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The Best Films of 2015: Staff Picks

We announced our official picks for Best Films of 2015 last week, but now it’s time to take a look into what made that list happen. Our staff was asked to submit their own personal list of up to 15 films (released theatrically) from the past year, in descending order of preference. You’ll see a lot of familiar faces like Mad Max: Fury Road and Mistress America, but there are also some outliers that didn’t make our official Best of 2015 list like What We Do in the Shadows and Beasts of No Nation. For anyone looking to catch up on everything worth watching from 2015, this is a good place to start.
 

David Costill
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Ex Machina
3. Room
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. The Hateful Eight
6. Spotlight
7. Sicario
8. The End of the Tour
9. Steve Jobs
10. Amy
11. American Ultra
12. Carol
13. Inside Out
14. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
15. The Revenant
Jeff Rollins
1. Ex Machina
2. Sicario
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. The End of the Tour
5. Amy
6. Carol
7. Inside Out
8. It Follows
9. Turbo Kid
10. Room
11. Bridge of Spies
12. The Gift
13. Creed
14. Breathe
15. The Duke of Burgundy
Chris Evangelista
1. Carol
2. Spotlight
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Ex Machina
5. Inside Out
6. Creed
7. The Duke of Burgundy
8. The Hateful Eight
9. Mistress America
10. Sicario
11. Queen of Earth
12. Phoenix
13. Crimson Peak
14. World of Tomorrow
15. Tangerine

 

Josh Oakley
1. Carol
2. The Hateful Eight
3. The End of the Tour
4. Brooklyn
5. Mistress America
6. Anomalisa
7. Sicario
8. World of Tomorrow
9. About Elly
10. It Follows
11. Mad Max: Fury Road
12. Inside Out
13. Creed
14. Phoenix
15. The Look of Silence

 

Daniel Stidham
1. Inside Out
2. Mistress America
3. Ex Machina
4. What We Do in the Shadows
5. Sicario
6. Spotlight
7. The Visit
8. Steve Jobs
9. Crimson Peak
10. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
11. It Follows
12. Mad Max: Fury Road
13. Creed
14. Bridge of Spies
15. The Gift

Marcus Pinn
1. Clouds of Sils Maria
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Carol
4. Entertainment
5. Portait of the Artist
6. Creed
7. Youth
8. Jauja
9. Welcome to New York
10. Sicario
11. Cemetery of Splendour
12. Phoenix
13. Room
14. Mulignans
15. White God

 

Zach Dennis
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Creed
3. Inside Out
4. Ex Machina
5. Bridge of Spies
6. Slow West
7. Sicario
8. Spotlight
9. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
10. Far from the Madding Crowd
11. What We Do in the Shadows
12. When Marnie was There
13. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
14. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
15. Girlhood
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Aubrey Nagle
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Brooklyn
3. Spotlight
4. Spy
5. Creed
6. Black Mass
7. Pitch Perfect 2
8. Trainwreck
9. Magic Mike XXL
10. Straight Outta Compton
11. Macbeth
12. Victor Frankenstein
13. Age of Adeline
14. Love & Mercy
15. The Martian

James Casey
1. The Seven Five
2. Sicario
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Love & Mercy
5. Listen to Me Marlon
6. 99 Homes
7. Mistress America
8. Ex Machina
9. Crimson Peak
10. The Gift
11. James White
12. Cop Car
13. The Connection
14. Slow West
15. People, Places, Things

Patrick Phillips
1. Ex Machina
2. The End of the Tour
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. ’71
5. Room
6. Queen of Earth
7. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
8. Creed
9. Digging for Fire
10. Spotlight
11. Félix & Meira
12. Mistress America
13. It Follows
14. Tangerine
15. What We Do in the Shadows

A.R. Magalli
1. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
3. Pawn Sacrifice
4. Mistress America
5. While We’re Young
6. Steve Jobs
7. The Martian
8. Maggie
9. Queen of Earth
10. The End of the Tour
11. Slow West
12. White God
13. Ex Machina
14. Welcome to Me
15. Chappie

Anne Most
1. The Martian
2. Jurassic World
3. Trainwreck
4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
6. Cinderella
7. Inside Out
8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
9. Spy
10. Furious 7
11. Pitch Perfect 2

Luke Channell
1. Ex Machina
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Mommy
4. Sicario
5. Carol
6. Steve Jobs
7. While We’re Young
8. The Martian
9. Beasts of No Nation
10. Inside Out
11. Everest
12. Macbeth
13. Amy
14. Trumbo

Tyler Christian
1. Inside Out
2. Ex Machina
3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Sicario
6. Steve Jobs
7. Spotlight
8. Creed
9. The End of the Tour
10. It Follows
11. The Martian
12. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
13. Beasts of No Nation
14. The Gift
15. Kingsman: The Secret Service

Susie Nuessle
1. Ex Machina
2. Mistress America
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
6. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
7. Spectre
8. Mr. Holmes
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10. Carol (Just kidding, I haven’t seen it yet.)

Will Ashton
1. The End of the Tour
2. Ex Machina
3. Inside Out
4. The Night Before
5. Brooklyn
6. Mad Max: Fury Road
7. Mr. Holmes
8. Creed
9. The Primary Instinct
10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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