The Top 10 Films of 2015: From the Tang Dynasty to Midtown, Uptown, Queens and Beyond

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Asked once again to write up 10-best capsules for 2015 (after 10-odd years reviewing at The L Magazine and now Brooklyn Magazine), I happily found more than a few things to like….

The Assassin: Alphabetically but also the only numeric ranking I’ll give: Hou Hsiao-hsien renders this Tang Dynasty tale of romantic torment with gorgeous beauty and a time-suspending sense of presence.

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Carol: Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy’s adaptation of The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith portrays the hide-and-seek (and the rush) of a verboten love in the Fifties, with Rooney Mara’s spooked intensity, a grand Cate Blanchett, and Ed Lachman’s era-perfect tones.