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Press Picks for Top 5 Movies of 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hollywood dominated 2015 with some superb movies, transporting moviegoers to other worlds, gazing into the future, reflecting on the past, and even showing some familiar character faces. In the order of their release, below are the Press’ favorite 2015 movies.Ex MachinaThe sci-fi thriller assesses the world’s first artificial intelligence. Almost completely covered in CGI effects, Alicia Vikander delivers an impressive and eerily life-like portrayal as the AI. Joined by programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) and the oddball AI creator Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), the story takes a bit of a weird turn. Ultimately, the film explores the current and controversial relationship between man and machine.Mad Max: Fury RoadContinuing director George Miller’s 30-year-old franchise, the Road Warrior returns to a simple chase plot through his barbaric and outlandish apocalyptic nightmare. Beautifully choreographed but intense action sequences (literally) drive the story forward, leaving the worldbuilding and character development to the stunning visuals, leaving the unnecessary explanations in the desert Wasteland’s dust. Charlize Theron’s one-armed Furiosa steals the spotlight sometimes from Max (Tom Hardy), but their journey is exciting and fun. Open-minded audiences will finish this film exclaiming, “What a day! What a lovely day!”The MartianMatt Damon is stranded in space … again. This time he’s on Mars and needs to grow food and water on a planet where nothing grows, establish contact with Earth, and ultimately, “science the shit out of this.” What’s expected to be a predictably depressing survival movie surprises with a comically sarcastic and optimistic main character and overall tone. Even more interesting, the scenario is realistic and backed 100 percent by NASA, which “coincidentally” announced that water was found on Mars just around the film’s release. Check out the Press’ complete review here.SpotlightOkay, maybe we journalists are a little biased here. We like to think our job is hard work, but few can compete with The Boston Globe’s investigations and disturbing revelations into the cover-ups of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The dramatized retelling of the widespread scandals enlightens viewers to the infuriating process of investigative journalism when impeded by opposition. Releasing this film when religious skepticism is at an all-time peak seemed like curious timing, too.This photo provided by Disney shows, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren with his Lightsaber in a scene from the new film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The movie releases in the U.S. on Dec. 18, 2015. (Film Frame/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP) ORG XMIT: CAET177Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force AwakensLet’s be honest, we all saw this one coming. Star Wars is back! Maybe not quite more powerful than we could possibly imagine, but still back! Clashing lightsabers, one Millennium Falcon, and some screeching TIE Fighters returned fans old and new to a galaxy far, far away. Does it surpass the original trilogy? Hell no! But the new characters separated themselves from the original cast enough to claim the story as their own and set the stage for the now highly anticipated Ep. VIII in 2017. Check out the Press’ nostalgic review here.last_img read more


Gov. Wolf: Progress from House Judiciary on Police Reforms is Encouraging, Timely

first_imgGov. Wolf: Progress from House Judiciary on Police Reforms is Encouraging, Timely Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf thanked the House Judiciary Committee for the encouraging progress it made today by overwhelmingly supporting amendments to two important pieces of legislation – the first steps in addressing law enforcement reform and accountability he announced on June 4.“When I introduced meaningful police reforms earlier this month, I said they would begin immediately and the General Assembly listened,” Gov. Wolf said. “It is past time to address the need for reforms that support law enforcement while protecting the public and these two bills do that. I commend the House Democrats for their leadership on law enforcement reform and the bipartisan commitment of the House Judiciary Committee. This is an important step forward and a reminder that we have more work to do to get these and other bill through the legislature and to my desk.”Amendments to House Bills 1841 and 1910 address the creation of a database of previous disciplinary actions for use in the hiring process for law enforcement officers and the need for mental health evaluations for law enforcement officers, respectively.Amendments to HB1910 include ensuring mental health evaluations for law enforcement personnel are available and a requirement for continued employment.The database associated with HB1841 would be administered through the independent Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission and would include information on any previous officer misconduct, including discharge of firearms, excessive use of force, or other complaints against an officer that would be helpful for an employer to have access to during the hiring process.“These amendments strengthen these bills and are in the best interest of our law enforcement personnel and the people they serve. I look forward to these bills moving through the General Assembly to my desk,” Gov. Wolf said.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 15, 2020last_img read more


Villa appeal after Delph red card

first_imgAston Villa have appealed Fabian Delph’s red card after the midfielder was dismissed against Sunderland. Villa hope to get another card overturned after launching a protest for Delph. Lambert said: “I thought it was a harsh red card and we think three games is excessive. “Fabian hasn’t gone in maliciously at all. I can kind of understand why the referee’s done it, but I still think it’s excessive.” Delph is facing a three-game ban starting with the New Year’s Day visit of Crystal Palace if Villa fail in their appeal. It was their fourth red card of the season, including Agbonlahor’s, after Christian Benteke was dismissed against Tottenham in November and Lambert feels they are being harshly treated by officials. “I think it’s been unfair at times,” he said. “I think because we are a youngish kind of side, we can be a target for that. “Even when you ask the lads about it sometimes they can’t believe it either. It’s just something you have to try and get through. “You just have to try and keep 11 guys on the pitch, but I saw some challenges over the weekend on TV and they weren’t punished with anything. You think to yourself ‘how is that different from ours?’ The 25-year-old became the third Villa player to be sent off in four games when he saw red for a challenge on Jordi Gomez in Sunday’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with Sunderland. It forced manager Paul Lambert to deny they are a dirty team after Kieran Richardson and Gabby Agbonlahor – who had his red card agianst Manchester United rescinded – also walked early this month. “I think if you go back to Gabby’s red card, everyone knew that shouldn’t have been sent off. “So we were down to 10 men against Manchester United then they told us that Gabby shouldn’t have been sent off – well thanks very much. “Christian’s red card I would also debate, too.” Press Associationlast_img read more