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Funny Ha Ha: 2015's Best Comedies


Chi-Raq is a marvel. It's [Spike] Lee resurrecting his voice — angry, impassioned and funny as hell — right when we need to hear it. He opens the film with a rap that's like an incantation to the gods. 'Please pray 4 my city,' Cannon pleads, and the screen fills with statistics: In the last 15 years, 2,379 Americans have been killed in Iraq. In that same period, 7,356 — three times more — have been killed in Chicago alone. (Perhaps instead of 'Chi-Raq,' a weary diss even to the characters in the film, the fairer insult is to call Iraq 'Ira-Go.')" —Amy Nicholson; Credit: Courtesy of Roadside Attractions">Chi-Raq
Chi-Raq
"Chi-Raq is a marvel. It's [Spike] Lee resurrecting his voice — angry, impassioned and funny as hell — right when we need to hear it. He opens the film with a rap that's like an incantation to the gods. 'Please pray 4 my city,' Cannon pleads, and the screen fills with statistics: In the last 15 years, 2,379 Americans have been killed in Iraq. In that same period, 7,356 — three times more — have been killed in Chicago alone. (Perhaps instead of 'Chi-Raq,' a weary diss even to the characters in the film, the fairer insult is to call Iraq 'Ira-Go.')" —Amy Nicholson; Credit: Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

The year's best knee-slappers came from all across the globe: a murder-mystery miniseries made in France, an ancient Greece-inspired look at Chicago's gun-violence epidemic, an old-school vampire flick from New Zealand. Though many of these films' subject matter was grisly, the execution was nuanced enough to remind us that laughter is indeed the best medicine.

LA Weekly