Ex Machina is a creepy artificial intelligence story which gets right to
smart points about artificial intelligence.
Monkey Kingdom is an irresistible nature wildlife portrait of Sri Lankan
macaques, monitor lizards, termites and more.
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) is a conventionally romantic Thomas Hardy novel
adaptation with Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Black Souls [Anime nere] is a realistic Italian Calabrian mafia family crime
drama of striving and persistent legacies.
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).
Avengers: Age of Ultron is not quite as well balanced as the first but still
big and fun with neat comics inspirations.
The Water Diviner is Russell Crowe's somewhat oversentimental, old-fashioned
story of WWI and its personal consequences.
Poltergeist (2015) is a rhythm-free, not-bad 3-D modern remake with
okay acting and a large Zelda Rubinstein void.
Hot Pursuit (2015) is Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara funny in a
genial little witness protection plot, not bad.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent is continuing adventures of Chartris Firedeer
in the 31st century, better than first.
Wild Tales [Relatos salvajes] is an overwrought Argentinian anthology
of revenge and hatred coincidences and that's it.
Tomorrowland is an earnest techno-wonder kind of movie made entirely of
wooden acting with barely any story or interest.
Get Hard is a really dumb idea for a movie and dumb but with chuckles
and (mostly wasted) Ferrell/Hart comic chemistry.
Unfriended is Carrie meets Paranormal Activity and "CSI: Cyber,"
s--- on it, show it in theaters (warning: precise).
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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