So far this year, 5 movies have made a reasonable amount of money and stood out. These five movies are, in order, as follows:

1. Alice in Wonderland – This film’s graphics are very well developed, but the film just didn’t live up to the hype and was made in a fashion as if Tim Burton were being copied, and the person copying him was Tim Burton. The film was just uninteresting, in the long run, and had a crappy ending. Bottom Line: C. ($1.007 billion).

2. Iron Man 2 – I waited for this movie for a while, but was saddened when my thoughts on what it would be like came true and it was just a more dull, cheesier version of the first one without a story. The graphics were cool, though. Bottom Line: C+. ($565.8 million).

3. Clash of the Titans – I also waited for this film for some time, and yet I was MUCH more disappointed with this one. Yet again, not much of a story, many people appearing and then just dying, and many things happening on screen that were truly boring and unnecessary. An All-Star cast, though… if you don’t include Sam Worthington. C-. ($475.4 million).

4. How to Train Your Dragon – I had VERY low expectations seeing this, and I was stunned when the film absolutely surpassed all of them. It was not the greatest thing I’ve ever seen or anything, but it was very well done. B. ($460.2 million).

5. Shutter Island – One of the best films so far this year, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island is a powerhouse of plot and twist… though the twist was given away WAY too early, along with the near-unrespectable acting, the film could have been MUCH better, though it was pretty good with the well-crafted score by Robbie Robertson. This is another thing that made the film awkward: It didn’t feel like a Scorsese movie. Besides a singular flashback that was signature Scorsese style, nothing even gleamed with Scorsese-esque style. B+. ($294.3 million).

These films are all respectable, though it surprises me how films like The Book of Eli or Brooklyn’s Finest aren’t higher.