This is the time of year when professional movie critics and hack bloggers like me all do the same thing. We put out a list of the year's best movies. A good number of us also put out a list of the worst. I may as well follow suit. However, I do so with the caveat that this is only a preliminary list. After all, I just put out my "official" list of 2014's best and worst about a month ago (read the best here and the worst here).
I'm working from a pool of about forty of this year's releases. If things work out as they have over the last decade or so, I'll see anywhere from 70 to 100 more by the time I get comfortable to make my "definitive" list for 2015. That means don't get too caught up in the order. Most of the ones in my top 10 have a good chance of not being there when I do this again. If they are, they'll likely be in a different spot which could be higher or lower.
Click on the titles where appropriate for reviews. However, I've been watching films at a much faster clip than I can write about them over the last few weeks so many of the reviews are still upcoming.
1. Ex Machina
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
9. Inside Out
10. Straight Outta Compton
5. Fantastic Four
7. Get Hard
8. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Once again, I'm sure this list will look drastically different, at least on the best side, after I watch lots more of that "critically acclaimed" stuff that gets released to theaters this time of year. Just give me some time.