In December 2019, there were 12 wide theater releases, the smallest number seen since starting tracking in August 2019.
Our watched in the theater reviews are shared each month ranked by most to least entertaining, for details see our review criteria. Here is how month #5 since we started this blog, December 2019 went …
December 2019 – Movie Theater Expenses
$145 – for movie theater snacks & food ($15 x 9, we got 3 movie popcorn and sodas using points, so only $10 for the upcharge for large)
$44 for movie tickets (unlimited price for both wife & I for August 2019)
$7 for 3D movie surcharge seeing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 3D
$60 – $5 average gas expense x 12 movies
= $256 / 12 movies = $21.33 for both of us movie theater entertainment expense per visit, even with the “free” unlimited movies.
= $1,715 for 2019 Total YTD Expenses (Aug: $319, Sep: $324, Oct: $384, Nov: $432, Dec: $256)
As mentioned in our August recap, we do spend real $ and those related expenses are above.
- Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Marriage Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (NETFLIX)
- *Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
- *Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
- *Dark Waters ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
- The Aeronauts ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (AMAZON)
- *Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Hold On ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Black Christmas⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker⭐️⭐️½ 3D
- *Spies in Disguise ⭐️⭐️
- *Jumanji: The Next Level⭐️½ ScreenX
- *Playmobil: The Movie ½
- Cats ½
Little Women edges out the frenetic Uncut Gems for the top spot this month, due to creative narration, strong acting and a warm story. The bottom is anchored by a terrible animated film and a play that never should have been adapted to film.
Met Expectations (based on hype, trailer, promotion)
Dark Waters – the trailer had me thinking it would be sort of an Erin Brokovich type tale, but this focused more on the lead attorney played by Mark Ruffalo. There wasn’t enough courtroom drama or tension.
Richard Jewell – Clint Eastwood directs this tale about the disgraced hero of the Centenniel bombing.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – low expectations going into this one after seeing The Last Jedi. It ties up many loose ends for the Disney Star Wars trilogy, but it doesn’t have much soul. It will still make $1 billion+ at the box office, so no tears for big D.
Cats – almost non-existent story, suspect CGI, awful costumes, except for a song or two, the music is lackluster, this might be the worst movie of the last few years, not just 2019.
Playmobil: The Movie – feels more like an advertisement than a movie
Little Women – as someone who hadn’t read the 1800s novel or seen any of the seven other movie adaptations, I didn’t expect to enjoy this movie. The non-linear narration put me off at times, but won me over as a creative way to tell the story of four sisters by the ending.
6 Underground – the $150+ million new Netflix movie directed by Michael Bay was released in December, but tried and failed to watch through enough to review. Others have given mixed reviews.
Overall the theaters were light on outstanding movies in December. November was the strongest month since tracking began in August.
Netflix released another great movie in Marriage Story, which ranks up right up there with Little Women and Amazon had The Aeronauts which was shown in a scattered few theaters, hence why both are included.