James v. Charlie (This Week in Cinema – 11/7/15)

Posted: November 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Its James Bond versus Charlie Brown on the big screen this weekend. And while Bond’s Spectre is likely to win the box office battle, its actually Charlie Brown’s The Peanuts Movie that is a more rewarding film. So many films and franchises have very little respect for source material, and its nice to see the true spirit of Charles Schultz’s gallery alive again in film format. That makes The Peanuts Movie my Film to See this weekend.

That being said, I have no doubt that the limited release films bring a gold mine of cinema to the forefront.

Brooklyn (Saoirse Ronan), released on Wednesday, is about a young Irish immigrant falling for a young Italian immigrant in 1950s NYC, blacklist tale Trumbo should rocket Bryan Cranston back into the spotlight, and Spotlight, which highlights the initial Boston Globe investigation into abuse allegations against Catholic priests, is going to be one to see, especially with Mark Ruffalo and a resurrected Michael Keaton on board. There’s also Miss You Already and The Hallow, which can be skipped.

Must See: The Peanuts Movie, Spotlight

Worth Your Time: TrumboBrooklyn

Ok: SpectreMiss You Already

Stay Away: The Hallow

Where do They Come From?

Only wide release films count towards these numbers.

  • Spectre: Sequel in the James Bond franchise
  • The Peanuts Movie: Adaptation of Peanuts cartoon strip by Charles Schultz

Original: 50

Adaptation: 33

Sequel/Prequel: 19

Remake: 2


These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.

They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films are not included until the end of year if Oscar potential exists.

DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.

2) Room
3) Sicario
4) The Martian
5) Beasts of No Nation
6) End of the Tour
7) Straight Outta Compton
8) Bridge of Spies

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