Forum looks back at the best movies of 2015 with a panel of film critics. It was a year that brought sequels to several decades-old film franchises, including "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Creed" and the eagerly-awaited "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which the critics have now seen. As awards season heats up, we'll also check-in on the Oscar buzz on films like Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol." Tell us -- what was your favorite film of 2015?
The Year in Film, From "Spotlight" to "Star Wars"
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Amy Nicholson, chief film critic, LA Weekly
Richard Von Busack, film critic, Metro Newspapers
Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic, San Francisco Chronicle