On January 1st, I will be publishing my Top Ten of 2015 over at Why So Blu? and on this site as well. Leading up to the Top Ten, I will be posting a number of lists reflecting my thoughts on the films from this year. The following post features my Top 30 through 21. As usual, I am always pleased with how these runner-up lists essentially look like a great top ten list of their own. These picks may not have been in my Top Ten, but I still really appreciated what they had to offer. Anyway, here is the first batch of my favorites from 2015 (with links to the review for each).
30. The Gift
|Joel Edgerton's directorial debut is a terrific thriller and it makes another case for how strong a dramatic actor Jason Bateman can be.|
|It is likely that I like Avengers: Age of Ultron more than you do and so be it. I had a blast with this film that very much represents all that Joss Whedon continues to bring to his work on the largest scale possible.|
|Idris Elba and newcomer Abraham Attah both deliver in this incredibly bleak, but very effective drama that examines the African youth forced to be soldiers.|
27. The Revenant
|While straightforward in terms of narrative, Alejandro G. Innaritu puts together a stunningly beautiful depiction of the harsh realities faced by frontiersman.|
26. Clouds Of Sils Maria
|An intriguing drama that examines the life of an actress, with superb performances from both Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.|
|The best Mission: Impossible yet comes alive with Christopher McQuarrie delivering one of the best blockbusters of this past summer.|
|A wonderful period drama that does great justice to the Thomas Hardy novel, with fine performances and a great look.|
|Director F. Gary Gray takes the standard biopic formula and makes it work his advantage in this compelling look at the story of NWA.|
|A strong two-hander between Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg as writers who become friends and foils over the course of a book tour coming to an end.|
|Saoirse Ronan delivers a fine lead performance in a wonderful drama about the immigrant experience that delivers a message concerning what it means to be kind.|
Stay tuned for the continuation of this list, disappointments, surprises and more throughout the week!