Best and worst films of 2015

As we look back on 2015, there have been great cinematic moments that have dealt with profound human stories, complex moral dilemmas; historical biographies and some films that were just good escapist entertainment.

Our list is by course not in any order of recommendation and if you want to see these on DVD please note the classification warnings within the full reviews at In some of these movies there is subject matter, sex scenes, violent language and simulated violence that would disturb some Catholic viewers.

You will have your own list, but here are our office’s best films for 2015.

Best Films of 2015:

  1. ‘71
  2. A Most Violent Year
  3. Amy
  4. Birdman
  5. Citizenfour
  6. Ex Machina
  7. Far From Men
  8. Foxcatcher
  9. Inside Out
  10. Iris
  11. Leviathan
  12. Love and Mercy
  13. Mad Max Fury Road
  14. Macbeth
  15. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  16. Selma
  17. Sicario
  18. Straight Outta Compton
  19. The Lobster
  20. The Martian
  21. The Theory of Everything
  22. Truth

Most Entertaining Films of 2015 (more than worth a look)

  1. Ant-Man
  2. Black Sea
  3. Creed
  4. Dope
  5. Dinosaur
  6. Fast and Furious 7
  7. It Follows
  8. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  9. Last cab to Darwin
  10. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  11. Spectre
  12. Spy
  13. Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  14. The Dressmaker
  15. The Martian
  16. Top Five
  17. Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
  18. Wild

In January keep an eye out for the cinematic release of:

  1. Carol
  2. Steve Jobs
  3. The Revenant
  4. The Hateful Eight
  5. Spotlight

Worst Films of 21015

I can remember when I was a boy and read catholic films reviews the ones I wanted to go and see were those which my predecessor, Dean Fred Chamberlain, labelled as “condemned,” So at the risk of encouraging our most contrary readers please stay away from our worst films of 2015:

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey
  2. The Gallows
  3. She's Funny that Way
  4. Love the Coopers
  5. Chappie
  6. Get Hard
  7. Jupiter Ascending
  8. Mortdecai
  9. Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension
  10. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  11. Ted 2
  12. Terminator: Genisys
  13. The Fantastic Four
  14. Unfinished Business
  15. Unfriended

Have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year.

Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting. Compiled with the Office associates: Fr Peter Malone MSC; Professor Peter Sheehan; and Mr Callum Ryan.

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