Amy (2015) is the brutal, peeping, terrifyingly documented life of singer
Amy Winehouse, her breakthrough and breakdowns.
The Gift (2015) is a twisty stalker thriller with strong acting, humor,
real plot surprises and some nice loose threads.
Trainwreck (2015) is Judd Apatow's off-kilter, truthful romantic disaster
comedy with great Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.
Straight Outta Compton is the dramatically uneven but well acted
and factually thorough biopic of the rap group N.W.A.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a clever and fun version of the opaque
but entertaining Tom Cruise action series.
Irrational Man is the better Woody Allen/Emma Stone movie, "Crime and
Punishment"/"The Stranger" as an academic rom-com.
The End of the Tour is a good drama of a "Rolling Stone" writer's
David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest interview.
Mad Max: Fury Road: Go for the exciting George Miller visual storytelling
and action (not the acting or dialogue).
Dope is a light Fresh (1994) meets Go (1999) in an Inglewood
high school, a bit glib and flat near the end.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a stylish (period) update of the '60s 007-inspired
t.v. series with class, humor, great music.
American Ultra is an entertaining comedy with Jesse Eisenberg as
an undercover stoner assassin and more brains than heart.
Shaun the Sheep Movie is the story of a clever sheep who'd like a day off
once in a while, but at what price freedom?
Jurassic World is a decent thriller with good 3-D but a tenuous script
and characters and a less-than-thrilling premise.
Mr. Holmes is a passable fictional account of what if Sherlock Holmes
were a real old man fictionally fictionalized.
Sinister 2 gets more to the horror of its tired premise than the original
and with some better acting, texture.
Ant-Man is least lustrous of Marvel's series. The visuals are messy,
the script has laugh-a-minute rhythm but not humor.
Hitman: Agent 47 is another not-bad actioner from the "Hitman" video game
story, not quite as fun as the first episode.
Paper Towns is an unromantic high school quest and mystery with good
rapport among actors but contrived, wheezy story.
Fantastic Four is a somewhat less than pointful rebooted origin of
the classic Marvel comic book superhero series.
Southpaw is a horrible linked series of hackneyed sequences presenting
itself as a boxing movie, lacks plot, characters.
Spy (2015) is a silly Melissa McCarthy spy send-up with a good setup but
a lot of boring parts on the way to the end.
No Escape (2015) is the most overtly racist major release I've seen in
recent memory, also a cheap, manipulative "thriller." NO STARS
Two Days, One Night [Deux jours, une nuit] is Marion Cotillard's second
Oscar-worthy 2014 performance as a woman in straits.
Lambert & Stamp is a loving and fascinating look at the origins of
the rise of The Who as an early reality film project.
Mad Max: Fury Road (see above).
The D Train is a funny, awkward, weird stupid movie with Jack Black,
James Marsden, Ana Gasteyer and a great soundtrack.
Aloha (2015) is an inconsistent, awkward military industrial complex
rom-com with a few interesting characters and scenes.
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