Big Hero 6 is another great addition to Disney Animation Studios' storied history. In what amounts to a more general-audience version of Iron Man, the incredible writers at Disney create yet another fun, heart-warming, wholesome film that is guaranteed to entertain every single member of the family. The only downside here is that the film won't be nearly as memorable as some of the other noted animated releases of the past decade. Though there is just as much quality here as there is in any of the well-loved CGI films of recent memory, the lack of strong, memorable characters will doom Big Hero 6 to go down in history as an oh-yeah-I-think-saw-that-one sort of picture. Even so, do yourself a favor and see Big Hero 6.
Smart, provocative, and funny, Top Five is an African-American comedy for the modern day. Chris Rock proves himself to be a talented R-rated comedy screenwriter. Though maybe the plot execution could improve a little bit -- I felt like the plot was a little slow-moving -- the overall content is very funny and will produce a handful of solid laughs for even the most cynical moviegoers. Also doubles as a clever thematic spoof on pop culture, adding in a fun subtext throughout the plot. I'm not sure I'd see it again, but Top Five is very much worth seeing.
Sadly, The Theory of Everything is an unexceptional film about an extraordinary man. The film simply lacks the direction and writing the story deserved. On a bright note, though, the acting in the film is solid, with Redmayne in particular doing a superb job in such a difficult role. He's sure to fetch an Oscar nomination for the performance, while Felicity Jones may be in the running for a Supporting Actress nomination as well. Nothing else about the movie stands out, unfortunately, and as a result the film finishes out as a very average picture with that will hardly be memorable beyond this season.