1. The Revenant (2015)

Grade A (94/100)

To summarize: I used to think I'd never see a perfect movie, and then I saw Mad Max: Fury Road and thought that would be the closest thing to perfect. After seeing The Revenant, to which I've given a 1-point better score, I'm not so sure. Iñárritu's latest masterpiece may be my new perfect movie.

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2. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Grade A (93/100)

To summarize: It becomes increasingly clear as the movie plays out that with Fury Road, Miller has effectively set the standard for modern action movies, truly living up to the cinematic and action-packed legacy of the Mad Max films and evolving his classic style of story and action into the modern theater.

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3. Straight Outta Comption (2015)

Grade A (91/100)

To summarize: Straight Outta Compton is a gripping and authentic portrayal of the rap group's rise to fame and feuds. The characters are well-rounded and the story is surprisingly emotional. Director F. Gary Gray hits every beat and then keeps hitting. If you've ever liked hip-hop, if you've ever been through LA, or even if you don't understand gangsta rap... well it doesn't matter. This is a good movie.

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4. American Ultra (2015)

Grade A (90/100)

To summarize: The mix of genres here is such that the movie is going to end up being very split. You'll either love it or hate it. Obviously I love it. I love the gritty, unbelievable make up and the acting, and the eccentric story that ties up a stoner into shitloads of CIA subterfuge, and the love story is so much better than Twilight. This movie has redeemed Kristen Stewart and turned Jesse Eisenberg into an action star and now I have to say that I'm oddly hoping for a sequel.

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5. Logan (2017)

Grade B (88/100)

To summarize: This film marks a massive departure in tone and pacing for the comic and superhero genre. This measured, purposeful style of comic storytelling hasn't been seen since M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable, and the only recent superhero films that compare are those of Christopher Nolan's Batman. The production invokes recent favorites like Sicario and even Mad Max: Fury Road at times, with the atmosphere swaying seamlessly between thrilling, pulse-pounding, and desperate urgency.

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