Full disclosure: I haven't seen everything this past year and for that I apologize. So if there might be something you feel I missed on my list please don't crucify me, it may be just that I haven't gotten around to seeing it yet. Sorry fans of 'Paul Blart Mall Cop 2'... anyways here are my favourite films of this past year:
5.5 = The Big Short: Great cast, touchy subject matter, uniquely told
5 = Creed: Sly Stallone brings it, fight scenes are some of the best, fantastic story that actually makes sense
4 = The Revenant: Probably this years best picture, outstanding cinematography, masterfully acted by both Leo and Tom, how the hell did they pull off that bear scene?
3 = Spotlight: Best ensemble cast of the year, minimalist in its telling, story is simple but one that needs to be told
2 = Sicario: Most tense movie of the year, beautifully shot, brilliant score, Benicio del Toro
1 = Ex Machina: Simple, story isn't far off from becoming reality, unique, magnificent SFX, great ending
Again I haven't had time to see all 300+ movies released past this year so I'm sorry. This list is based on my professional opinion and if you disagree well that's too bad.