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.
Amy (2015) is the brutal, peeping, terrifyingly documented life of singer
Amy Winehouse, her breakthrough and breakdowns.
Trainwreck (2015) is Judd Apatow's off-kilter, truthful romantic disaster
comedy with great Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.
Irrational Man is the better Woody Allen/Emma Stone movie, "Crime and
Punishment"/"The Stranger" as an academic rom-com.
Woman in Gold is a moving and immediately credible story of the
Austrian Holocaust and restitution of Nazi-looted art.
Mad Max: Fury Road: Go for the exciting George Miller visual storytelling
and action (not the acting or dialogue).
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a macramé The Fault in Our Stars
meets Be Kind Rewind, precious but with honesty.
San Andreas is a pretty solid disaster/rescue action effects epic with
relatable characters, not as good as Twister.
Jurassic World is a decent thriller with good 3-D but a tenuous script
and characters and a less-than-thrilling premise.
Self/less is the tale of a body thief (Ben Kingsley/Ryan Reynolds) with more
scruples than he ever let on his whole life.
Mr. Holmes is a passable fictional account of what if Sherlock Holmes
were a real old man fictionally fictionalized.
Ant-Man is least lustrous of Marvel's series. The visuals are messy,
the script has laugh-a-minute rhythm but not humor.
Terminator Genisys is the least good of five official Terminator
movies, the first with a pointlessly misspelled title.
Paper Towns is an unromantic high school quest and mystery with good
rapport among actors but contrived, wheezy story.
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.
The Gallows (2015) is a meandering and by now we can say clichéd
found-footage creeper set in a high school theater.
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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