10. What We Do In The Shadows: Mockumentaries are old news, but the way Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi presented this vampire-centric mockumentary was clever irresistibly hilarious, and my favorite comedy of the year.

9. Carol: This year’s Brokeback Mountain.

8. Inside Out: If Pixar’s goal was to show how your emotions by ripping your heart out and shoving it in your face, they succeeded… and then some. It’s possibly their greatest masterpiece yet.

7. Ex-Machina: Robots will love you AND THEN KILL YOU. Then Oscar Isaac will break it down for you on the dance floor.

6. Brooklyn: Probably one of the most hopeful and unbelievably romantic movies of the year — without being so “Hollywood”.

5. Straight Outta Compton: A well-made biopic about one of the most legendary rap groups of ALL TIME. This movie also allows white people can claim to know everything about the origin of gangsta rap.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road: Sure, this movie should be applauded for unexpectedly putting women in the forefront, but it was also a DAMN GOOD movie.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: It successfully pumped new life into the original trilogy and almost washed the stink of the prequels from our brains… and BECAUSE IT’S STAR WARS.

2. Spotlight: This film is based on the real-life journalism team at the Boston Globe that broke the story about child molestation in the Catholic Church. It was not only a compelling watch, but the Ruffalo and Keaton are outstanding and it made me feel like all I was doing as a “journalist” is shit.

1. Creed: Brilliantly directed, emotionally connected, and wonderfully performed by all the main players. It serves up the right amount of nostalgia, honors the original franchise, but remains a strong film that could stand on its own.

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