Top Films Of 2015 So Far

2015 has been interesting year for films, full of mainstream variety and the occasional indie hit. One for sure statement that’s being made cinematically this year is that 2015 is the year of the Hollywood blockbuster, with films like Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7 completely dominating the box office.

I’ve gone ahead and constructed a list of my personal favorite films of the year so far. I wasn’t able to settle for a top ten or even a top five, but I’ve tried my best to include films that I feel are worthy of being mentioned at this point in the year.

Honestly, I’ve been finding myself less and less impressed with the current state of cinema, following 2014’s disappointing year.

Still, 2015 has given us some great films so far and there’s still an entire half year left, which is full of promise.

It Follows

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It Follows takes the award for best horror film of 2015 so far. David Robert Mitchell‘s It Follows is a unique horror film unlike anything before it. It Follows isn’t traditional by any means, scaring its audiences not with the usual blood, gore and jump scares, but instead with its lingering sensation that you can’t quite shake after watching it. It Follows is tense, different and exactly the kind of horror flick to go against the grain in a cinematic landscape full of ghost stories and haunting films.

Click here to read my full review.

Spy

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Kevin Feig‘s Spy is without a doubt the funniest film of 2015, with Melissa McCarthy proving yet again why she’s such a comedic sensation. Also worth mentioning is Jason Statham‘s breakout performance, which reminds audiences that he too can be very funny when given the right material.

Spy may not be as lean and as clever as Feig’s The Heat, but it’s still a damn hilarious film and one that’ll make you laugh until your belly hurts.

Click here to read my full review.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron surprised the heck out of me, topping the previous film in literally every single way, building on the action and characters in a grand sequel fashion. Those stating that comic book movies are over-saturating the movie landscape and killing cinema should look again, because Age of Ultron is big and great and the perfect definition of summer blockbuster.

Click here to read my review

Run All Night

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Jaume Collet-Serra‘s Run All Night is a gritty fast-paced R-rated Liam Neeson flick that has already earned the status of under-rated, due to poor box office intake and a general lack of interest from most Neeson fans.

I’m not sure why either, because Run All Night is exactly the kind of movie that Neeson pretends to make, but rarely delivers on. It’s dark, full of clever camera tricks and comes loaded with enough action to please just about anyone.

I proudly consider it one of Neeson’s better efforts of the past decade, right up there with The Grey and A Walk Among the Tombstones.

If you’re sick of seeing Neeson continue to milk the cash cow with his awful Taken series then definitely seek out Run All Night and give it a watch.

Click here to read my review.

Dope

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I just saw Dope last weekend and it has already made it onto the top of my list. Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is an incredible feat, taking big strides trying to wrap its seamlessly small story in a much larger scope, blanketed with messages of equality and cries for truth and hope — all while remaining true to its personal coming-of-age story about a young man struggling with finding his own bright future living in a world full of danger and obstacles.

Dope is still playing in theaters at the time of this article being published, which means you should get up off your butt and go and see it before it’s gone.

Click here to read my review

Mad Max: Fury Road

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George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road is without a doubt the best action movie of the summer and one of the best movies of the year. I have yet to meet someone that didn’t love at least one thing about it and that’s because the film is just that damn good.

I’ve already seen it two times at the theaters and I’m trying to make that happen once more, because Miller’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece is unlike anything before it and should be seen on the largest and loudest screen possible.

Click here to read my review.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Kingsman: The Secret Service is currently my favorite film of 2015. Matthew Vaughn has somehow managed to yet again blow my mind away, with a film that’s fun, action-packed and incredibly sharp.

The action sequences are next-level and the humor and cleverness of Kingsman is fresh and exciting, while also paying homage to classics before it. Kingsman is the best Bond movie to not feature James Bond and I mean that in the most flattering way.

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Well, what are your thoughts on my personal favorite films of 2015 so far? Do you agree with me or disagree completely? Have I left your favorite film off of my list?

2015 has been a decent year for middle-of-the-road films — I’m talking about quiet surprises like Will Smith‘s Focus or even the surprisingly awesome and not so bad disaster flick San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson.

I’ve been pleased with a lot of films so far, but I’ve been finding it harder and harder calling something my favorite or even a perfect film.

Usually, two or three films standout as perfect in my eyes, followed by a litter of near perfect films, but so far I’ve only really been impressed a small handful of times, with everything else coming across as good or better than expected.

I hope the second half of 2015 brings more promise.

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