sight and sound best of 2015

Of the hundreds of “best of the year” lists assembled by various publications around the world, Sight & Sound magazine’s top 20 always tends to be the most fascinating. This year is no different. It’s hard to argue with any list that finds room to contain brutal holocaust immersions and artful LGBT romances and post-apocalyptic action adventures and tear-jerking animated family movies and stirring stop-motion animated dramas and high-concept horror movies and unrelenting documentaries about genocide and stoner film noir.

As usual, the list skews arthouse (there are a few titles here that we aren’t familiar with at all), but consider this list a homework assignment – if it’s on this list, it’s surely going to be worthy of any serious movie fan’s time. Check out the complete Sight and Sound best of 2015 ranking after the jump.

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28 Movies to Watch During Thanksgiving Weekend 2015

2015 Thanksgiving Weekend Movies

Thanks to the magic of Thanksgiving, this week is a little shorter than all the rest, leaving us free to stuff our faces full of turkey and enjoy plenty of good movies. And since it’s a holiday weekend, you’ll probably be looking to escape the house for a few hours just so you don’t have to hear your family argue about politics. Or maybe you want to get everyone out of the house so you can enjoy a movie as a family.

Well, we’ve got you covered for a variety of cinematic occasions with a list of 28 movies to watch this Thanksgiving, and some of them you can even enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Read More »

15 Movies to Be Thankful For This Year

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Come Thursday, many of us, like many of you, will find ourselves around a dinner table with our distant relatives, reflecting on what we’re grateful for in our lives. But before we get to that, we thought we’d take a moment to think about the films we’re thankful for this year.

This isn’t a list of our favorite films of the year, or the best films of the year (though some of them are that, too). These are the films that surprised us, that gave us something we didn’t even know we needed, that seemingly willed themselves into being against all odds, or that just made us really, really happy. After the jump, join us in looking back at the movies to be thankful for in 2015, and then hit the comments to let us know which films you’re grateful for.

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Pixar 20th anniversary

While Pixar Animation is nearly 30 years old, it’s only been 20 years since the company ventured into feature length, computer animated filmmaking with Toy Story. The film was an instant classic in 1996 and it spawned two successful, acclaimed sequels with a fourth installment on the way in 2017, and it was just the beginning of what the animation house had to offer.

In celebration of Pixar’s milestone anniversary this year, editor Kees van Dijkhuizen has paid tribute to Pixar with a supercut of the films they’ve made over the years, from their early shorts to this year’s feature films. You might find yourself getting some tears in your eyes since it’s accompanied by Michael Giacchino‘s score from Up. Read More »

The 2015 Summer Movie Wager: Results and Podcast

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David, Jeff, Peter Sciretta, and Germain reconvene to discuss the results of their 2015 box office summer movie wager results. Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Disney is holding the press junket for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur this weekend, which means the first critics and journalists have begun seeing Peter Sohn‘s “man and his dog” tale set in a world where the prehistoric era never ended.

So what are the early tweets and reviews saying about Pixar’s latest computer animated film? It seems like the consensus agrees that the film is stunning and visually breathtaking, with fantastic sequences and a story that is at times too conventional but at other times very unconventional, dark and inspired. Most of the reviews seem to note that the film is not as emotionally wrenching as Pixar’s previous film Inside Out. Hit the jump to read spoiler-free quotes from The Good Dinosaur reviews.

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Pixar Depression

A good portion of Oscar wins aren’t exactly unpredictable. When Meryl Steep is up for an Academy Award, even for a movie as banal as The Iron Lady, odds are she’ll leave the Dolby Theatre holding another gold statue. The same can be said for Pixar in the Best Animated Feature category, and they have two serious contenders in the race this year. However, there’s one movie coming out that may deprive the animation studio of another win.

Learn which 16 movies are eligible for Best Animated Picture after the jump.

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Inside Out concept art

Just recently, the Honest Trailer for Inside Out pointed out all the seemingly key emotions that were left out of the movie. Instead of having a slew of emotions inside Riley’s mind, they opted to go with only Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. And while that seems like an oversimplification of our emotions, it worked pretty well.

However, for those who were expecting to see more emotions in the movie, you may be interested to know that plenty of others were in consideration to be included, but they simply didn’t make the cut. Some Inside Out concept art shows off what some of them would have looked like, including Embarrassment, Greed, Envy, and Love. Read More »

Inside Out Star Wars

We’d say that last Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer got us a little emotional, but then we’d be lying. If we’re being honest, it got us a lot emotional — choked up, teary-eyed, quivering in anticipation, yelping with glee, and experiencing Proustian flashbacks to our childhoods. It felt like the emotions in our head were going nuts, and apparently the emotions in Riley’s head from Inside Out were experiencing the exact same thing. Watch the Inside Out Star Wars reaction video after the jump.  Read More »