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Back in the Church of Cinema

If there's one bright shining light from the past year, it's that I watched over 250+ movies, 39 of them in theaters. While that's not an insignificant number, I normally average over 100 films at the multiplex; in 2020, I went to cinemas just 9 times. Here's what I saw (those screened in a theater are bold and italicized)...

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • Den of Thieces

  • Save Yourselves!

  • Deadlocked

  • The Beach House

  • Host

  • Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

  • Incarnate

  • Circle

  • Spontaneous

  • The Childres

  • Freddy vs Jason

  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

  • Body

  • Possessor

  • Edge of Tomorrow

  • Outside the Wire

  • The Little Things

  • The Silencing

  • Underworld

  • Underworld: Evolution

  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

  • Underworld: Awakening

  • Underworld: Blood Wars

  • Congo

  • Independence Day

  • Night of the Demons

  • The Mummy

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

  • Jason X

  • Pulgasari

  • The Lovers and the Despot

  • Monster Hunter

  • The Mummy Returns

  • Superman vs. The Elite

  • Hours

  • Alien

  • Aliens

  • Alien3

  • Alien Resurrection

  • Batman & Mr Freeze: SubZero

  • The Peacemaker

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

  • Die Hard 2

  • Bloodsucking Bastards

  • Die Hard with a Vengenance

  • Nobody

  • I Am Legend

  • Virtuosity

  • The Losers

  • Boss Level

  • The Witches of Eastwick

  • Godzilla

  • Open Water

  • Reversal of Fortune

  • Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

  • 2012

  • Dracula 2000

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

  • Into the Grizzly Maze

  • Shadow in the Cloud

  • Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

  • The Company of Wolves

  • Justice League Dark

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • The Green Mile

  • Under Siege

  • Space Cowboys

  • Mortal Kombat (2021)

  • The Exorcist

  • The Invisible Man (2020)

  • An America Werewold in London

  • Presumed Innocent

  • Cast Away

  • School of Rock

  • Magnum Force

  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters

  • Mortal Kombat (1995)

  • Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

  • Split Second

  • Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge

  • The Avengers

  • Snakes on a Plane

  • Hot Fuzz

  • WolfCop

  • Cradle 2 the Grave

  • Blade Runner

  • The Empty Man

  • True Grit

  • Predator 2

  • Papillon

  • Cloffhanger

  • Patriot Games

  • Hard Rain

  • The Darkest Hour

  • Army of the Dead

  • The Monster Squad

  • The 13th Warrior

  • Walk Hard: The Dewy Cox Story

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

  • Clear and Present Danger

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight

  • Gun Crazy

  • Drop Dead Georgous

  • The A-Team

  • X-Men: First Class

  • Reign of Fire

  • A Quiet Place Part 2

  • The Terminator

  • The Woman in the Window

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

  • Gamer

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

  • Coyote Lake

  • Terminator: Salvation

  • Dreamscape

  • Infinite

  • The Faculty

  • Splinter

  • Suicide Kings

  • In the Heights

  • The Thing

  • Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

  • Game Night

  • Air Force Once

  • Tejano

  • The Tomorrow War

  • Luca

  • The Devil Below

  • Ghosts of War

  • The Seventh Day

  • Sabretooth

  • Turbulence

  • The Apparition

  • The Devil's Rock

  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

  • America: The Motion Picture

  • Beowulf

  • Fear Street 1994

  • The Forever Purge

  • Marvel's Black Widow

  • Fear Street 1978

  • Red Dawn (2012)

  • The Prophecy

  • Gemini Man

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

  • As Above, So Below

  • Fear Street 1666

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

  • Star Trek Beyond

  • Timeline

  • Cosmic Sin

  • The Ghost and the Darkness

  • Hellboy: Sword of Storms

  • Pig

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

  • Eagle Eye

  • Wolf

  • Jacob's Ladder

  • Blood Red Sky

  • Olympus Has Fallen

  • The Green Knight

  • Prometheus

  • Promare

  • Animal

  • Jungle Cruise

  • The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot

  • Stowaway

  • Butter

  • White Noise

  • Hostile (2017)

  • The Colony

  • The Swarm

  • Within

  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)

  • Storage 24

  • The Time Machine (2002)

  • The Suicide Squad

  • Europa Report

  • Cruising

  • Aftermath

  • Assault on Precinct 13

  • Coherence

  • Things Heard & Seen

  • The Crazies (2010)

  • Jolt

  • Miss Congeniality

  • The Sum of All Fears

  • Reminiscence

  • The Night House

  • Candyman (2021)

  • Stargate

  • Last Shift

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

  • The Protege

  • Outbreak

  • The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

  • The Dark and the Wicked

  • Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

  • SAS: The Rise of Black Swan

  • Arachnophobia

  • Candyman (1992)

  • The Day After Tomorrow

  • The Tunnel

  • The Final Girls

  • Malignant

  • DeepStar Six

  • Superdeep

  • Ford v Ferrari

  • The Card Counter

  • Copshop

  • Imposter

  • Tango & Cash

  • Escape from New York

  • Sweet Girl

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

  • Predators

  • Mars Attacks!

  • Revolt

  • The Warriors

  • Volcano

  • The Fog

  • Raw Deal

  • Point Break

  • Single White Female

  • World War Z

  • Dear Evan Hansen

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

  • Poltergeist

  • Titane

  • Boys from County Hell

  • Prey

  • Dreamcatcher

  • Body at Brighton Rock

  • Lamb

  • 28 Days Later

  • The Invisible Man (1933)

  • No Time to Die

  • No One Gets Out Alive

  • Halloween Kills

  • The Descent

  • The Amityville Horror

  • Pieces

  • The Black Cat

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

  • We Are Still Here

  • 28 Weeks Later

  • Till Death

  • Afflicted

  • Train to Busan presents: Peninsula

  • Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin

  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

  • Censor

  • Night Teeth

  • Dracula (1931, Spanish language)

  • Halloween (2018)

  • Dune (2021)

  • Army of Thieves

  • Last Night in Soho

  • Marvel's Eternals

  • Antlers

  • The French Dispatch

  • Spencer

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

  • Belfast

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

  • House of Gucci

  • C'mon C'mon

  • Benedetta

  • Licorice Pizza

  • Encanto

  • The Advent Calendar

  • West Side Story (2021)

  • Nightmare Alley (2021)

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

  • The Matrix Resurrections

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Of those, the ones that stuck to my ribs were...


Black Widow - So glorious to get back to theaters for this total joy of a movie.



Malignant - The one movie I could not stop talking about.



Titane - When Nicole Kidman croons about "that indescribable feeling we get" from seeing a movie in theaters, she was talking about this flick.



Censor - The best goddamn horror film of the year.



Spider-Man: No Way Home - Pure fan service… and I was served to utter satisfaction.


If I had to extrapolate something bigger from these films, it's that I missed going to the goddamn movies. I love having a big, emotional experience in the dark.

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