Hooman’s Top 10 Movies of 2015

Author: Hooman

Hooman, half of the K.O. Moview Review Team, gives us his top ten favorite movies for 2015. Including Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out,” “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper and the movie “The Big Short” with Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. Which film made #1? Find out below:


10) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 131 min
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames
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Description: With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group takes on their most impossible mission yet. (Source: Paramount Pictures)

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9) Inside Out

Director: Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen
Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family
Rating: PG
Runtime: 94 min
Starring the voices of: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith

Description: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. (Source: Pixar)


8) Straight Outta Compton

Director: F. Gary Gray
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Music
Rating: R
Runtime: 147 min
Starring: Aldis Hodge, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., O’Shea Jackson Jr.
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Description: In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. (Source: Universal Pictures)

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7) Steve Jobs

Director: Danny Boyle
Genre(s): Biography, Drama
Rating: R
Runtime: 122 min
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen
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Description: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. (Source: Universal Pictures)

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6) Joy

Director: David O. Russell
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 124 min
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Melissa Rivers
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Description: Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. (Source: 20th Century Fox)

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5) Mad Max: Fury Road

Director: George Miller
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating: R
Runtime: 120 min
Starring: Charlize Theron, John Howard, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Tom Hardy, Zoë Kravitz

Description: In the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and everyone is fighting for the necessities of life, there are two rebels who just might be able to restore order—Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos, and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (Source: Metacritic.com)


4) Mustang – (French Film)

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Genre(s): Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 97 min
Starring: Günes Sensoy and Doga Zeynep Doguslu

Description: It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them. (Source: Cohen Media Group)


3) The Hunting Ground

Director: Kirby Dick
Genre(s): Documentary, News
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 min

Description: From the makers of The Invisible War comes a startling expose of rape crimes on US campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice. (Source: Metacritic.com)


2) Spotlight

Director: Thomas McCarthy
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Rating: R
Runtime: 128 min
Starring: John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci
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Description: Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. (Source: Open Road Films)

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1) The Big Short

Director: Adam McKay
Genre(s): Biography, Drama
Rating: R
Runtime: 130 min
Starring: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell
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Description: When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. (Source: Paramount Pictures)

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