The Films of 2015

It’s time for my annual ranking of all the new films of the past year… or at least the small handful I was able to squeeze into my schedule.

Once again I saw fewer movies this year than last. I write an article like this one every January, and most of the time it begins with that same disclaimer. People, being an adult sucks. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to return to the glory days of college, when I would watch a movie or two almost every night and spend entire weekends in the theater. I just checked back through some old notes: In 2005, I caught over 65 new movies. Now, ten years later, it’s less than half that.

But enough reminiscing about the past: I’m still a fan of movies, and I have a blog, and I love making lists. So here is my rundown of 2015 in film.

Tomorrow I will post my Top 10, which is almost 1/3 of my total list. With a little deductive reasoning you can probably guess some of them. But for now, I present the remaining 2/3, ranked in fairly broad categories and then listed alphabetically….



Very Good

Each of these (as well as a few of my Top 10) actually covers territory that has been fairly thoroughly examined before, but they prove that artistry and skill can breath new life into old stories.

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Creed
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Sicario

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There’s actually some really stunning work on display, but some of these are brought down by a few serious issues, while others are simply missing that special something to elevate them above the crowd. And then a couple are just empty fun.

  • Brooklyn
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Krampus
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Mr. Holmes
  • The Revenant


Nothing Special

Pixar and Marvel have some of the best track records out there. But all of these blockbusters were like being stuck in a traffic jam trying to leave ‘Meh’ City.

  • Ant-Man
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Everest
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Tomorrowland



I actually had high hopes for some of these. I should have known better.

  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Jurassic World
  • San Andreas
  • Southpaw
  • Spectre


And finally, no list would be complete with out the disclaimer of all the movies that I wanted see but just never found the time. In descending order of length of title…

  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • Beasts of No Nation
  • The Danish Girl
  • Pawn Sacifice
  • Crimson Peak
  • Concussion
  • Son of Saul
  • Steve Jobs
  • Anomalisa
  • Cinderella
  • Macbeth
  • Chappie
  • 45 Years
  • Legend
  • Trumbo
  • Youth
  • Truth
  • Amy
  • Spy
  • Joy

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