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Jeff’s Top 15 Movies of 2015

By: Jeff Pinnell

TOP 15 2015 Movie List

#1 Mad Max Fury Road

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Directed by George Miller

Rated R 2h Action

An apocalyptic story set in a scarce desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is fighting for the necessities of life. There are two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, who seeks peace following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can survive the desert and make it back to her homeland.

#2 Hateful 8

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Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Rate R 3h 7min (70mm Print) 2h 47min (digital) Western

After the Civil War Bounty hunter John Ruth and his captive Daisy Domergue travel by stagecoach towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to hang. Along their way, they run into Major Marquis Warren, a bounty hunter and Chris Mannix, a man who claims to be Red Rock’s new sheriff. While Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by a group of strangers; Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm gets worse, the eight travellers learn not everyone may make it to Red Rock after all.

#3 The Revenant

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Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Rated R 2h 36min Drama

Based on true events, The Revenant is a tale of one man’s epic survival. During a trapping expedition deep in the American wilderness, Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own team. In a desperate attempt to survive, Glass endures a great amount of pain and grief, as well as the betrayal of John Fitzgerald. Hugh Glass battles a vicious winter to survive and find redemption.

#4 Tangerine

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Directed by Sean Baker

Rate R 1h 28min Drama, Comedy

Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s Sean Baker’s film about a transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, meets her friend Alexandra, another transgender sex worker, at a donut shop in Hollywood on Christmas Eve. Alexandra accidentally reveals that Sin-Dee’s boyfriend and pimp Chester has been cheating on her. From there Sin-Dee  tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart. 

#5 Ex Machina

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Directed By Alex Garland

Rated R 1h 48min Sci Fi

Caleb, a coder at the world’s largest internet company, Blue Book, wins a competition to spend a week at a private retreat belonging to the secluded CEO. When Caleb arrives at the resort he finds that has to participate in a strange experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence.

#6 Minions

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Directed By Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin

Rated PG 1h 31min Animation

Stuart, Kevin and Bob are back and star in this hilarious origin story where the three are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, with her husband Herb, plot to take over the world.

#7 Dope

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Directed by Rick Famuyiwa

Rated R 1h 43min Comedy, Drama

A coming of age comedy/drama. Malcolm who is in a punk rock band with his friends and is obsessed with 90s hip-hip, is carefully surviving life in Inglewood, CA which happens to be filled with gangsters and drug dealers. His dream is to attend Harvard. Malcolm receives an invitation to a big party that leads him and his friends into an adventure filed with crazy characters and horribly bad choices.

8# Kingsman: Secret Service

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Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Rated R 2h 9min Action, Comedy

Based on the comic book, Harry Hart is the head of a elite secret spy organization called the Kingsman. When he finds Gary, who is having some problems of his own, he recruits him into the intense training program to become a secret agent. All the while super-villain Richard Valentine is plotting a mass genocide to wipe out certain DNA codes. When the Kingsman learn about the crime, Hart and Gary have to track down the mastermind and save the world.

#9 Crimson Peak

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Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Rated R 1h 59min Horror, Drama

Beautifully shot, Guillermo del Toro’s latest film is a Gothic horror masterpiece. Takes place in 1887. Edith Cushing , the young daughter of wealthy American businessman Carter Cushing, is visited by her mother’s ghost who warns her, “beware of Crimson Peak.” Years later, Edith is now an author who prefers writing ghost stories, rather than romance novels. She meets Sir Thomas Sharpe an English baron who has come to the United States to seek investors for his clay-mining invention. . After a series of meetings and incidents she marries Thomas and comes to live with him and his sister. She soon comes to realize not everything is as it appears.

#10 Inside Out

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Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Dewl Carmen

Rated PG 1h 35min Comedy, Animation

Young Riley, has to move when her father gets starts a new business in San Francisco. Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions help her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to her new life in San Francisco, the emotions begin to argue about how it is best to navigate Riley through a new city, house and school.

#11 What we do in the Shadows

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Directed by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Rated R 1h 26min Horror, Comedy

This hilarious mockumentary is about 3 room-mates who just happen to be vampires and the daily struggles they endure, like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, these vampires struggle in today’s modern society with paying rent, keeping up with the chores, and trying desperately to get into clubs, along with the problems many room-mates have.

#12 A Most Violent Year

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Directed by J.C. Chandor

Rate R 2h 5min Drama

Taking place in New York City during the winter of 1981, which has been known as one the most violent times in New York City. A hard working immigrant and his family trying to expand their business as the on going violence and corruption pull them in and threaten to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard for.

#13 Turbo Kid

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Directed by Francois Simard and Anouk Whissell

Unrated 1h 33min Action, Sci-Fi

A throwback to 80s action adventure films set in an apocalyptic wasteland during the year 1997, a youngster known only as “The Kid” , a scavenger who is completely obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a superhero when he meets a girl named Apple. The two team up to battle Zesus, The leader of the wasteland and who also controls the water supply, with a great soundtrack and over the top violence, TURBO KID is a must see.

#14 Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

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Directed by David Zelner

PG 1h 45 min Drama

Loosely based on the urban legend about the 2001 death of a woman who after watching the movie Fargo and believing that the bag of money in the movie was actually buried in the snow. She went out in search of it.

#15 Spring

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Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead

Rated R 1h 49min Horror, Romance

While some may consider this a horror film, I find it much more along the lines of a mythological love story. Taking place and filmed on location in Italy, it is a story about a young American named Evan, his life is falling apart all around him. While travelling through Italy, he meets a mysterious girl with a dark secret.