Son of Saul
1) Son of Saul
This remarkable Hungarian film about a Jewish prisoner conscripted to burn the Auschwitz dead finds moral redemption in the unimaginable.
The year's most solid piece of storytelling about The Boston Globe
's finest hour is this generation's All the President's Men
3) Mad Max: Fury Road
This thrilling post-apocalyptic Western was the real thing in a summer overcrowded with CGI dinosaurs and Marvel superheroes.
4) Inside Out
A supersmart animated feature about an adolescent girl's inner life, it speaks to every adult who was once a kid.
5) Steve Jobs
A man, a vision, and a computer, as told in three acts: It's the year's most brilliant conceit.
The heart defines the home in this evocative movie about an Irish immigrant starting anew in Fifties New York City.
The familiar cautionary tale about fame gets fresh treatment in this documentary about the talented but fragile Amy Winehouse.
This exquisite movie about two women falling in love in the sexually repressed Fifties channels Douglas Sirk.
9) Listen to Me Marlon
The genius and charlatan Brando, a man of infinite contradictions, is revealed through his own words in this unworldly documentary.
A day with two transgender working girls on L.A.'s streets, shot on an iPhone: The future of film is here.
Goodnight Mommy, Room, Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Big Short, The Martian
Beasts of No Nation, The Danish Girl, Sicario
Cinderella, The Gift, What We Do in the Shadows
The year of enragement cinema: the conspiracy to conceal rampant priest pedophilia (Spotlight
) and the rampant fraud triggering last decade's financial crisis (The Big Short
Acting Kudos (Male)
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy
), Matt Damon (The Martian
), Jacob Tremblay (Room
), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight
), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs
Acting Kudos (Female)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn
), Cate Blanchett (Carol
), Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria
), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina
), Lily Tomlin (Grandma
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road
), László Nemes (Son of Saul
), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth
Best Original Screenplay
(Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala), Inside Out
(Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen), Steve Jobs
Best Adapted Screenplay
(Nick Hornby, based on book by Colm Tóibín), Carol
(Phyllis Nagy, based on book by Patricia Highsmith), The Big Short
(Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, based on book by Michael Lewis)
If you sat through the incomprehensible Jupiter Ascending
until the credits rolled, you were: 1) multitasking; 2) paid to; or 3) in a coma.