Biggest Blockbusters of 2015
Big name releases with verve: we list our favourite blockbusters of 2015. From Steven Spielberg to Ridley Scott, some of the greatest directors came back into the ring
Bridge of Spies
The latest film by Stephen Spielberg, Cold War dramatic thriller Bridge of Spies, boasts knock-out performances from Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance and a sharp script from Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers.
Matt Damon captivates in Ridley Scott's big Hollwyood sci-fi, as a botanist stranded on Mars who must fight for survival: The Martian has been hailed as Scott's best film in years, thanks to a brilliant script, plenty of comic panache and, of course, that funky Abba score.
Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara steal the screen in one of the year's most gorgeous releases, Todd Haynes' tale of 1950s romance between a shopgirl and a married woman.
Love and Mercy
Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack all put in brilliant performances in this quirkily off-beat portrait of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson: a tense picture of genius and exploitation – but more than anything, an ode to one of music's greats..
From The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin, the unconventional biopic about Apple's founder Steve Jobs shows that even the corporate world can be full of theatrical intrigue. Plus an intimidatingly good performance from Fassbender.
Julianne Moore was fearsomly good and deserving of her Best Actress Oscar in this moving tale of a woman suffering from early onset dementia. Kristin Steward also put in a brilliantly understated turn as daughter and confidante.
Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones don't fail to bring a tear to the eye in this Stephen Hawking biopic, based on the memoir of Hawking's wife Jane, The Theory of Everything is a realistic picture of sacrifice and brilliance.
The Oscar-winning film from Alejandro González Iñárritu will leave you reeling with its single-take style. A gripping tale of a has-been Broadway actor looking for his next big break.
Director Ava DuVernay's powerful tribute to Martin Luther King’s fight for civil rights is gripping and stunningly shot, with a fierce central performance from David Oyelowo.
We've seen scores of actors inhabit the role of the notorious detective, but there's originality in this new film. Sherlock Holmes, at 92, is brought to life by Sir Ian McKellen in Bill Condon's Mr Holmes.
And, of course, where would we be without Mr Bond? Spectre may have divided critics, but there's no denying it was one of the year's most talked about cinematic offerings.