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Michael Shannon

The films of 2015 that defined the times in the minds of audiences

The films of 2015 that defined the times in the minds of audiences

The best films echo through our times. They are the sum of our fears, desires and sins. They summon grand and singular narratives about crime, social upheaval, politics, racial injustice and anxieties over fragile resources on a warming planet. These stories permeate our news feeds and gadget-humming lives, but movies, like whispers in the dark, afford context and emotional force beyond the headlines.

A year of outlandish aplomb and stylized restraint at the cinema brought us provocative tales of forbidden lesbian love, financial chicanery, imploding housing markets, child sex abuse scandals, racist gunmen and, in case you weren't paying attention, one wild ride across the desert...

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