The 10 Best Movies of 2015
5. The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio delivers one of his most visceral performances and Tom Hardy arguably is even more memorable in this dark, brooding, sweeping epic about a trapper left for dead who seeks revenge on those who murdered his son. Beautiful and mesmerizing, The Revenant deserves to be seen on the big screen.
A movie in part about the psychological impact of being locked in a room for several years by a kidnapper and rapist should make you want to slit your wrists, but the hopeful tone set by Lenny Abrahamson makes Room a surprisingly accessible and even entertaining drama. Brie Larson is fantastic, as is young Jacob Tremblay.
This stylish, retro action-comedy from Guy Ritchie has no right being as fun as it, but The Man From U.N.C.L.E. delivers on all fronts. While its plot is admittedly routine, the deliciously witty dialogue combined with the energetic dynamic between the three leads–Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander–makes this flick a satisfying and underappreciated treat.
2. Steve Jobs
A movie that flopped so badly it has completely dropped out of most award races, Steve Jobs is nonetheless a superbly written and acted drama that is as entertaining as it is interesting. Michael Fassbender delivers another incredible performance and Kate Winslet matches him step for step, though it’s Aaron Sorkin’s sharp screenplay that really gives this film life.
1. Ex Machina
A smart, suspenseful and unpredictable sci-fi thriller about the consequences of developing an artificial intelligence–and putting it inside the body of Alicia Vikander–Ex Machina is a beautiful, stunning film that features great performances by both the actress and an off-his-rocker Oscar Isaac. Ex Machina is easily the #1 movie of the year.
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