181. Tyrannosaur (A)
Actor turned first-time director Paddy Considine delivers an outstanding debut feature. Peter Mullan stars as Joseph, an aging man who lives in a crummy neighborhood, spends most of his time drinking, and has a really short temper. Olivia Colman plays a religious woman named Hannah, who works in a thrift shop that Joseph runs into after getting in a bar room brawl. Both characters wind up living through some astonishingly brutal violence in the film -- it is certainly not for the faint of heart -- but it is also never exploitative. Over time, an unlikely bond grows between the two characters, but it doesn't go in places one might expect. The film is very well acted from the two leads (as well as a number of supporting parts), cinematic in its direction, and gripping from beginning to end.