100. The Good Dinosaur (2015) – This is PIXAR’s first ever box-office bomb. Sadly, I can see why it did so. Mixing photo-realistic landscapes with cartoonish characters is enough to please the eye. It’s bogged by a mundane narrative with no humor or heart, dull characters, and an idea dead on arrival.
99. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) – Tom Cruise is an understated action superstar. In his 50s, he can still perform breathtaking, death-defying stunts that leaves audiences on the edge of their seats. He has rarely starred in a bad movie, except for this sequel to the decent 2012 film Jack Reacher. Director Edward Zwick reunites with Cruise thirteen years after The Last Samurai in this dull, gratuitous, unintentionally funny action thriller lacking the thrills or charm. Sadly, there is more Tom Cruise on this list.
98. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) – The first Pitch Perfect was such a funny, charming underdog story with amusing music numbers, memorable characters, and a sharp sense of humor. The second might be a simple retread of the first, it still made me laugh. If I ever wanted another Pitch Perfect movie, I would love to see it have a Christmas-theme. Sadly, for Pitch Perfect 3, this is an a-ca-lousy threequel with few laughs. Did we really need an action scene with Fat Amy on a boat?
97. Nocturnal Animals (2016) – This critically-acclaimed film written and directed by Tom Ford (A Single Man) plays out as a behind-the-scenes for a fashion shoot than a revenge tale. Michael Shannon is easily the big standout as a local police officer investigating a grisly rape and murder. As for Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, they are all trapped in a world so pretentious and cynical, it somehow comes across as silly.
96. Wonder Wheel (2017) – Over the years, Woody Allen has directed some of the greatest films ever, as well as some downright terrible ones. Wonder Wheel, the movie that ended his streak of releasing a film at least once each year since 1982, makes his return to his native Brooklyn. Unfortunately, here is a movie going into soap-opera territory. It stars Kate Winslet as a woman suffering from migraines working as a waitress in a Coney Island clam shack, and her affair with an attractive lifeguard. I admit, the movie looks gorgeous and Justin Timberlake delivers a decent performance as the film’s narrator, but it feels more like a stage-play and manipulative. It’s far from Woody Allen’s worst movie (Scoop tops the list, in my book).
95. The 15:17 to Paris (2018) – Clint Eastwood is one of the most profound people in Hollywood. He has starred in hundreds of movies since the 1950s, and is still directing as he reaches 90-years-young. He is no stranger to casting unknowns for his movies. The 15:17 to Paris is no exception. Here, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone–are cast as themselves who were involved in a potential terrorist attack on a train in Europe. They all use their brave mindsets to save 500 lives on board. It’s a shame the entire movie didn’t be as riveting as the final ten minutes. It contains clumsy performances from the three real-life heroes, inept dialogue, and a stale narrative to keep going. I’m glad the movie isn’t too long.
94. Maleficent (2014) – The first time seeing this in theaters, I thought it was a decent rendition of Sleeping Beauty. It’s visually stunning and featured Angelina Jolie in the role she was born to play. After thinking about it, I liked it less and less. There’s little substance, the acting is average, and some scenes are pretty dark for a PG-rating. What infuriates me more than anything is the twist that would have Walt Disney roll over in his grave. I refuse to see the sequel.
93. The Lone Ranger (2013) – The final 30 minutes of this movie are amazing! With Hans Zimmer’s rendition of The William Tell Overture playing over the shoot-em-up action is just an absolute blast to watch. Leading up to it, however, is an absolute chore. There is a lot of violence that would have been too much for a PG-13 Disney film (including a scene where the villain eats someone’s heart out off-screen). Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer play a tedious duo. The villains are boring as hell. There is something in the scenery that doesn’t feel right.
92. Mirror Mirror (2012) – 2012 had two movies about Snow White. This movie, directed by Tarsem Singh, is undeniably dazzling. However, it falters by a dull script, cartoonish effects, and tedious performances. Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, and Julia Roberts aren’t bad choices as Snow White, the Prince, and the evil Queen (respectively). To be fair, Snow White and the Huntsman will always be a masterpiece compared to Mirror Mirror.
91. Safe House (2012) – Denzel Washington is one of the most beloved actors ever. He has received Oscar nominations for acting and directing since 1989. He is an all-around amazing human-being. But–not all of the movies he has been in are all that good. Safe House is, more or less, a Bourne rip-off with some realism but it falters due to a derivative script and actors that look like they are sleepwalking.