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“Top 10 Movies of the Summer (2015)” by Blade Brown

As September finally rolls around, we’ve gone through another stellar summer movie season. While there were undoubtedly some misfires, this summer gave a lot of great movies. Some with huge budgets, some through independent releases. With four more months and a handful of blockbusters still to be released, 2015 is looking to be a great year for cinema. But before we get to those movies, I’d like to offer what were my favorite films of the summer.

Honorable Mentions:
10. Ant-Man
One of the more pleasant surprises of the summer. Ant-Man had a turbulent time getting to the big screen. But the end result was a fun movie with a lot of humor and a fantastic third act. I can’t wait to get another dose of Scott Lang in next year’s Civil War.

9. Southpaw
Driven by Jake Gyllenhaal’s strong performance, this boxing tale about the fall and determination to rise again is a win for all parties involved. Gyllenhaal’s extreme transformation and the incredible supporting cast help deliver one of the best dramas of the year.

8. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
The second adventure found the team fighting an A.I. of Tony Stark’s creation who’s hell bent on killing all humans and recreating the world in his image. A solid entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that sets the stage for the upcoming game changer that will be Civil War.

7. The Gift
Summer movie season is usually filled with big spectacles and hilarious comedies. So the release of a dark thriller in the middle of summer was unusual. Nevertheless, actor Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut was a fantastic character film with a ending so disturbing it’s cringe worthy.

6. Jurassic World
The biggest movie of the year (So far) is arguably just as good as the Steven Spielberg original. Loud, eye popping and full of excitement, Jurassic World was a great summer movie experience that revived a franchise that’s been dormant since 2001.

5. Inside Out
A return to form for Pixar Studios. This movie was a treasure and takes the studio back to their creative roots. An all-star cast lends their voices to the emotions of a small girl named Riley. A movie for the whole family that is now Pixar’s second highest grossing movie of all time.

4. Straight Outta Compton
The story of the rap group N.W.A is one of the best music biopics ever made. Raw and full of emotion, the movie also highlights on police brutality. A issue that is still relevant, 25 years after their debut album.

3. Trainwreck
Judd Apatow directed the hilarious Amy Schumer (who also wrote the movie) in a comedy about a promiscuous woman who finally finds someone who makes her want to change her ways. Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton and a scene stealing Lebron James costar in the year’s funniest movie.

2. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Had it not been for the release of what will be my #1 movie, this easily would’ve taken the top spot. A smart action movie is extremely rare. Add a smart movie with plenty of laughs to spare and you’ve got one of Tom Cruise’s best movies in the past few years. And with Ethan Hunt primed to return for a 6th instalment, the IMF isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

Without a doubt one of the best action movies ever made. With a very simple plot, and some extravagant practical effects, director George Miller, who also directed Happy Feet and Babe: Pig In The City, returns to his franchise 30 years after the previous installment. With a ton of production delays and a recast Max, the movie defied all odds to become the best movie in the series, and my choice for the summer’s best movie.
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brandonw • August 31, 2015

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