#SpoilerFreeReviews

    Written by: Aaron (Dobler) Goldstein. Follow along on twitter.

    Irrational Man

    I rationally did not like Woody Allen’s latest film, “Irrational Man”

    Southpaw

    “Southpaw” may lack originality, but strong performances from McAdams and Gyllenhaal make it Fuqua’s best film since “Training Day.”

    Trainwreck

    In Trainwreck - Amar’e Stoudemire is a Knicks fan favorite…that is definitely something only Hollywood could make-up

    Dope

    “Dope” disguises itself as a small coming of age film, but the raw kinetic style and message elevate it to the greatness of early Spike Lee.

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    I don’t normally rave about films, but I can’t resist after seeing, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

    It’s about a dying girl (it’s in the title, so it is not a spoiler). It’s about filmmaking. It’s about 80’s/90’s nostalgia. No wait, it’s totally just another coming of age story that pays homage to John Hughes and Werner Herzog…wait, what?

    People wanted “Perks of Being a Wallflower” to be the film that defined a generation…it wasn’t. Luckily, a new film, “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl” is. It’s the best film I’ve seen this year (sorry “Mad Max”). This isn’t a film that you easily walk out of and go about your day after viewing, no this is a film that transcends cinema and for the sake of this run-on sentence/in the words of Rich Baderinwa…it is quite simply an “instant classic.”

    Don’t walk to see “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” — run. It’s the most original piece of cinema based on cliched topics to hit the screen in a long time. #BestMovieoftheYearinJune…SayWhat?

    Inside Out

    “Inside Out” is the closest Pixar has come to making a film that honors the imagination of Miyazaki.

    It Follows

    “It Follows” is the best 80s John Carpenter film in years.

    Home

    It feels very 2002 when the number one movie at the box office is “Lilo and Stitch” (otherwise known as “Home”).

    Chappie

    Chappie may have HUGE science fiction aspirations, but it unfortunately gives most of the screen time to cartoon bad guys that completely ruin what could have been an amazing groundbreaking film.

    The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies

    The Hobbit: Battle of Five CGI Armies…I can’t believe I wasted nine hrs of my life watching all three of these video games…I mean “films”

    Wild

    I just saw the new flick “Wild.” I would love to post a spoiler, however absolutely nothing happens during the two hour runtime.

    Unbroken

    Unbroken is the type of cinematic experience you admire for telling a good ol’ fashion bio-pic, yet the emotional punchline for “Louie” Zamperini’s tremendous accomplishments never packs the climatic wallop director Angelina Jolie intends.

    Side Bar Story: Jolie was asked in the Q&A what Louie thought of the film and she stated it wasn’t like that. She further elaborated that Louie fell ill 2 weeks before the premiere and she had the rare opportunity to show the finished movie to him while he was on his deathbed in the hospital. She described it as heartbreakingly emotional to watch a man at the end of his life literally getting to see his life/story play before his eyes. Her telling was much more eloquent than what I can capture here, but her four minute experience told to the audience was much more emotional than the 139 minute film that came before it.

    For me, it will always be one of the most amazing Q&A speeches I’ve seen by an artist, film star, Oscar winner, Ambassador and (insert all her additional accolades here).

    Selma

    “Selma” might be unfairly compared to last year’s 12 Years a Slave, due to the content as well as the same producers, however it’s much more reminiscent to the little seen but deservedly still buzzed about films, “Bloody Sunday” and United 93 by Paul Greengrass. It hits you with the same emotional magnitude and uncovers a new American filmmaker in its director, Ava DuVernay, who is destined to be nominated for Best Director and Best Picture come Oscar season.

    The Theory of Everything

    “The Theory of Everything” nearly tricks you into thinking it’s a great movie due to amazing lead performances by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Yet not even the exceptional performances can hide the fact the film suffers from the “Almost Famous” syndrome (no true protagonist).

    Penguins of Madagascar

    “Penguins of Madagascar” continues Dreamworks streak of less than inspirational sequels (minus “How to Train Your Dragon”) that replace story for heavy handed life lessons for kids disguised as slapstick fun.

    Into the Woods

    Even though “Into the Woods” replaces imagination for a mixed bag of over-the-top special effects, the Stephen Sondheim music/lyrics still crackle with the same magic that continues to make it a theatre favorite after all these years.

    American Sniper

    “American Sniper” is an amazing true inspirational story…it’s too bad I can’t say the same for the movie.

    Big Hero 6

    “Big Hero 6” is the best “superhero” movie this year.

    Intersteller

    Trying to figure out how to post a #spoilerfreereview about the less than stellar “Interstellar…”