Ethan Anderton’s Top 10 Movies of 2015

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10. Sleeping with Other People

Here’s a movie that you probably won’t find on many other Top 10 lists. It’s a contemporary, raunchy version of When Harry Met Sally. That’s one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time, and the fact that this movie even comes close to its greatness is an achievement in itself. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie have perfect chemistry as friends trying hard not to be lovers, and while that sounds like every other romantic comedy out there, the smart, funny script from Leslye Headland is what makes this a worthy endeavor. As a hopeless romantic, this one just hit a lot of sweet spots in my heart and in my funny bone. Plus, any movie with Natasha Lyonne is going to be worth a watch.

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9. Creed

A hybrid of a remake, a sequel, and a spin-off, Creed seemed like a desperate way to keep the Rocky franchise alive, at least on paper. Therefore, it was more than a pleasant surprise that Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler was able to deliver a sports drama that hits all the familiar beats, but does so with some rich new characters and one old, reliable one. Creed reminds you that Sylvester Stallone can act, which isn’t an easy feat nowadays, and proves why Michael B. Jordan is a true rising star, all without relying on the greatness of Rocky as a crutch.


8. Brooklyn

I’m a sucker for these kind of love stories. Perhaps what’s so satisfying about Brooklyn is how simple it is. In many ways it’s a quaint story that you already know, but that doesn’t keep it from feeling fresh and just plain wonderful. Plus, the movie is the best use yet of Saoirse Ronan, who delivers a performance as the Irish immigrant Ellis that makes her one of the most likable, irresistibly charming characters of the year. But credit also needs to be given to Emory Cohen who will make you fall for him just as hard as Ellis does.

What We Do in the Shadows

7. What We Do in the Shadows

Comedies like this are hard to come by nowadays. Despite the R-rating for some blood, language and sexual content, this is a fairly innocent flick thanks to the awkward vampire roommate trio played by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement and Jonny Brugh. This vampire world feels more rich and developed than any of the myriad vampire stories that have come to the big screen since Twilight, and it’s also downright hilarious. It’s like Shaun of the Dead meets The Office, with a script that is just as tight, funny and inspired as the former.

Steve Jobs

6. Steve Jobs

The biopic formula can get a little tired without the right subject. And Steve Jobs could have easily turned into that kind of story. But we already saw that with the lackluster Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. Instead, this biopic takes a new approach by painting a brutally honest, albeit exaggerated and inflated, portrait of the technological innovator with just three different events spread out over a few decades. Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Steve Jobs, but you forget that quickly with his masterful delivery of Aaron Sorkin‘s signature snappy dialogue. I hesitate to call the movie a revelation, but it’s extremely refreshing and an intimate character study, regardless of real-life accuracy.

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