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The Best Movies I Saw in 2015

Yes, these lists usually come out right before the end of the year. To the surprise of few who know me, I’m just late with this one.

But I should also mention another difference between my list and many others you may see of the same type. Due to my stage in life (which I’d summarize as “three young kids”) I don’t exactly see everything that gets released. And my personal preferences may also my steer me away or toward particular films. So my list may not have a great movie that was released only a short time ago, simply because I haven’t seen it yet or I’m not that excited about seeing it for whatever reason. On the other hand, it might include something that came out many years ago.

So without further fanfare, and in no particular order, here goes:

Mini-Movie Review: Inside Out

MV5BOTgxMDQwMDk0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjU5OTg2NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Pixar strikes again. With its latest feature, Inside Out, the celebrated animation studio has once more managed to fashion a work that combines striking creativity with real insight into the human condition.

Inside Out renders our ever-changing internal experiences as a cleverly imagined world behind the eyes. The hub of this mindscape is the appropriately named Headquarters, in which a handful of personified emotions both cooperate and compete to shape the personality and actions of Riley, a young girl grappling with the challenges of her family’s cross-country move. The premise allows for a host of creative plot devices, including the Train of Thought, an indifferently guarded subconscious (with Riley’s fear of clowns among those locked inside), a studio that churns out nightly dream productions and a deep, dark chasm in which memories are discarded forever. The movie’s casting is nearly perfect, with Amy Poehler’s leading turn as Joy being a prime example. And Pixar’s ability to deliver captivating animation is, as usual, on full display.