SPECIAL CITATION – SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
World of Tomorrow
For the greatest film of any kind this year. It says more about our world, our future and our humanity in 16 minutes than any feature-length film in 2015.
SPECIAL CITATION – DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE YEAR
The Look of Silence
The year’s most vital film: A sequel of sorts to the director’s previous film The Act of Killing. It brilliantly conveys an easily attainable yet inconceivable hell that can occur when people keep quiet and do nothing.
Runner Up: Listen to Me Marlon
SPECIAL CITATION – MOST OVERRATED FILM OF THE YEAR
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The year's most successful film was also beloved by most critics. This one critic was left utterly cold by what was clearly a thin, immobile piece of corporate brainwashing.
Runner Up: Ex Machina
SPECIAL CITATION – MOST UNDERRATED FILM OF THE YEAR
Sleeping with Other People
The funniest film of the year (and that includes Inside Out) that, for me, gives a new hope to the level of intelligence that the romantic comedy genre is still capable of.
Runner Up: Buzzard
SPECIAL CITATION – MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
It reminds one that it is all in the handling. Any set of circumstances, no matter how labored and familiar, can make a great film.
Runner Up: When Marnie Was There
SPECIAL CITATION – BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR
I always stick up for this film in conversations because I felt the film's intentions were never impure in any way at any point. But in execution, it certainly left a lot to be desired.
Runner Up: Mistress America
SPECIAL CITATION – MOST MISUNDERSTOOD FILM OF THE YEAR
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
When did people stop finding this kind of thing fun? Instant labels like “twee” or “manipulative” are the lowest form of film criticism. Many were so busy trying to label this film that they were incapable of realizing that they illustrated precisely what the film ridicules: people realizing that the world is full of deep and dangerous others, and none of them should be considered merely the supporting cast in the movie that is your life.
Runner Up: American Ultra
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