I’ve written before about witnessing quality years at the cinema, but 2015 was a powerhouse – to the point where I could have constructed a second Top 10 list in addition to the films chosen for my final order (you will find the alternates in the same page as my No. 1 selection). However, it feels like this was a sneaky, quietly powerful year, where no film firmly claimed the mantle of "Best" until late in the year, and the order of numbers 6 through 10 could be changed on any given day, depending on my mood in the moment.

That’s the reality of a personal Top 10, though, isn’t it? The top critics on CinemaBlend will be unveiling their picks for the 10 best movies of 2015, and more than anything, I’m interested in the number of overlapping titles that we all will have. (This, too, is a very good guide of the movies that we recommend you check out from this past year.) As with any personal Top 10 list, my choices are bound to be different from yours. My tastes lean a little closer to crowd-pleasing blockbusters, though it was impossible to ignore the impact of films like Carol, Brooklyn or the heartfelt documentary Finders Keepers. So, where did I rank the best of 2015? Read on to find out, and agree (or disagree) in the comments section below!

Steve Jobs
10. Steve Jobs
The movie in this slot changed about a dozen times over the past three weeks as I wrestled with a proper order, with titles like the sublime horror It Follows and the stop-motion masterpiece Anomalisa sitting here before they ultimately were replaced by Danny Boyle’s experimental Steve Jobs biopic. Again, it boiled down (no pun intended) to personal taste. I’m a huge fan of Boyle as a director, and loved his decision to film the three distinct periods in Jobs’ career in 16mm, 35mm and digital to match the mood of each story segment. When he’s clicking, few are better than screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who pens the most electric dialogue that rattles off the tongues of performers who know how to dial in to his cadence. And this cast, from top to bottom, is exquisite.

On a rewatch of Steve Jobs, I was reminded how much I enjoyed seeing Boyle and Sorkin figure out how to match their puzzle pieces to find symmetry in the three segments of the film. It’s a technical challenge, for sure, but the story of Steve Jobs also reflects the story of our current tech-obsessed generation, and Steve Jobs (the movie) never loses sight of that important parallel. The ending remains a disappointment, that doesn’t take away from all of the things that Jobs does extremely well, which is why it ultimately lands at No. 10 on my best list this year.

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