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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!
Lone Survivor (2013, USA) is both a bloody and teary war narrative inspired by the very real Operation Red Wings. A horrifying realistic, Lone Survivor argues with the worst and best of humanity. A courageous 9.
Stranger By The Lake (2013, France): consuming, intoxicating, and unapologetic portrayal of homosexual passion and crime. Sexually graphic, Stranger By The Lake aptly identifies as a powerful vision rather a pornographic mission. Stranger By The Lake is truly a Cannes Film Festival gold.
Solid, tense, and impressive, Argo (2012, USA) is a narrative of a covert rescue circa Iranian Revolution, 1979. Pulse-racing and heart-punching, Argo delivers genuine tension that puts Ben Affleck as one of Hollywood's rising directors.
Delicate, but strong, Zero Dark Thirty (2012, USA) is a masterful work that sharply narrates the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Kathryn Bigelow believably takes the audience to the Osama bin Laden case "ground zero."
Upside Down (2013, France-Canada) is a fantasy feature set in an alternate Universe with opposing worlds, literally and figuratively. Employing a "forbidden love" drama, Upside Down, amid great photography and concept, fails to sustain energy for the audience to believe.
Revolting and jolting, Mama (2013, USA) delivers real modern suspense and horror to those who believe (and not believe).
Topping my personal list of favorite movie endings of all time, Fight Club (1999, USA) is an adaptation from a Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name that scolds and retaliates. Delivering a dark yet comical philosophy, Fight Club is revolutionary - dare say way ahead of its time, perhaps also in our time. A brilliant masterpiece of modern cinema.
Pitch Perfect (2012, USA) is a fusion of Glee, Mean Girls, and everything nice. A highly addicting, genuinely exciting, and perfectly beautiful composition about a university acappella group to discovery, friendship, and success. A perfect 10.
Silent, but pervading. Brutal, but tender. Amour (2012, Austria) is another Michael Haneke masterpiece with sincere depth, love, and devotion. Of an octogenarian couple troubled with the interminable reality of life, Amour is a riveting masterpiece that bares the curious combination of grace, love, and death.
Life Of Pi (2012, USA) is a life-affirming technical marvel that triumphs with a wave of delightful visuals and insightful narrative.
A re-imagination of well-loved childhood beliefs, Rise of the Guardians (2012, USA) is innocent and benevolent suitable for children and adults alike.