Nothing gold can stay. That’s what Robert Frost first taught us, and that’s what S.E. Hinton taught scores of American middle schoolers. Much like how nature's early leaf is a flower, but only for an hour, and how Eden sank to grief, so did moviegoers experience the fleeting paradise of one free movie per day for a cheap subscription fee before economic reality hit. 

MoviePass, the much-hyped and much-ballyhooed movie subscription service, has had a controversial last few months. It all started when demand for “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” caused blackouts on the service, making it unavailable for anyone to see with MoviePass on its opening weekend. Its stock price plummeted. Then, the company took out an emergency $6.2 million loan to stay afloat, miraculously hanging on by the skin of its teeth.

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But with survival came restrictions and, uh, fallout. Prices kept fluctuating, and movie offerings differed by the day. Surge pricing came and went. Finally, MoviePass settled on a subscription model that would allow one person to pay $9.95 a month for the opportunity to see three movies a month. Those movies would be determined by MoviePass, and only at certain theaters at certain times. New releases? Not on opening weekend.

Amidst all of these changes, I decided to cancel my MoviePass subscription. We had a good run. I saw 21 movies in the year I’ve been a subscriber, which averages out to about 1.75 movies a month. At a $9.95/month subscription rate, I actually saved a little more than $70, going off of the average ticket price of $9.16.

But we all knew this wasn’t going to last. You don’t promise someone something for virtually nothing and then create a sustainable business model without some sort of cutbacks. There’s no denying that MoviePass has changed the movie landscape for good by zeroing in on the one part of content consumption yet to be affected by the subscription model. Its imitators are everywhere, from Cinemark to AMC to Alamo Drafthouse.

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But as of right now, it’s gotten to be too much of a logistical nightmare just to go see a movie for free. I might be back, once my waiting period to re-subscribe is over. But until then, here is a list of all 21 films I saw while on the service, accompanied by a tweet-length review and my rating for each one. There are a few duds on here, and a few that I was pleasantly surprised by.

Enjoy, and remember: Nothing gold can stay.

“Wind River,” Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Sept. 9, 2017

A great movie that I’m pretty sure only I and a few others saw. It works as both a straightforward crime procedural and as an examination of how the America of today treats the the people who first occupied the America of centuries ago. I still think about the final scene. 

Letterboxd rating: 4.5 stars

“mother!,”  Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Sept. 30, 2017

I probably would not have seen this had it not been for MoviePass. It’s trippy, off-putting, metaphorically confused and has a final 30-minute stretch that goes absolutely beyond the pale of where I thought it would go. I kind of loved it?

Letterboxd rating: None, because this film defies any categorization 

“The Post,”  Cinemark Southpark Meadows,  Jan. 13, 2018

I enjoyed all the inside-baseball shots of the printing press and the way that Spielberg treated this movie as a procedural. But did I need to be hit over the head repeatedly with the similarities between this story and Trump’s attitude toward the press? Nah.

Letterboxd rating: 3 stars

“Proud Mary,” Cinemark Southpark Meadows,  Jan. 15, 2018

Such a disappointment. Somehow the director and editors managed to screw up a neo-Blaxploitation film starring Taraji P. Henson and Danny Glover. It could have been and should have been so much better. 

Letterboxd rating: 1.5 stars

“The Commuter,” Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Jan. 20, 2018

Do I remember anything about this film’s plot, other than it stars Liam Neeson as an ass-kicking sexagenarian on a train? No, but I enjoyed the hell out of it as I watched it. This is the type of film MoviePass was made for. 

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” AMC Barton Creek Square, Feb. 10, 2018

I didn’t hate it, which I was surprised about. It’s a big, dumb, fun romp that loses steam the more you think about it, but in the moment it was fine.

Letterboxd rating: 2.5 stars

“Annihilation,” Cinemark Southpark Meadows,  Feb. 24, 2018

This is my favorite moviegoing experience of 2018 so far. I have never been so scared yet so in awe of a movie directly after watching it. I walked to my car in a fugue state trying to process everything. If you haven’t seen this yet and you like sci-fi or horror, go find it now.

Letterboxd rating: 5 stars

“A Wrinkle in Time,” Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14, March 10, 2018

This is not a perfect adaptation of the book, but there will probably never be one of those. This is gorgeous to look at, and I applaud director Ava DuVernay’s decision to shoot this like an indie. Years from now, it's going to be a landmark for diversity in film.

Letterboxd rating: 3 stars

“Game Night,” Cinemark Southpark Meadows, March 15, 2018

The hardest I’ve laughed in a movie theater this year, which I was not expecting. Everyone here gets at least one great joke, but it’s Rachel McAdams that steals the show. My wife and I still quote McAdams’ “Oh no, he died” line reading whenever this movie comes up.

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

“A Quiet Place,”  Cinemark Southpark Meadows, April 6, 2018

Another great moviegoing experience. Seeing this in a theater makes all the difference. You ?could poke holes in the plot by asking some questions, but why? That’s not the point it’s trying to make. Plus, it knows when to end, which is an underrated trait in any genre. 

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Letterboxd rating: 4 stars

“Love, Simon,”  Cinemark Southpark Meadows, April 7, 2018

Between “Crazy Rich Asians,” “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Set It Up,” much has been made about the "rom-com revivial." That revival started here, with this heartwarming story about a teen coming to terms with his sexuality. It is a delight, and it will make you cry.

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

“Life of the Party,” Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14, May 12, 2018

Forgettable as a whole, this is more of a loose collection of skits than an actual film. Melissa McCarthy going back to college is a funny premise that mostly delivers. One scene in particular had a twist that elicited more gasps in my theater than anything in “Infinity War.”

Letterboxd rating: 2.5 stars

“Deadpool 2,” Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14, May 24, 2018

I liked it better than the first one, and I get diminishing returns every time I watch the first one, so maybe this one will hold up better. I was surprised at the amount of emotion here, and I almost liked this Josh Brolin performance more than his turn as Thanos. 

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

“Incredibles 2,” Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14, June 17, 2018

I really liked it, but I wanted to love it as much as I loved the first one. There are some great set-pieces here (see: Jack-Jack fighting a raccoon), but the politics and morals here feel scatterbrained and reductive. Oh well, it’s still the highest-grossing animated film ever.

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

“Ocean’s 8,”  Cinemark Southpark Meadows, June 24, 2018

So much fun, and clearly everyone here is having a blast, but none moreso than Anne Hathaway, who is poking fun at her own reputation. 

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,”  Cinemark Southpark Meadows, June 27, 2018

The Gothic horror section of the film is the best part. Otherwise, this felt like a soulless cash grab. However, I'm very intrigued by what the ending means for the next “Jurassic Park,” which I will still probably see, because like the scientists in this film, I don't learn from history.

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Letterboxd rating: 2 stars

“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, July 7, 2018

A nice, fun palate-cleanser after the emotional onslaught that was “Infinity War.” Michael Peña is still the MVP of the “Ant-Man” movies.

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

“Hearts Beat Loud,” Regal Arbor Cinema at Great Hills, July 8, 2018

The perfect blend of melancholy and saccharine. Everyone here is perfect, especially Kiersey Clemons (who can SING). I was feeling all warm and fuzzy the second I walked out of the theater. If you don’t tear up during the final father/daughter concert, I don’t trust you.

Letterboxd rating: 4 stars

“Sorry To Bother You,” Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14, July 20, 2018

Maybe the movie that I’ve thought about the most this year, aside from “Annihilation.” First, you think it’s about race. Then, class. Then, activism. Then, capitalism vs. socialism. Then it violently becomes about all of the above at once and never looks back. One helluva debut.

Letterboxd rating: 4.5 stars

“The Meg,” Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Aug. 29, 2018

Essentially a Chinese knockoff of “Jaws” (which I just saw for the first time ever), this is neither as kinetic as that film nor campy enough to be like “Sharknado.” But Jason Statham PUNCHES A SHARK and says stuff like “I’m gonna make this thing bleed." I was entertained.

Letterboxd rating: 2.5 stars

“Searching,” Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Sept. 2, 2018

This is worth seeing solely because of the screen-movie gimmick. Yes, it’s a gimmick, but it’s the perfect medium for this story. If there’s any justice at the Oscars, this will get an editing nom. John Cho is on screen for nearly the entire film and pulls it off with aplomb.

Letterboxd rating: 3.5 stars

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