The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Style is the name of the game for Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a flaring and cheeky take on the mid-1960s television series of the same name. The 2015 film has all the accoutrements of mid-1960s caricature, with the Ritchie and Lionel Wigram screenplay pushing the action with firm self-awareness.

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Crimson Peak (2015)

A silly and gaudy Gothic romance run through a horror ringer, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is an ode to extravagant sets and unnerving settings. This 2015 motion picture doesn’t have a subtle bone in its body, but it doesn’t have to. Del Toro, together with his fellow screenwriter Matthew Robbins, has concocted a reeling […]

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The Visit (2015)

M. Night Shyamalan takes on the found footage genre with The Visit, a 2015 film that attempts to toy with juvenile fears and winds up twisting itself into a dippy pretzel. It is interesting to see the Sixth Sense director attempt to handle his business with a smaller budget, but he does little to avoid […]

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No Escape (2015)

Directed by John Erick Dowdle, 2015’s No Escape is particularly ugly entertainment. This hot piece of garbage features a screenplay by the director and his brother Drew Dowdle and plays off some of the most common fears of the average Westerner, with a foreign country proving instinctively hostile to those of the fair-skinned variety.

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Bridge of Spies (2015)

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies is a dignified and well-crafted motion picture based on the true story of a Cold War spy swap on the Glienicke Bridge in Germany. The 2015 thriller features a screenplay by Matt Charman as well as Joel and Ethan Coen, with Charman’s original idea coming after discovering a footnote about […]

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Creed (2015)

A stirring and plucky ode to sports bravado, Ryan Coogler’s Creed both respects and reinvents the Rocky mythos. The 2015 picture earns its spot as it progresses, starting out as an earnest take on the original 1976 outing and working its way up the rankings by paying homage to every slice of boxing heaven before […]

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Steve Jobs (2015)

Apple product launches often look like church revivals, with pews full of the faithful stomping their feet and raising their hands to the consecrated debut of the next object of adulation. It makes sense, then, that Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs would be constructed of three segments taking place prior to the launches of the Macintosh, […]

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Macbeth (2015)

Hell is murky and so is Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, a 2015 film that is of course based on William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. Tackling the Bard for the screen is always a bit of an event because it gives actors plenty of meat to chew on and provides for more than a few knowingly […]

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Spotlight (2015)

Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight has the structure and pace of an old-school investigative thriller as it tells the story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team of investigative reporters and their uncovering of sexual abuse in the local Catholic Church. This 2015 film is about discovering and excavating the truth, even when it’s painful and could distress […]

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Durant’s Never Closes (2016)

Arizona’s Travis Mills put together his first feature production for his Running Wild Films in 2011 with The Big Something, a picture made over the course of 14 days with a budget of $2,000. After progressing through works like The Detective’s Lover and the sublime 2013 film The Men Who Robbed the Bank, Mills returns […]

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