My FAVORITE Movies of 2015

Jason Wiese | Dec. 31, 2015

Overall, 2015 was a very impressive year for cinema. These are my 10 favorite examples of why:

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - J.J. Abrams brought balance to the most powerful franchise in the galaxy with this exciting and heartfelt adventure.

9. Straight Outta Compton - There is never a dull moment to this moving and perfectly cast biopic of hip-hop pioneers, N.W.A.

8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Emotionally gripping. Aesthetically pleasing. Absolutely hilarious. The 21st century’s answer to John Hughes.

7. It Follows - A horror film by writer-director David Robert Mitchell and starring Maika Monroe, that is as visually stunning as it is hauntingly suspenseful. FINALLY!

6. Carol - Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star as opposite ends of a forbidden romance in the 1950s in this gorgeous and wonderfully told adaptation of The Price of Salt directed by Todd Haynes.

5. Ex Machina - Remember Chappie? This brilliant and terrifying cautionary tale of technological advancement gone too far from writer-director Alex Garland is what that movie failed to be.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road - Tom Hardy may have top billing, but Charlize Theron owns George Miller’s latest foray into the post-apocalypse which may be the most gorgeously shot and throughly intense action film I have ever seen.

3. The End of the Tour - Based on a real conversation between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed late author David Foster Wallace, Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg turn what is essentially a two-hour conversation into an intense and thoroughly engrossing experience.

2. Spotlight - I was personally inspired to be a better journalist after seeing this captivating drama based on the Boston Globe’s 2001 investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of a history of priests committing pedophilia.

  1. Steve Jobs - Whether you are speaking of the real-life late founder of Apple or of writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle’s thrilling, unique reimagining of the innovator’s life starring Michael Fassbender, either way, you are speaking of something profound.

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