The 25 Best Films of 2015

4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Taken merely as storytelling, Marielle Heller’s seriocomic drama is still a stunner – rambunctious, raw, giddy, wrenching, and marvelous, with Bel Powley staggeringly good as a young woman discovering both the power and danger of her sexuality, Alexander Skarsgård gingerly sidestepping every easy interpretation of the man who takes advantage of her (and, the picture hints, maybe a little of the opposite as well), and Kristen Wiig topping even the heights of Welcome to Me and Nasty Baby with a vividly lived-in turn as a full-time mom and part-time fuck-up. But add in its gutsily frank portrait of young female sexuality, free of either judgment or hand-wringing, and this one is downright revolutionary.