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.
Start your day by recalling the images from last night’s screening of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. Remember the aesthetic cinematography that brings to mind the classic first film: epic desert planets and hulking shadowy spaceships. Meditate on the beauty of the film, and filmic nostalgia in particular. Feel warm fuzzies.