Recap of movies in 2015


There some movies that surprised us both good and bad. Some of the movies that we had expected to make millions at the box office, underperformed, like Mockingjay part 2, Fantastic Four, and Pan. The good surprises came from The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, and Creed. Each movie had expectations that were made and had a lot of pressure to meet those expectations. The best movies that came out this year were the reboot Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not a big surprise there.

Jurassic World may have surprised some people with its success, but when you add dinosaurs with Chris Pratt, it’s only expected to be successful. The best part is that they redeemed the T-Rex from the first movie (sorry spoiler alert for the five people who haven’t seen it) and were able to get the fans to root for the raptors (BLUE!). Star Wars: The Force Awakens was easily the most anticipated movie of the year and thankfully it lived up to expectations. The movie was able to relate to this generation fans while paying homage to the fans that have loved the series since the 70’s. It’s a timeless story that we will get to see unfold for years to come.

It was a good year for the female director. Both Elizabeth Banks and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2, and Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, proved that female directors can make a movie just as good (if not better) as a man can do. They are going to set the road for other female directors in the future. It was the year that women fought for equality in Hollywood which got a lot of attention after Sony’s emails leaked and Jennifer Lawrence wrote a letter in Lena Dunham’s newsletter about how she was underpaid compared to the other actors in the movie American Hustle.

Things are going to be competitive next year with a lot of big name movies set to come out, especially from the comic book universe. There are eight movies set to come out from DC Comics or Marvel. The biggest one is coming in the Spring where Batman V. Superman will face off against Captain America: Civil War at the box office. Captain America has been getting a lot of hype with all the cameos that are expected (plus the introduction of the new Spider-man) but Batman V. Superman is hoping to get the same attention as it tries to match points with Marvel.

Below is the top ten movies that came out in 2015. You can view the total box office for all the movies that came out in 2015 by going here.

10. Spy

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law
Box office: $110.8 million

One of those not-so-big surprise movies that did well at the box office. The surprise was see Jason Statham in comedic role. He shows that he can be more than just someone who can kill you with his bare hands. But now he can do it so that you want to want to laugh as he does it.

9. Cinderella

Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard

Box office: $201.1 million


Another surprise, but shouldn’t have been surprisingly, hit from Disney. Cinderella saved Disney in the 1950’s, and maybe once again in movies of this generation. They were able to prove that they can do more than just theme parks and animated movies, but live movies as well.

8. Mockingjay part 2

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland

Box office: $259.3 million (still in theaters)


One of the most anticipated movies of the year may have not reached the expectations at the box office, but it was certainly a satisfying ending for the fans. Yes there were things that things that we wish could have been different, but it still left the fans with the resolution that we wanted.

7. Furious 7

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Box office: $353 million


This was a bittersweet movie for the fans of the series. We got to say good-bye to Paul Walker while honoring him in his last movie. The movie made everyone cried during the credits (you are lying if you say you didn’t). But more than that, it reminded us that there is more to life than fast cars and money, but friendship and family. Which has been a theme for the movie since day one.

6. Trainwreck

Starring: Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, Bill Hader

Box office: $110 million


Amy Schumer was one of the many ‘it’ girls of this year. She not only did well with her comedy tour, but her show on Comedy Central as well, winning her first Golden Globe this year. The movie was a hit as well with the fans as it was a nice change of pace to see the roles reversed in this romantic comedy as she is able to relate to not only females, but males as well as both sides struggle with finding love.

5. Inside Out

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader

Box office: $356 million


Yet another Pixar classic. This movie once again reminds us why Pixar is the master at creating animated movies. They know how to reach deep down inside of you, grab your heart, and rip right out in such a way that has you thanking them for doing it. The movie touched on depression in children, which is relevant to the kids in today’s world.

4. Pitch Perfect 2

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow

Box office: $184.4 million


This was a surprise his, for me at least. I was weary with the sequel as many people are with movies that they love (look at the sequel for Mean Girls). Sometimes trying to capture lightening in a bottle twice can leave you burned. This time it worked out for the girls and it may have a lot to do with Elizabeth Banks as the director. She kept the focus on the girls and the music. The movie had a lot of heart and of course those pesky quotes that we like to integrate to everyday life.

3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Box office: $459 million


The Avengers changed the way that superhero movies are made and it did it again in this movie. The stakes were higher, but the movie was able to reach all the stakes with no problem. While the movie may not have done as well as the first one (with all the records that one broke) it did well with the fans, and that’s really where it counts.

2. Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio

Box office: $652.2 million


Initially, fans of the original Jurassic Park were nervous about the reboot. With good reason. Have you seen the history of reboots? This movie was able to prove that yes, sometimes reboots are a great idea. Especially when that reboot has Chris Pratt. He was this year’s ‘it’ boy for movies and proved that with his role in this movie. It did so well that is was able to get a sequel in the works so prepare for more Chris Pratt and dinosaurs.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starring: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford

Box office: $391 million (still in theaters)

Everyone in the world and their mother went to see this movie. At least once. Some more than others. People camped out weeks in advance so that they could get the best seat in the theater, all wanting to be one of the first ones to see the movie. And they were not disappointed. The movie sits as one of the highest ratings of the series and looks like it sparked a new generation of fans for the series.

What was your favorite movie from this year


Review – “Furious 7” – a beautiful tribute to Paul Walker

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Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, and Kurt Rusell
Director: James Wan
Rated: PG-13
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In the 7th installment of the series, the gang unites to say good-bye to one of their fallen friends as war is waged on by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as he tries to avenge his brother’s death.

This is a bittersweet movie as you watch the final movie of Paul Walker’s unfold on the screen. There are going to be some scenes that make your eyes water and it’s not because of the story. It’s because you know that this is it. This is Paul Walker’s legacy that you are watching and this is the last time that you are going to see him. The Tagline of the movie: One Last Ride is fitting for Paul Walker’s legacy in the series.

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The actors of the movie have asked that fans who have seen the movie to not spoil the tribute to Paul Walker that they do for him. TO honor that request I won’t say what it is, but you need to stay around and see it and if you walk out of the theater without getting choked up, then you have a heart of ice.

The fighting sequence definitely outweigh the fast cars, especially the final battle between Jason Statham and Vin Diesel. They have an old-fashion street fight that leads to both of them falling (but not in the way that you are thinking). Statham is a great addition to the series especially considering that he is the villain of the movie. He’s a total bad-ass that you can’t help but cheer for him just a little bit.

Not everything about the movie is perfect, even though we all wanted it to be. With action films there is a certain air of reality to the story. There are things that can happen that you just accept, but this movie goes beyond that. For example, when Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is going out to join the final fight from his hospital bed, he just happens to have all his police gear and uniform with him. I can accept some things, but this movie went a little to far.

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There are two major themes that are repeated over and over again in the movie, that is ‘One last ride’ (which is the movie’s tag line) and family. It’s no surprise that this would be the focus of the movie considering that it’s Paul Walker’s final movie. Family has always been a major theme with Diesel repeating the importance of it over and over again in the movie, especially to Paul Walker’s Brian.

The best part of the movie is Paul Walker. Knowing that this is his last role is what’s going to get a lot of people to go to the movie theaters. To honor him. He doesn’t disappoint. It’s perhaps his best performance in the series, being the dad struggling from on from his fast cars to minivans who needs the last ride before he can move on with Mia and their family. The send off is beautiful and you will be hard-pressed to find a dry eye in the theater after the movie ends.

Rating: B-

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The first trailer for “Furious 7” has been released

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A week ago, Universal Pictures teased on his Twitter account that the first trailer for the 7th installment in the Fast and Furious movie was going to come out in seven days. And it is finally here.

In the trailer, we see the gang up to their old tricks as they up their game falling out of an airplane (of course in some suped-up cars) as they save a woman from a bus.

The movie looks like it’s going to have all the action and awesome cars that we’ve come to expect from the series and the addition of Jason Statham is only going to make the movie that much more awesome.

This movie is going to be bittersweet for not only the fans but for the actors as it is the final movie that we will see the late Paul Walker in (especially considering that he died in a car accident). But the movie will  surely allow fans and the actors in the movie to respect Walker’s life and enjoy his last movie.

Furious 7 is set to come out April 10th, 2015.

What did you think of the trailer?

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