1 Birdman Easily one of the most unique films in years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s innovative concept brilliant – a love note to all artists. Keaton wins Oscar, as does the film.
2 Boyhood Amazing accomplishment by a director who has stayed true to his storytelling sensibilities. Linklater wins Oscar.
3 Foxcatcher Hypnotic, haunting, and heartbreaking. Any other year Carell would be the frontrunner for this great work. Ruffalo equally superb.
4 American Sniper Finally a Clint Eastwood film I like. Cooper spot on as American hero Chris Kyle. So happy this film is raking in the lettuce.
5 Chef Loved Favreau’s return to the scaled down indie world. Smart, funny, and very touching. So many reasons to admire this film – a real sleeper.
6 Fury Intense, passionate, mystical, and beautifully shot. Director David Ayer is on a roll with this WWII tank brotherhood follow-up to End of Watch.
7 Nightcrawler Very strong script to go with Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performance to date. This is an observant, powerful film with some keen how-to-get-ahead-in-business lessons for our young taxpayers.
8 The Theory of Everything Well made, excellent performances from the two leads; but the conflicts are thin and melodrama wins out. Not quite My Left Foot…so not Redmayne’s year.
9 Interstellar Christopher Nolan does not hold back. This is a bold, reach for the stars examination of our civilization. Solid. Anxious to see it again.
10 Gone Girl Whacky film full of surprises. Fincher never ceases to amaze, always stepping in to new territory. Rosamund Pike wins the Oscar for her Basic Instinct coming out party.