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  1. 12.
    Honorable Mentions (No Particular Order)
    Love & Mercy, Straight Outta Compton, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Slow West, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  2. 11.
    Films I Wish I Saw This Year
    Son of Saul, The Assassin, Anomalisa, Carol, The Lobster, The Tribe, Clouds of Sils Maria, Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip
  3. 10.
    Ex Machina
    Chamber cinema at its finest. A disturbing look at the possible advancements of technology that can operate outside of human intervention.
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Three screenings later, here are my thoughts on the newest entry in the Star Wars franchise, THE FORCE AWAKENS.
  1. Storm troopers have feelings.
    This is the first time I have seen a storm trooper made into a relatable human being. Proves they aren't just mindless soldiers brainwashed into doing what they have been.
  2. Rey is the Jedi, and it was a plot twist.
    Not a single trailer for the film showed us that Rey would rise up and become the new hope (no pun intended) for the Resistance. All of the marketing for the film has shown Finn holding a light saber at some point, so it was a nice plot twist and definitely a win for women in the film industry.
  3. All new characters are ACTUALLY "new."
    Despite similar plot points to A NEW HOPE, THE FORCE AWAKENS has characters that are anything but similar to previous ones. Everybody is speculating about who the "next Han Solo" will be, but I believe these characters are totally fresh and shouldn't be compared to old news.
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