Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a great sequel to Man of Steel and a great prequel to a Justice League film franchise. The main flaw is its formulaic plot, resembling so much of The Dark Knight Trilogy. Hello? Lex Luthor acting like The Joker? But other than that, go to the cinema and enjoy the more than two hours of superhero awesomeness, because we deserve it! What a time to be alive!
Spotlight (2015, USA) gained the recent Oscars spotlight after winning the Best Film. Brave and compelling, Spotlight exposed the systematic and systemic sexual abuse of the Roman Catholic Church clergy narrated from the investigative journalism standpoint. Intelligent and alarming, Spotlight features a solid ensemble to complement the aesthetically fluid direction. A you-have-to-see-this 10.
When Marnie Was There (2014, Japan) is yet another picturesque Studio Ghibli production with a beautiful sketch of Japanese countryside. Very much different from its predecessors in terms of narrative and propagating themes on self-discovery and self-formation with a hint of thriller and mystery, When Marnie Was There is truly a Studio Ghibli classic guaranteed to warm your heart and pinch you in all the right places.
Barbaric and unforgiving, War Witch (2012, Canada) is a horrifying tale of child soldiers. Invested in the darkness of humanity although offering a brief comedic respite, War Witch is a socially relevant commentary aware of the repercussions of war and power. Dark 7
After the eponymous expedition of Thor Heyerdahl over the Pacific to prove the then theory that the first to populate Polynesia were from South America, Kon-Tiki (2012, Norway) is a grand historical production of mesmerizing thrilling beauty and dangers of the ocean. With perfect blue cinematography and stylized dramatization, Kon-Tiki satisfies the human curiosity for knowledge and adventure. Ambitious 10!