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The 10 Best Films of 2015

By any standard, 2015 produced a bumper crop of quality films. While Hollywood’s obsession with franchises continued unabated and observers decried the continued homogenization of movie culture, the filmmakers themselves found ways to upend the popular perception. Personal voices found a way to wiggle into summer blockbusters, while smaller films found their share of razzle dazzle to turn our heads. …

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Ex Machina Movie Review

There’s a tendency to overpraise smart sci-fi, in part because its comparative rarity makes each new example something worth treasuring. Most of them adhere to certain well-worn tropes (artificial intelligence, for example, or time travel) and the simple act of approaching their chosen topic with devotion and respect can be enough to carry them. Even if they don’t push the …