My Number 4 Movie of 2015 is:

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I described this film as a “loud and pulsing hip-hop history lesson” when I saw it months ago and I am proud to acknowledge this film as #4 on my best films of 2015 list. Straight Outta Compton should be showered in accolades and praised for it’s outstanding construction chronicling the rise of music’s most dangerous group.

Synopsis: Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella are N.W.A., the group that gave hip-hop an identity and shook the world to its core with anthems such as F*** the Police. Straight Outta Compton followed the members of N.W.A. from the beginning to the end to the aftermath.

Director: F. Gary Gray

Screenwriter: Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman

Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Paul Giamatti, R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp

Crew: Matthew Libatique (cinematography), Billy Fox and Michael Tronick (editing), Joseph Trapanese (music), Shane Valentino (production design), Christopher Brown (art direction),


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