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Old 01-11-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default The Community Top 25 Films of 2015 (Please Read 1st Post)

the Deadline for your votes is set for:
Saturday (Feb 27th) at noon eastern time (9 am pacific)

Yes it’s that time of the year: our annual top movies of the year list! Big thanks to MarkJ801 for the idea and his work on this in previous years. Looking for even more participation this year!


Like previous years, simply list your top 20 - 25 films in order descending from your favorite, the higher up the film is the more points it'll get, like this:

1. 25 Points
2. 19 Points
3. 18 Points
4. 17 Points
5. 16 Points
16. 5 Points
17. 4 Points
18. 3 Points
19. 2 Points
20. 1 Point
21. 1 Point
22. 1 Point
23. 1 Point
24. 1 Point
25. 1 Point

Your top film gets 25 points, because it's your favorite so it deserves a little bit extra. This year continues the addition of 21 - 25 as we believe everyone should have a chance to add some runners up, they all get 1 point each, which will hopefully avoid us getting many tie breakers and might allow us to add some little known films that wouldn't of initially gotten many peoples attention last year. If you can't think of extra 5 films worth mentioning, then don't worry, the minimum amount of submission is 20 films, the extra 5 are for people who might want them.

And please, list your films in the order given, no randomly ordered submission will be counted.

The Rules

1) Like mentioned above, Minimum amount of films listed is 20 and Maximum is 25. If you can't list 20 movies you've seen this year, all the films on your list will only receive 1 point each towards the total so be sure to reach that 20 milestone.

2) What counts as a 2015 release? - A film must have been released either limited, wide, on demand, or straight-to-dvd (which ever comes first) in the United States in 2015. This does not include film festivals or released internationally. It may be hard to determine if some films were released in 2014 or not, so that's what the strict rules on this are for.

Use the release dates on IMDb if you are unsure if it's eligible. As an example from the previous countdown, Snowpiercer was released in some countries and festivals in 2013, but did not get a limited release in the U.S. until June 27th, 2014. So that film will count as eligible for 2014. Likewise, a movie that doesn't get a wide release until January, but it had a limited release sometime in 2015 would also count.

Classic films that were re-released ARE NOT ELIGIBLE! Please do not include them on your list, you'll be asked to change it and if you haven't changed before the deadline, the films on your list will get 1 point each.

And if you're unsure if a film is eligible, just ask and we will help figure it out for you!

3) Please only make one list - Make only one list on this thread. However, you are free to update and change your original post as often as you'd like until the deadline. It will make tallying very hard if there are multiple lists from one person. Just find your original post and click 'Edit' to make your changes. If you do re-post your list twice or more, I'll message you to remove them.

4) Add a short review of your film choices - In an attempt to personalize the list as a whole, I want members to post a short bit of prose about their choice. This can range from a short sentence consisting of a couple of words to a couple of lines long paragraph, or you can link to a previous review you wrote when the film was released.

This is not compulsory, and you can write these short pieces on however many of your choices you want, even if it's only for your first pick., however the more input the better, the short words of wisdom will be included on the final tallied up list in a well presented manner, and you're list will be linked with you're description so others who see your words will hopefully want to look at your other choices as well.

5) Finally, just to remind you, the Deadline is set for:
Saturday (Feb 27th) at noon eastern time (9 am pacific)
Please make sure you get your list in and make any final edits before this deadline, as any changes after that will not count.

Previous Years:

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:18 PM   #3
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01. Carol
02. Queen of Earth
03. Tangerine
04. It Follows
05. The Hateful Eight
06. Mad Max Fury Road
07. Inside Out
08. Magic Mike XXL
09. The Look of Silence
10. Sicario
11. Mistress America
12. Phoenix
13. Clouds of Sils Maria
14. Room
15. The End of the Tour
16. Tokyo Tribe
17. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
18. Chi-Raq
19. Girlhood
20. Buzzard
21. Creed
22. The Duke of Burgandy
23. Approaching the Elephant
24. Dope
25. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:19 PM   #4
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1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2) The Hateful Eight
3) The Revenant
4) Anamolisa
5) Phoenix
6) Mad Max: Fury Road
7) Sicario
8) Respire (aka Breathe)
9) 45 Years
10) Victoria
11) James White
12) Crimson Peak
13) Wild Tales
14) Mistress America
15) Brooklyn
16) Room
17) Son of Saul
18) Mustang
19) The Keeping Room
20) Carol

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:20 PM   #5
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Bridge of Spies
The Revenant
It Follows
Crimson Peak

We Are Still Here
Slow West

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
The Hateful Eight
Shaun the Sheep
Far From the Madding Crowd

Clouds of Sils Maria
Wild Tales
Ex Machina
Mr. Holmes
The Age of Adaline

The Martian
The Good Dinosaur
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jurassic World

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:20 PM   #6
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(Updated but still pending)

1) The Revenant
2) Steve Jobs
3) The Martian
4) Bridge of Spies
5) The Hateful Eight (70mm Roadshow version)
6) Inside Out
7) Talvar ("Guilty")
8) Crimson Peak
9) The Gift
10) Spotlight
11) Straight Outta Compton (Director's Cut)
12) Bajrangi Bhaijaan
13) Ex Machina
14) The Big Short
15) Kingsman: The Secret Service
16) Mad Max: Fury Road
17) Black Mass
18) Avengers: Age of Ultron
19) Black Sea
20) Piku
21) Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation
22) Spectre
23) Irrational Man
24) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
25) Trainwreck

Review blurbs in the spoiler:

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1) The Revenant

Best film of the year. Brutal, beautiful, powerful, with a great performance by DiCaprio, flawless direction from A.G. Inarittu, and some of the most beautiful imagery ever captured by Chivo. Emotionally exhausting, but love it or hate it, it stays with you long after the credits have rolled.

2) Steve Jobs

Like The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin takes a public figure we only thought we knew and turns his life into a story about friendship, loyalty, avarice, betrayal, and ultimately, redemption (or at least some vague approximation of it). Fassbender turns his a career-best performance playing a Steve Jobs the public never really knew, someone driven by a need for perfection and willing to burn any bridge to achieve it. Self-destructive but visionary, how far can one man go to leave his mark on mankind? A fine supporting cast (Winslet and Bridges, particularly) and Danny Boyle's precise direction turn this into the second of only two four-star movies I saw this year.

3) The Martian

The most hilarious comedy of the year! The Martian was a movie I had little interest in for most of 2015, with everything making it look like "Gravity on Mars." On a whim while at an airport, I picked up Andy Weir's source novel to pass the time... and was immediately hooked. Couldn't put it down. Once the movie came out, despite knowing the story, I experienced the same exhilaration yet again. Credit that to Damon's disarmingly funny and endearing performance, or to the superb supporting cast (Ejiofor and Bridges, especially), or Drew Goddard's wonderful adaptation, or Ridley Scott's best directorial effort since 2007 (even if the Academy didn't). With Gravity, Interstellar, and now The Martian, big-budget sci-fi -- not space opera, not sci-fantasy, but real sci-fi -- is hopefully here to stay.

4) Bridge of Spies

For the record, it's not like I ever thought Steven Spielberg had left and needed to return. Sure, Lincoln was an aggrandizing snooze-fest that often felt like his family commissioned a PBS film to tout their famous ancestor during an election year, but The Adventures of Tintin is one of the best animated movies ever, and I honestly didn't even hate Indy 4 all that much. Bridge of Spies, however, feels like a true return to form. It's Spielberg's best live-action film since Munich, with he and his whole team (sans John Williams, who's replaced by a surprisingly perfunctory Thomas Newman) firing on all cylinders to recreate the 1950s and a tense, though little known, chapter of US-USSR diplomacy amidst the thick of the Cold War. Tom Hanks is his usual reliable self, but the real find (for those who didn't already know him) is Oscar-nominee Mark Rylance, delivering a beautifully understated performance as the Soviet spy whose capture gets the whole movie rolling. With a script co-written by the Coen brothers, Bridge of Spies is intelligent, exciting, and essential Spielberg.

5) The Hateful Eight (70mm Roadshow version)

The usually divisive Quentin Tarantino made arguably his most divisive film ever with The Hateful Eight. Between the film's famous pre-production woes and the writer/director's equally famous and controversial off-screen antics, what might get missed is that The Hateful Eight is surprisingly vintage Tarantino. Get a bunch of talkative, colorful characters into a confined space, mix in some whodunnit, and watch the powderkeg explode. Part Reservoir Dogs, part throwback to the Westerns of yesteryear -- the latter helped immeasurably by Robert Richardson's 70mm Ultra Panavision lensing and Kurt Russell doing the best John Wayne since, well, John Wayne -- the film is profane, graphically violent, sometimes disturbing, but never boring. And in an increasingly vanilla cinematic landscape, it's nice to not know exactly where a movie is heading as it barrels towards its final chapters. Is it Tarantino's best? Not by a long shot. But after the holy trinity of Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Inglorious Basterds, I can give that fourth spot to Hateful Eight.

6) Inside Out

Pixar's best movie -- and, frankly, I'd say first good movie -- since Up, and a true return-to-form for the formerly indestructable animation house. Funny and moving, Inside Out is 2015's best film for both kids and their parents, maybe even moreso for the parents.

7) Talvar ("Guilty")

The infamous 2008 Noida double-murder case gets an unusually frank and ugly recreation in Talvar (translated to "Guilty" for international audiences, though the word really means "sword). A searing depiction of the ineptitude of India's police fraternity and an indictment of the corruption of the bureaucracy, with some nice jabs at how everything has to be played for the cameras of the media, Talvar pulls no punches and emerges as Bollywood's best film in several years. Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, Jurassic World) is also on fire. Even if you don't watch or like Bollywood, Talvar is one to seek out.

8) Crimson Peak

Arguably the most underrated and under-appreciated movie of the year, Crimson Peak is the most insidiously horrific movie of 2015, and I mean that in the best way possible. Those going in expecting a fright-fest will be disappinted; Guillermo Del Toro isn't interested in jump scares. He's too talented for that. Instead, GDT has chosen to drape a creepy story of twisted love and hidden demons in the trappings of a Gothic romance (a genre I have no personal affinity for). I went into this movie not really sure what to expect, and came out loving the entire thing. Too bad it's GDT's second big-budget flop in a row.

9) The Gift

A refreshingly well-written and minimally directed thriller, The Gift flew somewhat under-the-radar this past summer, but was one of the year's best releases. Joel Edgerton's directorial debut showcases his talent for getting good performances, keeping tension high, and keeping the pace from flagging for two hours. Can't wait to see more from him in the coming years; we already knew he was a good actor, hopefully the same consistency will extend to his career as a writer/director.

10) Spotlight

Another thriller that relies on a deceptively light directorial touch and a very strong screenplay to recount the early 2000s investigation into charges of pedophilia within the Boston Archdiocese by the Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, Spotlight may be the frontrunner for several Academy Awards. Although it wouldn't be my pick for most of them, I wouldn't have much of a problem if it ends up winning. The film is as important for re-telling this story as it is for showcasing what real journalism is, what it really takes to uncover the truth and stand up to the system, and how good people need to do what's right to uncover great evil, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

11) Straight Outta Compton (Director's Cut)

A casual fan of rap since at least middle school, my exposure to the music of N.W.A. is fleeting at best, and my knowledge of the group's history even hazier. Yeah, I know who Dre and Cube are, and I've heard some of the group's bigger hits several times, but I'm not a die-hard fan or anything. Which is all to say that I never really thought I'd enjoy a movie about the group's rise, fall, and rebirth as much as I enjoyed Straight Outta Compton. For nearly three hours (in its expanded Director's Cut, available on Blu-ray), F. Gary Gray masterfully takes the audience on a journey not just through the founding of hip-hop's most notorious and contentious group, but through the racial awakening of America in the late 1980s through early 1990s, a time rife with the angst of Rodney King, the L.A. Riots, and even O.J. The story is just as relevant today as it was 25 years ago, and is one of the most surprisingly entertaining and provocative movies of the year.

12) Bajrangi Bhaijaan

A mute Pakistani girl accidentally gets left behind in India while seeking medical treatment, forcing a local do-gooder to take it upon himself to ensure that she gets back home safely. Possibly the most heartwarming and fun movie of the year, and features Salman Khan's most winning performance in some time (plus some great music). The only real problem is the unnecessarily preachy final act.

13) Ex Machina

Another example of real sci-fi making a comeback. A tense, well-acted and sublimely written chamber piece, with an unpredictable final act that some will love, some will hate, and everyone will talk about.

14) The Big Short

As if you needed to be more angry about what happened to your money in 2008, here comes Adam McKay, armed with a sharp script and some solid performances, to get you even more riled up. Not exactly the laugh riot promised by the trailers, The Big Short is the rare movie which realizes that sometimes, when it comes to such an epic screw-up that costs untold jobs, money, and lives, sometimes all you can do is take a step back and marvel at the stupidity of the whole thing -- and pray that we're not doomed to do it all over again.

15) Kingsman: The Secret Service

The church scene gets my vote for the most flat-out entertaining scene of the year. And Taron Egerton might be 2015's breakout star (John Boyega would be a close second). In a strong year for spy movies, with entries from both Mission: Impossible and James Bond, Kingsman: The Secret Service emerged as the best of the bunch.

16) Mad Max: Fury Road

Is it the greatest film of all-time? No. Is it the greatest action movie ever made? No. Is it overrated? Yes. But the movie is still entertaining as hell and ridiculously re-watchable, and as far as recent action movies go, this one is near the top. Having never seen a Mad Max movie before this one (I've since seen all of the original three, and Fury Road is by FAR the series' best), I can now say I genuinely look forward to where Miller decides to take us next.

17) Black Mass

Whitey Bulger's story was always due for the Hollywood treatment -- Scorsese gave it his own twist with his 2006 masterpiece, The Departed -- but Black Mass never reaches the lofty heights of the crime genre. That doesn't make it any less watchable or entertaining, but it's yet another example of a Scott Cooper film hitting all the right beats and not really doing anything overtly wrong, but failing to ascend to that higher level where a movie goes from simply being "good" to being "very good" or "great." Johnny Depp is great, though. It's nice to see him finally try for a change, too bad the Academy didn't notice.

18) Avengers: Age of Ultron

Can't wait til people wake up and realize that Age of Ultron is a significant step up from The Avengers. While the first movie was an entertaining but overlong romp, Age of Ultron does exactly what Joss Whedon promised it would (despite setbacks brought on by the studio): it digs deeper into the characters, takes the MCU in a darker direction, and leaves lasting ramifications that likely won't get resolved til Infinity War. Whedon may have stepped away from the Marvel Universe, but thankfully he left things exactly as they should be -- battered, shaken, but stronger than ever before. This is the best superhero movie since The Winter Soldier, and one of the best in the MCU.

19) Black Sea

Part Treasure of the Sierra Madre, part U-571, Black Sea is driven by claustrophobic tension and a solid performance from the ever-reliable Jude Law. A movie that few people saw, but it's worth seeking out.

20) Piku

A 30-something woman (Deepika Padukone, in her best performance) caring for her elderly and increasingly cantankerous father (screen legend Amitabh Bachchan) is forced to go on a roadtrip with an irascible driver (the great Irrfan Khan) from New Delhi to Calcutta to prevent the sale of the family home. Somewhat standard road-trip fare, but good performances and some great character moments elevate an otherwise generic script into a memorable lark of a movie.

21) Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Doesn't reach the heights of the first movie's espionage-based tension, or Ghost Protocol's globe-trotting spectacle, but Rogue Nation is a solidly workmanlike entry in the still-going-strong franchise. Also, props to Rebecca Ferguson for her breakout performance -- I'm kind of a diehard Tom Cruise fan, so it takes quite a bit to get me not to pay attention to him when he's on-screen, and damn, did she do it.

22) Spectre

Like life imitating art, SPECTRE -- more specifically, its head of operations played by a phoning-it-in Christoph Waltz -- foils Bond's plan yet again. What starts off as a strong entry in the Bond franchise goes belly-up by the time its protracted, laughably inane final act comes around, with a twist that makes little sense and logic gaps Michael Bay would shake his head at. And yet, it's still unmistakably Bond. Craig is still the best OO7 since Connery, the action and stunts are incredible, and overall the movie is just fun. Saw it twice and while I don't love it, I do enjoy it. Spectre is, at the end of the day, an entertaining Bond adventure, warts and all. That's better than some movies the franchise has offered.

23) Irrational Man

Above-average Woody Allen is always a recommendable thing, and Irrational Man fits the description. A pleasant-enough diversion, although a little less predictable than the usual Allen throwaway, so it gets some extra points for that. Honestly not much to say other than I had a good time with this.

24) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

A charming and fun little spy adventure, based on the 60s TV series. Not a great movie, or even a particularly memorable one (I've seen it twice and certain details of the plot still escape me), but there is a good time to be had here. Sometimes that's enough.

25) Trainwreck

Judd Apatow's best movie since Knocked Up, with some hysterical work by Amy Schumer and, surprisingly, Lebron James. Not a great movie by any means, but a nice romantic comedy -- a genre I'm not very fond of usually.

Honorable Mention: Bajirao Mastani

Based on the historical love story of Bajirao and Mastani, this epic period romance just won 9 Filmfare Awards (Bollywood equivalent of the Oscars), including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Supporting Actress (Priyanka Chopra, as seen on "Quantico"). Pretty typical Bollywood -- very colorful, melodramatic and musical -- but always entertaining, if way too long.

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  1. Steve Jobs
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Room
  4. Beasts of No Nation
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  6. Bridge of Spies
  7. The Big Short
  8. Ex Machina
  9. Sicario
  10. Spotlight
  11. Spectre
  12. Creed
  13. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  14. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  15. Inside Out
  16. Phoenix
  17. The Martian
  18. What We Do in the Shadows
  19. It Follows
  20. Bone Tomahawk
  21. Tomorrowland
  22. Crimson Peak
  23. The Hateful Eight
  24. Mr. Holmes
  25. Straight Outta Compton

I was not able to see the following before the deadline:

The Revenant, Brooklyn, Carol, Cinderella, 45 Years, Youth, Son of Saul, Anomalisa, Amy

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#1 Carol

Directed by Todd Haynes
Written by Phyllis Nagy
Based on the novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith
Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler

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Synopsis: An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.

Why I Love It: Every now and then, I feel like I've lost touch with film, like I'm always enjoying a lot of stuff, but I seem to long for the experience of losing myself in a film. All the years I've watched film, and developed my knowledge and dissected cinema, and it's all worn on me, and then a film will come around and remind me just how much I love film, this year Carol struck. The performances were just captivating, every gesture and look had a beating heart behind it, not just a character but a soul. The dialogue just enthrals me, it feels like it needs to be inhaled, the whole thing is so delicate. The camera works as just this wonderful sense of tactility to is, you can just feel it, the whole film just feels alive, like it's a window to the past, there isn't a single thing that breaks the sensation of being there, everything in the frame just looks like it has a purpose there in the world. Every time I speak of this film, the compliments just melt on the tip of my tongue. I love talking about this film, I love this film. Go watch it.

#2 Room

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Written by Emma Donoghue
Based on the novel "Room" by Emma Donoghue
Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Trembley, Sean Bridgers

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Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

Why I love it: A film that starts very dark and disturbing and gradually twists into something far more uplifting and life-affirming. The film takes a premise, that despite being a real enough story, could have seemed silly if mishandled, and frames it in the most perfect way. Lenny Abrahamson frames the events through the eyes of the little boy to really create the sensation of seeing the world for the first time, without becoming laborious to the fairytale device at the expenditure of the drama, as many things come to light through the runtime. By the films closing moments, it became apparent to me that I could have sat and watched another hour or two of these characters, what would happen to them next, what would become of them. I think ultimately that's the sign of a great story that's compellingly told.

#3 Mommy

Directed by Xavier Dolan
Written by Xavier Dolan
Starring Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément, Antoine-Olivier Pilon

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Synopsis: A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Why I love it: Well I've been waiting for more than a year to get around to talking about this one. Mommy is shot entirely through a 1:1 aspect ratio, creating a sort of a cell phone image effect to the screen, which can be taken as comment on youth societies way of seeing the world, their shortage of attention with technology and their means of escape from the monotony of the world. But it also has a wider effect of creating a claustrophobic atmosphere of the oppressing sensation the main characters find themselves within society. And while this sounds like it could be a tough watch with a distracting gimmick, the film has a lot of heart and a lot of energy that within a handful of minutes you'll find yourself fully engrossed and forgetting the way it's shot. It's a real testament to the direction, writing and performances that a really distinctive and unique form of cinema doesn't distract, but instead captivates you more than you could even imagine.

#4 Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by George Miller
Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouria
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

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Synpsis: A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Why I love it: It's got a guy strapped to the roof of a big rig with an electric guitar that shoots fire out of it.

#5 It Follows

Directed by David Robert Mitchell
Written by David Robert Mitchell
Starring Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary

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Synopsis: A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter.

Why I love it: Every year there seems to be a horror film destined for greatness, and winds up falling for high scrutiny. And while David Robert Mitchell's break out hit has it's fair share of naysayers, It Follows offers something that blends the retrograde aesthetic of a John Carpenter film with something of a more existential horror film, than the typical bump in the night. Brimming with anxieties of adulthood and responsibilities, It Follows places a suburbia lost in time, a concoction of retro culture that's neither her nor now, inhabited by teens lacking parental guidance stuck in crisis that becomes increasingly unescapable as they flew further into poverty stricken areas to seek help and answers. It's a nightmare that calls a little too close to reality while building upon a unique mythology, the films dreamy soundtrack and cool exterior however distance you from proceedings, making it increasingly nerve-racking and distinctive.

#6 Inside Out

Directed by Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen
Written by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley
Original Story by Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen
Starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard King

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Synopsis: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Why I love it: Family films, even Pixar at it's very top of it's game, never really achieved poignancy, heartfelt? Sure. Emotional? Most definitely. But a maturity in it's teaching that strikes a chord with everyone? Not so much, at least not until Inside Out. The film takes a vast and daunting idea and spins it out with creativity and levity while grounded in genuine observation, and even a slight touch of concern. The witty script revolves around a centre that many would deem unapproachable, but the film reveals the emotional core as a necessity, dealing with it in a way that children can fully understand and adults also come away more enlightened and enriched. It's a truly magical experience.

#7 The Revenant

Directed by Alejandro González Ińárritu
Written by Mark L. Smith & Alejandro González Ińárritu
Based on the novel "The Revenant" by Michael Punke
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

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Synopsis: A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820's fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Why I love it: The Revenant is indulgent, it's a film with a clear intent of just being so technically impressive, gritty and overall selling an experience of the time period, of the brutality. It's indulgent, but in a way that rewards the audience who wish to stick with it. It portrays nature both as beautiful and unrelenting, as menace, violence and chaos brims from all corners. The camerawork seamlessly tracks and pans, almost floating benevolently over the disparity, there's a reason the film has attempted to be created with so little artifice (although technical trickery can be seen), in an attempt to give a real experience, to be truly cinematic, and in the end, regardless of your thoughts on it, becomes a once in a lifetime film.

#8 Sicario

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Taylor Sheridan
Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin

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Synopsis: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Why I love it: Sicario still remains the most hair-raising and tense films of the year. While the story has a few hiccups, Sicario delivers many sequences that are unforgettable in the way of suspense, the whole film is built upon the darkness of mankind, which really brings visceral and brutal images to the surface. The whole film is surrounded in an unshakable sense of dread and unpredictability, the mechanical throbbing from the score never let's up as the maddening sense of never letting your guard down, always suspect anyone, begins taking it's toll. In the end, I left the film uncontrollably shaking, that's just how nerve-shredding an experience it is.

#9 Crimson Peak

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
Written by Guillermo Del Toro & Matthew Robbins
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

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Synopsis: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.

Why I love it: Punished for being predictable, Guillermo Del Toro's latest offered a love letter to Gothic horror tales and macabre cinema to create a lavishly designed production full of dark imagination and grotesque characteristics, as he presents a classically typical story and spins his own visuals on it. In his story the dark secrets of violence and desperation are physically boiling under the over-sized, isolated, decrepit and corroding manor house. Del Toro wastes no time getting to the ghostly apparitions, however in typical fashion, it winds up the true threat is more of this world than the next. It's a film that begs of you to join it in it's indulgences, and like what has come before it, you'll find much to admire and to aspire from it.

#10 Mistress America

Directed by Noah Baumbach
Written by Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig
Starring Lola Kirke, Greta Gerwig, Matthew Shear

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Synopsis: A lonely college freshman's life is turned upside down by her impetuous, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister.

Why I love it: The film begins thoroughly grounded as a sweet light-hearted comedy about struggling to fit in, and approaching responsibility, as we meet Greta Gerwig's larger than life character, who seem incapable of settling down and planning her own future, but the film begins to run off the rails and becomes this disruptive, uncontrollable screwball comedy, with numerous variables all deftly pitted together creating the funniest film of the year without a doubt. Intelligent and mature while relishing in good old fashioned goofy sensibilities, Mistress America is sharp and to the point.

#11 Slow West

Directed by John Maclean
Written by John Maclean
Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn

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Synopsis: A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

Why I love it: Wonderfully oddball and deadpan Black Comedy set in this weird pop-up book like Western world. The film is shot with this pin point precision and creates the sensation of sort of a stage show dynamic, or a puppet show, but the film is punctuated with very real violence and consequence, leading to much suspense because the film is unafraid of tragedy. It just operates on it's own vibe, it's own pace. It's a fully unique experience, even if you hone in on the visual cues, you're still receiving a film that has found it's own voice, and it's a voice I'm hoping to hear again soon.

#12 Dope

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Written by Rick Famuyiwa
Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Zoë Kravitz

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Synopsis: Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Why I love it: I think the big complaint I had about Dope is that it can't quite pin down what it wants to say for the majority of it's runtime, but it's so much fun getting to that point that it's really hard for me to be bothered by the fact. It's a prime example that a raunchy R rated comedy can have a heart and doesn't have to be cheap and crass at the expense of a good story and good characters. The early 90's hip hop tinged world, inspired by the characters mindset, perfectly surfaces problems faced by the African-American society in the USA with levity and enlightenment, and honestly should have found a far bigger audience than it did. If this one skipped on by you, be sure to come back to it in the future, you should really enjoy it.

#13 45 Years

Directed by Andrew Haigh
Written by Andrew Haigh
Based on the short story "In Another Country" by David Constantine
Starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James

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Synopsis: A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Why I love it: It's a drama about an elderly couple coming up to their 45 anniversary as they begin to reevaluate the course their lives have taken. It sounds like it's going to be a bit of a slogfest, who would want to see a film about elderly couple talking. But the story Andrew Haigh has brought to light here has a much richer mystery below, a few enigmatic elements begin to shape the trajectory, a letter is received in the post detailing the found body of a love one perfectly preserved. An image unseen, yet haunts the entire film. Suddenly it becomes clear that there is this grander history between to two, regret begins to surface, fate seems to have twisted events, what does giving your life to a partner mean when circumstances could have been different? Being a pretty young person, the story seems to take on a different meaning to the more elderly audience who watched it, but I think it's a film that will get more and more interesting as time goes by.

#14 The Duke of Burgundy

Directed by Peter Strickland
Written by Peter Strickland
Starring Chiara D'Anna, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn

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Synopsis: A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.

Why I love it: A homage to the Euro-trash/art-porn of a bygone era. The Duke of Burgundy titillates and seduces, while offering more interesting dynamic between the two leads. In the opening credits, a tongue in cheek listing claims 'Perfume by Je Suis Gizella' alluding to the dry wit running through the film. However it further emphasise the films ability to play on all senses and sensations. The music by Cat's Eyes incredibly haunting while also frivolous, perfectly capturing the relationship between the two women. In the end however, it's best out that 50 Shades of Grey takes 20 minutes to get to the hardware store to pick up rope, while in the same amount of time, Duke of Burgundy has already begun using someone as a human toilet.

#15 The Hateful Eight

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Synopsis: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Why I like it: Tarantino's attempt to make a great American epic western set entirely in one room occasionally falters over it's inflated length, however it remains an interesting piece of work. The performances here are top notch, as each character's larger than life persona fills the enormous 70mm frame, each one as despicable as the last. As the pan of characters begin to reach boiling point, Tarantino twists the narrative from snowbound western to Agatha Christie Whodunnit and climaxes in a tip of the hat to horror maestro's like De Palma, Friedkin and Raimi without loosing focus, it's really intelligently handled work, if the narrative doesn't buckle occasionally under all the wight.

#16 Steve Jobs

Directed by Danny Boyle
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen

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Synopsis: Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

Why I like it: Almost an Operatic style approach to corporate backstabbing, this extremely stylised Biopic pits Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs across three separate periods of time, each leading to the unveiling of a new product, as Sorkin's script uses all the energy to create as much backstage drama as possible, as people begin to resurface in his life for all manor of motives, as Fassbender dismiss all of them, becoming a far more disruptive and alienating persona. It gives in at the end to redeem Jobs somewhat in the end, but the performances are so rapid paced steered by Boyle control and restrain here and the script is so ferociously intelligent that to close on a conventional arc seems earned as there's far more to chew on than most films.

#17 Bridge of Spies

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Matt Charma, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

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Synopsis: During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Why I like it: Spielberg back to his best, he's placed loving in the 50's Cold War handling not a story of spies, but instead of legal negotiations. As the film handles several different strands of storyline, the Coen brothers offer a slight hand of wit to proceedings, as Hanks navigates a Kafka-inspired plotline that involves cunning deception and dedication in what turns a story from a Lawyer into something that feels as compelling as watching a Cat and Mouse game.

#18 Wild Tales

Directed by Damián Szifrón
Written by Damián Szifrňn
Starring Erica Rivas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Germán De Silva

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Synopsis: Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

Why I like it: Wonderfully demented anthology film featuring the extreme nature of revenge. With each story taking on a different form of vengeance, most resulting in savagery, but in the end, closes with acceptance of human nature in a bizarre mix of dry observations and bittersweet humanity. A good three segments are laugh out loud hilarious, and all result in interesting differences, the film lacks a real backbone to bring all the stories together, but what you do get is a series of great shorts that are well worth investing your time into.

#19 The Martian

Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Drew Goddard
Based on the novel "The Martian" by Andy Weir
Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Synopsis: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Why I like it: Probably one of the most relaxing Blockbusters of the year, and a real treat both for the eyes and brain. Ridley Scott's story of survival is full of wit and intelligence as Matt Damon uses everything to his advantage to survive on Mars for a lengthy amount of time. I think most people, when complaining about this film, tend to get caught up in what they wanted the film to be, "it should be more tense","it shouldn't leave Mars" so on and so forth. But The Martian is told in a way that feels natural for it, it's a large scale rescue mission and through the films vast awry of Characters, the film never seems to get lost in the overall goal, and the characters intentions. It's full of surprises, tremendous moments, great visuals and a fantastic central performance from Damon.

#20 Brooklyn

Directed by John Crowley
Written by Nick Hornby
Based on the novel "Brooklyn" by Colm Tóibín
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters, Emory Cohen

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Synopsis: An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Why I like it: This is just a film that's just so earnest. It feels like if it was handled just slightly differently the results would have been catastrophic, where as it could have been mawkish and saccharine, the film is instead gentle, and full of subtleties. Saoirse Ronan just gives this really world-wary performance, transformed from fish out of water to confident and dedicated as the film throws a narrative conflict that's genuine, even slightly heart-breaking at the concept. It's the work of a very precise screenplay that manages to sell the conflict in a way that doesn't lose you as a viewer and actually has you actively involved.

#21 Macbeth

Directed by Justin Kurzel
Written by Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie & Todd Louiso
Based on the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare
Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine

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Synopsis: Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

#22 Spotlight

Directed by Tom McCarthy
Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

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Synopsis: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

#23 Black Mass

Directed by Scott Cooper
Written by Mark Mallouk & Jez Butterworth
Based on the book "Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal" by Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill
Starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch

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Synopsis: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

#24 Kingsman: The Secret Service

Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Based on the comic book "The Secret Service" by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons
Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

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Synopsis: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

#25 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Directed by Roy Andersson
Written by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson

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Synopsis: Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:36 PM   #9
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1. The Hateful Eight
2. Bone Tomahawk
3. Chiraq
4. Spring
5. Straight outta Compton (Extended version)
6. Room
7. The Martian
8. 99 Homes
9. Furious 7
10. The Revenant
11. Bridge of Spies
12. Crimson Peak
13. Extinction
14. Jurassic World
15. Kingsman : The Secret Service
16. Ted 2
17. Diary of a Teenage Girl
18. It Follows
19. Steve Jobs
20. Chappie
21. The Big Short
22. Beasts of No Nation
23. Terminator: Genisys
24. The Intern
25. Woman IN Gold

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:39 PM   #10
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1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. The Hateful Eight
3. Sicario
4. The Revenant
5. Bone Tomahawk
6. Ex Machina
7. Spotlight
8. The Big Short
9. Carol
10. Good Kill
11. Straight Outta Compton
12. Anomalisa
13. Predestination
14. Crimson Peak
15. Krampus
16. Kingsmen
17. Far From the Madding Crowd
18. The Gift
19. Steve Jobs
20. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
21. Black Mass
22. Trumbo
23. Age of Adaline
24. Maggie
25. Goodnight Mommy

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:40 PM   #11
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1. Ex Machina
2. Spring
3. Predestination
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. It Follows
6. Inside Out
7. Creed
8. Jupiter Ascending
9. Chi-Raq
10. Lost River
11. The Martian
12. Sicario
13. Dope
14. The Hateful Eight
15. The Look of Silence
16. What We Do In the Shadows
17. Avengers: Age of Ultron
18. Straight Outta Compton
19. Ant-Man
20. Chappie
21. Ted 2
22. Barely Lethal
23. Kingsman: The Secret Service
24. No Escape
25. The Intern
25. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:52 PM   #12
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1. Mad Max: Fury Road (3D)
2. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
3. Pan (3D)
4. Terminator: Genisys (3D)
5. Paper Towns
6. The Walk (3D)
7. Tomorrowland
8. The Martian (3D)
9. We Are Your Friends
10. Spectre
11. Jurassic World (3D)
12. The Gallows
13. The Revenant
14. Everest (3D)
15. Goodnight Mommy
16. Minions (3D)
17. Chappie
18. Avengers: Age of Ultron (3D)
19. No Escape
20. Sicario
21. Shaun the Sheep Movie
22. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
23. Fast and Furious 7
24. Jupiter Ascending (3D)
25. The Final Girls

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Old 01-11-2016, 01:19 PM   #13
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Top 25 Films of 2015

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
4. Krampus
5. Spectre
6. Creed
7. Steve Jobs
8. The Revenant
9. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
10. Jurassic World
11. Inside Out
12. Love and Mercy
13. The Hateful Eight
14. We Are Still Here
15. The Final Girls
16. Bone Tomahawk
17. Turbo Kid
18. Ex Machina
19. It Follows
20. Sicario
21. Cirlcle
22. Bridge of Spies
23. The Martian
24. What We Do In the Shadows
25. Tomorrowland

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Old 01-11-2016, 01:32 PM   #14
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01. Room

02. Steve Jobs

03. The Martian

04. Ex Machina

05. Mad Max: Fury Road

06. Sicario

07. Bridge of Spies

08. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

09. Spotlight

10. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

11. The Big Short

12. Creed

13. Inside Out

14. Straight Outta Compton

15. Beasts on No Nation

16. The Revenant

17. Anomalisa

18. The Hateful Eight

19. Kingsman: The Secret Service

20. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

21. Avengers: Age of Ultron

22. Love & Mercy

23. Bone Tomahawk

24. Predestination

25. When Marnie Was There

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Old 01-11-2016, 01:47 PM   #15
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1. Bone Tomahawk (It's a Western, i like Westerns)
2. Revenant (It's a kinda Western, i like Westerns)
3. Sicario (Guns, Mexicans, Shoot-Outs, Desert ... it's basically a Western)
4. Assassination (Korean Period Actioner, it's really like a Western)
5. Turbo Kid (Has a Cowboy in it ...)
6. Ex Machina (Not at all like a Western, but i liked it)
7. The Stanford Prison Experiment (Jail, Jail-Breaks ... i saw that in Westerns too)
8. The Martian (Man left alone to die on a sandy Planet ... i can see some Western elements in that)
9. Man From UNCLE (Let this take place in the late 18th century and it could easily be a Western)
10. M:I Rouge Nation (A team of rouges goes against the authority's to bring a bad guy to justice ... yeah well .. you know the drill by now)
11. Straight Outta Compton
12. Fury Road
13. The Walk
14. Kingsmen
15. Southpaw
16. Tale of Tales
17. Love
18. Black Mass
19. SPL 2
20. Ted 2

Still a few to see .... so subjects most likely to change.

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Black Mass

Depp delivers a fascinating character in Whitey Bulger and some of his best acting in years. It's a shame the makeup looks no better than a middle school stage play.



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Crimson Peak

Absorbing atmosphere, top notch ghost, costume, and set design, and a twisted story. Quality horror flick.



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Breathe (Respire)

A haunting portrayal of the malevolent undercurrents of adolescent friendship. Two strong leads and a fine directorial effort by Melanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds.



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The Good Dinosaur

However contrived it may be, The Good Dinosaur excels in its blend of heart, humor, and some of the best dialogue-free stretches since Wall-E.



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The Martian

Ridley Scott effectively distills complex astrophysical botanical sciences for a wide audience to appreciate as we get to watch Matt Damon nerd out on Mars for two hours.



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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

A fresh, larger scaled reminder of what made the first installment so successful. Cruise has still got it.



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A skillfully filmed and scored thriller overlaying a dual character study.



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Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton manages to deliver its interweaving storylines with dramatic talent and enormous cultural relevance.



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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Impeccably gratuitous and self-aware, Kingsman is just a badass film.



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When Marnie was There

Marnie delivers that familiar Studio Ghibli blend of fiction and reality with smaller scale poignancy, beautiful animation, and far less conventional drama than American fare.



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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

It's not just another adolescent indie movie. Me and Earl does such a fine job in avoiding heavy handed melancholy given its subject matter. Touching, well-written, witty, and memorable characters to boot.



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The Look of Silence

Dark, devastating, and immensely personal, The Look of Silence is a haunting juxtaposition of cold murderers escaping guilt and a quiet observation of the words and mannerisms of a survived family.



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Fulfillment, however endlessly and subconsciously sought, remains transient. Writer/Director Charlie Kaufman is at his most brilliant here in his striking yet beautifully subtle handling of complex and deeply human themes. It'll leave you thinking.



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The Hateful Eight

Tarantino never fails to entertain. Eight is the most fun I've had in theaters in years.



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Beasts of No Nation

This movie destroyed me. It walks us through a harrowing display of the psychological trauma and victimization of child soldiers. Not easily recommended, but well worth watching, at least for the phenomenal child performance by Abraham Attah.



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Ex Machina

With its minimalist structure, Ex Machina works best as a vehicle to contemplate the philosophical ideas it presents, while simultaneously providing a captivating and cerebral experience.



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The Second Mother

I haven't seen culture this thick since last year's Winter Sleep. The Second Mother retains a charming quality throughout its drama, as each member of a family is deconstructed with the mere presence of a visitor.



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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

An Antonioni-esque journey through the logical and physical barriers of realizing one's dream. This is a film I'll be coming back to for years.



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Inside Out

Pixar delivers on their high concept with hilarious, heart-warming, and psychological finesse. The first real gem from the studio in five years.



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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It certainly feels like the most-hyped movie of all time. Regardless, and independent of the Star Wars fever around the world (and seeing one's physician colleagues in Jedi, Chewbacca, and Leia outfits), the movie wasn’t bad.



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The Revenant

Part gritty revenge film, part survival, The Revenant excels in relentless drama while exquisitely capturing the boundaries of mankind among Mother Nature.



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We are pulled through a dramatically different perspective on sexual discovery, as freedom and confinement are juxtaposed masterfully in this delicately handled coming-of-age.



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"Are we in another planet?"

"Same one. Just a different spot."



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(Perfect Score)

Skillfully explores deep-rooted themes of identity, guilt, and denial in the post-WWII era. A film that will stay with you long after it's over.



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Mad Max: Fury Road
(Perfect Score)

Any film that redefines cinema for me, even in some small way, reflects the best in film. George Miller gives new meaning to densely-packed action with impeccably detailed sequences and an extensive investment in constructing his vision.

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Old 01-11-2016, 02:39 PM   #17
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I've seen 9 from 2015. Very much doubt I'm going to be able to see 11 more before 15th Feb.
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Old 01-11-2016, 03:10 PM   #18
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1. The Revenant

2. Creed

3. MI: Rogue Nation

4. The Martian

5. Sicario

6. MM: Fury Road

7. Southpaw

8. Black Mass

9. Bone Tomahawk

10. Kingsman: The Secret Service

11. Everest

12. Spotlight

13. The Hateful Eight

14. Turbo Kid

15. Predestination

16. Ex Machina

17. The Gift

18. The Final Girls

19. Kung Fury

20. Ant-Man

21. A Christmas Horror Story

22. Beasts of No Nation

23. Room

24. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

25. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

First 10 out:
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26. The Big Short
27. Spectre
28. Jurassic World
29. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
30. Macbeth
31. Spy
32. Straight Outta Compton
33. Furious 7
34. Mockingjay 2
35. Wyrmwood

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01. Ned Rifle
02. Mad Max: Fury Road
03. The Gift
04. I Am Big Bird
05. Spotlight
06. The Big Short
07. The Hateful Eight
08. Ex Machina
09. The Visit
10. Straight Outta Compton
11. Creep
12. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
13. Crimson Peak
14. Creed
15. The Revenant
16. The Martian
17. Krampus
18. Inside Out
19. Ant-Man
20. Spectre

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01. SICARIO (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
02. STEVE JOBS (dir. Danny Boyle)
03. TOM AT THE FARM (dir. Xavier Dolan)
04. ANOMALISA (dir. Charlie Kaufman)
05. CAVALO DINHERIO (dir. Pedro Costa)
06. BROOKLYN (dir. John Crowley)
07. THE HATEFUL EIGHT (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
08. CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (dir. Olivier Assayas)
09. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (dir. George Miller)
10. THE MEND (dir. John Magory)
11. CAROL (dir. Todd Haynes)
12. PREDESTINATION (dir. Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig)
13. SPECTRE (dir. Sam Mendes)
14. MISTRESS AMERICA (dir. Noah Baumbach)
15. MAGIC MIKE XXL (dir. Gregory Jacobs)
16. CREED (dir. Ryan Coogler)
17. PHOENIX (dir. Christian Petzold)
18. DOPE (dir. Rick Famuyiwa)
19. LOVE & MERCY (dir. Bill Pohlad)
20. EX MACHINA (dir. Alex Garland)
21. QUEEN OF EARTH (dir. Alex Ross Perry)
22. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION (dir. Christopher McQuarrie)
23. TU DORS NICOLE (dir. Stéphane LaFleur)
24. BLACKHAT (dir. Michael Mann)
25. BUZZARD (dir. Joel Potrykus)

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