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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Dec, 2015

    Damn if Abrams didn't pull it off. I felt like a kid again just like when I saw the 20th Anniversary editions in theatres. So many feels... And it's not perfect, but it made me forget those damn prequels.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2015

    It's the Foreign Correspondent element that turns it into something much more worthwhile and intriguing. All the deception, the who's who, prove it to be incredibly interesting as well as entertaining and not just a retread of the fourth with bigger stunts and different settings.

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2016

    Honesty, I was expecting Bridesmaids 2 or something like it. Schumer makes it into something more. Yes, it's crude, yes it's got some one-liners and gags (Lebron as a supporting character is one of the ballsiest things a movie did in 2015), but it's actually a film with heart and nowhere near as sloppy as its compatriots. We care about Amy. That's impressive, considering we hardly ever care about any of the characters in R-rated comedies. She has the typical…

  • Pan

    Pan 2015

    ★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2016

    "It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2015

    My gosh, what a strange, exciting and fresh piece of filmmaking. It's unlike anything we've really seen before and with the iPhone as its camera, we're treated to every single and angle and inch of these two women's lives. It's a whilrwind of a film - funny, yet dark and even sad.

  • Amy

    Amy 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Dec, 2015

    A sad life and a tragic story of someone with immense talent and immense demons. Kapadia, once again stuns with his documentary craft, and just like Senna, the slow, inevitable sledgehammer pounds away until the credits roll. We know what is coming. We're powerless to stop it and yet we want to crawl through the screen, shake her, save her, anything we can do make her realize what she is doing, make her wake up.
    The ending is abrupt. Numbing.…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★★ Watched 11 Dec, 2015

    Big Brother Disney just can't keep its hands off. It will always be that way. This is why Edgar Wright left. An auteur will never be happy with Disney studios as their home (ahem, Joss Whedon). This film is the result of that. There's a formula they follow (save maybe Guardians of the Galaxy) and this one does to a "t" also. It doesn't make it unenjoyable or unfunny, there's just nothing to surprise us or to be excited about.
    I liked it. I won't remember it at all.

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2016

    Beautiful, gritty, and badass. It starts out as Blunt's film and ends up being Del Toro's.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2015

    A "holy crap", "wow" piece of entertainment that is at once brilliant, entertaining, all-encompassing, and filled with sharp ideas and characters, and a feminist manifesto that is almost as strong as anything in mainstream entertainment. It won't get much better than this in 2015.

  • Pitch Perfect 2

    Pitch Perfect 2 2015

    ★★★ Watched 15 May, 2015

    Same song, different day.

    And that's no bad thing. There are things to like here, a lot of fun actually (shout out to Keegan Michael-Key), but where the first felt refreshing, different, this sequel strains to be bigger and better. And it didn't need to be. The first relied on sharp humor and sly character development. Here, those seem to be sacrificed in favor of more jokes and gags. Granted, there's not much more they can do with these characters,…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 May, 2015

    "Heavy is the head that wears the crown."

    Joss Whedon has been wearing this crown for three years now ever since the explosion of the first Avengers and the Phase Two set-up for this sequel. And it shows not just in his sounds bites in the press, but in the film itself. Age of Ultron is a labor in a very good way. It's two-and-half hours of darker, meatier, nerdier moments - he finds time for Bansky and Eugene O'Neil…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    A beautifully mounted production, especially the costumes and production design. Cate Blanchett has given up maybe the definitive version of the evil stepmother.