My personal pick of a very good year
10. "The Heat" (Paul Feig)
Paul Feig's last film, the largely delightful "Bridesmaids," was publicized so heavily on the basis of its gender that it was made to seem more of a novelty than it should have been. Who knew women were so funny? Well, who didn't? That Feig's equally female-powered and even funnier "The Heat" wasn't handed quite that narrative -- despite riffing on traditionally male genre terrain with fleet-footed feminist abandon -- might be progress after a fashion. Either way, the film deserved more applause than it got: this is the quickest, smartest, mostly densely laugh-laden multiplex comedy in an age, one that gives its perfectly mismatched stars actual people to play while efficiently milking them for type-based gags. Bonus points for arrest by watermelon.