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Love & Mercy is the first perfect 2015 movie I've seen, John Cusack and Paul Dano
as Beach Boy Brian Wilson and Elizabeth Banks tie for best actor.

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Ex Machina is a creepy artificial intelligence story which gets right to
smart points about artificial intelligence.

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Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) is a conventionally romantic Thomas Hardy novel
adaptation with Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts.

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Woman in Gold is a moving and immediately credible story of the
Austrian Holocaust and restitution of Nazi-looted art.

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Mad Max: Fury Road: Go for the exciting George Miller visual storytelling
and action (not the acting or dialogue).

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a macramé The Fault in Our Stars
meets Be Kind Rewind, precious but with honesty.

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Dope (2015) is a light Fresh (1994) meets Go (1999) in an Inglewood
high school, a bit glib and flat near the end.

DOPE IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL ESCONDIDO

San Andreas is a pretty solid disaster/rescue action effects epic with
relatable characters, not as good as Twister.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is not quite as well balanced as the first but still
big and fun with neat comics inspirations.

Jurassic World is a decent thriller with good 3-D but a tenuous script
and characters and a less-than-thrilling premise.

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Terminator Genisys is the least good of five official Terminator
movies, the first with a pointlessly misspelled title.

Hot Pursuit (2015) is Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara funny in a
genial little witness protection plot, not bad.

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.

Aloha (2015) is an inconsistent, awkward military industrial complex rom-com
with a few interesting characters and scenes.

Tomorrowland is an earnest techno-wonder kind of movie made entirely of
wooden acting with barely any story or interest.

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Whiplash is a J.K. Simmons/Miles Teller duel of talent, ambition and hate,
ratchets dramatic tension like crazy.

Foxcatcher is Bennett Miller's brilliant jutted-jaw true crime/sports/wealth drama
with great Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: It's striking how each new
installment is less cheesy, like an anti-Twilight.

The Better Angels is a spare, bucolic Tree of Life-style boyhood of Lincoln
which aims at a strange power but is normal.

Big Hero 6 is an entertaining animated Marvel robot comic book adaptation
with some deftly handled big ideas, from Disney.

St. Vincent is a funny Bill Murray Grumpy Old Man, avoids traps
of sentimentality until the ending, which drags a bit.

Innocence is an intriguing supernatural fugue that's pleasant to watch
and works out its plot but feels all wrong.

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