Films of the year 2015

Whiplash 4.5 * Ex Machina 4* Slow West 4 * Inside Out 4* Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 4* Land of Mine 4* Sicario 4* Spectre 4* Star Wars: the Force Awakens 4* The list above is only for new films. I would have to remove some from the list if I included …

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (IMAX laser 3D)

4.5 out of 5 stars In one word: Balance. The balance between action and expositions; between adventure and comedy; between nostalgia for returning characters and the introduction of new ones; between CGI and old school animation; between special effects and a human story; between remaking Episode IV and paying homage to it and of course …

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Doctor Who Christmas Special – The Husbands of River Song

Three and half out of five stars The Doctor Who Christmas Specials are always a mixed bag. Designed to reach out and appeal to the Christmas Day audience, they are usually broader in appeal and as a result don't always hit the mark. That's satisfactory on most occasions, but less so when they have to …

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Krampus

3 out of 5 stars Horror and comedy don’t mix well as one often undercuts the other. Here’s an example, however, where that fine balance was achieved… almost. Part Home for the Holidays; part Gremlins and part Labyrinth – with an un-festively ambiguous ending that could either be It’s a Wonderful Life or Twilight Zone, …

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Sisters

2.5 out of 5 stars Proof that great chemistry and goodwill is not enough on their own, and certainly no substitution for an original and funny script, Tina “30 Rock” Fey and Amy “Parks and Recreation” Poehler’s latest find them coasting in a bog standard house party comedy where the normally teenage culprits are aged …

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