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Best of 2015: 17 Movies We Enjoyed

Posted by January 4th, 2016 No Comments »

Though we’ve only published a handful of film reviews in the last half decade, we still like to poll our music-loving contributors about their favorite films each year. True to form, our 2015 favorites featured a bunch of great new documentaries about musicians alongside some fun blockbusters and a few actual “films.”

We’d love to hear some of your favorite films of 2015 in the comments section below.

17. Tangerine 

Tangerine

16. Train Wreck

Train Wreck

15. Dope 

Dope

14. The Glamour & The Squalor 

The Glamour And the Squalor

13. Amy

Amy

12. Mockingjay Part 2  

Mocking Jay Part 2

11. What Happened Miss Simone? 

What Happened, Miss Simone? Nina Simone

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron 

Avengers Age of Ultron

9. Sicario

Sicario

8.Straight Outta Compton

A detailed account of the rise of the world’s most notorious rap group, Straight Outta Compton weaved the story of N.W.A.’s rise to fame. The acting performances were superb and the story line unfolds in an engaging, entertaining matter. – Ben Allen

Straight Outta Compton

7. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck   

An intimate peak into the process of the greatest songwriter of our generation is revealing and a true gem for Nirvana fans. While these recordings were never intended to be heard, the methodical approach to songwriting and melody is evident in these compositions. – Ben Allen

Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck

6. Ant-Man 

Considering the fact that Ant-Man is the 11th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Empire, and I can’t imagine anyone was clamoring for a $130 million blockbuster about a minor Marvel character, Ant-Man should have been a disaster. What makes Ant-Man work is the smaller scale, literally and figuratively. Instead of yet another scale-tipping apocalyptic world-saving climax, Ant-Man finishes up in a child’s bedroom. Paul Rudd and director Peyton Reed understand their hero has little business duking it out on the same scale as Captain America or Iron Man, and they make the smart choice to keep it light. – Adam Lawrence

Ant-Man

5. Ex Machina 

Regardless of how you feel about this movie, you cannot deny that it includes one of the creepiest scenes, ever, in the history of film. It happens the 2nd time Caleb has a private session with the robot Ava. They know they are being watched on camera by Nathan who is studying their every move. But then the power goes out and the entire room lights in red backup lights. Knowing they are now truly alone, Eva’s demeanor changes and becomes very, very serious. She whispers, “Caleb. You were wrong about Nathan. He isn’t your friend. You shouldn’t trust him. You shouldn’t trust anything he says.” And then the power pops back on, and Eva immediately resumes their previous pleasant conversation. It’s so chilling because up until this point there is very little to indicate something is amiss with the entire situation, and nothing to indicate that Eva even has actual feelings. This one scene taints everything you just saw, and everything you are about to see. It literally dropped my jaw the first time I saw it. After I finished the film, I rewound and watched it 3 more times. Masterful suspense. – Aaron Semer

Ex Machina

4.The Martian 

I went into this movie thinking it was going to be like Castaway but on Mars. I even figured there’d be a Wilson-like character made out of a space helmet, or a rover wheel. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, through the miracle of editing, there were other people throughout the entire movie besides Matt Damon! And also, it was really good! A little cheesy and predictable in places, but overall, a return to fine form for Ridley Scott. Truly enjoyable. – Aaron Semer

The Martian

3. Inside Out 

Two reasons I loved this movie: 1) Amy Poehler made this movie, and I love Amy Poehler. 2). I cried during this movie, which is rare. – Marcus Shriver

INSIDE OUT

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

The thing I liked best about this new Star Wars movie is that it’s exactly like Star Wars. Which means it’s not a great “film” but is one hell of an exciting and entertaining movie full of interesting characters. – Matt Ashworth

Star Wars The Force Awakens

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is the most important movie of the year and anyone that says otherwise needs to be strapped to the apocalyptic dune-buggy of a War Boy and used as a blood bag. Fury Road is incredibly fun and seemingly mindless while possessing an established plot and stylish characters. – Cameron Deuel

What a world we live in when all an action blockbuster has to do in order to get noticed is to NOT use digital effects. Roger Miller’s return to cinema did wonders for the imagination of a movie-watching populace weary from non-stop superhero green screen extravaganzas. And on top of all that, Mad Max: Fury Road manages to continue the Mad Max mythos while “rebooting” the series with Tom Hardy in the titular, taciturn role. Charlize Theron’s Furiosa injects some genuine feminism into the film in a way that makes the action sequences nearly secondary. – Adam Lawrence

Mad Max Fury Road

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