Let's say you go to the movies several times a week, hitting up all the big multiplex releases — your new Mad Maxs, your latest Marvel superhero epics, your Star Wars Episode VIIs and Furious 7s. You regularly log on to your favorite streaming services and check out what's been added to the roster. Come September, you dutifully check out the Oscar-buzzed biopics and based-on-a-true-story dramas. Occasionally, you may even stop by your local arthouse theater or brave the wild frontier that is VOD, renting an unfamiliar movie on a whim because it has that one actor you like in it. And still, at the end of any given year, you might look back at several prominent Top 10 lists and see titles that produce a giant cartoon question mark over your head. I knew about Minions, you say, but what the hell is Mustang?
There are usually a handful of incredible movies that hit theaters and may slip right under your radar, or depending on where you live, bypass you entirely. So we're shining the spotlight on 15 of our favorite 2015 releases that you might have missed: gritty to graceful indies, limited-distribution documentaries and mockumentaries, foreign films ranging from obscure to offbeat to, in the case of Hard to Be a God, downright WTF unclassifiable. Some require a more adventurous mindset than others; each can currently be found on DVD, Netflix, iTunes and/or other streaming services; all of them are worth your time.