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The Most Overrated/Underrated Films of 2015

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I love this poster. I wish I had loved the film.

This was a tough pair of lists to compile. Some years, the choices are ample. This year, though, there weren’t many films I found significantly overrated (though there are always a few), and fewer which I found truly underrated. But, by dint of effort and with a little (which is to say a lot) of stretching, I came up with 10 of each, and present them unto you.

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THE WALK Review – ****

"The carrots are cooked." (Source)

“The carrots are cooked.” (Source)

Of the two 3D spectacles which have recently bowed in theaters–both initially given exclusive runs in 3D theaters–I may be alone in saying Everest is the superior film; The Walk has the benefit of better reviews, though it has oddly proven less lucrative at the box-office.

Given the great success of the documentary Man on Wire seven years ago, some have claimed that this is a rather superfluous film, and on some level that may be true, but in its own right, it’s a solid, light-hearted entertainment, and even Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s French accent passes muster–words I feared I would never type.

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Most Anticipated Films of 2015 – October 1 Onwards

Could a stop-motion animated film about a melancholy motivational speaker be the year's best? (Source)

Could a stop-motion animated film about a melancholy motivational speaker be the year’s best? (Source)

Looking forward to the rest of the year (and the six weeks or so of the new year during which I’ll focus on catching up), I see a few very promising contenders, a few more films with solid potential, and a number of films which could be excellent but could just as easily be forgettable.

2015 probably won’t go down as one of the great film years; indeed, there hasn’t been a Gravity or Boyhood-level critical juggernaut (though Mad Max came fairly close), which at the moment leaves the remainder of the year (and the awards season) a little more up in the air than usual. And I for one don’t mind.

So here are 60 films which are opening tomorrow or further on down the line which I actively want, or have reason to believe I ought, to see. Let’s dig right in.

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TRAILER SALAD IX – THE MEGAPACK: MACBETH, EVEREST, THE WALK, FELT (NSFW), THE TRIBE (NSFW?), Z FOR ZACHARIAH, MISTRESS AMERICA, ARABIAN NIGHTS, KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET, CRIMSON PEAK, SUFFRAGETTE, PAWN SACRIFICE, IRRATIONAL MAN, EDEN, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS, 99 HOMES, LILA & EVE, UNEXPECTED, WELCOME TO HAPPINESS, A WALK IN THE WOODS

Oh, hell yes.

The reviews for this out of Cannes were pretty damn good. And I can see why.

I’m predicting nominations from me for Actor, Actress, Cinematography, Makeup, Original Score, and Sound Mixing, with Picture and Director distinct possibilities.

This is also just a damned well-cut trailer.

Anyway, I’ve got 19 more trailers for you, so let’s get to it:

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