Best of 2015

I’d just like to say, I can’t believe this is my fifth time doing this. This blog still feels new to me!

I’m going to change things up a little bit this year. Instead of doing a simple cut-and-dry post where I list my top ten, list the next ten, and then the ten worst, I’m going to give a complete list of everything I’ve seen this year.

I’m going from worst to best, because if I do a best to worst list, I lose your excitement; the movies just keep getting worse and worse, and eventually, you get tired of hearing about bad movies. So I’ll start off the year’s worst (#83) and make my way down to the year’s best (#1).  Here we go.

NOTE: This list was initially posted at midnight on January 1, 2016.  More titles have been added in the time since.  Each of these amendments is noted with an asterisk (*).

83. The Ridiculous 6


Not rated.  119 minutes.  Comedy, Western.  Directed by Frank Coraci.  Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Jones, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson.

82. Vacation


Rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity.  99 minutes.  Unrated version also available.  Adventure, Comedy.  Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.  Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase.

81. Pixels


Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments.  106 minutes.  Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi.  Directed by Chris Columbus.  Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Jane Krakowski.

80. Aloha


Rated PG-13 for some language including suggestive comments.  105 minutes.  Comedy, Drama, Romance.  Directed by Cameron Crowe.  Cast: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin.

79. The Diary of a Teenage Girl


Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking—all involving teens.  102 minutes.  Drama, Romance.  Directed by Marielle Heller.  Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni, Austin Lyon, Quinn Nagle.

78. Poltergeist


Rated PG-13 for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.  93 minutes.  Horror, Thriller.  Directed by Gil Kenan.  Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams.

77. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension


Rated R for language and some horror violence.  Unrated version also available.  88 minutes.  Horror.  Directed by Gregory Plotkin.  Cast: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Dan Gill, Ivy George, Olivia Taylor Dudley.

76. The Loft

The Loft

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, bloody violence, language and some drug use.  108 minutes.  Mystery, Romance, Thriller.  Directed by Erik Van Looy.  Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Rhona Mitra, Rachael Taylor, Isabel Lucas.

75. Insidious: Chapter 3


Rated PG-13 for violence, frightening images, some language and thematic elements.  97 minutes.  Horror, Thriller.  Directed by Leigh Whannell.  Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye.

74. Soaked in Bleach


Not rated.  90 minutes.  Documentary, Drama, Crime.  Directed by Benjamin Statler.  Cast: Daniel Roebuck, August Emerson, Sarah Scott, Tyler Bryan.

73. Mr. Turner

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Rated R for some sexual content.  150 minutes.  Biography, Drama, History.  Directed by Mike Leigh.  Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage.

72. A Most Violent Year


Rated R for language and some violence.  125 minutes.  Action, Crime, Drama.  Directed by J. C. Chandor.  Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel.

71. American Ultra


Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content.  96 minutes.  Action, Comedy.  Directed by Nima Nourizadeh.  Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale.

70. Southpaw


Rated R for language throughout, and some violence.  124 minutes.  Action, Drama, Sport.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua.  Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Oona Laurence, Rachel McAdams.

69. She’s Funny that Way


Rated R for some language including sexual references.  93 minutes.  Comedy.  Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.  Cast: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston.

68. Mistress America


Rated R for language including some sexual references.  84 minutes.  Comedy.  Directed by Noah Baumbach.  Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung.

67. Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments.  141 minutes.  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.  Directed by Joss Whedon. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olson, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellen Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson.

66. The Gift


Rated R for language.  108 minutes.  Mystery, Thriller.  Directed by Joel Edgerton.  Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton.

65. Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

Rated PG-13 for innuendo and language.  115 minutes.  Comedy, Music.  Directed by Elizabeth Banks.  Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks.

64. Magic Mike XXL


Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use.  115 minutes.  Comedy, Drama, Music.  Directed by Gregory Jacobs.  Cast: Channing Tatum, Matt Bommer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodríguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith.

63. Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation

Not rated. 137 minutes. Drama, War. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.  Cast: Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Abraham Attah.

62. Unfriended


Rated R for violent content, pervasive language, some sexuality, and drug and alcohol use—all involving teens.  83 minutes.  Horror, Mystery, Thriller.  Directed by Leo Gabriadze.  Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman.

61. Ricki and the Flash


Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language.  101 minutes.  Comedy, Drama, Music.  Directed by Jonathan Demme.  Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Ben Platt, Rick Springfield.

60. Paper Towns


Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity—all involving teens.  109 minutes.  Drama, Mystery, Romance.  Directed by Jake Schreier.  Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Jaz Sinclair, Cara Buono.

59. Woman in Gold


Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language.  109 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by Simon Curtis.  Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue.

58. Dope


Rated R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence—all involving teens.  103 minutes.  Comedy, Crime, Drama.  Directed by Rick Famuyiwa.  Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberley Elise, Chanel Iman, Tyga, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky.

57. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2


Rated PG for some violence.  94 minutes.  Action, Comedy, Crime.  Directed by Andy Fickman.  Cast: Kevin James, Neal McDonough, Daniella Alonso, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez, Loni Love.

56. Terminator Genisys


Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language.  Unrated version also available.  126 minutes.  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.  Directed by Alan Taylor.  Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Lee Byung-hun.

55. Concussion


Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language. 123 minutes. Drama, Sport. Directed by Peter Landesman.  Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse, Albert Brooks.

54. Jurassic World


Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril.  124 minutes.  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.  Directed by Colin Trevorrow.  Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong, Irrfan Khan.

53. It Follows

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Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language.  100 minutes.  Horror, Mystery, Thriller.  Directed by David Robert Mitchell.  Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe.

52. Ted 2


Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use.  Unrated version also available.  115 minutes.  Comedy.  Directed by Seth MacFarlane.  Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, John Slattery, Morgan Freeman.

51. Brooklyn


Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language. 111 minutes. Drama, Romance. Directed by John Crowley.  Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters.

50. Selma


Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language.  128 minutes.  Biography, Drama, History.  Directed by Ava DuVernay.  Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey.

49. Minions


Rated PG for action and rude humor.  91 minutes.  Animation, Comedy, Family.  Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.  Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Pierre Coffin.

48. Spectre

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language.  148 minutes.  Action, Adventure, Thriller.  Directed by Sam Mendes.  Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes.

47. Irrational Man


Rated R for some language and sexual content.  95 minutes.  Drama, Mystery.  Directed by Woody Allen.  Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley.

46. Furious 7

Furious 7

Rated PG-13 for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief strong language.  Unrated version also available.  137 minutes.  Action, Crime, Thriller.  Directed by James Wan.  Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham.

45. Wild


Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language.  115 minutes.  Adventure, Biography, Drama.  Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.  Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann.

44. Far from the Madding Crowd


Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.  119 minutes.  Drama, Romance.  Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.  Cast: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple.

43. Cake

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Rated R for language, substance abuse and brief sexuality.  102 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by Daniel Barnz.  Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Chris Messina, Lucy Punch, Britt Robertson, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington.

42. Mr. Holmes


Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking.  104 minutes.  Drama, Mystery.  Directed by Bill Condon.  Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Milo Parker.

41. The Walk

Philippe Petite (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in TriStar Pictures' THE WALK.

Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking.  123 minutes.  Adventure, Biography, Drama.  Directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale.

40. Creed


Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality.  133 minutes.  Drama, Sport.  Directed by Ryan Coogler.  Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew.

39. The Girl in the Book


Not rated.  Drama.  Directed by Marya Cohn.  Cast: Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Talia Balsam, Ali Ahn, Mason Yam, Courtney Daniels, Jordan Lage, Michael Cristofer, David Call, Malin Edengard.


38. Inherent Vice


Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence.  148 minutes.  Comedy, Crime, Drama.  Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short.

37. American Sniper


Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references.  133 minutes.  Action, Biography, Drama.  Directed by Clint Eastwood.  Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller.

36. Best of Enemies


Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language.  87 minutes.  Documentary, History.  Directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville.

35. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements.  105 minutes.  Comedy, Drama.  Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.  Cast: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton.

34. Trainwreck


Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.  Unrated version also available.  125 minutes.  Comedy, Romance.  Directed by Judd Apatow.  Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Ezra Miller, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James.

33. The Hateful Eight


Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity. 167 minutes. Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Western. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoë Bell, Keith Jefferson, Craig Stark, Belinda Owino, Channing Tatum.

32. Kingsman: The Secret Service


Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content.  129 minutes.  Action, Adventure, Comedy.  Directed by Matthew Vaughn.  Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine.

31. Cinderella


Rated PG for mild thematic elements.  105 minutes.  Drama, Family, Fantasy.  Directed by Kenneth Branagh.  Cast: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter.

30. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2


Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material.  137 minutes.  Adventure, Sci-Fi.  Directed by Francis Lawrence.  Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchrson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland.

29. Clouds of Sils Maria


Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity.  124 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by Olivier Assayas.  Cast: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz.

28. Shaun the Sheep Movie


Rated PG for rude humor.  85 minutes.  Animation, Adventure, Family.  Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak.  Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili.

27. Steve Jobs


Rated R for language. 122 minutes. Biography, Drama. Directed by Danny Boyle. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, John Steen.

26. Fifty Shades of Grey


Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.  Unrated version also available.  125 minutes.  Drama, Romance.  Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.  Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden.

25. Wild Tales


Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality.  122 minutes.  Comedy, Drama, Thriller.  Directed by Damián Szifron.  Cast: Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Darío Grandinetti.

24. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation


Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity.  131 minutes.  Action, Adventure, Thriller.  Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.  Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin.

23. The Good Dinosaur


Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements.  93 minutes.  Animation, Adventure, Comedy.  Directed by Peter Sohn.  Cast: Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A. J. Buckley, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn.

22. Mad Max: Fury Road


Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images.  120 minutes.  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.  Directed by George Miller.  Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton.

21. Straight Outta Compton


Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use.  Unrated version also available.  147 minutes.  Biography, Drama, Music.  Directed by F. Gary Gray.  Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti.

20. Still Alice


Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference.  101 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.  Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish.

19. The Martian


Rated PG-13 some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity.  144 minutes.  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi.  Directed by Ridley Scott.  Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

18. Carol


Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language.  118 minutes.  Drama, Romance.  Directed by Todd Haynes.  Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler.

17. Amy


Rated R for language and drug material.  128 minutes.  Documentary, Biography, Music.  Directed by Asif Kapadia.

16. The Wolfpack


Rated R for language.  90 minutes.  Documentary, Biography.  Directed by Crystal Moselle.

15. Spy


Rated R language throughout, violence, and some sexual content, including brief graphic nudity.  Unrated version also available.  119 minutes.  Action, Cmedy, Crime.  Directed by Paul Feig.  Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law.

14. Ex Machina


Rated R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violence.  108 minutes.  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi.  Directed by Alex Garland.  Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno, Oscar Isaac.

13. While We’re Young


Rated R for language.  97 minutes.  Comedy, Drama.  Directed by Noah Baumbach.  Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried.

12. The End of the Tour


Rated R for language including some sexual references.  106 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by James Ponsoldt.  Cast: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg.

11. Grandma


Rated R for language and some drug use.  79 minutes.  Comedy, Drama.  Directed by Paul Weitz.  Cast: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Peña, Sam Elliott.

10. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine


Rated R for some language.  128 minutes.  Documentary.  Directed by Alex Gibney.

9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.  135 minutes. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.  Directed by J. J. Abrams.  Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow.

8. Mommy


Rated R for language throughout, sexual reference and some violence.  139 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by Xavier Dolan.  Cast: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément.

7. Love & Mercy


Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language.  121 minutes.  Biography, Drama, Music.  Directed by Bill Pohlad.  Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti.

6. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Not rated.  145 minutes.  Documentary, Animation, Biography.  Directed by Brett Morgen.

5. Two Days, One Night


Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements.  95 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.  Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione.

4. Youth


Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language.  124 minutes.  Drama.  Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.  Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda.

3. Room


Rated R for language. 118 minutes. Drama. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, William H. Macy.

2. Inside Out


Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action.  95 minutes.  Animation, Adventure, Comedy.  Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen.  Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling.

1. Spotlight


Rated R for some language including sexual references. 128 minutes. Drama, History, Thriller. Directed by Tom McCarthy.  Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci.

STILL ON MY WATCHLIST: Films I still need to see include: Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, By the Sea, Chi-Raq, Crimson Peak, Everest, The Green Inferno, He Named Me Malala, Janis: Little Girl Blue, Joy, Legend, The Look of Silence, Love, Macbeth, The Night Before, The Peanuts Movie, Sicario, Sisters, Suffragette, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Tangerine, and Trumbo.

FILMS I AM COUNTING AS 2016 RELEASES: There are a few films that were released at the end of the year that may expand in 2016, as well as those that have a set date to expand in 2016. As more audiences will see those films in 2016, I will consider those films for my Best of 2016 list, rather than include them on this list. Those films are as follows: 45 Years, Anomalisa, The Danish Girl, The Revenant, Son of Saul, and Where to Invade Next.

Just as in previous years, I love hearing everybody’s reactions to my list. In fact, it’s something I look forward to on New Year’s, even more than I look forward to my annual tradition of ringing in the New Year with movies. So have away in the comments section, and let’s make 2016 the best year ever!

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