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Best Films of 2015

If you seek lazy reboots and prequels, go elsewhere. These films dabble in the distinctive, be it real-life stories, potent dramas or history with a twist. They show the wild diversity of films and their creators, and they indicate a medium in rude health.

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Wild Tales
Wild Tales
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Wild Tales

Comedy2014122 minsDirector: Damian Szifron

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

Appropriate Behaviour
Appropriate Behaviour
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Appropriate Behaviour

Comedy201586 minsDirector: Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

The Duke of Burgundy
The Duke of Burgundy
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The Duke of Burgundy

Drama2014104 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

The Falling
The Falling
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The Falling

Drama2014102 minsDirector: Carol Morley

Amid the seething hormones and turbulent emotions of an all-girl school, a mysterious fainting sickness takes hold.

Maps to the Stars
Maps to the Stars
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Maps to the Stars

Drama2014112 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

Julianne Moore and John Cusack star in David Cronenberg’s caustic take on modern Hollywood, depicted as a nightmare world of ego and obsession.

What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows
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What We Do in the Shadows

Comedy201486 minsDirector: Taika Waititi

An achingly funny mockumentary about New Zealand’s hitherto unknown vampire (and werewolf) communities, from the creators of Flight of the Conchords.

Man Up
Man Up
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Man Up

Romance201488 minsDirector: Ben Palmer

Simon Pegg’s date is hijacked by Lake Bell in this effervescent urban comedy, a fresh twist on the British rom-com.

The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack
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The Wolfpack

Documentary201590 minsDirector: Crystal Moselle

Meet the Angulos: seven siblings imprisoned for most of their childhoods who learnt much of life’s lessons from film and TV; the subjects of this captivating documentary.

Mr. Holmes
Mr. Holmes
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Mr. Holmes

Crime2015104 minsDirector: Bill Condon

Ian McKellen plays the august detective, now a 93-year-old whose principle case is trying to unravel the mysteries of his own past.

Chemsex
Chemsex
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Chemsex

Documentary201580 minsDirector: William Fairman

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game
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The Imitation Game

Biopic2014115 minsDirector: Morten Tyldum

Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.

Mr. Turner
Mr. Turner
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Mr. Turner

Biopic2014150 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

Love Is Strange
Love Is Strange
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Love Is Strange

Drama201495 minsDirector: Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs’s refined Manhattan-set drama sees Alfred Molina’s Ben and John Lithgow’s George in the latter days of a tender, loving 39-year relationship.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Horror2014101 minsDirector: Ana Lily Amirpour

If you only see one Iranian vampire western this year, make sure it’s this one. A female vampire stalks a ghost town in Ana Lily Amirpour’s arresting debut.

A Most Wanted Man
A Most Wanted Man
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A Most Wanted Man

Thriller2014122 minsDirector: Anton Corbijn

In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman excels as a German spy attempting to recruit Islamic informants, in Anton Corbijn’s sophisticated John le Carré adaptation.

The New Girlfriend
The New Girlfriend
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The New Girlfriend

Melodrama2014108 minsDirector: François Ozon

Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.

A Syrian Love Story
A Syrian Love Story
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A Syrian Love Story

Documentary201576 minsDirector: Sean McAllister

The inspiring journey towards freedom of Raghda and Amer, a couple brought together by the turmoil of the Syrian Civil War.

Still Alice
Still Alice
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Still Alice

Drama2014102 minsDirector: Richard Glatzer

Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her extraordinary performance as a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Paddington
Paddington
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Paddington

Children's201495 minsDirector: Paul King

Unexpectedly beautiful and bewitching return for the marmalade-loving bear with a sense of adventure.

Girlhood
Girlhood
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Girlhood

Drama2014113 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.