Honourable Mentions: The Martian, Macbeth, The Duke of Burgundy, Mommy, Whiplash, John Wick, Straight Outta Compton, It Follows
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    Terrifically well-balanced, insightful and emotional
  2. 2.
    Ex Machina
    The best science fiction film in years. Manages to be exciting as well as contemplative
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    One of the most human stories of the year. Charming and tragic
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    Intelligently structured in a way few biopics are. Performances and script are just as finely tuned
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    Inside Out
    A funny, imaginative animation that just so happens to be a fascinating insight into melancholy and emotional development
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    Inherent Vice
    A fever dream of drugs, corruption, paranoia and loss as the decade of promise is left behind. Beautiful and spellbinding if you let yourself get lost in it
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    45 Years
    It's hard for a movie to be both uplifting and devastating, especially when it's such a small, down-to-earth story. Charlotte Rampling gives the best performance of the year
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    Mad Max: Fury Road
    What a lovely day!
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    The story isn't anything new, but it's executed with such unrelenting tension and raw emotion it's impossible to look away
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    Avengers: Age of Ultron
    While it suffers greatly from pacing issues, it's thematically-rich and more comic-booky than any other superhero movie