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BradWesley123 @ the Movies: 2015

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January 1st

People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4

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 573 Average listal rating (384 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.6

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 345 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 7.4 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 871 Average listal rating (562 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 1214 Average listal rating (768 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).
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January 31st


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 537 Average listal rating (332 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 1105 Average listal rating (752 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.
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February 28th

People who added this item 380 Average listal rating (249 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 580 Average listal rating (385 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8

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 233 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 6.3 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.
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March 21st

People who added this item 613 Average listal rating (377 ratings) 6.3 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 638 Average listal rating (412 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
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 615 Average listal rating (437 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
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April 18th

People who added this item 495 Average listal rating (323 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Insurgent (2015)
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April 25th

People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
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May 2nd

People who added this item 1546 Average listal rating (966 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
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May 9th

People who added this item 1013 Average listal rating (720 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
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May 16th

People who added this item 1476 Average listal rating (1037 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
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May 23rd

People who added this item 491 Average listal rating (307 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Tomorrowland (2015)
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May 30th

People who added this item 375 Average listal rating (264 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
San Andreas (2015)
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June 6th

People who added this item 486 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
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June 13th

People who added this item 1268 Average listal rating (837 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
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June 20th

People who added this item 1356 Average listal rating (973 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
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June 27th

People who added this item 456 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Ted 2 (2015)
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July 3rd

People who added this item 660 Average listal rating (404 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
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July 11th

People who added this item 682 Average listal rating (450 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
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July 17th

People who added this item 1120 Average listal rating (755 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ant-Man (2015)
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July 20th

People who added this item 344 Average listal rating (223 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
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July 22nd

People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
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August 1st

People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
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August 8th

People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
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August 15th

People who added this item 516 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
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August 21st

People who added this item 318 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
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August 29th

People who added this item 221 Average listal rating (151 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
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September 19th

People who added this item 345 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
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September 26th

People who added this item 398 Average listal rating (267 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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October 3rd

People who added this item 1068 Average listal rating (763 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Martian (2015)
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October 10th

People who added this item 644 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
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October 17th

People who added this item 495 Average listal rating (332 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
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October 24th

People who added this item 368 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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