Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a metafictional biography
of Michael Keaton, modern art and commerce.
Seymour: An Introduction is Ethan Hawke's portrait of New York City pianist,
composer, teacher and philosopher Seymour Bernstein.
Selma is a very well-acted drama of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1965
voting rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama.
American Sniper is Clint Eastwood's apologia for Jersey Boys as a
straightforward portrait of a Navy SEAL warrior.
The Theory of Everything is a wise drama of Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne
in a knockout performance), light on physics.
Still Alice is a moving story of a linguistics professor with early-onset
Alzheimer's Disease (Julianne Moore) and family.
The Imitation Game is a well-acted, well-intentioned, pretty good, simplistic,
didactic drama of Alan Turing and Enigma.
What We Do in the Shadows is a very funny vampire mockumentary with both
big laughs and understated riffs, worth seeing.
Mr. Turner is a biopic of painter J.M.W. Turner and the gruntiest movie
since Foxcatcher, just not near as interesting.
Chappie is a fun story of an artificially intelligent robot who wants
to live, with surprisingly relatable characters.
Paddington (2014) is a gently funny, quite faithful update to the beloved
British children's classics, not great, good.
It Follows constructs a tasty metaphor and pays tribute to classic horror
but just fails to end very deliciously.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent is continuing adventures of Chartris Firedeer
in the 31st century, better than first.
Run All Night is another ho-hum, not-bad Liam Neeson action/crime thriller
from the director of the superior Unknown.
Wild Tales [Relatos salvajes] is an overwrought Argentinian anthology
of revenge and hatred coincidences and that's it.
Get Hard is a really dumb idea for a movie and dumb but with chuckles
and (mostly wasted) Ferrell/Hart comic chemistry.
The Gunman (2015) is based on a novel but stitched together with wasted
moments and narrated explanations of boring stuff.
The Lazarus Effect is the very sort of awful horror movie which stigmatizes
needed research into jumper-cabling dead s---.
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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