/Film’s Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far

Spy Melissa McCarthy

10. Spy

Melissa McCarthy has been downright ubiquitous since her breakout turn in Bridesmaids, and Spy might be her best film role yet. By introducing a different kind of hero, she and Paul Feig breathe new life into old spy-thriller tropes. McCarthy is utterly winning as Susan Cooper, a brilliant but perpetually underestimated desk agent who discovers her inner badass, but Jason Statham very nearly steals the show right out from under her as an exaggerated Jason Statham type.

Kingsman

9. Kingsman: The Secret Service

Another creative spin on the spy genre, Kingsman: The Secret Service gives us the Colin Firth James Bond we never knew we wanted and, in Taron Egerton and Sofia Boutella, the charismatic rising stars we didn’t know we needed. It’s unapologetically rude and weird, as you’d expect from a Mark Millar adaptation, and Matthew Vaughn’s direction makes Kingsman a burst of colorful energy right up until the very end.

Slow West

8. Slow West

Imagine the Coen Brothers meeting Wes Anderson out in the 19th century frontier, and you basically have John Maclean’s Slow West. It’s a fairy tale that refuses to play by fairy tale rules, a hilarious romp that wants to break your heart, an elegy for the Old West that celebrates the possibilities inherent in the New World. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender nail the off-kilter tone, and Caren Pistorius is one of the film’s best surprises. (Well, her and Ben Mendelsohn’s amazing fur coat.)

While We're Young

7. While We’re Young

To paraphrase Harvey Dent, you either die a fresh-faced wunderkind or live long enough to become the musty old establishment. Noah Baumbach’s keenly observed comedy captures a couple caught somewhere in between, and unwilling to advance. The laughs come quickly and easily, but if you’ve ever found yourself looking at a younger model with that heady mixture of envy, resentment, and admiration, you’ll feel a pang of recognition, too.

me and earl and the dying girl

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Part teen cancer drama, part love letter to cinema, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl navigates the challenges of adolescence in a way only a movie lover could. It celebrates art’s capability for expression, connection, and understanding, while also acknowledging its heartbreaking limitations in the messiness of life. Plus, it’s got some really great cinematic puns, in the form of short parody films that Greg and Earl claim are “terrible” but are secretly pretty brilliant.

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