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The Movies of 2015: World Premieres
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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
The Club Dir. Pablo Larraín. With Alfredo Castro, Marcelo Alonso, Antonia Zegers B+
Creed Dir. Ryan Coogler. With Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson A–
In Jackson Heights Dir. Frederick Wiseman. Documentary about a neighborhood in Queens, NY A–
Mad Max: Fury Road Dir. George Miller. With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne B+
Right Now, Wrong Then Dir. Hong Sang-soo. With Jeong Jae-yeong, Kim Min-hee A–
Son of Saul Dir. László Nemes. With Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Sándor Zsótér, Todd Charmont A

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
45 Years Dir. Andrew Haigh. With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James A–
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+
As I Open My Eyes Dir. Leyla Bouzid. With Baya Medhaffar, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari B+
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+
Cemetery of Splendor Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul. With Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi B
Chi-Raq Dir. Spike Lee. Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes B+
Dheepan Dir. Jacques Audiard. With Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan A–
The Diary of a Teenage Girl Dir. Marielle Heller. With Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård A–
Francofonia Dir. Aleksandr Sokurov. With Benjamin Utzerath, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing A
Frenzy Dir. Emin Alper. With Mehmet Ozgur, Berkay Ates, Müfit Kayacan, Tülin Özen B+
Heart of a Dog Dir. Laurie Anderson. Essay film about animals, memory, and storytelling A–
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
Ixcanul Dir. Jayro Bustamante. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Manuel Antún A
Jafar Panahi's Taxi Dir. Jafar Panahi. With Jafar Panahi, Hana Saeidi, Nasrin Sotoudeh B
Joy Dir. David O. Russell. With Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramirez B
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+
Mississippi Grind Dirs. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. With Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds B+
Mountains May Depart Dir. Jia Zhangke. With Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jing Dong B–
Much Loved Dir. Nabil Ayouch. With Loubna Abidar, Halima Karaouane, Asmaa Lazrak A–
Neon Bull Dir. Gabriel Mascaro. With Juliano Cazzaré, Maeve Jinkings, Carlos Pessoa A–
No Home Movie Dir. Chantal Akerman. Documentary about the filmmaker's mother B+
The Other Side Dir. Roberto Minervini. With Mark Kelley, Lisa Allen, James Lee Miller 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+
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+
Starve Your Dog Dir. Hicham Lasri. With Latefa Ahrrare, Jirare Ben Aissa, Jalila Temlsi B
Tangerine Dir. Sean Baker. With Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Karren Karagulian B
Tikkun Dir. Avishai Sivan. With Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Gur Sheinberg, Riki Blich B+
Under Electric Clouds Dir. Aleksei German, Jr. With Viktoriya Korotkova, Louis Franck B+
Victoria Dir. Sebastian Schipper. With Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit A–

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
3000 Nights Dir. Mai Masri. With Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadira Omran, Raida Adon, Rakeen Saad B+
Amy Dir. Asif Kapadia. Documentary about the life, career, and death of singer Amy Winehouse B–
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) Dir. Eva Husson. With Marilyn Lima, Daisy Broom 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+
Blood of My Blood Dir. Marco Bellocchio. With Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Lidiya Liberman C+
Body Dir. Małgorzata Szumowska. With Maja Ostaszewska, Janusz Gajos, Justyna Suwała B+
Bone Tomahawk Dir. S. Craig Zahler. With Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins C
Brooklyn Dir. John Crowley. With Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson B
Chevalier Dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari. With Panos Koronis, Sakis Rouvas, Efthymis Papadimitriou B
Crimson Peak Dir. Guillermo del Toro. With Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain C–
Dégradé Dirs. Arab Nasser and Tarzan Nasser. With Maisa Abd Elhadi, Hiam Abbass B–
Dope Dir. Rick Famuyiwa. With Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz C+
Eisenstein in Guanajuato Dir. Peter Greenaway. With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Lisa Owen B
The End of the Tour Dir. James Ponsoldt. With Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Mamie Gummer B
Eva Doesn't Sleep Dir. Pablo Agüero. With Gabriel García Bernal, Imanol Arias, Daniel Fanego B
Evolution Dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović. With Max Brebant, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Roxane Duran 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+
Fifty Shades of Grey Dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson. With Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle B–
The Forbidden Room Dirs. Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. With Louis Negin, Clara Furey B
Fourth Man Out Dir. Andrew Nackman. With Evan Todd, Parker Young, Jon Gabrus B
Freeheld Dir. Peter Sollett. With Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell B
Girls Lost Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining. With Tuva Jagell, Louise Nyvall, Mandus Berg C+
Grandma Dir. Paul Weitz. With Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer C
The Hateful Eight Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins C
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party Dir. Stephen Cone. With Cole Doman, Elizabeth Laidlaw B+
I'll See You in My Dreams Dir. Brett Haley. With Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Martin Starr B
In the Shadow of Women Dir. Philippe Garrel. With Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar B+
In the Underground Dir. Song Zhantao. Documentary about coal mining in northeast 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
Like You Mean It Dir. Philipp Karner. With Philipp Karner, Denver Milord, Hilary Ward 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+
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–
Mia Madre Dir. Nanni Moretti. With Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro C–
Minotaur Dir. Nicolás Pereda. With Gabino Rodríguez, Luisa Pardo, Francisco Barreiro A–
Mustang Dir. Denis Gamze Ergüven. With Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Ilayda Akdoğan B
My Golden Days Dir. Arnaud Desplechin. With Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet B
Nasty Baby Dir. Sebastián Silva. With Sebastián Silva, Kristen Wiig, Tunde Adebimpe B
Naz & Maalik Dir. Jay Dockendorf. Kerwin Johnson Jr., Curtiss Cook Jr., Annie Grier B–
Price of Love Dir. Hermon Hailay. With Eskinder Tameru, Fereweni Gebregergs, Solomon Teka 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
Return of the Atom Dirs. Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola. Documentary about nuclear plant 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–
The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes... Dir. Ben Rivers 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. With Daisy Ridley B+
Steve Jobs Dir. Danny Boyle. With Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen C
Story of Judas Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche. With Nabil Djedouani, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche B+
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 B–
Sunset Song Dir. Terence Davies. With Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Ian Pirie C–
Te prometo anarquía Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón. With Diego Calva Hernández B+
Trainwreck Dir. Judd Apatow. With Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn B–
The Treasure Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu. With Toma Cuzin, Adrian Purcarescu, Corneliu Cozmei A–
Truth Dir. James Vanderbilt. With Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace C+
Underground Fragrance Dir. Pengfei. With Ying Ze, Luo Wenjie, Zhao Fuyu, Li Xiaohui B
A Very Ordinary Citizen Dir. Majid Barzegar. With Souren Mnatsakanian, Shadi Karamroudi B
The Witch Dir. Robert Eggers. With Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Harvey Scrimshaw C
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+
Beautiful Something Dir. Joseph Graham. With Zack Ryan, Brian Sheppard, Colman Domingo C+
Black Mass Dir. Scott Cooper. With Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons C
A Childhood Dir. Philippe Claudel. With Alex Mathieu, Pierre Deladonchamps, Angelica Sarre 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
Embers Dir. Claire Carré. With Jason Ritter, Iva Gocheva, Greta Fernández, Tucker Smallwood C+
The Endless River Dir. Oliver Hermanus. With Nicolas Duvauchelle, Crystal-Donna Roberts B–
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–
Fire Song Dir. Adam Garnet Jones. With Andrew Martin, Harley Legarde, Mary Galloway C–
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
Green Room Dir. Jeremy Saulnier. With Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat F
I Smile Back Dir. Adam Salky. With Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Skylar Gaertner C+
Jurassic World Dir. Colin Trevorrow. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio C–
Lila & Eve Dir. Charles Stone III. With Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon D+
Looking for Grace Dir. Sue Brooks. With Odessa Young, Radha Mitchell, Richard Roxburgh 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 Promised Land Dir. He Ping. With Wang Jiajia, Zhang Yi, Wang Zhiwen D
Radical Grace Dir. Rebecca Parrish. Documentary about U.S. nuns fighting for justice B–
The Red Spider Dir. Marcin Koszałka. With Filip Pławiak, Adam Woronowicz, Julia Kijowska B
The Revenant Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy D+
Schneider vs. Bax Dir. Alex van Warmerdam. With Tom Dewispelaere, Alex van Warmerdam B
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
Stuff Dir. Suzanne Guacci. With Yvonne Jung, Traci Dinwiddie, Karen Sillas, Phyllis Somerville 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–
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
Seeking Dolly Parton Dir. Michael Worth. With Kacey Barnfield, Anya Monzikova C