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People who added this item 236 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9


6.8/10


Fiction inspired by fiction inspired by non-fiction. While the film is certainly gorgeous in its production design and full of genuine action scenes involving a huge whale it also doesn't boast any strong themes or create any true emotion. It's basically a soft retelling of a hard story.

There also didn't seem to be a climax, which is kind of crucial to a story. And how did Chase come back from being starved and burnt to looking like he did at the beginning after being rescued for a few days?

Still, it's difficult to call this a failure, as Ron Howard has put together an impressive production and this is a good seafaring adventure
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People who added this item 401 Average listal rating (252 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Ted 2 (2015)


6.9/10


This sequel certainly didn't have the same effect on the general public the first one did; but I didn't find it worse in any way. Perhaps people wanted something new in the second, or perhaps they just didn't want a second... Either way, it's it has plenty of funny scenes that take make up a decent enough comedy with a funny cameo that could have been so much funnier. Can't spoil it for you.
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Tribe (2014)


6.9/10


A film completely told and performed in sign language. It's an impressive feat. Unfortunately the story isn't relatable, a little too brutal without necessity, and drab. I appreciate and enjoyed the unique nature of the film and some of the visual and the increased awareness of sound.
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People who added this item 1339 Average listal rating (818 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4


6.9/10


I grew tired of the X-Men franchise last year and this may be the year I grow tired of the Marvel/Avengers movies. Nothing really impressed me in this bloated action movie that seemed to forget what made the first one successful, very similar to how I view Iron Man 1 and 2.

Even with this I can't deny the skills that went into making the production, plus it's become impossible to dislike anything with Downey.
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People who added this item 141 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Entourage (2015)


6.9/10


Yeah, it's one extended episode, but fuck it, I liked most of the Entourage episodes; so I'm going to like this. But I'll admit I'm glad I didn't pay $10 to see it in the theatre.

Most of the cameos were fun, but at a point it kind of just seemed like they were out to prove how many cameos they could fit in one movie. I'm pretty certain they managed to even beat Zoolander. Then again, Zoolander 2 is coming out...
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People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7


6.9/10


After a rocky first act, with subpar acting and direction, this becomes an entertaining dive into the troubling life of the man who made chess popular... for about a year.
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People who added this item 284 Average listal rating (174 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Joy (2015)


7.0/10


David O Russell knows how to direct memorable ensemble performances; but for the first time in his career he managed to only create one memorable character and direct one impressive performance. Jennifer Lawrence nails this role; but with the casting of Cooper, DeNiro, Ladd, Rossellini, and Madsen I was underwhelmed. They all do a fine enough job; but nothing their characters are simply not interesting.

Perhaps it's not the acting... maybe it's the script, maybe it's Russell just not delivering top-notch material like we've grown accustomed to.

In the end something was clearly missing. It seems like it should have been a surefire hit; but I left the theatre wanting more... more than just a bunch of interesting scenes and one strong character.

I still rated this a 7/10 because I certainly liked it enough; but was disappointed after seeing the affective trailer and knowing the director and cast can do better.
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Spy (2015)


7.0/10


A fun action comedy that highlights McCarthy's strengths and brings a new kind of comedy to Statham's repertoire
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7.0/10


A documentary people were quick to dismiss, but when watched you will see how pure it really is. A comedian takes his celebrity, brings attention to a sport he loves, and to a cause he is passionate about.
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People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Southpaw (2015)


7.1/10


A solid boxing film that doesn't bring much of anything new to the table. Whitaker does his typical damaging effect to films. At least the soundtrack was spot-on.
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7.1/10


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Crimson Peak (2015)


7.1/10


A technically impressive film, from the cinematography, production, sound design, to the score. The acting is all passable, too, but the movie struggles in story. What's an intriguing first act slowly turns into a tolerable second act that is proceeded by a silly third act, in a movie that presents itself as anything but silly.
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People who added this item 184 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Suffragette (2015)


7.1/10

Tradition. Order. Freedom. Justice. Protest. Equality.
A well-acted and directed film that could have improved on pace and effective dramatic peaks; but it ultimately sent the message clear by the end.
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People who added this item 173 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Amy (2015)


7.1/10


A very good documentary on the late crooner. Her talents were on full display as well as the suffocating paparazzi and media that followed a woman who wanted none of it.
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (337 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
Cinderella (2015)


7.1/10


Beautiful production design and legit cinematography capture an old story with a refreshing look. The acting is fine but I can't help think Branagh could have done more as a director who has previously successfully translated Shakespeare plays into films.
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People who added this item 234 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6
Get Hard (2015)


7.1/10


Knowing this isn't going to be high-brow going in, it's easy to find the laughs and pratfalls in this comedy that didn't reach its full potential but will leave you satisfied. As anyone who knows me will know I basically like anything Will Ferrell touches, with the exception of his efforts in 2005.
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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
Black Sea (2014)


7.1/10


Finally, the submarine movie is back! It gets close to the claustrophobia of 'Das Boot' and the turmoil in 'Crimson Tide' but beats them in cinematic beauty while losing to them in story development.
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People who added this item 312 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
Trainwreck (2015)


7.2/10


Schumer is a very polarizing comic so it's quite a gamble creating a movie with her in the lead. Luckily she does just fine, supported with an all-star cast. It's respectably enjoyable throughout, even if nothing too memorable comes from it.
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People who added this item 958 Average listal rating (650 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7


7.2/10


This is a fairly fresh large scale, spy adventure with high energy all the way to the end. The over-the-top violence (especially the church scene) is what cripples this and prevents it from being a first-rate film demanding repeat viewings.
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People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6


7.2/10


With only three total actors in this downplayed post-apocalyptic film, director Craig Zoebel successfully focuses on these characters who slowly build with much more than just dialogue.
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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (120 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.1
Daddy's Home (2015)


7.2/10


There is absolutely nothing original or impressive about this film beside the fact that Ferrell is unstoppable in his comedic efforts. Apparently he can't do anything wrong.
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7.2/10


The film carries the franchise along nicely. This is a well-executed, intelligent action movie. Too bad I watched 'Going Clear' a couple of weeks before seeing this and couldn't get Cruise's crazy out of my mind. I try not to let external factors get in the way of a good movie, but he has made it too difficult. At least he's still good at what he does, unlike Travolta.
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.4
Don Verdean (2015)


7.2/10


Rockwell is always likable, Clement is always funny, and Hess always directs a strange comedy film. Thankfully they all keep these streaks alive. Of course this movie will be misunderstood and far underseen.
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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.9


7.3/10


A musical about a relationship, starting with the breakup... and its beginning... and then right before the break up... back to early in the relationship...

The lyrics are what drive the story in what is otherwise a second-rate film. The organization is clever and works and it brings us to an ending that really gets at the core, no matter where you are in your romantic life.
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People who added this item 123 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Concussion (2015)


7.3/10


Big Willy coming at us with a Nigerian accent and makes us really not care for the NFL and proves sports and dreams are really run by big money and big business.
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People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (374 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Minions (2015)


7.3/10


Since the minions are the funniest part of the 'Despicable Me' movies why not give them their own movie? Luckily for us they are more than a one-note group of characters. This movie does a very nice job of giving the three main minions their own personality, making them identifiable and more than just jibberish-jabbering yellow pills.

This has been dismissed as less of a movie than the 'Despicable Me' movies, but I must disagree. It has as strong of a story and since the minions never slow down in their comedic timing and antics, I find it to actually be a better movie overall. It's one of the funniest movies of the year, in fact.
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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4


7.4/10



This is a laugh-out-loud animated romp from Aardman. There is no dialogue and at no point does that hinder this adventurous comedy of errors.
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People who added this item 85 Average listal rating (53 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6


7.4/10


A sexy/strange dive into the eccentric world of two lovers and an obsession with butterflies.

The film techniques and symbolism surrounding the butterflies ended up being the most interesting part of the film, once the unique love story falls flat after a rousing first half.
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People who added this item 138 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Slow West (2015)


7.5/10


Westerns can serve as great settings for beautiful cinematography and Robbie Ryan delivers. His filming takes us through John Maclean's debut film effectively, especially important considering the uneven pacing.

Highlights are the superb acting lead by the great Michael Fassbender and supported by one of the greatest supporting acting actors, Ben Mendelssohn. And the finale is well worth the wonderfully slow-paced (hey, the title warns you!) trip we are taken on.
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People who added this item 406 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7


7.5/10


Beautifully-crafted cinematography and production design accompanies fine acting from Vikander and Redmayne. The story is okay and the direction was fine enough, more so in its subtle moments.
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People who added this item 930 Average listal rating (619 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ant-Man (2015)


7.5/10


As soon as I was certain to be done with the Marvel/Avengers movies after watching the somewhat tiresome 'Age of Ultron' I was convinced to watch this. I went for it because I'm a big fan of Paul Rudd...

Thankfully the recommendation was mostly valid. This was better and more entertaining. Partly because I enjoy origin stories more than their sequels nearly every time and party because, well, Paul Rudd made this a watchable movie. If it were someone of less caliber this movie may have been mostly forgettable.
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People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Salvation (2014)


7.6/10


Mads Mikkelson is one of the best actors out there and here he is dominating the screen in a new genre. There isn't anything too surprising or original as the story goes, but the filmmaking is quite noteworthy and it's sort of a badass film overall.
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4


7.7/10


A hypnotic untraditional love story that takes all of its elements seriously and layers them with finesse.
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If you weren't aware of how much of a dick Steve Jobs was, this documentary makes it very clear.
Alex Gibney, one of today's best documentarians, puts together a thorough and well-filmed unveiling of the life of one of the most influential and brutal people in the modern world.
The opening is great, because it makes people look like idiots, idolizing a man they didn't really know.
Just like his personality, there are some really nice moments that keep him looking human.
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People who added this item 230 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Legend (2015)


7.7/10


Do not cross a Kray. Hardy and Hardy play British gangsters in this biographical epic that will twist your mind and morals.
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People who added this item 348 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Everest (2015)


7.7/10


Rather different than Krakauer's take on the perilous adventure. Surprisingly filled with realistic drama and trauma considering the very Hollywood cast.
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People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3


7.7/10


Baumbach comes out with yet another superbly-written example of what it's like to be young, wanting to be young, to be hip, wanting to be hip, to be intelligent, wanting to be intelligent.

So yeah, nothing knew for the writer/director, but his ability to make these familiar aspects seem fresh with new characters is impressive.
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People who added this item 644 Average listal rating (417 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Spectre (2015)


7.7/10


I love the 007 franchise, so it's difficult not to like this film; but most aspects of this Bond installment are less impressive than 'Skyfall', a film that naturally deserves comparison, considering the players involved.

The song is the biggest drop in quality. Otherwise things like story, villain, and Bond girl all became a little less interesting.

A highlight is the cinematography. While it's not Deakins this time around we still get the very impressive Hoyte van Hoyte behind the lens. I also love the opening scene, one of the best of the year.
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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Son of Saul (2015)


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7.9/10


A hypnotic documentary intelligently assembled with soundbites, memories, theories, desires, from the man himself.
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People who added this item 576 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Spotlight (2015)


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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (129 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dope (2015)


8.0/10


Three definitions of the word 'dope' are fulfilled in this genuine, crafty comedy/drama about being a geek off the street.

A great pace, tension, and ending make this a memorable one for the genre, not to mention the notable, mostly unknown, cast lead by Shameik Moore.
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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Paddington (2014)


8.0/10


A pristine family picture boasting nostalgia, warm fuzzies, and endurable characters.

The production design and visual effects are noteworthy and do the job in providing a beautiful palette for this story about family, love and life.
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We didn't need a documentary to show how crazy this 'religion' is; but I'm thankful for the great Alex Gibney and company, as it really 'clarifies' all the reasons to despise the group and its people in a very polished manner.

Gibney is known for his tremendous storytelling in documentary form and his innate ability to gain access to anyone and anywhere. Sorry, Travolta.
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People who added this item 327 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6


8.1/10


A hilarious romp in the night with the funniest actors and writers New Zealand has to offer. I don't care for the vampire genre but that doesn't matter much at all here.
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People who added this item 357 Average listal rating (268 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8


8.1/10


The premise is clever - Dinosaurs personified, the humans are the animals. Other than that, though, the film takes several noticeable cues from past movies. The ending is predictable and the morals and goals are way too obvious.

Luckily, this film is made by the animating magicians at Pixar, allowing us to take in a cinematic spectacle, scene after scene. The music is also noteworthy, helping those emotional scenes peak. The second-to-last scene is the most emotional, but unfortunately it makes the the final scene less dramatic and seems like an afterthought.
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People who added this item 269 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.9


8.1/10


The cast does a great job of bringing the original gangsta rappers to life, a cast that includes Ice Cube's own son. There are several nice moments in here, even if they seem a little out of place, like showing collaborations with Tupac and Snoop Dogg, who were integral to the story of the subjects' lives but the director failed to make it a clear connection.
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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8


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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz.
UPDATED AUGUST 2016
- Recently added Youth, Winning: Paul Newman, and Creed

Another stellar year in the world of film. I have many more I haven't seen; but these are the films I enjoyed most in the year twenty fifteen.
Enjoy!

Also Seen:
Rated 7/10

Sunshine Superman
Mommy
Life
Chappie
Road Hard
Mississippi Grind
Trash
7 Days in Hell
Sisters
Rated 6/10
Jurassic World
Digging for Fire
Focus
Pan
Vacation
Truth
Redirected
Aloha
Peace Officer
Rated 5/10
A Deadly Adoption
Pitch Perfect 2
Unfriended
The Face of an Angel
Rated 4/10
The Loft
Jupiter Ascending
Rated 2/10
Bare
Fifty Shades of Grey


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What I plan to see next:
Meru
Concussion
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
People, Place, Things

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Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Dec 29 19:57
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jan 2 13:26
man this year is really bad i hope we gonna see better movies before the Oscar .
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jan 2 19:05
Yeah, kind of a weak year, I agree. There are still some promising films, like 'Spotlight', 'Anomalisa', "Brooklyn', 'Revenant' and 'Hateful Eight' that I have yet to see. Hopefully that gives the year some legitimacy.

Update: This year is not a banner year but still a damn good selection of fine films.
Edit: 1 year, 5 months ago
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Mar 14 20:28
Angry much?

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