.
- “He Walked by Night”
- “Midnight Special”
- “Get Out”
- “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
- “Le Deuxième Souffle”
- “The Edge of Seventeen”
- “Jane Austen’s Mafia!”
- “Everybody Wants Some!!” Genial but disappointing.
If you’re interested, here is my list of what I watched in February and in January, as well as my full list of everything I watched in 2016. You can also follow along with my film diary over at letterboxd.com.+