5. The Unspeakable Act
For their exquisite serving of tone and accent.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
For an audacious dive into the unabashed.
3. The Place Beyond the Pines
For making empathy an essential quality to the experience.
2. Before Midnight
For passing through.
For balancing the heady with the hilarious. This is what real satire is.
Runner Up: Frances Ha