We’re finally here! 2015 may very well go down as the best movie year of the decade, but with so many options vying for your time and hard-earned dollars how do you make sense of it all? Good question.
I (probably somewhat foolhardy) decided to narrow down your decisions each month to the one film you absolutely, no doubt definitely have to see. And then, if you’ve got the time there’s a runner-up you likely will want to check out as well and there’s at least one sorta under the radar film you’ll want to pay attention to as well. So get out your phone and start lining up your schedules around 2015’s essential viewing movie list.
January’s Must See: Blackhat (Jan. 16)
Michael Mann rarely wastes his times on lousy movies so I’m very excited about his latest starring Chris Hemsworth as a prisoner asked to aid American and Chinese officials in stopping a cyber criminal on a worldwide pursuit that takes him from Chicago and Hong Kong.
When he’s set up for a murder, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) once again has to utilize his specific set of skills to find the real killer and avoid law officials (led by Forest Whittaker) who want to bring him in. The set-up for the film wisely advances the story and doesn’t bother with an annoying kidnapping just paving the way for Neeson to do what he does best — be the best action hero in theaters today.
In what looks like it could be a cross of “I Love You Man” and “Hitch,” Kevin Hart teams with Josh Gad in this comedy about a man who recruits a best-man-for hire to help him impress his in-laws.
I’ve got high hopes for this one and really hoping it doesn’t let me down by making Hart too much of the focus.