NOT a best of 2015 list. Some of these are from last year and some from this year I didn't see in theaters. I am also not including Cinefamily/New Beverly stuff (save Roar, which did get a relatively wide theatrical release).
  1. Magic Mike XXL
    The most fun I have had at a movie in this or any year.
  2. Selma
    Powerful. Beautifully acted. I wept.
  3. Inside Out
  4. The Overnight
    Wonderful sex-positive indie that manages to both be really funny and REALLY SEXY. See it on a date, you WILL have sex afterward.
  5. It Follows
    One of the best horror films I've seen in years. So says everyone, and so says me too.
  6. Ex Machina
    Terrific sci-fi thriller. Loved it.
  7. Furious 7
    Fucking awesome shit blows up and it's fucking awesome.
  8. Love & Mercy
    Wonderful Brian Wilson biopic. Paul Dano and John Cusack are both just incredible. Great sound design too. This one has been a little under the radar, which is a shame, because it's so damn good.
  9. Paddington
    A wonderful, charming film. And with some really interesting undertones about the immigrant experience.
  10. Pitch Perfect 2
    It's no Pitch Perfect (WHAT IS???), but I still laughed an awful lot. And did I see it in theaters twice? Yes. Yes I did.
  11. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
    Stoned college students will be watching this one and giggling for years to come. And rightfully so, it's pretty terrific.
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road
    An incredibly well-executed two hours of pure insanity.
  13. Spy
    Terrible marketing, awesome movie.
  14. Trainwreck
    I miss romantic comedies. So grateful for this one.
  15. While We're Young
    Very funny, and featuring a ton of Charles Grodin. There can never be too much Charles Grodin.
  16. The Interview
    Really funny! The Katy Perry "Firework" tank sequence is great.
  17. Kingsman: The Secret Service
    I was probably too stoned when I saw this one (a sequence with exploding heads proved particularly troublesome), but I still liked it a lot. Well. What I remember of it.
  18. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    My affection for this has faded a bit with time, but it's still a fun movie with some great sequences.
  19. Roar
  20. The Boy Next Door
    Garbage, but GREAT garbage. I saw the midnight screening of this opening day, which means I got to experience the "Iliad first edition" scene completely cold. Goddammit, it was beautiful.
  21. Welcome to Me
    And odd movie, but I really enjoyed it. Kristen Wiig is great as always.
  22. The Last Five Years
    Anna Kendrick is fantastic, but I had a tough time getting over the "relationship fan fiction" aspect of Jason Robert Brown's story. Cathy is woefully underwritten, and her entire POV is filtered through Jamie. I ultimately did like this, but it has women problems (that, to be fair, stem from the original show).
  23. Cinderella
    Very pretty and pleasant.
  24. Ant-Man
    A compromised vision from start to finish. I liked it. It was fine. But it could have been so much more.
  25. CHAPPiE
    I didn't like CHAPPiE, but I would never discourage anyone from seeing it. It's weird as shit. And I'll take a weird failure over something mundane and successful any day.
  26. Ted 2
    There are a couple of good laughs here. Several chuckles. It's a little lazy, but no more than expected.
  27. Jurassic World
    A Jurassic Park movie about Jake Johnson and Lauren Lapkus's characters, now THAT I'd like to see.
  28. Fifty Shades of Grey
    Boring, not sexy at all. Dakota Johnson is charming when the movie lets her be, but even she can't save this thing.
  29. Taken 3
    I remember nothing except that bagels or muffins or donuts or something save the day.
  30. Entourage
    OH NO. OH NO. OH NO.