Kimberley Jones' Top 10 Films of 2015


Mad Max

1) Mad Max: Fury Road

The alpha male riding shotgun to a woman in a plot shaped hilariously like a U-turn ... an ecstatic experience, silly and thrilling and audacious.

2) Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Imagine No Exit set entirely in a rabbinical court. Hell isn't other people – it's the husband who won't grant you a divorce.


Inside Out

3) Inside Out

A blockbuster animation that imagines girls can be more than just princesses. They can be people.

4) 45 Years

A rattling excavation of the bedrock of a marriage – and Charlotte Rampling's face is a beautiful monument unto itself.

5) Sleeping With Other People

Trainwreck grabbed all the headlines, but Leslye Headland's raunchy romantic comedy was funnier and more soulful.

6) Clouds of Sils Maria

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche tangle with arousal, frustration, and a shifting power balance at high altitudes.

7) Best of Enemies

This lively resurrection of Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley's political catfight of 1968 only makes our current state of punditry look all the more pathetic.


The Diary of A Teenage Girl

8) The Diary of a Teenage Girl

This dynamite debut is the rare film to explore first sex from the girl's perspective.

9) Phoenix

Christian Petzold's World War II melodrama speaks low but carries a very big stick in its torch-ballad exit.

10) James White

I felt clammy from such close contact with a mom and son dealing with terminal cancer in Josh Mond's micro-indie. Utterly gutted me.

Near Misses

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Twinsters, The Wonders, Sicario, Slow West

Most Overrated

The Revenant, The End of the Tour, Trumbo

Most Underrated

Uncle John, What We Do in the Shadows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Wild Card

Anomalisa wins for the most truthful, intensely human sex scene this year (or maybe even any year). Hand to God, it doesn't matter that it's puppets fucking.

Acting Kudos (Male)

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul), Christopher Abbott (James White), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Christian Bale (The Big Short)

Acting Kudos (Female)

Ronit Elkabetz (Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Cynthia Nixon (James White), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Rooney Mara (Carol)

Best Director

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz (Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem), Andrew Haigh (45 Years)

Best Original Screenplay

Inside Out (Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen), Sleeping With Other People (Leslye Headland), Sicario (Taylor Sheridan)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin, based on book by Walter Isaacson), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller, based on book by Phoebe Gloeckner), The Big Short (Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, based on book by Michael Lewis)

Worst Film

We could use more mainstream erotica targeted to women, but poo-brown is the only color worth noting in the stupendously dumb – also dull! – Fifty Shades of Grey.

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