A Critic’s Dozen: Best Films of 2015

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1. Mad Max: Fury Road Fury Road is the reason we go to the cinema. A modern day Stagecoach that is no doubt likely to resurrect a lost old school style and flare of the action genre. Director George Miller gives us something that we can celebrate, that is after we catch our breath. We pick up with Max (Tom Hardy) being captured by a group of war boys and taken to the Citadel ruled by the evil monger Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). You may recognize Keays-Byrne from the first Mad Max, he played the villain Toecutter in the 1979
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Straight Outta Compton

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  Biopics are a tricky thing.  If you have a compelling story based on true events, then they can really be effective.  But, if you have an actor portraying an icon it’s easy for that performance to appear as bad impersonation, distracting you from the journey.  That’s not the case with Straight Outta Compton.  The story of one of the first big rap groups N.W.A., pioneers of Gangster Rap, is not only surprisingly poignant, but it’s quality film making at a high-level. There are great performances across the board, and none of which feel like hokey imitations.  Strong turns by
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