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"The Revenant" isn’t for everyone but for those to whom the subject matter appeals, this is among 2015’s most memorable theatrical options.

A high-wire thriller, full of masterfully executed twists, captivating dialogue, and a wildly entertaining narrative that gallops along at a pace to make three hours evaporate in an instant.

Using gallows humor, likable protagonists, and a variety of nonstandard filmmaking techniques, director Adam McKay maintains a high level of energy for more than two hours.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2015-12-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Nudity, Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda

Slow and dreamy but never boring - the acting is too good and the images too beguiling for that.

A solid space opera spectacle with enough nostalgia to overpower even the most hard-hearted child of the ‘70s and ‘80s but it relies a little too much on recycling old plot elements.

As a way to bridge the gap between the Thanksgiving releases and the Biggest Movie Event of 2015, it’s a solid option.

Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch

The performances, Alicia Vikander’s in particular, are where "The Danish Girl" shines.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Cory Michael Smith

"Carol" is an immersive experience that invites the viewer to slow down and amble along at its leisurely pace.

With "Legend", the elements are present but they are clumsily assembled and the outcome underwhelms.

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-25
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Peter Sohn
Cast: (voices) Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn, A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott

"The Good Dinosaur", although an adequate family film, lacks qualities that have made many of Pixar’s previous productions classics.