From 'A(mour)' to 'Z(ero Dark Thirty)'
4. "Django Unchained" (Quentin Tarantino)
Quentin Tarantino's best film since 1997's "Jackie Brown" is a mad burst of anger and antagonism toward the audience. After spending a number years dabbling in pastiche with his first few films, he has of late been investigating more specific genres, and this is a perfect example of that process working in lock-step with theme. This is a neo-western, explosive, with a lot to say through bared teeth. But beneath the ugly, unflinching look at America's dark history, it is a love story, and a delicately conveyed one between the rugged lines of its outward indictment.