2015 in Review

My New Year’s Resolution for 2015 was to see one film a week in cinemas, which I totally did! Below are all 52 films I saw from best to worst.

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Love and Mercy: I consider this my favourite film of 2015. It took me completely by surprise and I have been listening to the Beach Boys non-stop since, literally, my girlfriend is sick of hearing God Only Knows and Good Vibrations. My initial review is here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: This was my favourite cinematic experience for 2015. It was not a perfect film, but it was a perfect Star Wars film. It’s also the first Star Wars film to have real acting!

Creed: This might be the most perfect film on the list. It innovates the way a fighting film can be shot and it has so much heart. Sylvester Stallone looks like he may even be nominated for an Oscar this year too. Ironically, my second and third favourite films of the year are the seventh title in a series with this being the seventh Rocky film.

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Jurassic World: So much nostalgia, and dinosaurs, and Chris Pratt (what more can you want?)

Kingsman, The: This is the biggest surprise of the year. Nobody expected this to be good and it was excellent.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Fuck all story in this movie, and yet I had the most fun I’ve ever had in a pure action film.

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation: Remember how good Ghost Protocol was? Yeah, well this is even better!

Amy: Beautiful, haunting, and real. My review here.

Straight Outta Compton: Excellent biopic on the N.W.A, the ending is a bit drawn out and effectively takes it away from being nominated for best picture.

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Trainwreck: Without a doubt the funniest movie of the year. My review here.

Sicario: We saw one side of Mexico in Breaking Bad, and it doens’t have anything on the dark crevices we discover of Mexico in this unforgettable film.

Bridge of Spies: Spielberg works his magic, and this time he gives us a solid, very good, political drama.

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Martian, The: The unofficial sequel to Intersteller (if you know what I mean), or Cast Away in space. Who cares? Matt Damon will have you in stitches even as his situation turns desperate.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: I like it just as much as the first Avengers and this time we get James Spader!

Inside Out: I was honestly disappointed with this one. They had too much for the kids in this when it was such a rich idea for adults. Good film, my expectations were just too high.

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Ant-Man: Solid heist film with the Marvel touch.

Cinderella: Really enjoyed this. Makes me very excited if they nail a live action Beauty and the Beast too.

Spongebob Movie: Better than the first?

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Man From U.N.C.L.E, The: This got a lot of flack from critics, maybe because we had a year with so many spy films, but I really enjoyed it.

Crimson Peak: Marketed as a horror film. Yeah, it’s not a horror film, just a beautifully shot and enjoyable little murder mystery.

Everest: It’s a crime not many people saw this one. Man against nature: Nature 1 and Man 0.

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Tomorrowland: The most unique film of the year delivers us something left better to the imagination. It’s a good watch, just misses many marks.

Ricki and the Flash: Decent.

Night Before, The: More laughs than I expected.

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Spectre: It’s James Bond.

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The: You come for the characters, not the story.

Minions: Personally, I liked it much more than Despicable Me.

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In the Heart of the Sea: It didn’t know what movie it was trying to tell, and therefore you will be a little unsatisfied.

Entourage: The boys are back. Like four back to back episodes… I’m not complaining.

Age of Adeline: I love most of this movie, but I hated the ending. Overall, a unique fairy tale.

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Good Dinosaur, The: Apart from a couple of cute scenes I find it entirely unoriginal. Was The Land Before Time the last best animated dino flick?

Get Hard: A Will Ferrell comedy.

Daddy’s Home: Another Will Ferrell comedy with a crappy title. What was wrong with calling it Step Fathers? It’s essentially the spiritual sequel to Step Brothers.

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Vacation: Critically panned, but I giggled.

The Visit: Saw the twist from a mile away, although M. Night has now proven he can make a good film, your turn Michael Bay.

Project Almanac: Cool little time travel film.

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Poltergeist: Not bad. I recommend the original.

The Hunger Games: Mokingjay – Part 2: First three quarters are pretty good. Last quarter is a cop out ending with a crappy twist. Thank you for being the last.

Chappie: It’s Robocop with South African accents.

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Freeheld: Great cast, overall underwhelming.

Dumb and Dumber To: The films get pretty bad on this list from here on in…

Pitch Perfect 2: Terrible direction. Sorry Elizabeth Banks.

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Ted 2: I didn’t much care for the first one and I liked this one even less.

50 Shades of Grey: Exactly what I thought a studio film would do with this material. Zero kinky scenes.

Paul Blart 2: I loved the first one. What the hell was this?

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American Ultra: Utterly loathed it!

Paranormal Activity:The Ghost Dimension: The worst cinema going experience I’ve ever had.

I saw these films too, however they are technically films of 2014 so I thought to exempt them from my 2015 list.

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Nightcrawler: Very underrated. Jake Gyllenhaal was robbed of an oscar nomination. My review here.

Imitation Game, The: Solid biopic on a fascinating side of the war I never knew about.

Birdman: Understandable pick for Best Picture. I really liked it.

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Still Alice: Heartbreaking.

Foxcatcher: Brilliant performances. Chilling and masterful.

Anyway I had so much fun seeing a film a week at the cinemas that I’m going to continue doing it this year too.

What did you think of the films listed here? Let me know in the comments section below.

Wishing you a good 2016,

Robert Ring

Ant-Man

Marvel brings a new genre of film to their cinematic universe and this time we get a heist film. Ant Man is a fun heist film for the family with a touch of Honey I Shrunk the Kids.


Scott Lang played by Paul Rudd is a crook that has just been released from his prison sentence and we see that he wants to become honourable in the eyes of his young daughter, which we find he has in common with Michael Douglas’s character later on. Scott’s skills for breaking into some of the most secure vaults make him the prime candidate to helm the suit for a heist and set out to steal the new suit being prepped for diabolical purposes. Paul Rudd is great and believable in the title role, but he might need another film to make you take away the star Paul Rudd from our eyes and see Ant-Man instead. Michael Douglas was the best part of the movie to me. I didn’t think an actor as talented as him would fit well into this universe, but he made himself feel right at home in it. His character, Hank Pym is the inventor of the shrinking technology and we see he was the original Ant-Man hero who infiltrated the enemy Hydra in his youth. Hank is also the reason for the antagonist Darren Cross, who was once his protege though he began to feel alienated from the truth of his suit and began working out how to create his own shrinking suit for sale in global warfare and “peacekeeping.” Evangeline Lilly is back on the big screen for this film, which is always a good thing and she brings us a strong female character to the Marvel roster.

When Edgar Wright, one of my favourite directors and writers had left the project I was doubtful in Marvel achieving a great film without him, and to a degree I was right. While we didn’t get an Edgar Wright film in Ant-Man we did get a Marvel film. Edgar Wright’s films are stylistic and when you look at Marvel’s films the directors are relatively invisable so hopefully we get a new one from him soon with his energies put towards something he can continue to make his own.

Ant-Man is easily one of my favourite Marvel standalone films and almost as much fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel’s stamp is all through the film and it has a lot of sneaky easter eggs to keep fans of the marvel cinematic universe smirking. There are also two scenes to wait for after the credits start rolling so stay seated and enjoy.

3.5/5 – Stars

Robert Ring