Reflection. The end of the year provides an opportunity to look back at all the goodness that was, before looking ahead at what’s to come. I screened as many films as possible and these are the ten that delivered the most impact for me. Carving out the best ten movies can be a challenge some years. So with that in mind, it was a good year for movies because it was a breeze coming up with this list. There are Critics Choice Awards Nominees and potential Oscar films missing from my list, but that is just how it worked out. If there are films on this list you have not seen, then I hope you get the chance to check them out and you enjoy the experience.
Happy New Year. -Mark
TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2015
1. Ex Machina – Smart, original and creative. Cool science fiction with a modern twist.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road – Thrilling and epic adventure that jumps off of the screen. The action and characters were memorable and fantastic.
3. Sicario – This drama is filled with intrigue and suspense. Excellent acting from the entire cast, especially Benicio Del Toro.
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – This could have went many different ways, but to our delight the new Star Wars was awesome. A massive film that works on every level.
5. Spy – Not a great year for comedies but this one is a keeper. You won’t find more laughs in 2015. It was a good movie that happened to be really funny too.
6. The Big Short – An all star cast (Pitt, Bale, Carrell, Gosling) elegantly moving through a gripping tale about how the economy collapsed and focusing on the criminals that got away with it. Sad but true.
7. Spotlight – Another All Star Cast ( Ruffalo, Keaton, McAdams, Schreiber) shines a light on the horrific tale about the widespread child abuse by priests in the Boston area.
8. Straight Outta Compton – A great story with interesting characters. It’s a classic American success story that is based on something that really happened and it was one of the best times at the theater this year.
9. Joy – An odd, yet moving experience with one of our most engaging young actresses. Jennifer Lawrence just keeps getting better and she makes this a must see film.
10. The Gift – Under the radar suspense film that goes in different directions and keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. A creepy but good experience.