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BradWesley123 @ the Movies: 2015

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January 1st

People who added this item 108 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Top Five (2014)

Slyly smart and outrageously funny, Top Five easily is Chris Rock's best directorial effort, and a pleasant surprise. Several well-known actors popup for cameos here and there, but the movie is essentially Rock's and Rosario Dawson's, and they carry it admirably. My only big problem with the movie is that it's very reminiscent of numerous other "one day" stories like the Before series. Still, it's an enjoyable flick, and I recommend it.
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January 3rd

People who added this item 615 Average listal rating (424 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.5

After all of the madness that the film caused, the world has finally been able to see it, and it would surprise me if Kim Jung-Un isn't kicking himself. Instead of the "act of war" he was expecting, The Interview is just a really stupid comedy. It does draw a solid number of laughs, but they can't overcompensate for the missed opportunity that is the plot. This should a been a smart, funny satire about one of the most controversial figures alive; instead it was a movie where Matthew McConaughey fucks a goat (allegedly).
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January 10th

People who added this item 375 Average listal rating (223 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Selma (2014)

A smart, authentic, and moving portrait of one of the greatest civil rights leaders ever. The film thrives mainly do to it's grounding of it's central hero, dismissing the myth and presenting a real, flawed human being. The ensemble is strong, but the film belongs to Oyellowo who gives a commanding lead performance. It does get bogged down by the biopic tropes, but director Ava DuVernay is smart enough to not lean heavily on them, and thus transcends them.
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January 17th

People who added this item 957 Average listal rating (655 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.3

A solid war movie, but not much else. Its very well made on a technical level, with numerous thrilling action sequences amped up to queasy effects. It's very lacking in originality though, with several scenes recycled from other, better war flicks, and the movie is quite repetitive. The main strength of the film is Cooper, who gives the most understated, yet commanding, performance of his career, elevating even the weakest of scenes.
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January 24th

People who added this item 1331 Average listal rating (882 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8

It's pure Oscar-bait, but when it's this well made its pretty hard to hate it. The cast is strong, especially Cumberbatch and Knightley, and the script is solid. Could've used a bit more subtlety on the directing front (there a few too many obvious moments).
B+
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January 31st

People who added this item 314 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7

Maybe the best movie of 2014, I'm still debating. Superb on every level, A Most Violent Year is an engrossing crime drama that subverts numerous worn-out tropes to create something more naturalistic. The cast is strong with Jessica Chastain, David Oyellowo and Albert Brooks all doing great work, but the movie belongs to Oscar Isaac, giving an incredibly conflicted performance that continues to prove that he's one of the best actors out there. This isn't a movie for everyone though; most of the title's violence is implied, and its very dialogue driven, but for those that enjoy slow-burn character driven thrillers, this is a must see.
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February 7th

People who added this item 596 Average listal rating (381 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.3

Entertaining, but messy as hell. Seriously, the plot of this movie is so fucking jumbled that it alternates between obvious and incomprehensible. Visually, like all of the Wachowskis' movies, its gorgeous. The $175 mil. was well spent; now if only they put as much effort into the story. The elements are there though, and the film is entertaining at times. The cast, for the most part, is serviceable; Kunis and Tatum are solid, if not spectacular. The same cannot be said of Eddie Redmayne, who gives one of the most over-the-top performances that I've seen in years. Every time he was on screen, the audience was laughing uncontrollably. He may well win an Oscar this year, but he should be prepared for a Razzie next.
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February 14th

People who added this item 1229 Average listal rating (878 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

A smart, funny movie that is unfortunately never as smart of as funny as it thinks it is. Don't get me wrong, it's a blast, but there's a layer of pretension that kept me from full being on board with it. Aside from that; the action is exciting, the script is amusing, even though the final gag falls flat (I'm of the camp that thought the anal joke was not particularly funny rather than sexist or offensive), and the cast is strong.
B
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February 28th

People who added this item 430 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6

A fun, escapist movie that never really comes together fully. There are a lot of strong elements (cast, direction, style), but the plot is way too episodic with no strong through line. Still, it's a decent amount of fun, and an above average February release.
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March 7th

People who added this item 643 Average listal rating (441 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
Chappie (2015)

Neill Blomkamp sets up a strong premise with potential to become a classic, then drops the ball hard. The characters are one-note, the script is all over the map (the tone is all over the place, and the ending is a confusing cop-out), and the casting poor. When I say poor, I'm speaking of course of Die Antwood. Yolandi, the female half, is okay, but Ninja doesn't have the chops to make his easily hateable character anything more than a nuisance. The visual effects are good though, especially when the third-act devolves into explosions and noise. A really wasted opportunity.
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March 14th

People who added this item 270 Average listal rating (187 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Run All Night (2015)

While not necessarily all that original, Run All Night is a smartly made, sufficiently thrilling action-noir that benefits greatly from the presence of Neeson and Harris, who imbue every scene they're in with real dramatic weight.
B
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March 21st

People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (426 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
Cinderella (2015)

There is absolutely nothing new or original in Cinderella, and yet it's simply so charming that I was willing to forgive it. Kenneth Branagh directs the film with a subdued style, respecting the source material but never succumbing to it. The cast is strong too, with Lily James radiant as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett unsurprisingly having a blast as the evil stepmother.
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April 4th

People who added this item 724 Average listal rating (499 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Furious 7 (2015)

While not the franchises finest (that honor still goes to Fast Five), Furious 7 is a exhilarating action spectacle with some of the greatest stunt work in recent cinema. Unlike most action films though, this isn't just a lot of explosions and noise. There's a surprising amount of heart on display here, including a powerful, fourth-wall breaking ending that would be a fine ending to the franchise.
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April 11th

People who added this item 725 Average listal rating (524 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
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April 18th

People who added this item 547 Average listal rating (368 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Insurgent (2015)
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April 25th

People who added this item 391 Average listal rating (255 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
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May 2nd

People who added this item 1806 Average listal rating (1225 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
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May 9th

People who added this item 1149 Average listal rating (835 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Ex Machina (2014)
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May 16th

People who added this item 1668 Average listal rating (1210 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
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May 23rd

People who added this item 548 Average listal rating (360 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
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May 30th

People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
San Andreas (2015)
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June 6th

People who added this item 529 Average listal rating (362 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Spy (2015)
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June 13th

People who added this item 1411 Average listal rating (979 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
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June 20th

People who added this item 1613 Average listal rating (1226 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Inside Out (2015)
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June 27th

People who added this item 525 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.3
Ted 2 (2015)
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July 3rd

People who added this item 745 Average listal rating (476 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6.3
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July 11th

People who added this item 794 Average listal rating (559 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Minions (2015)
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July 17th

People who added this item 1363 Average listal rating (984 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Ant-Man (2015)
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July 20th

People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Trainwreck (2015)
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July 22nd

People who added this item 224 Average listal rating (136 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Self/less (2015)
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July 24th

People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (143 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Mr. Holmes (2015)
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July 31st

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August 1st

People who added this item 365 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Southpaw (2015)
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August 8th

People who added this item 351 Average listal rating (255 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
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August 15th

People who added this item 590 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
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August 21st

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August 29th

People who added this item 249 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
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September 5th

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September 19th

People who added this item 382 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
Black Mass (2015)
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September 26th

People who added this item 445 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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October 3rd

People who added this item 1218 Average listal rating (902 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
The Martian (2015)
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October 10th

People who added this item 752 Average listal rating (575 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
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October 17th

People who added this item 541 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
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October 24th

People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (262 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Steve Jobs (2015)
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1. Furious 7
2. Cinderella
3. Run All Night
4. Kingsman: The Secret Service
5. Focus
6. Chappie
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