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"
Amy Nicholson, chief film critic, LA Weekly
Richard Von Busack, film critic, Metro Newspapers
Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic, San Francisco Chronicle