Year In Review: Top Films 2015 Part 1-Theatrical Mainstream

Greetings readers and welcome to what has now officially become the end of Year 2 here at!  This year has seen me viewing a personal record-setting number of theatrical releases, 132 in total, between Mainstream and Independent, over the course of the last 12 months!  I feel it has demonstrated the commitment, effort, and desire I have in seeking an open door to have this be what I do for a living.  May 2016 become the year!!

And so, it is with great pleasure that I present my list for the Top Films of 2015, starting specifically with the Theatrical Mainstream efforts. As always, this was a year of ups and downs for the big boys, with several projects highly anticipated turning out disappointing, while others were unexpected gems. So, think it is time for the list to speak for itself, with the understanding that many, many films were enjoyed, but these represent the best of those within each category I choose to expand on, all of which have been reviewed here.

Final thought, the films in each list are in no particular order. So, how about we get to it, eh?

Top 10 OVERALL Films

  1. “American Sniper”
  2. “Furious 7”
  3. “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
  4. “Jurassic World”
  5. “Inside Out”
  6. “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation”
  7. “Steve Jobs”
  8. “Spectre”
  9. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  10. “The Martian”


  1. “Cinderella”
  2. “Insurgent”
  3. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  4. “The Age of Adaline”
  5. “Crimson Peak”

Top ACTION Films

  1. “Furious 7”
  2. “Terminator: Genisys”
  3. “Spectre”
  4. “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation”
  5. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”


  1. “McFarland, USA”
  2. “Little Boy”
  3. “Max”
  4. “War Room”
  5. “My All American”
  6. “The 33”
  7. “Joy”

Top DRAMA Films

  1. “The Age of Adaline”
  2. “Black Mass”
  3. “The Walk”
  4. “Bridge of Spies”
  5. “Steve Jobs”
  6. “Concussion”
  7. “The Big Short”
Top COMEDY Films
  1. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”
  2. “Inside Out”
  3. “The Intern”


  1. “Inside Out”
  2. “The Peanuts Movie”
  3. “The Good Dinosaur”


  1. “The Man From “U.N.C.L.E.”
  2. “The Visit”
  3. “Sicario”
  4. “Burnt”
  5. “Secret In Their Eyes”
  6. “Creed”
  7. “The Big Short”
  8. “Aloha”
  9. “Bajirao Mastani”


  1. “Taken 3”
  2. “Jupiter Ascending”
  3. “Seventh Son”
  4. “Kingsmen: The Secret Service”
  5. “The Gunman”
  6. “Hot Pursuit”
  7. “Poltergeist”
  8. “San Andreas”
  9. “The Fantastic Four”
  10. “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials”
  11. “Pan”
  12. “The Last Witch Hunter”
  13. “Our Brand Is Crisis”
  14. “Point Break”
So there you have it folks.  Ah, so you noticed how some categories were fewer in number of films while a few others had many?  Or that several films ultimately made several categories?  Honestly, for this reviewer, it is continuing to illustrate how mainstream cinema is becoming less and less where I go to find the real quality and depth I am desiring more and more when going to the theater. And this will probably be most evident in my next post, which will cover my Top Theatrical Independent films for the year. Of course, there were many other mainstream releases I did most certainly enjoy of course, but listing them all really isn’t the point here.
Truly, I welcome you, readers, to weigh in on what films topped your viewing year as well!  I send out a heartfelt “THANK YOU!!!” to everyone who has and continues to support my effort that is and look forward to seeing you all in 2016!  Next up, Part 2 of this Year In Review!
As always, this is all for your consideration and comment.  Until next time, thank you for reading!


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