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Best & Worst Movies of 2015

2015 has been a good year for movies. With less than a week until 2016, I think it’s time to share my list of the best and worst movies of 2015.

Best Movies Of 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens & Brooklyn

If you asked me to choose between these two movies for top movies of the year, I honestly could not.  Star Wars: The Force  Awakens reminded me why I have been a fan since high school. It was everything that the first three films were and then some. Brooklyn was the perfect film. Fully formed characters, a plot that anyone can relate to, and of course, it takes place in my home town.

  Trumbo

Another surefire award winner, Trumbo is the story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston). One of the most respected and highest paid screenwriters in the 1940’s and 1950’s, Dalton Trumbo was part of the Hollywood Ten. Accused of being a communist, Trumbo is jailed and nearly forfeits his career.

Suffragette

Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is an ordinary woman who is pulled into the pre-World War I feminist movement in Britain. Choosing between her family and her new-found beliefs, Maud must make some hard decisions.  A reminder of why we still need the feminist movement, this film is a reminder of not just how far we have come, but how far we need to go.

Honorable Mentions Of 2015

Ricki and The Flash

Years ago, Ricki Randazzo (Meryl Streep) gave up the life of an ordinary suburban wife and mother to become a rock and roll singer. That plan has not worked out so well and Ricki must face the turmoil from her ex-husband and her children.

Pitch Perfect 2

Several years after the original movie, the girl are back.  When a performance does not go as planned and embarrasses the Bellas, Becca (Anna Kendrick) & Co must pull together and remind the rest of the world why they are the Barden Bellas.

Far From The Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has recently inherited her late uncle’s house and his fortune. Based on the book by Thomas Hardy, Bathsheba has no interest in marrying. But three men come forward who present her with a glimpse of what married life could be.

Worst Movies Of 2015

The Intern

In this new-age e-commerce film, Ben (Robert DeNiro) is a retiree with too much time on his hands. Jules (Anne Hathaway) is the owner of an online fashion company that is looking to senior interns. While the premise was interesting, the writing felt like it was lacking.

Macbeth

Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) is one of the most respected and well-known Shakespeare plays. That does not mean that it translates well to the screen every time. While the individual pieces of the film are fine, they don’t work together as  well as they should.

See you in 2016!

 

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Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Review Review

There are two typical reactions to a sequel: the first is utter horror. The pleasure of the first movie is stripped away and replaced with questions about why you even bothered seeing the sequel.

The second reaction is utter joy. You loved the first movie and the joy is compounded by the second movie. Thankfully, Pitch Perfect 2 is not the horror it could have been.

At the start of the film, the Barden Bellas are on top of their game. They are performing for the President when Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) has an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. The reputation of the Bellas is down the tubes. To save their reputations, the Bellas agree to what seems to be an impossible obstacle: win an international competition where they will competing with acapella groups around the world.  But no American team has ever won.

The leader of the Bellas, Beca (Anna Kendrick) is not only dealing with the upcoming competition, but she is starting an internship at a record company.  Added to the plot are two subplots: the newest Bella, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), whose mother, Katherine (Katey Sagal) was part of the Barden Bellas in the 1980’s. There is also a will they or won’t they relationship between Fat Amy and Bumper (Adam DeVine).

This movie is aca-awesome. It could have been the typical sequel, but it wasn’t. It still contains the same humor (some of which is not exactly politically correct) and the music is completely catchy.

I highly recommend it.

 

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