I thought this was the worst year for movies since I have been watching them. In fact I think you could multiply this year’s good films by two and still have the worst year for movies in a long, long time. Maybe by three. But here are the ones I liked, in many cases with my reviews behind the links:
Ex Machina, visually nice and fun to watch, but conceptually not that sharp or original.
Inside Out, seemed splendid at the time, but hasn’t stuck with me.
Meru, documentary about climbing very high mountains and human motivation. Should win a Cass Sunstein award.
A Brilliant Young Mind [X + Y is the title of the original UK release], one of the better autism movies, nice scenes of Taipei too.
Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin, give it the Girardian/Straussian take on what can really bring a dysfunctional, squabbling family together.
About Elly, first released in 2009, not available to most American viewers until this year. From the Iranian director of A Separation. You don’t realize how good it is until about forty-five minutes have passed.
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Of those, Red Army is my clear first choice, and it is only 70 minutes long.
What would you add to this list?