10. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
You can read Arjun's full review of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation here.
9. 99 Homes
8. Steve Jobs
7. The Walk
6. The Hateful Eight
The entire ensemble cast is fantastic and I’m honestly surprised Jennifer Jason Leigh is the only one nominated for an Academy Award. My one complaint is that the plot is decidedly contrived and at times beyond absurd but ultimately The Hateful Eight is very entertaining and I admire the commitment to delivering on the promise of a very unforgettable movie.
You can read Carter Sigl's full review of The Hateful Eight here.
5. Ex Machina
You can read Elizabeth Johnson-Wilson's full review of Ex Machina here.
4. Inside Out
You can read Carter Sigl's full review of Inside Out here.
3. The Revenant
Hugh Glass’ quest for revenge drives the story forward and only gets direr as it progresses. The Revenant never lets up and culminates towards a predictable but nevertheless satisfying conclusion. The film is longer than some might like but is well worth it as the lengthy runtime just makes the journey all the more impactful.
You can read Carter Sigl's full review of The Revenant here.
You can read Arjun Agarwal's full review of Spotlight here.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
You can read Carter Sigl's full review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens here.
- Shout out to Domhnall Gleeson for being in three (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant and Ex Machina) of my top five films.
- I don’t usually like giving honorable mentions because if something didn’t make my list, it didn’t make it, plain and simple. But I want to acknowledge that I missed out on seeing Mad Max: Fury Road last year. Given that I was excited to see it (still trying to figure out why that didn’t happen) and the astounding critical acclaim surrounding the film, I’m sure it would have ended up on my list.