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Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

 

The 10 Best, No, the 100 Best Films of 2015

by Kam Williams

Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

 

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10 Best Big Budget Films

 

1. Kingsman: The Secret Service

2. The Revenant

3. Furious 7

4. Unfriended

5. Creed

6. Jurassic World

7. The Martian

8. Black Mass

9. Trainwreck

10. Inside Out

Big Budgets Honorable Mention

11. It Follows

12. Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens

13. McFarland, USA

14. American Ultra

15. Southpaw

16. Insidious: Chapter 3

17: Run All Night

18. Straight Outta Compton

19. Insurgent

20. Concussion

21. Pitch Perfect 2

22. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

23. Get Hard

24. Mad Max

25. The Gallows

10 Best Independent Films

1. Dope

2. Spotlight

3. Desert Dancer

4. Brooklyn

5. Room

6. Tangerine

7. Mistress America

8. Carol

9. Ex Machina

10. Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

Independent Films Honorable Mention

11. Welcome to Me

12. I’ll See You in My Dreams

13. Suffragette

14. The Danish Girl

15. The Gift

16. Love & Mercy

17. Big Muddy

18. Shelter

19. Good Kill

20. Meet the Patels

21. No Escape

22. Old Fashioned

23. Forever

24. The Rewrite

25. Like Sunday, Like Rain

10 Best Foreign Films

1. Mustang (Turkey)

2. The Second Mother (Brazil)

3. Girlhood (France)

4. Frame by Frame (Afghanistan)

5. Cartel Land (Mexico)

6. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch (Sweden)

7. Beasts of No Nation (Ghana)

8. Farewell, Herr Schwarz (Poland)

9. Something Better to Come (Russia)

10. Winter on Fire (Ukraine)

Foreign Films Honorable Mention

11. Goodnight Mommy (Austria)

12. The Boy and the World (Brazil)

13. Man from Reno (Japan)

14. Above and Beyond (Israel)

15. Days of Grace (Mexico)

16. The Look of Silence (Indonesia)

17. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Japan)

18. My Voice, My Life (Hong Kong)

19. 1001 Grams (Norway)

20. Mateo (Cuba)

21. Sweet Micky for President (Haiti)

22. Voices of Auschwitz (Poland)

23. Assassin (Taiwan)

24. When Marnie Was There (Japan)

25. The Dead Lands (New Zealand)

10 Best Documentaries

1 He Named Me Malala

2. Hitchcock/Truffaut

3. The Wrecking Crew

4. Listen to Me Marlon

5. The Hunting Ground

6. Best of Enemies

7. 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

8. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

9. What Happened, Miss Simone?

10. The Wolfpack

Documentaries Honorable Mention

11. Racing Extinction

12. What Our Fathers Did

13: Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church

14. Iris

15. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

16: Rosenwald

17. Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

18. Bass Clef Bliss

19. Peace Officer

20. Where to Invade Next

21. Welcome to Leith

22. 1971

23. (T)error

24. The Human Experiment

25. The Hand That Feeds

Entertainment

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Books

From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation

  From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Haymarket Books Paperback, $17.95 286 pages ISBN: 978-1-60846-562-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

ART EXHIBITION: 150 Years After The Civil War

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Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

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Outdoors

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Sports

NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles

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Business

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

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