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Chris McCoy

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97% Brooklyn (2015) A low-key tribute to the better angels of American nature.‐ Memphis Flyer
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90% The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010) The film's bifurcated structure is the most interesting thing about Secret In Their Eyes, but it can't save the incredibly ham handed script. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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68% The Night Before (2015) Sometimes, you just need a big, dumb comedy.‐ Memphis Flyer
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93% Room (2015) Superbly constructed and passionately made, Room is the kind of rare indie jewel that only comes around once every few years.‐ Memphis Flyer
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63% Spectre (2015) The producers have put $300 million into this Bond-stravaganza, so they need to feel like they're getting their money's worth. You probably will, too.‐ Memphis Flyer
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63% Truth (2015) It's a solidly-made movie, but you may come away from it wondering who, if anyone, has a claim on truth in the 21st century.‐ Memphis Flyer
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72% Crimson Peak (2015) There are so many holes in [the] story, I just don't think it's salvageable.‐ Memphis Flyer
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91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Working from an excellent screenplay by Matt Charman that was rewritten by Joel and Ethan Coen, both Hanks and Spielberg are at the top of their game.‐ Memphis Flyer
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72% He Named Me Malala (2015) Even beyond Malala, there's plenty of interesting material to work with here, such as the inside explanation of the Taliban's appeal to the uneducated populations. But He Named Me Malala is simply unable to present it in a coherent fashion.‐ Memphis Flyer
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84% The Walk (2015) Zemeckis has great fun manipulating the viewer's depth perception, especially once Petit steps out onto the highest of wires. Combined with the flawless, photorealistic CGI, he makes The Walk a completely immersive experience. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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91% The Martian (2015) The Martian is a major return to form for Scott, who seems inspired by NASA's can-do spirit. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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91% Mississippi Grind (2015) It's a surprising film that wrests unexpected pleasures out of some extremely depressing situations, but it's still not going to convince me to make a return visit to a casino any time soon.‐ Memphis Flyer
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92% Sicario (2015) Del Toro is a fantastic actor who has been failed by his scripts and direction time and time again. Not so with Sicario. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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73% Black Mass (2015) It makes for a bleak view of humanity dressed up in tacky 70s clothes and some of the worst hairstyles ever committed to film. But if you're a fan of gangster movies and/or Depp, Black Mass is the best dose you're going to get this year.‐ Memphis Flyer
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91% Grandma (2015) Really, it's just great to see Tomlin in the driver's seat again.‐ Memphis Flyer
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86% The Wolfpack (2015) The Wolfpack is thought-provoking and sometimes touching, but there is a nagging sense that Moselle didn't dig deep enough into the abusive situation. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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82% Mistress America (2015) Mistress America powers through the occasional rough spots on Gerwig's determination, unlike her character, not to take it all too seriously.‐ Memphis Flyer
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95% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) In less-sure hands, this could have been a creepy debacle. But Heller, who first adapted the work for the stage, knows the material inside out, and with the Sundance Institute at her back, she has created an impeccably crafted film. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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91% The Gift (2015) The Gift lacks either Fincher's talent for dense plotting or Hitchcock's elegance. Long passages in the middle seem repetitive, as Edgerton leans on jump-scares over and over. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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43% American Ultra (2015) Stewart and Eisenberg seem like they're having a blast, and hanging out with them for 90 minutes makes American Ultra a good time.‐ Memphis Flyer
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88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton is disciplined, professional filmmaking where the director has enough sense to know his subject matter is so epic that telling the story straight is enough to make it work.‐ Memphis Flyer
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92% The End Of The Tour (2015) If you're a fan of Wallace's work, or if you just like good writing, The End of the Tour is a must-see.‐ Memphis Flyer
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93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) What Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are all about is crafting high-quality action, and judged by that metric, they succeed. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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16% Pixels (2015) The combination of Columbus' bland, corporate filmmaking and Sandler's tone deaf performance proves particularly grating.‐ Memphis Flyer
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83% Ant-Man (2015) For the sections of its 117-minute running time when it's focusing on its core plot, Ant-Man is a good time at the movies.‐ Memphis Flyer
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85% Trainwreck (2015) For the sections of its 124-minute running time that it focuses on Amy's romantic foibles, Trainwreck is a good time at the movies.‐ Memphis Flyer
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16% Aloft (2015) There's a difference between pursuing a personal vision and wallowing in your own fetishes, as writer/director Claudia Llosa has done here. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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95% Amy (2015) Amy succeeds at humanizing Winehouse but leaves you feeling queasy at your own eagerness to watch the trainwreck.‐ Memphis Flyer
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55% Minions (2015) Let's start with what Minions gets right: It's a mercifully short 93 minutes long. But even at that length, it still feels padded.‐ Memphis Flyer
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27% Terminator Genisys (2015) In place of Cameron's relentless action-inventiveness, we get derivative hackery and callbacks to action sequences that were better staged 25 years ago. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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88% Dope (2015) With Dope, writer/director Rick Famuyiwa has given the teen-movie genre a 21st-century upgrade. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Gomez-Rejon and Andrews walk a thin line between deploying and subverting tired tropes, but their message is ultimately one of empathy, which makes Me and Earl and the Dying Girl worthwhile.‐ Memphis Flyer
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98% Inside Out (2015) Like classic Looney Tunes, Inside Out is ostensibly directed at kids, but speaks even deeper volumes to adults. It's funny and exciting, and its lessons go down easy. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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72% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World is not a misfire, just a pale reflection of Jurassic Park... But I had fun rooting for the dinosaurs anyway.‐ Memphis Flyer
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90% Love & Mercy (2015) With a substantive story, a passionate cast and crew, and an experimental eye and ear, Pohlad has crafted one of the best movies of the year.‐ Memphis Flyer
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95% Spy (2015) I hope one of these days someone will write a Groundhog Day-level script for McCarthy, and she'll finally get to create the classic her talent promises. But until then, Spy is a pretty agreeable time at the theater.‐ Memphis Flyer
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50% San Andreas (2015) If I called San Andreas "a huge disaster." director Brad Peyton would probably take it as a compliment. It's not a compliment.‐ Memphis Flyer
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50% Tomorrowland (2015) It's a structurally muddled mess that manages to make flying around with a jetpack feel boring.‐ Memphis Flyer
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97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It's a rare film that engages the mind while rocking the body. Miller's vision of a world consumed by its own greed, where water, gasoline, and bullets are the most precious commodities, seems even more relevant today than it did 30 years ago. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) It's a sprawling epic that represents the best work the corporate Hollywood studio system can produce. With Whedon's work, that's not damning with faint praise, it's just a statement of fact.‐ Memphis Flyer
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95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) Co-directors Win Wenders' and Salgado's son Juliano's documentary chronicling the life of the photographer is so full of jaw-dropping moments that getting up close and personal with a whale merits only a passing mention. ‐ Memphis Flyer
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94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) What the director [Denny Tedesco] lacks in technical chops and narrative clarity, he more than makes up for in enthusiasm and heart, and that's what make The Wrecking Crew an exceptional documentary.‐ Memphis Flyer
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45% True Story (2015) It's a worthy addition to the true crime genre -- even if it leaves viewers questioning the meaning of "true."‐ Memphis Flyer
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84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) The writing and research are meticulous, and director Kenner is not afraid to interview the people he's calling liars and shills.‐ Memphis Flyer
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84% While We're Young (2015) It starts off as a familiar comedy of postmodern manners before opening up and embracing a wider world. Cheer up, it says to Gen X. Everybody's in the same boat. Get over yourselves.‐ Memphis Flyer
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96% It Follows (2015) I could go on at great length about the dark subtexts swirling underneath It Follows, but the most important thing is that the surface is genuinely terrifying. It's an instant classic.‐ Memphis Flyer
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92% Red Army (2015) I'm not much of a sportsman, much less a hockey fan, but this meticulously crafted documentary is a knockout.‐ Memphis Flyer
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94% Wild Tales (2015) Revealing more than the barest plot information about the individual segments would spoil the wicked pleasure of watching things quickly escalate into the realm of the absurd.‐ Memphis Flyer
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84% Cinderella (2015) Turgid, overly long, and desperate for a reason to exist beyond the boffo box office numbers.‐ Memphis Flyer
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96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Clement, Waititi, and Brugh clearly love getting to turn into bats and battling werewolves almost as much as they love poking fun at the absurdity of it all. Their low-key enthusiasm is infectious.‐ Memphis Flyer
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