Countdown to the best movie of 2015: #47-

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

2015 has seen a lot of great movies, and while I didn't made it to the theater as much as I usually do, I've seen enough great movies that I want to share them with you. These movies are ranked according to my personal preference, so you may see some movies with 4 stars ranked higher than movies with 5 stars, for example. The primary factor I judged these movies by in my rankings was how likely I am to want to revisit them.

#47 Mortdecai (2 stars)

  • Released January 23. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 13%
  • Audience Score: 30%
  • Budget: $60 million
  • Gross: $47 million
  • Extreme celebrity-crazed fans of Johnny Depp may enjoy this movie, but not many else will. It's not awful, and if your significant other wants to rent it, let them. It won't bore you. Just try not to think too much. The film's primary redeeming quality is Paul Bettany's humorous performance as Jock Strapp.

#46 Tomorrowland (3 stars)

  • Released May 22.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49%
  • Audience Score: 51%
  • Budget: $190 million
  • Gross: $209 million
  • Had this movie come from any studio by Disney, and had it been made by anyone else besides Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof, it would probably have been better received. Unfortunately for its producers, the star studded cast was unable to redeem probably the worst film of Brad Bird's career. This movie was like a sexy new Porsche that won't go more than 30 MPH. It's great to look at, but not a very fun ride.

#45 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (1.5 stars)

  • Released October 30.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%
  • Audience Score:50%
  • Budget: $15 million
  • Gross: $15 million
  • Your inner teenager may enjoy some parts of it, but even so, some of the worst 80's zombie movies still come in miles ahead of this failed attempt at an undead Scott Pilgrim.

#44 Unfriended (3.5 stars)

  • Released April 17.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62%
  • Audience Score: 38%
  • Budget: $1 million 
  • Gross: $62.9 million
  • It's creative, and original, but hard to like for anyone who wants more than jump scares. I'll admit, the acting isn't bad for a low budget film full of unknowns. But what is the protagonist? A hacker? A ghost? A demon? A zombie? It's too irrational, it's like they couldn't figure out what the movie was even about. And the ending was a major letdown. The one redeeming quality was the acting, though the more you get to know the characters, the more you're rooting for them to die.

#43 Chappie (4 stars)

  • Released March 6.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31%
  • Audience Score: 57%
  • Budget: $49 million
  • Gross: $102.1 million
  • This was a fantastic movie, with some intolerable characters. Some of the protagonists were so painful to watch and listen to that I have little interest in revisiting the film. However, the story was told eloquently, despite non-stop blatant advertising for a trash rap-group, and the titular character is quite endearing. Neill Blomkamp never fails to intrigue the mind and entertain the senses.

#42 Max (2.5 Stars)

  • Released June 26.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 35%
  • Audience Score: 72%
  • Budget: $20 million
  • Gross: $44 million
  • This is one of those polarizing pieces that offends filmmakers while drawing high praise from fans of family values. I find myself torn between the two camps. The campiness was too much for me to want to revisit it any time in the forseeable future, but I still highly recommend watching it at least once. There's not much out there anymore that is so fun and clean and innocent. 

#41 Pixels (3.5 stars)

  • Released July 24.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 17%
  • Audience Score: 47%
  • Budget: $88 million
  • Gross: $243.6 million
  • Adam Sandler movies tend to get a bad rap these days, even when they aren't half bad. It won't go down as one of his classics, like Waterboy, 50 First Dates, or Anger Management, but it was still fun and enjoyable for my whole family and worth the rental. 

#40 Trainwreck (2.5 stars)

  • Released July 17.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
  • Audience Score: 68%
  • Budget: $35 million
  • Gross: $140.8 million
  • In direct opposition to "Max", Trainwreck offends the eyes and ears of those who rarely stray from TV-Land, while achieving high praise from the cinematic community. I personally am unsure of what all the hype is about. Maybe it's because I'm from a younger generation, but the shock factor of films like this don't do it for me anymore. The "edgy" jokes that make Amy Schumer so popular had already made their rounds through my generation by the end of 8th grade. This movie could practically be titled "In the back of the Clyde Boyd buses." If you're into the inappropriate, you'll laugh, but there's not much more to say about it than that. 

#37 The Cobbler (4 stars)

  • Released March 13.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 8%
  • Audience Score: 36%
  • Budget: $10 million
  • Gross: $852,464
  • This movie is far from your typical Adam Sandler crass tasteless comedy. It's ploddingly simply, and the pessimistic protagonist is surprisingly relatable. The fortuitousness of his discovery and the amusing situations he finds himself in make for an enjoyable journey with a sunny ending.

Check back tomorrow for the next ten best movies of 2015!