The 10 most disappointing movies of 2015

05. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

The first The Avengers movie felt like a cinematic event. Its sequel, however, was nothing more than a stopgap in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It felt like Age Of Ultron had an endgame in mind for setting up the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War but failed to come up with a compelling story to complement it. The result is utterly forgettable.

04. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl was the winner of the top award at this year's Sundance Film Festival - an achievement shared by great films such as Juno, Winter's Bone and Whiplash. However, this insufferably twee movie about a high schooler who makes a film for a girl dying of cancer - one focussed entirely on Me and never The Dying Girl, one overloaded with references to obscure movies in a desperate attempt to play to the film school crowd - is wholly unworthy of being considered alongside them.

03. Fantastic Four

We hesitate to call Fantastic Four a "disappointment" because there were rumblings about its problematic shoot for as long as it was in development. We know there had to be reshoots, we know there was animosity between the director and the studio, and we know tensions arose between people on set. However, we weren't quite prepared for how much of a misguided screw-up Fox's Fantastic Four reboot would really be. Is it time to hand the franchise back to Marvel like Sony did with Spider-Man?

02. The Cobbler

We know, we know. More fool us for thinking that Adam Sandler might make a rare good film like Punch Drunk Love or Reign Over Me. But in our defense The Cobbler was directed by Thomas McCarthy who has an impressive CV (The Station Agent, The Visitor and the script for Up) and whose other film this year, Spotlight, is being touted as a potential Oscar winner. Nevertheless, The Cobbler is awful even by Sandler's usual standards - a turgid mix of fantasy, comedy and attempted poignancy.

01. Kingsman: The Secret Service

There are films that challenge the notion of good taste and political correctness in ways that are comic and tongue-in-cheek. There's In Bruges, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and many more. But Kingsman: The Secret Service isn't one of them. Matthew Vaughn's film is tasteless, classist and misogynistic just because. What should have parodied the often troubling hallmarks of spy films - like those of Roger Moore era 007 - ultimately just revels in them.

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