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Lilith’s Top 5 Movies of 2015

It’s 2016, another year to fill with mayhem and mischief. And another year to bring us more block buster mega hits as well as over-CGI’ed films. It is rare for me to spend my hard earned black money in the theater, but sometimes I splurge. And so looking back on 2015 I wanted to tell you all which movies were my favorites, and worth seeing in the theater if still out, or at least catching on blu-ray or Netflix when they are released.

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  1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

I think it would be impossible to make a better sequel than the original Avengers movie, and I feel that held true with Whedon’s last hurrah in the world of Marvel. But I still think this movie was fun. Some of you might disagree, and even I was not a huge fan of the Black Widow’s side stories (I wanted it to make her stronger, and instead she felt weaker), but the villain is sufficiently powerful and creepy. Plus we get to see the real life version of Jarvis. Iron Man was witty as ever. I do wish they had built up some stronger female characters though, especially with Whedon’s previous reputation for creating strong female leads.

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  1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

This was the epic finale to the series on the big screen, and it did not disappoint. I have complained before about present day films relying on CGI too much, but Hunger Games seems to have done a nice balance of CGI, make up, and non-CGI. Especially knowing that Philip Seymour Hoffman was CGI-ed in a couple scenes after his passing. It was all in all a great film, staying true to the book as we left the theater feeling beaten and broken despite the last 30 seconds of silly happiness.

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  1. Inside Out

Yes, a “kid’s movie” made my list, but I am not ashamed, and you shouldn’t be either! Seriously, some of these pixar films are amazing. This one did not disappoint either. No silly songs, just great stories and triumphs. These movies can tug at your heart strings, make you laugh out loud, and fill you with joy. This one literally filled you with joy, one of the main character emotions in the movie that followed the development of a young girl’s personality as she grapples with her emotions. And like many pixar films, I strongly recommend that you watch the end credits, there are always some funny scenes there.

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  1. Mad Max: Fury Road

This movie was a little jarring for me, as the way it was filmed was a little rough. Plus there is the fact that I have never seen the original movies. But it didn’t really matter. Instead, it was a crazy action packed movie that had some of the strongest female roles I have seen in a while. It doesn’t feel that way when you see the super sexy and scantily clad women in the desert, but trust me, stick with it and you will be pleasantly surprised. I have always been a fan of Charlize Theron, and this movie was no exception. Seriously, Max’s character is honestly insignificant compared to the greater story about Furioasa.

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  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In some ways I think some of the previous films were better than this one, but the truth is, J. J. Abrams did a good job, and this was one of the most widely anticipated films of the century. Yes, I enjoyed it. Some parts were a little over the top as expected, and most of us were more excited about the reprisal of our favorite characters like Han, Leia and Luke. But honestly I loved the new characters so much better. Rey is exactly what I want in a strong female character. Finn is also a delight and a great person deep down. The new droid BB-8 is adorable. And Kylo Ren is so full of angst and anger he makes a great villain. He is such a torn and tormented bad guy, which is exactly what you would want in the son of Han Solo who is struggling between the light and dark sides of the force. Sure, there is some repetitiveness from the original series, and the ability to awaken the force in you and become an expert wielder of the light saber is a bit far fetched, but this movie is more than we could have hoped for. It will make you smile, cry, clap, and cheer. I look forward to watching it again.

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Posted on January 6, 2016, in Movies, Top 5 and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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