Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Dec 19, 2015

‘Carol’ Tops Variety Film Critics Poll

Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is the best film of 2015, followed by Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin” and George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” according to a survey of 14 Variety reviewers around the world.

Critical consensus, elusive under any circumstances, is especially hard to nail down at a publication with reviewers based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Paris, London, Rome and Hong Kong. Indeed, one of the purposes of this inaugural year-end poll is to provide a sense of the richness and diversity of this year’s offerings beyond American multiplexes and arthouses. Our critics outside the U.S. were thus invited to include films released in their home cities and from the festival circuit.

For ranked lists, a critic’s first choice received 10 points, the second received nine points, the third received eight points, and so on. For unranked lists, each title received 5.5 points.


1. “Carol” (57 points, 7 lists)
2. “The Assassin” (49 points, 7 lists)
3. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (44 points, 6 lists)
4. “Spotlight” (43.5 points, 6 lists)
5. “Phoenix” (35 points, 4 lists)
6. “The Look of Silence” (32 points, 4 lists)
7. “Inside Out” (27 points, 5 lists)
8. “Brooklyn” (26 points, 5 lists)
9. “45 Years” (20 points, 2 lists)
10. “Son of Saul” (19 points, 3 lists)

Dec 16, 2015

Kyle Chandler goes beyond being good guy with ‘Carol’

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