And perhaps you made a to-do list of those films so that you wouldn't miss them. But if you are not a list maker, I thought I would give you a handy dandy list of the best films I've seen all year so far, so you can enjoy them too. Some are still in the theatres, but most are out on DVD now or you can find them ON DEMAND or however you view the latest films these days.
But first, what is my criteria for a BEST FILM,
for a MUST SEE?
1. It must have a believable, or at least, an engaging, accessible story
2. Great acting
3. Wonderful direction and production values
4. If it's a comedy, did I laugh? If it's a drama or documentary, was I affected
or moved by it? Did it say something meaningful about the human
5. Did I feel something afterwards, especially the desire to talk about the film
and share my enthusiasm?
6. Was it an overall enjoyable movie experience?
So without further ado, on with the show!
(I have given each film a short but pithy Rosy the Reviewer review but if you are interested, I have also linked each to my original longer review).
Rosy the Reviewer says...if someone can come back from the grave and tell her own story, here it is. Another incredible talent lost to "The 27 Club." Whether you were a fan of Amy Winehouse or not, this film can't help but move you.
Rosy the Reviewer says...we can learn from what goes on inside the brain of an 11-year-old in this wonderful Pixar film that is more for us older folks than the little guys. And have your hankies handy because it's all about joy vs. sadness and the end of childhood.
3. Danny Collins
Rosy the Reviewer says...Al Pacino fans rejoice. He is back in the very best way playing a successful musician who tries to go back in time to reclaim something that was lost. It might be Oscar time for Pacino.
4. Love & Mercy
Rosy the Reviewer says...Expect an Oscar nod to Paul Dano for his uncanny ability to channel the young Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys in this biopic that captures Wilson's genius creative process.
5. Ex Machina
Rosy the Reviewer says...beware of free vacations and sexy robots. This is a mesmerizing, intelligent scifi thriller.
Rosy the Reviewer says...there has never been a more enchanting Cinderella than Lily James ("Downton Abbey") or handsome prince than Richard Madden. Add Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother in a series of outrageous costumes and you have a wonderful retelling of this classic fairy tale that all ages will enjoy
Rosy the Reviewer says...Melissa McCarthy's slump is a thing of the past as she scores in this send-up of James Bond. I laughed. Enough said.
8. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Rosy the Reviewer says... "I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not." I guess that way of thinking was at the heart of what killed Kurt Cobain. His own self-loathing. Another must-see documentary about a major talent gone too soon. Guess how old he was? Right. 27.
Rosy the Reviewer says...Amy Schumer is hot, hot, hot right now and this film is the new face of rom-coms. I laughed...a lot. Enough said.
Rosy the Reviewer says...if a robot can make me cry, that says something about the film.
See you Friday
for my review of the new movie
The Week in Reviews
(What to See or Read and What to Avoid)
and the latest on
My 1001 Movies I Must See Before
My 1001 Movies I Must See Before
I Die Project."
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