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The Movies of 2015: U.S. Releases
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⑤ Indispensable to film fans, even if it's flawed
Arabian Nights, Vol. 1: The Restless One Dir. Miguel Gomes. With Miguel Gomes A
Arabian Nights, Vol. 2: The Desolate One Dir. Miguel Gomes. With Chico Chapas A–
Arabian Nights, Vol. 3: The Enchanted One Dir. Miguel Gomes. With Crista Alfaiate A
The Assassin Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien. With Shu Qi, Sheu Fang-yi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun B+
Carol Dir. Todd Haynes. With Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson A
Creed Dir. Ryan Coogler. With Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson A–
Hard to Be a God Dir. Aleksei German. With Leonid Yarmolnik, Evgeniy Gerchakov B
In Jackson Heights Dir. Frederick Wiseman. Documentary about a neighborhood in Queens, NY A–
Iraqi Odyssey Dir. Samir. With Documentary combining Iraqi man's familial and national history A
The Look of Silence Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer. Documentary about Indonesian genocide A–
Mad Max: Fury Road Dir. George Miller. With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne B+
Son of Saul Dir. László Nemes. With Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Sándor Zsótér, Todd Charmont A
Timbuktu Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako. With Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Mehdi Ag Mohamed B+
The Tribe Dir. Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy. With Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova A–

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
45 Years Dir. Andrew Haigh. With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James A–
About Elly Dir. Asghar Farhadi. With Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti B+
Advantageous Dir. Jennifer Phang. With Jacqueline Kim, Samantha Kim, Freya Adams B
Anomalisa Dirs. Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman. Animated. Voice of David Thewlis C+
Beasts of No Nation Dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga. With Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, David Dontoh B–
The Big Short Dir. Adam McKay. With Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale C+
Bridge of Spies Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Austin Stowell C+
Chi-Raq Dir. Spike Lee. Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes B+
The Diary of a Teenage Girl Dir. Marielle Heller. With Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård A–
Girlhood Dir. Céline Sciamma. With Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Touré B+
Heart of a Dog Dir. Laurie Anderson. Essay film about animals, memory, and storytelling A–
Horse Money Dir. Pedro Costa. With Ventura, Vitalina Varela, Tito Furtado B
The Hunting Ground Dir. Kirby Dick. Documentary about campus-based sexual assault B–
Inside Out Dir. Pete Docter. Animated. Voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias B
It Follows Dir. David Robert Mitchell. With Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto A–
Jafar Panahi's Taxi Dir. Jafar Panahi. With Jafar Panahi, Hana Saeidi, Nasrin Sotoudeh B
Jauja Dir. Lisandro Alonso. With Viggo Mortensen, Diego Roman, Viilbjørk Malling Agger B+
La Jaula de oro Dir. Diego Quemada-Díez. With Brandon López, Karen Martínez A–
Joy Dir. David O. Russell. With Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramirez B
Li'l Quinquin Dir. Bruno Dumont. With Alane Delhaye, Bernard Pruvost, Lucy Caron A–
Magic Mike XXL Dir. Gregory Jacobs. With Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer B
Mediterranea Dir. Jorge Carpignano. With Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Ernest Zire B+
The Mend Dir. John Magary. With Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner B
Mississippi Grind Dirs. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. With Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds B+
Our Brand Is Crisis Dir. David Gordon Green. With Sandra Bullock, Joaquim de Almeida B+
The Pearl Button Dir. Patricio Guzmán. Documentary about Chilean history, cosmic and political B+
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Dir. Roy Andersson B+
The Princess of France Dir. Matías Piñeiro. With Julián Larquier, Agustina Muñoz B+
Saint Laurent Dir. Bertrand Bonello. With Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Amira Casar B+
Sicario Dir. Denis Villeneuve. With Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber B+
A Sinner in Mecca Dir. Parvez Sharma. Documentary about gay filmmaker on his hajj B
Spotlight Dir. Tom McCarthy. With Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams B+
Tangerine Dir. Sean Baker. With Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Karren Karagulian B
Victoria Dir. Sebastian Schipper. With Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit A–
We Come As Friends Dir. Hubert Sauper. Documentary about the newly forming South Sudan A–
Wild Tales Dir. Damián Szifron. With Darío Grandinetti, Julieta Zylberberg, Rita Cortese B
The Wonders Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. With Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck A–

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
'71 Dir. Yann Demange. With Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, David Wilmot B–
99 Homes Dir. Ramin Bahrani. With Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee B
Amour fou Dir. Jessica Hausner. With Birte Schnoeink, Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller B
Amy Dir. Asif Kapadia. Documentary about the life, career, and death of singer Amy Winehouse B–
Bessie Dir. Dee Rees. TV Movie. Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mo'Nique B–
Blackhat Dir. Michael Mann. With Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Wang Leehom, Viola Davis C+
Bone Tomahawk Dir. S. Craig Zahler. With Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins C
Boy Meets Girl Dir. Eric Schaeffer. With Michelle Hendley, Michael Welch, Alexandra Turshen B–
Brooklyn Dir. John Crowley. With Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson B
Clouds of Sils Maria Dir. Olivier Assayas. With Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart C+
Crimson Peak Dir. Guillermo del Toro. With Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain C–
Dope Dir. Rick Famuyiwa. With Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz C+
The Duke of Burgundy Dir. Peter Strickland. With Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna B–
Eastern Boys Dir. Robin Campillo. With Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Daniil Vorobyov B+
Eden Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve. With Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Hugo Conzelmann B+
The End of the Tour Dir. James Ponsoldt. With Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Mamie Gummer B
Ex Machina Dir. Alex Garland. With Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander B–
Experimenter Dir. Michael Almereyda. With Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, John Palladino C+
Far from Men Dir. David Oelhoffen. With Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Nicolas Giraud B
Fifty Shades of Grey Dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson. With Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle B–
The Fool Dir. Yuri Bykov. With Artyom Bystrov, Darya Moroz, Aleksandr Korshunov B
The Forbidden Room Dirs. Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. With Louis Negin, Clara Furey B
Futuro Beach Dir. Karim Aïnouz. With Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuíta Barbosa B
Gerontophilia Dir. Bruce La Bruce. With Pier-Gabriel Lajoie, Walter Borden, Katie Boland B–
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Dirs. Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. With Ronit Elkabetz C
Goodnight Mommy Dirs. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. With Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz B
Grandma Dir. Paul Weitz. With Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer C
The Green Inferno Dir. Eli Roth. With Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Daryl Sabara C–
The Hateful Eight Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins C
Heaven Knows What Dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie. With Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones B–
I'll See You in My Dreams Dir. Brett Haley. With Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Martin Starr B
The Iron Ministry Dir. J.P. Sniadecki. Documentary about train travel in contemporary China B+
Irrational Man Dir. Woody Allen. With Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey C
James White Dir. Josh Mond. With Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi B
The Kindergarten Teacher Dir. Nadav Lapid. With Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz B+
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Dir. David Zellner. With Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube B
Love Dir. Gaspar Noé. With Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock, Klara Kristin, Juan Saavedra C+
Love & Mercy Dir. Bill Pohlad. With Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti B
Macbeth Dir. Justin Kurzel. With Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine B+
Maps to the Stars Dir. David Cronenberg. With Mia Wasikowska, Evan Bird, Julianne Moore C+
The Martian Dir. Ridley Scott. With Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain B–
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. With Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke D–
Mustang Dir. Denis Gamze Ergüven. With Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Ilayda Akdoğan B
Nasty Baby Dir. Sebastián Silva. With Sebastián Silva, Kristen Wiig, Tunde Adebimpe B
Of Horses and Men Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson. With Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Charlotte Bøving B+
Paddington Dir. Paul King. With Voice of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins B
Phoenix Dir. Christian Petzold. With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zerhfeld, Nina Kunzendorf B
Play Dir. Ruben Östlund. With Sebastian Blyckert, Kevin Vaz, John Ortiz, Sebastian Hegmar B
Predestination Dirs. Michael and Peter Spierig. With Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook B–
Queen of Earth Dir. Alex Ross Perry. With Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit B–
Results Dir. Andrew Bujalski. With Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan B
Ricki and the Flash Dir. Jonathan Demme. With Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Kevin Kline C+
Room Dir. Lenny Abrahamson. With Jacob Tremblay, Brie Larson, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen B–
Sand Dollars Dirs. Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas. With Yanet Mojica B
La Sapienza Dir. Eugène Green. With Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot Landman B–
Slow West Dir. John Maclean. With Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Caren Pistorius B
Spectre Dir. Sam Mendes. With Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz B–
Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens Dir. J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley B+
Stations of the Cross Dir. Dietrich Brüggemann. With Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz B
Steve Jobs Dir. Danny Boyle. With Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen C
Straight Outta Compton Dir. F. Gary Gray. With O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins B–
Suffragette Dir. Sarah Gavron. With Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter C+
Tom at the Farm Dir. Xavier Dolan. With Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy C+
Trainwreck Dir. Judd Apatow. With Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn B–
Truth Dir. James Vanderbilt. With Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace C+
Welcome to Me Dir. Shira Piven. With Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini C
When Evening Falls on Bucharest, or Metabolism Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu B
When Marnie Was There Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Animated. Voice of Sara Takatsuki B
While We're Young Dir. Noah Baumbach. With Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Naomi Watts B–
White God Dir. Kornél Mundruczó. With Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Lili Monori B–
The Wolfpack Dir. Crystal Moselle. Documentary about six movie-mad, cooped-up siblings C+
Youth Dir. Paolo Sorrentino. With Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano C

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
Ant-Man Dir. Peyton Reed. With Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll C+
Black Mass Dir. Scott Cooper. With Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons C
Blackbird Dir. Patrik-Ian Polk. With Julian Walker, Torrey Laamar, Gary LeRoi Gray C–
Cinderella Dir. Kenneth Branagh. With Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden B–
The D Train Dirs. Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. With Jack Black, James Marsden C+
The Danish Girl Dir. Tom Hooper. With Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw D
Everest Dir. Baltasar Kormákur. With Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal C+
Far from the Madding Crowd Dir. Thomas Vinterberg. With Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge B–
Freeheld Dir. Peter Sollett. With Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell B
The Gift Dir. Joel Edgerton. With Rebecca Hall, Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman B–
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Dir. Alex Gibney. Documentary C
Hungry Hearts Dir. Saverio Costanzo. With Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell C–
I Smile Back Dir. Adam Salky. With Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Skylar Gaertner C+
It's All So Quiet Dir. Nanouk Leopold. With Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Martijn Lakemeier C+
Joy of Man's Desiring Dir. Denis Côté. Documentary about human and machinic labor C+
Jurassic World Dir. Colin Trevorrow. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio C–
The Last Five Years Dir. Richard LaGravenese. With Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan D+
Lila & Eve Dir. Charles Stone III. With Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon D+
Madame Bovary Dir. Sophie Barthes. With Mia Wasikowska, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Ezra Miller C+
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Dir. Guy Ritchie. With Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer B
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Dir. Christopher McQuarrie. With Tom Cruise C+
Mistress America Dir. Noah Baumbach. With Lola Kirke, Greta Gerwig, Heather Lind C–
The Overnight Dir. Patrick Brice. With Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman C+
The Revenant Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy D+
Serena Dir. Susanne Bier. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, David Dencik, Rhys Ifans C–
Shaun the Sheep Movie Dirs. Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. Animated B
Southpaw Dir. Antoine Fuqua. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker C–
Spy Dir. Paul Feig. With Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Miranda Hart, Rose Byrne C+
Stonewall Dir. Roland Emmerich. With Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Vladimir Alexis D
Testament of Youth Dir. James Kent. With Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton B–
Trumbo Dir. Jay Roach. With Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis CK D
The Walk Dir. Robert Zemeckis. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley C
Where to Invade Next Dir. Michael Moore. Documentary about social policies better than US's D
Woman in Gold Dir. Simon Curtis. With Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl C–
Xenia Dir. Panos H. Koutras. With Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Aggelos Papadimitriou C+
Z for Zachariah Dir. Craig Zobel. With Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine C

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
Insidious: Chapter 3 Dir. Leigh Whannell. With Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney C