5. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
For making it all irresistible by mixing deft cinematic technique with a suave direction of actors.
4. Gone Girl – David Fincher
For signifying a total command of his cinematic powers and for expressing it with virtuosity.
3. The Immigrant – James Gray
For the remarkably consistent vigor with which he has presented the essence of America, and for never being slight about it. He supersedes the very notion of the form.
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois
For never confusing style with meaningless flourishes; his purposeful grasp of story, tone and vision makes his presence in cinema invaluable.
1. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
For rhythms like no else. Some have accused him of merely insidiously borrowing from influences. With this and The Color Wheel, I have no doubt that the current chapter in the story of the cinema is his to tell.
Runner Up: Starred Up – David Mackenzie
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