Here it is ladies and gentlemen: the cream of the crop, the best of the best, and whatever other “blank of the blank” you want to add in here. These are the best films to grace the big screen in 2015. They made us laugh, cry, feel a little nauseous, sit on the edge of our seats, and all the other things you hope to gain from a great movie.
Coming into the year there were a lot of films worth looking forward to. Many delivered, and others not so much, but there were also a few surprises that came out of left field too. So here is where everything stacked up.
10. BONE TOMAHAWK (S. Craig Zahler)
A perfect blend of a character driven western mixed with gruesome horror. Solid A+ performances, nasty practical effects, and largely underrated. Horror fans must get their hands on this title ASAP.
09. IT FOLLOWS (David Robert Mitchell)
A unique story idea that felt fresh and original, in a sea of mundane horror films. Artistic sensibilities married alongside traditional horror tropes that blended into a one of a kind experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Easily 2015’s best horror film.
08. THE REVENANT (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
One of the best performances of the year coming from Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio. Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s follow up that’s brutally harsh with a never ending onslaught of coldness. Uninviting and mesmerizing, The Revenant is a stark reminder that you should be glad to live in an age like today.
07. THE MARTIAN (Ridley Scott)
Ridley Scott brings a beloved novel to life with such precise accuracy, it’ll almost make you think it’s real. The Martian is also the funniest film of 2015, which was like the cherry on top of a sci-fi sundae.
06. ANOMALISA (Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
Charlie Kaufman’s writing + puppets = a thought provoking and existential drama, that’s unlike any movie of 2015. A true one of a kind film.
05. THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Quentin Tarantino)
Tarantino never disappoints and his winning streak continues with this blood soaked modern western. Impeccable casting, ferocious intensity, and shot in beautiful 70mm Ultra Panavision – The Hateful Eight is a must see in this year’s crop of films.
04. CREED (Ryan Coogler)
There was hope that Creed was going to be good – the Ryan Coogler/Michael B Jordan team does not mess around – and holy shit if Creed wasn’t an incredible movie. Not since the original Rocky has a fight film moved you like this. Jordan and Stallone’s chemistry works well and Coogler managed to successfully take a dying franchise and reinvent it in an invigorating way.
03. SPOTLIGHT (Tom McCarthy)
An adept procedural that doesn’t rest on any one thing to make it rewarding – instead blending story, cast, and writing to near perfection. A film paced so effectively you’ll be locked in right from the start.
02. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (J.J. ABRAMS)
Sure it’s not a masterpiece, but it’ll tug at your nostalgic heart strings like no other film has done in awhile. A guilty pleasure, sure, but one that’s still expertly crafted. Plus it has been over 30 years since the last good Star Wars film, it’s about time. Thank you J.J. Abrams.
01. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller)
No other film in 2015 has made such an impact like Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s bigger and more grandiose that anything that has hit the big screen in a long time. There are action sequences in Fury Road that defy imagination and certainly aren’t going to be replicated as competently as George Miller has presented them. It’s a spectacle that hopefully you were lucky enough to see in the theaters, your 50 inch TV isn’t going to do this film any justice.
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