MY TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2015

The Oscars are tomorrow and at this point, I've seen most of the important things. So here we go, two months too late.
  1. 20.
    Furious 7
    Dismiss the Fast & Furious franchise all you want, but no movie last year delivered a better blending of action and heart. I cheered and I wept. #family
  2. 19.
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    The best-directed action movie in years. It's a beautiful cacophony of mostly nonsense, and that's a-ok with me.
  3. 18.
    The Intern
    The Intern is a movie about kindness. It embraces the corn, and it works. I love this movie.
  4. 17.
    Dope
    One of last year's most essential films. Wholly original and exciting.
  5. 16.
    The Martian
    A really well-executed crowd-pleaser. Matt Damon is terrific.
  6. 15.
    Grandma
    A lovely little movie about three generations of women.
  7. 14.
    Inside Out
    Take her to the moon for me.
  8. 13.
    The Hateful Eight
    It's a hoot!
  9. 12.
    Anomalisa
    It's a sad hoot!
  10. 11.
    Far From the Madding Crowd
    One of the most overlooked films of last year. Beautifully acted and directed. Seek this one out.
  11. 10.
    Steve Jobs
    A filmed play, in the best possible sense. Dares to be abstract in a literal universe.
  12. 9.
    Ex Machina
    The .gif says it all, doesn't it?
  13. 8.
    The Overnight
    A smart, funny examination of adult human sexuality. And it's also pretty hot.
  14. 7.
    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
    J.J., buddy, you pulled it off.
  15. 6.
    It Follows
    Artful and terrifying. After seeing it, I was walking back to my car in fear.
  16. 5.
    Room
    The two lead performances are flawless. It's a wonderful film.
  17. 4.
    Spotlight
    A powerful love letter to journalism.
  18. 3.
    Magic Mike XXL
    The "Make her smile" scene is the best five minutes of any movie last year.
  19. 2.
    Creed
    I cried from beginning to end. A transcendently good movie.
  20. 1.
    The Diary of a Teenage Girl
    The best movie of last year. An empathetic, heartbreaking depiction of a person we don't get to see. This is a fiercely feminist and unapologetic film. It's powerful and funny and smart and perfect.