HitFix's Drew McWeeny's picks for the best pics this year
10. “Beasts Of No Nation”
Cary Fukunaga is a filmmaker of enormous technical skill, but what makes him special is the way he uses that skill to illuminate some of the darkest corners of the human heart without fear and without looking away. His work on the first season of "True Detective" bought him the clout to finally make this long-in-development story of Agu, a child soldier who is pressed into service by a charismatic Commandant played by Idris Elba. The work by young Abraham Attah as Agu is one of the two great child performances this year, and it's a harrowing, unflinching journey into darkness. The film clearly illustrates just how durable the spirit of a child can be, even when driven to do unthinkable things to survive, and while it is a film full of ugly things, it is thrilling to see just how great a storyteller Fukunaga has become.