The year wraps up with old franchises making big bucks: some of the highest earners that fit this category don’t make it in this list (Jurassic World and The Avengers: Age of Ultron were decent movies that failed to live up to the high benchmark of earlier films in their series). However, some of the better ones, Mad Max, Star Wars and Mockingjay Part II, offered some of the most enjoyable film events of the year.
I am loathed to recommend crazy, flawed, but charming action movies two weeks in a row, but one must give Kingsman: The Secret Service its due. It’s cracking, in a practically literal sense. A film for the boyish (guns and gadgets galore) Kingsman rips off James Bond in the cheekiest way, equal parts thrills and giggles.