The holiday season is upon us. The month-long, end-of-year, all-round celebration known as December has now begun, and as per tradition, will conclude its final week with a celebration of life’s greatest gift: giving. And for those fellow film fans among you, nothing will be a better gift for them than some of this year’s best films on Blu-ray (this list will be updated up until Christmas Eve):

But first, what I’d advise against giving:

Not recommended

Inside Out

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Pete Docter,  Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley


Inside Out, the latest Disney-Pixar coproduction, feels like a clever educational short stretched to feature length.” – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader




Brian Helgeland


Legend is a bad title for a film that doesn’t quite succeed in relating how these brothers became legends.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times




John LoganNeal PurvisRobert Wade and Jez Butterworth


“The problem may be that Mendes is trying to offset the inherent pulpiness of the series by playing up the class.” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker [cover TBC]

Jocelyn Moorehouse and P. J. Hogan


“Surely Winslet can find better roles than this.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian



Glenn Ficarra and John Requa


“That sound you hear is the high-fives in the writers’ room, and that, unfortunately, is where the filmmakers’ focus remains.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker


Fantastic Four

137907_largeFantastic Four

Jeremy SlaterSimon Kinberg and Josh Trank


“A lightweight and basically unnecessary attempt to once again bring some cinematic life to one of the lesser teams in the Marvel Universe.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times


Jurassic World

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Rick JaffaAmanda SilverDerek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow


Jurassic World is precisely what every Jurassic Park fan would hope it might be. It delivers fair and square.” – David Sexton, This is London



Edgar WrightJoe CornishAdam McKay and Paul Rudd


“In these playful moments, it feels as if we’re watching a sly spoof of a typical Marvel film; but then the film reverts to more predictable blockbuster fare.” – Michael Bonner, Uncut Magazine

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

122322_largeThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Peter Craig and Danny Strong


“The Hunger Games, which kicked off in a blaze of guts ‘n’ glory in 2012, ends now with a sad whimper, along with a lot of big bangs signifying nothing.” – Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun

Steve Jobs

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Aaron Sorkin

“[Boyle’s] real achievement is making cinema out of material that isn’t even a stage play as much as very expensive radio: a battery of dialogue, unbroken by reflective pauses or even, on occasion, the actors drawing breath.” – Danny Leigh, Financial Times


Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Joss Whedon


Avengers: Age of Ultron is a sometimes daffy, occasionally baffling, surprisingly touching and even romantic adventure with one kinetic thrill after another. It earns a place of high ranking in the Marvel Universe.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times

The Lady in the Van

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Alan Bennett


“Smith, who has played Miss Shepherd onstage, is mighty and raging, stubborn and frail, always true to the woman herself rather than our idea of what Smith should be on screen.” – Alan Schersterstuhl, Village Voice

Published by Alexander Sigsworth

Writing about Herobrine in The Characters That Define Us at Normal Happenings. Profile photo chosen for Gamers Blog Party: Summer 2019 at Later Levels. Known as the Purple Prose Mage at the Well-Red Mage.

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