Best of 2015


People went to the movies more than ever in 2015. It was a big year for the box office, but also a return to form for old school, quality filmmaking.

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Trainwreck

Written by lead star Amy SchumerTrainwreck is a raunchy, yet poignant romantic comedy. Through a comedy at heart, the film makes enlightened commentary on the nature of dating, relationships, family, and the stereotypes that surround athletes.

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Sicario

Sicario

A drug war drama centered around a naive, yet talented FBI agent played by Emily BluntSicario is as brutal and thought-provoking as it is beautiful to look at. The very nature of Roger Deakins’ gorgeous cinematography combined with the gritty subject matter perfectly reflect the dark themes in the film.

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Room

Based on Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel, Room is all about the chemistry between a mother (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay). While it’s a film about opening doors to a new world and adapting to a new way of life, it is also about letting go of the past, while never forgetting where you came from.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Charming is the best way to describe this adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel. The Sundance favorite tells a unique coming-of-age story about friendship, empathy, and film. Forced to befriend a sick classmate, Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) begins a personal journey that is as funny as it is heartfelt.

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Bone Tomahawk

Kurt Russell plays sheriff in S. Craig Zahler’s gripping Western. The film builds into a brutal, genre bending thriller. Excellent use of dialogue and Western conventions to subvert viewer’s expectations. This is a movie that stays with you for a long time.

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Slow West

Slow West

A tight and thrilling Western showcasing the talents of Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee. There are genuine surprises and turns in scenes and the final sequence leading up to the film’s end credits is haunting.

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The Martian

A plot like The Martian's could easily turn into a boring mess. Luckily, the film does a lot of things well. The Martian landscape is textured, colorful, and believable. Matt Damon carries the film on his shoulders, often alone in front of the camera.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

It doesn’t happen often that a franchise gets better as time passes, but that is the case with Mission: ImpossibleRogue Nation offers perhaps the best female character in the spy genre in Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). Tom Cruise goes from hanging off the side of an airplane to the best motorcycle chase brought to film.

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Creed

Michael B. Jordan is a compelling star and Ryan Coogler shows again that he is one of Hollywood’s best young directors as they revive the Rocky story. Creed is a thrilling return to the ring combining nostalgia and adept direction to transition the story to a new generation.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams knocked it out of the park with his reboot of the Star Wars franchise, and more impressive, it was mostly due to new characters Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren. The Force Awakens was a return to form in terms of tone and aesthetics and sets up an expansive universe of stories for years to come.

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The End of the Tour

This road movie is adapted from the five day tour shared by writers David Foster Wallace and David LipskyJason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg captivate in their portrayals of the authors, carrying a subtle story about two men at important crossroads. Their efforts to discover the nature of the other reveal more about themselves and the humanity they share.

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Ex Machina

Ex Machina

A slow paced film from Alex Garland using the creation of artificial intelligence to shed a light on human nature. There have been many disappointing sci-fi thrillers of late but this one finally gets it right. Oscar IsaacDomnhall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander are fantastic leads and the cerebral story engages from start to finish.

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Inside Out

The creative team at Pixar reaffirmed their genius with this film about the voices inside your head. It hit home emotionally perhaps more with adults than kids, who enjoyed the adventures of the bright characters led by Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith.

The Revenant

The Revenant

Perhaps one of the greatest achievements in cinematography ever. Director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki utilized only natural light sources for the shoot of the film about fur trader Hugh GlassLeonardo DiCaprio turns in one of the best performances of his career as the grizzled frontiersman in a story about survival and revenge.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Essentially a film depicting one long car chase, Mad Max is a tour-de-force of action and visual storytelling that says and does more than your typical blockbuster. Charlize Theron plays one of the best female characters put to screen in a film about survival, gender equality, and awesome explosions and practical special effects.

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It has been a blast watching movies in 2015 and we look forward to sharing the next with you.

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