Not all films are movies and not all movies are films. This list is a list of the best movies in the last three years. They are sorted from best to worst, though all of them share extraordinary qualities in film making.

Logan (2017) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.9, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 91%

Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.



The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) 94,97,97,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 91%

The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise's winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny -- and beautifully animated -- family-friendly mayhem.



Get Out (2017) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 99%

Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.



John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) 99,99,93,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 90%

John Wick: Chapter 2 does what a sequel should -- which in this case means doubling down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun.



Finding Dory (2016) 92,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 94%

Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor's classic story.



Tickled (2016) 84,89,96,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 93%

Tickled uses an investigation into a silly-seeming subculture as the launching point for thought-provoking insights into online bullying and the destructive abilities of the internet.



Elle (2016) 85,80,98,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 89%

Elle finds director Paul Verhoeven operating at peak power -- and benefiting from a typically outstanding performance from Isabelle Huppert in the central role.



Silence (2016) 91,83,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 84%

Silence ends Martin Scorsese's decades-long creative quest with a thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director's finest works.



Deadpool (2016) 99,99,85,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 83%

Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results.



Sing Street (2016) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 95%

Sing Street is a feel-good musical with huge heart and irresistible optimism, and its charmimg cast and hummable tunes help to elevate its familiar plotting.



Deepwater Horizon (2016) 85,95,88,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 83%

Deepwater Horizon makes effective use of its titular man-made disaster to deliver an uncommonly serious -- yet still suitably gripping -- action thriller.



13th (2016) 97,95,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 95%

13th strikes at the heart of America's tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.



Gleason (2016) 81,97,96,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 96%

Gleason stands out among sports-themed documentaries by offering a clear-eyed look at its subject's physical deterioration -- and an intimate portrait of the family affected by his ordeal.



Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) 85,97,82,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 86%

Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.



10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 90,92,96,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 89%

Smart, solidly crafted, and palpably tense, 10 Cloverfield Lane makes the most of its confined setting and outstanding cast -- and suggests a new frontier for franchise filmmaking.



Aquarius (2016) 92,80,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 95%

Led by a powerful performance from Sônia Braga, Aquarius uses a conflict between a tenant and developers to take an insightful look at the relationship between space and identity.



Hacksaw Ridge (2016) 99,99,92,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 86%

Hacksaw Ridge uses a real-life pacifist's legacy to lay the groundwork for a gripping wartime tribute to faith, valor, and the courage of remaining true to one's convictions.



O.J.: Made in America (2016) 99,93,99,100

IMDB: 9.0, RT Aud: 98%, RT Critics: 100%

O.J.: Made in America paints a balanced and thorough portrait of the American dream juxtaposed with tragedy and executed with power and skill.



The Nice Guys (2016) 92,92,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 92%

The Nice Guys hearkens back to the buddy comedies of a bygone era while adding something extra courtesy of a knowing script and the irresistible chemistry of its leads.



The Jungle Book (2016) 94,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 94%

As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, The Jungle Book is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors -- all while setting a new standard for CGI.



For the Love of Spock (2016) 75,80,78,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 100%

And the timing seemed right, as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek the original series was not that far away.



All the Way (2016) 83,81,89,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 86%

Anchored by Bryan Cranston's phenomenal performance as LBJ, All the Way is an engrossing portrayal of a complicated man during a pivotal moment in US history.



Blue Jay (2016) 75,76,81,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 92%

Amanda is visiting her pregnant sister.



Queen of Katwe (2016) 76,96,93,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 92%

Queen of Katwe is a feel-good movie of uncommon smarts and passion, and outstanding performances by Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo help to elevate the film past its cliches.



Don't Breathe (2016) 86,91,90,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 87%

Don't Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that's all the more effective for its simplicity.



The Conjuring 2 (2016) 94,98,79,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 80%

The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.



Before the Flood (2016) 98,79,76,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 71%

This epic documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage that could make the Earth unsustainable for human life.



Swiss Army Man (2016) 81,82,75,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 68%

Disarmingly odd and thoroughly well-acted, Swiss Army Man offers adventurous viewers an experience as rewarding as it is impossible to categorize.



Eddie the Eagle (2016) 90,94,71,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 80%

Eddie the Eagle's amiable sweetness can't disguise its story's many inspirational clichés -- but for many viewers, it will be more than enough to make up for them.



A Monster Calls (2016) 93,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 86%

A Monster Calls deftly balances dark themes and fantastical elements to deliver an engrossing and uncommonly moving entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.



Fences (2016) 89,95,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 93%

From its reunited Broadway stars to its screenplay, the solidly crafted Fences finds its Pulitzer-winning source material fundamentally unchanged -- and still just as powerful.



Sully (2016) 94,98,92,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 85%

As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.



Star Trek Beyond (2016) 83,96,85,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 84%

Star Trek Beyond continues the franchise's post-reboot hot streak with an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series' sci-fi roots without skimping on the blockbuster action.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) 96,98,82,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 73%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter's rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own.



Neruda (2016) 71,75,97,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 95%

Inventive, intelligent, and beautifully filmed, Neruda transcends the traditional biopic structure to look at the meaning beyond the details of its subject's life.



Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) 75,74,96,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 85%

Nostalgic in the best sense, Everybody Wants Some!! finds Richard Linklater ambling through the past with a talented cast, a sweetly meandering story, and a killer classic rock soundtrack.



One More Time with Feeling (2016) 85,80,95,100

IMDB: 8.6, RT Aud: 96%, RT Critics: 100%

A unique one night only cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.



La La Land (2016) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.



Hidden Figures (2016) 98,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 92%

In heartwarming, crowd-pleasing fashion, Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked -- and crucial -- contributions from a pivotal moment in American history.



The Founder (2016) 79,90,87,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 82%

The Founder puts Michael Keaton's magnetic performance at the center of a smart, satisfying biopic that traces the rise of one of America's most influential businessmen -- and the birth of one of its most far-reaching industries.



I, Daniel Blake (2016) 96,91,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 92%

I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach's powerfully populist filmography.



The Edge of Seventeen (2016) 91,97,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 95%

The Edge of Seventeen's sharp script -- and Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance -- make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy.



Captain Fantastic (2016) 98,96,90,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 82%

Captain Fantastic's thought-provoking themes -- and an absorbing starring turn from Viggo Mortensen -- add up to an above-average family drama with unexpected twists.



Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) 70,75,90,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 87%

Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale -- and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep.



Tower (2016) 77,78,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 100%

Tower probes into a painful chapter of American history with sensitivity and grace -- and revisits its events from a valuable new perspective.



Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) 97,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 97%

The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.



Moonlight (2016) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 97%

Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.



Julieta (2016) 76,75,95,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 83%

Julieta finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar revisiting familiar themes -- and doing so with his signature skill.



Under the Shadow (2016) 70,77,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 98%

Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.



Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016) 83,72,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 100%

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is a touching, bittersweet, and ultimately charming love story that serves as a poignantly effective tribute to the strangely complicated, uniquely resilient mother/daughter duo.



Zero Days (2016) 87,76,91,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 90%

Factors beyond Gibney's control prevent Zero Days from offering a comprehensive look at its subject, but the partial picture that emerges remains as frightening as it is impossible to ignore.



The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) 89,95,97,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 95%

We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah -- and with archival footage like that, you know The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years can't be bad.



Weiner (2016) 87,89,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 96%

Weiner uses sharp insight and untrammeled access to offer a portrait of a political and personal collapse that's as queasy as it is undeniably compelling.



Human Cake (2016) 97,73,80,100

IMDB: 9.8, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 80%

Part character study, part socioeconomic fable, Human Capital offers trenchant commentary as well as absorbing drama.



Kimi no na wa. (2016) 99,98,96,100

IMDB: 8.7, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 97%

As beautifully animated as it is emotionally satisfying, Your Name adds another outstanding chapter to writer-director Makoto Shinkai's filmography.



Moana (2016) 97,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.



Lion (2016) 98,99,93,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 85%

Lion's undeniably uplifting story and talented cast make it a moving journey that transcends the typical cliches of its genre.



Ma vie de Courgette (2016) 80,87,98,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 100%

My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.



Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) 98,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 96%

Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.



Zootopia (2016) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 97%

The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation -- all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.



Hell or High Water (2016) 96,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 97%

Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.



Captain America: Civil War (2016) 98,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 90%

Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.



Paterson (2016) 92,87,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 95%

Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography -- and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits.



Arrival (2016) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 93%

Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.



Loving (2016) 75,89,97,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 89%

Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.



Patriots Day (2016) 89,99,82,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 79%

Patriots Day offers a stirring, solidly crafted tribute to the heroes of a real-life American tragedy without straying into exploitative action thriller territory.



Manchester by the Sea (2016) 98,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 96%

Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.



Toni Erdmann (2016) 93,81,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 92%

Toni Erdmann pairs carefully constructed, three-dimensional characters in a tenderly funny character study that's both genuinely moving and impressively ambitious.



Sing (2016) 85,91,71,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 72%

Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted -- albeit familiar -- storyline that lives up to its title.



Nocturnal Animals (2016) 95,84,85,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 72%

Well-acted and lovely to look at, Nocturnal Animals further underscores writer-director Tom Ford's distinctive visual and narrative skill.



20th Century Women (2016) 85,86,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 88%

20th Century Women offers Annette Bening a too-rare opportunity to shine in a leading role -- and marks another assured step forward for writer-director Mike Mills.



Life, Animated (2016) 77,88,95,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

Life, Animated offers a heartwarming look at one family's journey, and a fascinating message that's more than enough to outweigh its unanswered questions.



Doctor Strange (2016) 97,99,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 89%

Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.



Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) 97,98,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 82%

Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.



Slow West (2015) 70,81,95,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 92%

Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.



Brooklyn (2015) 93,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 96%

Brooklyn buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind.



Room (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 93%

Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably harrowing -- and undeniably rewarding -- experience.



Eye in the Sky (2015) 88,95,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 95%

As taut as it is timely, Eye in the Sky offers a powerfully acted -- and unusually cerebral -- spin on the modern wartime political thriller.



Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) 75,83,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 95%

Essential viewing for cineastes while still offering rich rewards for neophytes, Hitchcock/Truffaut offers an affectionate -- and well-crafted -- tribute to a legend.



Ex Machina (2015) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 92%

Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.



The Big Short (2015) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 88%

The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail -- and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.



Steve Jobs (2015) 86,86,97,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 85%

Like the tech giant co-founded by its subject, Steve Jobs gathers brilliant people to deliver a product whose elegance belies the intricate complexities at its core.



Spy (2015) 83,96,92,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 93%

Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.



The End of the Tour (2015) 84,92,98,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 91%

Brilliantly performed and smartly unconventional, The End of the Tour pays fitting tribute to a singular talent while offering profoundly poignant observations on the human condition.



The Wolfpack (2015) 70,72,89,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 84%

Offering a unique look at modern fears and our fascination with film, The Wolfpack is a fascinating -- and ultimately haunting -- urban fable.



Everest (2015) 83,78,79,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 72%

Everest boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out a movie about mountain climbers, even if it's content to tread less challenging narrative terrain.



Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 93,99,79,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 74%

Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.



Cinderella (2015) 78,96,90,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 83%

Refreshingly traditional in a revisionist era, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella proves Disney hasn't lost any of its old-fashioned magic.



Sherpa (2015) 73,80,89,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 97%

A brawl on Everest?



Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) 79,89,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 85%

Far from the Madding Crowd invites tough comparisons to Thomas Hardy's classic novel -- and its previous adaptation -- but stands on its own thanks to strong direction and a talented cast.



The Martian (2015) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 92%

Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.



The Hateful Eight (2015) 98,93,93,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 74%

The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence -- all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft.



Call Me Lucky (2015) 71,70,83,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 84%

Barry Crimmins was a volatile but brilliant bar comic who became an honored peace activist and influential political satirist.



Remember (2015) 84,82,70,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 71%

Remember risks wandering into exploitative territory, but it's bolstered by some of Egoyan's best latter-day directing and a typically stellar performance from Christopher Plummer.



Monkey Kingdom (2015) 71,92,88,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 94%

Monkey Kingdom's breathtaking footage of primates in the wild is likely to please animal lovers of all ages.



Bridge of Spies (2015) 96,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 91%

Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood's classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.



The Gift (2015) 82,86,95,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 92%

The Gift is wickedly smart and playfully subversive, challenging the audience's expectations while leaving them leaning on the edges of their seats.



The Little Prince (2015) 96,97,89,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, The Little Prince is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.



The Peanuts Movie (2015) 79,96,87,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 86%

The Peanuts Movie offers a colorful gateway into the world of its classic characters and a sweetly nostalgic -- if relatively unambitious -- treat for the adults who grew up with them.



Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) 92,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise's thrilling resurgence -- and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.



Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 96%

With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.



Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) 79,79,76,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 97%, RT Critics: 87%

Tab Hunter Confidential offers clear-eyed perspective on a less-examined chapter from Hollywood's past -- and an enjoyable look at the life of a retired former heartthrob.



Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) 98,97,97,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 94%

Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.



Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) 92,90,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 97%

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck makes a persuasive case for its subject without resorting to hagiography -- and includes plenty of rare and unreleased footage for fans.



Best of Enemies (2015) 82,92,96,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 94%

Smart, fascinating, and funny, Best of Enemies takes a penetrating -- and wildly entertaining -- look back at the dawn of pundit politics.



Inside Out (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 98%

Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.



Mustang (2015) 94,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 97%

Mustang delivers a bracing -- and thoroughly timely -- message whose power is further bolstered by the efforts of a stellar ensemble cast.



Spotlight (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 96%

Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.



Creed (2015) 97,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 94%

Creed brings the Rocky franchise off the mat for a surprisingly effective seventh round that extends the boxer's saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors' roots.



The Danish Girl (2015) 78,85,76,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 68%

The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.



Green Room (2015) 81,83,97,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 89%

Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.



Cartel Land (2015) 85,90,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 89%

Raw, brutal, and bitter, Cartel Land offers a ground-level look at vigilante efforts to thwart organized crime at the Mexican-American border.



De Palma (2015) 72,76,98,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 95%

De Palma may not make believers out of the director's detractors, but they'll likely share longtime fans' fascination with his career's worth of entertaining stories.



Carol (2015) 85,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 94%

Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.



Dope (2015) 88,97,93,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 88%

Featuring a starmaking performance from Shameik Moore and a refreshingly original point of view from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, Dope is smart, insightful entertainment.



Jurassic World (2015) 79,97,79,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 71%

Jurassic World can't match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining -- and visually dazzling -- popcorn thriller.



Trumbo (2015) 93,90,79,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 73%

Trumbo serves as an honorable and well-acted tribute to a brilliant writer's principled stand, even if it doesn't quite achieve the greatness of its subject's own classic screenplays.



Listen to Me Marlon (2015) 93,90,98,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 96%

Listen to Me Marlon offers a fascinating look at the inner life of a Hollywood icon, told in his own words.



Where to Invade Next (2015) 90,87,79,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 78%

Where to Invade Next finds documentarian Michael Moore approaching progressive politics with renewed -- albeit unabashedly one-sided -- vigor.



McFarland, USA (2015) 88,99,78,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 80%

Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix.



Sicario (2015) 96,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

Led by outstanding work from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Sicario is a taut, tightly wound thriller with much more on its mind than attention-getting set pieces.



El abrazo de la serpiente (2015) 94,96,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 96%

As rich visually as it is thematically, Embrace of the Serpent offers a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality.



Beasts of No Nation (2015) 97,97,97,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 91%

Beasts of No Nation finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga working with a talented cast to offer a sobering, uncompromising, yet still somehow hopeful picture of war's human cost.



Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) 88,94,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 99%

Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman's family-friendly crown.



What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) 87,80,91,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 84%

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.



Tangerine (2015) 72,80,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 97%

Tangerine shatters casting conventions and its filmmaking techniques are up-to-the-minute, but it's an old-fashioned comedy at heart -- and a pretty wonderful one at that.



Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) 97,85,81,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 91%

What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation's president.



Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) 77,87,91,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 92%

Respectful without veering into hagiography and inquisitive without being intrusive, Janis: Little Girl Blue offers an insightful glimpse into the life of a rock 'n' roll legend.



Bone Tomahawk (2015) 80,73,89,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 90%

Bone Tomahawk's peculiar genre blend won't be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.



Suffragette (2015) 70,75,75,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 72%

Suffragette dramatizes an important -- and still painfully relevant -- fact-based story with more than enough craft and sincerity to overcome its flaws.



Que Horas Ela Volta? (2015) 91,92,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 96%

The Second Mother's compelling characters serve an artfully drawn, thought-provoking story that's beautifully brought to life by a talented cast.



En man som heter Ove (2015) 93,96,87,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 90%

A Man Called Ove's winsome sincerity -- and Rolf Lassgård's affectingly flinty performance in the title role -- keep it from succumbing to excess sentimentality.



Requiem for the American Dream (2015) 93,89,84,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 91%

In a series of interviews spanning four years, leftist social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class.



The Revenant (2015) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 81%

As starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising, The Revenant uses Leonardo DiCaprio's committed performance as fuel for an absorbing drama that offers punishing challenges -- and rich rewards.



Twinsters (2015) 81,83,70,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 100%

The film explores the ideas of family, adoption, nature vs. nurture and the power of social media.



The Hunting Ground (2015) 78,83,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

The Hunting Ground isn't director Kirby Dick's strongest work as a filmmaker, but the movie's powerful message more than trumps any technical weaknesses.



Ant-Man (2015) 90,98,82,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 81%

Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.



Anomalisa (2015) 87,75,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 92%

Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.



Meru (2015) 88,97,91,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 88%

Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas.



Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 92%

Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.



Mr. Holmes (2015) 72,85,91,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 87%

Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, and while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama.



Black Mass (2015) 73,78,79,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 74%

Black Mass spins a gripping yarn out of its fact-based story -- and leaves audiences with one of Johnny Depp's most compelling performances in years.



Straight Outta Compton (2015) 98,99,93,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 87%

Straight Outta Compton is a biopic that's built to last, thanks to F. Gary Gray's confident direction and engaging performances from a solid cast.



Dheepan (2015) 76,83,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 88%

Dheepan offers a timely, powerful look at the modern immigrant experience in Europe.



Song of the Sea (2014) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 98%

Song of the Sea boasts narrative depth commensurate with its visual beauty, adding up to an animated saga overflowing with family-friendly riches.



Love & Mercy (2014) 88,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 90%

As unconventional and unwieldy as the life and legacy it honors, Love & Mercy should prove moving for Brian Wilson fans while still satisfying neophytes.



The Lego Movie (2014) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 96%

Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.



Testament of Youth (2014) 84,86,86,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 82%

Testament of Youth is well-acted and beautifully filmed, adding up to an enriching if not adventurous experience for fans of British period dramas.



Big Hero 6 (2014) 98,99,93,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 88%

Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.



Merchants of Doubt (2014) 78,84,85,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 85%

Merchants of Doubt is a thought-provoking documentary assembled with energy and style, even if it doesn't dig as deep as it could.



Interstellar (2014) 99,99,88,100

IMDB: 8.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 71%

Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.



Virunga (2014) 96,92,87,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 100%

In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources.



The One I Love (2014) 78,80,85,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 80%

The One I Love doesn't take its intriguing premise quite as far as it could, but it still adds up to an ambitious, well-acted look at love and marriage.



American Sniper (2014) 90,99,82,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 71%

Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject.



An Honest Liar (2014) 83,86,90,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 97%

A thoughtful and surprisingly layered documentary enlivened by its subject, An Honest Liar serves as a well-deserved tribute to a fascinating life.



'71 (2014) 84,93,97,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 96%

Powerfully directed and acted, '71 stays true to its fact-based origins while remaining as gripping as any solidly crafted action thriller.



99 Homes (2014) 77,88,96,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 92%

Fueled by powerful acting and a taut, patiently constructed narrative, 99 Homes is a modern economic parable whose righteous fury is matched by its intelligence and compassion.



Gone Girl (2014) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 88%

Dark, intelligent, and stylish to a fault, Gone Girl plays to director David Fincher's sick strengths while bringing the best out of stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.



20,000 Days on Earth (2014) 85,86,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 95%

Revealing yet respectful, 20,000 Days on Earth is essential viewing for any Nick Cave fan.



Pride (2014) 96,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 92%

Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.



St. Vincent (2014) 88,92,82,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 77%

St. Vincent offers the considerable pleasure of seeing Bill Murray back in funny form, but drifts into dangerously sentimental territory along the way.



Predestination (2014) 94,84,83,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 84%

Fun genre fare with uncommon intelligence, Predestination serves as a better-than-average sci-fi adventure -- and offers a starmaking turn from Sarah Snook.



Mommy (2014) 98,97,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 88%

As challenging as it is rewarding, Mommy finds writer-director Xavier Dolan taking another impressive step forward.



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) 96,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 90%

With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.



Apur Panchali (2014) 75,82,99,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 95%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi offers another round of trenchant societal commentary from a director whose entire filmography stands as a daring act of dissent.



Last Days in Vietnam (2014) 78,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 94%

As gripping as it is inspiring, Last Days in Vietnam offers a surprisingly fresh -- and heart-wrenching -- perspective on the end of the Vietnam War.



Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.



What We Do in the Shadows (2014) 95,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 96%

Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.



Chef (2014) 89,98,82,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 86%

Chef's charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful -- if familiar -- treat.



The Drop (2014) 82,85,90,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 88%

There's no shortage of similarly themed crime dramas, but The Drop rises above the pack with a smartly written script and strong cast.



The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) 83,79,76,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 100%

What did Deputy Clem from Bonanza know about baseball?



A Most Violent Year (2014) 76,76,97,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 89%

Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography.



Alive Inside (2014) 87,87,73,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 73%

It's somewhat clumsily expressed, but Alive Inside offers such an uplifting message that it's ultimately hard to resist.



Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) 73,96,92,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 100%

The heartrendingly honest Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me offers a window into Alzheimer's that should prove powerful viewing for Campbell fans and novices alike.



The Salt of the Earth (2014) 98,98,98,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

While the work it honors may pose thorny ethical questions that Salt of the Earth neglects to answer, it remains a shattering, thought-provoking testament to Sebastião Salgado's career.



Boyhood (2014) 98,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 97%

Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.



Nightcrawler (2014) 98,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 94%

Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.



Big Eyes (2014) 77,77,75,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 71%

Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.



Citizenfour (2014) 98,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 96%

Part real-life thriller, part sobering examination of 21st century civil liberties, Citizenfour transcends ideology to offer riveting, must-see cinema.



PK (2014) 99,95,73,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 92%

In the process PK makes loyal friends and powerful foes.



The Normal Heart (2014) 97,97,93,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 93%

Thanks to Emmy-worthy performances from a reputable cast, The Normal Heart is not only a powerful, heartbreaking drama, but also a vital document of events leading up to and through the early AIDS crisis.



Kill the Messenger (2014) 75,75,78,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 77%

Kill the Messenger's potent fury over the tale of its real-life subject overrides its factual inaccuracies and occasional narrative stumbles.



Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 98,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 89%

Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.



All This Mayhem (2014) 83,76,74,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

Brothers Tas and Ben Pappas, two boys from Melbourne who took the skateboarding world by storm, defeated Tony Hawk and crowned International World Champions within a year.



Selma (2014) 93,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 98%

Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- but doesn't ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied.



Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) 72,93,74,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman offers a surprisingly entertaining burst of colorful all-ages fun, despite its dated source material and rather convoluted plot.



Frank (2014) 77,84,95,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 91%

Funny, clever, and endearingly unusual, Frank transcends its quirky trappings with a heartfelt -- and surprisingly thought-provoking -- story.



22 Jump Street (2014) 83,97,87,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 84%

Boasting even more of the bromantic chemistry between its stars -- and even more of the goofy, good-natured humor that made its predecessor so much fun -- 22 Jump Street is the rare sequel that improves upon the original.



Still Alice (2014) 93,97,94,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 87%

Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.



Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) 97,98,82,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 74%

Stylish, subversive, and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Matthew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.



The Good Lie (2014) 87,97,76,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 88%

The Good Lie sacrifices real-life nuance in order to turn its true story into a Hollywood production, but the results still add up to a compelling, well-acted, and deeply moving drama.



The Fault in Our Stars (2014) 98,99,85,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 80%

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking without resorting to exploitation, The Fault In Our Stars does right by its bestselling source material.



Lilting (2014) 72,75,76,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 82%

Skillfully weaving multiple delicate tonal strands into a quietly affecting whole, Lilting serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer-director Hong Khaou.



Next Goal Wins (2014) 79,78,84,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 100%

AGAINST THIS BACKDROP OF SERIAL UNDERACHIEVEMENT, THE TEAM FACE THE DAUNTING PROSPECT OF A QUALIFICATION CAMPAIGN FOR THE UPCOMING 2014 WORLD CUP IN BRAZIL.



Fed Up (2014) 90,95,85,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 79%

Compelling and troubling in equal measure, Fed Up is an advocacy documentary that earns its outrage.



Calvary (2014) 90,93,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 89%

Led by a brilliant performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary tackles weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity.



The Dark Horse (2014) 82,88,92,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 96%

Led by an outstanding performance from Cliff Curtis, The Dark Horse tackles complex themes with a richly layered, unpredictable, and deeply affecting story.



Theeb (2014) 78,82,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 96%

Led by an outstanding performance from Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat in the title role, Theeb is a startlingly assured first effort from director/co-writer Naji Abu Nowar.



Bears (2014) 79,97,82,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 89%

Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature's winning streak.



X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) 99,99,96,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 90%

X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.



John Wick (2014) 87,96,85,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 85%

Stylish, thrilling, and giddily kinetic, John Wick serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves -- and what looks like it could be the first of a franchise.



Whiplash (2014) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 94%

Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.



Fury (2014) 96,98,85,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 76%

Overall, Fury is a well-acted, suitably raw depiction of the horrors of war that offers visceral battle scenes but doesn't quite live up to its larger ambitions.



The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) 96,95,88,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 93%

Informative and enraging in equal measure, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz uses its subject's tragic tale to deliver an impassioned call to action.



Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) 71,73,77,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 79%

Infinitely Polar Bear handles its thorny themes with a somewhat troublesomely light touch, but Mark Ruffalo's complex performance keeps the drama solidly grounded.



Wild (2014) 82,92,96,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 89%

Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.



The Overnighters (2014) 72,87,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 98%

Hard-hitting, absorbing, and painfully relevant, The Overnighters offers an urgent and compassionate picture of life in 21st century America.



The Seven Five (2014) 78,77,82,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 84%

Meet the dirtiest cop in New York City history.



A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) 73,88,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 95%

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.



Red Army (2014) 86,92,97,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 96%

Fun and fascinating, Red Army delivers absorbing documentary drama for hockey fans and sports novices alike.



Paddington (2014) 84,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 97%

Paddington brings a beloved children's character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.



The Look of Silence (2014) 96,96,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 95%

The Look of Silence delivers a less shocking -- yet just as terribly compelling -- companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing.



Timbuktu (2014) 79,86,99,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 99%

Gracefully assembled and ultimately disquieting, Timbuktu is a timely film with a powerful message.



Night Will Fall (2014) 81,82,86,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 100%

Documentary that includes archive footage of a documentary made by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein about concentration camps.



How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 91%

Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.



The Theory of Everything (2014) 97,98,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 79%

Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh's polished direction and the strength of its two leads.



The Imitation Game (2014) 99,99,97,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 90%

With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.



The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 91%

Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.



The Book of Life (2014) 87,96,86,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 82%

The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.



Life Itself (2014) 94,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 97%

Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, Life Itself offers a joyful yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy.