Twenty Fifteen Movie Reviews in Fifteen Words.
2015’s new and old, borrowed, streamed and gone to. Three ratings: SEE, MEH, and SKIP.
A Most Wanted Man (2014): SEE
Absorbing, moody, solid. Deep cast. Excellent combo, Le Carre + Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984)
Packed with jokes and fun, still a great cult classic. (Also, Perfect Tommy IS perfect.)
The Martian (2015): SEE
Excellent adaptation of a highly entertaining book. Tense, funny, smart.
How to Steal a Million (1966): SEE
Still the best romantic caper ever. Clever, snappy, arty, and gobs of Hepburn+O’Toole charm.
Shaun the Sheep (2015): SEE
Very entertaining kids’ fare in classic Aardman style. And you’ll swear they’re talking.
Magic Mike XXL (2015): SEE
A lot of fun, feminist, bro-positive, hot—real joy throughout the whole silly thing.
Smokey & The Bandit (1977): SEE for the flirting and chasing, SKIP for the T&A sexism and racial attitudes
You’ll have to ignore the dated parts, but the rest is still damn fun.
Spy (2015): SEE
Very funny, very entertaining, not too long, lots of heart. Melissa McCarthy is totally awesome.
Romancing the Stone (1984): SEE
Still a great movie! Fun rom-com adventure. (More feminist than most current films, sigh.)
Mad Max (2015): SEE
Yes, it is as good as everyone says. Kinetic, beautiful, thrilling, kickass, and completely cool.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): MEH
Diverting (but overblown and not very feminist). Funny jokes, entertaining characters, boring philosophy, charismatic villain.
Interstellar (2014): SKIP
Disappointing. Grand visuals but nothing much interesting to say and a total lack of characterization.
Danny Collins (2015): SEE
Better than I’d’ve thought! Predictable plot way uplifted by enjoyable characters.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952): SEE
Never knew this was a pretty good movie in addition to a totally classic musical.
Furious 6 (2013): SEE if you have a soft spot for B-movies
Come for the stunts, stay for the cheeseball quips, text or something during the rest.
Rancho Notorious (1952): SEE
Excellent western: gunslingers, revenge, showdowns, bronco busting, love, Dietrich, Ferrer, and one very expository ballad.
Kingsman (2015): SKIP
Not the spy movie Galaxy Quest we wanted. Wannabe clever but wasteful and sexist instead.
The Imitation Game (2014): MEH
Excellently acted biopic that I thought avoids biopics’ pitfalls. (Apparently by being sorta fictitious, alas.)