The Visit (2015) is M. Night Shyamalan's bats--t Hitchcock meets John Waters
meditation on life, old age, death and family.
The Walk (2015) is Robert Zemeckis's exuberant, 3-D-stunning story of
Philippe Petit's 1974 Twin Towers high-wire walk.
Grandma (2015) is Lily Tomlin great as a lesbian widow poet searching
with her granddaughter for cash for an abortion.
Coming Home [Gui Lai] is a beautiful, wise and tragic love story set in
and after the 1970s Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Trainwreck (2015) is Judd Apatow's off-kilter, truthful romantic disaster
comedy with great Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.
Everest (2015) is a breathtaking 3-D action drama of survival set at
the world's highest peak, based on a 1996 ascent.
Black Mass is Johnny Depp in a straight, maybe a little too straightforward
docudrama of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
The Martian is Ridley Scott's moving and great-looking but somewhat sterile
Mars mission with too much musical montage.
Sicario is a somewhat glum, clumsily plotted but nevertheless sufficiently
absorbing U.S./Mexico border drug war story.
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.
The Intern (2015) is De Niro and Hathaway with excellent chemistry as
an Internet fashion company owner and her new intern.
Pawn Sacrifice is Tobey Maguire excellent against great Liev Schreiber
as Cold War chess sensation Fischer vs. Spassky.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was so humbled by my two-star review of
the first movie it won't stop chasing action for anything.
Sinister 2 gets more to the horror of its tired premise than the original
and with some better acting, texture.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is crammed with more monster jokey things that don't
quite make sense, not a great story, great 3-D.
Southpaw is a horrible linked series of hackneyed sequences presenting
itself as a boxing movie, lacks plot, characters.
Stonewall is Roland Emmerich's odd take on the 1969 Stonewall Riots
with honest moments but not valuable overall.
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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