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The Big List 2015: Ranking Every Movie I Saw This Year

In 2015, I saw 162 movies, a new record and more than 20 more than my previous record. How’d I do it? I went to two film festivals instead of one, had slightly better screener access, and a couple of months of unemployment to catch up. Yet even with all that, there were still more than 200 days that I didn’t see a movie. That’s when I did all that stuff like working, being a husband and father, and all that.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s everything I saw this year (Find all my reviews here):

    1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    2. Spotlight
    3. Creed
    4. Anomalisa
    5. Wild Tales
    6. The Mend
    7. Dope
    8. Love & Mercy
    9. Chi-raq
    10. Brooklyn
    11. Inside Out
    12. The Big Short
    13. The Martian
    14. Ricki and the Flash
    15. Carol
    16. 45 Years
    17. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    18. Ex Machina
    19. Results
    20. The Walk
    21. Steve Jobs
    22. I’ll See You in My Dreams
    23. Beasts of No Nation
    24. The End of the Tour
    25. The Look of Silence
    26. Tangerine
    27. Trainwreck
    28. Bridge of Spies
    29. The Hateful Eight
    30. Room
    31. The Revenant
    32. Magic Mike XXL
    33. Moonwalkers
    34. I Am Big Bird: the Caroll Spinney Story
    35. Sleeping With Other People
    36. Youth
    37. ’71
    38. Danny Collins
    39. Night Owls
    40. Kingsman: The Secret Service
    41. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
    42. Furious Seven
    43. Call Me Lucky
    44. The Best of Enemies
    45. Listen to Me Marlon
    46. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
    47. Batkid Begins
    48. What Happened, Miss Simone?
    49. Tig
    50. Clouds of Sils Maria
    51. Southpaw
    52. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
    53. The Assassin
    54. Experimenter
    55. Time Out of Mind
    56. It Follows
    57. Victoria
    58. James White
    59. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
    60. The Sandwich Nazi
    61. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
    62. Amy
    63. Three and a Half Minutes Ten Bullets
    64. The Wrecking Crew
    65. Larry Kramer In Love and Anger
    66. Cartel Land
    67. Straight Outta Compton
    68. Mistress America
    69. A Wonderful Cloud
    70. The Woman in Gold
    71. Phoenix
    72. Heaven Knows What
    73. Ant-Man
    74. The Peanuts Movie
    75. I Smile Back
    76. 99 Homes
    77. Sicario
    78. Joy
    79. Before We Go
    80. White God
    81. Z For Zachariah
    82. Black Mass
    83. By the Sea
    84. Concussion
    85. Trumbo
    86. The Good Dinosaur
    87. Spy
    88. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Faith
    89. The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
    90. The Wolfpack
    91. Do I Sound Gay?
    92. Red Army
    93. Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile
    94. Sons of Ben
    95. A Walk in the Woods
    96. The Visit
    97. Love
    98. The Danish Girl
    99. Maggie
    100. Timbuktu
    101. Deep Web
    102. Live From New York
    103. Manglehorn
    104. Slow West
    105. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    106. Focus
    107. McFarland USA
    108. I Am Chris Farley
    109. Our Man in Tehran
    110. Jurassic World
    111. Welcome to Me
    112. Age of Adaline
    113. The Rewrite
    114. Uncle Ken 2
    115. What We Do in the Shadows
    116. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
    117. The Overnight
    118. Fifty Shades of Grey
    119. Deathgasm
    120. Our Brand is Crisis
    121. Crimson Peak
    122. Merchants of Doubt
    123. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
    124. Son of the Congo
    125. Atari: Game Over
    126. While We’re Young
    127. Minions
    128. Thought Crimes
    129. Irrational Man
    130. The D-Train
    131. The Sheik
    132. Hot Girls Wanted
    133. Undocumented Executive
    134. Pitch Perfect 2
    135. Wolfcop
    136. The Film Critic
    137. Adult Beginners
    138. San Andreas
    139. The Duff
    140. Chappie
    141. Escobar: Paradise Lost
    142. Snapshot
    143. Tomorrowland
    144. The Last Five Years
    145. Entertainment
    146. Get Hard
    147. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
    148. A LEGO Brickumentary
    149. Entourage
    150. Blackhat
    151. The Wedding Ringer
    152. Run All Night
    153. Aloha
    154. Staten Island Summer
    155. Serena
    156. American Ultra
    157. Hot Pursuit
    158. True Story
    159. No Escape
    160. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
    161. The Cobbler
    162. Jupiter Ascending

Did not see (reputedly good): Diary of a Teenaged Girl, He Named Me Malala, The Duke of Burgundy, Grandma, The Tribe

Did not see (reputedly bad): Truth, Ridiculous Six, Pixels, Mortdecai, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Fantastic Four, Stonewall

Year-End Movies and More

In case you missed it last week, here’s my top ten movies list for the year, which is led by “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

New recent reviews include “American Hustle,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and a roundup of recent video/Netflix viewings.

And switching gears, here’s the year-end blog post from Noah and Jonah.

Writings of Late

I apologize for the lack of posts recently; it’s been a crazy fall with lots of work and lots of travel. Here’s some new writings from this month:

At EntertainmentTell, I’ve got movie reviews of “12 Years a Slave,” “All is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Fifth Estate,” and more, which you can find at my Rotten Tomatoes page. I’m also newly a member of the Online Film Critics Society,

Also recently from the site: A shot at CNN’s plans to rip off The Daily Show; an essay about this year’s How I Met Your Mother season; some making fun of Maureen Dowd;  and some investigation into which baseball team Bryan Cranston roots for.

For Philadelphia magazine, I wrote about Ruben Amaro’s stathead hiring plans, that awesome new commercial for the Eagles and that weird trucker protest in DC. Last month marked the end of my time as a weekly columnist there, but I may pop up occasionally in the future.

And last and best, here’s the latest blog post from Noah and Jonah covering, among other events, the wedding of their Aunt Amy and Uncle Jason.

Recent Clip Roundup: Movie Reviews

You can always find my movie reviews at EntertainmentTell and on my Rotten Tomatoes page; I’m also pleased to announce that I recently became a member of the Online Film Critics Society.

Here are some recent notable movie reviews:

– “Short Term 12”

– “The Spectacular Now”

– “Drinking Buddies”

– “Jobs”

– “The Act of Killing”

– “Fruitvale Station”

– “We’re the Millers”

Highlights of this Week’s Writings

I had quite a prolific week of new writings.

For the Philly Post, I wrote about the FCC’s correct decision to not pursue fines after David Ortiz cursed on the air before the first post-bombing Red Sox game.

At EntertainmentTell, a ton of stuff: My essay on the Coexist sticker flap- with an Adam Carolla angle to fit the Entertainment part of the site, is here.

I also reviewed Michael Bay’s odious new movie “Pain & Gain,” as well as the documentary “Koch,” and I interviewed the director of the latter film (not, thankfully, the former.)

In addition, I wrote about the renewal of Parenthood, a particularly funny old Facts of Life clip, and the arrival of the complete Saturday Night Live archive on Yahoo.

Thanks for reading, everyone!