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What was your favourite movie of the year?

I didn't get to see many movies this year, so I'm going to have to go with a 2014 movie that I saw this year - St Vincent - starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2170593/

I loved the storyline, and I found the movie to be both funny and very moving at times. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.

It also pleased me to see that a larger person was cast in a non-comedy leading role - as someone who suffered terribly from body issues in the past due to having a thin build, it makes me very happy to see someone with a "different" body size appearing in a leading role. The next step is to have fat/thin people cast in the leading roles of romantic and action movies.
 
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To be honest, I don't think that I can answer this question yet... as there is a movie that just come out recently, and I, like many, are planning to see it soon...

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Heh, and if the initial reviews are anything to go by, it will probably be the favourite of many people! I have no plans to see a movie from now till the end of year so I could safely submit my movie for the year!
 
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Yea, my choice would definitely be the latest Star Wars movie. I saw it last weekend -- and in 3D (which is something that I don't normally do).

Prior to that, my choice would have either been Mad Max or Creed... with the preference towards the latter.

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I saw a few I liked, and am anticipating Star Wars, but a sleeper favorite for me was the Man From U.N.C.L.E.

I had misgivings at first, since it's not quite the saccharine semi-spoof that made the TV series so popular, but they won me over.

The BEST thing about it was that they portrayed action scenes without the same tired old motion-sickness-inducing endless chase scenes or the eternally absurd jumping out a door/window just ahead of a supersonic 1500-degree explosion. Actually, they used some old 1960's tricks like split-screen action to give the feel that exciting things were going on, but that they weren't there to substitute for lack of a plot. A direct contrast to Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, which was a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. The only film I ever actually felt like I'd irretrievably wasted part of my life in watching.

U.N.C.L.E. Probably didn't have much of a plot anyway, but they did manage to capture an authentic 1960's spy movie feel, so it amused me enough I'd look forward to a sequel, if they've got one planned.
 
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Definitely Mad Max: Fury Road. I think my second favorite is Whiplash (I've only seen it a few months ago). I haven't seen Star Wars yet.
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:A direct contrast to Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, which was a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. The only film I ever actually felt like I'd irretrievably wasted part of my life in watching.



Really? You went to a film called "Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter", and was disappointed? ...

Seriously though, IMHO, it is about expectations. And with such a title, how can you have any expectations? In my case, I saw it while on an international flight. I watched it with no expectations. It was free. And I really had nothing else to do.... and quite frankly, I rather liked it. It wasn't that great, but it wasn't bad either.

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Spent too much of 2015 in the hospital that many of the movies I wanted to see had come and gone. I did get to see the most highly anticipated and money grossing movie of all time earlier this week. I will say this -- I enjoyed the movie, but at the same time I was quite disappointed. Perhaps my personal expectations were too high, but I had problems getting beyond all the 'they took that from the first movie' scenes. There was one part that did surprise me and I hadn't expected, but it too was cliche.

I also enjoyed Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Yeah, it was a rather silly movie, but look at the title. Pretty much a dead give away that the movie wasn't to be taken seriously I enjoyed it for what it was, fast paced, action filled, vampire killing in large quantities with minimal plot.

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@HW & SvH - I wanted to see Mad Max but haven't had the chance, so that's definitely on my "movies to watch on a rainy day" list. I have never really been a Rocky fan, so not sure how I would find Creed. Whiplash is a 2014 movie (I didn't know much about the movie so just searched about it online), but as my own favourite movie is from 2014 I guess I am the last person who should complain!

@TH - I never saw The Man from Uncle series, by the time I was a child in the 80s they had stopped showing it on TV here in the UK, although my mum would talk about it. I wouldn't mind seeing the movie though, and it's good to know that the action scenes were a bit different to the ones we usually see in movies.

@RDS - Sorry to hear you were ill in 2015, may 2016 bring you lots of good health.

I do agree with the comments that how we find a movie can be influenced by our personal expectations, and I would say by our mood too. I saw Commando for the first time in 2004, now this is the kind of movie I would have really enjoyed as a child and not as a twenty-something in 2004, but that day I just happened to be in the mood to see something silly where I didn't have to think at all and could just watch some childish action whilst slumped in bed on a Sunday evening, and that's exactly what this movie is, and so I enjoyed it. Had I seen it at the cinema when I was in the mood to see a movie with a good storyline, I would have hated it!
 
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I saw "The Visit" (by director M. Night Shyamalan). It is not so surprising as "The Sixth Sense", but it is much better than his the last movies(like "Lady of Water").
 
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