In case you haven't heard, American Sniper made all of the money ever at the box office and maybe singlehandedly saved Hollywood.
Jennifer Aniston's against-type portrayal of a woman who Wikipedia tells me "has become embittered with her life after surviving a car accident, which killed her child and left her in chronic pain" netted her a Golden Globe nomination and significant Oscar buzz. Also starring Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, you know it's going to be great acting all around.
Yup. Fifty Shades of Grey.
Outside of maybe The Babadook, It Follows is probably the most critically revered indie horror movie of recent years. As with most horror, the less you know going in, the better.
So there's this actor, right? And usually he's all reserved and British and Oscar-y, but this one time he made a movie with the director from Kick-Ass and he was all kicking and shooting and, well, maybe still a bit Oscar-y (but we won't hold that against him). And explosions! And a lady with knives for feet! And Samuel L. Jackson! And I rest my case.
No No, a biographical documentary about 1971 MLB all-star pitcher Dock Ellis, premiered at Sundance to rave reviews and currently sports a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Ellis is most famous for having thrown a no-hitter while allegedly tripping on LSD (wonderfully animated in a mini-documentary that's freely available on YouTube), and of course No No takes its name from that incident, but also builds a surprisingly rich portrait of a man and his times, of his addictions and his place in the changing cultural landscape of baseball and of America. Recommended.
By all accounts, Paddington is one of those kids movies that adults can sit through without feeling oppressed.
The Soviet hockey team was one of the most dominant dynasties in sports history. Get the whole inside story in this riveting, crowd-pleasing documentary focusing on captain Slava Fetisov. Na zdorovie!
How can I convince you of the merits of Spring? If I say it's an effective indie horror-romance hybrid, it's bound to conjure images of so many cut rate Shaun of the Dead knock-offs. If I so much as utter the words "Paranormal Romance" I ... Wait! No, wait! Really! Come back! It's good! Okay... whew... let's see, one more try.... How about this: imagine Richard Linklater's arthouse-beloved Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight as conceived and directed by pre-Videodrome-era David Cronenberg. "Hey now! I'd watch that, if such a thing existed," you say. Well, I have good news for you...
That's right: It's a documentary all about Sriracha-brand hot sauce. What more do you need to know?
The Babadook garnered universal praise, with many critics falling all over themselves to heap superlatives on the independent Australian psychological thriller and director Jennifer Kent. Not bad for her first feature. The Star Tribune's Colin Covert put it nicely, "The Babadook is urgent, uncanny and entirely disturbing, a dream within a dream within a nightmare. It is the best English language supernatural film of this new century." Recommended especially for those people who like their horror movies as well written and acted as they are scary. BABADOOOOOOOOK!
Cartoon Spongebob's adventures in the "real world" made a loooooooot of money at the box office and received generally positive press. Go ahead. You know you want to.