The term "must see" can be somewhat dubious. Sure, we think there are 15 movies worth seeing but that doesn't necessarily mean Joe or Jill Moviegoer is going to agree with us. However, in this day and age when there's no shortage of movie content, an overabundance of scripted TV programming, and the number of hours in the day are still a paltry 24, a list like the "15 must see movies of 2015" isn't just necessary, it's vital. Throughout your day there are many pieces of content competing for your eyeballs. Whether you are in a movie, watching TV, on the computer, your tablet or your smartphone, there is always something to see. However, is it a MUST SEE? We feel that the following 15 movies more than meet that criteria.
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens - December 18
This is the 7th film in the thought to be completed Star Wars Franchise. There is nothing else I can say about this movie to make you want to see it. More to the point, I shouldn't have to say anything else. And, if you are not familiar with this movie... I would like to do a documentary film on what living under a rock must be like for you.
2Mockingjay Part 2 - November 20
Okay, this is the one we've been waiting for. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and District 13 are going to finally bring the Capitol down. Going into the other films, the events were almost anti-climatic. In the first one, Katniss only had to survive the games. If she didn't, this series was DOA. Unlike Rocky, she wasn't gonna get "no rematch." The same for the second and third film. However, this installment is where everything comes to a head and that is "must see" viewing indeed.
3The Hateful Eight - November 13
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Check. Shot in 70mm. Check. Taking place in essentially one room ala his debut Reservoir Dogs. Check. Being presented with the director's usual bravado. Check. In this day and age of digital everything, Tarantino goes out of his way to eschew all of that. He says that in his film industry, filmmakers are still working in practical settings and, gulp, on film. Must see? Check.
4Straight Outta Compton - August 14
Normally, biopics and 'must see' aren't in the same breath (unless of course Daniel Day-Lewis or a character with a disability is involved!). However, the generation that grew up listening to a band called N.W.A. is about to see a piece of their lives hit the big screen. With hip-hop ultimately proving itself maybe not as revolutionary as once thought, Straight Outta Compton should remind us what could've been, what sometimes is, and what might still be.
5Terminator Genisys - July 1
The reality of the Terminator situation is that the fourth film just wasn't good. Making it sting even more was that it had Christian Bale, the go to guy for a good movie, in it. What is intriguing about this fifth installment is how they have brought it to the present, while literally creating the The Terminator of the past. No, it will not be perfect. There were be some lame scenes and moments. But, when it is good, we think Terminator Genisys might be better than anything we've seen from this franchise in a long time.
6Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - July 31
Okay, a group called The Syndicate is intent on destroying the IMF. Yeah, we know, hardly reeks of must see-ness. However, Ving Rhames is back and helmming this Impossible installment is none other than Christopher McQuarrie. If the guy who wrote The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun and Edge of Tomorrow doesn't make you want to see this movie, then have fun watching the next indy darling opening On Demand in your living room.
7The Martian - October 2
Ridley Scott's opus about an astronaut (Matt Damon) left behind on a Mars mission is the kind of thing movies need right now. With many of the films at the multiplex either being cartoons, or based on cartoons, The Martian is a MOVIE. Based on the popular book by Andy Weir, this film is smart, scientific, and the kind of property that gets cinephiles and non-cinephiles talking.
8Ant-Man - July 17
Wouldn't it be nice to have a smart superhero movie? Mad Max: Fury Road not withstanding, is there going to be another big budget, blockbuster featuring an actor with the chops that Paul Rudd brings? This supercool tale of a man who is able to shrink in size but gain in strength, has pedantic written all over it. However, Paul Rudd's acting ability, mixed with extremely interesting FX, makes Ant-Man, perhaps, 2015's Iron Man. And you know that is something you want to see!
9Vacation - July 29
On the face of it, this movie borders on sacrilege. The original Vacation Movie is an untouchable 1980s gem. However, with reboots proving themselves as a viable commodity, and Warner Bros. liking this new version of the film so much that it moved it up, one can't help but think perhaps lightning HAS struck twice. With a solid cast featuring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Chris Hemsworth, this once dark horse comedy may just have the last laugh.
10Cop Car - August 7
What makes this movie so intriguing is just how human it is. Also, it has Kevin Bacon as a badass cop. And it has kids getting into trouble. It sounds like the perfect throwback to a 70s summer adventure. But what makes it most interesting is the movie landed it's director the job of helping 2017's Spider-Man. If Cop Car won over the hard-to-please Marvel, it must be something special.
11Steve Jobs - October 9
With all the behind the scenes discussions of why this movie has a director and star that were nobody's first choice, who'd want to see Steve Jobs? It's gotta be a train wreck, right? We are going another way. When you realize that said director and star (Danny Boyle and Michael Fassbender) are both two of the best in the business, and then throw in Seth Rogen in an odd turn as Steve Wozniak, this movie is either going to be a brilliant or a mess. Given Danny Boyle's track record, we think it might be the former.
12The Peanuts Movie - November 6
This film just looks awesome. Period. At this point in your life, if you need any real convincing of why a 3D version of the Peanuts is worth seeing, then maybe you should just stay home and watch reruns of Columbo (let me clear my throat!).
13Fantastic Four - August 7
It is wrong to hold the first incarnation of this superhero franchise against this new version. The actors in the original did their best, but FX at that time were not what they are today. Also, it doesn't hurt that the only movies major conglomerates want to make are of the superhero ilk. Thus, they will throw more money at them. That is why this new version looks bigger, acts bigger, and is bigger (with a Thing that really looks like ||The Thing we wouldn't want to mess with). The Fantastic Four is "must see 2.0".
14Trainwreck - July 17
Amy Schumer in a bad relationship. Sounds like a one off SNL skit. Merge her with Bill Haderand maybe this gets redone a few more times on that show. Merge her with a Bill Hader who is playing it straight, thus allowing Amy Schumer to chew the scenery, and you have a movie that you can't afford to miss.
15Magic Mike XXL - July 1
Sure, it would've been great if Steven Soderbergh had come back to make this film. However, Channing Tatum is behind it and he's proven that he's no idiot. Like 22 Jump Street, this movie might be the same joke twice, but when somethings good we don't mind seeing it again. With Magic Mike and the Kings of Tampa out for one last hurrah, one thing is for sure, these guys aren't going to leave anything on the stage. That alone makes this thing a must see!
So what'd you think? Has Mushy made you want to see any of these films? Does his list excite you or make you say, "That idiot missed something!"? Whatever the case, let us know. We can take it!