I try to review every new movie that I see. Sometimes it’s long, somtimes it’s short, but always at least a few thoughts and an overall rating.  Rather than using letter grades I go with a threshold system. This forces me to make a tough call and put a movie into a ranking instead of letting myself cheat with a +/- or half a star.

Here’s my grading system:

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The best of the best. Not only immensely enjoyable and entertaining, but moving or original. The best of a particular genre. A movie I want to see again immediately. This is a movie I will preorder on DVD. (Inception, Dark Knight, Lone Survivor, Avengers)

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An excellent movie that is very entertaining and enjoyable. I will definitely see these movies at least a second time.  This is a movie I’ll probably end up buying on DVD. (Dark Knight Rises, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph, X-Men Days of Future Past)

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A good movie that I enjoyed.  A movie I would definitely recommend to others. A movie I would consider seeing again in the theater.  A movie I’d rent or stream when it comes on DVD. (Star Trek Into Darkness, Brave, Iron Man, Frozen)

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A solid movie that I liked. I’m glad to have seen it. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again when it come out on DVD, but won’t go out of my way to see it. (Captain America, Monsters University, Hobbit)

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Ehhhh. I could take it or leave it.  I don’t regret seeing it but wouldn’t care to see it again. (Thor, Skyfall, Oblivion)

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Had I known it was this bad I wouldn’t have wasted my time. (Twilight- Eclipse, Hop)

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There will be very few in this category because I screen the movies I see beforehand based on audience reviews. This would be a movie I hated and was mad that I saw. (Twilight- Breaking Dawn Part 1).