2015 Watchlist

Anticipation Score:

5 = I will go over the river, through the woods, and through Mordor to see it.

4 = I would very much like to see it.

3 = I would see it.

2 = I would see it, I guess.

1 = Not a top priority, but I am slightly interested.
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1.
Son of Saul (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. (107 mins.)
Director: Nemes László
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Anticipation Score: 4
12/18 (Limited) ” - redhotchilipieper
 
2.
45 Years (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrew Haigh
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3.
Macbeth (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. (113 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
“ My Grade:
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4.
James White (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. (85 mins.)
Director: Josh Mond
“ AV Club Top 20 ” - redhotchilipieper
 
5.
Approaching the Elephant (2014 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Year one for Lucy, Jiovanni and director Alexander at the Teddy McArdle Free School in Little Falls... (89 mins.)
Director: Amanda Wilder
“ AV Club Top 20 ” - redhotchilipieper
 
6.
The Look of Silence (2014 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers. (103 mins.)
“ AV Club Top 20 ” - redhotchilipieper
 
7.
The Forbidden Room (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo... (130 mins.)
“ AV Club Top 20 ” - redhotchilipieper
 
8.
Hard to Be a God (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history... (177 mins.)
Director: Aleksey German
“ AV Club Top 20 ” - redhotchilipieper
 
9.
The Assassin (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China. (105 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
“ AV Club Top 20 ” - redhotchilipieper
 
10.
The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover. (104 mins.)
“ AV Club Top 20 ” - redhotchilipieper
 
11.
Trumbo (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. (124 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ Award Noms ” - redhotchilipieper
 
12.
Legend (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ Possible Noms ” - redhotchilipieper
 
13.
Timbuktu (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed. (97 mins.)
 
14.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend. (102 mins.)
Director: Marielle Heller
 
15.
Mississippi Grind (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost. (108 mins.)
 
16.
The Wolfpack (2015 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes. (90 mins.)
Director: Crystal Moselle
 
17.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money. (105 mins.)
Director: David Zellner
 
18.
Predestination (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos. (97 mins.)
 
19.
The Lobster (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. (119 mins.)
 
20.
Victoria (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. (138 mins.)
 
21.
Dope (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure. (103 mins.)
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
 
22.
Cop Car (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A small-town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride. (88 mins.)
Director: Jon Watts
 
23.
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in. (101 mins.)
Director: Leslye Headland