My top 20 films of 2015


“Spotlight” is the year’s best. (image copyright Anonymous Content/First Look Media)

Six weeks into the new year, I’m finally read to offer my list of the top 20 films of last year. Of course, any list like this is only as good as the person creating it. And, in this case, it’s only as good as the films I’ve seen. This list is still woefully short of foreign-language films and documentaries, but I do believe I’ve caught virtually all the most-buzzed-about movies and the films that made other critics’ lists. As I continue to see more 2015 films, this list might change, but probably not dramatically. And, yes, I did see Carol, Amy, The Big Short, Brooklyn, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Son of Saul, Joy, Mad Max: Fury Road, Straight Outta Compton, Mustang, Sicario and Ex Machina. Though I gave positive reviews to all those films, they did not make my top 20.

1. Spotlight – 4 ½ stars

2. Bridge of Spies – 4 ¼

3. Everest (3-D IMAX version)

4. Among the Believers FL

5. Inside Out (3-D version) – 4

6. The Danish Girl

7. Beasts of No Nation

8. Room – 3 ¾

9. The End of the Tour

10. Love & Mercy

11. Anomalisa

12. The Revenant

13. Cinderella

14. Youth

15. The Good Dinosaur (3-D version)

16. The Martian (3-D version) – 3 ½

17. Where to Invade Next

18. Que Horas ela Volta? (The Second Mother) FL

19. The Walk (3-D version)

20. Mr. Holmes

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