1) The Drop - A man with a past steps out from behind the bar to right a wrong.
2) American Sniper - Rationalizing the acts of war isn't easy.
3) The Imitation Game - Ignorance trumps brilliance, no matter how great your work.
4) Calvary - A key man in the community weighs his beliefs against his own mortality.
5) Interstellar - Mindblowing story of man seeking a new home for humanity.
6) Starred Up - Ultra-violent young criminal uses prison to define all he can be.
7) Whiplash - Does a coach have to be demanding to get the most from gifted people?
8) Still Alice - Language specialist tries to manage the loss of her mind.
9) Foxcatcher - High school drifter comes of age.
10) Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown - Loneliness often leads to amazing talent.