Movies in 2015 — Best, Worst, and Final Thoughts

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

A final round-up on the movies of 2015

The best:

Tied For First: “The Big Short” and “Chi-raq,” both all the more ferocious for being as funny and purely entertaining as they are angry
Tied For Second:
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“Ex Machina”
“Inside Out”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens”
“Bridge of Spies”

Runners-up: “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Creed,” “Trumbo,’ “Spotlight,” “Son of Saul,” “Mustang,” “The Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “Mustang,” “Girlhood,” “Straight Outta Compton”

A good year for: movies by and about women: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Miss You Already,” “Chi-Raq,” “Carol,” “Brooklyn,” “Inside Out,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Suffragette,” “Sisters”

Not such a good year for: romance, comedies, or romantic comedies

Popcorn pleasures: “Furious 7,” “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” “Magic Mike: XXL,” “What We Do in the Shadows”

Top five documentaries:

“Amy”
“The Look of Silence”
“Heart of a Dog”
“Iris”
“Best of Enemies”
“The Mind of Mark Defriest”

Breakthrough performers: Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Man from UNCLE,” “The Danish Girl,” “Testament of Youth,” and more, Teyonah Parris (“Chi-Raq”), Jake Lacy (“Carol,” “Love the Coopers”), Raffey Cassidy (“Tomorrowland,” , Brie Larson (“Room”), Amy Schumer (as star and screenwriter of “Trainwreck”), and John Cena, very funny in “Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” and “Daddy’s Home”

And the worst:

“The D Train”
“Mortdecai”
“Unfinished Business”
“The Gunman”
“Blackhat”
“Vacation”
“Pixels”
“Fantastic Four”
“Stonewall”
“Hitman: Agent 47”

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3 Replies to “Movies in 2015 — Best, Worst, and Final Thoughts”

  1. Happy to say I missed most of the stuff on the worst list, though I suffered valiantly through Pixels.

    I’d personally add San Andreas to the Popcorn Pleasures list, though I live in San Francisco and that might have something to do with my thorough enjoyment of such a ridiculous movie. I pre-oredered the Bluray before I even left the theater. (did the same for Mad Max, the first time I saw it.)

    An Honest Liar flew under the radar but deserves a shot at everyone’s documentary list.

    Thanks for another great year of reviews (and other stuff!)

    1. I had to give up on “San Andreas” because it was just so outrageous that the Rock never seemed interested in saving anyone he wasn’t related to. But the special effects and stunts were good. I loved “An Honest Liar.” So glad you saw it. And thanks for the kind words and your comments, which mean the world to me!

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