The Year Ahead: 2015 Movies Just Slightly Off the Beaten Path

January 7, 2015 10:34 PM

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Many years ago, before I was about to lead my first post-film discussion in a real live theater, I asked a former teacher for help. I did not know the film very well, and I was woefully ignorant about its genre and nationality. My teacher told me not to worry -- that in order to be an expert, I just had to know five more facts than anyone else in the room. I studied up and got through the screening.

Today, when everyone has all the facts they could ever want tucked conveniently into their pockets, ready to be whipped out at a moment's notice, sounding smart is harder than ever. So, for instance, I eschewed writing a typical "ten best" list this year because there are so freaking many of them ou...

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