We're approximately halfway through 2015, which means that it's list time! 2015 hasn't exactly been the best year for cinema thus far, but halfway through any year and the same type of statement can be said. The best movies typically come out later in the year, with only a few diamonds sprinkled throughout the earlier portion. It's worth celebrating those diamonds, though, and as such, here are the best films from the first half of 2015. Next week, we'll take a look at the worst movies from the first half of 2015.
#10: Pitch Perfect 2
Directed by Elizabeth Banks. Produced by Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Kay Cannon, Max Handelman, and Jeff Levine. Written by Kay Cannon. Release date: May 15, 2015.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the most important thing when it comes to comedies is the frequency with which you laugh. Pitch Perfect 2 is one of the funniest movies of the year. Yes, this is in spite of its plot being a repeat of the first film, its characters being thin stereotypes, and the style of humor not exactly being the kindest to some of its targets. I laughed a lot. I laughed from the opening scene to its conclusion. Mix in some great musical performances - both in terms of the singing and choreography - and you've got a real winner of a film.