5. American Ultra – Max Landis
For turning fatuousness into something an audience can pity. Trust me.
4. Maps to the Stars – Bruce Wagner
For malicious observations and melodramatic plots that don't constantly indicate to the obvious.
3. Buzzard – Joel Potrykus
For an acidic, at times shocking comedy on millennial frustrations with commercial and governmental systems; filled with brilliant cinematic rhythms and commentary.
2. Inside Out – Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley
For taking five and a half years and turning it into 90 minutes of what feels like divine perfection.
1. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
For typifying as a brilliant examination of the fear and confusion of adolescent sex.
Runner Up: Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
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