Top 10 Best Movies of 2015 -- "Star Wars" Made the Cut! 


I waited until I saw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before making my Top 10 Best Movies of 2015 list. I wanted to make sure I’ve seen all that Hollywood has to offer before making my decision. And I’m glad I did! So without further ado, here’s the list of my favorite films of 2015.



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What's Coming Out at the Box-Office this Christmas? 


Last minute Hollywood releases just in time for Oscar consideration. We have Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy,” Will Smith in “Concussion,” and Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant.” What do I think of these films and should you see them? Here’s my take on the new movies out for Christmas 2015.



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St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards Nominations! 


BEST FILM

Inside Out

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

BEST DIRECTOR

Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Alejandro G. Innaritu, “The Revenant”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

BEST ACTOR

Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Ian McKellen, “Mr. Holmes”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

BEST ACTRESS


Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Kristen Stewart, “Clouds of Sils Maria”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Clouds of Sils Maria,” Olivier Assayas

“Ex Machina,” Alex Garland

“The Hateful Eight,” Quentin Tarantino

“Inside Out,” Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen

“Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


“Brooklyn,” Nick Hornby

“Creed,” Aaron Covington and Ryan Coogler

“The Martian,” Drew Goddard

“Room,” Emma Donoghue

“Steve Jobs,” Aaron Sorkin

BEST EDITING

The Big Short

Max Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Spotlight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Beasts of No Nation,” Cary Joji Fukunaga

“Carol,” Edward Lachman

“The Hateful Eight,” Robert Richardson

“Max Max: Fury Road,” John Seale

“The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki

BEST ART DIRECTION

Brooklyn

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Max Max: Fury Road

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

The Walk

BEST MUSIC SCORE

“Carol,” Carter Burwell

“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone

“Inside Out,” Michael Giacchino

“It Follows,” Rich Vreeland (as Disasterpeace)

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Junkie XL

BEST SOUNDTRACK

Amy

Dope

Love and Mercy

The Martian

Straight Outta Compton

BEST SONG

“See You Again” Furious 7

“Til It Happens to You” The Hunting Ground

“Feels Like Summer” Shaun the Sheep

“Writing’s on the Wall” Spectre

“Simple Song #3” Youth

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE


Anomalisa

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep

BEST COMEDY


Inside Out

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Spy

Trainwreck

What We Do in the Shadows

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Amy

Best of Enemies

Cartel Land

The Hunting Ground

The Look of Silence

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Assassin

Goodnight Mommy

Phoenix

Son of Saul

Wild Tales

BEST SCENE

Creed’s first fight, “Creed”

Paul Walker farewell, “Furious 7”

Bear attack, “The Revenant”

Jack’s escape and rescue, “Room”

Walk between the Twin Towers, “The Walk”

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:
Stunt work in “Mad Max: Fury Road”

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San Diego Film Critics Love "Mad Max: Fury Road" 


If it's not "Spotlight," it's either "Carol" or "Mad Max: Fury Road." And the latter was picked by the San Diego Film Critics Society as the Best Picture of the Year! Take a look at the full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST DIRECTOR

George Miller
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ACTOR, MALE


Leonardi DiCaprio
The Revenant

BEST ACTOR, FEMALE

Brie Larson
Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, MALE

Tom Noonan
Anomalisa

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, FEMALE


Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Hateful Eight

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
What We Do in the Shadows

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Emma Donoghue
Room

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Cartel Land

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Anomalisa

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


Taxi

BEST EDITING

Margaret Sixel, Jason Ballantine
Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roger Deakins
Sicario

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN


Francois Seguin
Brooklyn

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Walk

BEST USE OF MUSIC IN A FILM

The Hateful Eight

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST


Jacob Tremblay
Room

BEST ENSEMBLE


Cast of What We Do in the Shadows

BODY OF WORK


Alicia Vikander
The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Burnt

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Online Film Critics Embrace "Mad Max: Fury Road" 


Best Picture
Brooklyn
Carol
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Sicario
Spotlight

Best Animated Feature
Anamolisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out -- WINNER
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Film Not in the English Language
The Assassin – Taiwan -- WINNER
Goodnight Mommy – Austria
Mustang – France
Phoenix – Germany
Son of Saul – Hungary

Best Documentary
Amy
Best of Enemies
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Look of Silence -- WINNER

Best Director
Todd Haynes – Carol
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Denis Villeneuve – Sicario

Best Actor
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs -- WINNER
Michael B. Jordan – Creed
Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett – Carol -- WINNER

Brie Larson – Room
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Supporting Actor

Benicio Del Toro – Sicario
Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina -- WINNER
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Supporting Actress
Rooney Mara – Carol -- WINNER

Cynthia Nixon – James White
Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Original Screenplay
Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley
Mistress America – Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
Sicario – Taylor Sheridan
Spotlight – Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy -- WINNER

Best Adapted Screenplay


Brooklyn – Nick Hornby
Carol – Phyllis Nagy -- WINNER
The Martian – Drew Goddard
Room – Emma Donoghue
Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin

Best Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel -- WINNER

The Martian – Pietro Scalia
The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
Sicario – Joe Walker
Steve Jobs – Elliot Graham

Best Cinematography
The Assassin – Mark Lee Ping Bing
Carol – Edward Lachman
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale -- WINNER
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario – Roger Deakins

Best Non-U.S. Release (Alphabetical Order)
Aferim!
Cemetery of Splendor
The Club
Dheepan
The Lobster
Mountains May Depart
Mia Madre
Rams
Right Now, Wrong Then
The Sunset Song

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