Movies Seen 2017

by thepoet21 | created - 03 Jan 2017 | updated - 01 Jan 2018 | Public

This year I am going to go Epic! See lots of big screen stuff.

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1. Spectre (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 391,243 | Gross: $200.07M

1/2-First movie of the year. Standard Bond but pretty action packed. I still prefer Roger Moore though...

2. Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin's Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve

Votes: 14,526 | Gross: $54.03M

1/8-Kinda heavy on the messages that it was trying to convey, but I liked it, thought it was a good part of the franchise, and hope to see another one.

3. The Peanuts Movie (2015)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

67 Metascore

Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their archnemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

Director: Steve Martino | Stars: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi

Votes: 43,051 | Gross: $130.18M

1/14-Being a Peanuts fan, I thought this was a great updating and the animation was impressive....

4. San Andreas (2015)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

43 Metascore

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter.

Director: Brad Peyton | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes

Votes: 217,984 | Gross: $155.19M

1/14-Rather interesting update to the disaster flicks. Haven't seen those types of movies since the 70s....

5. Ride Along 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

32 Metascore

As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 54,341 | Gross: $91.22M

1/21-Nothing new here, Kevin Hart being Kevin Hart. And making alot of money too!

6. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 210,513 | Gross: $180.01M

2/25-This was really funny! My kids enjoyed it...

7. Trolls (2016)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Votes: 74,253 | Gross: $153.71M

3/4-Playful and fun, I liked it....

8. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 282,676 | Gross: $27.85M

3/4-Good analysis of young man locked in the misery of poverty and despair, with a drug addled mother and the negative role models around him. The story deals with his struggles against bullying, his homosexuality, and how everything around him shapes who he is.

9. The New Edition Story (2017)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Chronicles the ups and downs of legendary music group New Edition from their humble beginnings in Boston to individual solo success and everything in between.

Stars: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Woody McClain

Votes: 2,693

3/8-Always loved this group....

10. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Angela Davis, Eisa Davis

Votes: 593

4/23-Really good bio about Angela Davis....

11. Hustlers Convention (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Two young hustlers attend a convention and become tangled in a financial disagreement.

Director: Mike Todd | Stars: Chuck D, Ice-T, Jalal Nuriddin, Abdul Malik Al Nasir

Votes: 40

4/29-For anybody interested in the history of hip hop/rap.....

12. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 401,521 | Gross: $76.63M

4/30-This movie never gets old!

13. Miles Ahead (2015)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

Director: Don Cheadle | Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 9,503 | Gross: $2.61M

5/6-Anything involving Miles Davis is cool!

14. Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

84 Metascore

A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Yasiin Bey, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu

Votes: 8,895 | Gross: $11.69M

5/7-My first time seeing this. Wasn't sure about this because it seemed like it would suck but it turned out to be great.

15. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 129,339 | Gross: $57.50M

5/17-Seen this like 50 times...

16. Kicks (II) (2016)

R | 80 min | Adventure, Drama

69 Metascore

Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they're stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends to go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.

Director: Justin Tipping | Stars: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Kyndall

Votes: 4,165 | Gross: $0.15M

5/28-Interesting "hood" flick set in Oakland, puts you in an underworld of black gangstas in a coming of age drama...

17. A Huey P. Newton Story (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

78 Metascore

The story of how the radical Huey P. Newton developed the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Roger Guenveur Smith, Rahum Brown, Georgina Ransley, Marlon Brando

Votes: 712

5/30-Powerful play. One guy, and a perfect monologue. Awesome!

18. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Abiodun Oyewole

Votes: 2,183 | Gross: $0.26M

6/3-Hip hop mixed with clips from black power icons. Finally got to watch!

19. Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

60 Metascore

Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 53,000 people at Philadelphia's outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.

Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story | Stars: Kevin Hart, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, Ed Helms

Votes: 9,055 | Gross: $23.59M

6/10-Oh boy I didn't know this dude was this funny! First bit of stand up that I have seen him do, he is incredible. No politics or hip hop jive, he just says everyday stuff we all can relate to...

20. When the Bough Breaks (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

28 Metascore

A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Michael Kenneth Williams

Votes: 6,323 | Gross: $29.70M

6/19-Better than I thought it would be. I like those stalker flicks, keep me out of trouble...

21. Katt Williams: Pimpadelic (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comedian Katt Williams talks intimately about his family, career, god, his future and the state of the comedy business.

Star: Katt Williams

Votes: 224

6/25-Katt is deep, didnt know he was deep, or funny, but seeing his standup was impressive.

22. Girlhood (2014)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Votes: 8,643

7/2-This movie about girl gangs in France went deeper than I thought it would, and it was great. Plus the girls were lovely!

23. The Get Down (2016–2017)
Episode: Where There Is Ruin, There Is Hope for a Treasure (2016)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama, Music, Musical

Zeke's resolve to woo a girl sends him into a dizzying, dangerous nightclub scene, where he crosses paths with a nimble local legend.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Skylan Brooks

Votes: 912

7/3-This wasn't a movie but it was a long TV pilot. This shows NYC post disco in the early hip hop days.

24. Gimme the Loot (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

When their latest work is buffed by a rival crew, two determined graffiti writers embark on an elaborate plan to bomb the ultimate location: the New York Mets' Home Run Apple.

Director: Adam Leon | Stars: Ty Hickson, Tashiana Washington, Joshua Rivera, Zoë Lescaze

Votes: 2,412 | Gross: $0.10M

7/8-Realistic, gritty and urban. Could have been done with a small camera. Doesnt take from it though.

25. What the Health (2017)

97 min | Documentary

An intrepid filmmaker on a journey of discovery as he uncovers possibly the largest health secret of our time and the collusion between industry, government, pharmaceutical and health organizations keeping this information from us.

Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn | Stars: Kip Andersen, Larry Baldwin, Neal Barnard, Tia Blanco

Votes: 27,928

7/15-A good doc on why you shouldn't eat meat and go vegan. I question the "go vegan and get cured" premise but I like the promotion of a healthy lifestyle as a preventive measure....

26. Moana (I) (2016)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 284,999 | Gross: $248.76M

7/15-This is great, but be cautious if watching this with young kids. Some of this might be a bit much for them. "The Rock" did an awesome job!

27. Southpaw (2015)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

After a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction, a champion boxer fights to get custody of his daughter and revive his professional career.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 222,244 | Gross: $52.42M

8/11-I like boxing flicks and Im cool with Antoine Fuqua so I liked it. Not sure what made it unique besides all the urban posturing as far as it being a boxing flick. Not on the level of Rocky but good.

28. Naked (I) (2017)

TV-14 | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

36 Metascore

Nervous about finally getting married, a guy is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day.

Director: Michael Tiddes | Stars: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, J.T. Jackson

Votes: 17,972

8/16-Funny interesting Wayans vehicle. Even though he does alot of spoofs (and this is a Groundhog Day spoof) I am a huge fan!

29. Sing (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

59 Metascore

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same.

Directors: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson

Votes: 137,994 | Gross: $270.40M

8/26-The kids idea to see this. I actually liked it!

30. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

An aspiring playwright in New York strikes up a friendship with a guy while on the rebound from a break-up.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd, LaKeith Stanfield, Noël Wells

Votes: 6,678

8/27-This was....interesting. Reminds me of the days of "art house" flicks.

31. 1982 (I) (2013)

R | 90 min | Drama

A father struggles to protect his daughter from the reality of her mother's drug addiction.

Director: Tommy Oliver | Stars: Bokeem Woodbine, Quinton Aaron, Wayne Brady, Sharon Leal

Votes: 283

9/24-Very real, touching tale of drug addiction and the love of a family in overcoming those affected by that.

32. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 9,422 | Gross: $2.65M

9/24-Crazy, Spike was tripping when he made this one, but I think you have to appreciate his style to like this. Has some elements of Sweet Sweetback!

33. Adulterers (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Samuel returns home from his work at hardware store, where he works with Lola, with a branch of flowers, only to find his wife Ashley cheating on him with Damien on their own marriage ... See full summary »

Director: H.M. Coakley | Stars: Sean Faris, Mehcad Brooks, Danielle Savre, Stephanie Charles

Votes: 1,536

10/1-A white guy catches a black man having sex with his white wife. The biggest surprise was that this movie in no way suggested racism or race as a factor in the characters interactions. I found that refreshing.

34. Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

The crazy and comical Mabel Simmons, otherwise known as Madea, tries to wrangle her fighting family together for a family dinner regarding the health of her niece Shirley.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Shad Moss, Cassi Davis

Votes: 7,683 | Gross: $53.35M

10/8-I've seen it before, but it just happen to come on BET and I just couldn't help myself....

35. Bobbi Kristina (2017 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama

Like most children of famous people, Bobbi Kristina Brown grew up in the spotlight - very often on stage and walking the red carpet with her parents Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. To most... See full summary »

Director: Ty Hodges | Stars: Joy Rovaris, Nadji Jeter, Demetria McKinney, Vivica A. Fox

Votes: 79

10/8-Pretty surreal, very sad, depressing story. Not that would make you cry but would make you pity that poor girl.

36. When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story (2017 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

"Hit A Lick," tells the tragic story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom who grows up in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of local pimp and predator, ... See full summary »

Director: Tasha Smith | Stars: Niatia 'Lil Mama' Kirkland, Lance Gross, Tami Roman, Tiffany Black

Votes: 222

10/11-Didn't know what to expect, a true story, some T&A and street stuff but the ending will leave you totally floored.

37. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 100,815 | Gross: $57.64M

10/14-Now this movie is great but a bit much for me. I just don't watch 2 and a half hour movies these days. Maybe I was just tired, maybe I wasn't feeling it, but I fell asleep.

38. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

The story of R&B artist Michel'le, who rose to fame in the late 1980s when she signed on to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records.

Director: Janice Cooke | Stars: Rhyon Nicole Brown, Curtis Hamilton, Kedrick Brown, Hank Brock

Votes: 544

10/29-A bitter opportunist or a hip hop feminist willing to impart wisdom on young females like herself to avoid abusive relationships?

39. #Realityhigh (2017)

TV-14 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

High-achieving high-school senior Dani Barnes dreams of getting into UC Davis, the world's top veterinary school. Then a glamorous new friend draws her into a Southern California scene that threatens everything she's worked for.

Director: Fernando Lebrija | Stars: Nesta Cooper, Keith Powers, Alicia Sanz, Jake Borelli

Votes: 5,835

11/11-I wasn't sure about this Netflix original but when I was in the right mood this movie was really good. The star is just adorable and the social media angle on this makes it really current.

40. Marked for Death (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

49 Metascore

A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Steven Seagal, Joanna Pacula, Basil Wallace, Keith David

Votes: 20,398 | Gross: $46.04M

11/16-I could've sworn I saw this one when it was out on VHS, but watching it again I can see why it wasn't so memorable. Between the stereotypes of Jamaican Rastafarians being blood thirsty killers and Steven's love taps which break arms, I found this to be more comedy than serious action. Maybe that was intended?

41. Married Men and Single Women (2011)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When 3 married men decide to step out on their marriages, they find that infidelity has unpredictable & devastating consequences. Betrayal, hypocrisy, racism, & several other matters surface as married men and single women come together.

Director: Steven Drayton Sr. | Stars: Michael Wayne Thomas, Shontel Crosby, Loneta Edison, James Winningham Jr.

Votes: 78

11/25-Watched this a second time on the app "tubi"!

42. All About Christmas Eve (2012 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 71 min | Comedy, Romance

'Tis the Season for Evelyn Wright, literally, she is a party planner in NYC. At the last minute Eve finds out that one of her agency's top clients is throwing a HUGE Christmas event, in LA,... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Haylie Duff, Chris Carmack, Connie Sellecca, Patrick Muldoon

Votes: 1,038

11/26-Very nice and interesting approach, showing "dual realities" side by side. I can relate to that!

43. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

A voluptuous black vigilante takes a job as a high-class prostitute to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter

Votes: 9,537 | Gross: $2.46M

11/28-Watched this on my app "tubi"!

44. Wheelman (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

A getaway driver for a bank robbery realizes he has been double crossed and races to find out who betrayed him.

Director: Jeremy Rush | Stars: Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael, Garret Dillahunt, Shea Whigham

Votes: 18,388

12/6-I got another app where you can stream movies so I saw this on my commute home!

45. Girls Trip (2017)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 35,195 | Gross: $115.17M