I've sounded off on my favourite individual performances, so we'll cap the weekend off with the Ensembles that most impressed me in 2015. Happy Superbowl Sunday!
Every single scene is filled wall-to-wall with sincere, expressive performances, though not the flashy sort that immediately make you stop and take notice.
In many ways, that's the beauty of them.
RICKI AND THE FLASH
What many dismissed as ragged, unpolished acting is actually one of this movie's stealthiest charms. Everyone (not just Streep) delivers rich, earthy performances with a loose, quasi-improvisational feel.
Greater than the sum of its considerable parts, the cast carves out distinctive personalities for a roster of talking heads who could have become homogenized; Marvelous group acting.
Fassbender may be the Apple of the screenplay's eye, but he's shored up on all sides by an equally wonderful ensemble. Each scene partner finds an enticing new dynamic to explore with him.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
A true ensemble piece in which every player is excellent both individually and in group scenes. Also, emoting through musical performances is a unique challenge they meet with furious energy.
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