It’s quite possible The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the single most underrated – and underappreciated – major studio tentpole that was released to theaters this past summer. It’s fantastic stuff, holding up beautifully on repeat viewing, just getting better and better each time I watch it.
Mr. Holmes holds up beautifully on repeat viewing. Additionally, it cements in my mind that both McKellan and Linney give two of 2015’s best performances, and even if Oscar (probably) won’t recognize them as such that doesn’t make what they accomplish here any less extraordinary.
Inside Out is a masterpiece. It’s one of the 2015’s best films. It’s one of Pixar’s best films. What else is there that I need to say?
Much like Toy Story of Terror!, Disney/Pixar’s latest animate special Toy Story That Time Forgot is a heck of a lot of fun, made with much the same love and care each of the three highly acclaimed, Oscar-winning motion pictures were. For the right price, I’d definitely add this Blu-ray to my library, and I’m guessing kids will watch it over and over again no matter what the date on the calendar reads.
Disney offers up another wonderful Diamond Edition, giving Aladdin a sensational hi-def makeover fans owe it to themselves to get a look at it. One of the best Blu-rays of 2015.
The Gallows isn’t very good. I gave it a second chance mainly because I feel like the filmmakers do have some talent, and while the idea they’ve come up for the film isn’t entirely original it’s still solid enough the potentially for a solid ghost story is definitely present. But it’s just so dumb, consistently so. Worse than that, it’s boring, trying to watch it again, even while folding laundry and doing dishes, about as tedious an operation as any I’ve attempted in quite some time.
I really like [Jurassic World], enjoy what Trevorrow has done with it, finding the film fantastically enjoyable even if, in the end, it’s not doing a lot more than rehash events from the first one if only on a much larger scale. It works, plain and simple, and as such it’s arguably my second favorite in the entire series and the only sequel I’m likely to re-watch somewhat regularly.
Return to Sender is a bad movie. It’s script is hogwash. It hasn’t the courage to embrace its exploitation origins. It’s surprisingly misogynistic in many of the ways David Fincher’s Gone Girl potentially could have been yet fearlessly, ferociously never was…Director Fouad Mikati (Operation: Endgame) does what he can, allowing veteran cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic) and dynamite composer Daniel Hart (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) to work as magic as they can, but in the end it just isn’t enough, this thriller about as difficult to sit through as any movie I’ve seen this year.
Moonrise Kingdom is a masterful coming-of-age winner from the gifted hand of Wes Anderson, this 2012 sensation ranking up there with the auteur’s best including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and last year’s Academy Award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel. Criterion’s Blu-ray is stunning, and even for those who already own the previously available disc this is one instance where an upgrade isn’t just recommended, it’s essential.